I've been feeling a little unproductive the last few days but I did manage to make bee blocks for Sudi-Laura. She requested primitive style boy and girl blocks. They were fairly quick and painless to make once I got started.
A few years ago I picked up the book Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts by Mary Elizabeth Kinch and Biz Storms. I tell you, these ladies speak my quilting language. Like me, they love quilts made with small pieces of fabric.
I love how they show an "actual size" photo of a block of the quilt along with the full view for each project.
This is one of my favorite pages in the book: The cutting directions read:
"From the assorted dark prints cut a total of 7200 squares, 1" x 1" in matching sets of five."
Did you do the math??? Those little nine patches finish at 1.5 inches square! Yowza.
I don't know if these ladies cut everything out before starting or not. I don't think I would; that just seems overwhelming to me. It is my favorite bit in the directions though. I think I would cut and sew them in batches. The authors give a lot of tips on working in batches for quilts like this.