Friday, June 12, 2015

My Small World, a Scrap Vortex!

All kinds of scrappiness is happenin' at my sewing machine. It's been fun, and terribly messy to pull out all my scrap bins and paw through everything... looking for smaller fabric bits for Scrap Vortex, and the more planned colors going into My Small World. 

This photo doesn't show actually how bad as it's been! But you know it must be messy because Dan  poked his head into the room to ask, "What are you making?!" Usually he doesn't pay one bit of attention! I've cleaned up a couple times, putting some bins and fabrics away, and then later going scrounging for more. 

What I have to show for all the piecing, pressing, and trimming is this small pile of pieces. Scrap Vortex is into week two, so I've been taking the pairs of pieces and joining them to other pairs or strips. It's a pretty pile, mostly in bright colors. I'm rejecting most scraps that are black or brown.

As long as I'm being messying, and to get my projects under control, I've made a couple of these Work in Progress Bags, (WIP) a pattern by Amanda Jean of CrazyMomQuilts. She's the one who got me started on the WIP scrap mess in the first place! Using my stash of 14" zippers from ZipIt, and some of the three yards of 16 gauge vinyl I bought for half price from JoAnn's, I plan to make a whole bunch of these in different sizes.
9" X 12" and 14" X 18" WIP bags
The other big part of the scrappy mess is My Small World, a pattern in the Spring issue of QuiltMania magazine. I'm having so much fun! I'm probably overthinking my fabric choices - where to place each color - but it's rewarding to sew with such little bits. 

This is section one completed. It measures 12-1/2" X 34" (unfinished). 

Most of the low volume prints in the upper section are 1" X 1" finished, or 2" X 2" finished. It's been fun to see on Instagram what quilters are choosing for the "billboard" at the top of the tallest building. I've seen: café; flowers all summer; handmade original; edge of the world; beyond the woods; be grateful for luck; show in New York; June... such small printed verbiage isn't easy to find. My "Delight yourself in the Lord," suits my world perfectly. I found that on a stashed panel of Bible verses purchased from Block Party Studios, Nevada, Iowa. 


This close-up picture of the section bottom shows the variety in the piecing and appliqué. The four pinwheel blocks on the left side each measure 2" X 2". I learned that several pieces, like the diamond in the center, went together better as foundation paper piecing. You'll also note that I am fussy cutting some of prints - the palm on the right - to reflect my Florida world. 

I'll keep the Florida theme going in the next five sections. Yep, I'll be working on this one for a long while yet. The finished size is 33" X 52".

Along with a Christian friend, today I'm going on a bus trip to Tampa for a Living Proof Live event at the Sun Dome. After doing at least ten different1 Beth Moore Bible studies, I'm excited to see/hear Beth and worship leader Travis Cottrell, in person. It's going to be a wonderful two days. Linda

15 comments:

  1. Yay for the scrap use! I'm still in week 1 of the scrap vortex qal but gearing up!

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  2. What fabulous scrap projects you have going on. I'm about to start (finally) on My Small World. And yes, I think you found the perfect piece for your billboard. Not sure what mine will say yet at this point...

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  3. A delightful Small World, totally yours. I pray that you will totally delight yourself in the Lord at the conference and come home really blessed in a new way.

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  4. I like how you "flit" from one project to the next, exactly how I love to work. I'm sure the Beth More event will be wonderful. I've done a couple of her studies with some of my neighbours when I lived in China. Very inspirational.

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  5. Looks like you're having fun Linda. Love those bags you're making. ☺

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  6. My sewing room looks exactly the same! But isn't it fun?

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  7. Fabulous scrapping going on your world. I love the Florida theme, and can't wait to see how it unfolds. It's terrific!
    Elizabeth

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  8. Strangely when I started mine, I wasn't thinking it would be Melbourne Town, hence I have a "Route Sixty-Six" on my billboard....looks like I'm a bit lost! Or it was wishful thinking.... Have a great time in Tampa.

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  9. I love this so much Linda. It's so darn cute! I really want to make one, but not yet ; )

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  10. What fun you're having!!! I haven't started either as we have been in No Cal visiting and babysitting . It has been lovely to have a week with the little girls. I posted on IG a cute video of the youngest playing at the Discovery museum in San Jose, such a fun day. I am absorbing all the hints on Small World and am eager to do at least a little next week before our next trip. Enjoy your trip!

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  11. Scrap Vortex is going to be delightful- and you'll never remember the mess (I don't think). checked the tutorial, and like you, I think my scraps may be a bit too irregular to pair up easily. I've made just one of the WIP bags and really like the pattern. Small World project looking real good. Chuckled at the comment above that noted how you flit from project to project. As a fellow flitter, I admire that! ha. Enjoy the Beth Moore trip- she has wonderful events!

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  12. Linda, I love sewing with scraps, but as you know it really gets messy 😉 enjoy!

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  13. know what you mean about the scraps mess - I finally cleaned up my room last night and it feels soooo good !! just ready to start again :) loving all your scrappy delights and can't wait until July so I can start playing with my small scrappy world again !!

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  14. Super fun scraps play - I love the effect. And those tiny windmills!!

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  15. Scrappy vortex sounds so organized! The clear vinyl pouches sound much better than the brown cardboard boxes I have now. OK, thanks for adding another item to my must make to do list! lol...I love your small world block! I noticed a few on instagram too. It's fun to see the variety. Cheers :-)

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