Sunday, January 2, 2011

Scrappy Saturday and Two Finishes

In honor of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at soscrappy, I went through my scrap box to find scraps for this month's color: blue (how many times can you say the word "scrap" in one sentence?!")

Right now, I decided to finish a mug rug that I had just put aside a few months ago - which is super scrappy and slightly wonky.

I am quite busy today with preparations to leave for NYC for a week for internship training, so I did not get to quilt it or bind it, but I DID pin it together. I think I get an A for effort :) Haha. But in all seriousness, I plan on finishing it when I get back next week.

For all of my scraps, I'm thinking of starting a rainbow dresden quilt. When I have a chance, that is. I think I might even make it our wedding quilt (well, the front - for the guest book, our guests are going to write on pieces of fabric, which I plan to put on the back).
I think I'm going to start putting my bigger scraps aside to save for that, and make smaller projects for this challenge. I wish I could be with my sewing machine every day, but college calls - in two weeks... I'm not sure how I feel about that right now. And it's not just because I can't sew yet again =P

As I said before, I'm leaving tomorrow for a week, so before I left, I made the effort to finish these two important projects.

The first is the baby quilt, for a girl, that I've been mentioning. Updated: better pictures!

Fairies! Some Dream On charms! And my first quilt with stippling!

Back - slightly see through, but stipply and pink.

I can't wait to go over and give it to our neighbors! I had to fix the binding a couple of times, but this was only my second time binding ever, and with the machine... so I'm okay with it :) I learned to use lots and lots of pins.

Then, remember that gathered clutch I mentioned the other day? Well, I finished it, by following the very popular tutorial by Noodlehead. This project has been on my "must do" list for a while, and since I'm going to NYC, this was the perfect time to do it. So, slightly in a rush, this is what I came out with (sorry for the dark photos):

Silly me - Before I sewed the whole thing together, I realized I still had a piece of Heat n Bond laying there, so I sewed it to the back of the external layer. Later I realized that I'm pretty sure it was meant for the divider in the middle of the clutch. Oh well :) Something to fix next time.

Anyway, the tutorial was very easy to follow, except for the part about covering the zippers. It took me a little while to figure that out completely, but I got there. And I'm really fine with the front stripe being a little lopsided - oops - but I think it gives it charm :) And I don't even want to fix it.

Also, I added the little hand band (is that a word)? I measured my wrist and sewed the band there, so it won't fall off. The credit card slots also came out perfect.

Altogether, I really can't wait to make this clutch again. The possibilities for color and fabric are endless... but you know how much I love purple, right? :) So it HAD to be purple and flowery. And it was complete with some of those eggs from "It's a Hoot" - and the "hand band" is from that line too, actually.

So that's my progress for the weekend. What did you accomplish?


  1. I LOVE your little mug rug. They are so fun to make and even nicer to have around. You could use the Rainbow Scrap Challenge as an opportunity to work on a Dresden Plate quilt, just focus on one color each month and by the end of the year you'll have enough for a whole quilt.
    Great work on the baby quilt! Stippling gets easier the more you do it, and yours looks great. Before you know it you'll be doing little loop-de-loops and swirls.

  2. Your baby quilt is wonderful and that mug rug is sooo cute.

  3. I think you are doing a great job and it encourages me to try stippling. It just looks so hard but I think I will give it a try. I added you to my favorites. I do not know how to become a follower but I will check your site often. Tina


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