Saturday, January 1, 2011

PAPER PIECING IN THE CAMPER

I finally got a chance to do some sewing, and I think paper piecing is a really good "camper" project.  Here is what I did.  Katie will recognize it.  I'll have to tell you the name of the quilt later.  The smallness of the paper base makes it easy to do with a bag of scraps - no big pieces of fabric needed.  

Below is my side of the table where I always sit.  I put the kleenex box within reach and it was always falling down, so at first I looked around WalMart to see if they had anything that I could use to keep it in place.  I also wanted a holder for some napkins and a note pad/pencil.  Well, when I didn't find anything at Walmart, I decided to make something.  A simple strip of fabric to hold the kleenex box in place!  Loose enough to replace the box,  but tight enough to keep it from falling down!
Next was the napkin/notepad/pencil holder.  I had just bought a few pieces of fabric at a thrift shop for 25 cents (including a cheese slicer), so I used one of those pieces.  It still wasn't enough, but I had a couple bigger pieces in my scrap bag, so I was able to sew a makeshift holder and put it up with thumb tacks.  It doesn't really match my curtains or the kleenex box holder, but it works for now!
I received a gift certificate for Christmas from a friend to Common Threads in Waxahachie, TX - one of my favorite quilt shops.  I used the gift certificate on yardage (which I don't have a picture of), but also bought the scraps below from their scrap bin.  You can stuff a plastic bag full and it is $2.00.  I figure I got at least one yard's worth of reproduction fabric here and some of the pieces are pretty large.
This is what I got at the thrift shop along with the piece I used for my napkin holder.  The Betty Boop fabric is about 1/3 yard and I got it all for 25 cents!  Woo Hoo!

Soon we'll be going to our son's apartment for a New Years' brunch.  It's supposed to rain all day, but the temperature is in the 60's.  Hope you all have a good New Years' day!


12 comments:

Lori said...

I love your pp project! Such pretty colors!!
Leave it to a quilter to find a creative way to be practical!!

Good score on the scraps- what a bargain.
Have a great day! happy New Year!

Melody said...

Love the holder. I made something similar probably 30 years ago to hold our paper grocery bags. I still have it hanging outside the garage door but the big compartment holds the plastic bags now. Seeing yours - I may have to make a new one with compartments for the kids bills and mail. It would be good to have spots for their junk that could be off the table.

LibbiesHome said...

I love your paper piecing project! I haven't done any of that in a while, but I do enjoy it. And I love seeing that you are quilting in your camper. My husband and I have been talking about down the road plans for a camper, and I immediately started thinking about my quilting. Thanks for showing that it's a fit. :)

Marsha said...

Your paper piecing project is great, can't wait to see it all come together. I love your fabrics, so pretty. Your organizer and kleenex holder are great, too. Very resourcful! You got a great deal on your fabric purchases, too. Way to go!

Katie said...

I saw those paper pieced tidbits and thought I recognized them. Then I read that I was right. They're looking good! And I love your creativity with the camper...isn't it nice to be able to make things like that?

---"Love" said...

It's been said necessity is the mother of invention, and your kleenex holder proves it! Neat idea! Those little paper pieced wedges are going to turn into something beautiful; can't wait to see what! Have fun! ---"Love"

seventhsister26 said...

Love the "make shift" caddy you made;) If it works, it's good;) The paper peicing stuff looks like fun. And finding fabric at a thrift store is always good money sense;)
Happy Quilting!!

Beth said...

You did a great job of organizing your things in the camper, and it looks nice too! Love the repro scraps. Your wedges look good....what are they for???
Happy New Year.

Janet said...

What good ideas for the tissues and organiser. I love the look of your new project, I'm curious as to what it'll be. Happy New Year.

Karen said...

Keep those bargains coming!

Splinters From The Woodworkers Wife said...

Just found your blog..I'm enjoying it! I used to live in Red Oak TX about 7 years ago..( saw your post about Waxahachie...I used to shop there weekly..we were there last spring... my oh my how it has changed!!! :)

cq4fun said...

I'm so jealous! The scrap basket at my store never has wonderful repros. Other stuff, but not that. Your posting about your camper made me miss the 5 years I lived in a 5th wheel full time. Oh, my brackman blocks are on my other blog, desertskyquilts - link in the crazy quilt blog sidebar. If you wanted to see mine.