Rainy day upcycled

Today’s nap time endeavour turned out pretty well. It was supposed to be a dress with a paperbag style skirt but I had too much trouble with fiddly bias tape for the arms and gave up. It’s now just a skirt.

The patch of grey is from a top I got at the one of a kind show several years ago. It seemed like such a shame not to reuse this cool screen printed design. The pink part was a maternity shirt that just reminds me of being fat. And now it will remind me of the brilliant little girl the extra weight was for!

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Good to the Last Scrap

I have been a bit quiet lately but that doesn’t mean i haven’t been sewing like a bandit.  I finished the baby quilt for Felicity, whipped up this fun little linen skirt (with pockets that are lined with stripes – making me happy just knowing they are there even if you can’t see them).

Peek -a -boo striped pocket lining

Peek -a -boo striped pocket lining

Soft cotton-linen blend (a left over from the baby houndstooth quilt)

Soft cotton-linen blend (a left over from the baby houndstooth quilt)

Finally found a use for these snazzy blue buttons I've been saving for years

Finally found a use for these snazzy blue buttons I’ve been saving for years

Seams are hidden with a strip of left over dinosaur print binding tape

Seams are hidden with a strip of left over dinosaur print binding tape

I also finished the Geranium shirt for Scarlett (turns out she won’t be able to wear it for another month or so).  Pictures of that later.

Now I’m onto another throw-sized quilt (for a room to be determined later).  This last project sort of crept up on me.  I have been planning on starting the king-sized houndstooth but I haven’t been able to decide on the colors yet.  Feeling the urge to get going on something, I took a look into the ever-expanding pile of scraps and it came together.  I was inspired by the fabulous book “Sunday Morning Quilts” by Amanda Jean Nyberg.  I’ve made a number of quilts from this book and thought i’d try using up some fabric strips I’ve been stock-piling.  Thing was, the more I pieced, the more I realized I didn’t actually have enough just scraps to make the damn thing with.  So, I ended up cutting some special fabrics I’ve been holding onto.  In the end I think the pop of those prints is going to make me like the quilt even more.  Sometimes things made from just scraps feels like a project made of second -rate left overs. This time it won’t.

I just began piecing and realized it was becoming a bit too loud to be a quilt for our bedroom, but perfect as a throw for the basement , and perfect for our cottage (once we buy one:)).

Strip by strip…

A couple rows in and this is how it's coming together.

Toes not included

I just began piecing and realized it was becoming a bit too loud to be a quilt for our bedroom, but perfect as a throw for the basement , and perfect for our cottage (once we finally buy one.  Given the intensity of the front, I’m thinking the quilt backing will need to be a bit more serene.  Thoughts on what color I should make the binding?