"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Found Fabric......Or When To Get Rid Of Scraps

I admit it......I'm a scrapaholic......I like using every little bit of fabrics that I like.    Now I can get rid of scraps when it is something I'm not fond of, but something that I really, really like - that is a total different story all together.

My fairy frost (FF) fab's fall into the really, really, really like category of my fabrics.   And while I've been collecting them for a long time, it's been hard to use them (batiks seem to be the other major set of fab's in this category....lol).   However, the FF's are what I'm using for the contest blocks because they are made by the fabric company sponsoring the contest and what I had in the stash.

Yes, I've saved the tiny scraps I've been trimming off as I've been piecing.   Some of them down to 1 inch at the widest point by 4 or 6 inches long.  I know most people would toss these, and I do on most fabrics.   But these are FF's.....I know I can do something with the scraps....LOL.

In thinking about the May block for the Modern Quilts block design contest I decided I wanted to use these itty-bitty scraps in some way.  So I've started improv-piecing 3 1/2 inch squares using the scraps from previous blocks.  In total, I'll need 6 of these pieced blocks for what I've got pictured in my mind for this block.



And yes, I am actually tossing stuff after piecing the little blocks.....just not letting a lot go to waste.  =)














And here is how they are starting to layout for the background of the blocks.   Still more piecing to come (3 more pieced blocks to make),

This May block is to be based on the traditional Drunkards Path block and the quarter circles of the background fabric (the tan FF) to.  

So how small of scraps do you save and use?

Gratitudes:

1. Grading is almost done at school and before the end of the semester!

2. Only one final Exam left to think about and write.....maybe......lol.




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Decision Time.....

Finished off all four sections of the March contest block last night and played with the possible layouts.  Now it's time to make a decision on how I'm going to sew these together.  Which do you like best?

Gratitudes:
1. The "1-day" trial I was called for should be over today (day 2)

2. There is a beautiful flowering tree right outside the court room and that means spring is here.  =)



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Catching up....

...........with the Modern Quilt Block contest blocks....finally came up with a design for the March block which had me stumped in March.   The traditional block to use was either a sailboat block or a plane block.  

I finally chose the sailboat block and now have the block half made.   Haven't finalized the layout yet, but will do that after I get all 4 sections of the block made.  

The fabric used in the sail is all scraps from previous blocks and each sail will be different from the others.   Now to get the remaining two sections made so that I can start playing with layouts for the block.   I'll get this finished up this week.





Next up on my plate to do over the coming long weekend -
* finish the commissionedknife sheaths
* finish the commissioned tub liner
* hopefully finish two more scrub tops
* baste and start quilting the tornado quilt

Gratitudes:
1. Spring weather is finally here
2. 9 more days of school for me  =)


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Never-Ending Stash

There are many days wehn i wonder if I'll ever come close to using up my stash in my lifetime.....Why you ask?  

Well as an example, I started with one yard of a cute cat border print.  Had to buy a yard to get enough to put on the sweatshirt shown below.
Used all but about 7 inches or so and of course, can't waste fabric.    So I pulled a few scraps from my scrap basket and made a block to go with the leftover fabric.    Put the two together to make the top of a snack mat.  

The waste triangles from the block became a block that will find a home some where.   And I still have a strip set in the black and blue to do something with as well.

Same thing on the B/W prints I used on the towels set.  After embellishing the towels, I had enough left for the mug rug.  

Will take me forever to use what I've got in my stash.......probably.....but that's why I call it my 401F, and we won't even talk about my 401T (thread), altho I've worked down some on it.

Gratitudes:
1. Interesting phone calls

2. Friends who will let me stay with them while i'm out traveling!



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lots of Finishes.........

School is fast coming to an end for this school year.   Doesn't seem possible that there are less than 3 weeks left and of course things are starting to come fast and furiously.....including  the first of my final exams this week (seniors are out next week).  At least I won't have to grade these because they are on the computer and automatically done.  =)

As for sewing.....This past week / weekend was focused on getting commissioned stuff done so that I can get it out of here and paid for.

The Green and Cream quilt has been totally finished and even named - something I rarely do.    Because of a comment that the lady who is buying it said, it is named "Springtime in Bloom".

Next finished was the final set of towels for a grad gift.   That has already been mailed off to my adopted niece.

From the leftover strip set used on the bath towel, I made a mug rug.   It'll end up on sale at some point.

The blanks for the 4 leather knife sheaths that I'm working on have all been cut out and stained.   Am waiting for the bottle of finish coat to arrive so that I can seal them.  That should arrive tomorrow or Wed. if I have to pick it up at UPS.  Once the finish has been applied and dried then I can sew them together.   That should be done before this coming weekend is over.

I also managed to get two more scrub tops finished up.   Next up more of them!

And my fun right now is planning out a 3-wk trip that will take me to Indiana, Tennessee (gonna be visiting Susan!) and then down to the Dallas TX area.  Lots going on in this trip, and will write more about what I'll be doing as the trip happens.

Gratitudes:
1. Unexpected phone calls with promising topics

2. God's provisions for all my needs.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Voting in the Modern Quilt Design Challenge has started

Voting for your favorite block in the Modern Quilts Design Challenge has started.   And I'd love it if you'd vote for my block.

To vote, go to the following link and click on the vote button to vote for my block, or another if you like it better.  

http://a.pgtb.me/MfCtTr/h5Cj1?w=36927840&e=125377493


You will need a Facebook Account and need to be logged into it in order to vote.


Gratitudes:
1. I was able to make a big difference in one of my bills thanks to the stipend.

2. Beautiful, sunny day outside!