And me? Not cutting any trees here, but fabric, yes. As I mentioned in my last post, I've caught both the piecing and the clear-up-scraps "bug" and have been doing some of both lately -- sometimes even simultaneously!
The pieced greens I showed you have now been cut up and a portion inserted into my latest 15 x 15 piece for the theme "Roads", which will be revealed at month-end on the our 15 x 15 blog. Stay tuned!
Having emptied one bag of crumbs into a basket and assembled a few into 3" squares, I tackled a large hanging container that's mostly strips, sorting them into two projects. Wider, longer strips will be cut into 2" x 7" pieces for a postage stamp quilt based on this pattern and tutorial I found on "Red Pepper Quilts". Call me crazy, but I've wanted to make one of these for a long time. It also might take me a long time -- but so be it! ;-)
Narrower strips in random lengths will join assorted scrap rectangles and squares and be pieced on 8" paper foundations -- a la Bonnie Hunter -- for the "Easy as 1,2,3" quilt I found in the Victoriana Quilt Designs free patterns section.
I'd cut a stack of 8" paper squares (from advertising/junk mail flyers), and they were just waiting for fabric, so I put one together.
|8" x 8" of fun!|
Turns out the middle section -- a row of flip-and-stitch squares that starts in the centre of the paper foundation and works its way outward -- is a bit of a pain to do. Unless I'm missing something, it doesn't lead itself to chain piecing like the attachment of the longer strips -- edge to edge. Thus I'm only going to create other blocks like this if I already have a piece that consists of sewn squares -- and I've found a few of them from earlier projects. I'll treat it as a "pieced string" and go from there. Might even make more from my crumb collection.
The above projects are ongoing types that will be finished over time -- they've been keeping me out of trouble till BKH announces Clue #1 in the Grand Illusion Mystery. ;-) Neither are they meant for Christmas gifts. On that front, I've been knitting madly, to wit:
Gina's infinity scarf is now about 74" long. Only ten more inches to go. I'm doing two 10-row pattern repeats almost every day so I'm looking at another week or so and it will be finished, ready to sew the ends together. Pattern: Martyn from Berroco booklet #334. Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Tonal (now discontinued) in browns. This is no surprise to my daughter; she's given it her stamp of approval -- so I can show the photo here. :-)
Then there are gifts for Relatives Who Can't Be Named in order to keep the surprise:
|One Wild Sock|
ONLine Supersocke 4-fachNeon-Color
|First Fair Isle Anything (Cowl)|
designed by Irene Ramalho
Left-over Katia 'Darling' colour #208
and Patons Kroy Socks - black
Thank goodness for "palate cleansers" like these projects, which rest and refresh my brain. I'm gearing up for a new year of study and travel, including some pretty intense original work/sampling, so I'm more than delighted to spend December "playing" with Other People's Instructions.
And that's all the WIPs I have for this Wednesday. I'm linking this up to WIP Wednesday on The Needle and Thread Network -- and going out for a jog before the snow starts and the temps drop.
Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow to my American readers...may you have a blessed time with family and friends. I'm thankful you read my ramblings, and encourage me with your comments!
Till next time...