Plenty of Leftovers

Thanksgiving meals have come and went.  Bellies are full and ready for round two, three, four, and five.  Leftovers are part of this holiday.  You cook way to much food, and try to eat on it for days before it gets thrown out or grows the fuzzies in the fridge.

In the scheme/spirit of Thanksgiving and their scraps, I have been duly working on a scrap quilt, all from leftovers that I have been saving for years.  It started out in an old pillow case.  Every time I would have a scrap, triangle, square, or selvedge I would put it in the pillow case.  Well, the pillow case burst at the seams.  The scraps were moved to their own tote.  This tote is at the top of the stack currently and easily accessible.  My goal is to deplete these leftovers or at least trim their fat.

I would be sewing/quilting a boy themed quilt top right now as it was told to me this past week that the next person in our group found out they are having a boy.  I have the top already done, but do not have any batting.  I will have to purchase a roll of batting because you get the best bang for your buck buying in large quantity.  I will wait for the right deal and take care of this as destiny defines it.

So, I was itching to use the sewing machine and sew.  The Mystery Quilt On Ringo Lake does not start until tomorrow and I simply could not wait to sew.  I have time off from work and wanted to keep my hands busy.

So I took the phone book I had been saving and am using it as the foundation to sew my scraps.

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I grab a few scrappy leftovers out of my tote and the sewing begins.

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They are wrinkled and crinkled, but oh so valuable.  To think people do not save their scraps.  With as much as fabric costs per yard this is insane.  I am sewing down my scrap stash to make it a tad more manageable.

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Once I fill the whole page with strips/scraps I can then iron and trim them down to make a perfect block.  I am using an outdated telephone book (which by the way will become collectors items one day since everyone is going to cell phones and Ma Bell is dying).  My mother made one of these quilts and used a foundation of used Bounce dryer sheets which is an excellent idea since they are trash anyway and the smart thing about using those, you will not have to tear the paper away from the blocks once you are done.  Green and Genius at the same time Mom!

I am running my strings from opposite corners and will alternate my blocks when it is assembled.  This process is very fast and it is free fabric sew to speak.

So save those scraps, be thrifty with your nickels.  The farther you can make your yardage go, the better for your pocketbook.

Tomorrow once On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt starts, I will put these away and work on them later, but taming the tote of scraps feels good and I am enjoying this process.

Today–leftovers in my quilting realm.  Tomorrow I will make new leftovers and eat the Thanksgiving ones too.  Life is full, of leftovers.  Life is good!

The Planning of a Quilt

When the creative juices flow, I find I have to have an outlet for it. With Pinterest in my life, my bucket list of crafting grows. There is so much inspiration on the World Wide Web.

I am currently in the planning stages for two quilts, one for a coworkers baby girl to be and one for myself. I got with the father to be and was told the colors of the baby’s room where going to be gray, white, and pink. So, I proceed to dig through my diminishing stash, to find I have no pink pieces large enough for a quilt. And my smaller pieces do not choreograph well together.

I have been through my stash about five times this week pulling fabrics for “On Ringo Lake” Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt, so there is no mystery what I have in my stash.

The creative juices are flowing but no plan. Frugalness through the years of some hard times refined my quilting talents to “make do” and so that is what I am going to do.

I have enough coordinating pices to make a quilt block with yardage that is soft and girly and will make do, even though there is only a hint of pink. I have decided to make one block for this quilt. I have chosen to make a pink tractor from the farm girl vintage book. I will probably embroider the words “home grown” to go under the tractor keeping it simple.

I have made this block style quilt once before at the beginning of the year. You can see that quilt here.  I will use these fabrics….er….I think.

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I have determined the colors I will be using in the quilt along. Brown and neutrals are plentiful. Turquoise is a must, melon I only had one piece. I shopped my mothers stash and she had 5 pieces that might have equaled a yard. I did go to the quilt shop to see what they had and totally scrapped the idea of melon. I changed it to orange.

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My excitement is high for both these projects. I cannot cut or sew a thing yet. The farm girl vintage book is at my mothers. And of course the other is a mystery quilt so no progress on that till Black Friday. I suppose I can make a quick trip to the store for starch and start ironing my pieces and drap them over my dowel rod accordion clothes dryer until the great sewing event of either project.

I knew the minute I started fmq on my mystery quilt from last year I would have interruptions. But last years mystery is still an option for the creative juices. Quilt on!

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I have chosen lavender thread 30wt for the top and 50 wt for the bobbin. I see this picture captured a tad of what I am using for the backing.

Duck….Duck….Sock?!

While doing my evening pinterest interaction last weekend, I wondered aloud what one does with mis-matched socks.  So I typed that into the search on pinterest and pleasantly came across many critters sewn out of non-mated socks.

After looking at my children’s socks, I decided not to use theirs.  Children are hard on socks and they look rather…er….dinghy.  Is is lack of a great laundry maiden?  I don’t think so, they can get grime into the smallest of crevices.  So I went to my sock drawer knowing all of mine have mates, but as an adult, I wear my socks until they wear out, and these would not make the cutest sock stuffies.  So, I moved onto goodwill.  Goodwill had lots of socks mated and in great condition (better than the ones here….go figure).  And so using the methods called out in Sockology by  Brenna Maloney I was able to create some ducks, and some not so duck looking ducks.ducks3

This is her second book and I think I read in the book there is a third coming.  Here are the ducks on the front cover of her book.  Very ducky looking with all their color vastness.

Below are my first and second ducks and both were done within an hour or so.  The first one which is pale green looks like a duck on the top end, but on the southbound end, the tail got lost in the stitching.  Kind of a handicapped duck who lost his tail in an accident.  So the next sock stuffie I created, I nailed the tail but did not make the beak long enough so it looks more like a wren.  I like the unusual-ness you can create with weirdly colored socks.  This will be a big hit during playtime at my house with the imagination of stories created by young’ins.

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