Bright scraps

Recently I’ve been putting aside the lovely pastels I usually work with in favor of BRIGHT BRIGHT BRIGHT!!! Probably it is the renovation of a midcentury-mod house that has me thinking happy, bright colors and fun patterns… but then, I have always liked bright colors and rainbows, so who knows. Maybe it’s just a change of pace.

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I have been especially enjoying the pile of Farmer’s Market fat quarters that I bought lo these many months ago, thinking that it would be good to have some pieces of bright stuff sitting around the workroom, even though I wasn’t quite clear on what to do with it. Well, I am thinking of thing after thing to do with it, now.

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Making a couple of dozen Spool bird softies, for starters. The new house abounds in huge walls, and I think it would be really cool to install some branches full of Spool birds on one of them. I’ve cut one top and one bottom from each fabric.

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Another thing is one of the crazy-popular ninepatch quilts. The squares are small, I’m only using a small portion of each fabric, but together they add up and I’m going to have a nice baby- or lap-sized quilt, I’m sure. I have an “efficient system” for sewing the nine patches in groups of three, and seeing how each one looks when it’s finished is all the entertainment I need.

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See? Aren’t they darling?

The third project I have planned for these fabrics is a set of soft blocks, made from the scraps of upholstery foam I’m going to have left over after I make all of the floor cushions for the new house (EIGHT floor cushions… snoooooore…). I’m going to carve the foam into 4″ blocks and cover it with low-loft batting and patchwork. It’ll be cute.

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And last of all… string quilts (such as the one in Good Folks, seen deconstructed above) provide a lot of stitching time for relatively little fabric, which is economical and therefore a Good Thing. I’m also totally sold on how the finishe product looks. So… after the three projects are done, I think I’ll cut what is left of Farmer’s Market into strips and make a string quilt out of it. Yipee skip, I do like working with pretty stuff!

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4 thoughts on “Bright scraps

  1. I got those Sandi Henderson fabrics too, and I love them! I have managed to stretch them into 3 small quilts so far, and I still have a bag of scraps leftover.

    You have some beautiful projects in the works!

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