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

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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

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!