but not think?
Well, that's how I have been feeling lately.
I just needed to sew to keep my mind busy,
but didn't want to have to think too much while I was doing it.
Before I went up to Northern Ontario for a funeral,
I bought the newest copy of American Patchwork and Quilting, the August 2011 issue.
I was immediately interested in the cover quilt.
You see, I had seen it before.
It was Kathie Holland's quilt.
She blogs at Inspired by Antique Quilts.
I've been following Kathie's blog for quite some time now.
She is a scrappy quilter, just like me.
Sew, I just love all the projects that she has been doing.
When, I got home, I decided to take my 1.5 inch strips that I had cut from my scraps and started making some of these blocks.
I had cut all my strips with my GO! Cutter 1.5 inch strip die.
That made my work much easier.
I have 52 blocks made already.
These were are a lot of fun to make.
They are so easy, and I used up a bunch of ugly fabric that I've had in my stash forever.
Since they are cut up so small, you don't really notice them.
I ran out of cut strips in the country, reproduction style fabric.
I still have full scrap bins though.
So, I just have to cut more.
I need 240 blocks for this quilt.
Then, as I was looking at my 1.5 inch strip bin,
I noticed I had a lot of modern, contemporary fabric still in there.
I wanted to use some of these up.
The problem was that they were shorter strips.
I also didn't have as much variety.
Sew, I decided to make little 3.5 inch rail fence blocks.
I used white as my center strip, then my scraps for either side of the white.
This is what I have completed so far.
I have 35 little 3.5 inch modern rail fence blocks.
Aren't they cute?
I think this would make a cute little scrappy baby quilt.
As I was trimming these little blocks, I had bits that were left.
So, I trimmed these bits.
Look at what I have.
These are 1.5 inch strips.
I thought I could use these to make little 3.5 inch 9-patch blocks.
I could use them in the border of the baby rail fence quilt.
Hmmm.......I'm on a roll, I think!!!
I just love scrap busting.
I hate throwing fabric out.
Sew, this project will fulfill the need to use those scraps,
have hours of mindless sewing,
and make some quilts in the process.
Oh, I forgot.....it's cheap too, since I already have the fabric.
I don't have a timeline for this project either.
Sew, I'll finish, when I finish.