Friday, April 04, 2008

Ahhh - the joys of mindless sewing. I happily sat down with my little basket of 1 1/2" strips and starting stitching up rail fence blocks. Before long that little basket was getting low on fabric. Should I worry?No! I went to the closet and pulled out the tub stuffed to the gills with 1 1/2" strips. I discovered that I have gone through a phase where I used '1 1/2"' rather loosely. There were quite a few 1 1/4", some 2" and even some random chunks of fabric deep in the recesses. As I came across them, I made separate piles on the floor next to me. Hopefully I have them distributed to their proper spots now.
In no time at all, I had 144 rail fence blocks. I chose a fabric for the alternate blocks and started piecing the top. Just about half way there. It's an overcast day and I just couldn't seem to get a picture that shows the true colors and the background looks rather flat and dull here. It is the small check in this photo. It doesn't look nearly so lackluster in person.
It feels like I have been working almost exclusively out of my scrap baskets lately. It is an endeavor that I have enjoyed. But lest you all begin to think that I am on some boycott of new fabrics, let me share what came home from the quilt shop with me this week. The fat quarter pack of wovens from the Hemming House line by Brannock and Patek. (another poor picture - to get the full deliciousness check out the entire line at any of your favorite shops.)I got a very sweet e-mail from my Four Seasons Quilt Swap partner yesterday. The quilt arrived safely, she is pleased with the outcome and now I can reveal the completed top. I really enjoyed making it. I got stalled in the quilting. I tried a free-form swirly thing that just wasn't working. After about a week, I knew I just had to pull that out and try again. I'm glad I did.
I'm anxious for the summer segment to start. I already have a few ideas buzzing around in my head.

41 comments:

Linda said...

Well haven't you been a busy girl? Love your rail fence. Diving into the scrap basket can be so much fun, find fabrics we may have forgotten about. Oh and those fabrics are oh so scrummy. Love you Strawberries quilt, far too cute.....

Stina said...

I knew I would fell in love with that strawberries quilt of yours....somebody sure is happy...I can tell!
The railfence is super!!!
Take care...

Finn said...

It's a lovely little fencerail Libby...very sweet and simple. Those are the best kind, from the heart.
Working from the scrap basket is nice sometimes....very freeing.
The little 4 seasons quilt is just as sweet as it can be...kind of nostalgic, and that's a nice feeling...sun kissed wild strawberries and barefoot girls in calico dresses *VBS*. Hugs, Finn

Vicki W said...

Your rail fence quilt is going to be lovely! Scrap quilts have so much personality and they work so well with simple patterns.

Valerie said...

The strawberries turned out adorable, I love the curvy border. I bet your swap partner was tickled to recieve it.

What a treasure you made from your scrap bin! Mine, a giant see through bag my King size bed comfortor came in is over flowing...I'm thinking I might have to shape up my scraps sometime soon here. What incentive I have now, seeing all that you've made from yours!

Marcie said...

Oh Libby, you bring such a smile to my face! Your cute letters with a bit of X-stitch! I love your rail fence too. I should get busy and use up my strips like that. Oh wait, I using some in the pineapple quilt. When I am done I will have more leftovers! Yea for scraps! Yours are delicious!

Wendy said...

You did an excellent joy on the rail fence blocks, it's fun to get some of those scraps out of the basket.
The strawberries are so adorably sweet, love the curved border. Your partner will be pleased.

Beth said...

I love your rail fence quilt! I need to make one of those. And your swap quilt, how cute! Your partner is lucky!

Karen said...

I adore your little strawberry quilt!

Is the basket your strips are in a fabric basket? I bought a book a while back about how to make baskets with fabric strips wrapped around clothesline type rope. Just wondered if you had made a basket.

Yvonne said...

Love the rail fence....I just love those old scrappy patterns. Your swap partner is a very lucky lady. :) Drooling over the new fabrics....can't wait to see what you do with them.

kjquilts said...

Looks like you had a productive sewing day! I love the little strawberry quilt. It is so cute!

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

Oooh... new fabrics! Those are nice! And I love your scrappy quilt. Looks great!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Ilove your little strawberry quilt you made. that is soooooo cute.

loulee1 said...

What a sweet little quilt. Your strawberries look great.

The rail fence top is looking good too.

Hedgehog said...

Just love your spring swap quilt! No strawberries in these parts until it's really summer, but I'm looking forward to them!

anne bebbington said...

I really like that rail fence setting, an ideal solution if you need to put something together quickly but it still looks so effective. Love your spring quilt - wish it had come to me :o) must get mine sandwiched and quilted and in the post

Darlene said...

Oh, I love your rail fence quilt, Libby! It's absolutely adorable. :-)

The Spring Swap quilt is yummilicious. I'm sure the recepient loved it.

Knot Garden said...

Sweet basket of strawberries:) The button is a nice touch. The quilting you did is just right for it.

Stephanie said...

Wow, it would have taken me days and DAYS to get so many little blocks donw, but how absolutely adorable! How big will it be?

And the strawberry quiltlet is so pretty! Lucky recipient.

I loved doing the baby quilt from scraps, but I don't see a significant dent. Think I'll copy you!

Marilyn R said...

I love your scrappy rail fence quilt. What a great way to do some mindless sewing and end up with a fantastic quit in the end! The Strawberry Quilt is adorable! I love the way you stitched the word Strawberries. Cute!

gwen said...

I do envy the strawberry quilt recipient. The quilt is just lovely.
I had to undo my quilting for my 4SSQ too. I had started with hand-quilting and it did not look right at all.
THe rail fence top is great. I love the stripes and homespun.
And I would like to see more of that fabric basket/bowl too. I have bought some rope to make one but that is so far I got! Take care.

Carole said...

Lovely quilts! What a great idea for using your 2 1/2 inch strips. I love your quilting style! Keep well!

Dixie said...

I do feel so lucky, lucky, lucky to be the recipient of the strawberry quilt. I hung it right above my computer so I get to see it all the time. Thanks again, Libby, its truly a treasured gem.

alda said...

I love Strawberries and your quilt is so wonderful!
The Idea for the strip -quilt is really funny, and look great!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Love the rail fence quilt, very cute and using up fabric is always a good thing, right? Then you can buy more. Love your little stack of fabrics, yummy and your swap quilt is just to cute. Lucky swap partner :)

Happy Weekend - Karen

Carin said...

Libby your strawberry quilt is sooooo cute!! I love your rail fence too. I am amazed at your bin o' scraps!
Maybe after I finish the "urgent" projects I will have to cut up more scraps. I will still never come anywhere near what you do. :o)

Quilt Nut said...

you've been busy! love rail fence quilts and your's looks fantastic!

Chocolate Cat said...

You are amazing, you manage to achieve so much so quickly! I love the strawberry quilt, someone must be very happy.

Sweet P said...

You amaze me with how much sewing you can get done. I love your strawberries quilt.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great pile of scraps turned into a lovely rail fence quilt....Love your Four Seasons swap quilt....

Karen said...

That little prim quilt is as cute as can be, love the edge and the quilting. And your rail fence looks great, too!

julieQ said...

Wow, such a pretty rail fence quilt out of your strips! I like working from my scraps too, kind of serendipitous what we get out of there...

The Calico Cat said...

Love the strawberry quilt. Ditto the summer quilt swap & I found the perfect fabric (in my stash) for part of it!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I have found it very satisfying lately to use scraps up. My stash does not seem to be shrinking as much as I think though. Maybe that's because I have bought a fabric here and there!

Rose Marie said...

Love your swap quilt and the scalloped border! Rail fences are so easy and fast to do up and before you know it, a top is born.

Marit said...

Your strawberry quilt is sooo sweet. The layout of the rail fence quilt is so simple and the result is brilliant. Great idea!

Shelina said...

Libby your four season quilt is beautiful - and I loved the little poem.
I love the rail fence too. I'm working on doing it leaders and enders project - till cutting up scraps so far.

MammyT said...

So there's the quilt! It is great. I know just what I'd do with it! I've been looking at the back and wondering. I wasn't even close. Mine has been sent off and I'm waiting to hear it was received. I have posted pictures on the Swap site. I love the rail fence.
If I had all those I'd have made a rag rug, though. I'm about ready to get busy on one of those, I think.
Nancy

Lea said...

OMG!!!! Where was I!!!??? I've been out of blogland too long, I think!*LOL*
Your strawberry quilt is just stunning! I want it!*S* Gee... your swap partner is darn lucky!

lil said...

your scrap project lokes great and your spring swap is gorgeous

Laura said...

Ciao
bellissima
Laura