Small Someday #7: Orphan Blocks

In a bag of hand-me-down fabric there were these 7 blocks.  Hmmmm….similar color scheme…all 8″ blocks…Surely there is a quilted object in there somewhere?!


One obvious choice would have been potholders, but I didn’t want to make those.

Then, at a garage sale, these were in the FREE pile. Just two of them and nothing else.


Hmmmm…similar color scheme…12″ blocks…that will give me NINE total…I might have something here.

I switched out the blue 9-patch centers in the new blocks for red to help things start to blend together.


Currently experimenting with color, layout, and borders.

I can tell already that the piecing will not be perfect, because the blocks aren’t.  But I might be able to make something pretty that will keep someone warm.  And, I might learn a little something and gain experience in the meantime.

It could be worse.

Small Someday #6: Pillowcase Aprons

Yes, you heard right:  Pillowcase Aprons.


I had pillowcases.


I wanted aprons.


No tutorial.  Just used an apron I liked the shape of.  Added some trim and details.  Straps made with some cotton-poly solids I had on hand.

Nothing special, but I do like the way they turned out.  Daughter and I wore them today while serving at a local community lunch called Shepherd’s Bowl.  If you are interested in doing community service, one time or on-going, consider taking a look at  You might be surprised at what you find.  We had a wonderful time and plan to return.

Honestly, if you just saw them, would you guess pillowcases?

Refashion: Dress To Skirt

This dress came home from our annual neighborhood clothing exchange with high hopes.IMG_3500

Alas!  The waist was too large and the bust was too small.  I was ready to send it to the thrift store when Husband said, “It looks like fabric-in-the-shape-of to me.”

Why not?IMG_3501

I cut off much of the bodice about 2-1/2″ above the waistline, stitching down the lining BEFORE I cut–remember that if you try this at home.

A quick foldover for the new waist band, some elastic and a button and, ta-dah, a new skirt. Part of one of the former straps became a loop to hold the belt in place smoothly.  You can just see it if you look closely.


I love the fabric and now I have something new to wear.

Scrap Batting

My batting scraps were completely out of hand.  So, I sorted them into piles by type.  Whoa!  That is quite a few piles.


About 2 hours later I had quilt batts created and set aside for 6 quilts waiting to be quilted.  (There are really 8 waiting, but the other two are so large they need specific batting purchased.)


And quilt batts made and stored for 6 more quilts–two throws and 4 baby quilts.

A single grocery sack-full is left of very small scraps that will go the school art department for the students to imagine with.

Not much stitching today, but I still feel very successful.

If you want information on turning your scraps into usable batts, you might want to check out a few tutorials like these:


Another “Waste” Option

At least I can remember where these waste triangles came from.  It is the Construction Quilt I finished recently.


The waste triangles became 9 pinwheels.


That formed the center of this spontaneous medallion style quilt.  It is another little one–just 35″ square.


But, it was interesting to work on and mathematically challenging.  Sometimes it is fun to try something just for the sake of seeing what it will look like.  This was kind of like that!

Waste Not


In some cleaning and sorting I came across yet another bag/pile (this makes three) of waste triangles I had saved to do SOMETHING with.

This time I was determined to turn them into a project or to get rid of them.

And I couldn’t get rid of them.


It is just a little thing–about 21″ x 26″.

The large pieces started as 3-1/2″ HST and the smaller ones as 2″ HST.  Convenient how they fit together.  I did have to make 2 more large size and about 6 more small ones to get to this size, but it wasn’t bad.  And I do like it.

Now it just needs quilting.  I already have a back and (scrappy) binding prepared.


Working with waste triangles is fun and fast.  As soon as you start you are halfway finished since most of the cutting and piecing are already done.

And they are very satisfying–turning the “waste” into something wanted.

Oberon’s Crown

As some already know, Sparkle Jane (daughter) dances ballet.  Each spring her company puts on a large show.  In the past I have helped with costumes in a variety of ways, but my specialty is headpieces.

Ballet headpieces are a tricky thing:  they have to look good; they can’t be heavy; they have to stay on…you get the idea.

This year they are performing Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.  Oberon, the fairy king, needs a crown.  But he is a FAIRY king, so it can’t be just any crown.

DSC00431The creative process is cluttered and a little messy looking… (don’t you love my salad bowl doubling as a form foundation)


Give me enough lace, spray paint and hot glue and I am bound to create something.


It has elastic built in the back to help the fit.


Hopefully it will hold up to the dancing also.

Yay for another finished product.  Now I can mostly rest easy until the performance. Unless something else comes up. 🙂