I had a week that was pretty open so I filled much of that time sewing…and I sewed a lot. It was fun to get back in and have a few hours to sew.
Early in the week I was determined this was going to be a week that I accomplished a few things. So after work one night I pulled out this scrap bag. Blog readers often send me scraps and I put them in a bag until it’s big enough to deal with. This bag was FULL plus I have another bag upstairs. For now, I just tackled this one.
I love getting scrap bags from others because they spruce up my own scraps. Despite popular belief, scrap boxes do diminish. Especially when you make all scrappy quilts like I do. HA!!
These are the piles I ended up with. All are cut and ready to go into my scrap boxes. I keep everything according to size. From left to right are 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″, 3 1/2.
I pulled the batiks out and stored them separately. I pull the Kaffe prints too.
That was a great job to have done and it was a great job to kick my week off.
Thursday was a day off work so I sewed lots. Being I had a big chunk of time, my goal was to finish the blog for my Tumalo Trail quilt.
If you remember, it’s a Bonnie Hunter quilt. This quilt is in Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails II. By the way, this book is currently being offered for free if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription.
Mine is some different as I used blue for all of my triangles. I love scrap quilts-love them a lot- but I like them to be a little more controlled.
I ended up sewing MUCH faster than I anticipated. I got this far…and actually even further.
Friday I got most of the sashing strips sewn too.
On Saturday I got it all put together!! I really like it. I like that I used only blues for the triangles. You can see why I call it more of a controlled scrappy look.
I did want to share a little tip with you. When you sew sashing strips to the block strips, always keep the piece that has more piecing in it to the bottom. Your feed dogs will pull and ease in the pieced piece so it matches more easily with the top uncut sashing strip.
I was chatting with my friend Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations when we were walking the dogs. Later we ended up on Messenger with me sharing pictures of the quilt. I was trying to figure out what to do next with the quilt.
The original quilt has this scrappy border…It’s a pieced piano keyboard border. If I did that, I would make mine all blue but I don’t know if I’m a fan of that.
I could leave it as is…I could make a triangle border for it. I do have some leftover triangles. I could add a traditional fabric border.
I’d prefer not to buy any fabric so I came up with these two possibilities. Carla and I both liked the paisley one closest to the quilt best. I only have 1 1/2 yards. It’s enough…but then finding a binding might be hard. Hmm.
Any thoughts or suggestions?? Right now I think the quilt is 84″ x 84″.
I asked the dogs for their input but they were no help. HA!!
So while I thought about that, I bound my Oregon or Bust quilt.
Check out the binding…It almost matches up perfectly with the setting triangle.
That gave me a smile!!! So fun.
I was pretty concentrated this week on mostly one project. I am so happy with the amount I got done. I’m hoping next week to hit my Tribute to Judie quilt really hard. Any chance I could at least get the quilt into rows? Fingers crossed!!