Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Besides Quilting


My 'Let's Book It' project is a little closer to a finish.  See, I am making it much smaller than the original.  Just a nice little wallhanging.  I will have this sandwiched up for handquilting for Slow Stitching Sunday.


After so many quilts and quilting, I wanted to play with some small projects.  This Tutorial makes the cutest crayon roll ups.  I have few juvenile prints, but the few scraps I have work up so nicely in these.  Now I need to find boxes of fat crayons to fill them.


And some library book tote bags.  No tutorial needed - just took a large book to use for size - 2 rectangles ( 13" x 15") of the main fabric, 2 rectangles for the lining and two (4" x 25") for straps.  And I use some light weight pellon fuseable batt to give the bag a little sturdiness - and a light weight pellon fuseable strip of interfacing in the straps.  Box corners (2") - just a fun distraction.


And a not so fun distraction!  I did a guest post for Hands2Help on scrap management - things were so neat then.  Have you ever noticed that if you clear a spot, it becomes the perfect place to pile things up?  And the baskets - so my downfall.  But they are actually projects that will be cleared out by mid-June.  I stuck a board across units and covered it - tucked under and hiding are 4 large totes. One full of scrap batt that I hope the local church group will take for rag quilts.  One tote full of quilt tops waiting for their 'frosting'.  One tote is full of extra wide backings and the last one is full of bagged double fleece and minky -sale.  AND forgot to take it down - yup, my long term project with the 1.5" bits is hanging there (part of it).  This entire area is earmarked for complete clear out by the end of June.  

And I can hear you all laughing,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

14 comments:

  1. I like the wallhanging. It reminds me of a fall sunny day. I just hope fall doesn't arrive very soon. Thanks for posting the crayon roll ups again. I want to make some for gifts. I plan to make a Minnie Mouse bag and crayon roll up for my granddaughter for Christmas. I will be watching to see what you make with all your scraps.

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  2. You have a lot to do before the end of June. The long term 1.5 project looks real good, how about a better picture of it.

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  3. No way I could clear out that much in such a short time! The more scraps i use, the more I seem to create......I must be doing something wrong!

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  4. not laughing....just getting anxoius for summer so I can be as productive in the sewing room as you! SMILES!! I always love to see what you are up to. :)

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  5. LOVE your little quilt! I think I need one. I'm sure I could conjure up something from my scraps. :-)

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  6. Your little wall hanging is so cute...I love it! :0)

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  7. Ha! I am laughing :) You are funny!
    It's your birthday... you can do whatever you want, so enjoy your stash!

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  8. I love your little quilt. Very cute. Happy birthday! I'm terrible at scrap management. Mine are sorted by colors, but otherwise, stuffed (and I do mean stuffed) into their bins.

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  9. Happy Birthday Sharon ! I love your little quilt , will make a perfect happy wall hanging . I think you manage your scraps just fine , you sure do make some wonderful things .

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  10. Happy Birthday, Sharon!
    Like the wall hanging. Interesting pattern. Thanks for the bog tutorial linkup for the crayon roll ups. Good instructions for the library tote bags! Good size. I find I like to make tote bags.
    I enjoyed your guest post. I'm slowly organizing my sewing space. Sewing up UFO's. Cutting scraps into usable units. I think this is going to be good for me. The area you plan to "clear out" is very organized. A big part of the battle.

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  11. I'm not laughing, Sharon....maybe chuckling a bit, but mostly I'm cheering you on. That's a big space and to even think of being able to clear it out by the end of next month? I give you a hearty "Good On You!" Looking forward to seeing how well you meet your challenge.

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  12. Your quilt is looking great, Sharon. Today is the day I am planning to tidy up my sewing room, again!

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  13. You can't make progress without making a little bit of a mess. It may be a look a bit cluttered, but it doesn't look messy.

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