Our Bee Friends Quilt Group got together this past weekend for our third quilt-in of the year. It was decided several months prior that whoever wanted would cut 149 light and 149 medium/dark - 6 inch squares and trade to make really scrappy 1/2 square quilts. I signed up to do this project. Well, we all know how busy my summer was and I got my lights cut before Thursday night, but not my med/darks. I took that fabric with me to the quilt-in knowing I had a few hours before we had to trade and I might just get all my squares cut. Thank goodness one of my friends was a little bit late getting there that night because I finished right as she was walking in the door. WHEW!! Just by the skin on of my teeth I got all my squares cut and ready to trade. However, before I even went that night I had decided that I didn't even want to make another 1/2 square quilt. I have made one or two of them at other retreats and even though I like the looks of those quilts, I was ready for something different. I was sitting at the computer working one night and knocked off a stack of papers that really, really need to be filed. After I picked them up and stacked them again - what? I don't have the energy or time to file them now! I have other more important (and fun) things to do - like playing games on the computer or reading blogs - which is probably what I was doing when I knocked that pile over. Anyway, in that stack was one of those patterns you get in the mail along with a solicitation for a quilt book or new magazine or to join something quilty. I had saved this one sheet because I liked the look of that quilt. I wasn't sure I would actually make it, but I could use it as an inspiration. All it needed were 6 inch squares in light and medium/dark fabrics - hey, we are trading those at the quilt in. Also, I needed 1 1/2 inch strips. I have a large box of those since several of my recent quilts needed that size strip. I am set!! In brief, easy terms here is how you get these blocks. Cut your 6 inch square diagonally once. Sew your 1 1/2" strips to the cut edges of your block. Square up your block. Now, the pattern says to square them to 5 inches, but I have been able to square mine back to a 6 inch block. Here is what I have put up on my design wall so far . . .
There are a lot of repeats in there since when we exchanged, I picked up two of the same fabric blocks (we went around the table several, several times before we decided to pick up more than two - we were tired after going around about 6 times!) This will look even more scrappy as I put in more fabrics. I may have to make a couple of smaller quilts rather than a large one. We will see how this all pans out later.