Pillow Talk

Our Modern Quilt Guild Chapter just completed a pillow swap, based on the format and rules of the Pillow Talk Swap. We had two months to make our pillow, after being assigned a member, given a list of their likes and dislikes (fabrics, colors, etc.), and having a mosaic they created to use as inspiration.

I’ve been trying to sew more with scraps of late, so I started with my box of white/beige/cream scraps and made a bunch oh wonky four-patches…Pieced them together randomly, adding strips to fill in where needed…Until I ended up with a 17″ square, which I added an envelope back to, sewed it into a 14″ pillow size, with an outer flange, quilted, and then added a fabric ruffle flower to for interest:Emma, the member I made this for really likes fabric flowers, as a matter of fact, she presented a program to our guild in January about how to make origami style fabric flowers.

The flower is made from scraps of bindings leftover from other quilt projects, sewed into one long strip, ruffled, sewed to the pillow in a circle with a quilted, trapunto style flower center appliqued on:I made the entire pillow on my Featherweight, including the quilting (because my Janome is set up with a quilt that is partially free-motion quilted and I didn’t want to change the settings):Quilting on a Featherweight…it’s possible! Actually, it worked quite well for this small project.

The pillow Jill made for me was SPOT ON as far as my likes/dislikes, my colors, and my studio decor (where the pillow will live)…I practically jumped up and down when I found out this was mine!

If you’d like to see the rest of the pillows that were swapped Thursday night, visit our flickr swap group. And go tell Jill how fabulous her/my pillow is!

WIP Wednesday: Table Scraps

Thank goodness that’s behind me… Blogtoberfest, that is.  Posting every.single.day.in.October was exhausting, but I’ll tell you one thing, it did wonders for the ever-evolving-constantly-changing-to-do list–LOTS of items crossed off this month!!!!

Commission (Signature QUILT) #2,-done!
Halloween Costumes for Samuel, Jonah & Zoe Grace, Sweetie and Me–done! 
Two Halloween Spider web quilts… –one done! #2 will be done for Halloween 2012
Halloween Party projects and Tutorials: tablecloth, placemats, treat bag, pincushionsdone, done, done, and done!
MQG Habitat Challenge Quilt-done!
Finish quilting and binding on Midnight Serenade Quilt done!
Finish the cutting for my Candied Hexagon quilt
Peppermint Twist quilt, –top done, at LAQs
Make a baby quilt for Zoe Grace.
Neighborhood quilt (sewconnected2 Bee blocks)
Cyclone quilt (One Block Over 2010 Bee blocks)
Kansas City Star quilt,
Nearly Insane quilt, I have NOT kept up with block making as I promised myself I would…
Medallion quilt (local small group Round Robin quilt)
One Block Over 2011 Bee Quilt  

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

This week’s WIP post involves organizing my scraps, in preparation for two things:

  1. A Quilt-A-Long I am planning to announce here VERY SOON to start in January 2012 (It will be very UNIQUE and very COOL!)–and will help reduce your pile of scraps…
  2. and making things in bulk at retreat this weekend for my first experience as a Craft Show vendor, NEXT weekend.  

Quilters are always curious about how other quilters manage and use their scraps.  So, here’s my recently adopted method for dealing with an overflowing scrap box…

First I sort them by color groups (reds, pinks, oranges/yellows, greens, blues, purples, brown/black/neutrals, and whites/creams).  A few things are sorted by type rather than color; multicolor florals and prints that don’t “fit” into one color group, Halloween, Christmas, Heather Ross scraps.

Then, strips get put aside (by color) for string blocks, strip pieced bags, etc.  Anything bigger than a 2.5″ square gets put in a plastic shoebox by color:

And anything smaller than a 2.5″ square, but too pretty/too cute to toss (I call them itty bits) get stored in their own plastic shoebox to be used for fussy cut hexies, Bee blocks, and truly scrappy projects such as my Scrappy Charm Pincushions.

I never used to have a scrap box, I either tossed smaller items or donated them to a quilt guild that used them for stuffing pillows, etc.  But after meeting and befriending Amanda Jean, and then sewing at a table next to her, I started saving everything.  I even take and use other people’s scraps, now.  I think it’s catchy… so be careful.

So I’m curious, do you save scraps and if so, how do you organize them to make them “useable”?  Or, do you not bother to organize them, just throw them together in one big box or basket?

Check out the other WIP posts at Lee’s place.

Back with a vengeance….

She is still alive…just without a camera for a few weeks and WAY too busy with work things. But I’m back and dedicated to being much more regular with the blog!

This week I received my Scrap Cabin Challenge package from my swap partner, Cathie in Australia. Look at the yummy fabric scraps she sent! Our tastes are very similar, we like the fresh, contemporary look of brights, large florals, and fun geometric designs. I love it all, Cathie! The swap required that we send at least a pound of usable fabric scraps to our swap partner to make these scrappy cabin blocks. Cathie is so wonderful, she went above and beyond and sent me this adorable cupcake, perfect for a girl on a diet like myself, and some of her handmade cards. The cake part of the cupcake is muslin with floral and rickrack icing in an adorable ceramic cup–Too Cute!
And these cards…how stinkin‘ cute is that zebra card?!? Sorry for the crappy photo, it doesn’t do them justice.
One of these days I’ll hopefully have some scrappy cabins to post to show you this “booty” in action! Thanks, Cathie! If you’d like to see some of the scrappy cabins that have already been made by more…productive, quilters…click here.