I recently had a huge mess down in the quilt cave...these two pictures are for everyone who thinks (based on my past Stash Manicure posts) that my sewing area is always neat as a pin. Sometimes creativity demands a messy canvas! OK, OK, it does drive me nuts when the process continues for more than a couple of days...I can only handle complete chaos for so long!
When I am grooving on a scrappy project (a.k.a. "making my own fabric"), I have to have everything out where I can see it, touch it, choose and reject it.
I've been working on casserole dish "rugs" or hot dish mats - I really tried making them based on a couple of tutorials I found, but I ended up having to put my own spin on them. (Hey...it's me!) I couldn't get them to work nicely without binding them, so now I'm on a binding frenzy. I have managed to finish a few. In honor of her new book (out today, I think!!!!!), I experimented some more with Tonya's free-pieced letters (Word Play Quilts, by Tonya Ricucci of Lazy Gal Quilting). You've GOT TO check out her book and making these amazing letters...if I can make them, anyone can! They add such a personal, wonky touch to any project. I put a fun border on this "Wickedly Liberated" quilt using her method:
Back to the casserole mats...I layered the pieced little top with Insul-Brite and muslin, machine quilted that, then added a piece of batting and a nice backing. Then I pinned all that together and applied binding, which I finished by hand.
And my sneaky husband managed to catch me and the Weasley beast cat nappin' Thanksgiving weekend after our company left...zzzz! We were plum tuckered out!