Sunday, March 28, 2021

RSC March (Green) and Table Scraps Challenges


This month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) called for the greens to come out and get some fresh air! You may recall that green isn't in my top 100 favorite colors. Especially dark green. Shiver down my spine! 

Last year, when it was time to pull my greens out of slumber, I spend an afternoon cutting up my squares. I was ready to chain stitch my rows into 9 patches, when I realized that I cut them too big. Gah!

Holy green cabbages! What in the world would I do with a gazillion green 2.5 inch squares? (Never mind that I now needed to cut another gazillion 2" squares to make my 9 patches.) I tucked those little 2.5 inchers into a baggie and stashed them away for some project in a faraway time. 

That faraway time turned into March 2021! I hauled them out and make a whole lotta HSTs with them, pairing them with a  random assortment of low volume fabrics. Here they are before going under the knife being cut in two.

What to do...what to much stress! 

If only they appealed to me!

Arranging them into blocks of 8 flying geese going into each direction was OK.

Adding some more blocks on point and a few details gave it more interest. I was digging it!

My favorite part was the meander stitching to get the layers quilted together. 
I used a light green Aurifil thread that looks so good on both the light and dark fabrics.

A light green stripe fabric served perfectly for the binding. 
Even the geese approved!
Get your wings up and let's High Five!

The week wore on and the pile of green squares stared at me. They needed a purpose. 

A handful of the squares became this smaller topper, just right for our table in our sitting room. This one used a few larger scraps of 2 other fabrics. I free-motioned large leaves in the same light green Aurifil thread. As far as I know, this block was completely designed in my head. If someone knows otherwise, I'll happily give credit to that person.

I guess I'll keep the rest of the squares for next year. 
These orphans are going back into the baggie for another day. Sigh.

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Project Quilting 12.5: You're Crazy!


If you knew how many times I questioned my sanity this week, you would laugh! 

I really had no idea where this "You're Crazy" theme was going to take me . I started out with pulling scraps of my favorite colors, some satin-ny scraps, ribbons and laces and a few Pinterest ideas. 

I did manage to use up a good pile of scraps, but didn't use the black/white fabrics above.  They looked too crazy when put together.

So I started sewing scraps into strips, adding some ribbon, lace and satin-ny pieces as I went. These tidbits are often part of Crazy Quilting and I wanted to throw in bits of Crazy here and there. 

More strips were added and I pulled my beloved Alison Glass text fabric out of hiding to use on this crazy mess. It was taking shape, but it really wasn't what I was hoping for. Plus, what would it be? 

I like things to have a purpose. I didn't need a wall hanging of these colors; I didn't have a stool or bench to make a cover for; it would make a really big pillow that I had no place to put; maybe a backing for a jacket, but my time was limited! 

I doodled some weird FMQ designs on paper and decided to go for it. Then I thought I'd add a border. Purple, of course.

That's when the thought came to me that I could make a tote bag out of this!
 "Bingo," the older woman from the back yelled. Yes, at this point, I knew I was hearing voices. 

I sewed the sides together and finished them with a binding tape, then boxed the corners.

Bag handles were added using the tutorial for
 SewCanShe Japanese style Bag Handles ...very easy and I love the look!

What a relief to finish this crazy project late on Saturday afternoon! I came down the stairs strutting my stuff with this cool bag hanging on my shoulder. Even hubby was impressed!
It will be perfect for Farmer's Market, the beach, road trips, carrying a picnic lunch or even carrying around my scattered brain!

If I'd had more time (and forethought), I would've added a few pockets to the inside. Oh well!

My tote bag measures: 21" wide x 10.5" deep (not including handles)

Have you made anything crazy lately?

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