More Scraps and Bags…

I have not figured out what the pull is, but my scraps keep wanting me to make something out of them. Since returning from my grandmother's, I have not done much more than discover more scraps neatly boxed on shelves, and turn some of them into more bags and one quilt.

This batch of scrap pieced "chunks" were calling to me first. This was made of many bits and pieces in shades of burgundy, rose, and greens. I was not sure whether they would look OK as a quilt or not. I ended up putting a batch of them together in a lap size quilt.

This is what I ended up with… Lap Quilt- Green Burgundy Rose Scrap Beauty- 43" x 52". The link takes you to the quilt at my Etsy shop. I bordered the pieces I used with a deep green print fabric. The quilting is done free motion in the all over heart-leaf and vine design I use a lot on my art quilts, just a larger version. I quilted the border with my usual vine design,also in a larger version. It was a challenge to quilt the design so much larger than I usually do it.

Here is another shot of the quilt, showing the small print fabric I used for the backing. The batting is 100% polyester, and I actually did a double-fold binding… I don't really like to do bindings, and my art quilts always have some form of a couched yarn binding.

More scraps seem to be coming out of the woodwork….

Here are a couple boxes I found with various strips and pieced scrap blocks. More scraps have turned into more bags… I have almost started feeling like a Bag Lady.

  Here is a photo of some of my latest batch of bags. The pink one in the foreground is still in the process of being stitched. The side seams half done French seams. after finishing the side seams, I form the gussets so the bags have nice rectangular bottoms.  Some of these are available at my Etsy Shop, and two are available at my new shop at Artfire. With this batch of bags, I played with using crazy patched blocks in addition to strips.

I am not sure what will turn up next, but while I still seem to be in a creative funk, stitching anything together is a good thing. I will soon be headed to Florida for a Focus on Fiber retreat at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, in New Smyrna Beach. I am hoping that spending a week in sun and green growth with other fiber artists will be just what I need to kick-start my creativity. I will also be able to see our #3 son, Nick who is stationed at Moody AFB in Valdosta, GA. He will be deploying soon, so it will be good to spend some time with him.

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I am a former textile artist and new pattern designer with a degree in horticulture, wishing to share my love of nature, flowers and gardens with everyone through my photos, sunprinted fabrics, and now pattern designs. Chronic Lyme Disease has caused major changes to the direction my life. I have to limit the amount of time spent digging in my gardens, and quilting has become more difficult. I discovered pattern design as a way to get art back into my life. I now use my gardens and photos to inspire designs that can be used on fabrics and print on demand items.

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  1. I'm trying to use up a lot of my scraps, too. It is a challenge to see what you can create from just a bunch of leftovers.