Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Do you like a good quilty challenge?

 My quilting retreat is coming up next month, so I thought I should work on our "challenge". We play several different games during the retreat, playing for fat quarters and another specified size of fabric (2.5" sq, 5" sq, 2.5" x 6.5" rect. 2.5" strips to name a few). That second piece of fabric changes from time to time and has a catch....we have to make something out of our winnings before the next retreat. Last time, we played with 10" sq. I ended up with 22 of them. That's actually enough to make a quilt, but I decided to make some smaller projects instead.
My first project was a Boxy Corner Pouch. I like this cute, Craftsy pattern. It's easy to adjust and make larger or smaller sizes too. So perfect for this one.

I took 4 of the 10" sq. and made a 4-patch. Then I cut several strips from the sides, moving them to the opposite sides of the center 4 -patch for an interesting, patchy look.
 It was fun playing around with it like that!  Next I quilted it using a cute stripe for the inside and a simple line design, not worrying if the lines were completely straight and perfect.
 It's a little longer than some of the others I made, but I just went with the size it turned out after cutting, sewing together, and quilting.
 I like it and they make great gifts if I end up with too many! Now what should I make with the other 18 sq. We decided to exchange 3" sq. at our next retreat.

 I re-covered my tabletop ironing board before the family sew-in last week. It was burnt up and ugly, so I found this cute cat fabric to brighten it up. I know it will get burnt up too, but since I bought it a long time ago and haven't used it, I figured I could enjoy it while it does last. Do you make or buy covers for your board?
I spent some time tonight prepping for Saturday's Super Tote class. I think I'm ready!


Needled Mom said...

I love that boxy pouch. Great job.

Like you....I need to cover my ironing space. Mine is so gross.

Sharon said...

Your bag is really cute! And what a clever way to jazz up your 10 in squares! Thanks for the link to the pattern.

I like your groups games ideas. I'll have to tell my guild retreat people! We're always looking for ideas.

Maggi said...

I like the boxy much. I'm afraid I buy my ironing board covers as they are so inexpensive.

Karen said...

I keep thinking I should make my ironing board covers and then I end up buying them as I don't want to to spend the time. Love your boxy pouch! You could use up all kinds of orphan blocks that way, too. Love how you think!

Barb said...

Love your ironing board cover and pouch

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I just covered the new ironing board hubby cut for me (18"x60", attached to a standard ironing board). I covered mine in non-stick, quilted fabric from Joann's. I've always liked the non-stick (silver teflon) ironing board covers. They last much longer than plain cotton covers. Cute bag.