I’ve been staring longingly at all my fabrics. I know I can’t take it all with me. In fact, the latest on the move front is that I can probably only mail a small box of sewing stuff. I have to be very smart about how I do this. I wonder if I can use it all up before next month?
I came up with a plan to cut up as much as I can into a quilt kit. I’ve been wanting to make the Sister’s Choice quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville website for a long time. Someone posted a photo of their finished Sister’s Choice with black sashing between the blocks and I loved it. I may not use black fabric for the sashing but I like the look of the Sister’s Choice blocks set with sashing.
I spent a week cutting all my light/neutral fabric scraps into 2 1/2″ squares and 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles. I estimated having about 42 blocks in my quilt so I think I have enough of these pieces. Then the pattern recommends having the star points all the same fabric or at least the same color so I cut these 2 1/2″ blocks out of dark blue fabrics since I had a lot of that color.
The inside of the “stars” are scrappy 9-patch blocks out of 2 different color fabrics. I’ve just been pulling fabrics out that look good together and cutting them into 2 1/2″ x 11″ strips with one extra 2 1/2″ block.
Here’s what the finished block looks like.
I love that all the background fabrics are different but they still read as light background. They’ll definitely give the quilt lots of depth and interest.
I cut enough of the color fabrics to make 12 blocks and it hasn’t even made a dent in my stash. At least maybe I can use pieces of all my fabrics so I have something to remember it with. I think I should call this quilt “2016 Move-A Fabric Memorial” instead of Sister’s Choice!
Look how pretty these blocks are! I really believe that the quilts I create manage to tell the stories of my life. This one will be forever linked to this move and this place in my life.
If you’re interested in making this quilt with me, the pattern is free on Bonnie Hunter’s website – Quiltville. You’ll find lots of free patterns there but just scroll down until you see the Sister’s Choice pattern. I’m planning to add a 1″ or 1 1/2″ finished sashing in one color to the blocks and probably scrappy setting blocks to go along with them so I’m adjusting the pattern a little.
Now back to cutting and packing.