Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend progress

Although I didn't get a lot of sewing done over the weekend I did manage to finish off my sample piece for the workshop . This candle mat was designed by Annette of In Stitches and Seams and is a real fun project to make . I have another in stages that I will also finish up real soon .
Now you may have realized by now that I enjoy making things from basically what  most would toss , I must be cheap ;-) Well this project gives you scraps that are not exactly straight and far from uniform in shape however I took the time to sew them together and made this mug rug , the good part about this is it gave me a chance to try some more FMQ , Not so sure you can see it but there is a raw edged appliqued flower which I did entirely free motion then echo quilted around it and added a few leaves , I love doing those leaves .
 I know I should have chosen a different fabric for the flower it blends in too much but I was determined to just use up those fabrics . Now some of  the gals who took the class passed their scraps to me as I also save the unusable pieces to eventually make a dog bed , I have an old pillowcase just about full now with odds and ends of scraps . Hey it will make Luke really happy and better than giving it to the landfill .
  I have been playing along with Rana and doing the BOM with the autumn theme , to check it out just click on the pumpkin icon on my sidebar , it would be easy to catch up and I think it is a fun project but then I love anything fall.  I am all caught up now and like how this is looking , what do you think ? Dear hubby said "it isn't my thing" oh well can't please him everytime .
 I will have to say it was tough to cut through those stars , didn't want to mess them up but they look interesting in their new setting .
 Finally I did the fourth block in Pam Buda's Pocket Patchwork  little sew along , I still have some catching up to do with this one as it is time to add some sashings , I was so glad I had enough of the black to make that final block as I was not able to find anything similar ,wonder how this will all go together .
I don't use a lot of black and I have had this fat quarter so long I have no idea where or when I got it and I do love it in these blocks.
 We had some heavy frost over night that I believe was detrimental to the health of my Rhododendron blossoms , they had started to open on Sat. and now look all wilted , such a shame . It is a cool but sunny day here on the east coast , hope the sun is shining in your neck of the world. Thanks for stopping by and come again real soon.
 hugs Sheila

13 comments:

  1. Nice little mat, Sheila. I love that you use up what you have instead of tossing things. You're cranking out some nice projects!

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  2. Your projects look great Sheila.
    I like all of them, and your FMQ mat is wonderful...nice job.

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  3. Sheila, I always love to read about what you are doing! That Fall project is gorgeous and those stars that were cut are priceless in their new setting! Love your patchwork blocks!

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  4. Great projects Sheila. The autumn one would be high on MY list. Well done! :)

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  5. Another scrap lover.... we should have our own club... love your candlemat and your man and I have opposite tastes because I love your autumn one...
    Hugz

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  6. So many wonderful things! Beautiful scrappies. Waste not, want not! I started the pumpkin BOM. but I never made it past the pumpkin. I love how it's turning out.

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  7. boy you have a lot of lovely projects there Sheila,well done and i hope your beloved rhodedrendron still flowers.xx

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  8. Gorgeous project! Following you from a blog hop, would love a follow back at http://sassyshopperreviews.blogspot.com/p/sassy-blog-hop.html Thanks!!

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  9. Great use of your scraps Sheila.
    You have keep busy with your projects.

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  10. You have so many lovely projects completed and on the go. I particularly love the autumn one, something about orange pumpkins!!

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  11. Great projects Sheila, I'm like you...I love to use every little scrap! Your pumpkin topper is beautiful!

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  12. nothing wrong with using up your scraps, I just went through my scrap box looking for pieces of my favourite fabrics for hexies. Glad I hadn't thrown them away.
    Love the pumpkin, must have been hard to cut those star blocks, they do look beautiful though!

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  13. I think it's great to use up your scraps. I need to do that more before they take over my sewing space ;-) I like your autumn piece, that turned out quite nice.

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