For a variety of reasons I have been on a self - imposed "no buy" of fabric since I retired about 18 months ago. I have to admit I've done pretty well with this but have bought some backing fabrics and picked up a few remnants a couple of times when I was at Hobby Lobby. Over the years I usually bought small 1/2 yard pieces of fabric for the stash so I could have a variety of different fabrics to work with. But I have always kept a bin of larger pieces of blenders and tone on tones - depending upon price they were 1 or 2 yard cuts. I recently looked into that blender/tot bin and panicked because it looked like the fabric was running low and immediately felt like I should make a fabric purchase.
But then I took a deep breath, calmed down a bit and proceeded to prove to myself that I still had enough for a lot of quilts in that bin.
I dug into some UFOs - mostly donation quilts.
I finished off 120 six inch animal themed Happy Blocks (above) . These have four inch centers and 1 3/4 inch sides. Some of the blocks were actually swapped with an I Spy Yahoo Group and some of the centers came from other swaps I have participated in over the years. These will be set 10 x 12 for a quilt 60 x 72.
Then I finished a set of twenty-four 10 inch Owl and Pussycat Sawtooth Stars. Set 4 x 6 they will make a nice sized baby quilt at 40 x 60. Lately I've been making Flying Geese for Sawtooth Star Points but on these I had used the "flippy corner" method to make the points. With the "waste triangles" I started making some Wonky Stars but forgot to take a picture of those.
Then I dug into the Happy Place (a box of incomplete sets of different themed Happy Blocks most with six inch centers and 2.5 inch sides) and finished a set of 24 butterfly themed blocks...
...a set of 24 baseball themed Happy Blocks...
...and a set of sport themed Happy Blocks. A kind soul sent me that sport themed fabric in the background to use on donation quilts and I think there's more than enough for backings for these two sport themed quilts.
The Happy Blocks all left me with 2.5 inch scraps for the 2.5 inch scrap box that will get used in other quilts. That scrap box actually needed to be refreshed a little so this little exercise was timely.
And, guess what! The blender/tot bin is still half full. Phew. Crisis averted. No fabric purchase necessary (right now at this moment).