After my last post, I was smug about cleaning up and taking stock of my inventory of 2.5″ squares. And guys! The gods, the universe, karma, and some of my guild members read that and LAUGHED.
I’ve just stepped down after 3.5 years of being guild president (and co-founder) of my fabulous MQG Victoria. As a token of their appreciation my guild went through their stashes and cut some squares to give me.
Four hours later…
So of course I had to introduce the new squares to the old squares…
There is so much blue, green, multi-coloured, and low-volume they have two piles each.
Because this is how I roll, I counted three sets of 100 squares, weighed them all, and took the average. Estimating by weight I have around 8,000 squares now. How much space does that much fabric take up? Less than three shoeboxes luckily. And to convert to yardage gets you 29 metres of fabric (WOF=17 squares, 1m=272 squares). To convert to a quilt…a large queen has 2,500 pieces.
Now to get sewing! And since I’m not running a quilt guild anymore I have a bit more time to do just that.
Thanks MQG Victoria! It was lots of fun.
…a small one. One which measures 2.5″.
Not pictured: from my most recent swap, 800 more of these delightful, wonderful pieces of fabric which make me giddy with possibilities. And I have big plans for these little squares, so I guess I’m okay.
The no-sew trend continues which is unfortunate but the charm squares keep trickling in. I had two envelopes arrive and one was great but the other was fantastic!
I knew this one would be exciting to open, and I was right.
Since the fabrics were so fantastic, I decided to repeat (and take more time doing) the colour/value exercise from Mighty Lucky club that I did a couple of days ago.
To recap! Arrange the squares 10×10 in random order, so as they came out of the package.
Then random order again but with veto power to re-arrange.
Then in the order of personal preference. I wanted to try a value progression again so this…
Here’s a side by side comparison:
Lots of fun. I’ve never been given an all modern batch of charms before so that was very nice.
Doing something small is better than nothing at all, especially when scrappy charms are involved.
Today’s mail brought a lovely batch of 100 charms to me all the way from Lyn in Wales! And since I’ve been backsliding something terrible about the Mighty Lucky Club I decided to take advantage of the mail. November’s able leader was Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts and the lesson was “Effective Fabric Selection.” Here is what the exercise was:
Choose 100 21⁄2″ squares (or any size squares you wish to use).
Hey, guess what came in the mail today!
Now, throw them in a basket or a bag, shake them up and pull them out, one at a time, and place them on the design wall in the order that they were pulled. Work from left to right to make a 10 x 10 array. Take a photo to document your results. How did you like the results?
Position them according to your personal preference in a 10 × 10 grid on a design wall. (A fun side activity can be to time yourself, just to see how long it takes you!) Take a photo to document your results.
Remember, these were all someone else’s fabric; I was just playing around. But lots of fun.