Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Digging Out

You'd think with the hellish, wintery state of things here I was making reference to the weather having had close to 70 cm of fresh fluffy snow come down overnight and today. But no.

This afternoon I wanted to sew but my noggin wasn't up to thinking about much of anything, I think I am coming down with my boys "plague" and was just kinda happy to plunk myself in my big chair and stare at the big screen...for a while, boredom didn't take long to settle in. Despite my finest efforts it turns out I'm just not much of a sitter and before long I started scrounging around for a small project.

A long, long time ago I lugged home some of Tula Pinks line, The Birds & The Bees, in the form of a couple 6" charm packs and a jelly roll. They sat and sat, waiting for just the right project. To be honest, I had all but given up hope that they would ever actually get used. But today I dug them out, blew the dust off them and sewed my lil ole heart out; straight, fast and true. Simplicity at its finest.



The Enabler made a jelly roll quilt a while back that has nattered at me since to get in on some of that strippy action but my jelly roll had only 30 strips. Not enough. I needed a way to incorporate at least one of the charm packs to make a throw big enough for snuggin up with a dog or two. So I sliced the charm squares into 2.5" strips and randomly sewed them between the strings. And, when I say "randomly", I mean it. I put my 60 little 2.5x6" strips in a box and shook them up, tossed them around and then stirred them up some more. I put them between the strings as my hand pulled them out of the box...sometimes as a single brick, sometimes as doubles or triple bricks and I think there might even be the odd quadruple brick stitched into that ridiculously long strip. Then, in the ever-popular Jelly Roll Race fashion I whipped up a flimsy that measures approximately 50x60.

Now, if we can keep our highways dug out for a few days I just might get a trip up to Avonport Discount Fabrics to scrounge around for some backing fabrics. Rumor has it they've filled up the sale bins. Who could resist a little retail therapy after the crap load of misery Mother Nature has bestowed upon us? Certainly not I.

Linking up with Lorna over at Let's Bee Social



8 comments:

  1. What a charming, bright, and cheerful quilt for a dreary day!

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  2. A very good project for half energy.

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  3. perfect! Love all of the color in this one

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  4. Sometimes sewing "fast, straight, and true" is the bEST way to cope. Cutting and inserting parts of the charms? genius! Feel better ...

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  5. Love it. Oooooh.....Avonport.

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  6. Wonderful use of these bright cheerful fabrics . Oh how I would love a trip to avonport about now ;-)

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  7. I hear you on the Tula Pink fabric. It always seems like a good idea, but then is tricky to use. The strip quilt looks great. I use the same shake n' bake method to select my fabric when I'm trying to be random!

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  8. Lots of fun color and prints going on here. I LOVE IT! Most excellent way to incorporate those charms. Good idea! I make those strip quilts when I need to do some mindless sewing therapy. As long as family, friends and charities seem to love them, I'll keep making them.

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