Crabapples – Part 1

So –  remember these blocks?

Crabapple blocks

I was just going to work on them as I did other projects but they turned out to be addictive.  Or maybe they were just the distraction I needed in my life at this moment.  This is one of those non-thinking projects.  Sew one little dark square to one little light square; repeat.  Your mind can wander.  When you wake up at 4am you can sew zombie-like.  Oddly enough, one of the things on my mind keeping me up at night was trees.  One of the houses we are looking at has these weird, overgrown trees smack in front.  Will it be easy to take them down?  Have they damaged the foundation?  Why are they there?  All the things my mind can think!

The next thing I knew, I had over 20 of those block done!  I thought I would have to buy some green to make the setting triangles but I kept finding more green in my stash.  I knew exactly what gold fabric I would use for the cornerstone squares (some fabric I bought online and turned out to be too dark for the project I was working on at the time).  I got excited because I thought I could finish this quilt and not have to buy any fabric!  The problem came when I started cutting out the red sashing strips.  I wanted to use up some red Christmas fabric but then discovered I didn’t have enough.  So then I pulled out some other old red fabric but halfway into cutting it, I discovered I didn’t have enough of it either.  My other option was some very bright red that I also bought online but it was just too bright.  I decided to use both of the old reds.  It’s a true scrap quilt after all.

Crabapple quilt center

The reds don’t look too bad together.

Crabapple quilt center

I cursed a little at first but thought about the quilters in the old days and how they had to use what they had.  Things like this always make me think of the Japanese term Wabi-sabi.  I can’t say I know the whole meaning but essentially it’s finding beauty in imperfection.  Also, there’s beauty in getting rid of some fabric you’ve had for a long time!

Lucky for me, the middle border is a scrap checkerboard that will give me more sewing/thinking time.

checkerboard blocks

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