Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Planning can indeed be helpful

This was Gretchen's month in Snip.Sew.Send. She sent a beautiful array of fabrics and asked for 2", 3.5", 6.5", and 9.5" square-in-square blocks. Her plan is to create a quilt inspired by Kaffe Fassett's "Jewel Squares" design.

Here is what I came up with:

Gretchen's blocks
I really wish that I could have made more of the larger size blocks (9.5" and 6.5"), but because I didn't go into my block-making with a plan, I just didn't have enough fabric. I cut various widths of fabric and then kind of built my blocks randomly. I didn't waste fabric, but if I had planned better at all, I could have made at least a couple more 6.5" blocks and fewer small ones. On the bright side, this seems like a design where the small blocks will definitely be useful.

Judging from the blocks others have posted in the flickr group, it definitely looks like this is going to be a spectacular quilt!

December is a break month for this group, and then my turn comes up in January. At this point, I still have no idea what to do. Hopefully, I'll have a plan soon! Because, as these blocks have reminded me, having a plan can indeed be helpful.


  1. They are beautiful!!! I can not wait for your month :)

  2. I guess we had opposite planning problems. I kept trying to make little ones and just couldn't make it happen and you made a whole slew!

  3. Looks like fun, Robin! The quilting bees seem like a great way to stretch oneself. I've thought about trying it sometime. Nice job!

  4. I bet she will be happy to get the little ones since they take just as much time to make as the big ones!

    I love the thin orange inner border on the big one and can't wait to see what you choose next month!

  5. Great blocks and really neat fabrics.

  6. Our group skips Dec too. Better that way to skip the holidays. Love the sqares. I've been dreaming while I look at my new Kaffe book.