On Thursday I had a meeting and decided that on my way I would stop at one of my favorite quilt shops. I FULLY intended to CHEAT on my fabric diet! Yes, I admit it. I was tired of not buying anything new and wanted to go into that store and BUY some fabric. But instead I drooled over patterns, and books, and rulers, and thread, and in the end came out with some of that kind of stuff and NO fabric! Yay for me! I didn’t break my diet! ( Of course it is not helping my wallet in any way to be spending the money on quilting “accessories”, but hey, one step at a time, right?!) This is what I ended up bringing home:
This great little tool will be so wonderful when I want to make Dresden Plates! I have a Dresden Plates ruler but it makes BIG ones( see this project I made for my mom),
and this template makes much smaller ones ( the blocks fit on a 9 1/2 inch background block). So I already got started cutting the petals. It was super easy because I have this handy-dandy box of “Bricks and Blocks” that my friend Colleen convinced me to make years ago. It contains blocks that are 3 1/2 inches square and bricks that are 3 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches. When I asked her about it, this is what she wrote:
“Years ago, I wanted to use up my stash of scrap fabrics and fat quarters, instead of letting them just sit in my closet. I discovered a quilt pattern called, “Promises of Spring,” designed by Kim Diehl, featured in the February 2007 issue of BHG American Patchwork & Quilting. The pattern inspired me to cut up my stash into 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles and 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ squares. I designed and made several “comfort” lap quilts using my Rs and Ss and have at least two dozen designs that I haven’t made. Here’s Kim’s quilt (on All People Quilt website):”
So clever of her, wasn’t it?! Well, yesterday when I needed fabric that was 3 1/2 inches wide, I pulled out that box and got done in NO time!
So here are my petals ready to be trimmed and turned right-side out ( a perfect “sit by the tv ” activity).
Each plate needs 12 petals and I decided to make 8 plates, so you do the math! Lots of petals to trim and turn…There are some UGLY fabrics in there…I almost considered tossing them out ( and that might still happen), but am hoping that the ugly ones will just look interesting amidst the “pretty” ones. One can hope 🙂
I thought Colleen’s idea was so clever so many years ago that I started cutting lots of scraps into different sizes. I now have boxes filled with 1 1/2 strips, 2 1/2 strips, squares, strings, you get the picture!It is so much more pleasant to open one of these neatly organized boxes, rather than my overflowing scrap bin…UHG! Definitely time to tame this one!
One of the other items I walked out of the quilt store with on Thursday was this book by Heather Peterson of Anka’s Treasures.
I liked the happy colors and the designs, but noticed that you need a special ruler to make the patterns.
It didn’t come with the book, but luckily my quilt shop carries it. Can’t wait to start making some of these designs!
( And on top of that I ordered book number one also; Figured if I had the ruler I might as well take full advantage of all the available patterns! Maybe I will have something to show out of that book next week…I’m thinking the monsters look awfully cute…..
Seeing as I hadn’t done ONE stitch of sewing all week, I took full advantage of my day-to-myself and started quilting this baby too.This is a pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew and I started it a while back.
I had already quilted the blocks using the Quilt As You Go Method and now just have to quilt the top and batting to the backing. It is still a wrangling job, because this quilt is HEAVY, but at least it’s just straight lines, and so much easier to manage than if I had to turn it every two seconds. I am really hoping to get that one done and photographed before next week too ( I am an eternal optimist when it comes to how much I can get done in a week…haha)
How about you? What creative project are you working on right now? And I’m curious. How do you organize your scraps? Leave me a comment below, I would love to know!
Until next time!