Sunday, December 16, 2012

Odds and Ends

That's a funny expression when you think about it -- odds and ends.  Odd things that don't belong in a set, and ends to finish off things started.
Well. over the past several months, I've been a pinterest user, and have noted many little projects that I wanted to try.  This week I determined to do some of those little odd projects.

1. Paper piecing hexagon project.  


 I did a table runner last month using the paper hexagons, and enjoyed doing that project.  I wanted to try another project using another less common arrangement of the hexagons.
In this block, I just made 12 hexagons, sewed them together in a diamond shape, and appliqued the whole piece over a little bit of toile,
 then I appliqued the unit to the orange dot fabric, and after trimming it to echo the diamond shape, appliqued that to the blue flowered background.  I'm not sure what to do with this block now.

2.  Another thing I wanted to try was a Union Jack block.  
 It was harder to make than I thought it would be.  Partly this is because I thought I would paper piece the corner rectangle parts, but then I was having a little problem remembering how to do paper piecing.  Rather than apply my mind to remembering, I just used templates and pieced the thing. 

Union Jack quilt block
 I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  I sewed on a border and quilted it, and sewed it into a cushion!

3.  I wanted to knit a boxy basket shape out of wool on really big needles and felt it.  So I did.  However, the top edge didn't shrink up as much as the bottom of the box, and it was really floppy.  So I just folded over the wall to make it half as tall, and it is sort of rounded.  Whatever, it seems to work okay to hold stuff on the coffee table 

4.  Little key chain rings.  Pretty easy.  Just some free motion stitching holding the layers together, and the little loop to go over the ring part. 
 wouldn't mind trying a few more of these with some hand stitching on them sometime. 

 5. Little knitted Christmas trees.  The idea is to sew buttons on to the trees to make them look decorated.
 I might make them into Christmas tree ornaments, or something.  I'll see if they show up against the tree when we get it.

6.  When I got back to my sewing room here in Savannah last week, I saw that I had left these Sampler blocks up on my design wall.  So I decided to sew setting blocks and put them together into a top. 
 My plan is to use 21 sampler blocks and 21 log cabin blocks, set together in a "Straight Furrows" setting,
so, I have started sewing the log cabins. they will be half white and half assorted colors.  I like to cut out all the pieces before I start sewing.  I was somewhat surprised that after cutting out all the pieces I had made hardly a dent on my stack of 1930 reproduction fabrics.
Well, that's today's round-up on what I've been doing.  Except for one other project, which I will make another post on later.

On another note, I'm glad that many people are finding the coupon for 40% off an item at the store.   If you haven't used it yet, you can print off a copy of the coupon   here  .  It is good up until December 24th.  Also, Miriam sent me a photo of the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons that arrived!!!
they are wonderful!

7 comments:

  1. oh my - you have been busy! the hexagons are beautiful - and it seems to me that you must not have cats - otherwise they would have claimed the felted bowl as their own! and thank you for the reminder about the coupon...i shall put it to good use!
    merry christmas, my dear!
    cheers
    molly

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  2. Lots of cute ideas, Michelle. I love the Union Jack!

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  3. Oh my gosh Michelle!! That's a lot of sweet projects. That fussy cut hexagon is SO precious! love it...

    Awesome about the coupon - very nice of you.
    Monika

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  4. Your projects, yes, awesome!
    Love the key fobs a lot.
    Plus, just above Miriam's pic are the Fat Quarters lined up in exactly the same colour order. They look super!!
    Hi to you Michelle!
    Nancy b.

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    1. Hi to you too, Nancy ,they must look pretty, I can hardly wait to dive into them!

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  5. Wow! You've been busy! Fabulous projects and ideas. And I donated most of my paycheque to giving several meters of the shot cottons a good home! :)

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    1. I'm glad to hear that Patti! I'm sure they will contribute to some lovely quilts! M

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