Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Window Box Quilt - To the Moon and Back

I'm glad to report that my wisdom tooth extraction went well and I am having an easy recovery so far with very little pain.  I'm trying to be good and rest, but I really want to get busy in my sewing room!  I did sneak in there for a while today to package up an order and was really excited to find the missing pieces from my Savannah quilt!  Now I can finish up the blocks and piece the top, finally.  I was so frustrated at not being able to find the pieces - I knew they had to be somewhere, but had no clue where.  Turns out they had stuck on the bottom of a box of 2 inch squares I had set aside.  

Since I don't have anything exciting to share, I can catch up on one of my finished from January that I haven't shared yet.  This is a new sample from my Window Box Pattern that I made for Threads That Bind.  The fabric is Lewis and Irene, LTD - To the Moon and Back.  My favorite is the little rocket ships on the navy!

The prints that look like polka dots are planets.

I made a scrappy back for this one from my stash and quilted it with a simple meander.  It will be a nice cuddle quilt for a little boy!
It's always fun to see how different a pattern can look when you change the fabrics up.  I liked the first version I did, but this one is just super cute!
Here is the original quilt:

I finally found a use for all of the leftover bits of binding that I've been saving.  I thought I would sew them together and use them for scrappy quilts, but I don't ever seem to have time to make those scrappy quilts.  I was looking through my bins for pieces big enough to finish some mug rugs and as I was putting the rest of the binding away I found a pattern and crochet hook for a rag rug.  Right then and there, I decided to get started on it and I just may be addicted!  I've already emptied several small bins of strips already, and have a good start on a lovely scrappy looking rug -

I'm trying for a couple rounds a day.  I have plenty of scraps to work with, and when I run out of the binding scraps, I've got a whole drawer of 2 inch strips I can use, not to mention my overflowing scrap bucket!  I'm super excited to have a new project I can work on in the evenings, plus a way to use these perfectly good bits and pieces of fabric.  As I work each color, I can usually remember the project that it went with.  So many quilts that I've done.  This rug is a real scrapbook of the quilts I have made over the past year and will surely be a great keepsake for me.  There's even a bit of the rocket ship fabric in it already.  It would be fun to count up all the different fabrics, I know I've saved a lot of pieces over the last few years!  

At any rate, it's always great to find a new way to use those bits of fabric I just can't seem to part with.  What's your favorite way to use up your scraps? 


sophie said...

Live the scrappy rug idea! What size crochet hook are you using?

sophie said...

LOVE it ... Grumble, grumble ... Fat fingered me ...