Friday, April 25, 2014

Playing with linens

Wow, this has been some day! It feels like I packed two days into one today. On the upside, a lot of work got done.

Also, some sewing. Since we're closing in on the end of April (how did that happen?), I finally made the purple blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  At least it gives me the illusion of keeping up with everyone else.  I used this triangle paper:


 I love triangle paper! No measuring, just pin and stitch (though I do try to pay attention to the grain lines).


That gave me these two quick blocks:


 And here they are with all their colorful brothers and sisters:


They look good!

So, I'm caught up with the triangle blocks. I still have to make a purple Odd Fellow's Chain block, but I didn't feel like fussing with it today. What I did fuss with was these pieces of vintage linen:


Somewhat hard to see in this picture, but they are hand embroidered pieces of linen found in a drawer in the attic at my mother-in-law's home. The stitching is lovely. Rather than throw them in a drawer, I thought I would sew them into a quilt. The round piece I appliqued to a square of lavender solid. Forgot the picture. Oh well.  The larger piece had to be cut up:


This was harder than you would think! I kept telling myself that it's just a piece of fabric that no one wanted any more, but I still had to take a deep breath before I cut it. Then I appliqued each of the sections to a 6 1/2 inch square of white fabric. I lost some of the stitching when I cut the linen pieces to fit, but only the filler stitches were cut off.  On both this and the round piece, I left the lace trim free. I think it's handmade.

Here's the pieces together:


As you can see, the lavender piece is over sized. I'll cut it down when I decide how to finish this. Any suggestions? I was kind of thinking about some Drunkard's Path blocks arranged to mimic flower petals, or maybe some flying geese. Not sure a star shape is what I want, though.  I think I'll have to ponder this one a bit.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I know we are going to work out in the garden, so that usually means lunch or dinner out. I'm lobbying for dinner! And, if I remember, tomorrow I will link up with SoScrappy. If you've never been there, it's a fun blog, and the Saturday linkups are always good. Many creative ideas out there! Also linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, another fun blog.

Enjoy the rest of your Friday!

6 comments:

  1. Hi. I don't think I could cut into it! Drunkard's path would be a lot softer looking than flying geese. Ps, is the verification really necessary? I hardly ever get spam comments and blogger picks them up pretty well.

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  2. Great idea to display such pretty stitches on your linen. I think the dp blocks or something with curves would look great with them. Maybe dresden plate parts? Good luck and enjoy dinner out.

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  3. The triangle paper sure makes quick work of HST's. Great blocks and the colours are so much fun! Lovely linens. What a lucky find.

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  4. Your triangle blocks look perfect. I don't know if I could cut old linens like that but I do agree it is better than sitting in a drawer. Looking forward to the final product.

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  5. Love the accuracy of your triangle blocks! Keep up the good work.

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  6. perhaps some scrappy string wide/horizontally oriented segments to fill in the spaces between the four lovely corner blocks? Too much design might detract from the delicate linens . . . love your repurposing effort!

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