Saturday, November 27, 2021

sewing Saturday ...starts and finishes and table toppers!

 

Welcome to this week's sewing round up... I flitted around the studio making butterflies out of scraps this week. Scraps 3.5" X 5" and lots of press on crystals and beads, that is! I learned how to make these fabric origami cuties from this video...


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hPQp4RzyMQ

I wanted to make enough to send to my friends around the globe but my body didn't work with me well. I also worry about how to ship them without going to a post office... it's not a safe one here. 

they were lots of fun to make, some I did by hand,

a complex bead from a bracelet, some iron on crystals and some hand stitched beads

some I finished the final locking in stitch on machine

dupioni silk plus a hand dye, iron on crystals and hand stitched beads

I think I'll make more, and pick some to make a mobile to hang in the studio, what do you think? 

on the design wall are two small pieces... the one on the right was tiny cut off waste from the stack and slash experimental blocks from a couple weeks ago. 


I just mindlessly sewed while listening to the last of the Paris library on audio. I like the random nature, the slightly planned color, the curvy seams. I think the horizontal stripes will hold hand embroidery with bold multicolor threads. Seems like it could be a cute journal cover. 

the big finish was my Table Scraps finish for the month, in light neutrals...

How I love it! It started a few months ago, sewing 9 patches from the 1.5" cut squares in my stash. The little 9 patches finish at 3" square. Then I wanted to use some of my light fun print scraps to set them

I had so much fun that I'm enthused to use more of these prints in a larger piece. While designing placement I took color and scale into consideration, then knew I had to use the foxes, the burro, and others... A special beige  with gold metallic stars bordered it perfectly. To buffer from the tiny blocks to the border I pulled some stored watercolor 2" squares. Just to give it a slight variation and they fit perfectly as a buffer. 

the quilting is a variety of angled straight lines in cotton and a gold metallic YLI thread.

I don't like "wasting" fabric on backs and binding but I had to use my little scrap of paisley beige/brown/metallic gold this time. 

I sew it to the front, and handstitch to the backing, and love my tiny clips to keep it in order. The backing was a fabric I thought I'd make my little niece Tiffany a quilt with... Tiffany is now in her early 30's... so the colors matched and they still make me smile. 

a little Chinese rice bowl, spools, a 20's valentine girl...and a farmer peeking from the border

so happy to use these tiny pieces of fabric in something useful and pretty. Glad to use my hoarded golden fabrics too. 

thank you to Joy for her link party:  Table Scraps

Also linking with

patchwork Sunday                    
oh Scrap Sundays 
 slow stitching Sundays
 








38 comments:

  1. Wow! I'm loving your projects! I've been too busy to be on the computer much and this morning I'm catching up! I love your butterflies and think a mobile would be a fantastic idea!!! Cute table runner! Have a great day!

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  2. The butterflies are adorable! So is that little 9-patch quilt. You've been a busy gal this week.

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  3. Everything sure is pretty and those butterflies are gorgeous!

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  4. Love the little butterflies! They would look wonderful as a mobile! All the quilts are so pretty, too. Love the table runner. xx K

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  5. I love all the wonderful variety in your table runner! It is so much fun to look at. The butterflies are amazing, and I like the idea of the notebook cover, it gives off a Gees Bend vibe.

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  6. What a fun table topper you created! Those butterflies are beautiful as well. Hmmm, could the mailman drop boxes to you and then pick up when packed? I think other places (UPS/Fedex) will pick up at residences as well. Might be an option for you. Good luck. They would make a very cute mobile.

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  7. The butterflies will be a lovely mobile! Great job on the neutral scrap quilt, too. So many good things. Hope your thanksgiving was lovely and Milo got some table scraps?

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  8. Aren't those butterflies fun?! You are so creative. I love your different kinds of scrap play, too, and the Table Scraps runner is lovely.

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  9. I'm SEW glad that you decided to use that special fabric for the binding of your November 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge entry, LeeAnna! It made for such a pretty finish.

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  10. Sweet butterflies! And I love the colors of your table runner. Something to consider for mailing in the future ( might be too late to do this year): I had good luck mailing from home by ordering packaging materials online from the PO and arranging to have my packages picked up from my porch. The mail carrier scanned them and tracking showed up on my account. I never would have done that prepandemic, but it was one of those little things I learned to do to meet my needs.

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  11. I love any thing with 9-patches in it. That little quilt is darling!

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  12. Lovely neutral scraps for The table runner and cool butterflies.

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  13. Those little butterflies are so fun, I can totally see them flying in your studio. You've had some fun projects going on!

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  14. Those butterflies are adorable. I watched the video and it's amazing how clear the directions are with just the pictures. It would be fun to make them for my quilt group, but it will have to wait for later as our Christmas get together in on the 10th and I know I won't get them done before that. I think if I can unearth my sewing machine I'll just do some mindless sewing of scraps or squares today. It's snowing (lightly).
    Pat

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  15. What a sweet table runner. Definitely a great use for those special scraps. Love the butterflies too. A mobile sounds like fun.

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  16. Hi LeeAnna,
    Butterflies ! The link is wonderful!
    Gorgeous table runner !
    Stay safe, hugs, take care,
    Joanne

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  17. Aren't those butterflies cute?! And so adorable.

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  18. I love the butterflies! They will make a great mobile. I'm off to look at the link thanks.

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  19. Great projects, love the butterflies~! Love the idea of a mobile!

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  20. Your butterflies are so neat! I have never seen these before.

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  21. LOVE all your beautiful butterflies flitting here and there. How fabulous they are, and yes, some of those pretties made into a mobile would be perfect! Thank you for sharing the link; I think I will just have to fashion a few. As for your Table Scraps quilt, it is gorgeous. Love all those itty bitty squares and the 2" squares dancing around the border was an inspired idea. Congratulations on a most beautiful finish!

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  22. Those butterflies are great. I think they would make great cat proof tree ornaments!

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  23. Love your pretty butterflies. Scrappy is best in my book and your tiny patchwork is darling.

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  24. Those butterflies are so cute! and love the scrappy mat, it's so pretty!

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  25. Those butterflies are lovely, thanks for the link, the Table Runner turned out lovely.

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  26. Love the butterflies! Yes, they'd make a great mobile!!! Fun, fun table runner! And love the wonky wall quilt!!!

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  27. Oh, those butterflies! Your projects are so inspired and inspiring!

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  28. What a lovely post to read before I head off to bed, now with not sugarplums, but tiny little 9-patches dancing in my head! The table runner turned out so well! Good idea to use those 2" watercolour squares - I have a TON, and need to make some things - table runners may be on my horizon next year. Now your butterflies - WOW! I love the idea of a mobile! (clapping hands and jumping up and down here)

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  29. I too have used click and ship. I love it,! My last order of boxes took awhile, but maybe a different PO. You could mask up. I’ve found the Priority Boxes in the lobby and here they have them at Office Depot. There might be a satellite post office somewhere you could feel safer. Your nine-patch runner is adorable!

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  30. Lovely runner, and gorgeous butterflies. Jane

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  31. Oh Lee Ann! Thank you for sharing the link and your butterflies! You have provided me with the perfect gift for one of my butterfly loving friends! Yes! I agree with you - a mobile would be lovely! These seem a bit addictive to make, yes?
    Also, I like your potential journal cover! And your scrap table topper? Lovely with pops of color to draw the eye's interest. The backing almost seems like a separate quilt in itself - perhaps you've made a reversible quilt?
    Both your butterflies and your table topper are going into my new "Quilts for 2022" dream list. Thank you for sharing!

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  32. Beautiful butterflies, Lee Anna, and beautifully embellished too! I like your little improv piece, and look forward to seeing how you embellish that too. I, too, have some 3" 9-patches from ages ago which I've been wondering what to do with. I won't copy your idea, but you've got me thinking about them again: thank you!

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  33. I love your butterflies and such a gorgeous table quilt

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  34. Love, love your Table Scraps quilt! So much to see and love. The fabric butterflies deserve an extra special place, and hanging in your sewing room seems ideal! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  35. Pretty butterflies, I love the beads, great finish!

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