Thursday, March 02, 2006

Fiddle Faddle - Mitre Boxes ala Bonnie















I have a nephew who likes the phase - Fiddle Faddle. Basically it kind-ov means maybe a bit of this, maybe a bit of that. I was casting about for a sewing project and would pick up one thing, set it down, pick up another, set that down too. Sigh. Fiddle Faddle. I wasn't really in the mood to rip on my Crossed Tracks quilt or put the final borders on my Cars/Stars quilt (although the orange borders are now completely on, so progress is being made!). So I decided to do something with this little pile of 1/2 yard cuts of geometrics...

I ordered these geometrics to go in the quilt that eventually became 3-Times a Charm. Except, I had my pieces all cut and sewn together before this shipment arrived, so I set this fabric aside for another day. Now what to do? It is an odd little assortment of geometrics! I considered using it in my Octagon Flowers that I blogged about on January 9th. And, actually, I did cut 2 strips from each fabric and set them aside just in case I do decide to do that. But, really, I think these fabrics are a tad bit softer than the fabrics in the Octagon Flowers, so of course - that calls for a new quilt, right?

Well, Bonnie has a neat little tutorial over in her archives at www.quiltville.com (click on the link to her blog and then click on July 2005 archives) - using the Wonder Cut ruler (which I just happen to own) for these mitre boxes. Hummm - They look cute. They look easy. I think my geometrics will look good in this pattern. So, I cut a few 1.5" strips just to see how it goes and I am instantly hooked!!!


This pattern would look good in soooo many scrappy fabrics or themes (orientals, countrys, Americana, 30's, Civil War repros - what have you?). Unlike a log cabin that generally uses only lights and darks - this is a good pattern for your mediums too. A great stash-buster pattern no matter what fabrics you have on hand!

I have just enough fabric to make a few more blocks and then it will be ready for borders. Fiddle Faddle - aren't they just the cutest little blocks ever!?
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9 comments:

Bonnie said...

It is turning out so cute Evelyn! Mine ended up on the way back burner, hopefully I'll be able to get back to it some day! What stopped me is I needed to cut width of fabric strips from yardage, and all that cutting turned me off! *LOL*

Bonnie

Laurie Ann said...

I love it! Those geometrics are just perfect for that pattern. Fun! I'll have to check out that pattern for myself.

Jeanne said...

These are cute, Evelyn!
On my way over to Quiltville...
Jeanne

cher said...

Evelyn! those turned out way too cute...and I think you could have so much fun playing with different colors/themes too- I agree you found just the right use for those fabrics. I may just have to go buy that ruler after all *vbs*

Patti said...

Great use for the fabrics Evelyn. Looks like you bought them just for this quilt. I may have to look into getting one of those rulers. Better check first - maybe this ruler junkie already has one LOL!

dot said...

These look like alot of fun. I am going to have to try them, use up some fabric I don't know why I own but can just get rid of.

JudyL said...

That is going to be a great quilt. I'm amazed at how much you accomplish with your little boy around.

Judy L.

Vicky said...

Great quilt! And it looks fun, too!

Passionate Quilter said...

now that quilt makes me happy! I love it--and how quickly you got it done, even with a little helper around.