Sunday, February 08, 2009

Leftovers

So many foods are better the next day. Soups and stews are usually better the second day, and of course there's nothing like leftover pizza for breakfast. Leftovers from quilt projects are little treats too. This baby quilt was made from some of the leftovers from my Shirts and Sheets quilt. I'm sending it to Debra for her charity project.
The borders are cut from a re-purposed ruffle that must've come from some gigantic gingham curtains. I put a dent in this long strip, and still have a big piece left over.

This baby quilt was made from the leftovers of the blue and yellow quilt I'm also sending Debra. The Chinese Coins pattern was easy to put together and I used up almost all of the leftover fabric.

I also finished a Tasha Tudor shawl. I'm sending it to my Auntie Nena, who gave me her yarn stash. I got Allie to model it for me. "Old lady shawl?" she asked. Of course she totally rocked it and made it look cool.
The body of the shawl is knit from some of the vintage wool my aunt gave me, and the lace trim is knit from yarn from my stash. It's a fun mindless knit: it's all garter stitch, and the lace pattern is easy to memorize. I love this pattern so much I've started another one.
Of course the other thing about leftovers is that using them up requires vigilance and determination. I've pulled these fabrics for another baby quilt.

8 comments:

Vicki W said...

Great use of your leftovers!

Libby said...

Love the baby quilts, especially the green and yellow!

Debra said...

I can't say that Allie looks as thrilled as I will look when I get the baby quilts! those are very special! love 'em!

Judy S. said...

Nice quilts, but you forgot the "creativity" ingredient...not everyone could put together leftovers and have them turn out so nicely! Thanks for the shawl link. I love lace edging...used this same one, I think, around a
baby sweater. It looks quite different in a finer yarn.

Kay said...

I think your daughter could make anything look cool. Love the shawl; I think I'm an old lady at heart. Or maybe French--that's at least more flattering. LOL

Magpie Sue said...

That does it, I must be an old lady now. I've been wearing a polar fleece blanket a friend gave me draped over my shoulders a la the Tasha Tudor shawl since Christmas! Oh well, there are plenty of "old lady" artists out there that I could do worse to emulate ;-)

rianammerman said...

What a wonderful way to re-purpose a lot of great fabrics and trims! I dig the shawl, and Allie gives it a dash of contemporary style!

Allison Ann Aller said...

I have always loved Tasha Tudor, and this shawl totally evokes her....even on your dashing young daughter!

Great "leftovers" too...those quilts will mean so much more than we know...