Decisions, decisions……. What can I do next? When the month is up, do I carry on with Use up Your Scraps or do I do something else? The sky’s the limit really. Like most of you seasoned quilt makers, I have loads of fabrics in my stash and more tools than one person can use in a lifetime! And still I wonder what I should do next……..
Well today I did exactly what I had planned on doing. After the morning routine I disappeared into the sewing room and loaded the next quilt top into the longarm quilting system for stitching this week. I think it’s going to be an interesting quilt to work on because it’s not an all over job, I will be stitching motifs in the centre blocks and stitching filler in other places. This particular quilt is a stack and whack quilt. I believe this will be the third such quilt I have quilted.
So after loading the quilt I decided that I was going to give one more good push to get all the leaves tacked to my Lilly Pilly applique project. I’m very happy to confirm that yes I have finally finished that part. So I decided to work on the little birds. From the start I have put my own twist on this project. If you look at it closely you will notice the difference. So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that I decided on a different shape of bird. So I cut out some cardboard templates for the both the birds and the wings and then trace them onto to freezer paper…….
…….. followed by choosing fabrics from the scrap bins and ironing the freezer paper shapes so I can get on with the birdie part. Have I told you how much I’m enjoying this project? The way I’m going about doing the applique is quite a long drawn out process but it’s the one I’m most comfortable with. It will be worth it in the end. Not to mention that I’m using up scraps while enjoying myself. I think this will be my signature piece for Use up Your Scraps months.
I finally got to have a look at my new magazines this morning at coffee time. And from the Inspiring Country Threads magazine I found this beautiful quilt that I think would be really great for using up scraps. The quilt is called Road to Oklahoma and was pieced by Tracie Stewart. This quilt looks quite simple to make and would use up quite a few scrap. I hope to have the enough free time to be able to make this quilt sometime soon.
Well I’ve had a lovely day mooching around the house. For once I accomplished exactly what I wanted to accomplish. It’s not very often that I can say that! The next few days will be spent longarm quilting. With the weather being so wintry at the moment, I’m quite happy to stay home in the warmth and out of the wild and woolly wind.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on some Lilly Pilly birdies. It’s starting to look really good now. And while I’m working on that I will be watching Lewis. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you’re using up some of your scraps. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥