Nov 1, 2009

All it took was a pep from Beck and some scraps.


I was feeling a little down on Friday, maybe even a lot down but my sister called to talk about how she needs to get in gear and work on her to do list and next thing I knew I was feeling better and motivated to tackle some of those scraps. So, I broke out all those bits and pieces you end up with after cutting those strips to swap out nickels and coins. I always have those end of the strip pieces that don't quite measure up. That why they end up in the loose change pile. I found that most of the end pieces could be cut to 4.5" pieces with the least waste. I got to cutting and in no time at all I had plenty of 2.5"x4.5" pieces. Now I like the way brights look so crisp against white so I pulled some white from my stash and cut 2.5" strips and then sub cut to 4.5". I sewed all my bright pieces to white pieces, then pressed all those while watching some scary Halloween movies. Today I sat down to sew all those together into strips. Then got to crying which made it hard to see, so I took a break and went outside which somehow seems to cheer me up. I went back to sewing and wa-la, next thing I knew I almost got all my strips sewed, only 5 more to go. This is going to be a very bright and cheery quilt. Here's what I have so far. I plan to put a 2.5" of white between the rows. I really like how quick and easy this was to make. A the best part is I'm one step closer to my scrap busting goal!!!! I'm going to call it Loose Change.

7 comments:

  1. I love it!!! I may have to give your new pattern
    Loose Change a try. I have a lot of smaller pieces of brights, and I really like how they look against the white. I have tons of Christmas fabric pieces, bet they would look good too.

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  2. That's really looking good. I'm amazed at how much you've gotten done on it already. I did manage to do a little painting today and I'm almost done with one teapot. I never did get my crazy ornament pieced. I'm just glad to be back on line. Wait until I tell you what the problem was. You are not going to believe it. Why didn't you call me when you started feeling sad?

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  3. I have to second that! Why didn't you call me when you were feeling sad? Crying is part of grief. It's actually better to cry then to try and avoid it. I avoided it for two years and found myself in counseling.

    Your life has completely changed with the move also. I'm feeling totally confused over this move and I didn't have to deal with a loss besides.Hang in there, brighter days will come.

    In one swap I got a mini coin quiltie. I love it. It's very colorful and cheerful. If I remember right, on the back side she ran the coins sideways so I could hang it either way. I haven't unpacked that box yet or I'd show you a picture.

    Keep busy, call on all your friends when you need too, don't dwell on what was but look forward to visiting Becky this spring. Hugs

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  4. Loose Change is a wonderful title! All the little bits add up to more than we realize...and that goes for money, in quilts, and in finding happiness again in our life!

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  5. "Loose Change" very pretty quilt. You are amazing, just love visiting your blog to see your work. Hang in there, thinking of you.

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  6. Loose Change, what a brilliant name for such a fun and colourful quilt!

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  7. I love the name...
    don't worry about the tears it's all part of the grief, something you hae to go through... It's been 21 years and I still get teary eyed...
    ever need to talk give me a call

    Lisa

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