Tuesday, October 11, 2016
From throwaways to treasures working with components
The little blocks are 1 3/4 inches now, finishing at 1 1/4 inches. A bee mate gave me a bunch of throwaway triangles, too small to use, but they knew I have fun with that kind of thing. Well, I didn't bother to measure anything, just fed them to the hungry sewing machine in a chain.
Then press the tiny seam open, and they really didn't need trimming.
For newbies, you place the diagonal (45*) line on the sewn line, decide the finished size, and trim as needed.
Recently I told you about a studio sweep around here. I gathered the bits and bobs, the components I've made but have no immediate job to do, and placed them in a drawer to simmer.
There are times you just want to sew.
So that's what I do, and friend's throwaways are perfect for play without worry. I don't care how they turn out, I don't have an investment in a finish, I just make components and they always, eventually, turn into something cool.
Make the components, say little hexie units, or fused circles, experimental blocks, leftover leaves, etc.
When you want to stretch yourself, or play with fabric, open that drawer or box, and do it!
I don't exactly know what to do with these pretties. I want to just turn them into something. Ideas???
Add a nice autumn print? Stay with tan or brown? Turn them into feathered star? Keep them like this?