Blocks 1 - 8
Good intentions are seldom a problem for most people, however, carrying them out takes commitment first, then time and focus. I find that time can become available with some re-direction of focus and prioritizing. Simplifying and being realistic are crucial to this exercise.
With that in mind, I have set 3 major quilt related goals for myself in 2016.
1. A new quilt/bedspread for our queen size bed.
2. Focus on boutis
3. Reduce the stash and clean up partially finished projects. The recommended daily dose for this is 30 minutes.
This last goal of "stash quilting" can accomplish several objectives. The obvious, of course, is that the "collection" will be reduced and scraps will be re-purposed. It will also allow me to experiment with improv quilting and with colour play. And 30 minutes should not interfere too much with the rest of my day.
Much of my fabric is stored in these IKEA acrylic boxes. There are 13 of these units full of fabrics. To the brim! A few are filled with scraps and rejects. This is the first box of scraps to be dealt with.
Several sorts and resorts resulted in these scraps being categorized by colour, similar shapes (strips, triangles, squares) and similar weights (not all are quilting fabrics), and by pre-cuts, pre-pieced and pre-prepped (trims, bindings, etc.).
|Left over bindings and trims.|
These golds, greens and beiges made the final sort for the first scrap buster project.
|In this mix are a number of pieced blocks left over from previous quilts.|
These pre-pieced units came together quite quickly and easily as a simple 8 1/2 inch block (8 1/2 ish; I'm not going to worry too much about the exact size for now). Starting with this simple block allowed me to set some general parameters as to the size and shape that would work with the scraps I have. Evolution of the blocks will likely be an on-going process.
|I left a few pieces of eggplant coloured fabrics in the palette. The verdict's not in on that yet but I'm inclined to think "no".|
Below are the first 4 blocks completed by the trial and error method. And yes, it was a trial and there is certainly error. Top right hand corner is a serious "no-go". What was I thinking?!? The other 3 could possibly be worked into something.
|After the first block, bottom left, I played around with the log cabin setting. Other then the upper right hand corner, I think that this pattern could work.|
But since I am still experimenting with the type of block that will suit my purposes best, I decided to switch it up and move into a long setting for blocks 5 - 8. I quite preferred making these. There was less waste and they came together much faster.
Below I'm playing around with a layout possibility using both square and rectangular units.
So, after the first 8 days, I am finding that I quite like playing in the improv playground. There is much I need to learn about this type of "less defined" quilting and it's exciting to experiment with it. The 30 minute a day time limit is a bit more of a problem. I find that once I get going on the blocks, I can't stop myself. The freedom of this exploration is too much fun! Who knew?