Sunday, February 9, 2014

Simple Sunday Scraps

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When my mother moved into the nursing home, I was lucky enough to receive her Singer 401 slant needle sewing machine. It's the machine on which she sewed my clothes from birth through my wedding dress, so it's precious to me.

Unfortunately, she had placed houseplants on the cabinet top and water had leaked onto it, marring the finish. I should refinish it, and I will, eventually. But in the meanwhile, I wanted to make a quilted table topper to cover it.

I saw a design for placemats that used 2.5" squares. And boy howdy, I have lots of 2.5" squares! So today I started sewing them together with white 2.5" by 1.5" rectangles. I sewed the rows together with 1.5" by 26" white strips and here is the result:

If I add one more row of scrappy squares, it won't need a border. This design is so much fun, I may decide to make it my next "leaders and enders" project and make an entire quilt!

Linking up to Scrap Basket Sunday at Kim's Big Quilting Adventure.

Scrap Basket Sunday

I (finally!) have something new on the design wall for tomorrow. Hope you'll come back to see!

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  1. Certainly a good way to use a few of your 2.5" squares..Ive just done a similar thing with left over 1.5" squares.

  2. Oh I love a scrappy project and especially one that is so happy and bright!!

  3. I learnt to sew on my grandmothers singer treadle machine. This was promised to me after her passing, what a shock to find the machine had been taken from the cabinet when I finally received it. No one knew it's whereabouts. I have just given a bag of scraps to my quilt group to make donated quilts, love the scrap quilt, best wishes Wendy

  4. I made a mini quilt with the small squares last year, and it's still one of my favs! This will be the perfect table topper!!! I, too, am very excited to own a very old sewing machine passed down to me by a loved one.

  5. It is always great to see that other people save small scraps. Unlike me, others actually make something with the scraps! I guess I need to hold on to them a bit longer!

  6. Love this idea. I thought when I first saw it that it was charm square size pieces! Great idea to use the smaller size and make into placemats. You could change the colour of the sashing to match your room! Thanks for sharing.


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