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Finding meaning, loving stash

I found a picture on IG last night and bolted out of bed to start this quilt.
If you're not a quilter, this may sound strange, but the rest of you are probably nodding your heads.

I sorted my closet a few weeks ago and made piles for donation and pack away til next winter.  There was a pair of flannel pajamas that had seen enough winters and didn't fit that comfortably anymore.  The screamed "make HSTs out of me!" but I tried to push that urge aside.  Still, they ended up in my sewing room stacked with a pack of Thangles, just in case.
Here, these are the pjs:
(Christmas, 2010)
I disassembled the pjs as fast as I could and started cutting 6.5 x 7.25" rectangles, as the Thangles package instructed.  I cursed a few times because I forgot how much you need to struggle with flannel, especially thin, upcycled flannel.  But I was determined.
I started with a few, pairing the flannel with an orange print shirt (totally in an upcycling mood last night, what can I say) and some other light colored prints for high contrast.  The results are pretty awesome.  I have a vague idea of where this is going and a few more hours to sew today, so let's see what happens.
(Ignore the Hawaiian applique.  It's still on the design wall so I don't forget to baste the second half..)
I have cut out all I can get from the pjs, and now I'm tossing stash bins searching for good contrast fabrics.  I found this gem, totally lost in the bottom.  I haven't used this since.. Hokkaido maybe?
I'm in the groove.  Glad I had the chance to blog as it happens.  Check instagram for more progress pics, I'll probably post there before another blog post..

xo

Comments

  1. It's wonderful that you have a Janome. I like mine so much but it is not as fancy as yours. I totally relate to the getting out of bed at 2 or 4 Am to quilt. Also I just went through my whole fabric assortment , tossed most of it into a give away bag and now am looking through those scarps for inspiration..LOL why did I think I would no longer resort to them..Your PJ is lovely.

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  2. Ha! Just recently I was lying in bed trying to sleep, and started thinking about the layout of the set of blocks I just finished (UFO from 2010). I ended up thinking of a whole new design and bolted out of bed to lay the blocks out on the floor... It's so much better than I had been planning, I can't wait to finish it! Here's to night owl inspiration!

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  3. Ha! I've totally been lying in bed planning designs in my head. I've never actually made it OUT of bed to work on something thought!

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  4. Is the sewingmachine a xmas-gift? ... ich love the picture ... You look so happy :-D

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