Monday, 11 January 2016

Getting scrappy in 2016

I'm not a great one for new year resolutions.  They invariably fall by the wayside once the empty party wine glasses are cleared away. But this year I have made a quilty resolution to get my scrap addiction under control. Like many sewists, I hate waste and so save the smallest pieces. Now is the time to use them up!
So my challenge has begun, and with two sewing machine 4 day deals already this month , I aim to spread the word. So I started with a scrappy book cover using the fancy stitches on my trusty Brother FS130QC. 


This is the journal cover version that I made on air over a number of shows using scraps of Floral Demin fabric by Craft Cotton Company and contrasting red fancy stitching. A perfect gift for someone special! 
These are my scrap boxes full of scraps - and these are the boxes I am planning to empty! I showed these on my Tuesday show - and many viewers are posting pictures to my face book page with their personal versions. How exciting!

But because it is me - there needs to be a quilt in there somewhere - so I have started my own Scrappy Star Quilt. I designed the block myself and use the foundation piecing method to create the star. This star is made from 4 smaller blocks. These will then be stitched together with 1 inch wide strips. I cant wait to get a bit of free time to get on with it! 
 
So this may be one new year resolution I can keep :)

15 comments:

  1. your star is amazing have not mastered FPP yet another thing on the to try and do list! Will record you today, sorry missed the previous ones but hope to watch on the C & C site. Did you do the baskets on C & C as they look a great container for the scraps. I have not a scrap vortex quilt with mine

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  2. Morning, like the star block, after watching you stitch yesterday, it looks less complicated than I thought it would be, will you be posting the patten, thank you

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    1. I will, as soon as I have a minute 😄

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    2. Hi Kath. the Pattern is available as a free download on my website
      http://www.sarahpayne.co.uk/Quilty-Tips
      Enjoy xx

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  3. brilliant shows so far Sarah, missed the one where you had paper similar to the Christmas tree, most likely you will be able to show us in more detail soon xx

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  4. Hiya, I have loved your shows this week. Your demos have been great and really inspiring. I was wondering if I could be cheeky and ask if you would be putting the instructions for the star block and book covers on at some point? I forgot to set my sky box to record!
    You have inspired me to make my first quilt. I have 6 blocks left to make. Wish me luck!!
    Linda xx

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    1. Yes and yes, I just need a few hours free to photograph and write them up. They will go in my quilty tips page on my website as free downloads. X

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    2. Yes and yes, I just need a few hours free to photograph and write them up. They will go in my quilty tips page on my website as free downloads. X

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  5. hi Sarah sorry to be a pain/payne but I missed part of you on C & C when you did the disappearing nine patch that you cut diagonally, could not catch up on lap top as it was misbehaving, any chance you could tell me what size block to make and how to cut it, tried to email you but button would not open your email address, know you are one busy bee so no hurry.thanks

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    1. Hi Margaret. Somehow I missed your question - sorry. If you go to my website http://www.sarahpayne.co.uk/Quilty-Tips you will see a free pattern for the disappearing nine that you can download. You can maje the squares whatever size you like - as long as they are square! Hope that helps. Sarah x

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