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!


Elvis Lives said...

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.

Deb A said...

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.

Nell's Quilts said...

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.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

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.

Kathy S. said...

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

Quiltdivajulie said...

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!