Of course, I also did some stitching, just for rehabilitation purposes, you know. I finally finished up the string quilt! Here she is:
Is that not a happy quilt? This is the Scrap Happy Rails pattern from Amanda Jean Nyberg's book No Scrap Left Behind. I made mine smaller than the pattern, mainly because this was all the scraps I had that I wanted to use up. If you recall, I found a bag of coordinated floral scraps that I had saved, and I cut those up for this quilt. My top is about 48 by 60, a decent lap size.
What could I call this beauty but Start of Summer? I have really lost my taste for florals, but they look fresh and summery in this quilt. And I used up every bit of those scraps. I mean *every* bit:
Yep, that little pieced string in the center of the photo is about a half-inch wide. Someday I will learn to keep and use only the larger scraps, but that day is not today, clearly. Seriously, there is nothing left. I was sweating out the last two blocks, but managed to eke them out.
This quilt top was really easy, but it was seriously labor intensive. All the strings! I didn't have long enough pieces for more than a couple of short strip sets to cut into sections, so the vast majority of these strings were stitched one at a time. I worked on two blocks at a time so I could always have something going through the machine, which worked out pretty well. If I were a smart person I would have chopped all the strings to the correct length before I started stitching anything, but I didn't. I just cut them as I added them to the sections. That slowed me down a lot!
This little quilt is destined for great things! I've signed up at a local quilt shop to take the required class so that I can rent time on their longarm, and this top will be one of the practice quilts. After that it will likely be donated, but I expect it to teach me a lot first!
I also got a great surprise in the mail this week-- check out this beautiful little mini that Janine at Quilts from the Little House sent me:
Isn't that adorable? It's already hanging on the wall in my sewing room. Much too pretty to be setting lemonade on! Thanks so much Janine!
One more thing-- as I said above, there are a lot of plants here that I can't identify. Does anyone know what this shrub is?
This is also shown in the second picture above, and it just bloomed this past week. The flowers are lovely, but I don't know what it is or anything about it. And just how do you get rid of pachysandra? It's everywhere! Any help appreciated!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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