Friday, 26 September 2014

A busy blogger

I have a lot to share on this post.  First of all I am proud to show you a tutorial I wrote featured on The Daily Stitch blog.  I made the table runner, table mats and coasters last month and really enjoyed the challenge and experience.  Annie from The Village Haberdashery took lovely photos and I'm really pleased with how my project looks.  I got a real buzz from seeing my handiwork on a different website from this one.  I'm making a baby quilt and tutorial for her blog again soon and I'm excited about that as well.

Garden Party

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As I try to save money for the long arm quilter, this week I have worked on a project made entirely from scraps.  The only thing I had to buy this week was the wadding because the front is pieced from scraps and the backing I had in stash.  I know that it is ridiculous but when I work with scraps I feel that I am getting something for free.  All the fabrics on the front have been used in other projects, some of them in projects on here, so it feels great to have a by-product quilt.


A friend lent me a book this week, Sunday Morning Quilts, which has been a revelation.  There is a great section on making a slab of fabric and this is the technique I've used here in this baby boy play mat.  I'm really pleased that I joined colours together and also used scraps to make the binding as well.  The binding I did on the machine and is my best so far - I feel I am getting better at this.  It wasn't planned, but this would also work well as an "i spy" quilt and there are lots of possibilities for playing pairs.  This quilt is now on sale on Etsy here.



"Scrapisfaction" is how I am feeling about this.  I've decided to set myself a challenge each month of making a "scrapisfaction" project.  I think that using scraps makes you think harder about what you are doing but also makes you more creative as a result.  I, like every quilter on the planet, have a few scraps and I would rather make them useful than leave them languishing in bags and boxes, waiting to see the light of day.  What scrapisfaction project do you recommend I try next?

Thanks for popping by!

12 comments:

  1. Hi Emmajane! I love your table runner and placemats, I'll have to go and have a look at the tutorial! Really like your 'scrapisfaction' quilt!! I have the book that you mentioned... it is a really great book! Have a nice weekend :) x

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    1. Hi Christine! Thanks for the kind comment.

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  2. Very nice results! Love how happy these look. I want to try the slab technique myself, so I'm happy to see how well it worked out for you! Nice job on both!

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    1. Hello! Definitely have a go, you don't know what you will end up with and that's the fun part!

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  3. I like your scrapisfaction goal. I need to start doing that! I think it would be neat to make a set of place mats. You could choose a theme and find fabrics that have something in common and then do a quilt as you go.

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    1. Love this idea! I love using scraps and making table mats. I feel a new project coming on...

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  4. I love your scrapisfaction quilt - it's inspired me to sort my scraps and make something for nothing tomorrow!!
    As for your table mat set - I'm just jealous of your natural talent and flair!

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  5. I love your scrap quilt. Using scraps is like a quilter's memory quilt. You get to remember the other quilts which used the same fabric.

    And your star runner and mat is darling. I am going to check out your tutorial.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment. You're right about the memories, part of the fun was how the fabrics took me down Memory Lane.

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  6. I'm hearing you with needing to use the scraps - I need to do more of the same. It saves money and keeps my scrap piles smaller so I have some room to breathe. This would be such a fun quilt for a child - all those gorgeous little surprises in the prints.

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  7. I have so many scraps I'm already planning my next quilt.

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