Having taken Scrap II, "Winging It", as far as I could with that particular set of scraps, it was time to decide on the next stash buster quilt.
Knowing that I would have very limited time for actual sewing throughout the spring and summer, I looked for something quick and easy to stitch together. Although technically Flower Garden is in the category of "unfinished project" as opposed to being from the official scrap stash, it still helps achieve my goal of stash reduction.
|Flower Garden: A sampling of the 4 patch blocks, roughly laid out and set on point.|
Back in the winter of 2005, as we were already preparing for our move to France, I decided to participate in one last class with my small quilting group. The pattern for this quilt top is a simple 4 patch block separated by sashing and set on point.
At the time, the 35 - 40 calicoes and small floral prints that I chose for this quilt were all cut into 4" squares. There were hundreds of 4" squares. The 1" beige sashing had also been cut to the different lengths required. And that's as far as I got this quilt in 2005.
In the meantime, my daughter used some of these squares to hand piece a baby quilt when she was pregnant, adding her own creativity and more fabric into the mix.
Choosing to keep to the original intent, I stayed with small florals and pastels, and divided them into darks, mediums and lights.
Assembly has been very quick. (Thank goodness). Each block consists of four - 4" squares separated by the beige sashing.
|4 patch block with sashing|
These blocks are then set on point and stitched to each other. It really doesn't get much easier than that.
|4 blocks set on point|
To date, I have 101 completed Flower Garden blocks, with another 24 that will be stitched by next week Monday. With 61 blocks from "The Scrappler" and 105 blocks from "Winging It", it takes my total stash buster blocks to 291 blocks this year. Next week Monday happens to be the 291st day of the year, (according to my count). So, much to my surprise, I'm still on track to complete 366 blocks this year.
That leaves 75 more blocks to stitch for 2016. Time to choose the next stash buster project.