I also came across this wonderful tutorial by SewChistine for baby slippers, aren't they adorable but I've noone to make those for.
Then there was this, a quilt that Helen (Anharad Handmade) has made for her son. I really love it. I can completely identify with the sentiment she expresses... there really is something special about a house when you've put such a stamp of yourself on it. Your own handmade, handcrafted bits and pieces are what make it home.
I think that's what I need at the moment to spend some time creating something for home. My attraction to Helens quilt and to Indigo's blocks has been so strong I think it's going to have to be a quilt or a quilted cushion cover at the very least.
Having got that far in the ideas process I need to decide exactly what. Getting down to specifics is never something I'm not good at...
Last week however, seemed to be full of conversations and blog related e-mails about charm squares and jelly rolls. Charm squares, jelly rolls and what to do with them.
It has all set me thinking....
It's possible to make some of my favourite blocks with charm squares and jelly rolls but I've been just a little slow in grasping just how useful they can be. I mean you can create all kinds of four patch and nine patch blocks without thinking too hard and then there's the disappearing nine patch block. (One of my favourites!) Then you can start cutting them into triangles and combing squares and triangles.... even more possibility - endless possibility and I intend to start exploring some of them.
I've had these Moda Charm squares in the shop for a while....Twiggy and '9' both designed by Sanae
But Rowan don't do pre-cuts of my favourite fabrics so I'm guessing that'll have to carry on doing them myself.
So, I'm cutting some 5 inch charm squares out of these;...pretty fabrics from Amy Butler's Daisy Chain fabric - the Aquatic palette....
..... and my take on a 'jelly roll' out of these.... (Jelly rolls are a Moda product - pre-cut 2 1/2 inch fabric strips cut widthways across the bolt.)....fabrics from Anna Maria Horners - Garden Party collection - I love the bright. bold colours and patterns in these.
Just a thought but have you ever looked at Moda Bakeshop blog. There's a wealth of interesting patchwork projects on there, not just quilts but bags, purses, skirts, pincushions, journal covers all kinds of pretty things. If the projects use any of their jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm squares or any the other bakery related named pre-cut fabrics, the dimensions of each are given in the sidebar. So you can cut your own if you wish and use up some of that 'stash'.
Now, I need to make something out of these, just to get to understand their potential a little better . Have you ever used fabric pre-cuts and 'cos I'm
nosy inquisitive what kind of things are you made out of them?