Saturday, February 9, 2019

A Medley :: Mishmash :: Potpourri of Little Things

It's the little things that fill our time and keeps us busy!  There is always a reason or at least a way to justify going off script, and I must say I do enjoy the change of pace every now and again!

In between large projects I do love to fill the time with smaller project as a way of clearing my head and regrouping.  Not all are with that purpose in mind, but it does help.

IMPROV POT HOLDERS
8.5" x 8.5"
Last week I dove into some good old fashioned improv.  I was contacted and asked if I could make two sets of black and white pot holders.  Of course I could!  In fact, I was itching to go from precise piecing to something a bit more freeing.     

The pot holders were received and she loved them!  Not only did she love them, but she wants another two sets!  It's rather perfect timing as I just finished quilting an labor intensive quilt and ... I need a change! 

SWEET MINI
5" x 7"
You guessed it!  I made another mini mini!  This was made with the bonus triangles from my Sweet Dreams Quilt.  I've been getting better about letting go of scraps, but in this case I was sure it would make a sweet little somethin'!    

THREADS TABLE RUNNER
15" X 52"
I'm feeling like a ping pong ball!  Here we are back to improv!  My gray scraps were building up and while there might not be enough for quilt size, there certainly were enough for a table runner.



It's a smaller version of a quilt I made years ago called 'Threads'.  Scraps of gray in all shades and bits of all the colors in the rainbow.  

I often say a runner is a smaller project that is quick and satisfying.  This was no exception.  



I finished it off by quilting organic lines in varying widths horizontally and vertically.  The vertical lines are just down the center which create a funky grid.

CURVE TABLE RUNNER
15" X 52"
Here we go with another runner!  One of my guilty pleasures is curves.  I love curves and honestly I don't do them enough.    



I like to take a neutral background, in this case it's ivory, and toss in one of every color!  Maybe not every color, but a lot of colors.  I used Shot Cottons with a few Peppered Cottons for variety sake.  



The quilting is another favorite, organic curves.  It's a sure fire way to create texture!  Plus, how fun is it to have something small to quilt where you aren't fighting with the bulk of a quilt and you can go full throttle with the pedal down?!

As you can see, I like to stay busy!  I don't like to be idle, except at night and even then I enjoy having some sort of hand stitching to do.

And I know I'm not alone!  What is it that you like to do to keep yourself busy?


LINKING:
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18 comments :

  1. You do like to stay busy and I love to see what you create. I personally am staying very busy these days building a crazy truck with my husband, but I definitely look forward to slowing down and enjoying handwork and hot tea more frequently when we start to travel and enjoy the fruits of our labor!

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  2. You've been very productive Jayne! I feel like I'm a slow quilter 😅 So cool to see where your creative mind leads you.

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    1. I don’t know exactly why, but I’m compelled to constantly stay busy! Smaller projects like these are great way to be creative and stay busy!

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  3. I absolutely love the curves runner, just need to figure out how to do one now. x

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  4. Wonderful finishes! I love the curve table runner, so interesting!

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    1. I forget how much I love doing curves! Making a runner like this reminds me of that and lets me do a little bit to satisfy the urge!

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  5. love it all! your mini mini is so sweet. I want to play with more tiny things!

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    1. Staying busy is never a problem when it comes to quilting! There are always so many projects lined up or in the pipeline!

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  6. I think what I appreciate about you the most is your ability to just let yourself play, to keep trying and seeing where the piece takes you. I like small quilts, because start to finish they are fast and not a huge fabric or time commitment if I don't like the outcome. Full throttle, pedal down, and barefoot. Now you're talking! Thanks for the fun post and sharing what's keeping you busy!

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    1. I enjoy taking time in between big projects to play around. It’s usually a good mind break and something that I don’t have to think to hard about while making. I love when I can quilt full throttle! Just like bigger projects of piecing, the same applies when quilting! I just need a break from intense quilting sometimes!

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  7. Do you ever sleep? LOL Just wow. I love seeing all your creations.

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  8. I love the gray table runner with the pops of color! What a great scrappy project! Makes me wish I had more grays to play with. :)

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  9. All great palate cleanser projects. Love, love, LOVE the Thread Table Runner!!! If you ever want to get rid of it, I'm your girl.

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  10. All of these projects are so interesting.....just love the scrappy improv!

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  11. Love that curvy table runner. Your projects are always so wonderful but that one really catches my eye. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  12. Sweet batch of little projects! The gray with pops of brights is my favorite of the bunch and makes me want to dive into my gray scraps right now. Unfortunately, I'm away from my studio for a couple weeks, so I'll just have to daydream. When I'm home, I also hate to be idle so I usually have several different works in progress at the same time. And if I don't want to work on any of them, my fall back is to make crumb blocks out of a single color! Fast, easy, mindless improv work. What's not to like? :)

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  13. The black and white pot holders are striking. No wonder she wants more. The mini mini is very sweet. Love the binding. The splashes of colours are wonderful in the the grey scraps table runner and the curves table running is another beautiful finish. Fantastic finishes!!

    -Soma

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  14. Really smitten with the runners, especially the gray one!

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