Wednesday, January 11, 2012

on my table

Today on my table the kids are busy coloring away in their Dover books about plants and animals.  With all the colored pencils and sharpeners and books and cat tents, there's just not enough room for my large sewing project at the moment, so I thought I'd take a break to share some pictures of what was on my table before the invasion.

on my table

Yes, I'm still plugging away at those flying geese when the urge strikes.  Would you be happy to hear that I've only had to use the seam ripper twice to correct points that got eaten in the seam allowance?  It's not me, it's that ruler! It really is making accuracy so attainable.

I need 196 flying geese.  yikes.

The other night I finally got the gumption to measure Liam's windows and determine how many flying geese blocks I'll need to make his curtains factoring in the 3" wide Alexander Heath "sashing" of sorts.  Well, it turns out I need 196.  And... that I was less than halfway finished.  Definitely not a moment of glory.  I confess to then feeling a bit of discouragement, which I countered by cutting that rather huge pile of geese to-be-sewn.  Take that!

on my table

In happier, more colorful, scrappier niceness, I've also pieced together a rainbow of scraps since starting a new project for Curves Class on Saturday.

making with tiny scraps

These rainbow chunks eat up lots of small pieces. I so enjoy joining them together to see how all the slight variances in shade create a new, richer fabric that's visually more than a sum of the parts.  Plus, they just go together so fast.  They've been my sewing dessert lately.

scrappy goodness

And of course "black" makes the rainbow.  It wouldn't have at this time last year, but now it's one of my favorite blocks.  Oh how things do change.

The kids are outside playing in the rain now.  I can hear them shouting their way down to the pond.  They're sure to come in nice and muddy!  So, I'm going to run along now.   We'll talk later.  Hope you have a lovely day!

21 comments:

  1. That's a lot of geese, but you'll get there! It's good to have a larger project on the side, and work away at the goal, steadily. Plus, the curtains will be AMAZING when you're finished.

    Your scrappy piecing is wonderful! I can't what to see the sum of these parts.

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  2. 196? Wowza!
    Can't wait to see it all come together. :)

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  3. i love that pile of geese. think how gratifying it will be when all 196 are all together! lovely~!

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  4. there are so many fabulous colours there!

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  5. I love the rainbow scraps! I'm so going to have to do that! I really enjoy sewing scraps together. There must be something wrong with me!

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  6. On a completely different tact, I have been on the mad hunt for some white fabric with little black hash marks on it - I ran out of it recently and the scraps I have do not have the selvedge.

    It was available both in black on white and white on black.

    My quest fabric looks suspiciously like the scrap of white with the wavy black lines in your last photo. Not exactly, mind you, but it looks like it could have come from the same line.

    Do you have any idea who the manufacturer is for the white fabric with the thin black lines to the far left in your photo?

    I'd love to run down some more for a very special project - but maybe the reason I can't find it is that spirits that be want me to find something else to use . . .

    Thanks!

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  7. Those are going to be some seriously awesome curtains!! Liam better take good care of them! I can't wait to see what your rainbow of scraps becomes, they're already so pretty!

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  8. I like all your scrappy little blocks. I have all my scraps ironed and divided. I am ready to start my project when I figure out which one I am going to do.

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  9. I love flying geese, they are going to be cool curtains :)

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  10. I love all those groupings of colour, the pieces from your curved blocks.
    All looks very organised on your sewing table...flying geese curtains, now thats a labour of love.

    Jacky

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  11. And a bit of insanity, perhaps! This is what happens when I know I don't need another quilt... the curtains become quilts.

    On the fabric with the thin black wavy lines, I do not know the origin at all. That is one of the few things I found locally and didn't take note of details. Sorry!

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  12. I love the colors of your flying geese. Gorgeous! I envy your points.

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  13. OMG! I've got to get that ruler! Your geese are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your secret.

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  14. Oooh...that ruler looks so helpful! I am not a huge fan of making flying geese blocks...but you make it look so easy. Now on my list of things to try again! :)

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  15. The curtains are going to be amazing...and so worth all your time! Fun!

    and the rainbow scraps look fabulous...and have be wondering if I could "scrap" my original Scrap Attack plan and save my scraps for the Curves class?? Hmmmm...maybe I will hold off a bit until we start and then decide. :)

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  16. Loving all the projects on the table, especially the rainbow! Good luck with the geese...

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  17. Gorgeous oranges in those Flying Geese blocks!

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  18. Flying geese are my nemesis :-) I am slowly getting better at it though.

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  19. Love how you're patching together the different colours to make your own new fabric. Can't wait to see what we do with it in class. Good luck with all the flying geese, I'm in the midst of a HST-a-thon so I'm with you. Will it ever end??

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  20. Your photos are eye candy on the gray day I can see out my window.

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