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!?