Sunday, January 02, 2011

I'll press and trim them ... tomorrow

144 triangle squaresHere are 144 triangle squares, ready to be pressed and trimmed to 2 inches. I thought I'd have a design wall full of half-square triangles at the end of the night, but I decided to stop here.

They will be used for one of my projects for Soscrappy's Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month. Like Andra, I plan to make some monochromatic blocks each month in the designated color and put them all together for a colorful, scrappy quilt at the end of the year. Along the way, I hope to reduce my scraps ... a LOT.  Each month I will be taking my scraps out of the jumbo zip lock bags where they live now and pressing and folding them into new storage–I have been hanging onto those large lightweight plastic tubs that hold a pound of spinach or salad and thinking they might be repurposed into stackable storage for scraps and projects.
My old scrap storage system my new scrap storage idea ironing, folding and cutting 144 squares

My lotto blocks for January are in a much more finished state--I finished them before earlier this afternoon ... before diving into my scraps:

Sophie's Stack #7 Sophie's Stack #8 Sophie's Stack #9  

The block pattern is my variation on the traditional Chinese Coins quilt pattern.  You can find the pattern here - Stacking (Quilt) Blocks.  I think these 10" blocks would make a fun (and quick) kid's quilt and I plan to make one for the Austin Guild's "baby bundle" charity effort.

The seem to be a hit with the sneak peekers (who earned an advance look a week ago). By the first of January, there were already 85 blocks made.  Here's a look at a "virtual quilt" made from 60 of them.

I think these blocks are a great way to use jelly rolls or noodles (or whatever you call 2-1/2 inch wide strips) or scraps and use big enough strips so you can SEE the fabrics. I like the whimsical look of imperfectly stacked "coins," too.


Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Looks like you are getting a lot of use out of your scraps!!

Chris said...

Love your variation of Chinese Coins. I will have to try it out, thanks!

Quilter Kathy said...

The stacks pattern is definately a great scrap user!

scraphappy said...

You are making great progress on your scraps. I look forward to seeing your finished squares.

Kathy said...

That's a good idea you have about re-organizing your scrap storage for each color as the month comes along. I may have to implement that system also. Your post has been very inspiring!

Pokey said...

This is such a accomplish-able, beginner friendly project, I've already planned to use this for my friends I teach quilting to. It's just a bit different enough to be fun. Thank you for sharing the inspiration!

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