|UFO project with CW repro fabrics|
I'm combining some UFO 4-patches with pink squares and brown setting triangles to make "Pink Patches Doll Quilt" from Kathleen Tracy's book The Civil War Sewing Circle. (Click on the link to see images of all projects in the book, courtesy of Amazon.) If I add no border, it will finish about 17 x 21". I'm looking forward to having something different to pick up and hand quilt. I never thought I'd write that.
|Pink Lemonade--quilted, bound, and labeled|
Here's my finished little Pink Lemonade quilt (from Lori's quiltalong in early 2012). It's hand quilted, has a hanging pocket, brown striped binding, and a label on the back. The quilt is lighter than the photo shows, and it's not uneven. (untalented photographer)
Bags of quilting refuse keep following me home (courtesy of quilting groups and guild members). I've found stacks of squares, rectangles, HST, and strips in those bags--unwanted after a quilter finishes a project. I rescue them, measure and sort them, and put them into clear plastic boxes for later use.
|turning discarded blocks and strips into placemats|
I cut usable scrap fabrics into squares, rectangles and strips for future projects. Everything else goes into dog pillows for the local animal shelter.
I enjoy turning miscellaneous discards into 12-13" x 16-18" placemats for Meals on Wheels, as I wrote about here.
On my design wall this week were these 14 placemats, combining assorted strip sets, blocks, and random leftovers. Thanks for sending your leftovers my way, ladies!
I enjoy the challenge of looking at them in a different way and creating something new and usable. Then I choose backing from my stash, add a chunk of leftover batting, simple quilting, trim as needed, and fold the backing to the front for binding ==> done quickly.