I have come to the conclusion that I NEED to be committed. I CANNOT help myself - I am ADDICTED to quilting. I am ADDICTED to cutting, I am ADDICTED to sewing - I am ADDICTED to scraps. It just happens. It is VERY SAD when your thoughts before you go to bed are "how can I cut up the next box of scraps?"
Before I let myself get immersed in scraps - I did get a quilt quilted. We have to get the priorities done!!!
|Community project quilt - DONE - well it is quilted. I still have to trim and add the binding (and I thought it was due for THIS Thursday - NOPE - it is due NEXT Thursday!!!!)|
YES - I am a bit behind in quilting on the machine so I will be making a push to get that done. One a day!!!! Well for most of them!
Then I heard the scraps calling my name and I got pulled in............... You see - I am taking a workshop on Saturday and I have to get some cutting done. There are THREE choices and I like them all. What to cut????? I decided to use my batik scrap boxes.......
|TWO overflowing scrap boxes of batiks|
The pattern calls for 664 (or something like that) 2 1/2" squares. I went to Ruti's and picked up a deep blue batik for the background. So then I started cutting..............
As I was cutting and seeing what was left of the batiks - I started to sort as well and visions of MORE scrap batik quilts came to mind.
At the end of the day - this is what I was left with...............
|One overflowing box still to cut and sort|
|A box of strips - got TWO ideas for quilts from this box|
|A box of odd shapes (they are small) - got ONE idea for a quilt from this box|
|I found some triangles that went into another box with the rest of the big triangles (yes - these will all be put together into another quilt)|
|My scrap basket at the end of the day.|
I was reading Bonnie Hunter's blog yesterday and she was teaching one of MY favorite blocks of hers. Well - I decided it was the perfect quilt for something new. Here is the story............
|Eight FQs doesn't make a big enough quilt for my liking - so I dug into my stash and found 8 more fabrics. Then I cut them last night.|
Now I shouldn't really show this - I don't want anyone copying me!!!!! But I am so excited, I can't help myself.
|Here is my block - I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
Here is the link to the blog where Bonnie has pictures of a guild making this quilt.
And if you do a search through her free patterns - you will find it - it is called Scrappy Trips. Just click on the name to go to the tutorial.
Got a PLAY (SEW) day scheduled today with Julia. I've got two projects in my bag - all cut and ready to sew!!!!!!!!!!!1 Can't wait!!!!
But while I was getting ready for bed last night, I thought about this box with border prints in it!!!!!
Oh yeah - I have a couple of ideas on what to do with this.
|Box of border prints|
While I was searching for the fabric to add to the Scrappy Trip quilt - I found a couple of fabrics that I really don't like. And I put them back on the shelf. THEN I had a light bulb moment. Why not separate those from the "good" stash and cut them into scraps????? I will use them in a heartbeat as strips, but NEVER as yardage!!!! DUH!!!!!
|I grabbed a couple and threw them into this laundry basket - when I have a few minutes - I will cut them and future UGLY fabric that I come across in my stash - - OFF WITH ITS HEAD (well - I mean cut it up into strips!!!!)|
As you can see - I am hopelessly addicted to this scrap business. It is like solving a puzzle, it is exciting to see what you can make from stuff that no one wants. While I do enjoy making NEW stuff, this is what gets me excited!!!!!!!!!!! And YES - I know that I need to be working on what I love. And there are a LOT of UGLY fabrics in that stash!!! Stuff that I bought because it was on sale or I thought I liked it!!! Don't worry - I won't go crazy - just when I see something I don't like - I will set it aside, but I won't actively search them out. Oh please - DO NOT let me search them out. I might have to put a big sign on the door to prevent from doing that!!!!!!
Remember when I posted this bar code fabric that I had to have. Well so did someone else !!!! And since they only needed a small piece - they traded me bar code fabric for bike fabric!!!!
|Bar code fabric|
|New bike fabric - fair trade!!!!! Thanks Mary!!!!|
|Found this at the CreativFestival - had to get it. It is only a FQ - no need to panic!!!!!|
|Beautiful curly bows!!!!! Orange of course. Hmmm - I could almost make a wig out of those. OK - I'm kidding!!!!!!!!!!!|
I tell you - it pays to have a FAVOURITE THING you collect and a favourite colour!!!!! Makes life more interesting to say the least!!!!!!!!!
It is post card exchange time and I received TWO of them this week.
|Postcard Number One|
|Postcard Number Two|
I should get working on mine - OK - even though I have something else planned - I should try to work some scraps into the mix.
On that note - it is time to head out for my play date!!!!
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!