I didn’t really want to make light neutral blocks. Just before going to sleep one night (why is it I get my best ideas then?) I realised I could combine my light neutral scraps with darker printed scraps that don’t fit into any particular colour group and make log cabin blocks.
But what would I use for the centre?
Suddenly I remembered the scraps of 2 1/2 inch squares made with red half HSTs that Kate sent me last year when she was de-stashing. Perfect!
I had 24 of these little squares left so my quilt would have to use a maximum of twenty four blocks. The ideal size for the quilts we give to the palliative care units of the local hospitals is 54” x 64”, but it’s not a problem if we go a little bit outside those dimensions (larger or smaller). I decided to make ten inch blocks making 40” x 50” with a seven inch wide border (or borders). That would require 20 blocks, the other four would be put in a panel on the back (which seems to have become my signature way of getting extra width from the backing).
Being scraps, not every piece of my light neutral fabric was the same width, so I decided to go with whatever happened. After all, I could always add the extra width in the last round if need be.
What you see here are some of my blocks; I don’t think you need to see all twenty four!
And the “screaming halt” mentioned in the title of this post. After just two rounds (of four), I have run out of light neutral scraps (in fabrics that I haven’t already used) so I will have to wait until the group meets next Thursday to raid the store cupboard for more!
linking up with Rainbow Challenge 2012