Scrap Happy: needful things

Posted a day early for June 15, 2015

It is that time of the month for using up scraps and making something fun and/or usable!

It is Scrap Happy Time

These fabric scraps were strip pieced and the resulting new cloth was then cut on the diagonal.  Next I used it to practice my free motion machine quilting… I have no skill so there will be many more small items made in my future (pot holders, mug rugs, coasters and more).   I want to get this talent mastered!  However, I was frustrated when I got my mini quilt assembled, and then had to let it sit for two months til I could find my sewing machine.  It actually wasn’t lost, but it definitely was not set up for me to use and I surely didn’t have the time.   Today I made the time to turn the little mini quilt into a case…

Not a glasses case but the contents certainly help me to see!

This case holds a magnifying lens so I can read the fine print when shopping without blowing my vision out.  Close work and fine print cause my eyes to go fuzzy and as time goes by it happens more quickly and lasts much longer.

So, the case holds the lens in my purse and prevents it from getting scratched.  My magnifier is at the ready for price tags, product contents and instructions, etc.

That strange reflection is only one light, but oddly  it is triplicated on the lens surface.

Now I don’t have to be embarrassed by asking other shoppers to read for me.  😉

At home I have two very powerful magnifying ring lights, one stationed at the machine and the other on my cutting table.  For reading my Kindle tablet enlarges the text quite nicely to avoid eye strain.  My eye Doctor doesn’t seem to find anything to worry about in this situation, but I truly do worry about it.  What if it becomes permanent?

 

Please do visit these other lovely quilters and see what fun items they have made!

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn,  Lynda (me),  Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren, Moira, SandraLindaChris and  Nancy
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WHAT?

Where did the month go?  I posted for Scrap Happy and suddenly here it is Scrap Happy time again!  Honestly, I have been busy, but I did take a moment upon receipt of Kate’s email reminder early this week to make my next extreme mini block.

And here it is:

Oops!

That’s not right!  Take it apart and fix it…

OK, the blocks are in order but it is now a bit too small.  😯

To be honest it is just microns short of the 2 inches it was supposed to be and one of the stitched in rows is a bit too narrow (probably causing the sizing error).  It is taking all my resolve not to tear it apart to fix or better to remake the whole block.

Silly?

Probably.

Working with very tiny blocks produces very tiny quilts which are suitable for doll quilts, card making, wall hangings, mug rugs, and the list could go on.  However, it is the challenge of producing such minutia that is the draw, well, for me at any rate.  I also think of it as a skill building challenge, and it is this challenge that has me entered into a new quilt along based on Mini quilts!  (*More on that later.  Yes.  Really.)

Want to see some really lovely Scrap Happy work?  Then please visit these fine ladies:

Kate )Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Norma,
Birthe, Turid, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChris, and Nancy!

And as always, thank you Kate for pulling us all together to share our creativity and thriftiness in the use of the scraps we generate with each quilt!

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*PLEASE NOTE:  I have also been hot on the job to build furnishings for my new quilting studio and to repurpose our well house for all the bantams I’ve been raising . 

And trust me when I tell you I have outgrown this one I built and finished in December of 2011!

SO, reprising and revising the old saw, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”  I query:

Q How do you tell about eating an elephant?

A:  One post at a time.

I will tell you all about everything.  I just have to stop building furniture and refurbishing chicken digs long enough to find the time…

and the space to blog and quilt again!

 

 

Scrap Happy

Well, OK it was actually yesterday but Kate gave us permission to just do it.

So I did!

The block is called  Wedding Star  or  Rolling Stone

Your eyes do not deceive you.  The block is only two inches square.  In the end, to get this nine patch block assembled, I had to resort to placing my blocks onto newsprint to join each block into rows.  The seams were very lumpy and would not go through otherwise.

There are four more mini blocks in this free series from Hope’s Quilt Designs.

Guess what I will be working on for the next four scrap happy editions?

Our other Scrappy participants are:

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, NormaLynda (me),
Birthe, Turid, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChris, and we have a new member joining us this month.  Welcome, Nancy!

So why have I been so late, you ask?  With everything?  Because I have been making quilt tops like this one which is not entirely done, but very engaging work for me this month!

I’m excited about this one.  🙂