Feb 9, 2016

chop chop

I'm working on organizing my fabric scraps. I'm about 2/3 of the way through. It's a year-and-a-bit's worth of scraps, so nothing too crazy, but enough that it's taking me days to get through it. It's a lot of work getting organized, and it's a pain in the butt when you cut at a kitchen table. Well, more like a stress on the back than a pain in the butt, I suppose. I'm breaking it up with knitting and eating.

  • I'm leaving big pieces and strips that are at least 6" wide alone.

  • I'm leaving things that look like they want to be strips as strips. I have separated them by width and I have about 10 piles. I don't have a 2.5" width pile because ...

  • ... I'm cutting anything oddly-shaped or 2.5"-in-width down to 2.5" squares. I have plans for these squares. It will involve a LOT of chain-piecing.

Pictures when I'm done. Hopefully by Friday.

Can you believe that I've been collecting selvedges for just as long? And not only my own, but my Mum's and anyone else's who wanted to donate them when I was at quilt camp. I have enough now. I will figure out a way to use them and it will be awesome. Later.


Jan 31, 2016

I made a thing

There's a guy at work who is expecting (I think he's still expecting) his first baby with his lovely wife. She was actually due Friday. We shall see if he is at work on Monday.

They are the rare ones who haven't asked for their baby's gender before they meet him or her. The mother's favourite colour is purple, so I paired it with green and made them a little 30" square stroller quilt.

I just lost a bunch of knitting- related words. This blog doesn't want to be about knitting anymore.


Jan 14, 2016

two table runners

This was supposed to be a single, double-sided table runner, but when I went to sandwich them with the batting, the enormity of the difficulty in matching every seam and the length and the width .... Well, it jumped up and punched me right in the earhole. That got my attention. So I decided that it would be two table runners instead. Problem solved.

This one uses the browns and dusky blue from my fat quarter stack of Elementary. Love those prints. O feel so nerdy when I look at the one with calculations (no solutions, though).

This one (below) uses a coordinating few from a collection I found at a local chain store. I think the aunt who is receiving these prefers this one. It does offer more contrast and the design is eye-catching.

She doesn't know she's getting both, though. They were designed for her, so she may as well get them both. It'll help prevent table-runner-boredom as well. Not that she will be staring at the table runners for the bulk of her days anymore .... The casts are off and Auntie TwoBrokenLegs actually took some steps outside today!!! Such progress. I'm so happy for her.


Dec 26, 2015

fun with half-square triangles

You don't always have to have a crystal-clear plan when plotting a project using half-square triangles (HSTs). If you know the size you want to end up with, and the number of squares you'll need, you can leave the layout and see what suits your fancy later. On second thought .... seems a bit reckless. Maybe only I do that.

Fun, right?


Dec 23, 2015

not quite something

It's finished. It's small. I don't know what it is. So it's not quite something. It's bigger than a placemat, though. Probably as big as two. This is what happens when you 'do something' with your leftover fabric - you get what you can out of it and nothing more.

I included the dog for scale.

And here's the back - a lovely lavender Jinny Beyer small-scale print that I got from my Nan.

This not-quite-something goes with two pillowcases and is destined for a teenager's very stylish bedroom. I figured it would be a small bed-topper, like a decoration. Just there on top. My family thought it was too small. I think she has a queen-size bed. So since then, I've come up with:

  • A cover for the piano seat, or part of it
  • A decoration for the window seat, maybe to sit on
  • A quilt to sit under stuff on the desk (it would overhang)
  • A quilt to sit on the chest of drawers

Really, the recipient can do whatever she likes with it, but I want to provide some options so she doesn't go, "Hm. Pretty. What am I supposed to do with this?"

(I haven't done anything to help this thing be a wall-hanging. I don't think she'd be into that.)

Yeah, so, there's that.