Saturday, March 18, 2023

Feedsack Follow Up

 Well, the feed sack quilt top from my previous post didn't turn out quite the way I expected. No real surprise there. The fortunate thing is that I'm quite happy with the way it did turn out. 😊 

I knew I needed sashing between the columns, the question was which of the remaining fabrics to use. A couple of them were just the wrong colors. And of course, there wasn't enough of others. I began with the narrow sashes between the Churn Dash columns.

There was one print I'd been saving to use between the flying geese the and Churn Dash blocks. Those two vertical sashes would have been wider than the pink ones. Sadly, it turned out to be too light in value. The pink worked again, but it left me short on the width I wanted. The obvious next step was to add narrow sashes to the two long sides on the flimsy.

And then I was delighted to discover that I had enough of the rose print to go all the way around the quilt top. I'd wanted to use that print but up to that point I wasn't sure where it would fit in. 

I was able to make a back for this small quilt (about 52" x 62") from yardage I had on hand. I used new quilter's cottons in hopes they would provide strength and stability for the loosely woven feed sacks. Now I'm faced with the conundrum of what to do with what's left of the feed sack fabrics. For the time being I'm just going to put them away again. Other scraps are calling my name. πŸ˜‰


Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Scrap Happy in March

 It's time once again to share anything we've repurposed or made out of scrap materials. This blog hop is hosted by Kate in Australia and Gun in Sweden on the 15th of each month. I've been very remiss in that I've not kept up with the efforts of the other bloggers. I'm guilty of a degree of laziness, but for the most part it's just my health issues that keep me from visiting everyone. My sincere apologies. And my deep gratitude for those who visit and leave kind comments. 😊

I wasn't sure I would have something for this month, having just completed the quilt top for my husband (see previous post). However, I was prompted to pull out the small selection of vintage feed/flour/sugar sacks I acquired somewhere along the way. I maybe had fabric from four whole sacks, the rest are pieces that have been cut or ripped from sacks and even a couple that were taken out of old quilts. The stitching lines are still visible on those pieces. I washed most of the fabric but left any stains that didn't come out. 

You probably can't see it, but there's a very fine, brief line of feather stitching on one of the half-square triangles in the red gingham Churn Dash block. The blue stripe I used for some backgrounds is not feed sack material but scraps from previous projects. In fact, anything that did not come from a sack is scrap material. I did try to stay with prints that would be similar to the era from which the sacks came. Mostly I think that would have been the 1940's or 1950's. The yellow block below is more likely to be from the 1930's. 

Because my source materials are limited I knew this would be a relatively small quilt. And it will need to be handled gently. I made as many Churn Dash blocks as I could and then managed to cut some pieces for flying geese units. I've been designing as I go, in the spirit of "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." 

I liked this layout but needed to figure out how to make the flying geese and the Churn Dash blocks come out to the same length.

My solution was to use some recent scraps and add a couple more geese. At this point I will have 54" in height (finished). Now I get to figure out how to go about adding width. I think I have a workable plan; you'll have to come back in a few days (or longer!) to see how it turns out. In the meantime, please visit these other folks who may have something to show you. Amo and Alissa are joining us for the first time this month; we offer them a warm welcome!

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

Thursday, March 9, 2023

A Fowl Quilt

 A couple of years ago my husband accompanied me to our local quilt shop. I was looking for specific things as I recall. Probably the shop had a sale going too. A set of panels caught my husband's eye, vintage-y looking illustrations of chickens on a white ground. He really likes the style of the artwork and has always had a thing for red, black, and white in combination. So the panels came home with us along with everything else. And then they waited for their turn to be put to use. Seems their time has come. 😊

It took a while to settle on a block pattern to use for filler between the panels. Hubby prefers less busy quilts, which can be a challenge for me. Of course the panels didn't cut to a convenient size. I framed them up to finish at 15" square and then made the alternate blocks out of patches that finish at three inches.

The rooster and hen block on the lower right came from a different piece of fabric, it was not one of the panels. It worked well with the panels though, and hubby had no objections to my using it. I couldn't bear the thought of using a single red for the alternate blocks. It was something of a struggle to make what I had go the distance. So much of what I have in my stash was too bright or too contemporary looking. Once I had this central bit I had to figure out how to make the quilt top wider and longer.

That gave me the opportunity to introduce a few more red prints. The black, by the way, is a chicken wire print I've had in my stash for nearly 20 years, I bet, just waiting for the right project. I will use more of it to bind the quilt.

Hubby is suitably pleased with the results. The quilt will finish at about 60" wide by 75" long. Neither of us are tall people.) It would be lovely to have this a finished quilt by the end of the month as we will be observing our 39th wedding anniversary then. I doubt that will actually happen, but it would be nice.  I'm sure hubby will be happy to receive it whenever it gets done. πŸ˜‰

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Small Slow Stitching Projects - MAP

 My Monthly Art Projects (MAP) are hand stitched efforts with a focus on using items I've collected over the years that can be sewn onto a base. 

Up until February I'd been working on a scroll of fabric over scrap batting. It measures about 3.5" high and 40-42" long. In February however, none of my items felt like they wanted to go on the scroll. At some point I'd stitched a 3.5" square just to have some hand work to do. It was a whole cloth piece, a printed quilting cotton. I stitched over the lines of the pattern in the fabric. But then it sat. I didn't know what to do with it once I'd done all the stitching. 

When I opened my box of embellishments early in February the lime green button grabbed my attention. For reference, it's 1.375" in diameter. (Just under an inch and a half.) I laid it on the stitched square and suddenly I was off to the races!

I found a vintage button in my stash and layered it on top of the contemporary button. I also got out my beads for the first time in several years.

I don't remember how I came by the star charm.

I picked apart a bit of wool yarn to decorate the top. I'm quite pleased with the end result. 😊

I've made several other small hand stitched pieces too. Not all during February, but I don't think I've shown them previously so here goes...

This one is about 3.5" high and 5.5" wide.

The flower pots are buttons, as are the flower centers. I used a bit of rick rack for the stem of the tree (or whatever it is!) on the right and sequins for the blossoms. The bird is also a sequin.

The bird was cut from another quilting cotton. The doily is vintage. This piece is 3" high and 4" wide.

This is another one that's 3.5" high by 5.5" wide. You can probably see that I beaded the heart and used another bird sequin. The butterfly is a button. There are tiny beads on the strip of pink, in the centers of the flowers printed thereon. The black background is actually several scraps of various black prints.

The background of this 3.5" x 5.5" piece is made up of three strips of cotton scraps. I had fun playing with the gears to create a steampunk look for this one. I used more wool yarn, feather stitching over it to keep it in place.

And on this one (3" x 4") I used a couple more of the embellishments from my box. (Does that mean I've already done one for March?) The postage stamp is an actual stamp.

All of these small pieces will be going to the Disabled Artists Foundation Inc. (dAFi) for their April fund rasising auction*. The theme for that auction is ephemera and embellishments that can be used in art/junk journals.  I see them as pocket fronts or tuck spots that can be added to pages. They will add a little bulk but, from what I've seen, a lot of journal makers like their books to be bulky. 😁

*The auctions are live on YouTube on the second Saturday each month. If you want to bid you'll need to fill out a bid form (only once). They begin at noon Eastern time. Previews are aired the Thursday prior to auction day.