Often when I post about Rainbow Scrap Challenge Projects I get comments that the blocks or units I am working on would make a good leader/ender. Well, it probably would if I were a leader/ender kind of girl. But I'm not. I've tried and tried. I prefer to say I multitask. When I'm working with scraps I'm normally really working with scraps and I arrange my scraps by size. Then I use the scraps in various projects based on size. So, for instance, this week I will dig into the 3.5 inch scraps and cut them for Snowballs, Bow Ties. Then I will chain piece both blocks at the same time.
But then sometimes I multitask by fabric or by color. For example...I saw a block that involved nine patches on Nann's blog (With Strings Attached). It's in the top row above. I have a lot of nine patches and Nann is one of the ladies I have swapped with for years with the Block Swappers Yahoo Group. When I am inspired rather than pin to a Pinterest board or bookmark it a lot of the time I just make a block to see how it goes and to see if I really, really am inspired. If I'm really, really inspired then I make more at some point and if I'm not the trial block goes into the orphanage.
So, to see if Nann really did inspire me, I grabbed a few of the bright 3 inch nine patches since I'm using the darker ones in a Jack's Chain and decided to use some tone on tone fabrics I would have to cut for the borders plus make the corners from 2.5 inch scraps.
And while I had the tone on tones out to cut I decided to use the same fabrics on two other UFOs - Happy Blocks with 4 inch centers and 1-3/4 inch sides and 10 inch Owl and Pussy Cat Sawtooth Star blocks which requires a 3 inch tone on tone piece.
So, as I pulled each fabric then I cut a 1-3/4 inch strip for Happy Blocks, a 2.5 inch strip for bordered nine patches ( or sometimes a 3.5 inch strip depending upon yardage) and a 3 inch strip which I then further cut into the pieces necessary for each block.
Then I chain pieced them all at one time - multitasking. Then I started over again with a different fabric and so on until I got tired of making these blocks.
And three projects moved forward in no time.
This is the new start that I saw on Nann's blog. These blocks will then get sashed with some kind of stripe (maybe or maybe something else to be determined) and corner stones and set on point.
I think I will have a wilder version than Nann is making.
But we are both having fun, I'll bet.
A few years ago I participated in an I Spy Happy Block swap. The blocks have four inch centers and 1 - 3/4 inch sides to total a six inch block. Over the years I have participated in 4 inch novelty charm swaps too. So, from all the swaps I pulled the ones with critters on them and into Happy Blocks they go.
I have a bigger pile of them now but to make a BIG quilt you need a BIG pile.
Strange Bedfellows will be a quilt for me. The rest of the charms/blocks will go into donation quilts.
And these are the new additions for the Owl and the Pussy Cat quilt. The centers are owl and pussy cat scraps.
And now I've also made a few tone on tone scraps of various sizes that I will add to their respective scrap boxes. I don't have many 1-3/4 inch scraps to add to so depending upon the size of scrap I further cut those into 1.5 inch postage stamps or a 1.5 inch strip.