ScrappHappy June: Raw?

My word, time goes fast when you’re having fun busy…

It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps, and although I couldn’t wait till now to show you the finish of the $11 Rainbow quilt, I do have something else to show you.

It is square, really. I just can’t seem to take a decent photo today…

I’ve tested an idea I had a while ago. You know those ‘confetti’ quilts, where people scatter tiny snippets of coloured fabric on a background, then cover it with very fine black tulle netting and quilt all over it? I didn’t have any tulle, but I did want to try the idea of raw edges held down with lots of quilting. I’d like to make a scrappy rug for the bathroom using this technique, but rather than make the whole thing and discover it disintegrates the first time I put it in the washing machine, I thought I’d make a test piece. This cheerful little square will get used as a mug rug for a while, and when it’s received a few brown rings, I shall put it in the washing machine and see what happens. If it works, we’re good to go. If not, well, it’s very little time and effort wasted. (Oh, and the binding’s a scrappy remnant too, leftover from the Bonnard quilt.)

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 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 Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. 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.

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). We have two new members today!

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn,  Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon
and Hayley

See you again, same time next month!

 

 

 

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$11R: Completed and bound

I debated whether to wait for ScrapHappy day with this…

But I wanted to share this finish, and I’ll still have a week to come up with a new scrappy project for 15th June. You haven’t seen the back yet, so here it is. It isn’t very harmonious or designed-looking, but it is a scrappy quilt backing in the best tradition 🙂

The binding consists of 6 inch lengths of the blue batiks I used for the sashing on the back, alternating with triples of 2 inch scrappy squares. Because they’re broken up with multi-colour strips, the blues don’t look too repetitive, and doing it this way has enabled me to use up even more scraps without too many thick seams to negotiate.

I’m really happy with how this quilt turned out. It makes me smile just to look at it. There will probably be others of the same sort in my future, because it’s such a good way to use scraps (and I still have those paler blocks to use!), but I’ll try different permutations so I don’t end up with an endless variation on the same theme. What I like about this one is how my $11 dark blue fabric frames the colours and makes each panel seem to be floating on a multicoloured back-lit field. As a previous commenter said: it looks like stained glass.

Now, back to the drawing board. I have a new ScrapHappy project to devise!

$11R, and catching up with myself

I’ve been off the radar a lot, haven’t I?

Plenty of excellent reasons for that, but first, here’s the latest on the $11 Rainbow quilt. I have the last, and largest, seam still to go, and then the top is fully assembled.

I’ve been poking through my scraps, and I will be doing a scrappy binding, but nowhere near as fiddly as the scrappy strip I’ve done for the sashing. For one thing, it’d make the binding very lumpy, and for another, it would take forever. I need at least 270 inches of binding, and that is a very great deal of sewing together tiny snippets. Instead, I’ll still go scrappy but with much larger pieces in random colours, interspersed with 6 inch sections of the blue batiks I used for sashing on the reverse. 6 inches of batik, 6 inches of random. That’ll go a lot quicker. I’ve also taken the decision not to put this quilt into the Mackay Show, for reasons which will become apparent in a moment.

So, the catching up bit. The Husband and I took on the job of organising our motorbike club’s Annual National Rally here in Mackay in August this year: 50-80 riders and their partners, for a three day weekend, organising accommodation, meals, the rally dinner, rides and route maps, catering and entertainment. The hope was that we’d get volunteer help from other members, and plenty of advice and assistance from higher up the club food chain. Neither of these has materialised. Add to this the fact that the Husband works shifts of tremendously long hours, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out who gets to do a lot of the organising.

I’ve also been summoned for jury service in the very week when the Mackay Show is on, and if I can’t go to the show I don’t see the point of submitting a quilt. It’s not as if I’m expecting to win anything with this quilt, so I’ll just finish it as time allows, and take some pressure off myself. What’s chiefly annoying me about jury service is that it’s the 4th time I’ve been summoned in as many years, while the Husband has served only once in his life 😦

And finally, more health fun. Half a year ago I had my coeliac disease diagnosis reversed after 10 years. Well fine, but what was causing the symptoms? Much testing-misery later, I’ve been told to see an Accredited Dietitian and adopt a low-FODMAP diet, as I may have an unusual form of IBS. Eating gluten-free as a coeliac was challenging enough, but this is a whole new ballgame. Thank heavens for the app developed by Monash University, who conducted the original research and have extensively tested the resulting IBS-resolving diet over the past 20 years. I’m slowly working my way through all the nasties that may be causing the problem. It’s dull, but at least I’m not feeling permanently unwell any more. And one day, I’m promised that I’ll be able to eat more normally and things will have settled down for good.

So that’s me all caught up, and hopefully explains why it’s been so quiet in Chiconia recently.  

Bee, Myself and I #27

Just squeaking in by the skin of my teeth, I have block 18 quilted.

I like this one, it’s a fun psychedelic fabric design and colourway. In a quilt which is fundamentally 30 different variations on a theme, I needed a bit of a bit of a break from elegant florals! I’m afraid it was all quilted at very much the eleventh hour, as I have been hard at work on event organising, and I’m a bit weary, preferring to veg out vacantly in the evenings instead of working on my hand quilting. It’s done, now, though, and I’ve kept myself up to the end of month deadline (just!).

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button a fair way down in the left hand column.

Till next time.

$11R: Just what it needed

I’m loving how this looks!

Yes, OK, it is a lot more fiddly than cutting simple 1 inch strips of one fabric. But I totally love the effect, and I love even more the way these scrappy sashing strips gobble up my fabric crumbs. It’s a whole extra dimension of colour and texture.

One quarter of the quilt assembled. I’ve managed to keep the sashing nice and narrow on the front and pretty narrow on the back. It’s resulted in having to redo a couple of sections of stitching where the sewn line just missed the fold-over on the back. Luckily it doesn’t show at all, being in dark blue thread on dark blue fabric on the back and dark blue on really dark blue on the front. At this rate I’ll get it done in plenty of time to enter it in the show. I must remember it still needs a  two-part hanging pocket… and a label… and a statement of intent.

I wonder if I have the patience time to make a fully scrappy binding…?

$11R: quilting done

This is where QAYG really shines.

I’ve not had much time to devote to sewing in the last week or so, but quilting one block at a time, rather than having the whole thing under the machine, has meant I could make small chunks of progress whenever I had a spare half hour. And the quilting’s done! Sadly, so is my reel of thread, which needs replacing urgently; it’s the colour I also use for repairing the Husband’s work pants, and there are two pairs of those awaiting attention too.

I’ve also trimmed down my leftover jelly roll strips for the back sashing; they were 2½ inches wide and needed to be 1¾ instead. I’ve also trialled stabilising the edges of the scrappy till roll sashing for the front, as the stitching is coming apart here and there. It does make the strips slightly bendy, but prevents unravelling completely, so I think I’ll do it for all of them. A simple line of stitches down each edge is all it takes, but it has to be done after the paper backing has been torn away. Fiddly, but necessary. I’m going to join the blocks into 4 sets of 4 squares, join two of those side to side, and then have one large seam across the middle. The picture also shows front and back sashing strips cut ready to join the top 8 blocks.

Next time you see this, I hope it’ll be looking a bit more finished. Maybe not done, but with good progress.

ScrapHappy May: $11R quilting half done

Welcome back, scrap lovers.

It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

Despite lots of ‘real life’ interruptions to my sewing time and my relative blogging silence, I’ve managed to get the $11 Rainbow scrappy quilt half quilted. I’m assembling this by sandwiching and quilting it block by block and will then be joining all the quilted blocks with narrow strips. I’ve decided to go with a simple 3 inch square crosshatch for the quilting. I like how the diagonals contrast with the (mostly!) horizontal and vertical lines of the scrap blocks, and it has the added advantage of keeping the quilted block fairly square, rather than contracting it more in one direction than another.

I have a bunch of leftover strips from the Bonnard quilt which will make good sashing for the back. They’re a bit vivid for my taste, but in narrow bands will work really well, so another good way to use up those strips. It’s good that I have this use for them, since some of them are distinctly bendy, having not been cut straight. I have to trim them to a narrower width for this purpose, so I can minimise the bendyness at the same time.

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 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 Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. 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.

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, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean

See you again, same time next month!