Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday's Excursion

Scrap saving and grooming is a fun little activity for when I am unsure of what I want to do next. Last winter, my very dear internet friend, Nann, whose delightful blog link is here, sent me a huge mess of Civil War scraps. I use that word "mess" in the highest sense of the word, like when my Grampa Park Parkhill had caught "a fine mess of fish!"
I have fun pressing the more wrinkled ones and then figuring out just how to cut each into whatever shapes that I know I'll use. I like 2 1/2" strips, 2" strips, 2 1/2" squares, and 2" squares, (my postage stamps). When I have a generous trimming off a strip, that goes into the "Wanda box" for my dear friend Wanda. Smaller-than-2" pieces go into my crumb box for the Girl Scouts to make art collages. Threads and wisps go into the cotton fiber for a friend who makes animal beds by mixing the waste cotton fibers 50% with polyfil, so that it is fluffy and won't clump when washed by the shelter. Here is the shelf where the two inch postage stamps are temporarily stacked.
On a lower shelf, closer to my machine, are the stacks of 2 1/2" squares, always at the ready to be grabbed as a leader/ender.
I worked a few of these into four-patches yesterday and then pressed them.
My basket of two-ish inch strips has been in recent use making more log cabins. There are a nice variety of lights showing on top.
And no, I have not stopped making the Civil War scrappy log cabins just because the triplets baby quilts are done. I am thoroughly addicted to making these!

What makes them a ball to do is never knowing just what strip I'll get to use next! I drop the block face down over the face up strip as it goes through the machine and then finger-press and trim with scissors. Yes, they are a little wonky, but so am I, LOL!

Today when the sun broke through the week's worth of rain and clouds, I wanted to celebrate! I took myself on an adventure with no planning, just spur-of-the-moment and GO! An hour and 35 miles later, I was at Kathie's Quilt Shoppe in Sanford, Maine.
"Deborah" of Kathie's, helped me to pick out some neat stuff!
She found a burgundy floral that would play nicely with my burgundy floral. Then there was that fabulously intricate floral creamy neutral that had come from the 35% off-if-you-finish-the-bolt bin.
I couldn't possibly go to Kathie's, without stopping a Marden's, too, now could I?

I picked out a few remnants and two single one-yard pieces in the same burgundy for 4.49 a yard.
The brown remnant with the cream I just couldn't resist! I think that they all play very nicely, don't you?
Happy sewing!


Beth in MN said...

Ah Vic, That rocking chair is getting weighed down with even more wonderful purchases!!! VBG Great scrap management.

Janet O. said...

What a way to celebrate the sunshine!
You have collected a nice assortment of fabrics that will harmonize well. : )

Kathleen Wilson said...

Sounds like a fun day, especially since you found so many goodies to bring home. I was just thinking, this morning, about piecing a log cabin but in a more modern style.

cityquilter grace said...

waaaahhhh, you went to marden's? i wanna go toooo! nice collection there i would say but i know how easy it is at marden's...

Helen in the UK said...

Scraps are such fun aren't they :)

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