I started piecing these blocks, which are from a Karen Stone pattern called "Mississippi Wheel of Fortune," published in the March/April 2003 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.
I started out using up some scraps, thinking I could make a lot of blocks before the scrap drawer was empty.
But then I thought about controlling the color palette, limiting it to clear bright colors. The scraps won't go quite as far if I do that.
The pattern is pretty easy. Parts are pieced, parts are paper pieced, and some sections are joined by applying rick-rack, turning the edge, then top-stitching it down.
Louie helped by pointing out his favorite scraps.
But he wanted to edit the pattern a bit. I retain the right to reject his suggestions.
I ended up with four blocks, and then sat down to really think about what's next. The pattern has dog tooth sashing strips that I like, but I started feeling like I was running out of enthusiasm for this project. I know I can stop at four blocks or make the commitment for nine or more.
I played with the idea of solid sashing and a border so I could finish up and move on. I pretty much rejected the idea of a large quilt for now.
Mrs. Mel had a great post on her blog Fibermania (see January 8th "Good Question...") about why she no longer makes large quilts, and her ideas really resonated with me.
I haven't decided what to do yet. In the meantime, these blocks are going to marinate in the WISP pile.