Friday, April 3, 2020

Sewing up scraps and odd fabrics

I've spent the last few days in the studio digging through my stuff and sewing odd things together, eventually they will end up as donation quilts for Project Linus. The first one was a large piece of fabric that I had printed many years ago and then didn't know what to do with it. Well, I've cut it up into large tumbling blocks, it's very bright.

The second one started from two pieces of fabric, both printed with a similar deconstructed leaf image. I then added strips of fabric that were close in color to the prints, it's very busy.

The third one is still in process. It started with a shoebox filled with scraps of black and white prints, many of them were ones that I had printed. I just started sewing pieces together and now have these five larger pieces that will get assembled together with some red fabric.

2020 weekly leaf, Burr oak series, week14
Solar Fast on commercially printed cotton

SAQA Next 100 days

six rows (60 days) sewn together

61 -63

My normal goto thread for stitching is Pearl cotton, but for this 100 day project I'm using floss. Back in the 60's and 70's I did a lot of embroidery and saved all the thread in a large jar. For this project I've decided to use some of that thread, several of the skeins have the original little paper wrappers on them that include the price.
Most are 10 or 12 cents and there's 9 yards per skein. Thread skeins are no longer marked with a price and the price is quite a bit higher, and they are smaller, 8.7 yards.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".


  1. Your charity quilt with the leaves is amazing!
    I love when I find some old sewing notions or thread with the price. Thread, any kind, today is so expensive.

  2. As always, I love your leaf.

  3. I like using up all these old bits of floss and have quite a collection from my cross stitch days (before quilting).
    Other people have added some also over the years.
    Enjoy your hand stitching!