Today, being the 15th of the month, is the day for showing off what you have done with your scraps. You might remember this pattern I showed you at the end of last month’s Scraphappy post and it has driven me every bit as mad as you might imagine it would.
Having cut hundreds of 1.5 inch squares from scrap fabrics, I proceeded to lay them out in 5 x 5 blocks in the order shown in the pattern, like so.
Having joined the blocks up individually, they must then be joined in rows which was much more interesting once the first row was completed and I could start adding coloured squares. Here’s the first two rows joined together and hung out of the way.
I’m making this as a project for Wednesday afternoons when I sew along with a friend of mine and, for the first time when we’re doing a project together, neither of us has felt tempted to do any alone during the rest of the week. I expect you might not be surprised to hear that.
I am not the most accurate piecer which is why I like to do foundation paper piecing as it enables me to achieve better results. So, trying to join small squares together was never going to be a piece of cake for me. I did try, originally, to place the squares on a grid made from fusible interfacing, fold along the lines and stitch then cut the seams open and iron out as I have done for individual ‘postage stamp’ blocks before but, although it made for more accuracy, it made the fabric stiffer and, worse, took longer to do and I couldn’t face doing another twenty blocks. So, I abandoned that method after the first row.
Almost worse than the piecing is the ironing. Pressing all those tiny, close together seams open means burnt fingers and every time you press one seam, the ones only an inch away from it, risk getting ‘unpressed’ again.
I sometimes wonder why I decide on certain projects in the first place but what’s a (sewing) life without a bit of a challenge?
Now, I’ve done three rows and joined them up and can start to see the sewing machine shape emerge, I feel more encouraged. Also, hung in my workroom window, there’s a nice stained glass effect going on.
Mr. Tialys says it looks like a cow. Ridiculous! Who ever saw a multi-coloured cow? Whereas there are plenty of multi-coloured sewing machines around of course 🙄
As it is the 15th of the month, and it’s June, it is also my birthday so I hope to be wining, dining, walking around admiring the scenery and generally enjoying a bit of a break over the border in Spain as you read this.
Just about here….
Hasta la vista, until next time.
If you like the idea of using your scraps (of anything, not just fabric) click on Kate or Gun(first two names in the list below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in. Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.
Kate, Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn , Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.