Monday, September 3, 2018

If Not, Then

Early in the summer I thought it might be time for another scrappy quilt and decided to try my hand at a scrappy spiral block [aka crazy quilt block in Abby Halverson's tutorial]. I kinda liked it, but got distracted by other projects and it sat around until last weekend when I decided to get back to it.



I started in on three more blocks, and honestly, I wasn't feeling them. I mean, they were interesting enough, but I just wasn't really enjoying making them.



To give them a fair shot, I finished all four that I'd started and then came to the conclusion that I didn't want to make any more.



So..... it dawned on me that it was a perfect time to try Katie/Sew Katie Did's Box Pouch pattern, which I luckily picked up when she had it for sale a while back.  
Anyway, I've often heard Katie say that box pouches are perfect for those orphan blocks, so now was a perfect time to try one, right? 




Oh yeah. This pouch was pretty quick to make (about 2 hours including quilting the panels) and I confess I like the pouch better than I did my blocks by themselves!



Plus I still made good use of some scraps and feel ok about moving forward to something new. I have two more blocks to make into another pouch at some point, and I'm feeling pretty good about that. Time well spent after all.

13 comments:

  1. perfect use for those blocks! great little bags...

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  2. What a great way to use up the blocks. The pouch looks great!

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  3. I've got a few of these improv blocks tucked away some where too. I had an itch to try the method, but then the itch got scratched and I moved on. Now I need to find them and make them into a boxy pouch! Yours are so cool, Debbie!

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  4. Yeah I wasn’t a fan of the method , seemed to waste a lot of fabric. Great use of the blocks in the boxy bag. I admire that bag so.

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  5. Your pouch looks great! I think you took the right decision!

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  6. Great solution to a problem we all recognise! Now to check out that boxy pouch pattern!

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  7. The blocks didn't 'do me' either, but am truly loving the pouch! Is there a presents for strangers venue???? Susan

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  8. You made the perfect choice for these blocks! It's a great idea and the boxy pouch is amazing! Love when you end up with something better than what you started out with!

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  9. Good for you to recognize you weren't feeling it and still found a way to put them to good use. The pouch is great. I made similar blocks years ago for a salad quilt with all the veggie fabrics that were available. I actually liked my quilt but it was a little less scrappy looking which probably helped pull it together.

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  10. That pouch looks very useful, and a great way to use up the blocks. They are prettier now!

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  11. I am glad you went with your gut feeling. It is ok to push oneself, but if we still don't like it, I am all for salvaging or dismanteling the project. Your pouch idea was great! Have fun with the next one :)

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  12. I'm glad you found a great way to use your blocks. The pouch is both gorgeous and useful... I'd say that's a win!

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  13. Wow! Looks fantastic. I didn't realize how big the blocks were. Great re-use idea, Debbie!

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