Sometimes you purchase a panel or have a focus fabric that you hate to cut up. Recently at my quilt guild, one of the members brought in several different panels and said whoever wanted to make a quilt could have them for the use of the guild. I jumped on this piece because it would be perfect for a car lover. I knew if I made it the perfect person would end up with it.
I found three different remnants in our stash of fabric from the guild. I love the first geometric border. It looked like vintage car interior to me. The black border was great to frame the panel and the brown print helps to soften the top from that black transition.
I used a brown fabric on the back and what do you think about that geometric quilt pattern? It looks like a schematic to me. Right in line with cars and mechanical things.
Here are all of the measurements I used for this quilt. It finishes to 58x58 inches. A nice throw size. I filmed a short video to inspire you. Check it out below. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
If you are looking for a project that will use up those leftover quilt scraps and batting, think about sewing cat toys. I recently made a trip to the animal shelter local to my quilt guild. We sew pet beds using leftover fabric scraps and needed to make room for new projects so the beds were loaded up in my car.
That is a ton of beds the dogs will love to snuggle up in. While I was at the shelter, I asked them if they had any other needs and they requested small blankets to put in the cat rooms as well as some cat toys.
They let me go in the back with them and see how big the areas were. You know this really grabs at your heart. The areas were very clean and well cared for but I will always feel sad seeing animals waiting to be loved.
So I reported the request back to my guild and started working on it. I always have leftover batting and fabric from my quilts. In fact we have bins full that we use to make the dog beds. These little guys don't care what color or if the seams are straight. They will be excited to have a new distraction from a long day in their enclosure.
Here are some of the toys I sewed using my scraps. I added some crinkle with potato chip bags to some. I also sewed mice with long tempting tails. The square hearts have ribbons that can be hung from the kennels to be swatted at. Have I inspired you to sew some cat toys? There is a short video showing how I made the crinkle toys. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone (maybe a kitty cat) will appreciate your hard work.
I love quick projects that are useful and recently I sewed this needle book. I had just purchased a new pack of quilters needles and opened the corner carefully when I took one out. I used some tape and thought it would be enough to hold those thin needles in once they were stored in my sewing kit. Not enough I found out quickly because when I moved the kit, carried it or tried to open it, there were needles floating around. Very unsafe. So I put everything down and immediately sewed this project. I am so glad I did because it has definitely given my needles a stable soft place to wait until I need them.
Look at that tape. I don't know what I was thinking except maybe I was in a rush to work on something else. You know that is not going to last very long is it? I love how the needles are lined up in a row and I can wrap my thread around them so I have a threaded needle ready to go.
Here it is in my sewing kit. I carry this to my guild meetings so I have everything I need. Having your own sewing needles is a good idea if you are going to be sewing in a communal setting for sanitary reasons. Have I convinced you to make your own needlebook yet? How about making some for your sewing friends? All it takes is a piece of flannel and batting and a small length of elastic. A cute button is the final finish.
I filmed a video you can watch also below. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
Lagniappe Peddler believes that the process of working with our hands can be one of the best forms of healing the hurts in our lives and welcomes all who visit this safe little corner of the world.
What is a Lagniappe Peddler?
ˌlanˈyap,ˈlanˌyap - something given as a bonus or extra gift
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