I did actually get a quilt backing read for the next quilt I want to layer — that used six yards. And I used a whole yard and a half in finish the two large applique blocks into separate wall hangings that I quilted last weekend. But……. and you know that “but” means that somehow I’ve totally managed to undo all stash busting by doing some stash enhancement. 😉
So BUT for this…. it would have been a stash “busting” week but I think I pretty much came out even. At least all those precuts are all fat eighths rather than fat quarters right? LOL
Among those fabrics is this panel print which is hanging crooked on my wall – I just loved the colors in it and if I ever need a quicky project to donate, these are great to alternate with other blocks to get a quick lap size project, table runner or pillows.
The batiks will be back out of the stash soon so they won’t linger there. Part of them I bought to use as a gift. The rest I plan to use for Bits and Bytes
and some will also be used for Heads or Tails. I hope to get started on my version of that today if I ever stop puttering around.
I’ve gotten several emails from people asking about what fabrics are shown in this version of Heads or tails. (I think that little scissors print in the bird must be calling to the quilter in them) 🙂 The fabric line is Half Moon Modern by Moda except for the background. I have no idea if these fabrics are still available in stores – they came out on the EQ Spring Stash 2012 stash so they would have hit fabric shops a little over a year ago. But having the name you should be able to easily search on line. The binding is actually a chevron print fabric if I remember right but it ends up looking like a diagonal stripes here.
I’ve also gotten questions asking if this pattern will only be offered as a paper pieced pattern — yes, this design works best that way. But you should be able to easily turn the paper piecing patterns into templates if you want to use individual templates to piece them – you just need to make sure to add seam allowances back on the areas where you cut apart pieces and there aren’t any. I’m not a fan of paper piecing, but I’m even less a fan of template cutting. Paper piecing is the quickest and easiest way to do this one and a good beginner one to do if you’ve never done any paper piecing. However, if you’ve never done it before, you should check a book, magazine, or on line for the actual “how to” of paper piecing since it’s confusing to most people when described only in words, and I can’t really do graphics that show how to do it. There are tons of great resources on line that explain it well.
And now, before I finally actually get to work in the sewing room….. the latest shawl to come out of the “block me” basket and is no longer an unfinished knitty project but is done and ready to wear (just in time for summer) 🙂
It’s the Old Man of Storr shawlette, which was a free pattern (added bonus!) I actually started this in 2011 and when I looked back on the blog, I finished it in November 2011 and then it went to the bottomless blocking basket. It’s about time it gets to see the light of day!