Saturday, June 13, 2015

When the heat is on....sew


  I  brought home some fabrics from the quilt guild's stash to make a few pillowcases for the Children's Hospital.  Looney Tunes, fly fishing and Peter Rabbit are featured here.....they are ready for a good pressing  for next month's meeting.  I used the  simplest pattern from All People Quilt.  It takes longer to measure and cut than to sew!


Another small project jumped into the mix.   I put together 4 neutral string blocks and added a variation of Connie's flower.....find her tutorial here at Freemotion by the River.     

    The 2" border is composed of more of the leftover pieces that I string together and keep on hand.  Whenever I am cutting fabric for a project, any piece that is too short---as long as it is at least 2 1/2"----gets tossed into a bin for bits.  So when the mood strikes, I just stitch the bits together in long strips.  Some I may sort by color, or I may make a string of just floral fabrics, or in this case, it is the "waste not" style of anything goes.      So when needed I can inset the stringed strips into a border.  I started doing this after making the large quilt called String Me Along.   Making all those stringed sections took forever, but I loved the effect.  


  Back to the small project......flowers stitched down, quilted and ready for binding.   I plan on watching Bonnie Hunter's quilt cam this afternoon.....so I can finish it then.    But first I need to straighten up the sewing room.....it looks as if a tornado has been in there.  Enjoy the weekend.....happy stitching.  Linking up to Creative Goodness at QuiltShopGal.

9 comments:

  1. Great pillowcases, I love making them for the children's ward of the local hospital when there's an excess of kid fabric in the stash. I love all your ideas for string projects (Connie's too!). Stash busting at its finest.

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  2. Love the Peter Rabbit piece - I need to keep an eye out for youth fabrics as our quild will be doing the pillowcase drive here when we start back up in the fall. What a great take on Connie's project. I piece a lot of piano key lengths so I have those borders ready when needed - and I love to put on borders!

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  3. Thanks for the tip about leftover pieces. I'll be stitchin' with you and Bonnie too!

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  4. I have been working like a mad woman cutting pillowcase 'kits' in an effort to subdue the stash. I want to use up as much as I can (and that's a HUGE undertaking) while I'm still able so that the kids won't have to deal with it when I'm gone (hopefully not TOO soon). Have multiple projects ongoing and throwing pillowcases into the mix.

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  5. What a pretty little project. Great use of leftover bits. : )

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  6. Not sure if my comment went thru or got lost. Sorry if this is a duplicate.
    I really like your flowers amid the string stacks. Especially like the needlework on the flowers. One question: is the needlework done before quilting? or is it a part of the quilting? Needled minds need to know.

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  7. Such a pretty idea to use neutral string pieced blocks behind applique. It certainly adds interest, and a great way to use up all those bits and pieces we have hanging about. Thanks for sharing - I've recently found your blog and have become a very interested follower.

    Jenny from New Zealand

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  8. Love your quilts. I have been lurking for a while and thought I should pop in and say thanks for sharing your work.

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