Up early last Saturday, I wanted to find a way to use the rest of a bunch of jelly roll strips, odds and ends, bits and pieces of patriotic prints. You can see part of the messy pile on my table. I had some larger 12-inch nine patch blocks, and some small 6-inch nine patch blocks for the center of the stars in my To The Nines quilt pattern. But I have made so many of this pattern, I wanted to use up the leftovers with something new.
I had an idea of using the jelly roll strips in large blocks to simulate a basket weave. But this was too busy and haphazard.
I thought the blocks went better with a tiny print that reads solid.
I had a great many of these three patch strips that had been cross cut from jelly roll strip sets that hadn’t been sewn into nine patches. I began sewing them end to end for a scrappy border.
I added a thin solid red border to the top, then began working the scrappy border around it.
A little adjustment here and there, and they fit nicely. One more top done and ready to quilt.
After lunch, I went back to sewing the big strip sets. These were cross cut into 10-1/2 inch squares. I pinned up the little 6-1/2 inch nine patches on point to play with ideas.
I could only get eight of the large strip blocks, so something else will need to go in the center. Perhaps I can do a star in the center, surround it with the rail blocks, then do some kind of on-point nine patch around that like a round robin. I made more strip sets for another scrappy border, to finish the time I had to Sunday afternoon when I headed home.
Four tops with two ready to quilt, and two more just needing borders. Not too shabby for getting some things done without any plan before I left!
So now, the plan is to finish off the QOV and the Project Linus quilts so I can count out that fabric on the Stashbuster Challenge. Did you report your totals last week? The rest of those jelly roll strips and bits of squares left over will get donated somewhere. I have had quite enough of those, thank you very much!!
What are you working on this week?