Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I am addicted - after seeing Patti's 'Mile a Minute Tutorial' I just had to try it out. I have a bag full of strings that I need to use up ('cos otherwise they will multiply and become two bags).
These are true strings - button bands and collars off shirts, hems off skirts I've cut up for the fabric and uneven pieces from straightening yardage so hopefully the blocks will come out at least a little bit wonky.
I'm going to try not to use any of my evenly cut 2 and 2 1/2 inch strips - though I might renege on this if the blocks all start to look a bit samey and I want a bit more brightness and variety in the fabrics. I can make 10 X 6 1/2 inch blocks in an evening and it's nice, relaxing mindless sewing with no cutting to do - bliss. Thanks Patti!

23 comments:

Lucy Locket said...

That's lovely - I'm going to have a look at the tutorial straight away! I have been doing one from Melly and Me that I love but it needs to be pre-drawn onto interfacing which takes a lot of time! The colours look great! Lucy

Lucy Locket said...

Hi again! I've just read the tutorial but being fairly thick at the moment can't work out how they turn into log cabins - what am I missing?

Screen Door said...

Looks like this could be a quilt full of memories....

anne bebbington said...

These blocks are just the ticket when you've been preoccupied with other concerns - they look great and what a good way to use up those skinny bits and pieces from charity shop garments :o)

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

That Tutorial had me sorting thru' the scrap bags as well! But I hadnt thought of the collars and button edges i had taken off my shirts, shall have to recheck the bin1 Tracey

atet said...

What great blocks! I really need to get my scraps out. And finish my mother's mother's day present. And start my mil's Christmas present. And...hmmm, think this one is going to have to wait a bit, but they look like such fun!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

wheee, fun blocks.

meggie said...

I love these wild colourful blocks!

Tazzie said...

Those blocks look like such fun, I am definitely going to try these sometime.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Dordogne Clare said...

Lovely fun and zany blocks. Will take a look at Patti's tutorial

Helen in the UK said...

Love the blocks. If you want them a little more 'wonky' you can tilt your ruler when you trim them to exact size required :)

corry said...

great way to use left over strings!
love your blocks!

Finn said...

Hi Fiona, they look wonderful!! Hurray for Mile A Minute blocks! Hugs, Finn

Suzie Sews said...

great fun
Suzie Sews

Juliann in WA said...

How fun to see that Sainsburys bag full of scraps. After 3 weeks in the UK, we came to love those orange bags.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

I wish I had more scraps so I could make one of these! Better make more quilts! :o)

YankeeQuilter said...

What fun blocks...I find making the mile a minute squares a bit like therapy!

Belém said...

what a lovely and easy way to use crumbs and stripes. The result it's a wonderful surprise. Thanks for sharing the link. It is a great tutorial.

mereth said...

Got to love that mindless sewing, you can get so much more done when you don't have to make decisions all the time. I love the little doll quilts you've made, and your allotment looks wonderful too, I love growing veggies.

Simonetta said...

Wow! Great job! ;))))

Marcie said...

Oh wow! Really cute LC's Fiona!

said...

uau! I wish i could quilt. I love the colors:)

Patti said...

You are very welcome!