It’s a long time since we’ve had a day full of sunshine. Isn’t it amazing how much energy comes you get from a little bit of sunshine? I’ve practically been doing cartwheels across the carpet today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a sun worshipper but we’ve had some many dark and dreary days since the beginning of the year that this bit of brightness has done me a world of good.
So this morning in between loads of washing and various other chores I played with this to make a semi-circle template for a project I plan on working on over the next few days.
Once the template was made I chose some fabrics. Cut the fabrics into 2-1/2” strips and sewed them together like this. Tomorrow I hope to be able to layer this little strippy quilt ready for some quilting.
After a few more chores and some lunch I played with this.
I covered this cardboard tub with newspaper using pva glue.
And then I added a wash of paint because I wanted the text to show thru. Next I will give it the kitchen sink treatment. I think I might make a lid for it and add a handle of some sort. Eventually I will probably store stuff in it. I have a couple more of these tubs which I will probably decorate to be used for storage or even use it as a gift box. What a great way to upcycle a cardboard tub. The sky’s the limit; it’s only the time that’s lacking!
A couple of weeks ago I dragged out a little stack of books that I thought would be good for Use up Your Scraps month. Today is the January 26 which means that there aren’t many days left to meet the challenge but I suspect I will carry on making scrappy projects in amongst others. Well the point is that I have two books by Kathleen Tracy of Sentimental Quilter Blogspot which I think are worth a mention. Both books, The Civil War Sewing Circle and Prairie Children and Their Quilts, are brilliant books for using up all your small scraps. Most of the patterns in these books are small manageable traditional projects which you can make, from choosing and cutting your fabrics right thru to hand quilting them. I’ve always fancied having a wall full of mini quilts. Both these books have a bit of interesting history and the illustration is really nice. So that’s my recommendation for this week regarding books for scrappy projects. If you own either of these books, do give them another look.
It’s been quite a fulfilling day. I have been busy since the minute my feet touched the floor this morning. I’ve participated in quite of variety of activities today. The only thing that I managed to finish though is the laundry. I wonder how far I’ll get tomorrow…….
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will hopefully be getting a lesson from Sarah on how to doodle using my hand-me-down iPad. I’m determined to embrace the technical side of the twentieth century with grace. Whatever you may be doing this dark winter evening, I hope you’re warm and well sheltered from the weather. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥