I had thought I wanted to start the “Easy Street” Mystery and even got step one completed. I started step 2 and before long, I had all of the flying geese for that step done. Little did I know… they were all too little!! Frustrated, I decided to chuck the idea of the mystery. I didn’t have enough fabrics anyway so it was probably best that I didn’t continue. But what to do with all of the step one units that were good?
Make a “Step 1” Quilt top of course!
I will be giving it along with 8 of my other tops to a long-armer from my quilt guild to go to a charity of her choice (she is providing batting, and most of the backing and binding – and doing the quilting). I asked for one stipulation, that photos of the completed quilts be taken before they were sent off and sent back to me. These tops are ones that I made to try a technique, show a demo of the technique, or just don’t want any more for one reason or another.
Here are the other tops going:
Step it Up
Split 9 Patch
Blue and Yellow
Fall’s New Hope
SO 9 quilts off my “UFO list” ! WOOT!
I was having a hard time coming up with block patterns, so I decided to go with a few classics:
and finally Ohio Star… but I didn’t remember that the center block was supposed to be the same as the star points, so they are something different…
and that concludes all 50 of the tsunami quilts that I made.
The obsession is over… or is it? Yes… it is… for now!
I was running out of ideas for simpler blocks.
Back to Pinterest. I had pinned a block that I wanted to try. It looked simple. I drafted it into EQ to get the size I needed.
I made one block and discovered I could get one block out of 4” of two different fabrics. So I made a few of these – they were fast, simple, and looked great.
I think that I could have made the rest of them like this… but it felt like “cheating” to me by making multiples of one block. Don’t ask me what I was thinking. I only made five total.
Another pinterest pinned block I drafted:
I loved doing this one. The problem with this one was I didn’t have a lot of fabrics that coordinated 5 different prints/solids. I would have made more of these.
Another pinterest pinned block I did was this one:
I drafted it at 7” because I thought it would be easier than figuring out what would fit a 12” block. I added borders and called it done. I would have made more of these, but again, I didn’t have the fabrics in three values of a color.
This brings my total up to 43. 7 more to get to 50. I was seriously running out of ideas for blocks…
I had 30 quilts done and quilted (just not bound yet) and decided that 50 sounded like a better number. That was only 20 more quilts. I got to 30 so quick that I didn’t think 20 more would be so bad.
Looking back, what I didn’t take into consideration when I made that decision was the fact that 17 blocks were already done and the remaining seven were already cut.
But I was obsessed. I couldn’t fall short of my goal. I had a purpose. It seems when I have a purpose to what I am doing, I can complete my goals easier. That will be something I apply to my goals for next month.
Ok. Now what to do for the remaining 20 quilts. I didn’t want to go too elaborate, because, as I said, I didn’t want to fall short of my goal – that would be failure on my part in my mind.
So the first few were simple and left over fabrics from the Jelly Roll Sampler. I just took leftover Jelly Roll strips and did a stitch and flip. I planned it on the diagonal, so that the smaller strips were on the outside and then I just trimmed the blocks down.
Great… That was four blocks that were quick. I still had scraps leftover, but not enough to make more of the strip quilts. Hmmm… What to do.
I had seen on pinterest about the disappearing 16 patch. I figured it was as good a time to do it as any. I made one try – it yielded two blocks. They were tiny. Much tinier than I needed… (but I was using 2 1/2” squares. So I added borders.
Six more blocks down and I could use up the fabric I really didn’t like. SCORE!
Total quilts now: 36
Bolstered by the fact that I knocked a UFO off so quickly, I decided to do that to my March UFO (#8). The blocks were already done. I couldn’t come up with a setting – the whole reason it was a UFO to begin with. So why not just quilt them and be done with my March UFO?
Done! Something knocked off my list and given to a good cause! I was rocking with the “high” of those things.
Here they are:
These were made several years ago and my piecing has improved a lot since then.
Again. I could have stopped here. This gave me 30 quilts that I could turn in at the March guild meeting. That would have been awesome right there. 6 would have been great. 18, marvelous. 30… awesome.
Sometimes… I see my O.C.D. coming from a mile away. This time, it hit me upside the head and kept at it. I was obsessed and on a mission to get to 50. Don’t ask me why. 50 sounded like a nice round number. I was insane and crazy and obsessed. More obsession to come…