It’s Left-over Night!

I used to like left-over night when I was young. Mom would heat up everything left over from a few days of meals and we could *usually* each have something we liked especially or a little of everything. As a grown-up, 5 out of 7 nights are now reserved for left-overs in my house. 🙂 Mostly micro-cooking for me.

In my quilt world left-overs are saved for years. I don’t think of them as fabric scraps… scraps go in the trash. Left-overs will again bring color and sparkle to a quilt or other fabric project some day. I have accumulated a multitude of these pieces. I organized them in early January so that I could really see what I have and maybe used them more often. (instead of being in an overflowing large box on the floor). This is what it looks like now (and it takes up vertical space, which is better).

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The 5 boxes on the left are the batik pieces and the 6 boxes in the middle are the rest of the cottons. Specific colors are in each box. I’m sorry to say that the piles on the cabinet are the in-progress projects. I apparently like to start things and not finish them, ahem.

I started a new project with my scraps!!! I mean, I’m turning my left-overs into a new quilt!! I’ve been seeing lots of mention in blogland and by facebookers about the Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt. It looked very interesting and involved NO outlay of cash on my part to start it. The instructions are here. Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville makes it easy. She says to pick from all your scraps, anything goes. I wanted to use my blues cuz I have mostly them, and green goes great, and then there’s purple. And how ’bout some pink for sparkle. Another of my ‘design’ elements was a dark color that would go diagonally through the center, lending a strong criss-cross to the quilt. Some of my pieces didn’t qualify for this project because they were too small and couldn’t convert into  a strip easily.DSC00377

I had no problem tho, coming up with sufficient material and it still looks pretty full in the blue box. Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy, there’s a block or four.DSC00379

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I made another 2 after taking these pix. Fun! I am shooting for at least 12 blocks. I’ll see what it looks like when I get that far. What do you think??

Resolved…

2011 was a good year for finishing some quilts. I am very happy about that. Here is a recap of the fun I had…

I have several goals for 2012. I’m used to setting goals for myself seeings as how I lived in corporate America for a ton of years. I hate to call them resolutions, tho. At least with goals I feel like I can get part of the way there and still get partial credit. And if there are extenuating circumstances, goals can change. So here they are:

  1. Take a “field trip” more often. Grab a buddy or 2 and go someplace. Try for 2 times a month.
  2. Fix up my sewing cave. I spend so much time there I think it needs some improvement and freshening.
  3. Finish at least 2 UFO’s. Its a start.
  4. Make 2 quilts for charity. One is in the works already. The one I posted about recently doesn’t count toward 2012.
  5. Set up an online shop to sell quilty stuff. This one scares me a bit.
  6. Be kind, pay it forward.
  7. Paint my bedroom. I will never show you the before picture because I am too embarassed. What I really want is new everything: carpet, furniture, bed, art, curtains, and paint. Painting is a start and doable on a low budget.
  8. Continue to give Laura the best quality of life possible.
  9. Drink more wine. It’s true, I haven’t been doing my part to support the industry.
  10. Get a job. A part-year, part-time, something to help pay the bills and so that I can complete goal #9. Unfortunately, Goal 10 will work against goals 1 thru 8. One day at a time.

Dear Reader, will you nag about me completing my goals? Or will you encourage and support me and give partial credit??

Before I close out 2011 for good wave goodbye…. I’ll put these soldiers to rest until next Christmas.

Mrs. Peacock in the parlor with a pistol

No, that’s not who done it. It’s still a mystery.

Mystery quilt that is. That’s what I started this week. For those of you who don’t know what a mystery quilt is… Sign up to make something that will be a quilt but who knows what it will look like in the end. Once a month new instructions are given and the quilter does a bit more sewing. At the end of maybe 6 months and 6 sets of instructions, here is a quilt top.

I am doing the “Dancing With the Squares” mystery with my quilt guild, Merrimack Valley Quilters. The designers, Ann and Mary who are quite talented, have told us that the quilt will end up 63″ x 81″ (twin size). They have also said I need dark, medium, background, accent, and border fabrics. This is what I’m using…

I won’t tell you which is which except that I’ve already ignored one of the instructions: my “dark” is the whitest of whites! It will be interesting using this dark royal blue monochromatic palette, not being able to envision the finished quilt. From the left, fabric 1 and 3 are “Halcyon Days” from Andover Fabrics, and 2 is Timeless Treasures, and 4 is Fabric Traditions. You likely won’t see this again until I finish the project sometime next spring.

Because the project is going to take so long… Important TIP… I’m keeping it organized. I did all the cutting this week (oh my aching shoulder) and labelled the pieces with sticky notes, popped them in baggies, and loaded all including scraps and extra fabric into a storage box.

Don’tcha just love a new blade? No, not for chopping veggies, but that’s pretty good too. No, not for shaving the stubble, but those results are nice. Of course I mean for my rotary cutter. Especially when the old blade was just tearing up the fabric and leaving me cussing. I used my new blade and glided through layers of lovely cotton, slicing and dicing for this Mystery Quilt. Is it time for you to get a new blade??