where I can’t settle on one project. Those days are usually the best for cleaning out bits and pieces here and there that get stuck in boxes and baskets to deal with another day. So, I’ve been meaning to clean out some of the UFO storage tubs in the sewing room and decided I’d start out with just this hatbox.
I mean how much stuff can that hat box really hold?
As I was clearing the rest of the stuff off the table to make room…oops…..
Hope I didn’t really need that square for my quilt.
So once I dumped out the hatbox — here’s some of what I found.
Oh no!! Not more cupcake blocks. LOL Yes there’s pieces ready to applique for another 20 or so blocks and a little stack of mini blocks. I kept the mini cupcakes out – I want to make a mini wall hanging out of them. I think they are about 4.5″ blocks and I’ve got five of them so I may lay them out like a 9 patch block but have to decide what I want to use for the alternate squares.
Oh and lets not forget these four pastel frosted cupcakes. The two on the right aren’t stitched down yet. The frosting fabric and cupcake fabrics are all from the same fabric line. I may make something separate from the other cupcakes with these four.
I also found these — we held a quilt retreat in New Braunfels, TX and one of the gals embroidered the info and year (2006) on the upper Texas hankie and the fabric map below as also from one of the gals. I need to put them in the box with my quilt from the Texas Romp swaps because I plan to use them in the backing of the quilt.
Then there were the miscellaneous stuff (oh no — more appliqued hearts too! — will they never end?) I know there are many more heart blocks in the UFO boxes too despite the fact that I have made and donated many heart quilts already. What can I say – the winters are long and if I have nothing else I want to work on, I always had a bunch of hearts cut and ready to stitch. Thank goodness I went back to knitting so I’m not making any more heart blocks. There’s a light butterfly print fabric cut in squares that I must have planned to alternate with the hearts in that project. It would make a cute girly baby quilt. The triangles were left over from a project and will most like become a potholder and the red/black block is an idea was working on for the fat quarter swaps we did on TQP of black and white prints, red and white prints, and red and black prints –I have lots of those in the stash, and thanks to a friend, a stockpile of black buttons to sew on the center of the blocks.
The baggie of 30s repos HSTs — they were the “bonus” corners off some stitch and flip bowtie blocks. In a moment of insanity I decided to keep them. It will take many more moments of insanity to actually do anything with them since they all need to be squared up to 1.5″. Who kept those dinky things anyway! LOL But they would go nicely with my 122 heart (yes more hearts!) blocks that will finish 4″ square — again all 30s repos and solids. They’re cute little hearts and would make another darling baby quilt.
Various odd blocks, leftovers and “uglies” have been removed from the hat box and relegated to the recycle box. If I know I have no intention of completing it, no longer like it, or never did like it (yes there are a few of those) to the recycle box it went — time for a good clean out even if I am starting small with just one hatbox. But, what I had forgotten were in the hat box were these blocks - the cabbage roses.
Forty-six blocks in this batch — they are on two different backgrounds but both are by the same manufacturer and have the same colors in them so they look really well together. There are more cabbage roses blocks (yes, if I remember right this was another winter project) but the others are on different colored backgrounds and include other fabrics. These were made from a large fat quarter roll I bought at another quilt retreat. I think I may leave these up on the design wall. I need to press them and not all of them are squared up to size yet, but I think I’ll contemplate how I want to set these together.
So the hat box is repacked, less stuff than it started out, but now it contains only the stuff I think I actually will finish — or at least at this point in time I intend to finish them.