Remember those little HST’s I was making? They became these!
Finished size for these is only 4″. Here is another picture with my hand to show the scale, pay no attention to the lack of manicure, my lovely winter hand!
Tiny baskets with hand for scale
Quiltmaker has posted a project on their Quilty Pleasures blog of bitty blocks, tiny blocks about 3 or 4 inches finished. Why I thought I need another ongoing scrappy project I’m not sure, I guess because I have a never ending supply of scraps, and little blocks are just soooo cute!
On the first Monday of each month Quilty Pleasures adds another bitty block. January was bow ties, they were really fast and easy. The baskets for February were a little more challenging, lots of little HST’s! But I made a few here and a few there. I like a project like this to do in the morning with my coffee or at night (with a glass of wine) when it’s too early for bed, too late for something new, or for when I’m waiting for my husband to come home. I think I’ll start calling these my coffee and wine quilts instead of scrap quilts! Little blocks like this can be put down quickly with the fear of losing track like more intense projects.
Bitty Bow Ties
Another view with my beautiful hand, these are 3″ blocks.
Close up for scale
The block for March is tiny houses, I haven’t started them yet, but they look a lot easier than the baskets.
I make a lot of my scrap (coffee and wine) quilts this way, a few here, a few there I don’t always know what they’re going to end up as, I just start making blocks or sometimes just units that I know I can somehow put together. Right now I have a few too many of those projects in the works so I’ve been trying to rein them in and finish a few. And by finish I mean a top! Quilting is another category of “finish”, sometimes years away!
I’ve got thirty four mini trip around the world blocks 7″ that I’ve been making (here and there!) for at least two years. The pattern is from the book Squares and Triangles by Elsie Campbell. The time has come to put them together into a top, hopefully I won’t have to make too many more to get a reasonably sized quilt. These blocks, although still scrappy take a little more planning because each has four values of the same color. Usually I am missing one of the values for color I pick. The idea for scrap quilts is to use up what I have, but for some of these blocks I had to cave and buy the missing value (but only a small amount!) Often the missing value was the lightest. I always tell people to buy lights when shopping! Most quilters don’t have enough in their stash, they’re just not as much fun to buy but you need them to get pop in you blocks!
So I guess next up on the design wall will be mini trip blocks. I wonder what they will become…..
Mini Trip Around the World