I have had loads of fun matching fabrics and cutting out the pieces for the first few blocks
I pieced one block and yes I really like it!
I even found the perfect backing and binding fabric on sale
While it is all very lovely buying new fabrics for a project I am conscious of the fact that my scrap baskets are full to bursting. This is just a small section (!)
I am really good at saving all my scraps, I am really bad at using them! After 20+ years of quilting they are in danger of getting out of control! I really admire quilters like Karen who make fabulous scrap quilts all the time.
One of the challenges I set myself this year was to try and use what I have, so when this month's issue of Quiltmania arrived I was thrilled to see at least two quilts that I want to make. My scraps are a mixture of civil war/antique style fabrics and more modern brighter colours. I will make this 'Drunken Sailor' with the more muted colours
I have cut out the pieces for the centre block, I will change the pattern slightly and need to do some maths to use my templates as they are a different size from the pattern in the magazine.
I have always wanted to make a mariners compass block and try a machine pieced drunkards path, I bought some templates years ago but my machine skills were not good enough then.
Once I have finished this, I would like to make another of the quilts in this issue to use my brighter scraps.
This should keep me busy for a while and hopefully improve my machine skills while making a dent in the scrap baskets, although I doubt it, as fabric seems to multiply in my house when I'm not looking!