Small Someday #1: Potholders

These potholders started as the small leftover scraps from the Food Scraps quilt completed earlier this year.

There wasn’t much, but there was enough for potholders.

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I started with a 9″x9″ foundation piece and just choose a layout that I liked.  Add a few pieces, iron open, trim threads, repeat.

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Then trim it down to size–8-1/2″ square. Layer with a piece of cotton batting, a piece of insulbrite, back and top. Simple wavy quilting.

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Bind (I use 2-1/2″ strips for these because they are a little thicker).

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Ta-dah!  Potholders.

I feel successful and the scraps are much happier used than hidden away.  My goal is to do one small project each week or so for a while.  Now I need to go dig through the piles and choose the next one.

Prepared: National Quilting Day

Today is National Quilting Day.  While there are many things on my To-Do List besides quilting, I am very hopeful that some quilting will happen.  That is why I am prepared.

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This is going to be a baby quilt. Hopefully it will be most of a top by the end of the day.

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This is still going to be Miss Jenna’s quilt. Hopefully it will be basted and partially quilted by the end of the day.

But, it will all depend on errands and gardening, which must be done first.  Wish me luck!

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Poinsettia Block

I continue to enjoy the Have A Jolly Little Christmas Quilt Along.

Sew Fresh Quilts

My latest effort is the Poinsettia Block.  I modified it a little, changing the large, green corner squares to smaller ones and adding gold.  The long term plan is to use this as an alternating block in the quilt.

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I plan to make it a 5×5 with 13 of these blocks and 12 of the other pieced blocks.  We’ll see if I make it that far, but I think I probably will because I am having so much fun!

 

Leftovers Are Now A Finished Quilt

The Calico Rose leftovers  are now a finished quilt.  I really do need a better name for it than “Leftovers” but it is all I have for the moment.

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Tara did a great job with the quilting.  We settled on a simple overall pattern that picked up the leaves and vines in the setting blocks.  I am very pleased.

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I made a small pillow to go along with it, since it is somewhere between a large throw and a small twin.

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No pattern, per se, for this one.  It is just leftovers made into something useful.  That is not a bad thing.

Status Report

It isn’t that I haven’t been sewing at all, but I have only been sewing a little and not finishing any one thing.

This one only needs binding…

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This one only needs quilting…

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This one is really for basting…

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Still piecing on this one…

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and this one…

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and this one…

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Yes, that is a lot of projects (and a lot of ellipses), but it is representative of my life right now:  Many things going on; many things unfinished.

Busy beats being bored by a mile!

 

Butterfly Stars

Another baby quilt complete!

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This one started as a small pile of 6″ squares that arrived in a scrap bag.   Too pretty to cut, but not enough to make a quilt either…or was it?

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There were 10 squares, but nine were enough.  Using my own My Size Stars tutorial, the butterfly fabric became the centers.  Each star finishes at 10-1/2″, so just a little 1-1/2″ sashing was all that was needed to complete the project.

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There is a bag of bonus triangles that will become a different project soon.  Probably a mug-rug or doll quilt.

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If you have just a little of a very pretty fabric, consider My Size Stars.  They go together quickly and take advantage of prints you want to highlight.

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This quilt is intended for the baby of one of my colleagues.  His wife is due in March–he is a science teacher.  Butterflies and stars–it seems perfect.