It is a new year but I haven’t been posting much since last year.
Maybe it is time to get back into the habit again?
I have been practicing my machine quilting skills and getting better stitch by stitch.
Prepping and pinning orphaned blocks…
Suffering the frustrations of not properly clearing my sewing table…
As I said I’m better, but not good, not even mediocre. I will share samples eventually, but not yet. Too embarrassing!
Meanwhile, I keep making and last month I made this in a quilt along with other quilters on Face book, in a private group called Humble Quilts. If you quilt you might like joining in on all the fun!
It is called Sajou
This mini quilt is 19 by 19, basted, and waiting for me to get my stitching to go where I want it to. I have gotten a bit of control on stitch length, but not direction 😉
Scrap Happy is hosted by Kate and Gun and open to anyone wishing to use up their scraps in a project. Waste not want not. Right? For more delightful projects this month please visit with these lovely creators:
Kate, Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda (me),
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen and Connie
20 thoughts on “Scrap Happy for January 15, 2019”
I’ve sewn mug rugs, but never a mini quilt. I’m thinking they would be very similar. Your quilt is sewn with very pretty fabric. Can’t wait to see the completed project.
Joanne, I’ve tried my hand at mug rugs, but then won’t use them because I don’t want to ruin them with coffee or tea. Silly, I know.
Making doll or mini quilts is really fun! I like it the most of all the quilting I do. They are much easier to maneuver under the machine needle than larger quilts. I still use the walking foot to get the job done, which means very simple in the ditch and straight line stitching.
Love the mini quilt and feel your pain at the sewing table problem.
Cathy, it is definitely due for a good clean and tidying up! It is the beginning of the new year after all. 😀
I love that mini quilt the design and colours are just gorgeous.
Thank you, Lynn. It is one of the most adventurous creations I have worked on. Just a note, I changed up the outer border. The original was simple triangles that ended badly at the corner blocks. I worked out this solution on paper and then paper pieced it. I thought it gave it a more cohesive look.
Clever you! If anything scares me more than hand quilting it’s ‘working out things on paper’.
Measured length, divided by number of triangles wanted, cut paper to length of one side and desired width. Traced in lines for triangles and diamonds, applied fabric to paper and sewed it all down. Hm… maybe I should share how I got there? It isn’t at all scientific or draftsman worthy.
Love the fabrics in the centre, and this is such a good use for orphans – it gives the fabric a home and you the quilting practice! Good work.
That is a very high compliment coming from you, Kate! 🙂
Liking your work! Free motion quilting is something I have been determined to do for years. Surely does require practice and just this year I dared to quilt a couple of table runners for gifts. Are you looking at YouTube? I have watched Angela Walters for hours now, almost mesmerizing at times, but helpful. “Echo, echo, echo!” I also use pencil and a spiral art book to practice designs on paper, then save them. I have actually sold some quilted, but very simple bags–there’s a small item for practice! Quilt two pcs and then put them together. One thing that has helped me is to listen to the machine for a steady sound. For sure I have a long way to go to quilt the quality I dream of. Have fun and best wishes!!
Fran, I used the walking foot to quilt in the ditch on a log cabin runner. My friend Pam bought it from me on my Etsy store.
I watch Angela on Youtube and also on Craftsy/Blueprint. There are several wonderful FMQs there. I trace their printed patterns and then sew with various old threads directly onto the paper designs. It does make a difference!
Oh yes, and I have been loving your work for some time now. ❤
your Sajou block is such an elegant use of scraps!
It was fun, Claire! Lori DeJarnatt had us begin with a favorite piece of fabric for the center. Then each week we added blocks and a border. All were made using scraps.
Love the colours & style of fabrics and the very design of Sajou. She looks very antique, very Parisian Art Deco even. A lovely effect altogether: )
Ha-ha, Deb! It is a mixed bag; isn’t it? I went through all my scraps and just concentrated on colors that would play well together when adding each weekly layer. Somehow I managed to make it work. Thank you!
You have a great eye, Lynda!
Love your mini-quilt, that centre block is fabulous.
Thank you, Nanette! The assigned instruction for the center was to find a 5 inch block of fabric as the focus or feature. Then to add on in other scrappiness as assigned. It was fun!