Scrapitude: 112 4 Patches

I spent the day Saturday doing laundry and working on four patches. I had really looked forward to a day in my workroom and, while I got that, I felt out of sorts. I am not sure why, but it just wasn’t the relaxing sew day I thought it would be. I sewed, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as normal.

112 Four Patches
112 Four Patches

Still, I made progress. I finished the 112 four patches that were part of the first sewing step in Charlotte’s Mystery quilt. I had started them last week or the week before, so about half of the halves were sewn. I needed to do the rest and I had to cut enough pieces to make them.I alternated cutting and sewing. It works better for me.

I have to figure out how and where to store these. I don’t have a good sense of when the next step will happen.

Example Four Patches
Example Four Patches

As you can see, my background fabric is dots. I figured I would use some of the dots I have been collecting sinc they are just sitting there waiting for a project. As I mentioned, I had to cut much of the background from yardage. I rummaged through my scrap bins as much as possible. Now, I am pretty much left with weird shapes and smaller than 2.5″ squares in many of the colors.

I have to say that part way through making the 4 patches, I was ready to make some larger blocks and see where I was going. I got a little sick of 4 patches, which is sad, because I really adore the simplicity of four patches. There is a lot one can make with a four patch as a base. I think part of what is going on is that I am not organized in my sewing room right now. I don’t have a good handle on the projects I have going. I know what they are, but I don’t have the steps in my head.

I blame Super G.

If you haven’t been following along, I went down to SoCal for a week and that trip, along with problems with my machine, kind of ruined my flow. I’ll get back into it; it is tough, though. Learn from me: sew or pet fabric every day.

Since I finished the 25 4 patches already as well, I think I am ready for the next step. I don’t see it posted on Sandy’s blog, so I guess I’ll get back to some cutting, of which there is plenty left to do.

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Why Should You Care: You can see that it is possible to get work done even if your machine is out of commission and you have a loaner. You can also see that it is possible to create some organization, even in a scrappy quilt.

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

6 thoughts on “Scrapitude: 112 4 Patches”

  1. I find that clutter in my sewing room makes me feel overwhelmed and therefore unable to move forward. I find a place where I can stop what I am doing and clean so that I can get back in sync. It works most of the time.

    1. I know what you mean, Ethel. I try to be tidy if I am not working on anything and I try and clean up every two weeks completely, but in the middle of a project things get out of control. I don’t think that is the problem this time; I seem to be out of sync with sewing.

  2. It’s hard to deal with loved ones that are elderly and failing. You are helpless to “fix it” and it can be so sad and that is not even counting any other family members that need to be dealt with. I think every family has at least one of those. Anyway you are lucky to have your YM and DH to help keep your spirits up and of course there is the fabric petting – what would we do without it πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, I do feel quite helpless with Super G. I am glad my sis is down there to deal with the day to day. She is in her element. As I said on Pam’s episode #148, I love my smartphone, but dealing with it dinging every 5 seconds about Super G makes me want to throw it against the wall. It is a real toss up between knowing what is happening and responding timely or irritating my family members. Yes, the fabric petting helps. πŸ˜‰

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