Saturday, May 03, 2008

Scrappy patches

Here is an old project from the bottom of my pile. OK, actually 2 old projects! First up are the 16 patches... I made a quilt in 1991 and these were some of the left-over pieces. And every once in a great while I would sew a few squares together, adding new fabrics - a real scrap bag wonder! Then the sawtooth stars (they are 6" without those borders). I really enjoy making sawtooth stars and made up this bunch about 11 years ago. Maybe longer.

So, here I've had these 2 collection of blocks for some time, languishing away in a little box of odds and ends.
On a cold day this past winter I decided to do something about them and added the white sashings to the stars, played around with the setting, snapped a photo and put it all back away. I wasn't loving it. But today I came up with a new idea so the box is back out and I have seam ripped those 16 patch squares in 2. I have a plan. Hopefully it won't be long before I have a top. Sometimes you just need some years to think things over, you know?
But one thing I have learned - it takes a lot less time to finish something you already have started than to start something from scratch. And I feel like getting something finished. So, I think I will start with these blocks.

Oh - and in case any of you are wondering - that is a paper mitten with stickers in one of the spaces - my son put it there!


Elaine Adair said...

My oldies don't come out that good! This is going to be really cute!

Joyce said...

It's looking really good! Maybe keep the mitten. It adds a touch. I guess you'd have to make it from fabric though. I don't think paper washes very well.

Karen (Misiz C) said...

I really like the way you've tied the older blocks together! Your delightful result is a great reason not to give up on older UFO's.

Lori in South Dakota said...

I like it--mitten the best! It's fun to pull out old UFO's and finish them, it makes you remember why you liked them in the first place!

Shelina said...

It looks like a great plan to me. You finish a UFO and manage to make a lovely quilt. Sometimes it takes some time for a quilt idea to percolate.

Amy a.k.a. dragonryder4 said...

Wow, I really like this and the little mitten is adorable :)