Happy Monday! Welcome to the “Scraps Monday” quilt along edition! As I mentioned last week, I headed out for a few days to teach at a retreat in beautiful Bryce Canyon, Utah. My “me” sewing for the evenings was my American Patchwork & Quilting “Go Four It” project. Since this is a scrap project, I thought today would be a good time to share a little of my progress and process.
I initially started by cutting all of my light strips. It took a little while since my quilt is going to be king-size, but I’m really glad I did that. Having all of the light strips cut from the beginning has allowed me to make sure there is plenty of contrast in each strip set. I want my four-patches to stand out.
Next I started cutting the colored strips, but I stopped before cutting them all. I want to wait until I get several blocks assembled to make sure I have the color combinations I’m going to love and want in this quilt.
I am definitely in love with this quilt already…
I had forgotten my good iron, and so pressing the four-patches with the hotel room iron wasn’t the easiest task, but I had to get some finished up! I just couldn’t wait to see how they were going to turn out.
A lot of women do handwork during the trunk show/lecture portions of the retreat I was attending, so one night I took a string of over 100 of my four patch units that I had chain-pieced that afternoon. I was able to sit during the meeting and use my seam ripper to remove the end stitches from both sides of the center seams so I could “twirl” that center seam flat in order to eliminate bulk. I’ve never done this with my pieces still “attached” from the chain-piecing, but it went much, much faster this way! I will always use this method from now on.
For now I’m keeping finished four-patch blocks in one plastic container…
and strip sets ready to made into four-patch units in another. It’s helpful to keep things organized this way. Now that I’ve made a few four-patches in each color combination I’ll probably work on them one color at a time. Unless of course I get bored and need to switch things up!
I couldn’t finish up this post without a few snapshots from Bryce. The beauty of this national park is incredible: the contrast between the red rocks, the pines, and the patches of snow was awe-inspiring.
What scrappy projects are you working on this week? I’d love to have you link up below. Thanks so much for stopping by!