Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Series of Firsts and Scraps

My "living simply" quilt is now hanging up.

I started this quilt to practice a number of new techniques:

  • first 'crumb' scrappy blocks. I discovered how much fun these are, and what a great way to use up little bits of fabric which are too small for incorporation in other projects. Many sewers like to use little scraps to start a line of sewing -to make sure that the threads are not tangled at the back and so on. These crumbs can be used therefore as 'leaders/enders" of lines of blocks which are being sewn together which makes it possible to be creating lots of these without really noticing. My next crumbs will be grouped, I think, according to colour just to see how that goes.
  • first UnRuly letters -I want to use words on the border of a quilt top now in production, but wanted a bit of experience first.
  • first UnRuly house -and tree (which I designed myself) -quite happy with the result.
The quilt used my first ever attempt at joining two smaller pieces of batting. I usually buy queen sized pieces and as a result often have some bits left over. I joined two pieces with a zig zag seam and honestly, I don't think you can tell where it is.

The border was a piece of fabric I picked up in an op shop. I thought it was gloriously ugly, but in small amounts it looks great.

I am quite happy with my progress on Free Motion Quilting too, but there is still a long way to go before I am feeling competent about it.

Nevertheless I am pretty happy with this little quilt. Pretty simple, really.


doni said...

WooHoo! Great little 'green' quilt. I just made my first 'unruly letters' project too. I put it off for years - and it went smoothly. Except for all the threads that I transferred all over our condo!! Keep up the good work!

doni @ Oregon coast

Michele, a distracted quilter said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me my very first comment. Woohoo! Thought I'd return the favour. I like your scrappy crumb pieced blocks too. And the wall hanging is fantastic!

earthmotherwithin said...

Thank you both for your kind words.