Saturday, October 1, 2011
September UFO DONE!!
It was a challenge to get this finished this month because I have my boy here!! More on that in the next post, I want to talk about this quilt today. This quilt was begun as a leader/ender project about, I don't know, SIX years ago! I began by using 2-inch squares of dark fabric and sewing them into 2-patches.
When I got a HUGE pile of those, I started L/E (leader/endering) pairs of 2-inch squares of muslin.
When I got a HUGE pile of those, I started L/E 1/2 square triangles. I did this by pairing larger muslin and dark squares (about 3 inches each) and sewing on both sides of the center diagonal line then cutting them apart to make two 1/2 squares that I trimmed to 2 inches.
When I got a HUGE pile of those, I started sewing them to the two squares of muslin or two of the dark 2-patches to make strips of 3.
When I had a HUGE pile of those, I sewed a single muslin square to two dark squares.
Soon (a relative term), I had three piles of strips of 3-patches that looked like this:
FINALLY, I started sewing these strips together into 9-patches. I sewed and sewed and sewed until I had 192 of them. I was finally ready to lay out a quilt top and the playing commenced. I decided to sew them together into the blocks you see by sewing 4 of the 9-patches together. I wanted a zig-zag effect so I sewed an extra bit onto the end of each column of six blocks. Looking at it now, I would probably end each row with a half block.
Those of you who are very clever will have figured out that I could have accomplished this same effect by sewing 4-patches into 16-patches and then adding the 1/2 square triangle thingy that looks like a flying goose. OR, I could have sewn... well, there are many ways to skin a cat, this is how I did it because I wasn't sure about the final layout.
The thing I like about this block is that it can be used in MANY layouts as you would use a log cabin block. The advantage, as I see it, is that I can make them easily as a L/E project while making other quilts. I see L/E quilts as almost making themselves. The blocks just get sewn together while I am making other quilts. The only direct attention I spend on them is when it comes to putting all the blocks together into a top.
The other thing I LOVE about this quilt is that I consider it almost free. The only fabric in it that I actually purchased is 1/2 of the backing. I pieced the batting from leftovers of other quilts and all of the 2-inch squares are scraps from my other quilts but mostly from my quilt guild friends who know how I will use any tiny scrap that they don't want to be bothered with.
Big decision is where I will donate this quilt.
Hop over to Patchwork Times and see the other FINISHED UFOs!