It Was Just A Goof-Off Kind of Day

So what do you do when you want to sew but you just don’t want to sew what you’ve got?!  I had one of those days last week.  I just wanted to goof-off sewing.  But I wanted to be productive with something too.  So, what’s a girl to do?  I didn’t want to start some big project or look at a bunch of patterns to figure out what I wanted to do.  I didn’t want to go through my stash and pull stuff out.  I surely didn’t want to clean my sewing room!  Hmmmmm.  So what to do?

I saw my miscellaneous strip box was overflowing.  So I thought, what could I do to get rid of some of that?  Well this is what I came up with.  Let’s make some wonky squares!  So first, I guess I’d better explain what my miscellaneous strip box is.  It’s all the strips that are wider on one end and narrower on the other, or a little bit crooked somewhere, or just don’t fit into the size range for the other strips sized boxes that I keep (like 2″, 1 1/2″ etc.).  Some are short and some are long.  Doesn’t matter.  They all go in there.  They just need to be wide enough so that something still shows after I get my two 1/4″ seams sewn off either side.

So I started with a little fat piece in the center and I sewed around and around like a log cabin.  Mindlessly picking up strips.  Don’t care if they’re straight or not, hence the wonky.  Different widths.  Don’t care.  I decided 6 1/2″ square would be a good place to stop since that was the size of my square ruler.  I squared them up and WhooHoo!  What cute little wonkies they are.  I like em!

Wonky squares

Wonky squares

So I sewed and sewed.  Fun, mindless, goofy, wonky fun!  So, I don’t know……thirty squares later I figured I better think about putting them together because I don’t want another pile of “something else I have to get back to”.  And you know how I do love on point.  So, I went to my trusty EQ and put in my 6″ square on point quilt and it told me the size squares that I needed to cut for the sides and the corners.  I love my EQ!  No math! No hassle!  Life should be so simple!

Well, “A Little Bit Wonky” was born!  I sewed and I played. And I have a cute little wonky top to show for it.  It still needs borders and quilting and such and it’s still in the must get back to it pile.2015-03-21 14.04.28 2015-03-21 13.59.50But, someone somewhere will stay warm under a strange little wonky lap quilt.  I hope they enjoy it as much as I did making it.  And look at all those crooked little strips that didn’t end up in a landfill.  BTW, my miscellaneous strip box is still full but at least I can get the top to stay on. Lol!2015-03-21 14.00.12

 

I hope you all have a wonky kind of day.  Goofy and fun! Sometimes it’s ok to be a little bit off and wonky.  Our points don’t always have to match and we don’t always have to be coordinated.  Sometimes its just fun to take it as it comes right out of the miscellaneous wonky strip box.

Happy Quilting!

Clue #3 – This One’s A Tricky One

Yup! Here’s Clue #3 and, no, I haven’t lost my mind! Yet!!! Ha! Ha! Have fun with it!

Scrap-In-A-Box – Clue #3

Section (A): Cut the 23 colored 1 7/8″ squares on the diagonal to make 46 HSTs. Sew each colored HST to one background 1 7/8″ HST.   Make 14 with the colored HST on the right and 14 with the colored HST on the left. As shown below.  Set the remaining colored HST’s aside.  You should have 28 sections.  Trim off dog ears.
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Section (B):  Cut the 8 – 3 1/4″ colored squares on both diagonals (32 sections).  Sew each section to the background triangle, as shown, to make a HST.   You should still have 28 sections.  Trim off dog ears. Set aside the remaining colored sections from the 3 1/4″ squares.

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Section (C):  Cut the 7 – 5 1/4″ colored squares on both diagonals (28 sections).  Sew one 2 7/8″ background HST to each section.  14 to the right and 14 to the left.  As shown.  Like you would be making a flying geese (goose?) block but with only one side.  Trim dog ears.

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Sew each (B) section to the corresponding (C) section to make a HST.  As shown below.  You should have 14 right sides and 14 left sides.  Trim.

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Using the 1 1/2″ width of fabric strips, sew one colored and one background strip together lengthwise (the long way, not end to end).  *If your 2 1/2″ blender strips have not been cut into squares. Sew each blender strip to the colored  1 1/2″ strip.  Cut into 96 – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ bricks.  *If your blender has been cut into 2 1/2″ squares. Cut the 1 1/2″ sewn strips into 96 – 2 1/2″ sections.  Sew each blender square to the colored side of the square to make a brick 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.  As shown below.

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And there you go!  You made it through the tricky stuff!  BTW I LOVE looking at all your progress on the Flickr page.  They all look so happy!  I love happy quilts!  If you haven’t already chosen your sashing and border fabric, now is a good time to look at your sections with your brick blenders and see what would compliment what you have.  I know sometimes with a mystery it can get kind of strange and you may think….”If I had only known, I would have done something different….”.  So lay out your pieces and get a feel of what color would really make those squares pop.

Have fun and the next clue will be on April 14th, 7 pm EDT.