Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Retreat Sewing

To the retreat, I brought two projects that were small to me but would be big accomplishments if I could start (and finish!) either one of them.  Both projects have been sitting in little zip lock baggies on my quilting frame, waiting for me to have the time or interest to pick them up and get sewing.  To be honest, I liked them too much to just throw them out or give them away, but not enough to dedicate precious sewing time.  It was a sad state of affairs for these WIPs.  They were the first things into my suitcase...well before my toiletry bag!




First, my Swoon flying geese scraps.  I collected these little triangular cut offs as I made my Swoon quilt and had decided to create a coordinating cushion.  So, to get used to my featherweight I started chain stitching them together.  After trimming them to 2.5 inch HSTs, I stitched this scrappy star together.  It's quite large at 20 inches square, but I do really like it.  I like that it will compliment the Swoon, but isn't a replicate block.  Now to quilt her, make a back and finish her off!  


The second project was a massive bag of selvages that was taking up space in my sewing cabinet.  I have always liked the look of selvage projects, so I started collecting them.  However, I had not worked with selvages before, so I didn't have a great idea of how many I'd need to collect to make a block or two.  Well, my one zip lock bag made these pretty 10 inch square blocks.  I have about 1/2 of a bag left plus I was lucky enough to inherit another bag from my friend Fiona, so I will easily have near enough to make a quilt top, using this and this as my inspiration.  Making these blocks was so easy and immediately rewarding - a nice trip down memory lane revisiting my favorite prints.  Happy days!



8 comments:

Betty said...

I love both projects. And look forward to seeing what your final result will be of the selvages

Schulz Family said...

love both the projects. That is a lot of selvages. I am keeping a bag but it will not make that many blocks!

Tomomi McElwee said...

They are both lovely! I like that you used up all triangle scraps! Well done!!

Sophie Belle Designs said...

Love both projects. I would have collected selvage a for you had I known you were plotting a project

Kay said...

I especially love the quilt top, partly because it uses some of my most favourite fabrics and I love the happy colours. Well done for achieving. x

Sarah said...

Love the mini, and i hope we get to see much more of the selvege blocks!

Wendy said...

The mini is gorgeous! I've started collecting selvedges too with a vague plan in mind. I've got a long way to go though!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Gorgeous!

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