During the cleanup of my fabric bins and scrap baskets, I found a number of finished blocks left over from earlier quilts. I found so many flying geese units (many already sewn together) that I am not sure I even made a quilt with these. These may be from an abandoned project, but not for long! I took the sewn units apart, pressed them all, and have a plan for them, having seen some pictures of crazy flying geese quilts where the geese fly all over the quilt, instead of in the normal straight lines.
|Flying geese blocks that I had sewn together|
|The flying geese on the design wall|
But, the flying geese quilt will have to wait.
My first leftover project is a quilt using these fence rail blocks, which were the remnants of several baby quilts I made for nieces and nephews. I saw a baby quilt featured in a recent Fons & Porter magazine, and being inspired, decided to try my hand at a scalloped border quilt using up these leftovers.
|Leftover blocks from various baby quilts|
|Close-up from a baby quilt from 2002|
|The full baby quilt|
I sewed together the various blocks and then decided to make long strips of different widths and go with white as the background. I like to put frames around center designs, and I found a light yellow fabric in my bins that seemed just right.
I put a 6-inch white border around the framed piece, and will soon add the backing and will quilt it and try the scalloped border.
I also found a yellow fabric that I didn't really care for, and pulled it out to use as part of the backing. Does anyone else use unwanted and unloved fabrics for backing? I realized, however, that while I really disliked the yellow stiped fabric in any large quantity - it might make a wonderful binding. I love striped or polka dot bindings!
I plan to finish this quilt up soon.