Thursday, March 29, 2012

What would you turn this into?

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I'm not sure what this will end up being......have you ever done that?
When I made my Periwinkle Runner using the Strip Tube Ruler I ended up with leftover pieces from each end of the strips.
Well, I didn't want to waste them so I just sewed them all together, added borders and got this.....kind of strange piece.
So I pulled out my Sizzix Big Shot and a Flourish die, I wanted something I could do fast.
 There, now it looks better!
 I put a layer of Warm & Natural batting behind it and also a piece of muslin and I was ready to start free motion quilting. I switched my thread to a brown 40 wt. Coats & Clark 100% Trilobal  Polyester machine embroidery thread with a cotton thread on the bottom so I used my practice piece to check the tension.
 I did a little free motion zig-zag around the edges of the flourish.
Here is the back, you can see it better. There are a couple spots where I must have did some double/triple stitching in one spot but you can't see it from the front.
After I finished quilting with the brown thread I switched to my 100% cotton ecru to quilt the rest of it.
I just did a small stipple quilt pattern, I put up a quarter so you could tell a little better.
 I now have a 18 inch square. My original plan was to make a pillow but now I'm not sure. I could make it into a center piece or what about the front of a tote bag? I have plenty of the print and the dark brown fabrics.  Any suggestions?
I also wanted to show you what came in the mail from Lily Pad Quilting!!

I was the lucky winner of this cute grouping of fabrics by Jacquelynne Steves of The Noble Wife - Snoodles at Lily Pad Quilting had a wonderful giveaway and I was the grand prize winner! Thanks so much and I can see a cute baby quilt being created!

31 comments:

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

I love it! How about as a candle mat or even as a small wall hanging. The colors are just so beautiful and I love the fleur de lis.

Rachel said...

Love it! I think it wants to be a purse/bag....It will be great whatever way you go!

Jacqueline said...

I would leave it as a small wall hanging. Love the colors and the quilting. You are one talented lady.

danih03 said...

Oh wow Its beauriful. Is it big enough for a sewing machine cover?

Snoodles said...

Lovely project...I think it would make an awesome start of a purse or bag - a signature piece!

Missy Shay said...

It could be so many things! I like the idea of a tote bag, or pillow or wallhanging!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Wonderful little quilt. I look forward to see how you end up using it.

Izzy said...

It's beautiful! I think it would be gorgeous as a bag or purse or a pillow! Great job with the quilting too!

Sheila said...

I also think a tote would be great for this creation , so neat that you quilt on your older machine :-)

Lesley said...

I think it would work well as all the things you mentioned! Love the colors and the amazing quilting!

Quilting Lodge said...

You can make it anything and it will great. I love the colors!

Vicki @ Quilting Lodge

Carrie P. said...

Congrats on your great win.
You are just so creative. I love that improv piece. It would make a nice tote. A table topper would be nice too.
I think I would just wait and see if while you are blog hopping you get some more ideas.

Michelle said...

I don't know what to tell you to do with it, but it is lovely, and the quilting is beautiful!!!

Fiesta said...

A tote would be wonderful but a mat sounds nice too

iluvmybugs said...

Fun way to use up those leftovers...I think it would be great for a tote bag. Congrats on your big win!!!
~Terry~

Cathy said...

I save left over orphan blocks and pieces and piece them together for quilt backings. Too late now!!

ANudge said...

You are a marvel. Would make a cute table topper on a small table.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Just keep going until it tells you to stop....smile. It' gorgeous.

Karen said...

Connie -- I LOVE IT !! Oh my -- I have to get one of those Big Shots and that beautiful die you used -- the piece is stunning -- love your quilting.

Thanks for sharing !!

Karen

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I love it!! It would make a beautiful table topper.....nice job

Needled Mom said...

I think it makes a beautiful mini quilt. Beautiful quilting too.

Linda said...

It would be a beautiful tote bag!

Lyn said...

I love it! I think it would make a great little wall hanging. You could use it in the same room with the table runner.
Do you spray the quilt sandwich together before you do your beautiful quilting? Congrats on the win. Looks like fun fabrics. Lynda

Cyn ;-) said...

Waste not, want not, right? I like this little project. The colors are so rich looking and of course your stitching is impeccable. A tote is a great idea, but then I love totes and purses. Do you have a large Photo Album that could use a cover? Maybe just some binding and put it up on the design wall in your studio - would look great!

Kathy said...

Love your quilting. Do you have a little night stand that needs something like that? I love the applique you did on it. Perfect! Congrats on your big wins! WOW! I always see your name in the comments sections of giveaways. You deserve to win something big. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. Check it out:
http://new2quilting.blogspot.com/2012/03/versatile-blogger-award.html

Patrica said...

It would make a really nice modern purse front. SO COOL and sleek.

Robert said...

Like the quilting. Good start to a new tote or great for a table topper. How is the free-motion zig zag done? Do you do it on your (domestic) sewing machine or a long arm? Could be a good tutorial. ... from northern Iowa.

desertskyquilts said...

I like what you did with that. The applique piece makes it perfect!

Mel Brooks said...

awesome colours, they work so well together.. I'm going with the bag/purse/tote vote! defn something to showcase and show off! hehe.. and yay for the sizzix! i'm going in now to spend some time with mine! great die shape

Denise :) said...

What a CUTE tote that would make! That would be where my vote would go. Hey -- if you are wondering whatever to do for your next giveaway, may I suggest taking some fabric scraps and using your Big Shot to cut out some more of that "Flourish" shape and give those away!!! That's the coolest thing. :)

J-Money said...

I am new to blogging and quilting for that matter. I love your blog. I really like this item. Maybe you could think about if it would look good hanging on display on a door inside your house. Hang it like you would a wreath. Maybe even frame it and put it on the wall as a framed artwork. I don't know how the material would do in the frame and in glass, but I would think that it would protect it even more. You could even frame it and sit it on a counter if you needed a little something extra. It would be neat to frame it up but put handles on the top of the frame and use it as a food tray. Fancy... Very beautiful and will be great whatever you decide to do.