Large, offset quilt blocks, sewing potholders & scrappy pillows from fabric scraps.
Twice last month, my dear friend, Jackie Clark hosted sewing days in her lovely home studio. It is such a gift to be invited to sew with someone who loves it and has a dedicated space for sewing! We were treated to snacks and lunch and all the sewing we could accomplish in a day.
On one visit, Jackie offered to help me sandwich a quilt I had previously pieced, but never got around to finishing.
Jackie took it with her to a recent quilt retreat and finished quilting and binding it form me…. how amazing is that?
I am working on writing up some very basic directions that I will later make available here, because I love this look and want to make a few more quilts like it in the future!
I cannot stop looking at it. I love that it was born of love of fabric and finished in friendship. A very similar, but vintage quilt made of bark-cloth and drapery fabrics that my mother gave me was the inspiration for this quilt.
We managed to sneak in a fun Saturday, downtown shopping trip and lunch with our friend Beverly when Jackie delivered the amazing finished quilt!
On one sewing session, I was also able to bind a few fun and funky hot pads that day that I had already pieced together for my kitchen.
Should anyone ever give you a handmade potholder, love it like it is made of gold. Use it, but know it is worth 10 times more than what you buy at retail stores…. I feel I have about $45.00 of time and material in each of these little beauties (slight exaggeration, but only slight). If you need more potholder inspiration- I enjoyed visiting this board on Pinterest.
In a separate sewing session, I made two scrappy pillows for my friend’s art studio. I loved sewing with her choice of fabrics. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the pillows on my sofa before delivery.
I did not use a pattern for the pillows, but if you like them, this is close to what I did. My pieces are large (which makes for a fast sew up).