Fun Friday, Part II

More Friday Fun.  Happiness is finding some more red scraps.

New red scraps

New red scraps

I never did post about the tote bag I finished, using up my stash of red strips.  I kept forgetting to take pictures as I went.  See, I actually do finish projects.

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Tote Bag

Tote Bag

It seems this improve piecing is taking over my quilting.  It’s such a great way to use up strips and leftovers.  Here is potholder #1.

Potholder #1

Potholder #1

I used a zigzag stitch to piece together some leftover Insulbrite.

sewing batting scraps together

sewing batting scraps together

Matchsstick quilting

Match stick quilting

Matchstick quilting-reverse

Match stick quilting-reverse

The Insulbrite batting makes sewing down the binding a little difficult so I zigzagged the edges on #1, which helped, but after this I’ll use a scant 1/4-inch seam for the other two so there will be a touch more binding to bring to the back.

Potholder #1 Finished

Potholder #1 Finished

Here is #2 and #3.  They just need binding.

Potholder #2

Potholder #2

Potholder #2-Reverse

Potholder #2-Reverse

These small projects are great for practicing match stick quilting.  On #3, I started about 3/8-inches apart and then went back and quilted between the lines.  If you don’t like free-motion quilting, try this.  You do not need to mark lines (except maybe your first line if you have no seam for a gauge) and the lines don’t necessarily have to be perfectly even or straight.  PLAY!

I still had some scraps so I made a tiny name tag.

Name tag

Name tag

This is about how my vision is–next week I need to get my eye lased–sometimes you get some scar tissue after cataract surgery.  This is seriously affecting my photography but all will be well soon.

South Beach Update: Still on the program with exercise 3X a week.  No weight loss this week–we’ll just say we’re making muscle and keep going.

Today is National Quilting Day.  Quilt ’em if you got ’em.

 

About icandyet.com

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 and 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 handicraft 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 Kandykwilts.blogspot.com 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. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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