Sidetracked!

Sunday, March 27, 2011
I was looking for a small piece of cream silk I had put aside for a project. Silk is such a wonderful fabric and though it is difficult to work with, the results are always so beautiful. I was picturing this piece of silk with some gorgeous red grub roses on it - total elegance!

We've been in our new house for five months now, but it isn't really long enough for me to remember where I have put all my sewing bits and pieces, especially things only used occasionally.  Of course, being the super organised type, I made an index so I could find what I wanted ... so you will find my felt in the "bottom right" and the zippers in the "top left"...

I didn't consult my index for my little bit of silk, because I had a fair idea of where it should be - in the crate that has orphan blocks, unused stitcheries, fabric set aside for special projects, and of course my PASSES (projects at a stand still). Before I had a chance to look for my silk, a bag of left-over strips from a jelly roll jumped out at me, demanding my attention.

There were some unused blocks from my Fairy Floss Quilt.  There was a little stitchery that didn't end up being used on this Soft Jelly folder:


There were strips of joined-up two inch squares.  There were lots of little bits and pieces, not enough to make anything big, but too much to just put in the scrap box. The search for the silk was forgotten and I was sidetracked into using up these bits of pretty fabric.  Two days later, they have turned into:



A needlecase

  
A thread catcher

 
A sewing pouch with a gorgeous vintage button


 A pincushion

A scissor pillow 

Needless to say, I had a lot of fun whipping up these quick and easy projects and using such pretty fabric.  Now there are just a few tiny bits left, just right to go into the scrap boxes.  And what am I going to do with these sidetrack projects?  All will be revealed soon!

And the cream silk fabric...  I didn't get around to looking for it, but when I opened a drawer to pull out something else, there was the silk fabric all folded neatly waiting to be used!

Happy stitching!
Val