Sunday, October 11, 2009

Playing With Scraps

I haven't spent much time sewing in the last couple weeks, but that is not to say I haven't been busy in my sewing room. I finally finished the last of the mini log cabin blocks, 36 in all. I enjoyed making these so much that I'm going to start on an offset log cabin block next or maybe a pineapple blossom.

I played around with all the traditional arrangements for these blocks and finally settled on this hourglass arrangement. I haven't decided yet whether or not I'll add borders to it. As it is, it will finish to 24" x 24", which is just right for its appointed space in my hallway.

Next I started rooting through several bags and a couple of boxes of scraps I've acquired over the last year and a half. Quite a few of them were channeled into ziploc bags for several scrap projects I have lined up. The rest were consolidated into two medium-sized shopping bags and stored under the longarm. Only a very few of the scraps were actually cut up, but I sure feel good about getting this all cleared out.

Since I was on a roll and felt like cleaning out more stash, I spent several more days going through my cabinets pulling fabrics I thought might be suitable for pillowcases. Some of these fabrics I bought when the kids were younger, intending to make some project for them that never got made. Others constituted a what-was-I-thinking-when-I-bought-this moment and went into the pile too. Everything got washed, and I kitted up enough for 29 pillowcases. I really like some of these fabric combinations, so I'll save several of them for the grandchildren I may never have, and the rest will be donated to the Conkerr Cancer project.

I also cut up about a yard and a half for a small tablerunner. All total, I busted 32 yards of fabric that week and didn't buy a thing. Too bad I'm not still doing stash reports!





7 comments:

Pat said...

I think it still counts as busting the stash! :)

I love your mini log cabin~what size did you cut your strips?

Teresa said...

Your little log cabin is looking good. I love scrappy log cabin anything!

Lurline said...

The log cabins look wonderful - how big are the blocks, please?
Hugs - Lurline♥

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I love those log cabin blocks. There's some of every kind of fabric. Even soccer ball fabric! And yet everything looks so balanced. Very nice!

Judy S. said...

Love this one and the previous one, Sue. You've been busy!

Margo in Maine said...

Your mini is wonderful...came out great...

LC said...

Nice. I'm curious to know the sizes too. Colors are perfect!