While working on my "Confettucini" improv-pieced blocks, I would use the same swatch of fabric folded over to stitch onto between chains of piecing. As I was positioning this little scrap back under the needle, I saw just how many rows of stitching were on this one piece of fabric and realized that I was missing an opportunity to multitask here. Instead of wasting stitches and time on this one scrap, I could be piecing together blocks (and lots of them given all these wasted stitches!!) So I grabbed my bin of 2.5" charms and decided to work towards piecing some Postage Stamp blocks. I chose one neutral color (ie. black, grey or white) and raided my bin for all the charms that read as that neutral. Then I made piles of 8 charms that read as one color (ie. 8 yellow charms, 8 orange charms, etc) to create a Postage Stamp block. Instead of reaching for that one scrap to start/end my chain piecing, a pairing of one neutral and one color charm were pieced together. By the time I had finished piecing my "Confettucini" blocks, I had also managed to piece 120 units for my Postage Stamp blocks...my only regret is that I did not start this sooner!!
|Auditioning Layout and Additions of 5" Charms|
|Auditioning Background Fabrics for the Frames|
|What's Black & White, and Super Fun!?!|
|"Black & White Scrap Attack," Finishes 40" x 40"|