Wednesday, October 9, 2019

2nd Rayon Quilt Finished!

These are like eating chocolates!  Who wants to stop?  😎😎

 I have one more I can sew before I really need to get back to quilting the cotton Angel Tree quilts due by Christmas.







So soft!  Pretty good use for a bunch of outdated clothes!  


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Monday, October 7, 2019

2nd Rayon Quilt

What started out as an idea to use a few rayon Hawaiian shirts has ballooned into a full on attack on my rayon clothes stash!  Well, it had to happen.   I pawed through some more boxes last night looking for rayon clothes/pieces.  When it was all said and done, I probably have enough for 10 more quilts.  Apparently I've been collecting rayon full pleated or gathered skirts longer than I remembered.

Few pictures from Rayon Quilt #2.  It's ready for trimming and binding.

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That purple with the zigzag is from the 90s.  Aaawk!  Is it really 20 years ago? 

These really are fun to stitch!  Not hard to design but fulfilling in their results.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Rayon Twin Quilt Finished!


Nineteen pieces of clothing are starting their new life as a comfy quilt!  
Some, like the blotchy blue fabric, have been waiting since the 1980s for another chance at life!  I'm surprised so many actual pieces of clothing were used.  I didn't realize it was so many until I counted them.  It's gratifying to see them repurposed. 



The back is sewn from shirts, pants and a scarf with dark backgrounds.  Really cozy! 

Leftovers are headed to the next quilt!  Hope to get a healthy start on it today.  

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Rayon Twin Quilts

Necessity is the mother of inventions, right?  My storage room is overflowing and I need some of my containers back and a little space between my shelves!  So, I looked through the containers and decided the 1st one to be emptied would be the rayon Hawaiian shirts and some miscellaneous vintage blouses and gathered skirts.  The batting is made from thrifted fleece blankets and scraps I fused together.

Rayon fabric can be a pain to sew but it's very cozily luxurious when quilted.  The colors are vibrant too.  So, I've embarked on a series of rayon quilts sewn with my strip quilting method.  The strips are wider than usual; both for speed and to enjoy more of the large prints.  I like what I see!
These will be donated to the Houston Furniture Bank for No Kids on the Floor Initiative in 2020.  I was told they can use whatever styles I give them so I am really letting my creativity soar!  It feels good too!




This quilt is now off the longarm and ready for binding.  The backing is pieced from men's shirts.


The leftover strips and backing from the 1st quilt have been moved into the next 2 quilts.  I'll keep doing that until I deplete my rayon supply.  One thing great about rayon: it rips!  I've been using that feature to my advantage on these strips.  



I'm unsure what to do with all the leftover notions.  I don't think I will need them anytime soon.  Maybe a grab bag?  

I've saved a big pile of ripped scraps for raw edge work but I am even 2nd guessing those scraps.  Sometimes I just have to say Good Bye. 


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Monday, September 30, 2019

1st Twin Quilt Houston Furniture Bank

Lots going on and instead of a report, how about looking at my 1st quilt for the Houston Furniture Bank? In 2020 I will be organizing sewers to help me give them twin quilts for their initiative No Kids on the Floor.  They give a twin bed to families (who qualify) so children aren't sleeping on a floor.

My goal is to downsize my fabrics; nothing new in (unless it is a donation).  I won't even be buying thrifted clothes to use (well, maybe).  I really am looking forward to sewing with abandon without any preconceived plans or strict rules.  My philosophy will be all fabrics go together; honoring the Mighty Scrap Quilt!  Pulling the vintage fabrics first.  Lots of them in this quilt but they seem to work well.