Saturday, July 8, 2017

Always Something Going on Around Here

Scrappy Tulips is the quilt in the hoop these days. Since each red block is 22", I have to move the hoop a couple times in order to stitch each tulip in the block. I probably could have stitched the middle sashing down at the same time as the middle tulips, but was unsure what to do there.
Scrappy Tulip quilt starting to get some stitching
Lots of pondering about that and now it's starting to come together in my mind. I started out stitching every other string in the tulips and after about five of them, found myself going back and filling in. Finally I just gave up and am stitching through every single string. Much faster to do them all at once! Loving the look though. It's one of my favorite strings quilts ever.
A closer look at the blocks. It's amazing how different the
red looks depending on the light!
This afternoon also found me doing very basic sashiko mending on some summer capris. When the holes wear through to the point of showing skin on my upper thigh, it's a no-go. I had to go back and touch up the patch on the left as I didn't stitch quite far enough out on one side. I also clipped a few of the white threads so the patch could show through--just a bit. It's a fun, casual boho look. I don't mind it at all for hanging out at the house or going grocery shopping etc.

It's so hard to find capris that I feel look okay on my middle aged shape--I often give in and buy the ones with the pre-distressed look if necessary. {If they're cheap enough!} The mending is an annoying task, but also kind of interesting as I often play with different colors of thread and/or the shape of the stitch. Plus, it holds up really, really well. I taught my daughter how to do this several years ago and then wondered, why not do it for mine as well?
#sashikomending
And here's the next quilt project that persuaded me to jump in and play. I've been eyeing this stack of fabric for awhile now and quite by chance, stumbled on the green/turquoise stripe fabric the other day. I only bought a 1/3 of a yard {since they didn't cut fat quarters} and all of a sudden, the quilt started making sense.
My new quilt project that I'm calling 'Hey Grandma!'
because some of the fabrics remind me of prints she used.....
I know there's some 'ugly' looking background fabrics appearing in the quilt, but it's so intriguing to try and blend the old with the new. It just never gets old to me, unless I start churning out failure after failure of interpreting my ideas and inspiration. I'm also very interested to see if I can use that oldy, lighter turquoise print that I'm auditioning there for the border. That one was a fabric that almost got moved down the road when it was first gifted to me! Then I had second thoughts, 'Nah! Maybe save it for a backing fabric?' And now I've dug it out of the totes for something totally unexpected. We'll see. There's a lot of work to be done before I reach the border, blocks to cut out, applique to prep, stitching to happen. Well, you didn't really think I'd make something this colorful without applique did you?*wink

23 comments:

  1. Your scrappy tulips are gorgeous! I love the red background. It really sets them off beautifully. I fix my "distressed" pants as well. I too have that middle-aged body. LOL.

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  2. I love those tulips! String piecing always makes me happy, and stripes make me happy, so this quilt is filled with joy!
    And I have a pair of jeans that would really benefit from some of that sashiko mending... Hmm...

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  3. Love that sashiko idea for denims...my "comfies"(=waistband nice and loose!!) could certainly use some patching...
    Your string tulips are so pretty love them. and
    your new pull of fabrics is surely intriguing...
    Still working on Eagle--slow going for border additions...hugs for a great weekend, Julierose

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  4. I patch things up too. Unbelievable how much pay for a pair of ripped up jeans :)
    love the quilt

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  5. I love the colors you're auditioning in that last shot. I would never have pulled those together but they have an odd affinity for one another. Looking forward to what's next with them.

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  6. Omigosh, I already love the direction of Hey Grandma! Love the pink & green, and the old & new, of course. :D

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  7. I love how the tulip quilt is progressing -- the hand quilting is perfect! As always it is so much fun to follow along with your creative process. I look forward to seeing what your new project will become! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. There's always something buzzing around your house quilt-wise. You've made great progress on the tulips. Interesting mending method, I'll have to keep that in mind the next time. Today I put on new jeans, the same brand and size I've bought before. But, the rise is too deep and the legs crinkle up around my ankles because the short isn't short enough. I didn't try them on at the store because I figured they would be the same as before. Silly me. . .

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  9. Your Scrappy Tulips looks great ! I love the colours of your new project.

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  10. Yes! Please do use that lighter turquoise, it's fabulous! I think this whole thing is a winning combination and can't wait to see it worked up.

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  11. Love seeing the quilting on your latest project and I wish that I understood the shashiko mending...I have a pair of jeans capris that had a slight hole by the back pocket. I mended, wore and washed and another hole started next to it. I thought to maybe do a small patch ( yes this is how much I love that particular pair ) but I can't tell from your photo what you are really doing? I am probably being stupid and may go off to google this :)

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  12. really love those tulips and love that you're heavy quilting them ! and also love all of those fabrics you're planning for Hey Grandma (great name !) especially the points at the top of the photo :)

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  13. I agree with Leanne. I always hate that I might finish a top but watch it fall Apart because it's not quilted enough. That's my story anyway.
    Hey Grandma is a clever name. Admiring the fabrics. Love the unexpectedness.

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  14. I mend too - lasts for years, in fact I don't remember the last time I bought a pair of jeans. I like the look of Hey Grandma, and actually I love how you challenge yourself to use the 'ugly' fabrics in the mix; it always turns out fine and maybe that's part of what gives your quilts a distinctive look.

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  15. I love your "eye" for colors. I'm going to enjoy watching your progress on this one! (My book is due to arrive this next week!) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. Aww, you have a way with colors!! I love your Scrappy Tulips with its snowball border. Looking forward to seeing how Hey Grandma's progress.

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  17. Love the fabrics for 'hey grandma'! The lighter turquoise (?Kaffe) will look great with them!

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  18. your new project looks exciting. The denim mending is inspired!
    always like to see progress on your tulips!

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  19. Love the colors for the new project! And the tulips are gorgeous.

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  20. I love mixing the old and new as well! Looks great!

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  21. Wonderful colours in your Scrappy Tulips! And that 'mending' is a winner.

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  22. I saw the picture of your Hey Grandma fabric pull and thought "what a cool color palette". None of those are ugly colors!

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