Friday, January 15, 2010
The past few days have found me in my sewing room, cleaning. It is not my favorite thing to do but, after having my son home for two weeks sleeping in said sewing room, it needed to be done. (I will say that the mess was totally worth it. I loved having Nathan home!)
One of the challenges of keeping that room clean is to find a use for the scraps that are sent home with me from the shop. I have a huge basket full of them. I tell myself that it is a basket of ideas and creativity. Sometimes it helps, sometimes not. Most days the basket just taunts me.
I wasn't feeling very well yesterday, just a sinus headache, but it made me not want to kick up the dust and dirt that had accumulated in there. So, instead, I dug into that basket of scraps and found a bagful from the AccuCut room. The quilt that has been made from this fabric, Lily Pond by Wendy Slotboom for In the beginning fabrics, is absolutely adorable and I thought a small waste-not quilt made from the scraps would be sweet.
I divided out all of the pink-based scraps and trimmed the selvage edges. After that it was all simple-simple- I just grabbed a scrap and then another and began sewing.
After laying this large piece out on the cutting board I played with angles and just cut when I found one I thought looked cute. No rocket science here.
I plowed through my stash and found a Heather Bailey fat quarter that worked for borders, sewed more strips together, cut them to 3" to make a stripey border and, voila- A waste-not quilt!
Staying awake until 12:30 AM so I could quilt and bind this bit of cuteness was absolutely necessary. I tried my hand at pebble quilting but, I'm afraid, mine look more like boulders in some places. Still, it was fun and, surprisingly, relaxing. And my headache disappeared!
So, the next time your basket of scraps decide to taunt and tease you, grab a handful and make yourself a waste-not quilt. That'll teach 'em!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Well, sort of. The cookies are wool with felt icing and the mug, cocoa and whipped cream are fabric as well. I've been dying to try my hand at making food and, I have to tell you, it's a whole lot of fun! These are on their way to the shop for a display, along with an extremely tall white chocolate layer cake- in fabric.
Maybe if I make more fabric treats, I'll lose some weight!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Gather together large scraps of pink or red fabrics. They do not have to be spotted. If it looks like a strawberry when you're done, it's a strawberry.
Cut the corner with pinking shears to prevent fraying while stuffing.
Stuff your strawberry with filling of your choice. I used polyester cluster stuffing.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
The Christmas and New Year holiday filled the weeks from our last strip club but, there were a few intrepid women who managed to make a quilt in between buying and wrapping gifts and cheering on the new year.
Deanna used the strips from last month's kit and made a beautiful quilt to give as a gift. The batting is high loft polyester which makes this quilt full of lovely, puffy goodness. It's definitely one to bury yourself under on a bitter cold day. Like today here in Georgia. Brrrrrr.
Jennifer actually made the strip club quilt for December! Well, she almost finished it. Had it not been for a naughty kitty playing with her fabric, she would have been done for sure. Bad kitty.