Wednesday, June 20, 2012

2012 - The Summer Of Done - Inspired by Thelma

Thelma over at Cupcakes and Daisies is  making 2012 "The Summer Of Fun".  She has inspired me to tackle a bin full of baggies (26) that contain various blocks, strips, squares, etc...  that need to be made into quilts. While my projects might not be "fun",  they will get "done", one way or another!

Some of the pieces in the baggies were left over from the backing of quilts, others when I cut too many pieces for a quilt, or cut them the wrong size.  I will pick one baggie each week and will work on making it's contents into a finished quilt, really simple quilts, using only fabric I already have.

My mental conversation about these baggies have been "What was I thinking when I did this",  "Now what", "I don't remember doing this".  I will be cutting some into tumblers, apple cores, squares and a few will find their way into my strings container. Maybe a few might get cut up and put into dog beds.
I am going to start off my "summer of done" using 42 4 patches. The black fabric is from a back of a previous quilt, paired with brights to make the 4 patches. These blocks have been sitting around for at least 3 years.

The four patches are 4.5 inches. It will be the perfect size for a baby quilt. I am going to set the blocks on point, use black for the setting triangles and this bold wacky circle fabric for the borders. First I need to rearrange the blocks. I have two extra blocks and I will piece them into the backing!

Pulling this top together is pretty exciting for me as I really struggle with coming up with ideas to use these bits and pieces. I do not have an artist's mind. I got an "F" in high school art class. I can follow a pattern, but trying to be creative on my own just doesn't work.  Taking a pattern and making changes to it is almost impossible for me. So maybe using some of the fabric in these baggies will stretch my creativity a bit, or will have me tossing the whole thing into the trash.

Enjoy your "Summer of Fun".


Sara the Great said...

love that border fabric, what fun colors...that's gonna look sharp!

Thelma said...

Looks like you're off to a great start! It will be fun for us to see what you come up with each week, I hope you have fun too!

Quilter Kathy said...

Looks like you are indeed artist and will accomplish a lot in your summer of done!