Saturday, November 12, 2016

If You Can't Lick 'Em; Join 'Em


Postage Stamps
Does anyone actually remember licking the non-fabric version to get them to stick to an envelope? 

Anyway, this is the fabric version of postage stamps so I'm joining them and not licking them.  I finished up more 10 inch blocks for my collection bringing me to a total of 26 out of the 36 I think I need.   No problem to make 10 more blocks - that's only 6,000 more postage stamps!! They are joined with muslin strips and were inspired by a vintage quilt.  


There will be sashing too since the vintage had sashing.  I think I may have enough of the yellow plaid to use.  If not I'll substitute some other yellow plaid in places.  


I also made 3 more brown/tan/cream postage stamp blocks for my "Plain Brown Wrapper" quilt. 

These blocks put a dent in my postage stamp supply. Most of what is left is multi-color florals, black/gray and neutrals. 

These postage stamp blocks were all started as Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects a couple of years ago.  It may be another couple of years before they become quilts but who's in a hurry?
 I like joining 'em. 

17 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

are you using 1.5 inch squares for your postage stamp quilt like I did? I sure used a lot of them.

scraphappy said...

So many tiny squares. It makes me smile to see them all dancing so happily together.

Julie in GA said...

This is a great way to use all those little squares, and the plain muslin strips set them off perfectly!

katie z. said...

Your blocks are beautiful! And I certainly remember licking stamps.

gayle said...

That's a whole lot of fun to be having with stacks of simple squares!

Libby in TN said...

Love the effect the muslin strips add.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Those are fun to look at! Do you pre-cut your littlest scraps into postage stamp squares so they are available when you want to make some of these blocks? I have my scraps sorted by color, but haven't been cutting them into sizes yet, although it does seem pretty convenient to do that.

Kate said...

Very fun postage stamp blocks. I like both types of blocks, the sashed and the plain brown wrapper ones (perfect name!). Happy stitching this weekend.

Janie said...

They have a classic, beautiful look. I agree with Kate, I like both blocks and the plain brown wrapper name. You've added enough other colors to set off the brown perfect.

Sheila said...

Love your postage stamp creations!

Cathy said...

What a good example you set for us in using up even your little 1.5" squares. I love all your blocks!! I've learned that I don't do so well with bitty pieces (marching seams), so that is exactly why I should start working with them to practice, practice, practice.

PaulaB quilts said...

You have two great advantages, that you don't have to match seams and that with the muslin, you only need half as many postage stamps. Does that mean you are going to make a double size quilt :) ? I really like the overall color effect. Keep up the good work!

Ariane said...

I love all your postage stamp blocks. They are beautiful!

Kaja said...

I like the yellow sashing fabric - it will be really interesting to see the blocks paired up with it.

Sally Trude said...

Uh oh...I feel a postage stamp compulsion coming on...danger, danger!
That said, I do love the diversity of your projects and your relentless progress.

Deb A said...

I remember.... that awful taste when licking the stamps... or envelopes. Your fabric version looks great.

the girlfriend gap said...

Your non hurry attitude makes me smile . Sometimes I have a hard time being ok with slow sewing... that makes for not a lot of finishes in my world. I am easily distracted by the next sweet thing. I wish I could sew and finish faster but it just doesn't seem to be the way I function. Seems like You are always up to something good. I enjoy your creations. Janita