Monday, August 31, 2009

What's on My Design Wall Monday

Last night my husband fixed dinner (chicken on the rotisserie on our gas grill), and because I was still in sewing mode and had the extra time, I worked for a while on this long term project. A while back I had cut lots of strips for a log cabin border that didn't work out. I kept all the strips thinking that I might use them for another log cabin or a rail fence quilt.

Now this isn't as organized or efficient as Bonnie's leaders/enders, but whenever I have a leftover piece of fabric I've been cutting off a 1 1/2 inch strip, piecing the strips into threes, then cutting them into 3 1/2 inch squares. Some weeks I don't do any, other times I might make three or four. I've accumulated quite a bit, and I keep them in a shoebox under my sewing table.

A couple of weeks ago I was looking for something to take to my Friday night sewing group and when I accidentally kicked that shoebox, I thought, why not?

I have about 150 squares so far and, as you can see, I've still got a lot of strips that have been sitting around waiting to be pieced. I try to find strips that are approximately equal length so I don't waste too much.

This probably will only yield a throw size quilt, but now seems like the right time to move on with this.

You can check out what others are working on this week by visiting Judy's blog. It's also a great way to find new blog friends and find some inspiration for your quilts.

So what are YOU working on?


Brenda said...
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Brenda said...

ahhhhh!!! I spelt something wrong and tried to fix it - and that didn't work!!!
So, I will try again and not make another mistake!!! Anyways, what I was saying is that is an excellant idea - and it's just as good as Bonnie'e leader/enders simply because her whole point of the leaders and enders is to save fabric!! And that is what you are doing - and look at the project you are creating because of your great idea!!!
Great post!! Love the blks and make this any size you want. It does not have to just be 'lap' size, if you want it bigger, make more blks then, make it bigger!!!\
Have a great week!!!

Rose Marie said...

Your layout looks very interesting and those rail fence blocks are just so easy and addictive to make.

Shasta said...

Your nine patch is beautiful. And so is the fabric you have chosen for the next quilt. I really like your idea about the railfence. I am making a rail fence as well, from scraps - when I finish a project, I cut some rectangles, and put them together as a leaders and enders. Using strips would be so much faster!

Helen said...

I like the way you have shaded the 3 strips. Makes for a very interesting design, keeps your eye moving around the blocks.