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Surrounded by Scraps

Doubling Down on YACQAL

Linda Nussbaum

This past weekend I was compelled to dust off my rotary cutter and get back to work in my stash cutting fabrics for my charm quilts. Yep, that's a plural there. It was always my intention to make more than one version concurrently for the You're a Charm Quilt Along (#YACQAL), I just couldn't decide on what one-patch shape I was going to do in addition to my 60° triangles. At first I thought I might try trapezoids, but didn't like the color contrast I began with and ultimately established that I am just too lazy to mark and hand-cut each piece.

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Then this weekend I toyed with the idea of doing a tumbling block effect with diamonds, but again that lazy gene kicked in when I realized it would require Y-seams. One or two might be okay, but to do a whole quilt of them is definitely more than I can chew, which is a bummer because I think this one could have turned out really cool!!

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So, I am sticking with simple shapes and playing with different sections from my stash. The triangle quilt will be made up of warm tones — all of my yellows, oranges and reds, with a few golds and russets thrown in there. The brickwork version is starting with my collection of black and white fabrics, then branching out into multi-color on both black and white backgrounds. Either that or going toward tans, grey and taupe with black and white. 

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Now that I, personally, am back on track for this project, I am hoping to get more feedback from others who maybe were participating at the start, or at least interested in doing so. As I am sure I have mentioned before, I have never run a quilt along, and realize I might need some help here. Unfortunately, Squarespace (my website and blog home) does not support inlinkz or another link-sharing subscription, so I never figured out how to allow link-parties in the blog entry. But I still welcome comments and links in your comments to see what you are doing! And of course there's the #YACQAL hashtag on IG. 

I'll do my best to move forward on this in the hopes that others are inspired to do the same, or if nothing else, it brings me to my cutting table and design wall! Not to mention finding gems like this while going through my stash stacks one fabric at a time!

Inspired by the last couple of months in our charity bee circle, I've been cutting a single 2.5" square from all of the fabrics I'm taking out, as I go. Another charm quilt in the making...?

Inspired by the last couple of months in our charity bee circle, I've been cutting a single 2.5" square from all of the fabrics I'm taking out, as I go. Another charm quilt in the making...?