Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday April Link and my scrappy improv afternoon

Scraptastic Tuesday

It's the second Tuesday of the month, and time for the Scraptastic Tuesday link up hosted by Nicky - Mrs. Sew and Sow and me.


As some of you have noticed, I have been travelling for fun and mostly for work a lot these days. It means less time sewing. On Sunday morning, I spent a long while tidying up my cutting area and I even dusted it off. It rarely looks like this. Those boxes underneath are various quilting projects in progress.


Despite all those projects, I was drawn to the scraps left over from the pillow top I told you about last time and so I just decided to spend some time playing with them. I made some curves.

Curvy blocks

Then I chopped the curved bits into blocks and added a few more and trimmed them up nicely. These look good but I felt pretty ambivalent about them. So I went in search of some dark grey solids.


There were no greys about but I found a pile of beachy tans, taupes and browns linen and cotton chunks. Some were scraps, some were larger uncut pieces. I added some of those.


And some more, with no plan at all really.


By the time I got to here I was unsure about it and I did not like how those lightest bits of linen join in a non curvy jog. I did cut through that join and add a bit more solid but I have no more photos. I need to take a fresh look at the whole thing and decide what to do with it.

The point, however, is that I had a great time playing with my scraps. There is no risk in piecing them and then cutting them up and piecing them some more. These are the left over pieces and if the result is not appealing, I can just slice them up to be more scraps. And the time spent, just sewing and playing around - well, it was relaxing, and fun which is the whole point of a hobby. It's not just about the finishes.

Now, its time for you to link up and share your scrappy projects to inspire us all.

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes:
  • Massdrop - a bundle including Aurifil Mako 50-weight 1,422-yard spool of thread in Dove (2600), Natural White (2021), and Light Beige (2310)

Please join Nicky from Mrs. Sew and Sow and I by linking up a blog post or flickr or instagram photo sharing a scrappy project, in progress or finished, or your thoughts on dealing with your scrap mountain:
  • You don't have to have joined us before, everyone is welcome.
  • One link per person, and it will be your entry into the random draw for the prizes. It is the same link up here and at Nicky's blog - Mrs. Sew and Sow - so you only need to link up on one of our blogs.
  • Please visit at least a few of the links, they are very inspiring, and leave comments too as everyone loves to connect. 
  • Use the Scraptastic Tuesday button if you like (code is on the sidebar) and invite your friends to join us too. 
  • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. We will announce the winners next Tuesday.
  • If you have trouble linking up let me or Nicky know and we will get you sorted.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you have been doing. Nicky pointed out this morning that we have been hosting this link for 7 months now, can you believe it? I sure hope you are enjoying it as much as we are.




elle said...

I took a curved strip piecing workshop with Marilyn Stothers long time ago. I did like it. Shoot, I must have some of those ufo strips somewhere! :O

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audrey said...

Very fun to see your improv. curved piecing! I love the organic look to it.:) I'm not sure if i'll be able to link up this time, but I have definitely enjoyed this scrappy inspiration!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

It looks like you had a lot of fun. I like seeing where this is going!

Sarah said...

I think you are so right when you say it is not all about the finishes. Play is good for us and it is what a hobby should be. Your philosophy of the scraps being no big loss if it doesn't work out is a healthy one too. Nice play with your scraps, I look forward to see how you progress it.

Laura Chaney said...

I love how the colors have come together in this. Looks great, and I think taking the time to just play with the fabric is something we should all do more of!

Nicky said...

Yup sometimes there is too much stress about getting stuff right and finished and play helps us be more creative - we can start something and who knows where it will end??

Juliet @ Tartankiwi said...

I love the organic way that this project is developing and I must admit that you've got me tempted to try some curves instead of my usual straight lines ;-)

pennydog said...

Oh yeah I like the tan and taupe plan!

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

I love those gentle curves!

Vera said...

Looking good! I like those curves and fabrics!

Jenny Wren said...

Thank you ladies - lots of interesting scrappy projects!