Friday, my art quilt group met and we worked on our group project.  I am tediously tweaking my small groups of leaves and glue-basting them down in prep for zigzagging the edges with monopoly clear thread.  So, over the weekend I took a little break and dove into our modern quilt guild’s latest challenge.  We each have a baggie of scraps from Cotton+Steel.  Now, I usually only use white fabric for red-white-blue Quilts of Valor but this challenge had a stipulation of adding only more Cotton+Steel fabrics and/or solids.  Not wanting to buy any additional fabric, I pulled out the two solids I had that would work.  Polyester.  Agghh.  But, it worked.  Here are my trial layouts.  I pretty much used the fabric scraps as is, squaring up the edges.  This included one wof strip that I was able to get a 3/4-inch width of, just enough for a small flap.


There was also a good selvedge with the logo that happened to fit within some of the piecing–sometimes happy little accidents happen.


In my previous posts about turning under leaf edges, I think I failed to mention the method I finally ending up using.  In this instance, I cut out a freezer paper circle, ironed it to the right side of the fabric, and turned the edges under, following the template.  Clip as necessary.  Here is my little iron with the stand I made for it–the flimsy plastic clover stand never stayed put, so I used some little wood pieces to enclose it.  This little circle was in my bag of scraps.


I also cut out some small motifs from another scrap, ironed them to a backing using Ultra-Hold Heat-n-Bond.  The edges will not ravel but you don’t want to sew through it–it will gum up your machine.  I will attach these, probably with beads, after the quilting is finished.


Here is the final layout–just needs quilting and binding.


So that’s it for today.  Oh, I found these socks at Belk and couldn’t resist.  I do hope you will only feel like screaming for joy today.  Till next time, do something, even if it’s wrong.



Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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