Saturday, December 17, 2016

Postage Stamps


I worked on sewing up my postage stamps today.  I had 3 pencil boxes, a gallon baggie and a box of them already cut. 

This is one of my new postage stamp projects.  Imagine these on point, though. 


I saw a postage stamp quilt in this book I loved. You can see part of it on the cover.  The book just arrived on Wednesday and I actually purchased it because I have been looking for an old pattern I call Russian Sunflower and this book has it although I think it is just called Sunflower in the book.  Haven't started the Sunflower yet because I was distracted by the postage stamp quilt.   I even had enough of the double pink fabric in my stash for the alternate blocks.  Serendipity!



I am now buried in rows of 6 postage stamps.  No strip sets here! 

I just sewed like the wind to empty pencil cases, bags and boxes. 


I also made 3  more blocks for my other postage stamp quilt modeled after a vintage one with sashings.   According to my notes I need 7 more of these 10 inch blocks and I can start assembling my quilt.   I used the postage stamps  I had sorted by color since that's the way I've been making these. 


I also sewed up some of the neutrals/low volume blocks to add to my collection.  I'm hoping to add some lace pieces and crochet motifs (like butterflies and pansies) and embroidery (like bullion roses)  to this one someday. 

I have the rows sewn together for more brown blocks to go into my plain brown wrapper quilt as well as some black/white/gray rows of postage stamps for a black/white/gray postage stamp quilt. 

And now I'm pretty much out of postage stamps! 
Can you tell I like quilts with itty bitty pieces? 

17 comments:

Jeanne said...

I got that book last week also! Happy sewing!

Janice Holton said...

Now that's some crazy quiltint! I mean piecing! :) It's going to be wonderful!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

good use of your scraps

gayle said...

I've been making four patches with 1.5" squares for almost two years as my main leader/enders project, so I totally get the love of itty bitties! You've got such wonderful itty bitty blocks going on!
And I was just looking at that book at the Martingale site this morning, so I recognized your postage stamp quilt right off. (I've been drooling on sunflower blocks for a while, too.) (Maybe that book needs to be on the top of my Christmas list...)

Cathy said...

Wow, you are a sewing machine.....er, I mean ... well, you know. And your little bitty pieces always look so nice together! I can't make a tiny nine-patch with matched seams!! great projects. Now go put your feet up and relax for a bit...

Helen in the UK said...

Great job with all those tiny pieces of fabric goodness! Look forward to seeing the projects develop further :)

Kaja said...

I love the postage stamps with the pink - what a great way to set them. The neutral/low volume squares are so delicate and pretty. The rate you are sewing I expect to see completed quilts in January!

judyquilts said...

Loving your postage stamp quilts, especially that one with the double pink alternates. Not sure I have the patience, but love looking at yours.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I am rethinking my plans for 2017 - what I really want to work on that might be slower and even more scrappy. This book would certainly fit that kind of thinking -- ADORE your postage stamp blocks!

Louise said...

Wow, that's a ton of stamps!! These will be beautiful quilts with all those interesting little pieces. I especially like the low volume ones. Adding lace sounds so pretty!

Andra Gayle said...

I love your postage stamp quilt so much that I went and ordered the book. That is saying a lot since I have EQ7 and almost never buy a pattern, I always design my own. Can't wait to see your finish!!!

Monica said...

I have been thinking about a project with a pink background too. It looks great! Good to know. :D

But seriously, it all looks excellent, and I am impressed with your organization. You are getting tons done!

cityquilter grace said...

lovely project...and the book looks fantastic as well...am working on a postage stamp project but have oodles, so maybe another is in my future...

Janie said...

How fun, I love the colors. Thanks for sharing your book and ideas I do need encouragement and what you're doing is exciting!

Jeanne said...

Cathy, if you ever feel like doing a swap group for any of the projects in the Divas Treasury book, I'd love to participate. None of the local quilters here in Big Bear are into piecing at all ...

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

look at you go!!!

Quilter Kathy said...

I am the same... love the tiny scraps and making things from the scrap bag!