Monday, March 10, 2014

stitching squares

scrappy postage stamp blocks

This weekend I've been keeping myself busy.  Stitching, reading, raking, even weeding.  But mostly stitching up those 3" cut scraps from my Waltz of the Flowers quilt into 10" postage stamp blocks.

grow, grow!

And look how pretty they are, my dear scrappy seedlings!  This is my first time sewing relatively small squares for a quilt.  I'm not strip-piecing (where you sew together long strips and them cut them up as pieced patchwork strips, then join again for a postage-stamp look), so I feared this might be slow going.  Not so.

makeshift design walls

Or at least, I had the time and inclination to keep going, and here we are now.  I've been seriously trying not to dwell on you know what, so sewing and listening to an audio book are my current defense.  And company.  I like company right now quite a bit! 

Anyone want to come over?

I had thought this would be a baby quilt, but we passed that mile marker about 7 blocks ago.  Now I'm thinking to just keep sewing until I run out of green, and then figure out what to do about it.  

seedlings quilt

My two makeshift design walls are leaning against a bookshelf and propped up with a basket of shells.  It works.  My sewing space is actually our entry, so bonus points that anyone who comes over practically runs into my work.  Ha!  I used to be shy about it, but now it's old news.  Yes, I quilt.  Like all the time.  And it's awesome!

Happy Monday.

xo,

Rachel

41 comments:

  1. i would love to come over and run into your work! your pieces (finished and in progress) are gorgeous...happy...inspiring...fun...and always a beautiful stop in my day. :)

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    1. Thank-you, Jeanne. Sometimes the world seems like a very cozy place. I am thankful I can have many virtual visitors. It's lovely indeed!

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  2. Well this is definitely going to keep your mind otherwise occupied...love green x

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  3. I had some company come over the other day (my husband invited them, I didn't know i was coming, and I was basting a giant quilt right in front of the front door. It is awesome! I love the quilt and the greens, beautiful!

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    1. It's fun to be caught in the act like that. And most people would be curious, I'd bet!

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  4. I would so come over in a heartbeat! To sew; to chat; to...whatever :) But alas, I'm miles away. So company or not, I say just indulge in the joy of your love of sewing. {Which I know you do :)} You make such beautiful things and this emerald scrappy square project is no exception.

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  5. So fun hearing seeing your quilty life..... I'd come over if only I lived closer, but I'm afraid I'm a few states away, you're probably saying "phew" by now.... :)
    Just had our monthly guild sew-in.... So nice and inspiring to gather with women and sew/create..... This quilt says " happy green" to me.... :)

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  6. I love all of the colors combined with the different greens. It is coordinated and yet scrappy.

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    1. This is a good way for me to do a truly scrappy quilt. With the green tying things together, I'm not being shy about mixing in lots of multicolored scraps!

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  7. I would so love to come spend some time absorbing some of your knowledge and playing with your children, it would be such a fun day!

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  8. I love this type of quilt. I have a longterm project in the works with 3" squares and enjoy the way it's coming together. I decided to make 7X7 patches and they are very scrappy, but unified in some ways too. Love the way you are using the green in yours!

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  9. So pretty! Love the way it is coming along.

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  10. There's few things I would like better than to come spend an afternoon sewing with you! :) I LOVE this quilt!!! Can not wait to see it completed! All the best...

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  11. I've got a project like this started with scraps. Are you paper piecing them? Your corners are so perfect.

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    1. No, I'm regular piecing them. The corners aren't that perfect. You know how computer pictures tend to flatter things like that! I'm not even using pins most of the time =)

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    2. The best thing I ever learned about piecing is from Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. Shorten the stitch length and your corners will match up so much better, no pins needed. Works like a dream.

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  12. I love sewing small blocks! They always come out looking amazing with no complicated pattern.

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    1. Thanks, Jolana! The greens are still delighting me, even the second time around!

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  14. what a perfect distraction :) It will make one totally amazing, gorgeously beautiful quilt.

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  15. Being Irish and having Paddy's Day just around the corner I'm lovin your little green squares!

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  16. I wanna come over!
    It looks so pretty and springish, I love simple patchwork.

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  17. I love love love making postage stamp quilts. I'm working on my second right now and chain piece but don't strip piece

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  18. You go, Girl! Great way to keep your mind growing in a good direction - reduces stress - so that's gotta be good! I love listening to books on CD while sewing...I can go anywhere with a good author! This is a beautiful quilt...you're going to love it when it completes itself!

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  19. Silly question alert for you: what did you cover your design walls with? Flannel or batting?

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  20. Quilting is my therapy too... for different reasons... but still is my escape for the mind. That makes quilting doubly productive!

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  21. I'm liking it. I love a good patchwork. Quilting is the best therapy there is for anything that troubles you. I like music with mine.

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  22. The colors are so cheerful. Love the spring greens.

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  23. Just thought I'd pop round, virtually! How come your work space doesn't have threads and trimmings all over the floor? I'm very impressed! I definitely have to close the door on my mess. My favourite listening is BBC Radio 4 Extra (on TuneIn Radio)...lots of lovely drama and maybe a good whodunnit if I'm lucky.

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  24. Fantastic color combo--so cheery! (You never know--it still could be a baby quilt :) )

    My mom used to sew in a linen closet at the end of our hallway. I sew in a corner of our bedroom--as long as you have a spot, you can make it work!

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  25. I love this kind of piecing. Mindless in a way. Therapeutic.

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  26. Your postage stamp quilt looks so inviting! It puts me in mind of picnics at the park (something we do a lot).

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  27. Love the green squares with all the yellow and other warm colours popping inbetween. Like grass with flowers. I like it a lot.

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  28. Looks lovely! I love all the greens in little squares. My sewing space is part of the lounge at the front door as well! I don't worry anymore what people think I just steer them around it. My family know not to ask what I'm making at the moment or they will never get away! Lol.

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  29. Absolutely lovely (I adore the color green)! And....wish I could hop in the car and come on over ~ if only Indiana wasn't so far away! And can I say I am jealous that you are weeding!! It is snowing yet again today (and it was 65 degrees yesterday)...only in Indiana *sigh* The good thing that has come of it is a snow day and school is cancelled ~ so I get to sew..and continue to be inspired by your creations!

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  30. Just like the quilt where these scraps came from, the colors are beautiful! So happy and spring like! (See thinking good thoughts for you there!). And anyone who comes into your house will be so fortunate to see your work!

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  31. I really love how you use the color green! I think I always shy away from using it.

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  32. I wanna come over! Though I probably wouldn't be very distracting in my current state. Oh waiting is the hardest thing ever. Wishing you lots of happy days and good company while you wait. Xx

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  33. I just love this quilt! The colors are perfect for the changing season and I'm such a sucker for scrappy patchwork.

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