Sunday, January 1, 2012

New year's day

Some new year's day sewing while the girls were mooching around in their pyjamas. I have taken over my daughter's desk and set it up with my sewing machine and basket of scraps. Occasionally the scraps take over the dining table while I search for that elusive piece, but once it gets out of control I sort them all out by size - crumbs to use up first, recognisable shapes like squares and triangles, and then larger pieces. Any irregular shaped pieces are getting cut down to strips triangles and squares as that's what I'm using most - hand cut with scissors.

Another section - the checked fabric is not actually puckered, just badly ironed! Those yellows in the poverty patch are a bit closer in colour in real life. The white with the blue pin stripes got sewn on right side down, and if that wasn't enough, I made the same mistake with the teal (which is much less noticeable). I actually don't care, and chose to live with that. Just can't believe I made the same mistake twice.
This is what I got done in one morning. Not sure how sensible I am in choosing so many crumb sized scraps to make a king/queen sized quilt, but I'll make up time with the sashing (which will pieced too, but I have some nice long pieces).

This is what I aim to have left over at the end of the quilt. That's all I'm throwing out. If I've got fabric left over when I've finished the front, then I'll just have to turn it over and piece the back:)

Best wishes and happy sewing in the new year!


  1. Your quilt is looking great! I love your style of quilting and already had you on my favorites, but now I'm also a follower. I would love to make a quilt like this some day...I have lots of scraps that are 50 - 100 yrs old. They are so much fun!

    Brenda...the Farmer's Dotter

  2. Alice,
    This quilt is going to be gorgeous! I love quilts made from scraps and with no definite plans. I have made a few in the past and those are my most favorite ones!
    Enjoy the process! It is going to be fun!

  3. oh, I love it! It has finally occurred to me as well that I'm much much happier sewing with squares, strips, rectangles and triangles rather than really oddly shaped blocks. although I don't mind irregular strings... but crumb piecing with different shapes throws me off. I spend too much time figuring out how they all go together. anyway, love your blocks!