You know how you go in the same rooms every day and eventually you stop seeing what's in them? While taking the photos for my studio tours I stopped to actually look at the things in my spaces and realized that I need to start working on downsizing and organizing a bit. These shelves especially bother me so I'm going to try to do something about some of the things on them. These two new projects are specifically to deal with the two bins on the far left of the top shelf.
Several years ago we did a 6" charm swap at Country School Quilters. Actually we did 2. One was for batiks and one was for 30's reproductions. That's mostly what's in those 2 bins.
They seem like they are tailor made for Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014. The RSC has been so popular that I even offered to sponsor it this year. If you are unfamiliar with this great use-your-scraps-no-pressure project you can real all about it here.
You get to pick your own project or blocks or whatever. I've decided to try to tackle these two bins of fabric and maybe get 2 more bedspreads for the guest house at the same time.
Here are the 30's repro scraps all sorted more-or-less by color. I don't know if I'll do anything with the small scraps yet. For now I'm going to focus on the charm squares.
I'm going to do this block. I've seen this block worked up several ways and have wanted to make it for a long time. I found a long piece of an off-white solid that will work great for the background and I also have a lot of pastel solids that I could use for the sashing. I'll figure that part out later. The blocks will finish at 6.5" and it will take 143 blocks for the size quilt I need. For now I've printed off about 50 foundations and will work on both of these projects at my monthly Country School sewing get-togethers.
These are the batik charms and I'm going to do something even simpler for this one.
I'll make 255 5" finished blocks like these for another quilt. This particular pattern is from Colorful Quilts For Fabric Lovers.
If I get tired of working on them I'll just stop and make some smaller quilts but it would sure be nice to empty both of these bins!