What’s blue and yellow, and blue and yellow?
Posted 9 June 2010on:
This crazy string quilt I’ve been working on. I can’t believe it, I am half way through the last 12 blocks. They should go fast, as the yellow is much faster to put on then the blue.
I’ve been playing with some ideas using EQ6 for layout. Using sashing and cornerstones will easily make the quilt bigger… we need a bigger quilt (or two) around the house.
SIDEBAR: trying something different here… I’ve never “inserted gallery” before, so we’ll see how this turns out. Not sure if I’m liking what it does. click on a photo, and it shows an enlarged photo, but you lose the post, you have to press your back button to come back here. Tell me what you think?
Okay, back to the quilt. I was getting discouraged having to make all these blocks, and started playing in EQ6 to see if it I could make it bigger, and hence the sashing. I’m thinking of using a dark blue with yellow centre. It will finish at 3″. And I’m liking the 9-patch block as the cornerstone. I’ll have to check my stash and see if I have enough fabric to do that. Once I have all the blocks done, I’ll take a photo for a progress report.
The other one is with no sashing and border, it does make a different design to it.
In the latest Quiltmaker magazine, Bonnie Hunter shows how to make 2 blocks from one set of patches. All you need are 4 – 2½” strips cut down to 4½” (2½x 4½). Sew a light and a dark together. Cut in half on the diagonal. Take 2 from unit 1, take 2 from unit 2, and put together. She calls the blocks Twin Sister. I visited her website to see if I can find them there. She has been posting her articles on her site, but this one isn’t there yet. Be sure to check out her site (if you haven’t before), she has some really wonderful ideas on how to deal with those scraps!
Food for thought: How do you work out a quandry to finish off a quilt? What do you do with all your scraps? What is the smallest scrap you have used? If you haven’t considered making a scrap quilt, why not? Scraps are anything that have been used, and are just sitting around. They can be any size!