Saturday, April 21, 2007

Playing in the Scrap Bins

So far it's 6 blocks by 7 and that's not big enough, so will be adding another row in each direction, and probably two to the length. I looked in a couple of books to see a good "average" twin size and they are all over the map in sizes. We don't have a twin bed in the house, but I would think something around 63 - 67" wide and maybe 81 - 85" long. These quilts will be donated to a very large rescue mission and they requested twin size, but they don't want them too big because they have a storage problem, but at the same time, they need to cover a bed.
I ended up only working on the strings today. I've been working out of one container of scraps, but there's all different sizes mixed in, so I was trying to sort and sew at the same time and it took most of the day. When I finally finished the 14 blocks I did today, I sorted the container into strips and strings, strips that need to be cut smaller, and a couple of piles of fabrics that need to be cut into something -- mostly larger rectangles and squares.
As I was going through magazines again last night, I came across another tumbler quilt. I love scrappy one-piece quilts and even bought the Shar Jorgenson template for the tumbler quilt way back in the early nineties, with all those good intentions of some day making one. Well, today I got the template out (amazing that I actually found it!), had to remove the plastic cover from the plexiglass -- never even had it out before -- and put it on the cutting board. As I was cutting some fabrics for the strings today, I cut some tumbler pieces. I don't want any more than 2 of the same fabric in the quilt, and I want to make a relatively large quilt, so for now I'm just going to be cutting pieces as I work on other projects. When I get enough cut, then I'll start them as a leaders/enders project.

Here's the journal cover I made the other day. I didn't do a great job of centering or allowing enough "give" for the spline, but I'm happy with it just the same. I think my friend will like it. And, I'm definitely hooked on making them. I think it'll be a good project for granddaughter, Briana, 9, to work on this summer at Grandma's house.

And this is the jacket pattern I bought from Lisa Bongean last week at Festival. I like it's simplicity. And all the girls in the booth were wearing one and they looked great.

Gratitudes:

The weather was beautiful today (even though I spent the entire day inside!)

JR and Pita exchanging chew bones (they play a game -- JR always wants the bone Pita has and Pita always eventually gives it up for the bigger one!)

CD players, digital cameras and computers -- what amazing inventions.

12 comments :

Dawn said...

How did I miss that jacket pattern? I LOVE it! Darn it all. It is wonderful! I do like it. And I loved the ones the girls were all wearing. Hmmm, I"m going to have to call up there I guess! And your journal cover is wonderful! That would be a fun project to do with your granddaughter!

Vicki W said...

That is a really cute jacket pattern and I love how your string quilt is turning out!

Mary said...

I really love how these string quilts with the red centers look - I always make the blue one myself and I like those too but these reds really pop.

HeartStrings is celebrating National Volunteer Month next weekend with a virtual retreat - I hope you join us and take a little time to work on a string project. Those of us in MN are going to get together in person on Saturday which should be fun!

Tazzie said...

What a cute jacket pattern, and I love how your string quilt is looking. Such a great way to get into the stash.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Helen said...

You have such nice scraps to put in your string quilts. These blocks look great!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

The string quilt is great - so vibrant. I like a one patch quilt that is on the cover of a quilt book that I see now and then. The patch is just a reactangle, probably about 2 1/2" x 1 1/2", and the blocks are alternating light and dark. No border, and I love it. Everytime I see it I think 'I must make that'.

Vicky said...

The journal cover is lovely! I've been wanting to make one and try needle felting on it.

Love the string blocks. They're addicting!

Hugs

Patti said...

You have certainly been busy since I last had a chance to read blogs. The string quilt looks marvelous! Our Hotel Hope quilts are to be 63" x 87" - that size would probably work for your charity also. They call them "long twins". Love the jacket pattern - I'll have to look for it. And the journal cover is perfect - doesn't make a lick of difference if it's a bit off center - it's primitive, remember!

gwen said...

A great journal cover and a beautiful jacket pattern, you sure make us curious to see more! Congratulations on your string blocks project, very neat. Take care.

Happy Valley Quilter said...

All of these string blocks are so inspiring. One of these days I'm going to break down and try a few.

I love your journal cover. The flowers looks great!

Screen Door said...

I can't wait for daffodils. I Love your jacket pattern. She does such nice work. Love her 'style'. The journal cover is too cute!! I Can't wiat to show Chelsey-- I'm making myself a note...

Rose Marie said...

What a great jacket pattern! Lucky you. Your Holly UFO quilt is lovely.