The first one over the weekend was making more flag blocks using pp'd pattern sections that had been left from a long ago completed sampler quilt. The pattern sections were supposed to have been a piano key border, but I never use patterns when making one of those. However, the sections work great for making flag blocks although the stripe count is a off for reality but the thought is there. The blue I used in the blocks has white stars all over it. I have a few more to make in order to have the quilt finish at the correct size for American Heroes. It will have 2" finished sashing and a 5" border around the outside. Am thinking of using a tan for the outside.
The next UFO that I've been working on is to turn lots of cut off triangles (lots and lots of them!) into half square triangle blocks. The triangles are left over from the wedding quilt that I made my nephew and his wife last year.
Yes, I know I could toss the the cut-offs, but once I get the HST's made there will be enough to make blocks for probably 2 quilts. And I hate the thought of tossing that much fabric. Hmmmm, maybe that's why I don't get anywhere in using my stash......lol.
In making these I'm trying out a method that I had seen on a blog a couple of yrs ago. The blog author took scrap triangles and laid them on top of the alternate color fabric. then just stitched them down. Once that was done then she trimmed the blocks to the correct finished size that she wanted. So with the leftover cream and tan tonal fabrics that I have I'm cutting strips and doing the same thing. Once they are all sewn down (or at least a bunch of them!) I will start squaring them up to size and then press them open.
What I am finishing up with are 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch blocks ready to be used in block patterns.
The only problem now is that I can't make up my mind to use a currently available pattern for the HST's or to design a new block for these so that I can submit it for publication. Of course I already have one design created that I haven't made yet so that I can submit it....but that's beside the point. Guess I'd better get busy and work on my projects in addition to the commissioned sewing that is due.