Have you ever had a week where you wanted to sew/create but you couldn't find your groove and just the right project? I've been all over the place this week.
In my head, I want to make a disappearing nine patch out of them. I'm hoping for a cacophony of color and a happy quilt. For the most part, florals are happy fabrics and they should translate into a quilt of the same tone - if the design is right. I think this is -- but needed to make a prototype block.
So, that's what this is. I took some 3" squares and strips and made a nine patch and then sliced it down the middle to see what the proportions, dimensions, and color placement would be like.
That's the case here. This is Roll Roll Cotton Boll which is on my list to finish this year. It was a mystery quilt at the end of 2010 and I have all the pieced blocks made and all the string blocks sewn into halves. I just need to finish assembling the larger string blocks.
I started this quilt when we were working on getting the house in Chicago ready to sell and knew that I could do most of it from precut strips and my strings. I was close to right -- there was plenty of cutting but it made a dent in a lot of my smaller pieces and used many of them up. That's the spirit of cleaning up to get a house (or sewing room) more in order, right?
The suggested color palette was pink where you see blue -- and I didn't have pinks. Unfortunately when you are cutting for a mystery quilt, you don't know how the blocks will go together and whether your color choices will work. I don't think these did. You also get in pretty deep sometimes and can't get out. That was the case when one clue was to make 600 of the red/white HSTs and sew them into 120 strips of five. Some of you know the feeling that comes when you read that and think "REALLY -- 600?". I didn't get that clue finished until we got moved to Kentucky and I needed mindless sewing. I had them pieced but not sewn into strips of five.
I hope you are inspired and creative this week -- and a bit more focused than I am!