Forgotten fabric rediscovered

The weekend before last I cleaned my old sewing room and it’s closet. While cleaning I found a box of red fabric I had cut a few years ago with a rotary cutter. The triangles and squares were not cut accurately due to the fabric shifting under the ruler . It was actually the last time I tried cutting triangles for hst’s and I don’t remember the quilt I was going to make with them now.

The fabric almost went into a trash bag but then I realized I could use the AccuQuilt GO! to re-cut everything and I did.  Boy, I thought black was a difficult color to photograph.  The crappy looking window in the background, that’s going to be my dry erase board. Hopefully I have time soon to knock some of that old lead paint off and repaint it, grins.

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So I decided to make a Tree of Life block, shared last week. Since, I have made additional blocks all from 2″ finished hst’s, 2″ finished squares and 4″ finished hst’s. It’s no easy task finding blocks that only uses these sizes/

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So far I’ve been pretty lucky. Think it’s time for me to add a new design wall? Before I make additional blocks I’m trying to plan on a layout. To this point there was no planning, I just started stitching. There are more flying geese than what is shown below.  I’m undecided about the chain block in the upper right corner below.

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  1. Hi Denise! I’m so glad this pretty red and white fabric didn’t end up in the trash. This is going to make a lovely quilt top once you decide on a layout and piece it all together. This is one of my favorite color combinations. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Mine too. It is a little challenging having different sized blocks but I need the distraction of it.

    1. Most of the work was done since I only had 3 shapes/sizes to work with. That eliminated many blocks and the blocks I had the patches for range in size so there’s been no planning and no clear direction. Fun though.

  2. You found a hidden treasure Denise! I have a couple of project boxes with some cut fabric and I have no idea what I was planning on making. You’re doing a good job breathing new life into those fabrics, and I love the two color theme. Can’t wait to see what you end up with!

    1. It’s been interesting if nothing else. Even if it’s a flop I am learning the art of improve, lol.

  3. Something I wish I had learned a long time ago. Square up your blocks to the correct size and press them. I finally learned this and my quilts look much better now.

  4. Your blocks look fantastic! Great idea, recutting with your Accuquilt dies. I do like that chain block in the upper right. Right now, it’s the only one you have with so much white in it, but if you make a few more that have similar amounts of negative space and scatter their placement in the final layout, it will add a lot of interest versus blocks that are all too similar. Plus those open white areas are so fabulous for the quilting! Have a wonderful Memorial Day, and do wear some kind of mask if you’ll be scraping lead paint! Although, the peeling paint actually looks very shabby-chic and “photo stylist” in the pictures!

    1. Thank you. Yesterday I stopped constructing blocks and began joining the ones I do have to give me an idea of how I should continue. The chain block is 20″ and the largest and somehow I managed to force myself to use it since it’s not a planned quilt. Because all the blocks are different sizes I’ve had to incorporate a lot of negative space so hopefully it will balance itself out. Ah the window, I’m still undecided on what to do with it but I will have a clear plan before I do anything.

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