Monday, March 19, 2012

When Scraps Attack; Also The One with Dead Nerve Endings

I sent that one out to my For the Love of Solids partner. So clearly I needed one for myself!

My original idea involved surrounding the cross stitch with some of my favorite fabrics.

So I combined that idea with Rachel's Scrap Attack celebration going on right now. That all led to 104 different scraps measuring at 1" finished squares, scraps of gray solid for borders, and scrap pieces of binding. Even the Aida that I cross stitched on is a scrap!

I did extremely minimal quilting, just an outline just inside of the gray border, and then an outline around the cross stitch square. I really did not want to take away from the squares at all, and they're too tiny to do too much quilting, but now the mini is more, um, floopy [I make up my own words now] than I generally like my minis. I also probably should have ironed it before I took this picture...whoops...

Whoa, hello wonky red piece...embarrassing!

Some absolute favorite fabrics...hippos...Sandi Henderson ginger blossoms...HR fishies...other favorites that aren't pictured include a Kitchen Aid mixer from an HR print and a Holiday Happy Santa gnome!

 I immediately hung it in my little fabric/quilting shrine corner. [Fab triangle mini is from the Love of Solids swap eee!]

The only thing I'm not too happy about [besides the floopyness] is that I don't really like my binding choices. But since I was working with scraps I did the best I could with what I had. 

Should you care to make one of these for yourself, you can get the pattern on Etsy or Craftsy :)

How in the world does this relate to dead nerve endings, you ask? I burned my fingers A LOT when ironing seams on these 1" squares [but it was totally worth it, the majority of them matched up yay!]. And then by the end of this project I didn't feel the iron heat nearly as much. Quilting-related hazard? Where can I collect my hazard pay?

Linked up with Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, Manic Monday at SewHappyGeek, and sharing this little guy in the Scrap Attack over at Stitched in Color!


  1. Wow looks amazing!!! Love all the squares!!! Maybe you should have used some heavier interfacing?
    Love it =D

    I'm holding a small swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

  2. This is so cute!!! I too get the burnt finger tips

  3. This is brilliant!! I LOVE it :)
    There's a great tutorial by Elizabeth from Oh Fransson for piecing little squares using interfacing:

    Maybe that will help next time :)

  4. Great job! Super fun center! I know what you mean about the ironing. I am working on a postage stamp quilt and the latest block is staring at me half completed! :)

  5. Hahaha the ironing comment! I love it, you did great! I am jealous of your awesome seam matching-up :)

  6. This is so cute, I love it! I don't think I'd have the patients to try to get all those little squares all lined up, lol

  7. awe! poor fingers! totally fabulous though, how creative! :)

  8. Very cute! I love the scrappy look. The border color was a great choice.


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