Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Creative Mess

What a mish mash I have on my design wall. There aren't enough hours in the day to get all I want accomplished. I've got my Flowers project, hst sashing,  a new Valentine/red/pink mini, my antique signature block, (bought a frame, it looked like crap) and a background for a Halloween project!
My sewing table isn't much better......
Please tell me I'm not the only one with long strips of batting hanging around. LOTS of strips. It is really annoying. I put mine to use once in awhile.

Overlap them a little then use a big zig-zag stitch to sew it together.
Trim some of the overlapping backing.
Use.

Have a fantastic Tuesday.

33 comments:

  1. Rest assured, you are NOT alone with the batting strips. Most of the little lap quilts I've finished this month have pieced batting inside. We quilters are a frugal, practical group.
    I noticed your value-sized box of freezer paper on your work table. That's the perfect size of box for a busy appliquer.

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  2. Colorful construction zone, Cute Valentine quilt, look forward to seeing its completion..
    I like this picture of your sew a long quilt, color looks much darker. Enjoy your progress!

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  3. I have a box of batting strips and use them up in most of my minis in a similar manner.
    I like seeing your work space. Makes me feel as if I have "visited" you. : )
    What a nice collection of projects--really working on a Halloween project, huh? At this time of year I have either not thought about those yet, or given up on the ones that I didn't finish last Halloween. Love the little Valentine mini.

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  4. Doesn't everyone's sewing area(s) look like that!! LOL

    Blessings

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  5. Oh Boy - am I with you!! I decided I would focus 2014 on the TEN (!) BOMs I've got and then I decided to add the Country Homecoming BOM hosted by Kim's Great Quilting Adventure, and then I got a cold that has been hanging on for three weeks now - yuck! I haven't been working out or doing ANYTHING except sitting around (reading blogs ;o)) and blowing my nose and coughing (okay too much information). Anyway, sorry for the longish post - but I'm with you…LOTS to do!!

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    1. I hope you are feeling better soon Tina and back to sewing your BOM's!

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  6. I love using little scraps of batting to use with my small quilts - I just cut the edges straight and butt them up against each other - then stitch with a multi zig zag - works great! I got my first 5 blocks made and I'm lovin' them! Thanks for the glimpse into your sewing room....

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  7. You aren't alone. And it only makes sense to the rest of us quilters because we NEVER have more than one project on our design walls!

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  8. what fun stuff on the design wall - Yes, i always have batting scraps and like to use them for small quilt too. I love the heat set tape, but the zig zag is a great idea too!
    looking forward to Pt 2 of mwb :)

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  9. So fun to see your design wall. My smallest scraps of batting are used to swipe across the cutting mat. Little bits stick right to it.

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  10. For the life of me I dont know why, but I agreed to take my mothers batting leftovers (as if mine were not enough) as well...except she seemed to have used all the good long strips so now I have a massive bag of short bits, think I am going to have to take up making mug rugs and pot holders to use them up! Love the pink and red quilt on your design wall.

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  11. I just got home from a quilting friend's home. She has those same flower blocks finished and did needle turn applique. She has not done the setting yet and we discussed fabric choices. There will be partial seams. She said she can't figure out any way without doing that.

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  12. I take my small batting strips as a challenge to make a quilt small enough to use it. At least that's what I tell myself when I ask myself why that stuff is still lying around. Can you tell I spend too much time talking to myself? Love the chaos.

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  13. Your design wall looks wonderful. So much creative energy! I save my wider batting strips and then once in a blue mood I cut them into squares and make a rag quilt to give away. They work great and it feels like the batting is 'free'.:)

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  14. Yes! It does look familiar. Hee Hee! I seem to be jumping from one thing to another. Now I'm quilting a really, really old UFO. I have to get it finished! I have plans for the mess, though, as I'm sure you do. There is a method to our madness. Oh! I save the batting strips and sew them together too. I have a huge bag full in the closet…yikes!

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  15. Your mini looks fabulous. I think your sewing room looks good compared to mine, I sometimes wish I had three design walls to keep projects moving along. My batting leftovers are getting out of hand, maybe I need to do as you do. Loving your new mini!

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  16. Hey creative messes are the best, my room looks like this all the time! keep on making messes we love it when you do!

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  17. I love seeing the creative messes of others... makes me feel "normal"!
    When my batting scraps pile gets too high, I start a quilt-as-you-go project.

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  18. I have SO many batting scraps. I must discipline myself to start piecing them together and using them! Love all your projects!

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  19. I feel your pain! I love the blue quilt and all your blocks are amazing! As for Batting...my name is Anna and I hoard batting...that is another blog...

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  20. I love seeing all the projects on the design wall.
    I do save batting too. It got a little out of hand so I tossed some, but I still have some larger chunks that I can use for small projects or even a mini quilt.

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  21. Scrap pieces of batting and zigzag stitches belong together... and they come in handy when you least expect it!
    I'd rather work in a creative mess than be a neat freak any day... :)

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  22. Ah yes the creative mess! It feels so good! Love the look into your sewing room and that Valentine mini is adorable ! Batting scraps, well I keep big ones and I have used that fusible tape it works well. Everything is so expensive in sewing these days you gotta work it!!

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  23. Thanks for showing your creative space, aka the mish mash. Your QAL came out nicely.

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  24. A creative mess is not a mess! I always think I am neat and organized until I really look around - it's not neat at all! Love all of your projects on your design wall!

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  25. Your 'mess' looks beautifully creative! 'Mess' is just part of the process I think, at least it is at my place.

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  26. I agree it all looks totally creative and full of potential!

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  27. Lori, which is that blue and white quilt? I love it! Your sewing table still looks pretty organized, to me!!

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  28. A creative mess is the best kind!

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  29. I'm loving the blue and brown. I don't know why I have not made a quilt in this colour scheme.
    I did smile at your "mess" my sewing room is just as messy and I bet everyone else is the same :-)

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  30. It's fun to see all your wips on the wall.. so colourful! I do that with my odd sized bits of batting too, I don't like to waste anything lol!! cheers... Marian

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  31. I messy sewing room is a fun sign of a creative mind at work. It looks like you are on a mission to accomplish and the beautiful quilt at the end of this blog confirms it!

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