HQAL, Slow Stitch Sunday, and Scrap Happy

It’s time for my Hand Quilt A Long update.  I have been working on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden and have made quite a bit of progress.

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Left Section

It no longer fits on the table and also keeps me warm in the evenings as I work on it.

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Right section

The purple one in the upper left corner is the overlap flower in this picture.

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Last part that is growing

There are also some overlap flowers in this photo.  All in all, I’m very happy how this is progressing.  I have to prepare some more of the green hexis as I’ve run out.

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Latest flower

Here is my latest flower.  I am enjoying this SOOO much.  The bee fabric was used for dresses I made my older daughters when they were 3 and almost 1.  They are 24 and 22 now.  I still have them in a box in the attic.  I hope to have some grand daughters one day that will also wear those dresses.  The flower fabric was used for a pair of pillow cases I made for my mom no too long ago, it’s one of my most recent scraps.img_9018

Isn’t it so sweet?

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy

I’m also sharing over at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.  This is all hand stitched and I am planning on hand embroidering and hand quilting it.  I work on this in the evening after dinner and clean up.  My husband and I sit on the couch and watch one of our shows, right now we are enjoying Alone on Prime, but you can watch it on Hulu or somewhere else.  We are only on season 2 and love it!  I find that ending my day with some hand stitching really relaxes me.

This time I’m also sharing with Tales from Chiconia for Scrap Happy Day.  We share things on the 15th of every month that are made from scraps.  This project really hits the mark!

Off I go, today I’m building 5 bookshelves and I’m excited to be organizing all my craft and cooking books.  The craft books are in cabinets in my studio and freeing up those is going to enable me to organize the studio better!  I LOVE organizing – not as much as stitching, but it comes in at a close second.

Scrap Happy

 

Kate has a fun Scrap Happy Day that I am participating in this month.  Most people I know, are aware that I love to use up my scraps and recycle as much as possible.  Well…

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T-shirts galore!

I have lots and lots of t-shirts that my kids (all 5!) have grown out of.  The t-shirts that were suitable to donating we donated; however, many of them had stains or rips or were just too worn out to donate to anyone.  I knew I wanted to use them so I started making t-shirt yarn with them.

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1″ strips

I use the rotary cutter to cut one inch strips.

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Lots of shirts!

I usually cut many over the course of a day or two and then…

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t-shirt yarn!

Turn them into t-shirt yarn.  It does make a bit of a mess!!  But these are ready to use.  Sometimes I crochet hats, bags, bowls etc with them.  This time I am making some more rag rugs.

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Rag Rug

I’ve been trying out a bit of clasped weft for this one.  In the winter we use lots of rugs what with the dog, students and my own kids traipsing in from the rain.  I love these because they have a nice feel to them, are very sturdy, hold up to tons of washing and drying AND it’s a repurposed craft!  Now, back to weaving!  I’ve got some t-shirt yarn to use up.

Scrap Happy Day!

I love using up scraps and Kate of Tall Tales from Chiconia hosts a monthly Scrap Happy Day so that we can share a project we are working on that is made from scraps.  I’m sharing my ticker tape quilt (Crazy Mom Quilts).  This is where I was last time,

I’m also linking to Monday Making and Main Crush Monday today.

Scrap Happy!!

Today is the 15th of the month and I get to check in with some projects that I have/am using scraps for.  Kate at Tall Tales from Chiconia is hosting this and it’s so much fun!  I have lots and lots of scraps from my projects as well as from my student’s projects.  This month I didn’t get a whole lot of scrappy sewing done so I thought I’d share the different projects and how I store them.  First up are the boxes:img_4885

I love these boxes.  I bought them at Costco.  Each of my students has one for themselves to store their fabric and Wips from week to week.  I use them for some of my projects as well.  These are the scrap projects that I am working on.  Strings:img_4887

I’ve never made one of these before so this a first for me.  I cut the squares 1/2″ larger all the way around than I want the finished square to be and then sew the strips to it.  This is super easy and fun.  I keep all the strips and squares in the box so that I can work on it whenever I wish.  The box that says “1 and a half in strips”:img_4888

You’ve see that one before.  I just sew the strips to each other to make one long strip that is 1 and a half inch wide and then sew it to the body.  Again, I cut scraps as I go and place them in the box.  “yo-yos:img_4889

Same idea, I cut the fabric as I get it and then put it in the box.  I find I am more likely to pick it up and stitch if it’s ready for me.  Makes life so much easier.  “1 X 3 inch pieces”:

You’ve also seen this one as well.  I cut the pieces and put them in the box.  Then I pin them to this piece of fabric and sew when I can.  I actually don’t like sewing this one.  All that turning and fiddling — I just don’t find it that much fun — I’ll complete it, but it will take longer than the others.  And then this:img_4892

I don’t know if this counts.  These are my kids’ old t-shirts that I have made into yarn and am intending to weave into rugs for my kitchen and in front of the doors.  As you can imagine, with 5 kids, I have boxes of old t-shirts!!!img_4893

This is half of my warp.  I have all of the warp measured out and now just have to find time to warp my loom.  2019 here we come!!

Scrap Happy

This is the monthly post for Scrap Happy!  I love anything that uses up scraps.  Since I teach kids to sew (and weave, knit, crochet, embroider, cross stitch, etc), I have a fair number of scraps to choose from.  I try to encourage the students to pick from the scrap piles first if they are making something that has smaller pieces and I also show them the things I have made from our scraps for inspiration.

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Two strips sewn together.

This is where I was last time I posted about this project.  Now I am here…img_4725

You can’t really tell from this photo, but it is long enough for a king size bed.  I think this will be perfect for my bed (unless it is “stolen” by one of the kids!).

These are pictures of the different sections.  First, the scraps are cut into 1 1/2″ wide strips of whatever length the scrap happens to be.  Then they are pieced to make a long strip.  Once I have a super long strip, I start sewing it to the main body of the project.  It really is quite a simple project, but somehow I really like the simple sewing.

I thought I would include pictures of the two boxes of scraps that we have.  Some of the scraps are bigger than others and are oddly shaped, and some of them are really small.  The students have a great time digging through the box for just the right piece of fabric and I love being able to show them that even small pieces can be used to make something fun and useful.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at).

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address on my Kate, or you can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.

ScrapHappy September

Kate and Tall Tales from Chiconia hosts a scrap party on the 15th of every month.  It’s fun to have this as a goal each month to try to use up some of the scraps generated by my students.  I love using up scraps!!

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Two strips sewn together.

I saw this idea somewhere on Pinterest and it stuck in my head.  I cut strips of fabric 1.5″ in width and the length of the scrap.  Some of the pieces are long and some are quite short.

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Another strip being pieced.

I generally cut a bunch of little strips of fabric and just keep sewing them together into one long strip.  I then attach the new strip to the other strips and cut it off after 62″.  It’s very fun and quick.

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A pile!

Here is the pile of different scraps waiting to be included in this project!

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Tux

Tux the cat keeping all our scraps warm and safe!

ScrapHappy Day

I found this fun scrap-a-long this morning over at Kate’s from Tall Tales from Chiconia and I have the perfect addition:

It’s my version of Amanda  Jean’s quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts Ticker Tape Quilt.  I teach sewing to kids and we have a LOT of scraps in the studio.  I saw the doll quilt that Amanda Jean had made and thought it was brilliant!  I now have quite a stack of 1″ X 3″ pieces of fabric from different scraps from our pile and little by little I am adding to this quilt.  I like how simple and easy it is!

What you see is a 1.5 yard piece of white fabric (there is batting and a back as well) that I am just sewing the scrap pieces to.  This will be a little too small for us so I think when this piece is filled, I might do several others to add onto it and use the quilt-as-you-go method.  We’ll see how I feel when we get to that point!

Please take some time to look at these blogs that sometimes also take part in ScrapHappy Day:

Kate (the organizer of ScrapHappy Day), Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley and Dawn