Thursday, 5 November 2015

What to do with CQ Blocks?????

I've been doing the  courses that Kathy Shaw has provided FREE of charge over the last year.

Well I emailed Kathy to say she hadn't sent me the next lesson of the last course, not realizing there wasn't another one to come.  So she suggested I go back to the start and redo it.  Well not quiet, but what does one do with all those blocks we've just embellished.

Well we have purchased our next 'mobile home' to continue our travels around Australia.
Old one:

New one:
My 'Craft room' consists of four plastic drawers and a sewing machine. In the previous van hubby had pulled out the lounge and my 4 drawers sat nicely there with a curtain that come over the top and latched into the wall at the bottom. This stopped movement whilst we were traveling.

But as this has a different floor plan we've had to re-think where to put my 'Craft room' - four drawers. So two will be situated at the front of the van in the bedroom area one either side. The other two will fit under the kitchen table. Now that they are separated we can't use the same curtain set up. This photo show's the back of the van where the table and lounge is. Can't pull the lounge out on this one, too difficult.

So I thought about it for a while and came up with the idea of individual slip covers for them. This way if they fall over during travel the drawers will stay in and the contents won't spill over the floor.
So using the blocks from this course I am making four covers. Here is the first one, three more to go.
Front view:
 The top, I will eventually embellish this, as it's also lined.
 Sides have the same fabric, the back is just calico (muslin).
 Close up of the block. Didn't end up putting a beetle on, would have gotten caught on a lot of things.

There is always different uses for our blocks, not just quilts or covers for books etc. Think outside the box everyone.

Thank you Kathy for another excellent class.

Arlene

5 comments:

DIAN said...

Great solution to your storage and fantastic use of the blocks.

margaret said...

this is a great way to use your blocks, and what a wonderful mobile home you have there

PJ Hansen said...

Fantastic idea! We just got a new, and smaller, mobile home, and I have been wondering what I could do to store my own supplies. Your post is VERY timely!

Also, you will find that your new traveling home is a LOT easier to pull because the way it is hitched to your truck is so much higher. It won't stop the drawers trying to come open, but your sleeve idea should really solve that problem. You might also want to put in a couple of eye blots on each side that hook screw into the wall and then use one of the long, strong, elastic cords that are used to secure things when the sleeves are in place. Normally they are used to tie things down in the back of trucks so that the things that are back there do not bounce out as you go down the road. They come in various legnths so you want to get some that will easily stretch across the front and both sides of your drawers. If you can't get the right size, the next longer cords cam have knots tied into one side or the other, or on both sides to get them the "right" length. And put them just above the center of the set of drawers top to bottom when you will be moving.

Cindy Rogers said...

What a great idea for using your CQ blocks. Thank you for sharing!

Emily C said...

Those are really pretty. I love the purples.