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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fun play date

Three things to be happy about:
(1) a like-minded friend
(2) celebrating an accomplishment
(3) adding finishing touches

Yesterday my friend and fellow guild-member Deb and I had a very fun play date with scraps - large scraps, small scraps, tiny scraps, strings; ugly scraps, pretty scraps, batik scraps with seams! 

That little rhyme is included, of course, at no extra charge.  

Deb has always liked what I do with small scraps so we decided to put our heads (and our scraps!) together and make scrap/crumb blocks, just to see what's what.

I like the display in Deb's sewing room, it's almost like having a mini quilt gallery in your own home!

She has the same love for bright colors that I do, and you can see how she likes scrappiness in her quilts.  See the mini-quilt at the upper right side in this picture?  That's made from a block she designed a few years ago for a swap.  The fabric really makes the piece, doesn't it?

And those two mola pieces are gorgeous; I'm putting molas on my to-do-someday project list!

So!  This is what we had to work with when we combined our scraps in a great big pile ... have you ever seen such chaos!!?  

Can these scraps be saved???

Yes!  We sewed and talked and sewed some more.  Now this was so funny... somehow we got talking about New York Beauty blocks, and how we were both members of About.com community when there was a group making Karen Stone's NYB blocks.  She mentioned she used to read that particular thread all the time, and when I told her I was one of the regular posters and told her my screen name, she was astonished!

 As it happens she'd see my name all the time and she'd say to herself  "I need to meet that lady, she's very close to where I live!" 

We remembered some of the same people by their screen names... this person had a heart attack; that person had a pet pig that slept in her bed; this person was a nurse and worked at night; that person lived on an island and built a home in Minnesota... this had to be way back in the 2001-2003 time frame!

As time passed, we both gradually stopped visiting About.com because we simply didn't have a lot of time to spend online reading (and responding to) all the comments ... now we spend our time on the blogs, LOL. 

Anyway, we had a good laugh about it; it was a couple years before either of us joined Uhuru Guild, so we hadn't ever met each other. 

We spent about three hours sewing to our hearts content, and ended up with a great assortment of blocks!
I think somebody likes purple!

This is one of Deb's favorites!

What a wonderful play date we had!  Deb was nice enough to lend me one of her Janomes, so I didn't even have to schlep mine over there.  We sewed up a lot of blocks but you can guess what happened... the pile of scraps did NOT go down, or so it seems!   I think if we try hard enough, eventually they will HAVE to yield, but we'll have fun doing it.

Well, have a great Saturday everybody; I think this will be another no-sew day for me - too much else to get done.   Sew forth and sew on til later!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful time for both of you. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Thanks so much for coming -- I had a blast! You can come back to play anytime!

  3. I loved seeing all of the blocks the two of you stitched up from the scraps. I've only started saving the tiny scraps and hope to get enough to make a quilt from them. It's like getting something wonderful from little to nothing. Enjoy your weekend.

  4. What fun! And while your attention was on sewing and visiting, those bits of fabrics were proliferating in the corner. If you ever figure out how to use up those scraps, share the secret.


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