Or Maybe Just Sidetracked
The first two items on my ambitious list from Monday's post have been put on hold until a package arrives with all the essentials
I DH left next to the front door as we were heading home from Arkansas.
So, on to Item 3 - Do something with March RSC16 color purple.
Ahh, purple .... I pretty much exhausted my love of all things purple a couple of years ago. Very little purple left on my shelf, but surely plenty of scraps in the leftover bins...
Yikes! I forgot that I had started one of those sweatshirt jackets for The Queen Mother (MIL) several years ago only to discover that the sweatshirt I bought was Youth size! She's petite, but not THAT petite. So I had a raft of 1-1/2" purple strips that I had cut for the jacket project.
I didn't really want to do string blocks with all the strings the same size, so I settled on 16-patch blocks. I've seen quite a few lovely projects lately using 16-patches. Most of the strips were full WOF so I cut them in half to get more variety and paired a light purple with a dark purple.
After pressing to the dark, I joined two pairs to make a 4-strip set. Again, pressed to the dark. I cut these into 1-1/2" segments and put them in a pile.
These became twosies, then foursies.
I pressed the seams open between segments.
Another blogger had commented that there are so many shades of purple -- reddish, bluish, grayish -- I decided to just use them all together randomly. At first I tried not to have any of the same fabric in adjoining pairs, but that was nearly impossible so I decided that I would only reject having two of the same fabric in adjoining segments.
I mulled (Mangofeet would say dithered) over ideas for what to do with these. and I have settled on framing with this perfect yellow (RSC March accent) with purple twirley-viney things.
Right now I'm thinking about what's next. I might make them wonky so that they dance across the quilt. Or I might set them on point in more of a strippy setting. Or just do a straight set with some sort of sashing. This is where I can use your help. The framed blocks measure 7" unfinished. If I make them wonky, they will only measure 6-1/2" unfinished. I only had enough yellow frame fabric to make 25 blocks. (This is a case where I should have thought things through before I started cutting ...)
Should I add sashing in between?
Or I could use the blocks I have as a center medallion for a larger quilt. Stay tuned to see what I decide.
I still have a stack of purple strips that may become rail fences, although I saw a really good idea on Confessions of a Fabric Addict Wednesday morning. And some wider strips might go into Shoofly blocks.
For someone who had not touched a single purple scrap for the entire month of March till now, I'm certainly making up for lost time.
I guess you could say I'm still Making Do .....