This week I’ve been doing some January cleaning-out of my sewing space in preparation for a new arrival at my house. There are some fun things going on behind the scenes that I’ll be sharing soon. It felt good to get the vacuum in there and really clean the floors, dust, etc as well as to have a decluttered space. But look quickly and enjoy, because the mess is already back on the table. 🙂
My friend Emily started a fun new project busting through her fabric scraps and making some improv, wonky log cabin blocks. It has been a long time since I’ve made any of those and seeing her finished quilts got me in the mood to play with scraps for an afternoon. So I pulled out my Red scrap drawer and set it on the cutting table and went to town. (You can see more about how I organize and store my scraps here.)
These blocks come together so quickly with minimal planning or prep work. Especially if you are chain piecing multiple ‘cabins’ at once.
I like where this is going, but not 100% sure how I feel about all the light scraps. I’m telling myself that this quilt is all about “liberated piecing” – it’s okay if it’s not perfect or amazing. The whole point of this is to not worry about perfect seams or cutting – so I need to extend that to the fabric too. It’s fun how all of these pieces of fabric from my past projects bring back memories.
Not sure what size it will end up – I’m just going to keep going until I run out of scraps. It would be kind of fun to clean out that whole box!
This is totally a “squirrel” project – a quick distraction from the 100 other things I should be doing. But it was a snowy afternoon, so I caved. I need to set them aside for a bit, but I’ll keep the red scrap bin by the machine and maybe bust out a few more here and there as the mood strikes.
You can find Emily’s Wonky Log Cabin tutorial here if you’re looking to do some playtime with your own box of Scraps. Or if you’re looking for other lots of other scrap project ideas check out this Pinboard:
Also, in cleaning out my sewing area, I found these Santas I’ve been working on (for years). Doh. I’ve been working on the wool santa for about 10 years. I started the cross-stitch santa about 25 years ago. (for real.) Since they finally came to light, I’m putting them with my Christmas decorations (instead of buried back in the sewing room) so that next year I can get them framed and hung. Finally. And I’m making this statement publicly so that someone can hold me to it.
A fun announcement:
I am teaching at the upcoming Sew On and Sew Forth retreat in Midway, Utah the first two weeks of March. Amy McClellan has been hosting this retreat for many years and it’s so well done! It’s been one of my favorites. Lodging is included at this beautiful resort in the Utah mountains as well as LOTS of space to set-up, spread-out and sew when you’re not taking classes or eating gelato from the nearby bakery. (You can read and see more about past retreat here and here.) The second week is sold out, but there are still spots available during the first week – you can find more information and reserve a spot here.
CLASS SCHEDULE FOUND HERE. I am teaching my Double Crossed quilt and the intermediate machine-piecing hexagons and diamonds class like the one I taught at QuiltCon last year. There are some other GREAT teachers and classes on the docket. Classes are in addition to the retreat itself. You don’t even have to take any – you could just come and sew in your sweatpants for 4 straight days in the mountains if you want. And who doesn’t think that sounds like a fun idea.