Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thrifty little quilt blocks

I was sewing a 2.25 inch binding today, sewing the strips together at a 45 degree angle. These little "waste triangles" cut off the seam were so cute, I just had to do something with them!

I paired them up with muslin triangles and made 5 tiny Hourglass blocks, which are about 2 inches square. These went into the box that I throw my vintage-looking scraps in, to be used for a future project.

Feeling inspired, I found a few more forgotten indigo blue triangles, found a scrap to go with them, and made this tiny Broken Dishes block. The triangles were sewn together on the long side this time. The block is about 3 inches square and so adorable! The pink fabric is from a re-purposed cotton ladies shirt.

Being frugal about my fabric, I routinely save little "waste triangles" but rarely use them. I'll most likely be making more of these charming little blocks! It's fun....I love being frugal!

If anyone else saves this little gems of fabric, what do you use them for?


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A new mystery

I probably have no business starting another project, but I couldn't resist joining in on Bonnie Hunter's new mystery "Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll".

My color choices are similar to Bonnie's: Pink, green, brown, lights, but for the constant I'll probably use the blue that is shown below. The blue is actually an XL pair of thrift shop men's PJs, barely worn, in a great antique shade of blue. It photographs a little brighter than it really is. The pink and green pieces are my completed "Step #1". So far, so fun!

I saw the movie "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows" this afternoon. DH has not read the books nor seen any of the movies, so I'm glad I explained the whole story and background to him before we went. Without some explanation, he would've been totally confused and bored. He thought the movie was very dark and dreary, but I think it had to be that way to convey the atmosphere of despair and fear that was experienced by wizards and muggles alike!

I haven't been keeping up with my ambitious Random Reads idea. There are simply too many books here at home just waiting to be read!