Monday, May 23, 2016

{how to} Patchwork from Scrap

 Machine Cover for Patchwork from Scrap class

Scraps are patchwork.  Or at least, they are at the root of so much of what I love about the patchwork art - making do, being resourceful, creating something out of what would otherwise be discarded, beauty from trash, whole blankets from trimmings.  When a sewist comes into scrap sewing for herself it's as if her world opens wider.  She sees her fabrics, however limited, in new ways.  She buys new fabrics with a keener eye for second-hand sewing opportunity.  I think this is when she becomes a patchworker.

Machine Cover for Patchwork from Scrap class

I've lately had the sweet pleasure of witnessing this transformation in some of my local friends.  We've talked through all the basics, many of the sewing habits I take for granted, and they've discovered my efficiency systems by simple observation.  Their questions, their "aha" moments and their enthusiasm as they learn have inspired my next online class.

At first I thought it was a class about sewing with scraps.  But, as the class has developed, I've seen it's more broad and far-reaching than that.  It's a class about patchwork, practical and hands on.  It's a class that sets a strong and efficient foundation and then flows into several weeks of actual scrap sewing, on both small and large scales.

Machine Cover for Patchwork from Scrap class

In short, I think this class has become sort of Stitched in Color 101.  It is the perfect sewing-focused compliment to my Color Intensive.  This is how I sew and how I think about sewing - fabric, habits and organization from the ground up.

Machine Cover for Patchwork from Scrap class

And it's almost done!  I'll be offering this 5-week class twice this summer, first in July and then in September.  The first wave of registration will open June 20th.  Until then I'll be showing sneak previews most weeks, like this Machine Cover project.

Machine Cover for Patchwork from Scrap class

Machine Cover appears in week 3, Small Projects.  It's sewn quilt-as-you-go and includes three-dimensional sewing, thus introducing two foundational skills sets for up and coming patchworkers.  I made the cover for my trusty little Kenmore in my current color crush - mint green.  Love.

Machine Cover for Patchwork from Scrap class

I hope you enjoy the project previews, whether or not you'll be joining us for Patchwork from Scrap.  And now, I do believe your trimmings, your scraps await!  Happy sewing.

xo,

Rachel


20 comments:

  1. Very pretty, Rachel, and an enticing teaser.

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  2. You first need a stash to create a scrap stash, so it took me some years, but now I love to work with scraps. In fact, my Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt is mainly made of scraps that I received in swaps and from real life friends. I received your e-mail about this quilt, but my reply bounced back! Thanks for your heartwarming comment! Looking forward to more sneaky peeks!

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  3. It's so minty sweet and I love the sunshine sprinkles in the window behind!
    This class is going to be great :)

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  4. I enjoy nothing more than making pillow cases out of my scarp bin!
    To bad I am on vacation in July and back in college (teaching) in September, otherwise I would take you class without thinking twice.
    Lovely cover!

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  5. Oh yesssss. Making stuff from scraps is always impressive.
    People think I have mad skills.
    I save my scraps. They are precious. --except scraps from junky fabric.

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  6. Sounds like a great class for the hesitant scrap quilters among us!

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  7. So enticing - I am very interested.

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    1. Thanks for your interest! I do think it's shaping up into a very good class =)

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  8. Your thoughtful approach to patchwork sounds wonderful! And I have a Kenmore, too...and little orange handled scissors by it :) I look forward to all the peeks :)

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  9. Can't wait for this class! I had several bags of scraps that I have almost finished organizing. I'll be watching for a sign up and more sneak peaks! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us!

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  10. Tell us about the pin cushion beside the sewing machine. Is there a pattern for it?
    Paula in KY

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    1. I love that pin cushion! It is a pattern from Anna Maria Horner's book Seams to Me.

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  11. That sounds like a wonderful class Rachel. I hope I have more free time by the time September rolls around. Love the sewing machine cover you made!

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  12. Thank you for offering it in the summer! Except for the heat (blah!), I love sewing in the summer as it is still light at 9 o'clock...

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  13. Wait -- are your pins in your pincushion sorted by color? Bwa haha! Love it!

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  14. One of the first things I noticed when I found your blog was your use of patchwork scraps. I love it! Your possibilities are endless with this method. I am anxious for your class. It will be so much fun.

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  15. Oh my word. I simply can not wait for this class. I adore scrap sewing.

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