Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I May Have A Scrap Problem - August Accomplishments and September Goals!

Hi, all!

August is drawing to a close, and it's been a good month!  Lots of sewing, lots of cutting, and lots of using up stash fabrics.  I'm pretty proud of my progress!  Here's a recap of the goals I had for August...

The first one was the homespun seat cushion and pillow.  All finished and delivered to the customer!  I'm really happy with the way these came out - not my style, but exactly what she was looking for...


...and I am especially fond of the backing of the pillow - I took a men's shirt and cut a rectangle out of the front which included the button placket.  After putting the pillow cover together, all you have to do is unbutton the placket to slip in a pillow form!

Next up was the scrappy black and white placemats.  I cut my black strips into shorter lengths and put them together in jellyroll race fashion for a very random look.  

The back of the placemats were chunks of leftover black and white prints divided by a narrow white strip, and I did a simple diamond quilting design to finish them off.  I'm happy to say the customer loved them!!

Third up was piecing the scrappy string blocks for this quilt.  I not only got the blocks pieced, but I also assembled the top!  This is a beautiful design, and one I will definitely make again.


The last goal on my August list was to start working on my eldest granddaughter's annual quilt.  I pulled a couple of fabrics for this quilt but really didn't make a start on it yet, so that goal wasn't met.


... I did cut a LOT of blocks from the leftovers of t-shirts from all the t-shirt quilts I've made this summer!

And the really frightening thing?  I've still got half a tub of shirt pieces to cut up!  Honestly, I think they are reproducing at night when I'm not up there!

I also spent some time drafting out ideas for using some bonus HSTs left over from another project...

... and laid out the beginnings of a quilt using up some orange peel segments I had left over from an earlier quilt.

So here are my goals for September.  I want to make at least one stadium/picnic quilt using the t-shirt pieces I've been cutting up, and I'd love to sew up the orange peel quilt.  I'd like to make at least 20 more string blocks for my ongoing string block quilt project, and I definitely need to pull fabrics for Lilli's annual quilt.  While doing that, I should be able to organize some of the fabric tubs, as I want to go through them to find fabrics that are special to Lilli - fabrics from her earlier quilts or clothes that I've made for her in particular!

And I'm thinking seriously about taking Rachel Hauser's on-line course, Patchwork from Scrap!  The class runs from September 12th to October 20th, and has two main themes:  sewing organization/habits and scrap sewing.  I love Rachel's style of sewing and I think it would be an interesting way to learn how she does what she does, and how she stays organized enough to do it.  Hop over to her site and take a look at the info she's posted about the class - it's way more than I want to get into here, but it's so interesting looking, and the projects she shows are very tempting!  This is my very favorite, and may just be enough to make me jump into the class with both feet!

So that's my progress for August, and my goals for September!  I'd love to see what you accomplished in August - be sure to link up below to share them for everyone to be inspired by - and let us know what you're planning to work on in September too!

Let's whup up on that scrap monster a little bit more - he's starting to look a bit tamer these days, isn't he?  Hooray for us!!




  1. My scraps have multiplied this month. ha ha...but I am having fun making things.

  2. All of those projects are great. I especially love the back of the pillow. Very nice!

  3. The pillow back was a great idea!

  4. I have also been tempted by the Patchwork Scrap class. Between travel and existing committments, I'm not sure how much I could accomplish. Meanwhile, I'm excited to see your quilt plans for Lilli. Do you have a design in mind or have to wait and see what you have to work with first?

  5. What a brilliant idea for the pillow using the button portion of a men's shirt - such a time saver! And love the string quilt with all the glowing stars. Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers

  6. I've finished the topper of my oversized postage stamp quilt and I've added quite a few 'leaders & enders' to my day I'll figure out what I'm going to do with those!!

  7. Love the homespun cushion and back. Using old shirts makes them so perfect. You are always an inspiration!

  8. LOTS of wonderful progress Sarah! I love that string quilt! And what a clever way to make a pillow back - so smart and good looking!
    I am always tempted by Rachel's classes and hope someday to take one.

  9. The more I see of that string quilt the more I want to make one. What a genius hack for the pillow back.

  10. It looks like you did quite well on your goals. One question -- an annual quilt for your grand daughter? Yea for you but is she now buried under quilts?


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