I was digging through my 'collection' of blocks that didn't make it into a snuggle under for some reason or another. (I swear these multiply over the years) Many are extras from swaps or rejects gifted to ME b/c everyone knows I will eventually use them.
I got it in my mind that I just needed to sort the overflowing box and pull out favorites to use as pot holders or placemats. Now, what do I do with the rest?
TA DA----------a scrappy crumb style top!
Then I got the idea to die cut the other blocks at 4 inches. The scraps from that cut will go into my 'crumb' tub. I sewed the cuts into strips. Then I added my new strips to the center in a 'courthouse steps' style.
I added a row to the left & right, then to the top & bottom. I then repeat till I used up all the strips. Left overs went to the crumb tote for 'next time'
I giggle b/c some of these 9 patches are from a swap in early 2000!
Next I had to raid my stash and look for a border print. The tan was pre-cut for a binding. I don't mind sewing bias, especially if I don't have to cut it first. The outer border was a yard of strip that never seemed to get picked for a project. I love how they both fit the scrappy top.
Don't hold your breath it may be awhile before I get around to picking a quilting pattern, I still have a rather large pile of future placemats to play with.