I made a new top today. I decided it was better to use up the piles of fabric on the work table (which is actually the dining room table…but if you never put away the sewing machine you can call it a studio) than to put them away. It seems like when I put things away they are gone forever.
Anyway I made a new top with 12 fat quarters.
I started by cutting them all into 9 inch squares (4 per fat quarter)
pick 2 and stack them (right sides up)
then cut them into 9
no measuring! In fact you want them to be odd and wonky …the more asymmetrical the better (at least for me).
Next you separate them into two nine patch groups (remember there are 2 different fabrics in the pile)
sew them into rows
press the seams in alternating directions
sew the rows together
one block done
repeat for the other block
after all 48 blocks are done arrange them in whatever way you like
sew them all together
I added 2.5″ x 8″ strips (made from the leftovers) on the 2 sides to make it a bit wider….finished size is 50″ x 60″
I found some plaid flannel in my stock pile for the backing.
I think very simple hand quilting is in order
The design is based on one In the new book I posted about, Unconventional & Unexpected American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000, https://timquilts.com/2014/09/15/new-top/