I don’t usually make resolutions for the new year but this year I decided it was time to finish some projects that I have had hanging around for who knows how long. Usually if I see a block or pattern that I like and figure that I will want to make it someday but not right now, I make up a couple squares and put it in a plastic bag with the instructions, a picture and usually the focus fabric. My reasoning is if I don’t start it now, it will get lost in the shuffle and I’ll either lose it or forget about it. And then there are the projects that are mostly finished and just need a border or two. They’re in a bag, labeled with a post-it that says “needs a border”. And then there are the tops that are finished and just need a backing (labeled with a post-it “done needs backing”). Of course, there is also a pile of quilts tops in plastic bags with the binding that need to be quilted. I like to think that I’m pretty organized most of the time so there are a lot of bags, post-its, and stuff! Lots and Lots of Bags!!!
Well, I decided it was time! Passed time, actually! I’m probably not going to live forever and I don’t want to have THAT much laying around for my kids to shake their heads about. “What was she thinking!!” But I hate to throw stuff away….after all, I keep scraps!!!!! Lots of scraps!!! That should tell you where my head is! So no project will be lost, given away or thrown out! I went through the bags and sorted into three piles. Stuff easily done, Stuff almost done, Stuff that needs to be quilted. I usually end up making bed size quilts so I downsized some to lap or couch size. My plan is to donate to homeless shelters, chemo and dialysis patients, palliative care units or whoever else. So this last month I have been on a mission. I’ve been sewing and sewing…. having fun and finishing things I’ve forgotten I had started. It’s going slowly but it feels good to see the finished pile grow. And I’ve been pretty good at not starting any new projects! We’ll see how long that lasts…..LOL! But the best part is I’m really enjoying this mission and having fun at the same time! As I complete things I’ll try posting on Facebook. Maybe you can join me on this UFO plan and get some of those oldies but goodies DONE!
Yeah, Yeah, I know, you probably want the next clue! OK, let’s have some fun! Here it is:
Scrap Fantasy Medallion – Clue #2
7. Using the 4″ white and 4″ colored squares that have been cut on both diagonals, sew 4 sections as shown. Make sure that you sew them all on the same side so that your pinwheels will all go in the same direction. Press to the dark side. Sew one 3 1/2″ white HST to each section. Press and trim to 3″ square.
8. Sew squares together as shown to make a pinwheel block. Press and trim to 5 1/2″ square. Make 16 pinwheels.
9. Using one matching set of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal and 6 1/2″ inside background squares cut on both diagonals, sew a colored 3 1/2″ HST to both sides of the background sections as shown. Sew each of the matched set as shown. Press and trim dog ears.
10. Arrange these sections around the pinwheel block. Sew top and bottom sections to the pinwheel block. Sew 3 1/4″ inner background squares to both sides of the two remaining sections. Sew to the sides to make a Martha Washington Square. Press and square to 11″. Make all 16.
11. Choose 4 of your favorite Martha Washington Squares that play nice together. Sew together as a four patch.
12. Choose 16 of the Square in a Square (Diamond Border blocks) that were made in the last clue. Set the other 8 aside. Sew in pairs to make 8 double sections as shown. Press the center seam open to make a nice flat block. Sew one 3″ x 11″ inside background border strips to both top and bottom as shown. Press and trim to 11″. Make 8.
13. Sew two of the above blocks together as shown. Place on sides of the four patch Martha square. Using the 4 blocks made in Clue #1, place as corner blocks. Sew together as shown to make the Scrap Fantasy Medallion center.
Now, wasn’t that fun!?! I’m loving it!! See you next month!
The next clue will emerge on March 10th.
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