Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In

What do you do when you have a list of projects that you really need to get done, maybe even by a certain date? If you're like me, you start something new that's not on the list! Actually, the new project I chose to work on last night is on my list - just not the short-list that needs to be completed in the next several days.

But, in celebration of completing all the blocks for one project (Cappuccino), delivering my quilts for 100 Quilts for Kids to Project Linus, and hearing that Sibling Quilt #1 arrived at its destination {project detail here}, I decided to do exactly as I pleased. Which was to cut into Shades of Grey.

I was so thrilled when I won this FQ pack from a Daisy Janie giveaway in May. Wow. Obviously, it sat around a while, waiting in the project line-up. But I've known for a while what I wanted to do with it - "Sister Pairs", a block designed by Jan DiCintio herself. Though Jan made her original blocks with 5" charms, I wanted to use the whole stack in this one project, and make bigger blocks. So I've cut four 9" squares out of each fat quarter, and I'll end up with 12 rectangular blocks.

A few days ago, I asked opinions about which solid to use with my greys. The commenters pretty much tied - Spearmint (my original thought) or Curry. While I was debating, I got a text from daughter dear - "I think you should use the Spearmint!" Thanks for the tie-breaker, Rachel! So Spearmint it is!

The blocks are different than anything I've done before. You make random cuts, piece and trim, and put back together. Once they are all pieced, I'll need to trim them all to the same final dimension. So, I was able to make five blocks! Kinda fun.

Linking up with Friday Night Sew-In!

Handmade by Heidi

16 comments:

Leanne said...

These look great, I love the fabrics you are using (I have a stack just waiting for me to figure out what to make).

Deanna said...

Very interesting grey fabric. I have never seen it before. Nice work. (visiting from FNSI)

Manda said...

Never tried random piecing but it looks like fun!

supermom said...

I've never done random piecing... it look like it would be fun to work with fabrics and colours that way.

inspiredbykristal said...

I love those greys. This will look fab when complete. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Toni said...

I never paid that much attention to them before, but I really like that line of fabrics. And the blocks are looking great! Very interesting. I think the spearmint looks really good, probably better than the curry. I saw a picture of it on another site and it is much more brown than I thought. Glad your daughter went with the green!

Jessica said...

those are some seriously cool blocks! I will have to try that one.

Heather said...

Here via FNSI. I adore shades of grey with bright yellow! Such a cheery combination. :) The blocks are really interesting, too!

susan said...

loving your blocks!!

snippetsandyarns said...

Those blocks look great - I really like that idea!

pinsandneedles said...

I love the grey and a great choice in contrasting color! Will be watching for how it comes together.

Janet said...

I love the Shades of Grey fabric. And spearmint is a great compliment. The blocks are lovely!

Gina said...

I wanted to start something new for FNSI, but I stayed with my plan of working on a raffle quilt that needs to get done. I love the ramdom blocks and the Shades for Grey fabric!

Bumbleberry Stitches said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Love your block and nice shades of grey. I have some new projects sitting on lists too. lol

rosie said...

I love your comment about starting something new! Sounds so like me! Those grey fabrics are refreshing.. the spearmint goes with them nicely..

Fiona said...

The blocks look awesome.... lovely to see those fabrics together...
Hugz