Last night, I finished (to the flimsy stage) my mystery quilt from the Facebook page, Gyleen’s Bricks, Cobblestones, and Pebbles. Gyleen was calling this project, Odds, Ends, & Leftovers. My quilt top measures approximately 58.5 inches square.
General instructions provided by Gyleen included: “Don’t cut from scraps too far in advance. Most of what you need should be already cut.”
I was able to assemble most of this mystery from squares and strips that I had previously cut and organized into bins in my sewing room. As you can see from the stacks of bins on the shelves, I could make many more Odds, Ends, & Leftovers projects without running out of scraps. 🙂
If I was to repeat this pattern again, I would disregard Gyleen’s directions relating to the random in placement of the squares and I would pay more attention to the values and placement of the fabrics. To me, the randomness of this project results in a look that looses the design elements of the quilt in the messiness/chaos that results from the random placement of the fabric squares. In my opinion, the people that disregarded the random directions and put their quilt together in a more organized scrappy fashion have much nicer quilts. However, this project was fun and well worth trying. After all, I never had to purchase any fabric. In fact, as I worked through the clues in the mystery, I enjoyed walking down Memory Lane as I worked through my fabrics. Each scrap of fabric took me back to the project that it was left from over the years so I had fun reminiscing as I put together this quilt top.