Pressing Fabric

Handful of Scraps

For what seemed like hours I was pressing fabric.  Some of these fabrics have been folded for a very long time stuffed in boxes on the shelves and now in big plastic boxes which actually give them a little more room to expand.  I never did get around to cutting out any more blocks for the air ship propeller’s but I sure hope I get to it today.

This is the stack that I started with that I showed you yesterday – at least 30 pieces here and that is not counting the neutrals that were in another stack.  I got through all of these.

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One of the pieces I picked was this one – this piece is 16 years old and this is the last large piece of it – about 18×30 inches – and I know just when I got this one – this was bought for my grandson’s baby quilt and he is now 16.5 years old!!  It has gone in numerous quilts over the years – I only needed a little bit for his quilt of this piece and I must have bought several yards for some reason.  I have some of it in the scrap boxes cut in little pieces – I will use this one in 2 or 3 air ship blocks.

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These two groupings for the hexies are left to thread baste for the Handful of Scraps quilt.

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these six are done.  I will never use this type of hand dyed fabric for hexies again though – I have some scrap pieces in my  bins but have learned that they are tougher to hand stitch through than batiks for some reason.  The blue that I just finished and the purple on the other end of the photo are in that group and several others that are scattered throughout the quilt – many needles have bent while working on them.  I know which ones now are the tough ones and will avoid for hand work in the future.

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Rain for the next couple days will put off getting the garden soil worked up and weeds cleaned out – I was going to do it this weekend but I was still blowing my nose too much – it will wait for later in the week.  Linking to Em’s Scrapbag this morning and Love, Laugh, Quilt and Cooking Up Quilts.

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  • Swooze Mar 6, 2017

    Do you I think it’s the sizing making them so tough? I wonder if washing them would make them easier to work with.
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    • Karen Mar 6, 2017

      I don’t know if that is it – I won a bundle of scraps several years ago and I don’t even remember where they came from, I found them when I was storing things in the bins a couple months ago – just remembered they were hand dyed, they feel a little rougher that I have seen over time. I should have at least soaked them and didn’t.

  • maxine lesline Mar 6, 2017

    Fabric that bends needles could be used to build a shed ! A fabric given to me has a green design painted on.. I learned later… and stitching thru the paint requires effort. Glad I used very little of it in my scrappy lap quilt.. And it wouldn’t be good used in a pin cushion, would it?

    • Karen Mar 6, 2017

      I should have really soaked it good before starting to work with it, I never really thought about it, I’m not going to bother now – I will just persevere!

  • Rebecca Grace Mar 6, 2017

    I love that you are still using the fabric from your grandson’s baby quilt in other projects! There are several fabrics in my son’s baby quilt that I wish I had bought more of because I would still be using them today. And I love that connection, from using scraps of an older project in something new.
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    • Karen Mar 6, 2017

      I love that I can still recognize the fabric that I used after all these years!

  • Julierose Mar 6, 2017

    Love your hexagon flowers…so Spring-ey…hugs, Julierose
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    • Karen Mar 6, 2017

      there is something about hexies – at one time I really didn’t like them – then all of a sudden that changed!

  • Emily Mar 6, 2017

    Sorry the fabric was so hard to stitch through. The hexis turned out great though.
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    • Karen Mar 6, 2017

      I think I will try different needles when I start to put the hexies in the big part of the quilt, hopefully that will help

  • Linda Dutch Mar 6, 2017

    How lovely to use that fabric from 16yrs ago! It pays to hang onto to everything, yes?
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    • Karen Mar 6, 2017

      it is fun running across old fabric like this – I knew I had some someplace but didn’t realize it was as big of a piece as it is as I know I have some little squares in the pre-cut square boxes that I have.

  • Rebecca Mar 6, 2017

    I hate having to press fabric when I am anxious to start cutting. I am loving your retro propeller blocks. Great progress on your hexagons. I love coming across bits of fabric for quilts made in the past, so many memories.

    • Karen Mar 6, 2017

      I know what you mean and some of these pieces had been folded for so long that I had to get them really wet to get all the lines out – took forever

  • Dee Davis Mar 8, 2017

    Haven’t seen you in so long I have to visit here to see what you are up too !!

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