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A Heavenly Mess – Keep on Posting Part 2

A Heavenly Mess – Keep on Posting Part 2

Some projects just take time, and that’s okay,…. it’s part of the joy of patchworking and quilting……if you never get started – you never get finished!

And so it was that I began to cut my small leftovers into 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ squares. From those I made these Postage Stamp Blocks.

Keep On Posting!

I really like the variation of these little blocks. They are very pretty..  Moreover, they are a permanent record of all öf the fabrics used from previous quilts ot projects, to for that matter is could be clothing.  These blocks could make a beautiful memory quilt too….

Some of the blocks I used to make these scrappy fabric baskets.

Quilted Scrap Fabric Baskets &Tutorial

Incidentally, these have been great for storing the 1 1/2″ squares. I just have the little basket set next to my machine, so I can do it anytime. It doesn’t require any forward thinking (or procrastination time either!). I just do it.  I also use one for a thread catcher and they do make a lovely small gift.

Well now I have a nice pile of these little beauties!  So this is how Ive decided to set them.  This tutorial is based on the assumption that the postage stamp blocks are 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.  Here are the requirements for one block.

Requirements for the Postage Stamp Blocks Part 2

4 of the 16 patch 41/2" x 4 1/2" blocks 
4 of 4 1/2" by 2 1/2" strips (matching) I'm focusing on creams, browns and pinks for these pieces.  
1 of 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square fabric scrap

Method

Lay out the nine pieces with the stamp blocks in the corners, the 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2“ square in the centre and the four of 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strips, inbetween.

Sew together like a nine patch.

The beauty is you can make as many or few as you desire. I will be sashing these together later to make the quilt.

Here is how they are coming along.  A heavenly mess!

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