Working with Scraps

Working with Scraps

We’ve been having dry and partly sunny weather and tulips are coming up. And the crocus are flowering.

I even went next door to sniff my neighbor’s daphne. (They know about it.) This makes me want to start planting things.  I want flowers and veggies and . . . wait a minute! It’s the second week of February.  There’s still time for a lot of weather before real spring starts.  At least it’s still light at 5:30 pm and that’s really nice.

You may remember a photo I posted here last week.

At some point I just couldn’t bear to throw out “reasonable” sized strips.  Some years ago I made this with leftover strips.

I haven’t done that for a while and I might make another one, but not this month.  So I decided to take my own advice and do something about the strips.  Here’s what I got.

I picked greens, yellows and a few dark blues and just started sewing strips together.  I didn’t worry about how straight the strips were – some are really straight and others are wonky.  The ones that were too wide I sliced in two with a rotary cutter but no ruler. The only thing I was careful about was cutting 8½-inch squares to make it easy to sew together.  The binding will be dark blue.  My only regret is that it didn’t make as big an impact on my scraps as I’d hoped.  I think this will be a great way to play with color combinations.

At 40 X 48 inches this would make a good baby or toddler quilt or just a bright hanging.  It speaks to me of spring, which is always good.

On a completely different subject, here’s a picture of Ella Puppaccino Face. She got this treat after her checkup at the vet’s.  And yes, we saved some for Toby.

For the next three days, I’m taking a class at Art & Soul, Portland.  It’s not about quilting and that’s a good thing.  I really think that any art or craft class helps with quilting design and decisions.  The sewing machine may be lonely for a few days, but I will return with lots of enthusiasm.

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