Thursday, November 05, 2015

11 months, 189 16 patches and 3024 3" blocks later...

they say slow and steady wins the race, and if my stack of completed 16 patches is anything to go by, they're sure right!
 
I don't have anymore greens to piece into the 16s; I used all my greens already... (forget what month that was, it seems ages ago!) the background fabrics are all creams/tans/beige- no whites. each of the background fabrics repeat several (many?) times, but the colored blocks are all different.
 

so: out of the 189 blocks, there are 189 different fabrics. and each of those fabrics I chose because they were my favorite.
 
how is this possible? what's the matter with me?! can I really have 189 favorite and/or meaningful unique scraps of fabric?


the answer is yes, it seems. there are dresses, many other quilts, shirts, purses, aprons, bonnets, fabrics from friends, on and on it goes ~ it's all in here, and represented in this one conglomeration of a quilt. for me, even though it may seem just a tad ridiculous, it adds another depth of meaning and sentimentality to my quilt.
 
I plan to piece this pile of 16 patches into 2 quilts- I'm debating what the ultimate use of them will be. it's a toss up between a quilt for my table at farmer's market (using all the animal/veggie/country fabrics) and a table cloth to be used on our table at special family meals and holidays. or, I might do matching quilts for the (twin) guest room beds.
 
click over to angela's to see all the other RSC15 projects as we finish up another great  year.

15 comments:

Julierose said...

that's a whole lot of blocks!! How do you plan to put them together? Now that RSC 15 is over, i am trying to come up with a plan to put my 8 x 8 blocks together. I know i don't just want to sew them all together as is--so some kind of sashing will have to be found...
I think it will certainly take all of Nov. and most of Dec--to figure this out....hugs, Julierose

Quiltdivajulie said...

That's a lot of blocks . . . happy pondering how to set them.

scraphappy said...

So many special fabrics! Isn't that all part of the fun of quilting? However you use them, these blocks will make you smile whenever you see them.

Karen said...

That is a very large number of blocks. Have you used all your scraps? Ha!Ha! I look forward to seeing your finished quilts.

katie z. said...

I love all the variety you've included. What a great set of memories!

Marly said...

That's quite an achievement Jennifer! I think I'd make quilts for the guest room twin beds. If your fabric donors come to stay they'll be so happy to recognise their own fabrics!

Nell's Quilts said...

I think that is why quilters have such a great stash. Each fabric is a favourite for one reason or another - a memory, a trip, a special friend.

Quiltdivajulie said...

p.s. I love the stories you've woven into this post - the twin quilts would be nice, but the two that will be used out and about appeal to me (lets you share your stories with more people).

PaulaB quilts said...

Each fabric is special to us because of the memories and the people they bring to mind. What could be better to have in your home?

gayle said...

I have at least that many favorite fabrics, too, so it must be perfectly normal.
Right?
I'm looking forward to seeing what all your favorites become. 8)

Kate said...

It's fun to have blocks made from so many good memories. Looking forward to seeing your quilts come together.

Deb A said...

I love hearing the stories about the fabrics we put into our scrap quilts and why. Such fun. You are going to have some lovely quilts, no matter how you decide to sew them together.

Cathy said...

Yes, I can believe 189 fav fabrics! You are going to have a couple of awesome quilts no matter how you use them.

Cathy said...

We fabric lovers totally understand all your favorites! You have been quite a prolific sewist this year and are going to have some amazing quilts to show for it!

Sheila said...

Love your 16 patch blocks. Memories, fun prints, colors. I agree that one of them should be displayed at your table at the Farmer's market.

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