If someone had told me last week what I would be doing this week, I would have chuckled, maybe even scoffed to myself, and said, I doubt it. And with an moment's thought would have said, Definitely not. But here I am.
My red scraps want to be used. Many of the scraps are 2" strips and I couldn't come up with a way to make economy or square-in-square blocks (except really small ones). I decided to make double four-patch blocks using brown scraps as the background color. (Please forgive the flash photos. It's still grey in Ohio.)
The block are cut at 2" and 3½". I like them. I like the brown background with the tumble of red squares. But there was just something missing.
So I decided to make some smaller four-patch blocks.
The little guys are cut at 1¼" and finish at ¾". Never in my life would I have thought I would be cutting and sewing such tiny pieces of fabric for a quilt. But aren't they adorable?! They're probably sweeter in real life, where you can actually see how tiny they are.
Here are both sizes mixed. I'll need to make more -- lots more -- before choosing a layout.
As I was pressing them they made me think of rubies on a string.
I have three thoughts:
The next quilt I make needs to have more than two colors.
This will not be a quick quilt to make. (I was hoping for quick and done.)
This quilt will not use up all the red scraps. I'll have to make a second red scrap quilt, maybe a one-patch alternating with whites/naturals/creams.
Do you have a favorite scrap pattern if you're using just two colors?
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