Sunday, June 06, 2010

Playing with waste scraps

I have not blogged for so long that I am really embarrassed. The worst of it is that I have had a spectacular year with some truly amazing trips but have been so busy I have not blogged any of it. However - I have just had a bit of fun with fabric and thought it might be a good one to lead me back to blogging.

The challenge for my local quilt show this year is Go Green.

I know - they will probably get fifty green small quilts. Each has to be 50 cm x 70 cm. I know there are options on thinking about how to reduce waste, use of power - any environmental issue in fact.

I had a day up my sleeve, and I felt like a bit of mindless playing.

I decided to make use of a small bag of fabric pieces from dyed scraps - actually scraps from scraps. I have no idea why I did not throw these out years ago but they have been drifting around and now and again I consider chucking them - and do not quite do it. There were mostly very small pieces but a few positive/negative images left over from contemporary techniques class I used to run.

I always set a few personal rules on any project. I decided that I had to pick up a piece from the scrap box and sew it to something green.

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Then I had to join those pieces together and keep doing so until I could cut a few little blocks from the piece.

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Some of the scraps had already been sewed together but I treated these as one. I used a range of different green hand dyed fabrics as my filler fabrics. I opted for straight line piecing and just cut the bits of green off with scissors at the machine.

Because the first piece I took from the ironing board to the cutting mat divided neatly into four pieces that were 3 1/2 x 4" I decided that would do as my size. If I ever repeated this exercise I would cut the pieces square as then I could turn them around.

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If a piece was missing a corner I just sewed a bit on. If a bit was left over I sewed it to something green. If a colour was too strong and dominant I cut the block in half through that section and joined them to other bits.

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I found a couple of pieces that were like little trees, in pink and greens, and set them in too.

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I have now finished and quilted it and here it is.

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It was enjoyable, no fuss, easy and very light hearted as an exercise - and you could use any colour as your fillers.

Have fun.

21 Comments:

Blogger Sally Westcott said...

Ta for the inspiration! You make it look so easy!

I've missed your blog. Please keep talking to us!

Hugz

10:37 pm  
Blogger ozzidot said...

Oh Jenny, it's so good to have you back. What a lovely little quilt.. and the process looked like such fun. I must play more!

10:46 pm  
Blogger Sue said...

Welcome back and what a great play of colour you've created.

11:02 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

Welcome back to blogworld! Have missed your wonderful photos and posts so much.

Your 'green' quilt is such fun. Everyone'll want to follow in your footsteps.

8:01 am  
Blogger Kaite said...

an instant masterpiece, and such fun...k.

9:37 am  
Blogger Del said...

Lovely to see you again! I hope you will find time in your busy life to continue blogging. You have been missed. Del-SCalifornia

3:54 pm  
Blogger Lindi said...

Good to see you back. :)

I love the technique you used to make this great little quilt. certainly gives me some ideas! Thanks, Jenny.

8:02 pm  
Blogger Joy V said...

Great little quilt - gives me some ideas to use my scraps with. Thank you.

11:19 pm  
Blogger margaret said...

Delightful! Love that process of setting the rules...

5:32 pm  
Blogger QuiltingFitzy said...

What's up with life getting in the way!!! ...but seriously, we all understand.

We've been leaving the light on for ya, and now you've returned with a lovely little project.

Well done!

10:00 pm  
Blogger Tena said...

As ever, Jenny, I am in awe xx Tena

5:12 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, it is good to see you back! And with a fascinating idea! Thanks!

Rosemary K

2:22 am  
Blogger Sharyn said...

You've been making crumb blocks. Great job, love the trees.

12:02 pm  
Blogger Angie said...

Hola Jenny, most wonderful teacher!!!.... Remember me? Angie form Portugal... you said you would never forget me, I am testing you. I make these scrappy things all the time, they never look as artistic or gorgeous as your first try!! darn you are good, see you at the NEC? beijinhos xx

3:21 am  
Blogger Quinta da Quilter said...

Hand dye workshop in Ascot? Your colors are stunning! Nothing like a little playtime!
bjs,
Garen

3:59 pm  
Blogger OzRose said...

Love what you do Jenny!

I remember reading some time ago about your contacts in Eqypt re taxi drivers etc...I have a friend who is planning on going over next year so thought it would be nice to give her the contact :)
So if you wouldnt mind, could you email me the details please?
Best wishes
Val

8:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice youé back!

11:00 pm  
Anonymous Bia, from Brazil said...

I like it very much! Congratulations.

6:53 am  
Anonymous margret osk said...

I like this playing with scraps very much.Thank you for the inspiration.

Best wishes from a quilter in Iceland

11:26 am  
Blogger everythingquilts said...

gorgeous color combination

8:59 am  
Anonymous vishav bhraman said...

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10:22 pm  

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