Saturday, January 13, 2018

Squares to make more squares

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,


some hedgehogs,


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.

19 comments:

  1. Those little nine patches will make great leaders and enders. Hope you get your quilt bordered and your attic insulated. Sounds like a busy Saturday.

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  2. Lots of sweet little objects to spy in your nine patches! Bees, butterflies, hearts, pins, feathers...

    I must have missed that RSC this month included light neutrals. I had very few light blue scraps, so maybe I'll make up some gray blocks.

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  3. Great idea for using up your little squares; a dancing setting will be perfect for them!

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  4. That will make a pretty quilt! Good use of those leftovers.

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  5. No sun - lots of gray snow clouds. But since most everything is shut down here, DH is in his studio and I am headed upstairs to mine.

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  6. I love 9 patches! You are so organized to have the squares already cut, and ready for some enjoyable sewing!

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  7. You can never have too many 9-patches! Those look like fun, and will make a terrific dancing quilt!

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  8. Sunny skies here, but like you, I plan to work in my sewing room. Enjoy!!

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  9. You've gotten a great start on using up those scrappy squares. Hope you get done with the attic in time for some fun sewing time this afternoon.

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  10. I make RSC blocks from project leftovers...like your cute little square of squares! And I don't leader/ender either!

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  11. I know what you mean about having thousands of squares! That's why I chose a 25 square block for my 2.5" squares, it feels like they go down fast 😂😍

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  12. I am trying to leader/ender but it does get complicated. ;) Cute collection of blocks!

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  13. Your little nine-patches are so cute, and the little surprise fabrics are extra fun.

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  14. Goodness, such dainty 9-patch sewing! I'm new to RSC & look forward to seeing your collection grow!

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  15. Good luck eliminating those scrappy squares you’ve accumulated! You are aware that they multiply while you sleep, right?

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  16. Hey, if you want to make squares, you go right ahead. I am sure they will be plenty but not enough and then you will buy some solids to make them into a quilt and then you will have solid leftovers. It is a vicious circle. Ok, it is a circle but we enjoy it, so nothing vicious about it. I am always here to help :-D Dancing 9-patch? Now, you have my attention.
    My scraps often end up in a Scrap Vortex.

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  17. These are cute Mari. I do cut scraps to various size squares but I don't have quite the collection you do. Except maybe 5" squares. I have tons of those.
    What is a dancing 9 patch?

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