Sunday, May 30, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I have been saving all the scraps from previous projects.  They are just too pretty to throw away!  It was a friend's birthday a couple of weeks ago and Aaron was sweet enough to watch Ethan, so I started working on a project for her.  It ended up being a very LONG project.  (It took two days to be exact.)  I was inspired by this house and this one and decided to make the birthday girl her own version in the form of a quilted pillow.  I started out by making a piece of fabric out off all of the scraps.  This proved to be an addictive process.  Don't try this at home.

The scraps I had on hand were Liberty, Amy Butler, Heather Ross, a few vintage textiles, Denyse Schmidt, and some Danish designs.

I had a pink and white striped vintage dress that I ripped apart for the shades.  This is my favorite part.

Oh, and I also like the flower garden in front of the house and this little Liberty flower with mother of pearl button.  So sweet.

I would love to do more fabric art like this.  A whole quilt full of funky houses would be nice.

I have really been missing my mom the past couple of days, but am trying to count my blessings in the midst of grief.  Quilting seems to help a bit, too.

Hope you all had a restful weekend.


Anonymous said...

So cute, and I LOVE the idea of a whole village of these little quilts! After you finish the 16 quilts you're currently working on, please make the "housing development" quilt!
Love you tons and always,

Sarah Seitz said...

This is adorable!! Wow, that must have taken so much planning!! Or did you just go at it randomly piecing? I'd love to know more about how you made it! And where's this tutorial you supposedly wrote? I can't wait to see it!

Kelly said...

Emily, This is beautiful! You have so much talent. This summer I am moving back to Portland, and with your inspiration, I am going to sign up for a sewing class!

savvy stitch said...

Sarah--For the "fabric collage" I sorted scraps into two piles: orange/pink/reds and the blue/greens/ Then I started randomly sewing and cutting them up and sewing them together again. For the house, I was going to follow the tutorial I found from the French fabric shop, but decided to figure it out myself. It was so much fun to just "go with it" and not have a plan set in stone.

The tutorial is written and I will post it next week.

Kelly--I love that you are taking a sewing class!! Please post your projects on your blog. :)

Dacia said...

i LOVE this! you did such a great job. it's gorgeous! you have to make one for yourself now! looks like a very fun project. :)

Cathy said...

I love this! What a great way to use up all those pretty scraps.

kawaii crafter said...

Such a smart and cute idea to use up all those scraps. Love the pillow you made!

Isisjem said...

I love this house! I could sit and scrap spot all day.