Saturday, June 20, 2009

Murphy's Law Applied to Organized Scrap Piecing


I was really hoping to get to a particular point of putting together some string stars before sharing that project again, but Murphy's Law has reared it's ugly head yet again. I was almost certain that when I foundation-pieced the string diamonds, I prepared ninety-six of the little suckers. I was aiming at making twelve star blocks. Well, I think I need to take remedial math (and counting?) because I apparently only made enough string-pieced diamonds to make eleven blocks. And I ask you, what normal quilt setting uses only eleven blocks? ( you know one?)
I'm still not totally convinced that there aren't eight little string pieced diamonds lurking so
mewhere in my sewing area, giggling quietly and mocking me savagely...sigh.
So I went ahead and sewed nine of the blocks together, three rows of three blocks, to see how I felt about this little project. I chose not to sash them after seeing a similar antique quilt top somewhere. I wish I had added more medium blue strippy scraps along with the red ones, and maybe fewer neutral ones...that way there would have been more sizzle and pop!
Anyway, now comes my border or not to border. The antique quilt that I saw had no border, just neutral binding. But maybe it really needs a border or two to add some za-za-zing...what do you think?

After a hopeful, thorough search of my sewing area (and maybe Weasley's favorite hiding places - perhaps he was a bad kitty!), I will make eight more string-pieced diamonds and get on with this little quilt.

At the risk of you thinking that everything I'm working on is red, neutral, blue and
SCRAPPY, I'll show you another project that I get out from time to time. I got the idea for this quilt in the February 2009 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting (may also be available for free at


The pattern is simple...sewing little squares (on the diagonal) in the corners of a bigger square. Right now I'm making them in two by two units until I decide how much of this madness I can stand. This is another great way to use scraps.

Here's the next batch of snowball blocks, cut out and ready for some serious chain piecing and a good movie.

Oops...I just remembered...I have another red, neutral and blue scrappy project in midstream. Perhaps I am in a rut? More likely, I'm just lazy. My scraps are segregated by color, and once the red, blue and neutral bins are out and the cotton is flying, it is easy to cut out things out for multiple projects all at once.


Which gets me back to my original thought of Murphy's Law as applied to scrap piecing; perhaps my corollary to the law would be "maybe it is possible to be too organized when it comes to scrappy piecing." While it is nice that all the blue stuff is in one bin, it makes me less likely to throw in the odd color that would add some sparkle and movement. I'm still trying to figure out what works better for me...sorting scraps by size with all colors heaped together, or keeping colors segregated. Maybe the creative process works better with a little more chaos and sloppiness and less OCD!

Maybe "scrap piecing" and "organized" just don't go together.

I'll show you these little gems next time!! Am I the UFO queen, or what!!
Keep those needles busy...idle hands do the devil's business (or so I hear!).

Teresa :o)

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Theresa! It's MaryLiz.

    I just got a faster internet connection, so I can visit blogs much more easily. I was in the habit of filing papers, or even working on hand applique while I waited for all the pictures to load.

    This morning, I finally started the May block from the Bunny Hill BOM. (I brought it to Quilting Season.) These cute little blocks are real quick to make, so I think I can catch up if I don't stop to divert all my attention to a single project, as I did recently.

    I want to finish "Christmas in July" before it's a misnomer. I took a lot of 4.5" squares out of the box at church -- all the Christmas fabrics. I figured out a way to use up every single one in a bargello arrangement, by adding a little of my own Christmas fabric. The piecing is a bit wonky, because the squares were cut at different times, by different hands, but it'll be a humble yet cozy little lap quilt when I'm done.




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