I’ve always been fascinated by Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses ever since I saw a block of English Paper Piecing using this pattern.
Having a background and preference for machine piecing, this led to making blocks of a larger size suitable for ‘American’ hand piecing.
After having a go at making blocks, it was an ‘Ahh ..’ moment, I became hooked and still am!
But what to do with the left over patches? Throw them out, give them away to a kindergarten, or maybe ‘recycle/reuse’ them. After all, they took time to select, cut out, and consider.
During the creation of a Pinterest board, dedicated to collecting the fabulous variations of Lucy’s block, these three ideas have emerged – with thanks to the mathematically minded!
Have you, like me, put aside those single patches, with a feeling of ‘just can’t quite throw it out yet!’
Try this idea:
Make a scrappy quilt with the single patches …
When there are pairs left over, try this layout …
Odd numbers of three patches make a lovely swirly block …
I think Lucy would like the idea of using up left over patches.
Perhaps these could become the hand-piecing version of Bonnie Hunter’s machine pieced scrap quilts!
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