This is my third in Cynthia's Scrap-a-Palooza series, and they are all such fun. This one was rather serendipitous.
I knew I wanted to do it in Christmas scraps, and I'd kind of thought at first of not having any colour pattern, just throwing them in rounds willy-nilly.
But upon sorting through my scraps, and seeing definite predominantly green, or red, or blue, and a few multi-coloured, I thought, hmm, maybe I could do a round of each colour. . . However, I didn't have very many predominantly blue scraps, so thought never mind, maybe alternate rounds of red and green, and end with one multi-coloured, like Cynthia's:
Over the hours of cutting, letting my mind wander, (it's very therapeutic, isn't it? a kind of meditation) and remember I was also cutting for the scrap quilt using 3" squares that I have in my head, as well as Cynthia's 5th scrap-a-palooza quilt, that I realized I did have enough blue to at least do the centre. Then Cynthia posted a few pics of various quilts others have done in her series, and I saw one that had double rows of 4.5" squares... well, the quilt just made itself in my head right then and there.
Musing: hmm, maybe that is the kind of thing that happens to authors who say the characters just "do" and "say" things in their heads, that they really have no control of their characters.
Regardless, here is the quilt in construction, with a few tips thrown in as to keeping it all organized. Apologies for the lighting at times.
Organized Chaos again:
Book It!" method, chain-piecing the first two blocks of each column, and then adding the third, still chain piecing so the entire column stays perfectly in order as it was on the design wall. Yep, there's my snowmen!! And yep, there's a 4-patch in there too! And I even worked in (found them after I'd cut enough other blues) scraps from my Snowman Placemats!! Yippee!
|Piecing each row of 3|
|Terrific thread for piecing|
HOWEVER, with this little trick, I never screw up: leave the tail of threads on the first two squares you piece. Do you see it there just below the two squares at the top, waiting to be joined? That is my first row. Because I laid out my rows of squares as they were on the design wall, I know the top ones go with the top row (the one that has the tail of thread) and the bottom ones with the bottom row. Ya, note the huge distance between the top and the bottom rows of squares, all to keep it obvious for me in this