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Happy Scrap String Quilt

I am addicted to working with scraps and seeing what I can produce. I recently finished this scrap string quilt.  I sewed many various width strips of scrap strings and then joined them with scrap pieces of a blue batik which had been cut of a backing of another quilt when preparing that quilt for binding.  I purposely kept the blue strips different widths and didn't straighten the edges either so as to produce a wonky look to the piecing.  The side edges were constructed from some of my scrap 4'" blocks cut into half square triangles.  I only quilted along the blue pieces stitching in about 1/8" from each edge.  It has given the effect of binding applied between each block of scraps.  I also quilted the blue triangles in the same method. At a recent regional day someone commented that it looked a happy quilt hence the title to this blog post.

12 x 12 Play

Our local regional quilt group TPQ has recently started a small group who are creating 12 x 12 mini quilts to a set theme each two months.  I missed out on getting into this group but am waiting to work with the co-ordinator of the first group to establish a second group of 12 quilters.  In the meantime I am working along in the background using their themes as practice. 

The first theme was energy and I have decided to try something different each time if possible.  The above 12 x 12 was made by using a piece of my made fabric and then threads painting a lightening bolt onto it.  This is my first attempt at thread painting.

The second theme is labels.   I was given a packet of photo printing paper a while ago.  I have previously printed images onto fabric for other people using fabric backed with freezer paper but this is the first time I have used printed images myself.  I took a photo from our trip to Vietnam which I have always liked.  I also downloaded some label images and pr…