A while ago one of my blogging friends posted a picture of her “red rails” quilt. She makes these quilts to use up 1.5″ x 3.5″ scraps, so it seemed perfect for me. I cut my scraps into strips varying from 1.5″ to 4.5″ in width and store them in drawers, sorted by size in 0.5″ increments. Here are some of those (stuffed) drawers:
Since I had a lot of 1.5″ strips and wanted to make another donation quilt, I got started. Her quilt is “red rails” because the center strip of every block is red. I have a lot of blues, so mine became “blue rails”. I drew it with EQ8 to start with, to be sure I knew what I was doing:
I got busy sewing 1.5″ strips together in sets of 3 and cutting the sets into 3.5″ squares. Then I started making the blocks. Before I knew it, the 1.5″ bin was almost empty and I had a lot of little 3.5″ blocks.
I joined them in groups of 4, and that’s where I went wrong. It turns out there is a right way and a left way for the blocks to twirl in sets of 4, but I didn’t realize that at first!
So, I will have TWO blue rails quilts, one rotating in each direction. Here’s the first one, which I am donating this month. Another doggone learning experience 😀
What have you learned lately?