Saturday, February 12, 2011

Scrap Challenge Saturday

A heart you can hold in your hand. This little stuffed heart is one of the things I made from my red strings. It will become a pin, I think, but could also hand on a bag or be used as a pin cushion.

You can find step-by-step photos and directions on flickers here: Heart Pin Step-by-Step. I plan to put together more thorough (and printable) directions . . .  someday.

Three Fiber ValentinesThe rest of my red strings from last week were made into fiber postcard valentines. I still enjoy a bit of child-like awe over how you can stick a stamp on a fiber postcard and it almost always arrives at its destination unscathed.

I used a lot of red scraps in a bunch of sample lotto blocks for March--since I've already given everyone a heads up that we'll be using red fabrics, I can share the corners of the blocks I've made . . .

Sneak peek of lotto blocks for March

. . . come back on March 1 to see how great the blocks turned out ;-)

I wanted to do red and white blocks in March in a nod toward the Folk Art Museum's exhibition of red and white quilts that will be taking place in New York, Infinitie Variety: 3 Centures of red and White Quilts.  (If you're going, I'll be the one wearing the little stuffed heart pin ;-)

Although the next project didn't begin as a red scraps project (the cover heart is one of the bonus blocks from the string hearts), I used 2 red fabrics from my red scraps bin for the inside and pockets and some red wool felt scraps for the felt leaves.  I have published directions for making the small hand-sewing kit here: My Portable Hand-sewing Kit.

Sewing Kit Inside

Red scraps cut into trianglesI haven't yet pulled the red and white project from my packed away UFOs–I still hope to quilt and bind it this month–but I have started cutting triangles to make more scrappy stars.  I'll be taking them with me to UFO night at the Honey Bee tonight.

Value is very important when putting the stars together and I had a hard time finding enough "lights" for these blocks.  I broke the Rainbow Scrap Challenge rules this month and used a few pinks and creams to make it work.

While I was cutting triangles, I also cut a stack of some small squares.  I have an idea for one more red scraps project this month.  They'll probably come along tonight and be sewn into 16-patch blocks.

You can check out what everyone else is making from their red scraps by following the links at the bottom of the So scrappy Scrap Happy Saturday blog post.


scraphappy said...

Your string hearts are adorable. I think adding pink, and white is perfectly acceptable. How can you see a pattern with no contrast? I'm sure you blocks look great, the fabrics are looking good anyway.

Quilter Kathy said...

Wonderful projects! I love the photo of all the little pieces cut out and ready to sew *smile*

Scrappy quilter said...

Great projects and so creative.

Brenda Kay said...

Such a tiny little heart, with so much loved poured into it.

Cattinka said...

Nice hearty projects, I especially like your fabric postcards!

Lilian Pilar said...

Las tarjetas postales en tela son preciosas, y el corazon de mano me ha encantado, muy buena idea para ocupar todos los retales pequeños.
Un gran abrazo.

Fabric postcards are beautiful, hand and heart I've loved, very good idea to fill all the small scraps.
A big hug.

Ellen said...

So many wonderful projects. You are very creative.

LuAnn said...

You have done lots of neat things with your red scraps this month. I love the little hand sewing kit.

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