Two years ago (I was shocked to realise it has been that long), I decided to start a new quilt from scraps. I had planned to make at least one block each month as part of my Bee, Myself and I project: a solo bee for which I would make a quilt block each month until I had a quilt top. Sadly, after I made the first two blocks, I fell out of love with the idea of the scrap quilt, even though I did finish a different quilt top in monthly increments in 2016.
During my January tidy of my sewing room, I rediscovered those first two scrappy blocks and thought perhaps I could repurpose them into humidicrib quilts.
I unpicked strips from both sides of each block and added more pieces until they came up to size. Well … they almost came up to size.
The important step that I missed was measuring the blocks before I started. Somehow, I had it stuck in my head that they were 16-inch blocks. They are actually 15-inch blocks, so instead of making two 16-by-24-inch quilts, I made two 15-by-23-inch quilt tops. Uh oh! I checked with a very knowledgeable former community quilts coordinator, and she reassured me that their being a whisker undersized will not prevent them from finding a good home. Phew!
Reassured, I quilted them with stipples or loops and sewed on some binding. Thankfully, in the intervening two years I had not used up all the fabrics, and I had enough grey and teal to cut binding strips. I even had enough grey to cut my binding on the bias!
When the binding is included, they are 15½ by 23½ inches, so not too far off the ideal size.
Now, I can proudly tick these off my UFO list. The blocks were not finished according to my original block-a-month plan, but they are finished.
I need to pick up the projects that fell off my radar in the chaos of 2017, but my free time will be limited this year, so I think it will be more important than ever to allow myself to make things in small increments each month. I really should get back on track with my solo bee.
Anyone is welcome to join in and set their own solitary sewing bee goals. The details and a button are here.