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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Amandajean’s Apron

This week I’m working on my version of Amandajean’s apron, designed and stitched by the very talented  Amandajean who writes her fun blog http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com.  I’m a great apron wearer, (because I’m such a messy cook) and when I saw her lovely scrap apron some time ago, decided that I would love to make one too.  See Amandajean’s version here.

Digging into my box of 2 1/2in strips I sewed various lengths together, cut them again, and made a whole heap of 4 patch blocks, then longer groups of 8 patches.  It’s amazing what comes out of the box of scraps, bits of fabric from long ago quilts, horses from two quilts I made for my grand-daughter, butterflies, a kiwi, florals, some homespun,  even a little Christmas fabric.  Anythings goes, really, and the strips in the box never seem to get depleted either.

Making 4 patches from my strips

I needed a rough plan for my apron, so started setting the rows out like this.  I’m one of those people who just can’t have two bits of fabric the same side by side, so had to do a little rearranging before I sewed my rows together.  But knowing Murphy’s Law, I’m sure to get some of the same fabric together and never even notice.

The apron starting to take shape in the beginning, extra rows have been added now

I had previously been stitching the squares together intermittently and then it was bundled away for some time – out of sight, out of mind.  Then of course this project has made my list of the “lucky six” and with the roll of the dice, was chosen to be removed from it’s hiding place, and brought out into the light of day.  And, most importantly, will receive a whole week of care and attention from me, as I aim to get on top of my UFOs.

This afternoon  I’ve been sitting outside enjoying the lovely sunny weather, shaded by the sun umbrella, armed with the top of my apron, lots of extra multi coloured squares and my box of pins.  I’ve been assembling rows all ready to stitch together – so I’m getting there slowly.

A multitude of different fabrics

I’ve never really been into “scrap quilts” and such, usually I seen to work with a much more controlled pallette.  But this apron is definitely scrappy, with a multitude of different coloured squares.  There’s a lot more to be done, of course, so I’ll just keep plodding away, one step at a time.


Kate said...

That's a lot of work, Jenny, but your apron will be quite lovely and unique!

Jenny said...

Yes, there is a lot of sewing. But my apron started out as a "leader and ender" project while working on other things, and the strips, soon mounted up. Then it's just a matter of slicing them up, making four patches, and so on, and then I finally got around to assembling all the bits into rows.

Plum Cox said...

Great work! Lovely to hear that you are working on a WIP - it can be so satisfying, can't it? Looking forward to seeing it when it's finished!

Marsha Cooper said...

I will be interested in seeing it finished.
Scraps, scraps, and more scraps s about all I have around here. Not just my own, but several people give me theirs when they clean their rooms out. It's ok with me, scrappy quilts are by far my favorites.

Jenny said...

Thanks ladies, for your comments. The apron is coming along nicely, but being made up of little squares with all those seams, will need to be lined too. I'm sure I've got just the fabric for that tucked away somewhere.

Janice said...

What a great practical scrappy project. Amandajean has wonderful colourful ideas for scraps. I also like your roll of the idea for which project to work on. Too clever.