Fat Quarter Fun

>> Monday, September 26, 2011

My design on the wall has been staring at me for just over a week.

I started out making a block to submit to Quiltmaker for another volume of 100 Blocks.
Not gonna happen next time around!  I will be in the issue coming out really soon though:)

 This was my original plan. Well, there was also some appliqued hearts in the middle of the block.

Then I got interested in all the variations within. When you start turning each quarter you get some interesting blocks.

I can see lots of fun possibilities with using one quarter of this block.

My dilemma? Not enough yardage around to make one quarter of this block 12 inches big!!

Maybe that's hard to believe - and maybe it isn't. If you collect fat quarters then you would know it's hard to make one big block from your selection. If you collect layer cakes and charm squares, you will have to think smaller finished size blocks to create anything - if you want to keep a specific number of fabrics/colours in your blocks. If you collect yardage, then you probably have more than enough!

I am trying to change what fabrics I collect; I want to start using more batiks and solids, and more textured fabrics like stripes. So I am trying to use up what I have while my 'design mind' is already ahead of me and wants those new fabrics, already!:)

So my dilemma and disappointment quickly turned into a new design opportunity which is now steeping on my design wall.

This is what it looks like this morning with the sun streaming in the entranceway windows hidden beneath my design wall {which is also my favourite Christmas tablecloth with flannel backing}. I am cutting my side triangles with older fabrics to make sure I have the size right before I use up my valuable and scarce solid fat quarters. I happened to pick up a guild newsletter at the quilt show I went to earlier this month which had a perfect chart of what size squares to cut to get your side and corner triangles! What a great coincidence.

I am working away at finishing some UFOs before 2012 comes around. This design will get worked on in between stitching down bindings. Eventually I may even have a tutorial for this one.
The longer I keep it up on the wall the less likely I will be to start something new. 
Sound familiar?!?!

Enjoy more design walls today through the linkup at Judy's blog.

Sarah Vee


Julie Kaye from KS September 26, 2011 at 3:42 PM  

Your blocks are great. With the green it reminds me of trees.

Nanette Merrill September 26, 2011 at 4:28 PM  

Enjoyed catching up here today. I love the new design block.

Quilter Kathy September 27, 2011 at 8:54 AM  

That is a great motto...to leave things on the design wall so I don't start new things!
I look forward to seeing the new 100 blocks magazine...remind us when it is released please :)

Nina Marie September 27, 2011 at 3:07 PM  

I love that you showed the design process you went through - thanks so much!!! Also - I stop buying fat quarters years ago since it always seemed like it was having just one taste of a cheesecake and left me longing for more!

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