Monthly Archives: April 2012

Black and White (and red!) quilt top finished!

This is a quilt top I made as a wedding gift for one of my favorite coworkers (shhh! don’t tell the others!) She isn’t getting married until November, but I wanted to get the quilt top done asap since you never know what will come up in life. I’ve been making one or two blocks a week for months! My mom is currently in town, and I decided to take advantage of the extra pair of hands to navigate the long sashings. I made it for a queen sized bed, but these photos show it on my california king (on a queen the edges will hang down the sides more nicely). Now to find time to assemble & quilt it….

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Literal Scrap Quilt


I have random little pieces of fabric up to my ears. Well, not really but that is what it feels like sometimes. Having 3 different scrap baskets, all full of tiny almost-unusable scraps is becoming a little hard to bear. So this week I decided to start sewing them all together. I’m just going to keep sewing them together until I have a sofa-sized throw that is entirely crazy quilt. My plan is to have the scraps sewn into pieces that can be trimmed to multiples of 6″ so that it is relatively easy to come together once I am scrap-free. I’m also planning on this project taking another year or so so that I actually have enough scraps to make a decent-sized finished quilt. Pieces that are too small to be sewn go into the 3rd basket, which is now a designated “stuffing” basket. I can’t wait to make some little plushies or whatnot that can be stuffed with my soft sewing discards.

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Some Wonky Trees

I decided to join a wonky tree swap on flickr. The way this swap works is everyone sends their blocks to the swap administrator, who divides them all up, and mails you the same number of blocks you sent her with the idea that each block you receive was made by a different person.

So above you see my contribution. Most of the trees submitted so far had blue backgrounds or some other random color. I decided to do nightscapes & one tree growing in Brooklyn (ha!). And around here we have rats come out at night, and mice, so I decided to incorporate that into the blocks as well.

And here you can see what I have to work with. Making these blocks was fast, but it would have been even quicker if I weren’t being slowly but methodically pushed out of my work space by a little boy & his wooden train set….

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Covert Robin Gift Revealed

Well, here it is:

My recipient was Tabitha of Momtastic Stitchery. I knew when I saw who I was giving to that I would need to do something with a little hand sewing on it. There are approximately 70 french knots in that M!

I took the following photo intending to post it a week or so ago, but then decided not to since it shows the front of the pouch and someone could potentially guess what it would be. Maybe I was being paranoid though because now I’m wondering how on earth someone would guess that this would be a pouch front?

The lettering is a bit of a pun on Momtastic Stitchery. Why write the word ‘stitchery’ when its written in stitches?? Another post to come on how I made the hand scrub.

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