Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Just a little off the top and sides...

Remember when Gomer Pyle was going into the Army and he got his military haircut?  He sat in the barber's chair and told the barber how Floyd, his barber back home,  always just took a little off the top and sides?  Well, we all know what happened.....

 I have been trimming my HST blocks down to 1.5" square.  These are the ones that I sewed together from 2" square blocks in this post.  Here I show you how I am squaring them magic in's done one block at a time, opposite corners at a time.  It's something I can do while I watch TV and I get a rhythm down and it goes fairly fast.  Sorry for the blurry picture.  I am trying to take it left handed while holding the rotary cutter and it doesn't work very well!

As I was trimming along I started having a little pile of snips and I thought they looked kind of neat sitting there so I saved the whole pile from this group of HST squares and put them on this plate until I was all done.  I thought they looked kind of pretty sitting there.  They will go in the trash - I am not saving them for anything! But I couldn't resist taking a picture to show you!

After I trim the squares I put them in this slotted box only to keep them organized.  They are in no particular order.  When I am ready to make blocks I will start to pull them out and arrange my squares in the order I want and layer them up with a piece of paper separating the blocks so I can just sew them as I come to them.

This quilt is a scrappy quilt of the "kitchen sink" variety so as you can see from looking into my box there is any and every kind of print in this quilt.  Here are four of the blocks finished.  I need 56 blocks for my quilt and I have 37 completed. 

The fabrics in this quilt are from left over quilt projects; however, there are a few fabrics that are tied with other memories for me from over the years and even into Junior High.  That is the fun of having a scrap quilt you can look at those fabrics and remember where they came from.

Below is a picture of one of the blocks from the antique quilt that I am replicating.  I debated trying to do it in reproduction fabrics but decided to do it in fabrics of today.  Just like the maker of the antique quilt did.  She/he used whatever they had on hand and it showcases fabrics from that time period. 

One thing I failed to get when selecting this quilt to replicate is the size of the original quilt.  So, I just elected to make mine the size I am making it.  I have a feeling mine is smaller than the original - don't know why I feel that way but I do.

I am going to head over to the Jubilee Quilt Project to post what I have been up to on this project.  This is my Jubilee quilt if you haven't been following my earlier posts.  Please stop in and see what other Jubilee participants are working on.  We are all turning 50 this year.

Yesterday we had temps in the 50's and Hezzie and I were able to take a long walk.  He was so happy to be out and about that if he could have skipped I think he would have.  Normally he doesn't like to get his feet wet but he walked straight through every puddle yesterday and looked up at me as if to say, "What are you going to do about it?" :)

Have a great day!



libbyquilter said...

that little bowl of trimmings is beautiful and would be good to give to someone with a felter . . . maybe someone in your guild?

37 out of 56 means that you are well over halfway there with the block construction~! you must be getting excited.


Lori said...

It is fantastic and such small blocks!! My favorite kind!!

Taryn said...

I love your project. The inspiration quilt is very appealing to me...lots of fabrics. I like how well your contemporary fabrics captures the feel of the original quilt. I bet your blocks are smaller, too. 1" finished is pretty tiny!

The Cozy Quilter said...

That is a lot of HST's! I love how a scrappy quilt is so full of memories.

Connie said...

Love the bowl of trimmings and what tiny blocks! That is a perfect box to keep them in, have fun!