My third mindless sewing project is Helter Skelter by Abby Lane Quilts. It turned out to be mostly mindless sewing, not totally mindless sewing.
The technique used in this quilt is stack, cut & shuffle – Buggy Barn quilts use the same technique.
The blocks finish at 10″ x 12″ in the Helter Skelter quilt, so a layout 5 x 5 will yield a rectangular quilt. My problem was that I had 10 fat quarters that I wanted to use in this quilt and each FQ makes two blocks. With 20 blocks my layout will be 4 X 5 – a skinny rectangle.
The blocks are fun and cheerful and that was exactly the feeling I wanted for this quilt.
Oh no, we have a runaway!
Another added challenge was the limited amount of background fabric. I was determined to make it work since I really liked the background with the color of the blocks.
However skinny rectangles are not my favorite, so I decided to add side borders only. This is where the “mostly” mindless sewing into play.
In my opinion my version of Helter Skelter achieved the goals of fun, cheery and airy. The finished size is 48″ x 64″ so the dreaded skinny rectangle was avoided. I like how the colors pop out against the background.
The issue of the limited amount of background fabric – the leftovers were one short 2 1/2″ strip, one 1 1/2″ strip and a couple of 6″ squares. That was way tighter than I like, but everything turned out well.
The next and last mindless sewing project is a Purple Strata quilt. The long string of purple 1 1/2″ strips sewn end to end is gathering under my sewing machine.