Nellie"s Needles

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Lake Series - What I Should've Been Doing

Instead of playing with birds, I should've been working on the big lake piece that is one of my entries to the SMQ guild show. It had to be delivered yesterday. I warmed up by constructing this smaller, regular sized one.

Lake #53 (construction)
My husband walked in while I was sprinkling bits in the shallow shoreline water. He could not figure out what I was doing because it looked to him as though I was doing nothing but empty-handed gestures.
I was picking up and dropping bits like these one at a time. The larger long pieces got snipped into single triangle pieces.
I had shaken them out of these scraps to get them.
This is the mess of scraps and wool roving from which I'm working. I needed peach fabric and could not find a single scrap of that color from the three bags full dumped on the floor.
I finished that quilt Tuesday morning and that includes the sleeve and lable. Whew! You'll get to see it when I post about the opening of the quilt show next Thursday.


Anonymous said...

You really use every minute scrap! I love these lake series quilts - looking forward to seeing the new one

McIrish Annie said...

Nellie, where do you store all of those bits and scraps?? do you try to separate by color or are they all together?

Nellie's Needles said...

Annie, the scraps that I have in the house are stored in clear plastic bags that have zippers, the kind that blankets come in. Otherwise, I fill big garbage bags that get stored in the garage. When I get bored with what's in the house, I bring in a bag or two and switch around. The supply never seems to diminish.

Kay said...

This is so interesting. I knew you used tiny bits, but these are amazing. Do you put net on top? I would think the little pieces would come through.

Nellie's Needles said...

Tulle netting holds it all together. I've not had a problem with tiny bits or fine threads filtering through it.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

oh oh. I gave it to you. You have piles of fabrics too. Oh dear...I'm sorry, I didn't know it was catching or I never would have posted pictures.
Seriously...I'm in like with your latest picture. Very beautiful!

Nellie's Needles said...

I believe the compulsion to save every bit of fabric and stray thread is a "free floating virus" the finds easy prey like me ... and some of you. I have shelves and shelves of fabric, but a whole lot of my work comes out of those bags of scraps.

sherrie said...

Dang! and I threw away a ton of little bits because I thought it was just too much clutter! Next time I travel to Knoxville to see Mom (Jean L.) I'll try to remember to bring you more :-)

Sherrie G

Paula said...

Hi, I found your blog through La Sewista! and I have to say, those lake quilts are amazing! I've never quilted, but you almost inspire me to try it.

Anne Wigfull said...

If you will keep the scraps together in bags you must expect them to breed...(g)
How do you decide on the tulle colour when covering a whole piece like this?