Here I am, with double layers of clothing *S*, I'll be fighting cabin fever if I don't get back into my sewing room/studio/computer central! Even dear Ebby was getting 'edgy' yesterday with 2 rooms closed off against the cold.This is another of the 4 tops I pieced last week. Parts of this one were already blocks....I always seem to make way too many of everything....or maybe I was "sewing up scraps" and got carried away..LOL Either way, it's fun to work out a combination that is pleasing to look at, and also interesting. The blocks are 6.5", and right now the top is 7 blocks by 7 blocks, or 42" square. I think I'll probably add one more row to the length. If I add two rows to the length, I'd have 42" X 56", closer to a donation size. It can just be on the hanger while I "think" about it..*VBS*
Betsy was here for tea on Monday, and brought me a packet of these lovly fabrics. The line is called "Katmandu"....part of a collection of fabrics with a Nepal flavor. They are meant to be used for embellishing.Betsy and I have a mutual friend thst own and runs a resturant in Katmandu.
Here is one spread out. She split the half yards and I got a FQ of each. I'm not quite clear on whether or not they should be "pieced" into something and then embellished or if you just start adding beads and stitching to the FQ as is. Betsy promised to make me a copy of the article she read that inspired her ordering them. We had a nice visit, I made some muffins to have with our tea and we got all caught up on grandbabies *VBS* She and DH are off to Chicago(via Amtrak) tomorrow to visit with their new granddaughter. She promised me pictures *VBS*
Thank you all you lovely gals for the opinions on the flying geese layout. I like it also, and will use it for sure. And yes, I'll send the alternate row of geese south instead of north...LOL
That particular batch of scraps wasn't hard to sew into "parts", as the HST's were already made and laying around...LOL. Making 4 patches is like eating popcorn...very enjoyable.
I'm continuing to cut scraps. I use the basis of Bonnie's Scrap Saver method, but I don't find cutting ALL strips or bricks to be useful. Right now I need the 2.5" strips and squares for 4 patches. But I am also working on a 12" Depression block top as a scrap quilt, and I am cutting 6" squares to be diced into hour glass blocks for that quilt. I have several other scrap quilts in progress, baby print bow ties for example. So I cut strips in Bonnie sizes, but I also cut squares and triangles in sizes I will be needing.
I counted things this a.m. and I have more than enough 4 patches for the Gypsy Quilter looking top, and a good start on another double 4 patch set with a bright kid print.
I don't find "scraps" to be a problem or a mess, they are my "drug" of choice...LOL. I'd rather be playing with scraps more than anything else. And even those I have scraps in many different baskets, boxes and bags, they don't seem to constitue a mess. I am finding, however, a real sense of satification in seeing them all nipped and tucked and stacked in neat piles in a shallow box. As with so many things, stacking them neatly in piles sure does reduce the volume!!! My next goal is to sort through my stash and cull out the small pieces. I will be cutting those up into designated sizes also. I have a top in progess that uses 6.5" squares of kid prints, one that 3.5" squares and I will continue to cut the 4.5"(new to me) for more Kitchen sink look-a-likes)
And I'm taking the scrap sorting one step further. Like Bonnie, I've always just tossed the cut strips into a basket or box(rubbbermade type). What I have found over the years, is that some of them have been in there so long, and pawed through so often, they are ravely along the edges. I hate that! So I've folding them along the length a couple of times and making stacks. You sure can get alot more strips in a drawer with them stacked instead of just tossed in. When I want a color I just lift the stack out and holding it in one hand, I flip through til I find the one I want to pull out *VBS* Works for me!
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