Scrappy madness!

I like to keep my scraps organised by colour in polythene freezer bags, the ones that have a grip seal. I’ve got a couple of large plastic storage boxes to keep them all tidy but, now and again, I reach the point where I can’t fit any more of a particular colour in. Then it’s time to do some scrap busting!1These are all the purples I had. There’s a few pieces left over from the F2F quilt which was made as part of a block swap organised by Kate a couple of years ago.

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3 I remembered this particular fabric but I wasn’t sure it fitted in with what I’d planned. 4It’s from a very bright and cheerful jelly roll that I made a French braid quilt top with years ago. Here it is, still sitting in a box and waiting to be quilted after almost 6 years. Time flies!

cimg1528Do you always remember where every bit of fabric came from and the projects you made from it? I digress.

I pressed all the purple scraps and divided them into groups according to shape and size. There were loads of 5 inch squares, part jelly roll strips and 5 inch rectangles with selvedges still attached. I’ve now cut the selvedges off and have ended up with over 200 rectangles that are 5” x 1.5”. There’s also about 70 five inch squares and the equivalent of 60 full jelly roll strips. They’ve all been bagged up for future purple projects.

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6 I then cut all the other bits into strips as wide as I could get from them.

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9Then I stitched them all together. That’s what patchworkers do. We chop up fabric and stitch it all back together again! A bit of mindless sewing is good for you now and again, isn’t it?10Then it was fun time! Why have lots of pieces of purple fabric when you can have one big piece instead?11Keeping everything square as I went, I just kept adding different widths around and around and couldn’t stop because it was so much fun. I pressed the seams open because there are no quilt police here I thought it would lie flatter that way.

13Sometimes I added a strip to each side rather than all the way around, depending on how much of that width I had left. I ended up with purple scrappy madness. It’s a good job I like purple ;-).

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It’s now about 36” x 24” and I have no purple scraps left. Any ideas what to do with it? I’m happy to leave as it is or chop it up. Don’t say “bin it” LOL.

Celebrating an unbirthday with a bit of nostalgia!

Good afternoon everyone,

I had a little surprise waiting for me when I came home last week. I’d been away for a while so what could be a better welcome than a little package all the way from my friend Claire who lives in France. I know little packages from France always contain nice things! I opened it first.

It was my unbirthday….Wow!

What a lovely surprise to find a pack of ten gorgeous fabrics, all slightly larger than 10 x 10 inches and all coordinating beautifully.

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Plus a little fabric tray which Claire had made herself from charm squares. It now proudly sits on my bedside table 🙂 I love the fabric inside. These trays are such a clever idea.

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And finally, a vintage design seaside postcard.

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I remember spending ages reading these cheeky postcards outside candy floss kiosks when I was away on holiday at the seaside as a child. There was often a “double entendre” joke which seemed very naughty to me at that young age. Was it just the UK where those postcards were sold? I was never allowed to buy candy floss in case I got it all over my best clothes boohoo, but I did get candy rock with the name of the seaside location running all the way through it. We even went to see how it was made once and that was amazing! My favourite flavour was aniseed. I can taste and smell it now as well as the fish and chips with salt and loads of vinegar served in newspaper. Oh yes, and those triangular shaped bags of chips always collected the copious amounts of vinegar in the bottom and if you waited until you’d eaten all the chips, not to mention the scrumptious batter, you could make a tiny hole in the bottom of the bag and drink all the vinegar from it LOL. Those were the days 🙂

Thank you so much for thinking of me Claire. I know you were exchanging secret emails with my daughter about this. She kept your secret safe 🙂 It really was a lovely surprise and it has rekindled some lovely old memories too.

Well, all that nostalgia sent me off on a tangent didn’t it? Back to the fabric.

After squaring up the fabrics to 10 x 10 inches, I cut them all into quarters so I had forty 5 x 5 inch squares to play with. Aren’t they lovely?

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I’ve teamed them up with white and started to make some saw tooth stars with four patch centres. I plan to make a quilt which I reckon will be lovely for Springtime. So fresh and clean looking. Each block will be 6.5 inches when finished.

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It was such fun to get a lovely surprise. I’d been missing my sewing machine and I couldn’t wait to get back at the pedal 🙂

I hope you are getting time to craft this weekend.

Avis x

Pinwheel Profusion Tutorial


Take 40 x 5″ squares of patterned or mixed plain colours and 40 x 5″ squares

of a plain light colour.

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Pair up each of the 40 light coloured squares with a darker or patterned square.

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With right sides together, sew a quarter inch seam right around the edge. 

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Next cut across diagonally twice to give four quarter square triangles.

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Press seams towards the darker fabric.

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Arrange the four pieces into a pinwheel. Make sure all of your other pinwheels

rotate the same way (unless you want a mixture).

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Put right side over left side and sew pairs together, taking care to “nest” the

seams so they snuggle up next to each other.

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Press the two halves by placing the dark edge at the top and lifting.

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Now you need to sew these two pieces together. Remember to nest the seams.

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It gets quite bulky in the middle so it is a good idea to snip the stitches on the

seam and flatten with your fingers before pressing. It is a little confusing to

know where to snip but just push the new seams with your fingers to the dark

fabric and is becomes clearer where to cut. You should get a little pinwheel on

the back. How cute is that?

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Here is one I made ealier…..

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This one is ready to be squared up to four and a half inches. 

Here are my 40 pinwheels.

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