When I was a child, part of every visit to Grandma Brown’s and to one of my favorite aunt’s was a Show and Tell of the latest finished quilts. Both of those two wonderful women made scrap quilts. I can’t imagine them buying fabric for a quilt top. Aunt Alta might have bought fabric for the back of a quilt but I’m certain I remember Grandma’s quilt backs being pieced. Part of quiltmaking for both of them was the satisfaction of making something beautiful out of scraps. Partly because of those great memories, I really, really like scrappy quilts. Louisa’s Attic by Gerri Robinson in the November/December 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting caught my eye as a great scrap quilt. And goodness knows, I have plenty of scraps to pick from.
I’ve barely started on the quilt. I got out my AccuQuilt Go! and the die I need to cut 4” finished half-square triangles (HSTs).
I pulled out a good-sized pile of blue fabric and green fabric and just a bit of yellow fabric. My idea is that I want one HST of yellow in each block. The rest of the HST’s will just be put together however I think they look good.
I pressed the fabric, cut the HSTs and I was ready to sew.
I stitched the HST’s in pairs without worrying about what fabric was going next to what. I figured the first pairing could surely be laid out somehow that it would be pretty.
I started pressing the squares open and I had to laugh at myself. The pattern gives directions to cut square patches and stitch across them diagonally, making 2 units from each pair of squares. I didn’t consider that when deciding how many HST’s to cut and I only had half of them cut. It’s a good thing cutting goes so quickly with the AccuQuilt Go!
As I finished pressing, I started laying the squares out on my design wall. I didn’t think I wanted the yellow in the same position in each block. I’ll need to lay out the whole quilt to get the colors balanced.
Here is the first block. But it will change as I lay out the other blocks. My tendency is to get in a hurry at this point but I know from experience that I’ll just wind up unsewing things if I start stitching now.
So that’s the point I am at right now.
If you’d like to make your own version of Louisa’s Attic, click here to download the free pattern. Stay tuned to see my progress.