Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Just Playing

Lately I have been having fun just playing with my bright scraps. I showed my Dresden plate blocks in a previous post and thought I would share my plan for them. Often when I am on the internet I come across an interesting block I would like to try out. It may be a technique I want to try or just something I think looks cool but I don't always want to invest the time or money into a whole quilt. So I head to my bright scraps and make a sample or two and hopefully someday I will have a bright, scrappy and unique sampler. Here is how I am doing so far.

This weekend I saw this fun block made of friendship stars set in a circle and I wanted to try it right away. The HSTs finish at 1 inch making a finished 9 inch block. It was fun but tricky keeping everything in order.

I also made this 12 inch star block from a tutorial that I had bookmarked a few years ago. Fun, but I don't think I will be making many of these as there were so many bias edges to work with.

And if you look closely at the first picture you might see a few little spool blocks that I saw on a Fat Quarter shop YouTube tutorial featuring Edyta Sitar. I really am enjoying this little project. I try to keep the blocks to 3, 6, 9 or 12 inches but I figure I can always add little bits to make things work together. I have no arrangement plan at this time and have no idea how it will turn out but this quilt is all about the process for me. And about using up those scraps!

 

11 comments:

antique quilter said...

this is wonderful I often thought about doing something like this. I usually turn the blocks into a little quilt or give them to a friend who is making quilts like this for a charity. I love how bright and cheery yours is.
very fun! keep going
kathie

pinewood said...

Great idea! It's a great way to learn new tricks and make a wonderful quilt.

Oops-Lah said...

I love your latest block. I think that's a brilliant idea, just making blocks and one day they will all go together, a bit like a puzzle!

Karen H said...

This is going to be such a cheery quilt! Love the little friendship star block!

Barb said...

love the blocks and that quilt below this post is awesome!!

Carole~Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus said...

Love, love love it! A very inspirational post - what a great process.

Teresa Rawson said...

I love your fun and free-spirited project!

Barb said...

Wee so cheerful and fun!
love that pink and red circle

Eileen said...

What a great idea! I'll bet it's very freeing to make these samples-that way they're not spinning around in your brain.
Do you have a little stash just for these blocks?

Karen said...

It's going to be wonderful!!!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- that's going to be a fun quilt. I especially LOVE that last block -- very cute!