Hi everyone, and thank goodness it's Friday! I could not wait for this week to be over. I spent a good bit of it with a really terrible migraine, the kind where all you can really do is lie down in a dark room and whimper. Sadly, few people can take that option for very long, so I actually had to try to *do things.* I was unsuccessful at most of it.
Thankfully, my head is mostly better now, and it's the weekend, so I can just kind of rest and try to catch up. Obviously I got no real sewing done, so now I'm behind where I wanted to be. I swore that this year I would stop feeling like I was "behind" on sewing, but that lasted all of ten days. I will try to work on that some more.
One thing that I can talk about today is this four-patch project that I've started as a leader-ender scrap project:
Aren't those cheerful? Leaders and enders are little bits that you stitch together in between parts of another project, and you can read more about them HERE if you want. I've thought this was a great idea, but mostly I've failed at it. These little four-patches might turn the tide, and they build up amazingly fast (or maybe I just sew too much.)
These little bits will finish at only 2 inches square. When I'm saving scraps, I save the pieces as chunks until it's time to use them, then cut what I need. When the scrap gets pretty small, I cut it up into 2-1/2, 2 inch, and 1-1/2 inch squares so I can squeeze every last bit of value out of those pieces. I've been saving these in bins separated by size:
This is the 1-1/2 inch bin, and I think it's time to use these up. There are thousands of squares in there! And I just keep adding to it as I cut more scraps. I saw THIS quilt project from Amanda Nyberg (now retired!), called Lost in the Crowd, and was seriously inspired. This would make a great use for thousands of squares, don't you think?
I've been keeping this container filled with squares next to the machine and grabbing pieces when I remember, then tossing them into a basket.
Believe it or not, this container is a repurposed produce container. Our grocery store sells cut fruit in these, with one kind of fruit per compartment, for a ridiculously expensive price. Sometimes I get some, though, because stress is a real thing and it's better to eat fruit than chips.
I want to stitch these into double 4-patches when I get a chance, to make blocks that are a little easier to handle, so I tried out some alternate block possibilities:
These are Kona Butter, Bahama Blue, and Cabbage. I'm really drawn toward the green, which is also what Amanda used. What do you think? Maybe I should make up a couple as an experiment. I think the Butter is definitely out, but I do love both the others.
That's about all I accomplished this week. For the weekend, I'll be resting my head and checking my phone obsessively as our daughter should be having her baby any day. A new granddaughter-- I can't wait! Hope your weekend is good!
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday, and Oh Scrap!