Friday, May 22, 2009

Frugal Friday...Memory style

I received an interesting email from Michele this morning. She blogs at With-Heart-And-Hands, A Quilting Journey. Michele got caught up in the Frugal Friday happenings back during Lent and has carried on in that vein. With Memorial Day fast approaching she suggested we post about making quilts from what we have 'at hand', and using the odd bids and prehaps recycled fabric. I'm going to insert part of her email here, in her own words:"I'm posting today about Everything But the Kitchen Sink and showcasing the concept of Kitchen Sink Quilts and Quilts. This includes scrappy Heinz 47 quilts, I Spy or Gee's Bend themes (where you've actually used re-purposed fabrics) The idea is to encourage all of us all to think frugally and show the long standing tradition of using what you have in any ways that you can, whenever you can.
I'd love to see a wonderful showcase of quilts and quilting across America showing our scrappy nature and ability to combine unusual fabrics to encourage fun and frugal creativity.
Link to the theme above from my own blog post and show me your fun and scrappy quilts...whether it is an ancient scrap quilt, your typical scrappy favorite of all time, a hodge podge assortment of I Spy fussies, or Everything But the Kitchen Sink !
Please contribute this weekend through Monday in honor of my 'Memories' theme (Monday is Memorial Day (observed in the US).
.............................or do so on any and all Frugal Friday posts! along with Finn and so many others!"
 So I'm going to do that Michele *VBS* I'm gathered 24 of my Everything but the Kitchen Sink, I spy, and Mile A Minute type scrappy quilts. I've condensed them into 4 collages of 6 each. It's barely the tip of the iceberg...LOL
 What I realized as I thought about Michele's challenge is that basically she's talking about ALL my quilts! I've had business type errands today, needing the bank, post office and drugstore. And while working on that stuff, I thought about Michele's challenge. What I realized is that I'm quite sure I only have ONE quilt that isn't my "usual" scrappy style. I purchased 3 fabric in Longmont, CO years ago, to make a particular star quilt I loved. It took me forever to get it finished, and it's a smallish quilt! Lesson learned...don't like to work with pre-decided fabrics, and only a few.
 I can actually say, and probably have, that I prefer scraps to stash. Of course one has to use stash, and that gradually adds to the scrap collection...thank goodness!
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****Post A Note: I see blogger cheated me out of one collage, I'll be back tomorrow with that one and MORE!! Do your scrappy best to join us *VBS*


Scrappy quilter said...

I so enjoyed Michelle's post on her blog today.. So much for quilters to ponder over. As you know I'm a scrappy quilter..I have to be because we live on a fixed income. Even before we did though I was still a scrappy quilter. As I said on Michelle's blog, I love color and doing scrappy quilts is one way to have color. I can't imagine throwing out pieces of just isn't in me.

You posted some awesome pictures Finn. Love your quilting style.

Julie in the Barn said...

Wow, Finn, you are the quenn of kitchen sink. Every one is a work of art! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me once again.

Myra said...

Yup! You are definitely a scrappy kind of gal! 8-)
Love you quilts Finn!
Hope all is well with you!
Happy stitchings!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Absolute fabulosity, Finn! I don't know when I have EVER seen more beautiful quilt collages! They bring tears to my eyes..they are that beautiful in that kind of abundance! It only goes to show how much MORE beautiful scrappy quilting is than kits and store bought patterns. You are the woman, Finn...Queen of ALL Things Scrappy and YOU definitely reign as our supreme!!! Gorgeous!!!!!!

jovaliquilts said...

Sounds like a plan! Great idea -- I'll see what I can pull together.

ForestJane said...

Okay, Finn and Michelle, just for you two... I've joined in your scrappy showcase - it was fun searching thru my quilt pix and finding four per year to put up!

Thanks for the idea, you two. ;)


Cher said...

I would agree, you have set the scrappy standard as far as I am concerned has led me to making many, many fun quilts-most of them given away :-) thanks for the wonderful inspiration of your collages...finding them all in one place is wonderful.

Elaine Adair said...

OMGosh, Finn - I knew you were a prolific quilter, but these collages are just amazing! Hey, I'm impressed! Ya dun good!

Chris Daly said...

Oh Joy! What a show and tell! Have a wonderful weekend!

Nellie's Needles said...

Between you and Michele, what a wonderful way to create an online quilt show of amazing quilts. I love all the colors and visual textures that make up these scrap and scrappy quilts. There's a complexity that happens more readily than if fabrics are planned and purchased.

I've posted about a huge installation (14'x10') I'm working on that is made from mine and my friends leftover bits and pieces. I especially like the tiny triangles trimmed from half/square triangle blocks ;-)

meggie said...

You really are, a One Woman Show!!
Thankyou so much for sharing!!