They seem to call to me, my stash of “Two Inch Treasures.” Carefully cut, bundled in boxes or baggies, saved as future projects for special people. Tucked away under my bed, patiently waiting to become part of a large piece again one day. Sometimes I simply have to take them out and play with them.
As my regular readers may know, I am perhaps a bit obsessive about cutting and sewing with two-inch fabric squares. They first learned about this addiction in my Thoughts from a Fabriholic post in June 2010. Then they saw me finish my fourth “Big Hug” quilt with over 4,000 little fabric gems in the topper. To say nothing of my Gallery-Two Inch Treasures page! (And, new in April 2011, Things I Have Learned While Cutting Fabric Squares!) You would think that I would be totally over the idea of postage stamp quilts. I most certainly am not, and hope my readers do not mind hearing more about them from time to time.
Come to think of it, I know that some of you have been inspired by these fun quilts, because you write to me with questions. Or you tell me you are starting to save squares to do one yourself someday. At the moment two readers are starting down that path and blogging about it. Check out Lemonwood Clock as she starts collecting squares. Then hop over to Colorado Lady, first to see her beg for squares from people, and then check her progress as she starts to sew.
I am full of suggestions for those of you who want to make one. Even more suggestions if you, like me, want to make one for every member of your family! Just ask, who knows, a full tutorial may come out of it. But today, I simply could not resist the urge to play with my pieces. Besides, I am cultivating an idea, well, three ideas. You see, I have three grand-nieces, so I happen to have three one-gallon bags of two-inch treasures set aside with their names on them. Shhh, please do not tell them! It will be a while before they get stitched up.
Personally, I love the glorious randomness of just letting the pieces scatter. But I am struck that one of these young ladies is a very fastidious soul, who would probably find the chaos of my usual approach not particularly pleasing. Another one is very artistic and shows a great eye for colorplay. The third is a free spirit who loves anything Van Gogh. I am thinking that I may do some colorwashing with these Big Hugs.
Today I pulled out a generous handful of two-inch treasures from one of those baggies, winding up with about 300 pieces with which to play. I sorted them out by color and value. I knew that it would only give me an idea of how it would look on a full-scale quilt of 3,600 pieces, but that is the purpose of play, isn’t it? I tried arranging them in stripes of light and dark. I tried bulls-eyes, hearts, zig zags, and more. I found something to like in all of them. Actually it was a very pleasant way to get a ‘fabric fix,’ and I could have spent hours more playing with color.
All that playfulness has now been percolated into three plans for action. I know just how I will be approaching each quilt. They may have some of the same fabrics between them but will each have a personality of their own. I started to think of these little fabric squares as the genes that make up each quilt. Rearrange them, you get a whole new look with all the same bits.
Having a plan was enough for today, I packed them back up and put them away for now. Back to UFO’s and commissioned work for now. I am re-energized; playing with my little gems of fabric gave me a boost. And something to look forward to, a little later this year.
I hope you are checking my Quilty Giveaways list on the right hand sidebar, as there are several nice offerings out there. Let me know if you are having a giveaway so I can get you on the list. And yes, I do sell two-inch treasures and other squares from time to time, which you can find over there under Instant Stash! (End of shameless plug, tyvm!)
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