Grabbing the first ziplock bad at hand, I was surprised to realize it might not even be a UFO! It was a collection of 6" blocks from my Design Your Own Quilt With Easy Blocks class, and not actually a project that had been started and set aside.
I started by slapping all the blocks up on my design wall to see what was there:
|Looks like at least a 5 x 7 arrangement is possible|
Not unless I got desperate for design ideas! My aim was to use what was already created.
I see 4 blocks that are the same but different than the rest, so those can immediately become corners. And there are two 4-patches that are also same-but-different, so they are likely candidates for a center top and center bottom placement. Anything can change, but letting the blocks set up some balance is a good way to start.
|It all depends on what part you decide to see!|
I guess I could have used that one leftover Snowball on the bottom row to balance the top one.
And until I saw the picture in this blog, I didn't notice that there are 2 kinds of Snowball blocks!
Does any of that really matter? Not a bit! Because the first thing you want to know when you are making a quilt is: What quilt is this?
It is not an heirloom quilt, nor is it for competition in a show. It is a use-up-what's-available quilt, and intended for my guild's Community Service project.
Next I needed a border to make the whole thing larger.
|Seems to be a polka dot theme going on...|
Would the dark blue be enough for the binding? Stay tuned!
Getting the rows off the wall and sewn together in order can be tricky, though in this case, who would know if they got mixed up?
|A pin points the way!|
I put an extra pin on the end block (left or right, it doesn't matter as long as you are consistent!). That pin points in the direction I will press the seams when the row is done. With the seams alternating left and right, all the block corners will butt together when the rows are sewn to make the top.
Tip Time: You know I love to use tape to help things straight at the machine. Recently it was suggested to tape that gap between the machine arm and whatever space is around it.
|Bridging the gap!|
Let's get the border on this puppy...but, why are there so many seams in it?
|I'm glad it's so hard to see that each side has 2 seams!|
You know, I'm literate, because I can read , but I am innumerate because I can't deal with numbers!
The set being 5 x 7 suddenly got into my brain as the blocks were 5"...oops!
Not to mention I was done in by going against my OWN RULES (i.e. measure through the middles to find the border length!). I just merrily did a bunch of math (poorly) and cut the border fabric.
Oh, well...there was just enough to add on at the end!
Of course a fat quarter was NOT enough for the entire binding, so I just added on a couple strips of something sort of the same...if stars and hearts are the same polka dots!
|Do you think anyone will notice?|
They get rolled up and pinned to the top before it goes on the (gasp) UFO Pile!
|A nice even roll!|
I have some ideas for art quilts, but just can't seem to get them started yet. But often the best way to keep on going is to do what you know how to do, step by step, and the creative spirit will come again in time.