Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Several Small Stitcheries

 It's been a minute since my last post. I have not been idle however. I've been working on these little pieces of slow stitch off and on.

3" wide x 4" tall

The flat pink rock is actually a bead meant for jewelry making. I did a series of two of these with stitches, sequins, and more beads. The one below has some wool yarn pulled apart for additional texture and interest.

4" wide x 3" tall

The birds and the tiny orange flowers are buttons.

4" wide x 3" tall

This one (above) was a way to use some scraps of the feed sack prints I used recently in a quilt top.

3" wide x 4" tall

Another one begun with mere scraps. The circular medallion is a Tim Holtz product. It says, "in every walk with nature one receives far more than they seek." The butterfly is a button, the feather is a charm.

3" wide x 4" tall

This one began as a study in purple scraps. It was a little harder to move forward and sat as a blank canvas for a while. Eventually one stitch led to another, I found the scrap of lace,  and the Trust charm finally found a home. The bird is another sequin.

3" wide x 4" tall

Here's another one that began with feed sack scraps. Red flower-shaped buttons from my collection, a couple of little crocheted flowers, and a faux postage stamp button.

4" x 4"

This one also sat for some time before I could see what to do with it. In the end I just feather stitched between the hearts that were in the print on the top, seed stitched around the flowers in the strip of binding tape below, and then just added the clothing label and the charm to the bottom.

2.5" wide x 4" tall

This little tag shape was fun to create. Nothing but embroidery and a strip of lace for embellishment. 

These will all be going to the Disabled Artist's Foundation Inc. for an upcoming fund raising auction. It feels so good to be able to make things to contribute to a worthy cause!

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Scrap Happy in May

 If you've been here in the last two weeks you've seen the scrappy stars I've been making of late. I sort of burned out on the process when I hit 52 of them. And what with one thing and another they just sat there. Finally, a couple of days ago, I sorted through the lot and started auditioning them on the design wall. 

I'd come to the conclusion that the easiest thing to do would be to choose 25 of the stars and set them 5 x 5 to create a 60" square quilt top. I can deal with the remaining 27 stars later. They may need to be sashed or used in some other layout. I think these work well set side by side. 

We're having an unusual heat wave for this time of year. It's acting like August outside, not May. Which means my quilt building efforts may be curtailed until it cools down again. I've been doing some needlework between making these stars. With luck I'll get pictures taken and a post about them written up for you. In the meantime, here's the link list for the other folks who have used scrap or recycled materials to create something new and wonderful. Hannah is joining us for the first time so be sure to stop by her blog. 😊

KateGun, Hannah, Eva, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, Dawn, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera, Edith
NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Carol, Preeti,
Amo, AlissaLynn and Tierney

Monday, May 1, 2023

Shoo-fly Stars

I've been pairing up the background patches and star point triangles I cut from remnants with the most scrappy shoo-fly blocks from the Parts Department. A few other blocks have been assembled along the way as well.

The shoo-fly stars will finish at 12", the smaller stars 8", and the Hole in the Barn Door blocks will be 6" finished.

I've continued cutting patches for backgrounds, star points, cats, and the smaller shoo-fly and barn door blocks.

I have over just over 35 shoo-fly stars made so far. It's not out of the realm of possibility that there will be well over 50 stars before I run out of patches to use.

At this point I have no idea what size or how many quilts I may make with these blocks. Since the backgrounds are all so different it will be a great temptation to just set the blocks side by side. It might be a challenge (for me) to find something to separate the stars. Nevertheless, it might be worthwhile to see what I can come up with - when the time comes. Possibly one quilt will get sashing and another will not. I tend to prefer busy quilt tops personally but the stars may benefit from a bit of breathing room. Thoughts?

Friday, April 21, 2023

Prep Work

 I've been coming across more short pieces of yardage in my stash lately. Not quite scraps, but not enough to go very far in any one project. Remnants, in fact. So I've tried to be ruthless in culling them from the collection. I didn't think to count or measure them in any way before I began cutting them up. I'm quite proud of myself for turning so many of them into patches for future scrap blocks.

This photo doesn't give you a very accurate concept of how many scrap patches I've cut. Trust me, it's a lot! Those two stacks on the left are about four inches tall each. They are quarter-square triangles and square patches for 12" variable/sawtooth star blocks. In the middle, from top to bottom, are patches for star points for those 12" blocks, then a stack of patches for 6" Shoo-fly blocks, then 6" Hole in the Barn Door blocks. A quick count reveals that there will be eleven Barn Door blocks made out of that stack of patches. On the upper right I have more quarter-square triangles for flying geese (backgrounds to be cut later). The rectangular pile are bodies for cat blocks. 

These blocks were made from scrap patches I already had on hand.

It was the stars I made for the Halloween quilt in my Scrap Happy Day post that gave me the idea to cut patches for more 12" stars. They do eat up the fabric quickly. My plan is to go through the 6" blocks in the Parts Dept. to use as the centers of the stars. After pressing each piece of fabric I cut the largest patches first, the quarter-square triangles and 3.5" squares first, then pieces for a cat, and from there whatever else I could fit. Some prints were more appropriate for backgrounds than star points and vice versa. The trick now will be to pair up blocks from the Parts Dept. with these patches to get those stars made. 😁

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Scrap Happy in April

 It may be April but I'm not done with Halloween yet! When I completed the last quilt top I still had some 6" blocks left over. Not to mention smaller scrap patches. I used those patches to make more 6" blocks. 

My plan was to use these blocks in the middle of stars that would finish at 12" square. Twenty blocks would give me a kid's size quilt. This also gave me an opportunity to use up more of the remnants of older prints from my stash. I ended up cutting quite a few of those remnants right down to nothing!

At first I thought I would just set the stars side by side. However, when I had them all built and on the design wall they cried out for sashing. There weren't any purples left in my stash in the right hue to make the stars float. Finding something else to use was a challenge, I have to say. In the end I came up with a couple more remnants - because one wouldn't quite go the distance. That's two more older prints used up!

Sorry about the lighting. The top of the photo gets washed out by my overhead lights.

I had the most of this lighter print. I remember it being a difficult print to use in the past. This seemed to be an ideal application for it.

Then I had to find something to fill in the gaps. There was enough of this slightly darker print to use in the four corners of the quilt top.

I also used a trick I learned many, many years ago to get my purples to go the distance. In that star above the background is actually the back side of the fabric. Here's the front:

Too pink for this quilt top! But the back was perfect. 😊

I'm going to stop the top at this point (no borders, just binding). It will finish at about 54" wide by 68" long. I may have to purchase fabric for binding, but otherwise this has been nothing but scraps and remnants. It's very satisfying to be able to create a useful new product out of nothing but scrap materials. That's the premise behind this blog hop that Kate and Gun host each month on the 15th. Kate is in Australia, Gun is in Sweden, and bloggers from the rest of the world participate regularly. Lynn is rejoining us this month, and we're pleased to have Tierney joining us as well!

KateGun, Eva, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnJuleGwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera, Edith
NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Carol, Preeti,
Amo, AlissaLynn and Tierney