Today I thought it would be fun to go back to a post I did in April, I've been playing with my scraps. You may not have seen that one, I did it as an extra post after a fun filled Saturday afternoon. I didn't share it at all, it was just there, so if you were not a follower then chances are you will have missed it.
These are the scraps in question. All I had left from the Oakshott City Lights Lipari fabric. They were so beautiful I didn't want to waste them, so I just had a play. They were from fat eighths, selvage scraps which varied in width from less than an inch to about an inch and a half so not much to play with.
Now I hadn't done any improv at that time although I was drawn to improv quilts but I hadn't anything to loose and thought, how hard can it be? So I had a go. Oh how naive, I didn't have a clue what I was doing.
This is what I eventually ended up with, not very inspiring is it?
Ok, so time to see if I could do anything with it.
I decided to make the most of it I would turn it into a cushion (pillow). First of all I added a black narrow border to finish about about three quarters of an inch. That's when I had my brainwave, now don't laugh, I decided to paper piece it. When you have picked yourself up off the floor and dried your eyes I will continue. Thank you! I got out my roll of golden threads paper and drew an 18 inch square with seam allowance, I allow extra for a cushion.
I estimated how much I would need, creased it, and cut.
Then I repeated for the second side.
I then went on to do the quilting, finishing it with a simple envelope back, because as we all know, I don't do zips, at present that is.
This was the result. Like my buttercups? Why have a boring green lawn when you can have a bright and cheerful one.
Have another look, isn't it beautiful? All of those selvedge ends that could have gone to waste, would you have kept them? Yes it's a bit wonky, and it's not proper improv, but would you notice that unless you examined it closely? Well, yes, probably, but not if you just glanced at it across the room you wouldn't.
I just did straight lines with the walking foot using the edge as a guide, so about half an inch width. I had been thinking about spiral triangles but there was no point because there isn't enough negative space around the triangle. If you look closely at the bottom you can see I did a diamond shape grid at the points, a nice little feature which saved me from burying threads (believe that you'll believe anything :-))
So this is all I now have left which includes the binding scraps, shame to waste it............
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