Bitten by the Inchie Bug!!

I’ve been bitten by this bug that carries this highly contagious disease for which there is no known cure, and the only symptomatic relief available is to make more and more tiny little works of art. I have seen these little Inchies around the Internet, and heard about them from quilting friends, but until now, I’ve managed to avoid contracting the infection.

All of my careful avoidance of those poor souls who carry the dreaded Inchie disease was for naught, as I got totally sidetracked yesterday in the middle of a line of machine quilting, no less. Actually, if the bobbin thread hadn’t run out, I’d still be happily quilting along, without a care in the world!

But no, I was quilting some pretty mindless grids in the sashing on this “just.get.it.done.” quilt, and the dang bobbin thread ran out on me, and since my mind was already wandering loose, it just kept on going and decided to stop quilting and make Inchies for the rest of the day instead. Here’s the output so far (click for a bigger pic):

I say “so far” because I have 42 more Inchies cut up and ready to edge stitch and embellish from this first chunk of fabric. I started with a fabric that was oriental looking and had lots of colors and a variety of motifs. I cut it fairly large (considering the size of the finished product) because I figured there might be some that I didn’t like after it was all cut up. That theory was pretty much just wrong, since what I ended up with was four distinct sets of 12 Inchies each, plus a set of six more that didn’t really fit with any of the others, and they were all fabulous!

I’m having a great time plowing through all of my beads, bits, baubles and trims to embellish as needed. About the only thing I’m currently missing that I’ve wished for is some copper or gold wire which I could swear I had some of at one time but I haven’t come across it yet. If I never find it, or I’m just imagining that I had it, I’m sure the Internet can cover me on that. As an aside, I did point out to ITMan that times like these are exactly why I keep all of this stuff…

Today I have some house cleaning and decluttering/moving prep to do, but I’m going to try to blow through that in as little time as possible so I can get back down here and play some more with these Inchies. How’s that for enticement? When I get the other sets done, I’ll post pics of course, and some tips I’ve already learned to make the process easier and the results better. Yup, I’m truly infected with the Inchie bug now, so you might want to go wash your hands (or eyes, or something) after reading this, or you may catch the dreaded Inchie Bug too! 🙂