Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Playing with fabric

Today I gathered some of my fabric scraps and started a small quiltlet.

I thought I would be finished by the time I needed to post, but that was not the case.  I still need to add the backing and sew the tabs at the top that will be used as "hangers."  You can see how late in the day it is, based on the sun shining in my craft room.


I started by gathering various scraps of fabric in shades of pink and brown.  The background is some I hand dyed last summer.  I'm a big fan of mottled colors, and have always loved the look I get when I dye my own fabric.  

The flowery fabric is some I was gifted with.  It used to be a blouse, but I used most of it in another project.  This is most of what was left.  The plaid was some I disintegrated last year.  Unlike others who have good luck with their disintegration projects staying intact, it only took about a month for this cotton to nearly fall apart after being put to the test.  I thought it was the perfect addition to this piece.

I used variegated thread throughout the project.

I added one piece of ribbon to the mix, along with a strip of fabric that has cows on it.  Although this piece doesn't show the cows very well, they show marginally better on the tabs that still need to be sewn to the quiltlet.

At the end of the day, I thought I would have to put this away and not show it.  But when I came back to it, I realized, all it needed to be finished was to add three buttons.

For Day 10, I recycled four scraps of fabric, including one disintegrated fabric.  I also added three buttons I got at the thrift store several years ago that had languished in my button box for far too long.

13 thoughtful remarks:

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I am really impressed with how much you accomplish in a day...and you remember to take photos, too! :)

The quiltlet is lovely, and those buttons remind me of some very old ones I have like that which are made out of leather.

Dianne said...

Pink and brown...Love me some pink...as you know! this is lovely! and buttons are always good too...enjoying your recycling series!

trisha too said...

Such a pretty pretty quilty!!

Missed you woywwing today; just wanted to stop by and say hi!

:)

see you there! said...

Good use of your dyed fabrics, like the color combo a lot.

Darla

elle said...

What a sewer! :) nice colours.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Sweet Elizabeth. I love the collage-y mix. xox

Nan G said...

Nice quiltlet, E. Love all of the hand dye fabrics. Hugs the Girls

~*~Patty S said...

lovely quiltlet and it is fun to hear where your fabrics and bits originated...
hand dyed mottled fabric certainly is a great ingredient...
cows you say ;)
oxo

Marilyn J. Rock said...

Beautiful! xo

Carol said...

Adorable little quiltlet ♥ I've been so busy outside this week I haven't had time for art... just a bit of crochet in the evenings while watching TV .

dawn said...

I love this quiltlet!! This is my new favorite of yours now. The pink/brown colors are so pretty together for any project I think. Great buttons too! Did you sew this then? I thought you didn't sew or maybe you did it by hand? Either way I LOVE IT!!

Great assemblage fun below too!!!

Have a wonderful day! I am hoping to post later today.

Jo Murray said...

Fabulous fabric collage. Love it!

Halle said...

Great color combo... Oooo and I just noticed that your thread is variegated...I have to get me some of that...well as soon as I use up more of my thread stash. I have a serious problem I think. :)