Friday!

This week it was sunflowers

(click for a clearer look)

 

Next week?

Crows!

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Happy Friday my friends.  🙂

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NOTE:  The half square triangles are one inch finished.  That took a bit of finagling.

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Too thrifty?

Maybe, but sometimes it pays off.

I taped down a quilt sandwich with painters tape and after pin basting it, I pulled the tape off and stuck it here.  I thought, who knows, maybe it will come in handy later.

This morning while ironing an approximate fat quarter, left over from a project I am working on, I found a very small hole in one corner.   I decided to mark it so I won’t forget about it when I pull it out to use it.

Can’t miss it now can I?

Are you  a hoarder  thrifty too?  😉

Scrap Happy for September 15th

When I can, I enjoy participating in Scrap Happy which is sponsored via Kate and Gun. There are a few of us who like to use it all up and not make waste with our scraps. I am not certain this counts, or should I say should be counted twice (in two categories) but it is made entirely of scraps.

I have participated in the Ovarian Cancer quilt through my friend Kate in Australia and have several teal fabric scraps left from the process.  I volunteered for two blocks in the quilt this year entitled: “Go Teal it on the Mountain”. You will have to wait for the other one to post after I put them into the mail. 😉

Specimen One follows…

There is a bit of back story on this design. It was inspired by a Tattoo I spotted on a young woman’s arm. I did a Google search for “Delectable Mountain quilt block pattern” and voila!  Her arm popped up in the findings.  Generally speaking, I am not interested in tattoos, but this one is so different it caught my eye and was the inspiration for my quilt block.

This tattoo brought to you by *Tattoo People G.No

To test the design I wanted to use for couching onto the surface I used a bit of clear cellophane gift wrapping medium to lay over the quilt block and then traced out my pattern.

You will note the finished couched design was not exactly like the trial version I had mapped out. I decided I didn’t want to have so many starts and stops to weave back into the stitching on the back of the block.  I think two back woven ends are better than five.

Please do visit these other lovely scrap users to see what they’ve created this month

Kate , Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda (me),
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley and Dawn

 

A last note:  As mentioned above, I am not a tattoo person, but…  were I ever to consider it G. No at Tattoo People would be my artist.  And artist is a true description of the person behind this work!  Florals and birds in colors that are amazing are the signature in their skin art.  Following the link and waiting for the popup to load will allow you to click through a slide show of some previous beauties.

ScrapHappy – for July 15th

I just found out today is the anniversary of the ScrapHappy group of creative people who use it up and make something wonderful from what is left for scrap.  We have also grown by four new members too!  Please be sure to follow the links below to see what all the others have created this month!

Today’s item is in my estimation a prototype.  I read a lot and get most of my books through my local library using Overdrive.  The books are chosen from those available digitally through my library, and then I download them from Amazon onto my Fire tablet.

(I must mention this service is available for free, and that even if you don’t have a fire tablet, or other reading device you can also use your computer.)

Anyway, back to this month’s effort for scrap happy.  I recently made some box valances for the windows in my new studio…

and there was about 1/2 yard of fabric left.  So, I layered it with batting scraps,

quilted it, trimmed it, sewed it into a tube, then sewed the ends in opposing directions at top and bottom after stuffing it well.  All to make a little pillow for my Fire!

It holds the tablet at the right angle for reading and saves my hands from holding it for hours.  (arthritis)  It also prevents neck strain from rolling my head forward to get a good angle to read when it is flat in my lap.

  • So, is it perfect?  No.
  • Does it do the job I created it to do?  Yes.
  • Is it more comfortable on my lap than the lint roller I had been getting by with to hold it up and keep it from sliding away on my lap?  Absolutely.
  • Has it offered some free motion quilting practice?  Yes!  Again not perfect, but I think the random stitching works OK with the loud, large print of the fabric.

All in all it was a fun project, used up total trash from my quilting closet, and I can now read comfortably.  Mission accomplished!

Please do visit these other lovely scrap users to see what they’ve created this month

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda (me),
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley and Dawn

NOTE:  Overdrive is available for every platform and device for free HERE