A month or two ago I made 16 patch blocks using 2 inch squares when I should have been using 2.5″ squares of fabric. I made a lot of blocks before I realised I had made an error.
Not a world ending problem at all though some rather pithy language did occur at the time. Truth be told, I like sewing together little squares of fabric. I used some of the 16 patches to make my Big & LIttle Patch Quilt but what to do with the rest?
I, of course, started cruising the web to come up with ideas on what do to do with the rest of the blocks (I made a lot of the wrong blocks). Finally I saw this quilt on the web. It’s described as alternating sawtooth stars and uneven 9 patch blocks.
That gave me inspiration and my creative juices started flowing. A dark grey background, scrappy centre sawtooth stars, scrappy centre uneven 9 patch blocks and a lighter grey corner blocks for the 9 patches. Yes that would work!
Definite possibilities but I did not want this to be a charity baby quilt and I still had scrappy 16- patch blocks. Another row and column were added.
I liked the size better but didn’t like the fact that the corners were different on each side. That really bothered me. So it grew again Why, yes I had made that many incorrect 16 patches before realising my mistake . I added another row and column and the quilt was square:
Please excuse the craptastic picture. It’s the only one I have at this size. However, at 60″ square I had the same issue I have with all 5 foot square quilts. It’s to me, a weird, not very useful size.
So back to making 16-patch blocks as i had finally run out. A total of 10 more blocks, for a quilt that would finish 60″ x 84″. That works as a large lap quilt. Great for snuggling on the couch on cold winter days.
Laid out on the bed I liked this much more:
And finally the sewn together quilt top:
I’m really happy with this. We have obligations the next few weekends that take precedence over quilting (our wedding and honeymoon) but after that we need to find a wide backing for this. Once that’s done I’m scheduling Marc and I for a few quilting sessions on the long arm machines at Whirls & Swirls . I want this one on the couch sooner rather than later.