Scrappy Sewing Machine for August

It’s the 15th of the month (again) and time to show what I’ve been making with scraps.

Remember those hundreds of 1.5 inch squares I had to join together

to make a pixelated sewing machine wall hanging?

Well, I’d like to have said I’ve finished it but it’s not quite there yet.

It’s all joined together and actually looks like a sewing machine now rather than a multicoloured cow as Mr. Tialys offered by way of criticism at an earlier stage of construction.

The back view shows the task in more detail

I decided to quilt it by playing around with free motion quilting as it’s only going on the wall in my workroom, a place heavily guarded against inspections by the quilt police.

I found the perfect multicoloured thread to do it with.

As usual, my quilting is by no means perfect, in fact, on this occasion it’s only just acceptable and I’m not even going to make that claim for the back which is why I’m not showing you a photo of that as it will only be going against the wall in any case.

I think it will look fine from a distance.

I had the binding on up until yesterday when I realised, as I was hand stitching the back down, that my mitred corners were not coming together properly and the binding fabric had started to fray so I unpicked it all.

Still, at least that means I will have something to show you on the next Scraphappy Day which is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric.  Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.

Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn(me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on August 15, 2019 - 10:10

    I’m full of admiration – a work of art.

    • #2 by tialys on August 15, 2019 - 13:39

      Well, the flaws are many but I think it will look good in my sewing room – maybe I’ll put a chain across the space in front of it so people can’t inspect it too closely. Do you think that’s why they do that in art galleries? 🤣

  2. #3 by nanacathy2 on August 15, 2019 - 10:14

    It is totally splendid, and quite clearly a sewing machine. Cow indeed!

    • #4 by tialys on August 15, 2019 - 13:40

      I know! He should have gone to Specsavers.

  3. #5 by katechiconi on August 15, 2019 - 12:08

    M. Tialys is clearly visually challenged, because at no stage could this have been compared to a cow. It’s magnificent, an excellent example of the advanced scrap-user’s art, and I can’t see anything wrong with that quilting either. I wouldn’t have been brave enough to use coloured thread, it’d have been white and pray it disappears into the background, thank you very much. Super bit of ScrapHappiness, and look forward to the grand tah-dah next time.

    • #6 by tialys on August 15, 2019 - 13:42

      I do usually go for the colour of thread that blends in but, because I was going to go all over the sewing machine colours too, I thought I’d be brave. It’s actually a hand quilting thread and my machine wasn’t overly keen and occasionally threw up a few nests and knots on the backside and there they will stay, hidden from sight.

      • #7 by katechiconi on August 15, 2019 - 13:50

        I think you may have been lucky; you’re not supposed to use hand quilting thread in a sewing machine because of the coating on it, which bungs things up. In which case, you were lucky to get away with a few knots and nests…. Either way, the gamble paid off, and it looks good!

      • #8 by tialys on August 15, 2019 - 14:34

        Oops! I did question the man in the sewing shop who swore it would be O.K. though why I took any notice of him I really don’t know as I think I probably know more about quilting than he does. Lesson learnt. I might have to do a bit of hand quilting somewhere so as to use the lovely thread up.

      • #9 by katechiconi on August 15, 2019 - 15:23

        Maybe on the *next* F2F blocks, although when I’m going to restart that I don’t know…

  4. #10 by nottaholiday on August 15, 2019 - 12:13

    i love the quilting, it reminds me of all the threads that usually attach to me when I leave the sewing room. Fascinating transition of colours too…

    • #11 by tialys on August 15, 2019 - 13:45

      Ooh, yes, what a good interpretation of my mad meandering – I’ll use that should anyone ask about my artistic inspirations 🤣.

  5. #12 by The Snail of Happiness on August 15, 2019 - 12:42

    My utmost admiration for working with such tiny scraps. I’m sure it will look splendid on your wall… a work of art.

    • #13 by tialys on August 15, 2019 - 13:46

      Thank you – and unique too as I definitely won’t be making another.

  6. #14 by KerryCan on August 15, 2019 - 13:25

    It’s fabulous but, I swear, I would finished it so the back, and all those seams, was showing. That makes it so evident how finicky and time-consuming this piecing must’ve been!

    • #15 by tialys on August 15, 2019 - 13:47

      Don’t worry – I’ll bore the pants off of anybody who asks about the construction with the gruesome details!

  7. #16 by mlmcspadden on August 15, 2019 - 13:50

    Looks great!

  8. #18 by Laurie Graves on August 15, 2019 - 14:15

    Marvelous, lively, and bright! In no way does this snappy, scrappy piece resemble a cow.

    • #19 by tialys on August 15, 2019 - 14:35

      I think maybe he’d had one glass too many of his home brew when he expressed that opinion.

  9. #21 by kathyreeves on August 15, 2019 - 14:59

    All those tiny pieces, and it dos look like a sewing machine, you have a splendid piece of wall art there!

    • #22 by tialys on August 15, 2019 - 15:01

      If only I had a bit of spare wall in my sewing room to hang it. I’ll have to move one of the less ‘relevant’ things off the wall to make space.

  10. #23 by Dartmoor Yarns on August 15, 2019 - 16:17

    A great way to make scraps look like they were chosen exactly for their job.
    I do admire the amout of patience you have to make and sew all those tiny fiddly squares.
    AND you did your own quilting. Think I’ll have to go and have a lie down.

    • #24 by tialys on August 15, 2019 - 22:35

      Cheeky! I’ve only ever sent one quilt off to a longarm quilter up to now – although I’m going to send my F2F3 quilt top off as it’s going to be Superking size so that it will actually fit the whole bed for a change – and I think I’d lose the will to live if I start trying to quilt that. I have come to terms with the fact that, although I love piecing, I don’t like quilting.

  11. #26 by thecontentedcrafter on August 15, 2019 - 21:43

    You are constructing a fascinating piece of art for your sewing room Madame! Nothing handmade is ever perfect – which makes this perfect!! 🙂 I admire your patience above all else in the creation of this including hand stitching the binding on twice…….

    • #27 by tialys on August 15, 2019 - 22:40

      I like to aim for perfection but, if something goes wrong, which usually happens at least once in any project, and it still looks fine I’m too lazy to put it right – depending on how hard it would be. I did take the bad binding off after all but that would have driven me mad for ever more so it had to be done.

  12. #28 by dezertsuz on August 16, 2019 - 05:10

    I would be happy if I could free motion that well. Meandering is much harder on the domestic machine than a longarm! I still to straight or slightly wavy lines. =) I think it looks great – like the cat got to your thread spool. LOL

    • #29 by tialys on August 16, 2019 - 09:21

      This is only a 25 x 25 inch wall hanging – I don’t think I’d wrestle a large quilt through my domestic machine and attempt the FMQ although I know lots of people manage it beautifully. I like the idea of the quilting suggesting loose or tangled threads – it seems appropriate in this case.

  13. #30 by Kim on August 16, 2019 - 10:56

    It looks great 👍 (nobody is going to see the back!)

    • #31 by tialys on August 16, 2019 - 11:46

      Not if I can help it.

  14. #32 by CurlsnSkirls on August 16, 2019 - 14:38

    GAWJUS!!! Love all the colours and your composition is great! Hm. Was going to ask for deets on that thread, but as I will never, ever use it for hand-anything, will not. Had a similar problem lately with a shimmery rayon thread and had to toss it. I feel your pain! 😩

    • #33 by tialys on August 16, 2019 - 16:17

      Well, I don’t think it managed to clog up the machine’s innards so that’s a good thing but I won’t take the chance again.

  15. #34 by claire93 on August 16, 2019 - 15:15

    that’s a lovely finish, Lynn!
    and you’re not alone. My favourite part of patchwork is the patchwork part (ie, slicing & piecing). The quilting stage is, I find, always very daunting and when things that can go wrong do!

    • #35 by tialys on August 16, 2019 - 16:19

      I think I got lots of piecing genes and no quilting ones 😐
      This time round I messed up the binding too which I usually find fun to do so, not quite a finish but nearly.

  16. #36 by DawnGillDesigns on August 16, 2019 - 19:34

    I can’t imagine how long that took you – such tiny squares. Awed.

    • #37 by tialys on August 16, 2019 - 22:24

      It will definitely be a ‘one-off’.

  17. #38 by lovelucie1 on August 17, 2019 - 08:04

    A wonderful piece for your sewing room! Just love it!

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