Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Scrap-Happy Saturday After a Friday Night Sew In

I woke up this morning with an idea to photograph these three projects together before the I-spy quilt has been donated.

2 projects and a 3rd, made from the cut-away bits

If the I-Spy Stars quilt and the Violet sewing machine cover could have a baby quilt ... it would likely look like the pinwheels quilt made from the bonus triangles of those projects.

I finished the sewing machine cover last night during the Friday Night Sew-In.  It came out exactly as I envisioned it and fit perfectly, too–win, win!

Why she's called Purple 'Nina Sewing Machine Cover

It's made from eleven 5-inch violet blocks (made last month for the Rainbow Scraps Challenge), 3 on each side, 1 on each end and 3 on top.  It is constructed from two pieces, a top and a long piece that wraps around the machine. The photo below is taken at an odd angle so you can see how I decided to add a wedge to the violet blocks on the top to make it wider on the right side, to echo the shape of the machine.

Top-down view of Sewing Machine Cover

I sewed the pieces together with the seams on the outside and then bound them in white.  At the bottom edge, I gave the faux-piped binding another try ... since there are no corners, I figured it would come together pretty easily and it did. Here are detail photos of the binding and the quilting around the embroidery.

Faux-piped Binding Quilting Detail

Purple 'Nina's cover came together better/faster than expected, so kept sewing ... and this morning, my small design wall looked like this.

Design Wall Saturday Morning

The small blocks on the right side are more of the Tula Pink City Sampler blocks I made for the Chicken River Modern Quilt Guild's opportunity quilt. (They really are like candy). My sewing machine table doesn't usually sit there, I wheeled it over temporarily for the photo op at the top of the post.

Green Diagonal Bars Blocks
I pulled out some green scraps and made the eight Diagonal Bars blocks for my Mod-Mod-Made from Rainbow Scraps-Throw.

You can find the latest update for the Mod-Mod Quilt-Along here:

It's a Mod-Mod May Update

Lately, I've been distracted by the I-spy charity quilt and the mini-pinwheels quilt that was a by-product of it and haven't picked up my green scraps until last night.  It felt good to get back to the Rainbow Scraps Challenge, if only in a small way ... so far.

Since I was in photo taking mode this morning, I pulled out the blocks made for the Mod-Mod throw so far and put them on the design wall, in their relative position for the finished quilt.

I am still not sure how it will turn out when Angela is choosing the colors (as part of the RSC) and the position of the monthly blocks is already determined in the design,  but so far I don't hate it ... and I am developing a plan of what to do with it,  if, at the end of the year, I do ;-)

Rainbow Scraps blocks for Mod-Mod-QAL

15 comments:

Nell's Quilts said...

Love the I spy stars quilt! Interesting blocks in the Mod-Mod quilt. You've been busy. The sewing machine cover is charming.

Pattilou said...

That I-spy quilt gives me an idea for one more set of blocks I have and I just don't want to make them like the other two. You always have loads of ideas!

Mystic Quilter said...

What a lot of projects here! The star quilt is so bright and happy, love the sewing machine cover, I think my Bernina would like one so thanks for telling us how you went about making and your Mod blocks are so unusual and lovely greens.

Sarah said...

My word you have been busy! Your sewing machine cover is beautiful! I just love your I spy quilt, such fun. And your green blocks are really eye catching - I really like the pattern!

Terri said...

I love that you have your own Mystery Quilt going - subject to the RSC. What an interesting thing to do.
Love the Star I Spy. I've never seen a setting like that!
Love your green blocks, and the sewing machine cover!!!
Hugs

P. said...

I love all three recent projects. The Purple 'Nina cover is adorable!

Emily Breclaw said...

All such beautiful projects! Your quilting on the i-spy quilt is inspiring me to try spiral quilting, it came out amazing!!

QuiltSwissy said...

Love the machine cover! I do really need one for two of my machines!

Dasha said...

That machine cover is great! And the blocks you have made for the challenge are lovely. That pattern is definitely on my to do list!

scraphappy said...

I absolutely adore your sewing machine cover. My machine is having some serious envy issues. You are brave to have your quilt all planned without knowing the colors yet, but I really do like the way it is looking.

Sally T said...

What an amazing group of projects. The I Spy Quilt is wonderful and I love the sewing machine cover! My cat, in his old age, has taken to eating thread off the machine. Hmmm...but maybe I could make one to cover the cat instead!

Sally T said...

What an amazing group of projects. The I Spy Quilt is wonderful and I love the sewing machine cover! My cat, in his old age, has taken to eating thread off the machine. Hmmm...but maybe I could make one to cover the cat instead!

Sally T said...

What an amazing group of projects. The I Spy Quilt is wonderful and I love the sewing machine cover! My cat, in his old age, has taken to eating thread off the machine. Hmmm...but maybe I could make one to cover the cat instead!

carla said...

Hi!!!! All of your projects are wonderful!!!! Those little pinwheels are so cute!!!!

Sheila said...

I'm behind reading blogs. Sorry. LOVE all your projects. Great pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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