Monday, February 18, 2013


This is an old UFO that I started in 2010. Recently I've been tossing around ways to rework it, so I dug it out again today. It had a variety of problems:
  • The fabric wasn't washed
  • The HSTs were not cut accurately
  • The design didn't use its feature fabric to the best advantage. These blocks were so bold, they drowned out the border print.
Because the HSTs were inaccurate, the blocks were a bit of a mess too. The red one is not too bad, but you can see the yellow one is worse:

So, I have a new design, and my plan is to take these 8" blocks apart down to their square units, wash them all in lingerie bags in the machine, and then square them up to make 6" blocks and re-use them. Fortunately, there are not that many finished blocks to deconstruct.

The seam ripper is not usually my friend, but this time I am enjoying it because I am interested to see how my plan will turn out.

Think it will work? I'll let you know!


  1. If you havent washed them yet I would do it by hand but still in the bags. Mum washed some charm squares she was given years ago in a bag through the machine on gentle and they still frayed a bit.

    1. I am glad to hear that someone else has done it. "Frayed a bit" is something I can live with, since I plan to cut them smaller anyway. Good to know!

  2. It will be really interesting to see how these re-emerge as something different. I love stitch rippers! I remember sewing without them - and n
    My excitement in discovering one somehow as a teenager. I took one home and my mother and I couldn't believe how easy it made unpicking - a revolution at the time. Good luck!

    1. LOL. You know, my mom never heard of them either until just a few years ago when I loaned her mine. Imagine! :)


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