Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ready, set, cut!

I stayed up WAAAY too late last night cutting fabric. I couldn't resist seeing what was in the scrap bag I was given yesterday, and I found quite a few scraps big enough to cut additional pieces for my Pick and Choose quilt. While cutting those out, I also did some "scrap management" cutting. You can see here the scraps I cut for my project in the back, and my scrap management piles in the front, with sizes ranging from 1.5" to 5" squares. I have tins of all different sizes that I collect to keep my scraps in. Then when I need some, they are already pre-cut. Of course, that only works because most of what I make is so scrappy.
In the photo, it doesn't look like much, but believe me, that is hours of ironing and cutting you see before you. Well, hours interrupted by kids and husband and pets and calls of nature, but you get the picture.

Another thing I found in the scrap bag was bias tape. What is this for? Anyone? Do I keep it or pass it along? I don't know how it is used.

It just ocurred to me last night that I will see my twin sister in a mere week and a half, and the plan was to have my Crumb Cake Stand quilt finished for her.
I haven't quilted on it in quite some time. Gotta hop to it. I am stippling (by hand) the background in the center CakeStand block, and it is slow going.

Oh well, I work better with looming deadlines anyway.

And once that is done, I need to start hand quilting something else. My kids, my mom, my younger sister, my niece and nephew, even some strangers who received my comfort quilts - they all get to sleep under a quilt. Me, I have an ancient comforter from a department store with the stitching coming out. It is time to put one on MY bed! I started quilting this one for my bed a couple years ago when I held an old fashioned quilting bee at my house - what fun!

(Sorry, I guess I never took a picture of the whole quilt) But in the meantime, I've pieced others that I also wouldn't mind having on my bed, particularly this one

I wouldn't mind this cozy flannel one on my bed, either, but I think my husband might protest.

This one would be welcome on my bed, but it is SO LARGE it would take me forever to quilt it.

By the way, someone asked about the pattern for the Pick and Choose quilt that I am making. I got it from the June 2009 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. If you want a copy of the pattern, I'd be happy to photocopy it for you and pop it in the mail - send me an email with your mailing address. Here's what it is supposed to look like when finished (draped over an antique bench that you just happen to have in your home).

And finally, I apologize to those of you trying to view this with dial-up if all the pictures are slowing you down; I just love posts with lots to look at! Happy Wednesday!


Anonymous said...

Opps, posted one down below rather than here! Sorry!

Your piecing skills are wonderful, as well as the quilting!
Rambling Riley

CapLady-Molly said...

Such pretty work. Yes that is a lot of ironing and cutting, but so nice when you can just reach in there and grab a piece. Keep cutting 8>)

Angela said...

I wish I had the array of scraps that you have! I wouldnt mind that pink quilt on my bed, too! They are all just lovely!

kwiltmakr said...

The bias tape is used for trims and I think you can even use it for binding small projects. I know a lot of people use it for those pre quilted panels that you can buy.
Love the quilts, they are beautiful.

Riet said...

Hi Erin. It was so nice to hear from you. So sorry to hear that the whole group went down and I am glad that I can still see my friends here . I started to following you. I love all your posts about all those beautiful quilts. When I have more time I will go back and see more of your posts.
Hugs from Riet

Piwacket said...

What happy, gorgeous quilts and pictures. I'm a first-time visitor to your blog and have now become a follower. Happy piecing!

bingo~bonnie said...

I too love that quilt that was recently on the cover of BH&G magazine :) but wnated to tell you instead of sending copies to people and worry with if or not BH&G would not like it... I recently discovered that the block is nearly the exact same as a Jewel Box pattern - just change the rotation of where the dark and light fabrics fall ;)

You can take a look for free at Marcia Hohn's site and search for Jewel Box

Hope this helps,