What do you do with your fabric leftovers at the end of a project? Most of the time I just stuff mine into their respective boxes and jam the lids on, but sometimes I cut the smaller pieces up into standard-sized squares-- 1-1/2 inch, 2-inch, and 2-1/2 inch. I've been collecting these separately from the other scraps for a long time, and I've traded some with friends for variety. You would think with the Squared Away project that I would use up a bunch of squares, but I have literally thousands of these babies. This year I'm either using them or losing them-- every square must go! I think you know the feeling!
We all know the best way to clear out fabric is to use it in a project, so as another RSC18 project I'm using some of the bajillion 2-inch squares to make these fun little 9-patches:
These are made from colorful squares surrounding a white center square and will finish at 4-1/2 inches each. They are super fast to make and would make a good leader/ ender project if I didn't stink at those. I never can keep the project straight and end up getting all confused.
If you've been around for a while, you know that blue is not my favorite color, so I'm really stunned that I managed to make 10 9-patches with light blue squares:
Since the color of the month also includes light neutrals, I also made some with white-background fabrics:
And a couple with tan backgrounds:
And, amazingly, I managed to eke out two blocks from gray squares:
Who knew I had enough gray squares for TWO blocks? These are fun to work on, if only for the little surprises in the squares. For example, I came across a cowboy,
and I'm pretty sure that's a mosquito square!
At the end of the year, I'm planning to set the blocks into a dancing 9-patch layout and have one or two donation quilts, depending on how many blocks I can end up with. I suspect that there will be a lot of yellow and pink blocks, so we'll definitely have to divide those between two quilts.
So that's another of my RSC projects for this year! I have one more, using the 2-1/2 inch squares, but I haven't really started on that one yet. It involves sorting the squares by color, and you know how tedious that can be!
Hope everyone has a great weekend! The hubs seems determined to add some insulation to the attic, and since it looks like this outside, I don't know that I'll have any choice but to help:
After a good hot shower, I plan to shut myself in the sewing room and add a border to an unfinished quilt. Hope you have some stitching fun too! Or at least some sunny skies!
Sharing at soscrappy for RSC18.