Saturday, November 20, 2010

So many give aways!

Bloggers are just amazing in their generosity. There are so many wonderful give aways going on right now. Just had to mention a few:
Joanne from Thread Head is giving away one of her beautiful quilting pieces. You must check this out.
Linda from Stitch Lines is giving away a beautiful stitched beaded Santa ornament.
Jodi from Pleasant Home is giving away a huge box of her wonderful scraps. It's the end of the Sew Scraps Along. I'm sad to see this one end. I just loved all her great ideas of quickly using up those scraps we all have and I had so much fun doing them.
So head on over and check them out. I know I will be and good luck!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

mug rug #2

I made this mug rug with selvages...yes, those bits of fabric one trims off and usually throws out. I started collecting them awhile back, not knowing what for, but I'd seen lots of cute things made with them in bloggy land. Well, Jodi over at Pleasant Home, just so happened to do another great scrappy tutorial, for this Sew Scraps Along; this time using selvages. Don't think I'll ever have enough to make a quilt like she's doing, but this was a fun way to use some up. It measures 9.5"x6"; just right for a mug and snack.
Notes to self:
-don't be lazy; press them first and trim up. My strips turned out kinda wonky b/c I didn't.
- now that I know I'm going to use these strips for 'something, sometime' and they won't be wasted, trim a wider section. Mine were too skinny, plus I think you're suppose to trim 1" or wider off, right?
-when getting them in place on the fusible web, work on the ironing board, lol! Will save moving and hence having to do it all over again!

It was a fun, little project.

And I finally got around to getting some binding clips. I didn't care for sewing on binding b/c of always getting stuck with pins. These clips worked great! I'd highly recommend them.

Hope you have a happy, sewing day :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

another scrappy finish

denim rag quilt
Originally uploaded by JasonsMum
Awhile back, I'd made up some squares of denim or cotton, layered with two flannel squares, for my two year old to play with. The denim was from our old jeans and the flannel from old sheets. She loved playing with these, as in the pic below, laying them out, stacking them, etc.
my little helper

Well they were looking rather scruffy from all the play so I decided to put them in a wee quilt for her.
What fun and fast to make up! And when I told her it was her's, she said, "This mine, this mine? Oh boy, oh boy" and jumped up and down! LOL! I wanted to get a pic of her with it, but she was too upset that I took it for a few minutes to take a pic of. So this will have to do for now.

I wasn't sure how I'd like the look of the seams showing like this, but I do like it alot. I can see using up all kinds of scraps or clothing to make more of these. Plus, this is great for in the stroller...won't have to worry about it falling in the dirt or snow.

Have you made anything with your scraps lately? It feels so good!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thread Head QAL - block 3 & block 4

A few more blocks done for Joanne's QAL. I'm really loving the block designs and her directions are great! I'm still working out my alternating block fabrics; thinking of making them scrappy to use fabrics I have on-hand. Stay tuned...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

scrappy mug rug

Another scrappy finish! I've wanted to make one of these mug rugs for awhile now. So handy for a cup of tea and a cookie, or in my case, cookies! And it just so happened that Jodi of Pleasant Home posted a great tutorial to make one. So here's my attempt at it:

Here are the scraps I started with...
They were cut from charms when I was doing another project and I just couldn't toss them out. So this was a perfect way to use them up. I just used muslin as a foundation to piece the strips, to make the tree and then followed Jodi's tute.
I can see making more of these; great for gifts for teachers or to pop in the mail for a quick gift. If you haven't made one yet, go grab some scraps and have fun making one! There are lots on Flickr to get inspiration from too.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Scrap quilt

So when I say it's a scrap quilt, this one most surely is! It's made using bits of fabric that have been in my scrap bins for years, some even two decades. Yep! I try to use bits here and there in projects, but nothing was making a dent in the heap until now. And they were a tangled mess! Until I took Jodi's great advice in this Sew Scraps Along and sorted them out. I mean I had all kinds of fabrics, like twill, jean, cordoroy, velvet, etc. all mixed in together. So I took those out and put them aside and just worked with the cottons, sorting them by color. That was a week ago Saturday. Now my scraps are nicely stashed in ziploc baggies by color which is so much easier to use. Eventually I plan on having a bin for each color but that will come later when I reorganize my stash.

Then I used Jodi's scrap block method and went to work, only using greens, blues, pinks and yellows. It was so much fun to make and so quick and easy! The blocks finish at 9". I can see that if you had your scraps nicely squared up before starting this, it would be a very quick quilt to make.
There are no designer fabrics here (other than the pink Aviary sashing/borders), but I can look at each one and think what I'd made with it before, or there are bits from my Mom's stash or from a teacher years ago that gave me a bag of scraps b/c I'd told her I wanted to learn to quilt some day. Nothing fancy but they have memories for me. And I've made a quilt top in just over a week, which is a first for me. I do love it and am so happy that I've finally used up so many of my scraps! Hopefully my two-year old daughter will enjoy snuggling in it once I finish it up.
Now I just have to decide how to back it and bind it and then maybe, just maybe, I might be brave enough to try some FMQ on it. We'll see! But in the mean time, I'm going to enjoy starting more of Jodi's scrap busting projects.
Thank you, Jodi, for this great Sew Scraps Along! I can see how these ideas of managing one's scraps are going to be so helpful to me in the future.