Tuesday, 20 November 2012

mindless sewing

Yesterday I was in a foul mood. I have a list the length of my arm, across my back and back down the other arm but I was in no mood for doing anything I should do and instead I told myself I would sew together the big bag of flannel scraps I got from Brenda a while ago and see what I ended up with after 2.5 hours of sewing (because that was 12 noon and it seemed a good point to stop).

I made 4 churn dash blocks, because they don't require any kind of thinking and are probably my favourite simple block. I would have liked to make 12 of these and end up with a quilt top, but I had 2.5 hours and that wasn't going to happen, so I cut my scraps into strips and just kept adding them to the churn dash blocks. I didn't think about where the fabric strips ended up, just sewed 'em on, trimmed off the excess, and carried on. I didn't use pins, I didn't press until I was finished, I just sat there and sewed and sewed.

This was the result....

2.5 hours of mindless sewing = 1 quilt top measuring approx 44x50".

The quilt top measures approx 44" x 50". Not bad for a couple of hours of frantic sewing!

I'm not very good at improv - I can't quite get my head around letting go completely so this little exercise was quite enjoyable, it made a lovely change from measuring and pinning and pressing and planning. And by the end of it I was so relaxed and chilled out I think I'll do it again next time I'm in a foul mood! I definitely have enough scraps and fabric for a stack of mood lifting mindless sewing quilts!

This morning I basted and quilted it (I used a pale cream aurifil 50 weight for the top and a pale grey aurifil 50 for the bobbin thread), added some binding leftover from other projects (I sew all my binding leftovers into colours and save them for future projects).

mindless sewing

And tonight I'll hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt and add it to the stack of quilts that don't really have a purpose but look lovely stacked up!

mindless sewing

The postie brought me some treats today (it was wise of him to avoid the house yesterday, seeings as I was so very grumpy)

Tracey sent me some flannel FQs after I'd mentioned my flannel scraps on twitter. She had told me about some that had been delivered to her (that aren't in the shop yet, but I'll let you know when they are) that reminded her of men's suiting. I love flannel. It's so cozy and makes beautiful quilts, and is much easier to sew with than you might imagine. It doesn't shed or fray too much, not much more than regular cotton to be honest. It can be a touch stretchy, but not problematically so. These from Tracey feel less like the Anna Maria Horner flannels I used in the quilt in this post which are almost fleece-like to touch. These are more brushed cotton, less stretchy and like a thicker version of the brushed cotton shirts my Granddad used to wear. I'm thinking of making some pouches for Christmas presents, they'd be perfect for the men folk in my family. They'd also make a gorgeous quilt, wouldn't they? (Tracey has a 30% off sale on at the moment on everything in the shop)

flannels from tracey

Mr Postie also brought me the cherry limeade bundle I ordered from Brenda last week. I am even happier with this in person than I was when I put the fabrics together, I absolutely love it. I think it's going to become a patchworky Holiday in London Duffle.

cherry limeade

I have a little box of left over scraps from sewing together my quilt. I was wondering if one of you might like to have a morning of mindless sewing too, there's a 12" quilt block I made but didn't end up using, some small bits and some bigger bits. Probably enough to make a nice little quilt top, I'd love to see what one of you ends up with after a couple of hours or so sewing. Just leave me a comment and I'll pick a winner in a week or so (international entries are fine - I'll mail them anywhere! Just make sure you leave an email or some way to contact you if you win).

Now closed - thank you!

Leftovers from yesterday's mindless sewing




105 comments:

Kelli said...

Some mindless sewing sounds good to me right now--I feel like I'm in hurry up and wait mode. I've got things I have to do at the kids' school these last 2 days with just enough time between them to make me feel like I'm wasting time. I can't wait for an uninterrupted couple of hours to sew till my heart feels calm again.
And I like your little crazy improv quilt--how could you not feel better turning out something that cute?

Angela D. said...

The quilt looks fabulous. The scraps would definitely cheer me up!

Barb said...

I love this churn dash quilt - the prints look wonderful together and nice quilting!!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

I'll have the quilt please Bob.

Jodi said...

my kind of quilt! And it's nice and cheerful looking, not gray and grumpy! Ha!

Tiara said...

Yes please! When we moved I had to slim down my scraps and it seriously makes me sad even thinking about it

Sarah said...

I love mindless sewing too. There is nothing more soothing than turning on some music and just sewing. Then you get something productive at the end

Laura Jane said...

Grumpy you makes pretty pretty quilts.

Elisabeth said...

That quilt is gorgeous! I love flannels and have some waiting in a box for when I get time to sew a little quilt for my daughter.

B Greene said...

I love the Churn Dash block, too! I would love to have your scraps as I have just a tiny bit of AMH flannel that has been waiting for some companions to come and play. Thanks for the chance!

Marla said...

I may have to adapt the term "postie." I think I could whip something up with those scraps in two hours.

Emily said...

I love what you mindlessly made! I'd love those scraps! AMH flannel is so very soft. Thanks for sharing the fun with others!

Susannah anartnest@gmail.com said...

So great ! Would live to give these scraps a home (just don't tell my husband MORE fabric) :)

Jeana said...

I'm glad you're feeling better and love how you channeled that grumpiness - such a pretty outcome!

I would love these scraps my friends just had a baby and how wonderful to make a little blanket out of such soft scraps for him!

Laura said...

There's something wonderfully freeing about not only making something you really want to make, but making something just for the sake of making it - being creative is an end in its own right, it doesn't have to be for a specific purpose. Of course, it helps if your creativity results in something as pretty as your quilt!

My anxiety levels are through the roof this week, so a little gentle, pressure-free sewing would be just what I need :)

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

I have a long list, too! Instead of working on any of it, I rearranged my studio, because that's what everyone with too much looming does, right?

**nicke... said...

i have a pile of flannel that i have been looking forward to doing that with. i was going to make them into pillowcases but i love the fabric so much i really want a quilt... maybe i should just buy a bit more! and do both! love your little quilt! xo

Jill said...

[wistful siiiigh] your post came to me this morning as I forced myself down in a seat to enjoy some toast and a cup of tea before jumping right back in to a whole lotta stuff that I really don't want to do/have the energy for... and yet this is how things go. but I know that I won't have another chance to take a moment and sit down until [checking imaginary watch on wrist] 12 hours from now. sewing without a plan sounds oh so lovely to me right now. and I have a serious crush on the flannels that you used. thanks, if nothing else, for the chance to dream that this might happen...

Caitlin said...

Scrappy=happy. I love the idea of snuggling under a flannel quilt on cold nights!

Nicky said...

Mindless is exactly what I'm capable off today! Though perhaps I should use up some of my own scraps instead of yours!

Strawberry Patch said...

I've been yearning to sew with flannel but I simply can't afford more fabric, so I would be pleased as punch to play with these.

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

Oh that quilt just looks so snuggly! I would love your flannel scraps, and now I'm off to check out Tracey's sale. Thanks!

Holli said...

Your mindless bit of sewing turned out stunning! I will have to try this some day, using beautiful fabrics as you have. I'd love to start with your giveaway scraps! And what a great sale Tracey is having. Thank you!

Lauren said...

What a productive way to get out of a bad mood-love it! I must remember that one!

beth said...

Your mindless sewing made a BEAUTIFUL quilt! I love it and would love to do some mindless sewing with your leftovers. ;)

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

I LIKE your improv quilt, Katy, and would love to win your scraps so I could have a go....

Meg said...

I recently tried my hand at some improv blocks for a quilt back using leftover scraps. It was surprisingly relaxing. I am normally very precise and accurate in my sewing; so to just "let go" was nice. Your blanket turned out great!
megromeo@gmail.com

Linda said...

Just the sort of project I like. I think Scraps should have been my middle name!
Linda on travjonuk@yahoo.com

ItsNurseJessi said...

Me Me ! Pick me!
I love to just sit and sew. If I didnt have to do my own cutting I would be as happy as a lark.

Sharon said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I wish I could come up with something like that after 2 hours of 'mindless sewing'!!

cherylj said...

Your quilt is wonderful, I love the colors in it. I would love a chance to win your scraps.

Carla said...

Well, wouldn't that be fun! Thank you. Your quilt looks so snugly and warm.

Becky Butler said...

I love your quilt, it's so pretty! I've always wanted to try sewing with flannels but always chicken out at the cost, so your scraps would have a good home with me!

Karen said...

As I adore your mindless quilt, YES would love your scraps. Plus now I need that duffle :)

Carla Bynum said...

Hi!!! I love your quilt!!! I think it would be wonderful as a wall hanging!!

heart of charnwood said...

Your Grumpy Churn Dash looks like a happy place to me, and I agree with Carla, would make a fab wall hanging. I would love those scraps, I'm still on my fabric buying ban, which is sort of going ok, but as we are moving, and I seem to have hundreds of things on the go, what i really need is some mindless sewing, to stop me turning into some kind of stressed out lunatic!! : )

Gill said...

Sometimes mindless sewing is just what I need/do too! I've never sewn with flannels before!

linda said...

mindless sewing is good though yours is far better than mine !!

Hethie said...

That quilt is gorgeous! You've inspired me...next time I have a spare morning I'm digging my scraps out!

Flying Blind... said...

ooooh flannel - I am in serious need of some 'coziness'! The angst quilt looks lovely x

Sarah Russett said...

I haven't made anything with flannel in awhile. Love the quilt!!! You are really inspiring. Hope you are having a better day!!! Xoxoxo

Elizabeth said...

Glad your day is better! Your little flannel quilt is adorable - and I'm scared to try improv because ... it might look bad! It must be my math brain.

LoBo333 said...

What beautiful colors and it turned out fabulous! Glad you found a good way to turn your day around.

Amy said...

Mindless sewing is the thing I need with the hectic holidays coming up!

Anonymous said...

Oh Katie, I love how snuggley your flannel top looks. My problem is starting but never finishing so you've inspired me to be a bit more freehand and let a project evole rather than abondon it when it feels tricky. Thank you for the chance to win (I'm a HUGE AMA fan too)
jen_richardson8@hotmail.com

Eva said...

sometimes nothing beats some sewing therapy! I love what you came up with! The AMH flannels are so beautiful! Also, I really love the prints and colours in your bundle! So happy!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I think scraps and mindless sewing sometimes produce masterpieces! Would love to own your scraps.

Isisjem said...

Mindless sewing turned up a wonderful quilt - marvellous. I've been trying to gather flannel scraps to make a flannel cushion or pillow case as inspired by the one you made ages ago.

Elisabeth Woo said...

Flannels sort of scare me, they're so pretty and soft, but I've never ever purchaed or worked with them before.

Adrianne said...

Ha - I have been in the kind of mood where mindless sewing is necessary before - like you, I had to work on something totally unrelated to what I "should" be working on! What gorgeous results though.

freshcityfarm said...

i love the retro'y feel of those scraps. lately the mindless sewing thing has been keeping me "with the program" and able to continue to parent well. balance i tell myself, balance!

Katy said...

Mindless sewing sounds like a good holiday therapy session that I need. I am a huge scrap fan. I actually get more inspired by scraps than I do perfectly cut bundles. I feel more comfortable cutting them up! Hope you have a nice holiday season!

Nicole H. said...

Mindless sewing would distract from from all the details of the big, planned projects I have going on right now.

Sunnybec said...

Would love some! I am doing some mindless sewing making string blocks for a quilt for my little Jack Russell as I am sick of him nicking my quilt!! He would be very grateful, and would email you and send you pictures ;-)

Sarah Ashford said...

Oooh lovely quilt (great therapy for a bad mood) and yes I would love some scrap fabrics! Hope you have had a better day today. A finished quilt is sure to put a smile on your face :-)

Lily Boot said...

it's beautiful Katy! I too love the churn dash - those simple blocks draw me in any time. And all those wonderful colours and florals - it will be such a cosy quilt for your cold winter. Enjoy!

Archie the wonder dog said...

You make wonderful things when you're sewing your way out of a grump! I love the look of the herringbone flannel/brushed cotton so I'm off for a look...

joanne said...

That quilt is beautiful! I wish I could produce something like that when I'm being grumpy!
I love the look of those fabrics from Tracey, nice grownup males fabric is hard to find.

Anna said...

ohhh, I'd love to add those into the planned flannel log cabin quilt!

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, scrummy, and so cosy too! I'd love to have a go at mindless sewing your leftovers together (although given my foul mood yesterday, perhaps it's a good thing I didn't have sharp objects or irons to hand, or some of my colleagues might have been on the receiving end...

Mandalin said...

oh yes pleeeease! Beef them up with a little sketch flannel perhaps! And the cat needs his very own lounging blankie, you wouldn't mind that I'm sure.

Ella said...

I'd love some scraps! THanks for a chance at some mindless sewing.

ircabbit said...

I love your little quilt! That is so, so cute. I'm amazed that you were able to do that in so little time. I always think that things are going to take me half as long as they do.

kerrypuddy said...

I'd jump at the chance of some mindless sewing as I'm in the middle of nativity costume hell at the moment - thanks for the chance!

Julie said...

Ooo yes please, I love amh flannel and have used of for making baby clothes and am part way through a quilt top. I'd love to have a go at something scrappy.

Heather said...

I love flannel! I've been keeping scraps from the pajamas I made from my little ones to make a scrappy blanket with.

Wendz said...

Those are quite simply fabrics that make you want to cuddle. Mindless making can be so cool.

Shen said...

I'd love some scraps! Haven't used flannel before so would love to try it. You certainly make happy quilts when you're grumpy!

natalie christensen said...

I have Some flannel like the a man suit fabric too. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Paskiaq said...

I'm 8 months pregnant and very grumpy...maybe some improve sewing is just what I need :)

Joyce said...

I will definitely need some stress free sewing after Christmas. Something just for me and no worry if it will be liked. Would love to pick up where you left off!

Jeannie Gan said...

I'm sorry you felt grumpy but glad that you feel better now. I agree with you a little crafty time does lift the spirit up. If I do win, please let me pay the postage as England is a loooong way away from NZ. Thanks for the giveaway.
jchiagan at yahoo dot com

Waverlee said...

I love improv sewing. I have a heap of 12.5" improv blocks that I made primarily from a scrap bag. I just need to sash them up into a quilt top.

Deborah said...

would love to have a go at a scrappy quilt - never tried one before! Yours looks great!

peacedgoods said...

I'm getting ready to do couply of holiday fairs and will welcome some mindles sewing when they are over.

cnydalynn said...

I love it. I think sewing like that helps me get out of grumpy too. I love sewing like that - no plan. I would love to win some flannels to play with:)

cnyda (at) me (dot) com

Lyn said...

Oh, I would definitely have fun with some scraps that are different from my normal fabrics. Particularly with winter coming, I need to brighten things up!

Irene García Díaz said...

What a fun idea! I wouls make something beautiful becausemI really love scraps of fabrics. I would really love to play with those! Tank you for sharing

jmniffer said...

I would love to have some new to me scraps to add to a couple of scrap quilts (mini bow tie and postage stamp) I have going. Thanks for sharing and for the chance at your giveaway.

Valerie said...

Nice quilt & pretty fabric scraps! Even if I don't win I think I will try to sit down & do some "mindless" sewing for 2.5 hours like you did. Sounds like it is good for the soul and I know I could use that right now. Thanks for the chance to win!

Allison said...

your little quilt is looking great! i'd love some mindless sewing with your scraps :) it is such a stress reliever, isn't it?

Meredith Daniel said...

I'm head over heels for this fabric. I'd love some hours of mindless sewing with these!

fooshe1@yahoo.com

Sally said...

mindless sewing is great! I have a nice little bundle of flannel scraps that would work perfectly with your bundle of scraps!

Angela said...

Beautiful! Such lovely scraps to play with!

Maria McTiver said...

I too struggle with random, unplanned sewing. Would love to win some of the beautiful flannel.
Your quilt is wonderful.

Gina said...

I love your Mindless sewing quilt . I haven't tried the Churn Dash block but it looks good . I usually make up panels of scrappy QAYG for my Bad Mood Mindless Sewing days .

TheSplendidStarling said...

I could go for a little mindless sewing! I need a snack mat for my sewing room. I've got tea stains all over my sewing and cutting tables. Your blog is my new favorite! I love your style!

Suz said...

You'd better put me in the draw, because I know you're dying to find out how much the postage is to NZ! Love your bundle by the way - and can't wait to see it made up into that bag - gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

I need to do some mindless sewing. Stuck in bed after a surgery that was supoposed to be routine but ended up being a disaster. Now have a pinched nerve in my pelvis and cant even walk further than the lounge!! Mindless handsewing will actually save my sanity at the moment.
timandmichelle@iprimus.com.au

Chez Roo said...

Ooh, I would love to win those beautiful scraps! Thanks :)

Janice said...

Isn't mindless sewing the best? I don't get to do it enough. I really do want to reach out and touch that beautiful quilt. I've used those flannels in a quilt back and they are SO soft. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anita said...

Love those yummy flannels and your churn dash blocks! Would be so happy to get your scraps...looks like they would make a great quilt! Thanks for the chance :)

Contented Caroline said...

Looks great - I'd love the time to just be able to mindlessly sew - maybe now i've started maternity leave ... until my little babba decides to make an entrance I should sit and sew, purely therapy of course!

annieB said...

I too like to sew to get rid of a mad or a sad. Nice when there s something at the end. annebeange@gmail.com

Julie said...

mindless,creative quilting...perfect for this time of year!! juliejlundquist@gmail.com

Wendz said...

Sorry you weren't feeling chirpy, but your mood has produced something warm, cuddly and useful. Great job too! You know I like nothing more than left over fabrics to add into my scrappy quilts and am happy to relieve you of the burden of another pile :)

memmens said...

I so need some mindless sewing time, my children are trying all my virtues and I might just crack if I don't get some time out! Scraps of flannel might just help, although I have been told I am the grumpiest mummy ever!

Caroline Langdell said...

I'm officially in love with the flannel - I'm now keeping a daily check on Tracey's website to see when they make it to the shop!

I'd love the chance to get my mits on your scraps (is it me or does that sounds a bit rude - I don't mean it to!) as I'm just starting out in the quilting world and my fabric stash is pretty slim to say the least!

Thanks for a brill blog and the best "About me" post I think I've ever read!

Sue Bone said...

My sewing is usually mindless. :) I do find wonky a challenge though.

Cheryl Arkison said...

I don't need any scraps, but I do have to say I completely get this post. I sewed yesterday for the first time in weeks and it is amazing how much better a mood I am in. If only Hubby would get this when he gets grumpy about my sewing.

jeanne e. said...

your quilt is gorgeous...i am in love with it. :) i would be happy to take care of those scraps and make something lovely with mindless, for-me, for-fun sewing. thanks for the chance!

Kelly said...

One day I will have had enough practice to make something so beautiful in such little time. If I win I will practice on the goodies you send :)

Stephanie C. said...

I love all scraps but THESE are amazing!

Jessica said...

This is so beautiful -great job! I have been trying to sew when I'm in a bad mood too, and sometimes it works!

Louisa Jones said...

ooh, that is such a gorgeous mixture of brightness. I'd love to do something with them, and also to try out using flannel as I've never sewn with it before!

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