(My sister keeps telling me I need to blog… so here I am. Thanks for the push Brita!)
I have a few things for show & tell today! Yay!
At Christmas time I whipped up 4 kitchen towels as gifts, this is only 2. I forgot to take a picture of the other 2. Oops! I just bought the towels & made some appropriately sized binding strips out of scraps & attached it to the bottom of the towel. Super quick, used scraps & they turned out really cute! I might have to make some for my own house soon!
This is my new scrappy kitchen rug! If it gets spaghetti stains I will just sew more scraps over the stains! I’m excited to see how this will stand the test of time.
To make a Scrappy Kitchen Rug:
- Layer a piece of linen (or other fabric) & batting
- Pick scraps (some big, some small), cut off extra threads, square up, etc.
- Sew the big scraps on first (edge stitch, leaving raw edges)
- Quilt it horizontally about 1.5″ apart
- Next sew the smaller scraps on (I used my smaller scraps to cover any puckers I got from quilting)
- Quilt it vertically about 3/8″ apart
- Cut another piece of batting plus a backing,
- Layer the top, batting & back & attach all the layers together (I used a little circle stitch mode 3, #23 on my Janome Memory craft 6600)
- Add some binding
Viola! A rug! I will wash it soon & show you how it fluffs up!
W spends most of his days reading. Sox decided to hop up with him one day & curl up on his back! A-DOR-A-BLE!!! Sox likes to snuggle more than any cat I’ve ever met. I am happy he returned this morning from a 5 day walkabout. He seems pretty happy & hungry, but he must have been fighting because he is all scabby.
This is the January quilt for the Peace circle of do. Good Stitches. I asked for scrappy, warm & cool log cabins (with no pink or purple). I was imagining a different layout, but when I tried it out the design was hard to see. So I tried this layout & I like it so far. I will just have to see how it all turns out when I have all the blocks.
These are my February blocks for the Peace circle of do. Good Stitches. We used the Scrappy Trip tutorial which turned out to be really fun & WAY easier than I expected. I can’t wait to see this quilt take shape. (P.S. Can you BELIEVE I finished my blocks so early?! I’m trying a new thing. It’s called NOT procrastinating.)
I FINALLY pulled out my Arcadia fabric to make a quilt for my bed! The blocks are done I just need to sew them into a top! Exciting!! The colors look a little off in this photo. (My camera has been taking dark, blurry photos lately…& by lately I mean the entire time I have had it, it just seems worse lately. Maybe I just suck at photography.)
W’s quilt is DONE!!! I will get good pictures of it someday (or not…) but it’s a pretty basic brick pattern. Both the boy’s quilts turned out ENORMOUS! I’m not sure what numbers I was using to determine the size but they are extra wide & long. Oh well! They will maybe just get more use out of them as they move into different sized beds! :)
I finally made a back for this quilt & quilted it! I just need to hand sew the binding & wash it up & it’s done! YAY!! This was made using the stacked coin quilt along at Don’t Call Me Betsy.
So it turns out I got my sewing mojo back! Yay!
Here are some things I am thinking about making:
- clothes. Doll clothes for my nieces, pajama pants for my boys, tank/t-shirt/skirt for me.
- quilt with curves. Maybe single girl, drunkard’s path, snake, color wheel, dresdens.
- pillows for the couch.
- something with applique.
- something with hand quilting.
- I need to start a new knitting project.
- something with my selvedges.
- something scrappy.
- something paper pieced or with a muslin foundation.
- beard hats & aprons for M&R
Here are some things I am thinking about finishing:
- Beach bag
- Summer Sampler
- Orange sweater (working on the sleeves!!)
- Christmas quilt
I’m hoping my enthusiasm for all of these things continues so I accomplish all of these things by summertime! Wish me luck!