Monday, July 14, 2014

Scrappy's Story

This continues to be the summer of UFOs for me. Although I occasionally start a new project (or two or three), I am really focusing on completing some of my UFOs. "Scrappy", my red and cream quilt, is now a finish.


If you recall, I had started sewing together some blocks with the scraps from previous quilts, using a variety of reds and creams cut in 1.5" strips. I made the nine-patch blocks first, then added cornerstones and strips to finish at 5". I used a variety of neutral blocks to add to the pieced blocks to create Scrappy, a 35-block quilt that finishes at 33" x 42". 

I decided to quilt it by machine using one of my favorite quilting designs...cross-hatching. My back always aches when I spend too much time leaning over to mark a quilt, so I purchased some bed risers recently and used them to raise the dining room table. This gives me a perfect height to walk around the table and mark my quilt.  


I was able to purchase the risers through Amazon HERE but I would imagine they are easy to find if you live in a city.


Once the design was drawn on with my Frixion pen, I headed to my sewing corner and started machine quilting.


Perhaps it will be used as a crib quilt, a wall hanging, or a table runner? I added a sleeve to the back, attached my Cuddle Quilter label, and now it is ready for a new home. 

My quilting location has moved outside for the summer. In the early mornings, with my coffee in hand, I head outside to the back deck. I sit in my quilting rocker to do my stitcheries and watch and listen to the finches come and go. Scrappy fits right in!


It's a great day for quilting!



41 comments:

  1. It's so wonderful... Love your sewing spot! ENJOY!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great idea to use the risers on your table. I know my back hurts too after bending over the dining table for long periods of time. Your quilt looks fantastic; and I really love how you have a place to hang and display your quilts for taking pictures and to just enjoy.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Beautiful finish! I'm a bed riser fan too....they sure make things less painful.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Scrappy has turned into a delightful little quilt, especially with your lovely quilting. I am so pleased you are getting time to enjoy the lovely weather and have a few feathered friends to keep you company.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love the quilt! It appears to be the same pattern and style that was used by my great grandmother when she put together (all by hand!) the quilt for my mom made out of her baby dresses. After she passed away she wanted us 4 girls to divide it up so we'd each have a piece. It came out soo beautiful. She can check it out if you would like here...http://debsdailydribble.blogspot.com/2014/06/little-dancers-and-moms-quilt-pieces.html Oh, and brilliant idea on the risers. May have to try that myself. Enjoy your day.

    ReplyDelete
  7. What lovely scraps you have! I really like the little quilt. And your morning stitching sessions sound lovely. Perhaps I should head out to my deck right now.

    ReplyDelete
  8. The price of the bed risers was worth every penny! I finally had a higher table built due to the back issues. It isn't fun to quilt if your back hurts. I love your quilt - very scrappy but nicely controlled. It is gorgeous in your quilting area. The cross-hatching is the perfect quilting design. Think I'll spend some time today with needle and thread. - It is a great day for quilting! ~Jeanne

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is really beautiful and looks so lovely hanging on your deck. I love seeing all your UFO's!

    ReplyDelete
  10. The variety in the reds and creams makes the quilt so interesting and attractive. Very nice finish.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love your outdoor stitching space!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love those cozy inviting colors. The quilt is a real beauty! I too use bed risers to make life easier. Everywhere but the bed...go figure.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I *LOVE* this quilt!! And your grid quilting is PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go!!
    P

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!! You know this just grabs my scrappy heart strings!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. The perfect place for this wonderful quilt to be! AND the perfect place for you to be!
    What a lovely stitching corner!

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a beautiful quilt ! Congrats on finishing another UFO !

    ReplyDelete
  17. Very nice use of scraps--and what a great place to sew!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Those are my perfect colors! I just love this quilt. Thank you for the lift hint. My back has the same problem cutting out patterns.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Wonderful scrappy quilt and what a great place to stitch in the summer months while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature :-)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Great colors for this quilt. It feels good to check other one off our UFO list for sure.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Your quilt is gorgeous, and great idea to use the bed risers.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Great scrappy quilt! And what a lovely sewing spot!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love your red scrappy quilt. That is one of my favorite ways to use up little squares and strips too. You definitely have the "BEST" sewing spot. I have a bird watching area too, but it's in the sun, so I am limited with when I can sit out there and sew.

    ReplyDelete
  24. You know I love Scrappy! what a cutie! And your summer stitching spot is just perfection.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I'm REALLY liking that quilt, my friend! Love the fact that it is a two color one and loving it even more that it's red and white/cream.

    Now about those bed risers. I'm so tempted to order a set. The table that my BIG Bernie is on is an antique and naturally it's lower than standard size. These would be perfect to raise it up so that I could comfortably get my legs under it. It doesn't say how tall they are but I'm guessing 6". Is that right?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Kaaren. The bed risers add 7" to the height of the table.

      Delete
  26. I love those star blocks from your previous post! And this scrappy number is a gorgeous finish, too, congratulations! Looks like a lovely stitching spot, Lesley, hope you got plenty done in spite of the chirpy distractions!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Your red and cream scrappy is beautiful. Someone is going to love it. I wish I could get some ufo's finished, but I keep seeing new projects I just have to make :-). For instance, I just began stitching a quilt with all of these little houses on it, one you might remember:) I've got one house done.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Oh, Lesley, how very beautiful!! And so inspirational. I am working through my UFO basket, too, but find I'm lacking backing fabric. I really need a trip to New Glasgow! Or Avonport:)! Wish it wasn't so far away. Love your new sit spot. I love to sit and stitch in my outdoor sit spot! I'm so inspired, I'm getting off this computer right now so I can get back to work!! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  29. Wonderful quilt...love that it is scrappy too...

    ReplyDelete
  30. You have done wonderful, work, this quilt looks really beautiful!

    Sabine from Austria

    ReplyDelete
  31. It truly looks great Lesley and hurray to you for using up all those bits.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Pretty quilt, love the colours! I'm sure you'll have lots of finishes this fall!
    Have a great weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Soooo pretty!! I love it… and the colors combines perfectly!! And the bed risers are a very clever idea ;o)

    Kisses!!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Scrappy is adorable! I love it hanging outside on your deck... which by the way, sounds like an awesome place to spend morning stitch time!
    Aren't you clever with the bed risers for the kitchen table! It's a great idea... Amazon.com will probably wonder why they are selling like hot cakes!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Lovely lovely quilt. I too use those bed risers to raise my dining room table. I have repurposed my dining room into my sewing studio and will soon be attaching a countertop to my old dining room table to make a giant cutting table.
    Gmama Jane

    ReplyDelete
  36. Great Risers. I bought some 1 inch risers from Amazon for my card table to make my table even with my sewing table. What would we do without Amazon....:)

    ReplyDelete
  37. Those bed risers are such a great idea! You are so clever . .. genius :)

    ReplyDelete
  38. Another awesome finish! Gorgeous quilt ! Thanks for the reminder for the bed risers. I am 6'2" and my back aches too bending over the short tables,, so I use my kitchen island. I am getting toes now to put under the table legs. So many great ideas from fellow bloggers.i tend to make long lap quilts with cuddly flannel backings

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for visiting me. I enjoy writing about my quilting projects and am so glad that you enjoy reading about them. I will certainly reply if you leave a comment. Thanks again!