Monday, December 12, 2011

Scrapy Scrapy

Three rows done, just have a few green squares to sew up, then I can sew the rest of the rows together. Then I will add the border. I should have the top sewn together on thursday, which gives me most of next week to work on it. I know I will need a day to baste it, then a couple to quilt it. I decided to quilt about 1/8" away from each seam. I figure it will help stablize the seamsmore than sewing in the ditch.
 The blue striped sheet will be the backing.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Quilting.... (or what to do with all the scraps)

As I have mentioned, I am very thrifty. I saved many of my scraps. When I cleaned out my sewing fabric bins, I found a garbage bag stuffed full of scraps. I sorted out my scraps into different colors, and set aside the tiny scraps. I have decided that it is time to do something with them. So I am making a quilt. ( I am also saving the tiny tiny scraps to use as stuffing for dolls or stuffed animals. They could also be used to stuff  )

I have enough scraps to make two or three full/queen sized quilts. I currently have 2 planned.

I am currently making one for a friend who watches my homeschooling son for practicaly nothing while I am at school and hubby is at work. This quilt will done in the american crazy quilt/patchwork style since I am working with scraps. Quilting is period, although It is debatable weather patchwork was period.

To start with after I sorted out my scraps, I decided to sew my scraps randomly in to squares. This quilt will be in blues, purples, and greens, with a few blocks of white with blue flowers.

To save on costs I am also using a cotton sheet for the backing instead of the tradtional muslin ($5). So I will have to buy the batting which will cost me about $12. The huge spool of thread costed about $3. I suppose that I could use an old comforter from a thrift store as batting if I could trust where it came from. So a whole home made quilt will cost me about $20. Not bad.

I currently have spent about 15 hours planning, cutting, sewing, and ironing the blue, purple and cream flower sections. I also need to cut and sew the green squares, and then sew the top together... so another five hours. Then I need to baste the layers together, and then quilt it. (I will be machine quilting it) which will be several hours. Hmmm... I am hoping I can get it done to give it as a gift for christmas.... now do I have the time.... Luckily I only have two days left of classes until winter break.

Some info on period quilts

A brief hint at patchwork in the middle ages???
Extant Tristan quilt