Monday, December 15, 2014

Table runner and placemats

Using up scraps seems to just make more scraps... First there was a quilt (made by someone else), and the leftover fabric was given to me to "make some pillow covers" to go with it. 

(You may remember these from earlier this year.)

So, now what else to do with the bits of fabric that are still leftover? Well, I used my accuquilt and cut up as much as I could into chisels, as that was a die I had that hadn't been used yet. I'm sure in my head it was going to be a quilt, but there weren't enough for that, it turns out. 

Pinterest to the rescue. Found this pattern and decided I could do that! (with an additional purchase of border fabric).

Ta Da! A table runner! ... But it didn't use very many of my chisels... And there were so many cut out... Now what else could I make? 

I tried various arrangements and came up with a new way to lay out two chisels with a triangle. 

This was my test piece. It's not pretty, but it was just random fabric that I had (and it doesn't matter if it's pretty if it's just a test). It seemed to work!

Let's try it with my actual fabric pieces that I would use together, I said to myself.

It's not fabulous, but it'll do for a placemat. So I made six of them.

Pretend you haven't noticed that they are just tops and still need to be sandwiched and quilted. It'll get done, eventually. 

However, there are still more scraps...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tree skirt

This was made with scraps and stash. I've been wanting a tree skirt for six years, and now I have one.

It was constructed using the ten degree wedge ruler. I simply cut 36 wedges, four each of nine different fabrics, sewed them together, and bound it all in a cute little red/white pinstripe. Easy project. I don't know why I waited so long.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lesson one

Craftsy class, lesson one, complete. I'm feeling good about how these turned out.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Catch up

Restarted the farmer's wife quilt. This time going to do it in shades of grey. These are the first few blocks. Half square triangles pieced with the Accuquilt Go.

A rag quilt I made out of flannel pajama scraps for my daughter's puppy. I used to make pajamas for my kids when they were little, and still have the scraps from those days. This was cut out with the Accuquilt Go. Easy, fast project, and it ties in with my goal this year of using up my stash. 

One of the pillow's I made for J's mom, out of scraps leftover from a quilt her sister gave her for Christmas last year. This pattern was from a class I took on Craftsy and is called step down piecing. 
Pillow number two, again for J's mom, from leftover scraps. These hexies were pieced with a half-hex ruler.

Another class on Craftsy, this is the swoon block. Made from two fat quarters and some background white, all from stash fabric. Large, 24" block. Love it! Will be making more. 

Found a group on Facebook for a modern Farmer's wife that was following a course on Craftsy. Signed up for the pattern and starting following the way she suggests to make blocks, ten different blocks in each lesson, instead of using the templates like I was doing before.
Piecing them this way is a much more time efficient method, and seems to be just as accurate, and I don't have to figure anything out for myself, except which fabrics to use. Bottom left on this pic is from the one I made earlier this year, and same block top right is from the course. Equally good. 

I also made a quillow this summer, a non-quilted quilt that folds up into its own pocket to become a pillow, but forgot to take a picture before I gave it away. It was a special request item. I don't do many of those. I usually just sew wherever my heart and mind take me. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lunch bag and another pillowcase

Look what I threw together in an afternoon with just three fat quarters! A new lunch bag for me(!), with a bottom big enough to hold my plastic containers, so I don't have to put them in on their sides. I sincerely dislike when my food containers leak. 

And it has this handy little drawstring cover on top to hold the contents safely inside and, at the same time, makes the contents discreet. I changed the pattern slightly to accommodate less seams and larger whole fabric pieces, but the design and size are the original.

I can hardly wait for work tomorrow, just so I can pack my lunch. 

And this is the other pillowcase I made, which now surrounds the pillow on the other half of my bed.