Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Mini Quilt Monday

When Michele asked us to post about our scrap quilts, I formed big plans. Too big, in fact. You see, I decided to make a scrap quilt, so I could show how frugal I could be by using leftover half square triangles ("HTS") from another quilt. It was a new concept to me when I made that original quilt - a way to save all that fabric that would otherwise be thrown away. Several women in that class threw theirs away, but I kept mine. Lots of quilters now use leftover HSTs, but it was a new concept at the time. Then I saw several blogs celebrating Mini Quilt Monday by making a mini quilt every Monday. If I made a mini quilt using my HSTS, I could finally have a finish this year. And since the HSTs are technically orphan blocks, I could join Finn's Orphan Train all at the same time. And if I could get it done by the end of the month, I could use it as a Spring to Finish entry. I haven't joined any of these groups, and haven't made any promises, but it sure would be nice to be able to sort of join all these fun events that are happening in blog world.

One little quilt with such big lofty ambitions!

I took my little blocks and pressed them. All of them. That little tiny lunch bag holds lots and lots and lots of HSTs. They might even have been multiplying while I was pressing them. It took the whole quilting time that day just pressing these little babies. It was clear that I wouldn't have a "Look what I made today" post. Not for this quilt, even though technically the blocks are already made.

There was another stray block in the bag - it is from LiliBeth's Garden. The pinwheels were going the wrong way. So I added it.

I decided to cut some more scraps for the rail fence quilt, and found another fabric that wanted to be in the quilt, so I added it. Then when I went to look for backing fabric, I laid the little quilt on top of the fabric to make sure it was the right size, and decided it would look good as a border as well.

This quilt has been a lot of fun to make. No agonizing decisions. The right pieces just seem to fall into my lap at the right time. Even the batting scrap is just the right size for this quilt.

No, there isn't a finished quilt picture to show you yet. The deadlines have all past for almost all of these events, and I am the last one on the racetrack. I may not have kept up with anyone else in the race, but I will make it to the finish line eventually!


Donna said...

its not the race to the finish line its the path the race course takes that's interesting... Sounds like you're enjoying the course, and finding lots of things in your travels towards a mini-quilt :-)

Paula, the quilter said...

But you are having fun, right? Slow quilting -- I like it.

Tina said...

Can't wait to see it. Glad you are having a good time with it, that's what counts, right? I love it when things just fall into place and are meant to be.

Michele Bilyeu said...


Fabulous writing and content! And someone just gave me a big bag of non co-ordinating HST's from leftover kid quilts!

I love the sandals and the bells. Is this your foot, Miss 'These Bells are Made for Ringing'? Are these water buffalo hide sandals? I had some in the 70's and loved them! Can you tell? This comment is filled with love ;) Love it!