Thursday, September 13, 2018

FiberWorks Show

I've shown you my quilt, "Mother Said" a few posts ago. You can see it here. I've seen a few of the other quilts and it is going to be a fabulous show. If you can't make the reception, please try to see it while it is hung.

Friday, September 7, 2018


What started this next project was my finding a few pieced blocks that I had made for a project a few years ago that never materialized. One of the blocks was even quilted.

These were the first two. I didn't get a picture of the one that was already quilted. One member of my fiber group was appalled that I would cut them up, but they had been sitting there doing no one any good and I had a good use for them.

I quilted them, using Peltex as the batting, on my Sweet Sixteen, which does not balk at all those seams as my Bernina does. It must have a stronger motor because it just glides over everything. A pure pleasure!

And I cut them up into coasters. I did a machine buttonhole stitch around each one. 

I used an old coaster as a pattern.

You may notice that there was some quilted fabric left over and those were made into bookmarks. When I borrow a book, I like to return it with a pretty bookmark. They will also get buttonhole stitching.

Then I found some old nine-patch blocks left over from baby quilts.  

Here is one I haven't used yet. What I do is slice it up into long wedges from side to side. Then I pick three other fabrics in coordinating fabrics and add wedges of those and sew them together. Then I slice that piece up into wedges and sew that together.

I should have taken a picture of the before block, but I didn't. This one had two fabrics with white backgrounds and different cat motifs. I added a gray hand-dyed and two black and white prints. I ended up with this wide piece.

I was able to get 10 coasters from this. Hard to see the kitties, but you can if you look closely. 

These were made from a 12" crazy pieced block. It gave me four coasters and four bookmarks.

There are even more, but I don't want to bore you. What am I going to do with all those coasters?  The navy ones will go to my Florida home. The blue and yellow will stay here in CT (I used them today for a meeting) and the rest will be gifts. I think they would make nice hostess gifts tied up in a pretty ribbon.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.