Monday, January 25, 2016

Binding Scraps Quilt

Someone recently posted a quilt they made for a baby using nothing but leftover binding scraps. 
Of course the idea isn't new and you can find a 1001 uses for 2" or 2 1/2" strips till the cows come home. 
But for some reason I got it into my head that I needed to empty my scrap binding box.  I'm calling it a prelude to Spring Fever. 

clean out, clean up, move on. 

So I took out my 2foot by 1foot box of scrap binding that was stuffed and the lid barely closed on. 

They didn't all play together very nicely and very quickly I realized I couldn't just close my eyes and grab and hope to have it be anything other than a mess.  So I started 'planning' the 9" paper pieced squares.

I didn't purchase precut tissue paper  I have a giant tissue pad and cut my own squares.  (remembering my mantra; clean out, clean up, move on) 

At first blush this happened. 

Then I realized I had waaaaay more warms than cools. I loved the way that goldenrod just lit up the warmer colors.  So I put the cooler blocks aside & went for the warms. 

I sewed like mad and didn't look at the collection until I had sewed enough for four giant 'O''s and each block I until I had a giant stack.    Saturday morning, enjoying a cup of coffee,  I laid out for the first time what I had been sewing. 

Wow!  That gold is just amazing!  I learn more about color every time I make I something and every time I realize how little I know!! The top row and bottom row are in shadow so excuse the funky lighting. 

Here at the bottom are four blocks I planned to do as solids (my control freak took over for a second while grabbing colors).  Once all the other blocks were done I realized I'd need more of these to toss in and sort of mix it all up. 

Here is the final placement on my design wall with all the paper backing off and ready to strip together. 

I am more than pleased with how it turned out.  And yes, before I was actually done I did have to add some yardage cuts as I ran out of diversity towards the end, but lucky for me I found I had kept even more scraps with my color piles and the 6" by 2" piece of whatever that I couldn't bear to give up came in quite handy!  

What I love more than the speed this came together (about 10 hours sewing) is I know where I got each and every fabric and each time I see it it makes me smile remembering the shows, stores, friends, & fabrics we have all accumulated together.  

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Using some Calligraphy Scraps

There's always test scraps I have when putting hand lettering aka calligraphy on fabric when I demo it's versatility to my students in workshops.

I have a big pile to choose from. Rather than toss them I thought it would be fun to test my Sizzix machine and the hexagon template.

After cutting  just a few the thin die seems to lose its edge and then scissors are used to complete the task.

I placed the cutouts on heavy broadcloth. Then randomly machine stitched them in place.

Still not done. Used my favorite "Art is" stencil and moulding clay.  Works just as well on cloth as it does on paper!

Some light inking to blend colors and then cut to 5x6" and matted on heavy cardstock. 

Final step adding hand stitching to secure final layer.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Diamonds WIP

Always wanted to make a diamonds quilt.  
I am so 'anglely' challenged that I had to watch the tutorial 7 times.
(To be fair I was sick with a cold and feverish)

The fabric line is Stonehenge
I fell in love with the line while shopping online at Missouri Star Quilt Co. 

I am using the blue color way and the green color way.  I especially enjoy making the small diamonds.  I can't wait to make a black and white one.! 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Samurai Kitty

Made this little kitty out of Japanese Indigo fabrics and white velvet. 
I really enjoy the process of hand stitching with Sashiko thread is so relaxing and fun.

The inspiration for this kitty was the buttons.  I don't normally use buttons for cat eyes but these were just so cool looking.  

I did an origami Samurai Hat out of old paper money from China my Grandfather brought back from WWII.  This one was a 100 yen note.
The nose is was a button that I cut into quarters.