Sure, I can knit a hat for a friend while I am also designing two blankets, a shawl, and a hood, and making four quilts at once; why not? How long could it take?
Usually longer than I think, alas.
This square actually didn't take that long, except that I like to spend forever picking and choosing fabrics. A less--shall we say, playful?--person could have done it in half the time. (We are not going to say "obsessive." We are not going to say "crazy." We are going with "playful" or "creative.")
When I saw the block at the guild meeting, I wasn't too impressed, but once I started making one, I saw how the idea comes together and is quite charming.
THE RECIPE: You need a solid or neutral color to go with the other scraps. These were 3.5 inch squares (3 inches once sewn), but you could use whatever size you want. The brighter and scrappier the scraps, the better. And that's it. A bit of chain-piecing and you're done. (Obviously, if you are making a whole quilt top, you will need more than one Sixteen Patch.)
So I finished the square, and was about to get back to my regularly scheduled overscheduling, when I got an email encouraging us quilters to make one block each for a certain person for a certain gift.
This gift is top secret, hush hush: the intended victim--er, recipient--is not supposed to know about it.
|A colorful beginning|
I just wanted to participate. I didn't like the feeling of opting out just because I'm not even entirely sure who this lady is.
Making this taught me something: I have an amazing stash full of incredible fabrics, but very few solids or neutrals. And sometimes solids and neutrals are necessary to set off the design.
So I actually bought a bit of beige for this, but the rest came from my stash, courtesy of Debbie, who gave me the cheerful stuff a few months ago.