Generally I spend January, February and March catching up on my reading and doing some knitting. Since becoming a member of the blogging world that’s not so easy. There are way too many quilting ideas to tempt me back to my sewing machine. I am doing a little reading. I got a Nook for Christmas and I have started a pair of socks and have gotten to the toe of the first one but I really want to sew.
Over the last couple of weeks I feel like I have seen Spider Web quilts everywhere. I Googled and found severalto look at and a video to watch and I just had to try it. I have a large shoe box (guys sneaker size) that I have been throwing misc scraps into for the last few months that were too small to be given a real home . Thought this would be a good place to start. I am a traditionalist and am using phone book pages ; ) for a foundation. I don’t know about by you but my yellow pages has shrunk down to sheets 7X9. Not so big. Therefore the blocks aren’t very big. Something like 9 inches square.
Not counting the white centers which I am pulling from my stash I am using scraps from the box. I don’t need anything longer than 4 ½ inches. I’m trying to do a block or two a day. It’s taking me about an hour to do a block. So far the only problems I am having are remembering to shorten the stitch length each time I sit down and removing the paper is awfully boring not to mention messy.
I was planning on doing a top with 24 blocks and borders. Made that plan before I realized that the phone book sheets were so small. I may have to go to 48 blocks to make it worth my while. I’ve got 12 blocks done. I guess I’ll make my decision at 24 blocks. I know I can manage that but my fear is that if I decide to make this that much bigger it may become a UFO and I haven’t done that in a while and don’t want to get back into that habit.
It will take me a couple of weeks to get to 24 so I don’t need to rush the decision. No matter, I really do love the way it’s coming together and I’m glad I started it.
These are the 12 finished blocks on the wall. I hope keeping them there will keep me on track.