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some new goods on Etsy

It’s been a busy couple of weeks-  a little summertime fun but mostly sewing and participating in a few local outdoor markets. I decided to make a few crib-sized patchwork quilts, manageable in size and fun to put together. As you can see, it’s all about random, kitschy color combos this summer- but organized within a theme- such as ‘pink’ in this baby quilt. They’re all in my Etsy shop.
patchwork crib quilt

‘Boy’ fabrics and colors here…
patchwork boy baby quilt

Then back to pink, but with a red binding. I do so love pink and red together.
patchwork baby quilt

I’ve been making patchwork picnic blankets too. This one (below) is made with 10 inch squares and no theme what-so-ever, just scraps. The top (as you can see) is pieced but the back is a single piece of fabric sewn to the front in pillowcase style (right sides together, stitch around all edges leaving a 15 inch or so opening to pull the whole thing right side out again). Turn the whole thing right side out, iron flat and top stitch the edges. No batting, no quilting. The size of this one is 54 inches by 86 inches- a little longer than a standard picnic table size. Great as a picnic blanket, or throw too.
patchwork picnic blanket

And the ever-so-handy 2 in 1, reversible, half aprons for cooking, entertaining, gardening, working or anything else you might need to look cute for. All the goods shown here are listed on Etsy.
reversible aprons

all together now- scrap quilting ideas

confetti scrap quilt, scrap quilting ideasHere is an excellent idea in the scrap quilting ideas category- the Confetti quilt. Take a look and see what you think…

Got the Confetti quilt top all sewn together, now onto the next step of getting it all quilted. It needs to make a plane for delivery to Costa Rica with a friend in a few weeks so I’m under the gun. Having a deadline has been a good thing and given me a sense of accomplishment. I feel less guilty, lazy and slovenly about all the unfinished projects that sit around me yet to be completed (or even started).

confetti quilt, scrap quilting ideasLittle friends helping- we’re fighting the wind here, but enjoying the beautiful spring day.

close up squares, scrap quilting ideasThis quilt is for my daughter’s host family, she’s currently on a foreign exchange in Costa Rica. They own a flower business and beautiful greenhouses surround their house (so I’ve been told) so I spread the ‘seed package’ fabric throughout the quilt. Too bad it’s not written in Spanish.

random fabrics, scrap quilting ideasAnd because I love the colorful Costa Rican colones and the sea creatures pictured on the bills, I threw in some underwater creature fabric. There aren’t any sharks on the fabric, but there is a section with a dolphin, and fishes in the mix. Unfortunately, I didn’t have sloth fabric at my disposal- I might have had to dream that up myself at Spoonflower

costa rican money, colones

quilt top backside, foundation piecing, scrap quilting ideasJust for reference, here’s what the back of the quilt top looks like, all of the foundations and their triangle companions all sewn together.

scrap quilting ideasHere’s the full frontal view on the yellow hibernating-until-just-last-week lawn.  The fabrics were literally all scraps (my favorite part, my frugal self is continually haunted by scraps), I ran out of specific fabrics as I went along but there were 2 or 3 fabrics I had enough of to include in every block and achieve some continuity.

FYI- I sewed the vertical rows together first (10 in this case) then the 10 sections together, pressing with an iron in between.

For the full tutorial on foundation piecing and making this quilt look here.

dandy & flirt

I’ve been dreaming up fancy ways to make use of heaps of the symmetrical scraps cluttering up my space- too small to be very useful yet too big to toss in the garbage.

For many hours now, I’ve been thoughtfully (and haphazardly) sewing them all together with a pinch of rhyme and reason but with plenty of caution tossed aside.

I generally (unconsciously) save solid colored fabrics for bindings or only sparingly mix them in with plenty of patterns- but not today. I forced myself (at least in the beginning) to only sew solid colored strips together and ended up loving the result.

When working with patterned fabrics here are a few helpful few helpful suggestions that I live by- 1) repeat colors or color families, 2) vary the width of the actual strips, 3) mix geometric, small and larger prints.

The pieced panels (solid colors and patterned) are about 17″ (43 cm) by 4 feet (1.3 m) long. Can you venture a guess at what I’m making?