Each block is numbered and records are kept of who made which block. The challenging part for me was drawing a map of how I had laid it out. I'm so glad Hubby helped me double check my work, because I did transpose a few of the numbers. (Yes. In both tops!) I guess it's not just "the dreaded math" that gets me, it's anything involving numbers. Oh, wait. I think that IS math. Never mind.
The most difficult piece to work with was this really thick block using neckties. The fact that the base fabric was vintage damask didn't help. I made it work, though! Instead of sewing a regular seam I folded the adjacent block edge over and stitched it down from the top. I don't know why, but that seemed to work better. Whew!
Piecing the second top went much faster, but there were some fun blocks in this one, too.
It's really intriguing to see such a variety in the materials used to create the Red X's. There were velveteen ribbons ......
..... hand stitched X's, grosgrain ribbons .....
..... printed ribbons, satin ribbons, rick rack .....
..... even felt. (The blue painters' tape on the back is part of the numbering system and will be removed before quilting.)
As with the neckties some blocks are very creative, using netting, lace, and braided ribbon, among other assorted textiles.
These tops are ready to go to the post office, then off to the volunteer quilters.
It didn't actually take a lot of time so if you are inclined to help check out these websites. There are many ways to volunteer. http://thebarefootheart.com/introducing-the-70273-project/ or www.the70273project.org
Another stash-busting year is off to a good start. My goal is to use 100 yards this year. After all, I did that in 2015 when I was laid up with a broken arm for 6 weeks or so, which means I have no excuse. Right?
Fabric Added in January - 3 yards
Fabric Used in January - 13.78 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 3 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 13.78 yards
Net Fabric Used in 2018 - 10.78 yards
Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict