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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Scrap crystals UFO

Three things to be happy about:
(1) mint-flavored floss
(2) small quilts
(3) change

Well, one change I'm not too happy about is the acquisition of Target pharmacies by CVS.  I've never been a CVS fan, even when they were People's pharmacy, so I chose to get my prescriptions filled at Target.

I liked the color-coded bands around the bottles, and their meds were cheaper, ya know?  The water tight bottles were really good for holding mouthwash for an overnight trip.

Ah well...

I got all twenty blocks done for the Scrap Crystals UFO, yes!

My lazy side wanted to kick in and just set the blocks side by side, as you see them here.

But no, I went to the trouble of piecing sashing strips, so I may as well use em!

I thought about using 3-1/2" squares for the cornerstones, but that was too plain.  Green 4-patches might work!

I'll need 30 to go inside as cornerstones and also along the sides, top and bottom as part of the inner border.

After piecing a few 4-patches to test the design, I wasn't too crazy about the way it looked, blah!

There's already a lot of activity in the sashing what with the string piecing and all.

Besides, you can't even see the 4-patches!

It occurred to me that I could do a simple square in a square for the cornerstones, they would echo part of that star design in the middle of the block....

Here we go, I think I'll go with this option.  The original designed called for a 9 patch in the cornerstone position, with blue HST's sewn onto the sashing to carry out the star pattern.

I can't see myself trying that trick with these string pieced sashings!

So my mission for today [should I choose to accept it] will be to join the sashing strips end to end and cut them to size, and to make 36 more square in a square units for the cornerstones.

I'll need to decide what to do for the outer border, you guys put your thinking caps on!  Sew forth and sew on til later....


  1. Pretty! I think first a pieced border like your sashing with corner stones and then a solid or tone on tone border.

  2. You do so well with scrappy pieces. The quilt looks great cannot wait to see it close up.

  3. Like how the second setting looks. I would go with a solid final border and let the center do the speaking.

  4. Seeing this gorgeousness is making me regret the fact that I'm six hours away from my stash... (Scrap Crystals is in my Lifetime Queue, now a couple of notches higher.)
    I was going to suggest a four patch made of HSTs for the cornerstones, but you got there all ahead of me. My thought had been the other way around, with the darks in the centers and the lights in the corners, but I like your way better.

  5. Yay! for you. Now I really feel like a slacker. Guess I better dig that UFO out and get it completed......

  6. WOW!!! You did it. Its beautiful. I've got to finish my Scrap Crystals by the end of the year. And all those other Bonnie Hunter cruise quilts and mysteries.

  7. If I make scrap crystals I'll make it like yours. I love the smashing and the cornerstones. Could you make the border be more of the smashing and cornerstones? With a plain second border around it all?

  8. I mean smashing. Your smashing is smashing!

  9. Sorry, auto correct doesn't know quilt lingo

  10. Oh, oh, OH!! I love it, Linda! It is perfection.


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