After finding a handful of colourful 9 patches in my 2.5" strip bin, I decided to keep making them so I could use them as the centres of Sister's Choice blocks - it will be a very colourful and scrappy project. I'll be making these along with my Bloggers' BOM blocks every month. The Sister's Choice blocks will finish at 10" square so I will probably want to make the quilt 6 by 8 (48 blocks). I already have 19 nine-patches so only need another 29 before I move on to the next phase of these blocks.
I like the fast piecing method I read about on Quiltville - where to make a scrappy 9 patch you pull two strips plus a square from your strip bin. As these are being made from 2.5" strips, I needed to cut two 10" strips in contrasting colours plus a 2.5" square of one of the colours.
After sewing the two strips together, and ironing, the strips are then subcut into 2.5" segments.
Then laid out for chain piecing.
I made another two blocks for my Traditional Tuesday Sampler (blog page on that project is here). I did determine that my seam allowance was a couple of threads off, but increased the components by 1/8" anyway. There wasn't much to trim off to make the blocks 6.5" square.
Here's the pile of scrappy 4 patches that were run through as leaders n' enders during today's sewing. I've found a couple of patterns I like that will use up some 4patches. One requires 3.5" HSTs and the other 3.5" strips with sew n' flip corners. Both ideas require some cutting to proceed, which I hope to have done before I run out of leader n' ender two-patches.
I'm making seriously good progress on the 2.5" HSTs I've been trimming. Here's a pic of the trimmed box. Amazing how fast it goes, even if only trimming 20 or 30 a day.
And this is all that is left in the "untrimmed" box. I am on track to be done with this trimming business before the end of October. I've found a couple of patterns that use a lot of HSTs. They too require cutting components.
I can see I will have quite a bit of fabric cutting to do to use up some of these components. Tonight? I'm planning on handstitching binding and watching television.