Quilting, Farming, Variety

Friday, July 1, 2011

This Makes Me Happy ....

What does a person do with a mess like this ... a pile of strings and squares of paper?

Well, I take the squares, sew the strips onto the paper, press, and then trim. Presto!! pretty little quilt blocks.

This time I'm adding selvages to the blocks with the strings. I think more fabric companies are making pretty selvages now, for they used to just be plain. I don't have a big stash of selvages, only what I've cut off and some that my daughter saved for me. I don't know that many women who sew anymore to ask for their selvages. I have learned, when cutting the selvages, to leave at least 1/2 inch of the print with them for a seam allowance.

Next I made this little wonky house, with plans to include a few here and there with the string blocks:

It may be a sparse neighborhood; it took a long time to "build" this house.

Making these little blocks makes me happy; when one is finished I want to start another and time goes much too fast to do all I want.

Do you have a hobby that makes you happy?

Smiles, Charlotte


  1. I absolutely love this post!!!!! I sooooo admire your style and talent!

  2. I am in awe of your quilting! I used to make rag dolls, but there's something so precise about quilting!
    My hobby now: rubber stamping. I make all of my greeting cards, and it's quite addictive. Of course, blogging takes up a lot of my hobby time now.
    Have a good weekend! Hope you "build" more cute little houses.

  3. I need to make one of these quilts one day, my pile of small scraps is growing and growing.

  4. Wonderful way to use your "scraps"...! Love it!

  5. You are an absolute wonder! I so admire your creative talent Charlotte.
    Knitting makes me happy. I try lots of other things, but I always come back to my needles and yarn.
    Happy 4th of July to you!!

  6. You are very talented! Right now I am into writing. I have crafted, quilted and sewed a lot in the past. I still dabble in each of those activities, but not like I used to.

  7. Oh my gosh what a creative talent you have! Love the pile of scraps and while I am not talented I do keep the scraps for one day when I will try my hand at something crafty.