Monday, February 8, 2021

Falling In and Out and In Love again with Projects


Last spring, when I was recovering from my shattered wrist and accompanying surgeries, I started a simple project using foundation piecing and selvages.  I couldn't be very precise because of limited ability, but I was very happy doing these.  And then I put these 30 blocks away.  I unearthed them and have been deciding what to do with them.  Because they are already Foundation pieced, I wondered if I could just add a backing and not do batting.  And while that's possible, it just doesn't feel right.  

I've been doing a lot of quilting lately and have been using a roll of wool batting.  Suddenly I'm aware of how much leftover batting bits I have.  And how much leftover muslin bits are laying around.  And that I only have one hand-quilting project lined up once I finish my current one.  So...

I pieced together muslin scraps to make 12" squares

"Frankenbatted" my leftover wool batting bits with a simple zig zag 

and basted the three layers together with a zig zag stitch.

Now all 30 blocks are back on the shelf and will need some simple hand-quilting before the blocks are attached to one another, in a quilt-as-you-go fashion,  (see index for reversible quilting).   As I was laying out these blocks, I was struck by how much I like this project.  I mean, really like this project!  I will happily return to it in warmer weather.  

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