A blog about my life and quilts especially! This plaid quilt was made by me...pattern by Evelyn Sloppy in her Strings book!!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A day off!!
Good morning to everyone!! I have worked the last six days in a row...there at the hospital at least 13-14 hours each day. Our charge nurse abruptly quit...so I have been in charge. I can do it just fine, but it takes me away from the patients...the nurses become my patients, and I love taking care of patients more! Oh well, maybe this is temporary. Above is a crumby flying geese block! This is just the most fun, mindless sewing in the world...someone wanted a tutorial, so I will try to explain how I do this...I know that lots of you know how, so bear with me!!
This all started because of the quilt crumbs...tiny pieces of fabric that I saved, not big enough for strings, etc. Like quilter's candy!! Little sweet pieces!
I take any light fabric for a foundation...I used an old, thin piece of fabric, and cut it a little bigger than 6.5 x 3.5 inches. You can make any size geese you want!! I usually use muslin, and lots of people use phone book paper, but I just can't stand taking out the paper, so I use fabric foundations.
I then start filling the foundation with fabric little pieces...some small strings, triangles, parts of old blocks, just anything I have in the basket. This is fun! Freewheeling and anything goes!! Just fill the space, flipping and sewing. Have your music on, toes tapping, or a fun movie to watch!!
TA DA! A block filled...then I go and trim, after shooting it with starch and pressing it...SQUOOSH!!
All trimmed up, 6.5 x 3.5 inches. The trimmings? I use the biggest pieces again for more crumb blocks! The tiniest ones end up as fillings for other projects, or hot pads...very little fabric hits the trash can at my house!
Then a corner connector triangle, 3.5 square...sewing diagonally...
Of course I make two seams, so I can have those extra triangles for blocks and borders!!
I have a lot of them so far....
OK, so sew on the other triangle to finish your goose, sew three of them together, then I added the sides of the blocks, 9.5 x 2 inch strips to make a 9.5 inch unfinished block. TA DA!! I used up some tiny pieces...and had fun doing it!! Let yourself go...no matchy-matchy fabrics, no fuss or worry...just fun sewing!!