Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tumalo Trails, "Cowboy Up"

Tumalo Trail

In a frenzy following too much really strong iced tea, I started making 9-patches from my 1.5 inch scrap box, continued for 2 day, wondering what I'd do with them, then remembered Tumalo Trail, a Quiltville.com design that has been tempting me.  My "pile" of "to-dos" is also on my sewing desk, and I'm to the point of being overwhelmed by the eternal clutter. Oh good grief, Elaine, you have GOT to cut that shirt up (left in photo) one of these days!  

Uhhh, that shirt cutting job ... that shirt kinda looks OK with those 9-patches. Wonder how it would look .....?  



Sometimes that MESS of accumulating fabric leads to delightful accidental discoveries!  Looks kinda "cowboy", doesn't it?   I'll call it "Cowboy Up"? 



I might include a narrow sashing to solve the problem of all those seams needing to match.  I never would have included that lavender, if it hadn't been accidental!  I will have enough of the blue plaid for most of the quilt top. 

Sausage Pillowcases  

Our last local gathering produced a LOT of pillowcases.  I had cut up a bunch of fabrics, both body, cuff, and accent and brought it all to our sewing group.  12-14 yards used!  Yeahhhh!  We mixed and matched the parts, and various pillowcases went home for final sewing.  These will be going to the DOVES, and the number we donate will count towards the "Million Pillowcase Project."   It's funny how our fabrics we've had for years look pretty spiffy when made into something else beside a quilt.   



13 comments:

paulette said...

I love your scrappy happy quilt top!! Wonderful!! And the pillowcases will be appreciated for sure!

Angie said...

Oooh Elaine, I am loving your Cowboys Up ---

Quiltdivajulie said...

Love the happy accident with the shirt and OH YES to fabrics looking different in pillowcase form.

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Guess maybe I should mix up some really strong iced tea! :) The plaid in your blocks looks great....makes it into a "guy quilt" no matter what other fabrics are in the nine-patches.

Janet O. said...

This makes me want to dig into the plaid shirts in my sewing room closet and make something. Wonder if I have one of those same shirts. Looks familiar. : )
Those pillowcases are so fun to make. It is amazing how quickly they come together and look like they took forever.

Bonnie said...

That shirt looks fabulous with those scraps! I may have to steal that idea . . . After I finish a couple more UFOs,

Anonymous said...

Love that pattern. It will look good with the shirting. I have one done, scrappy like Bonnie's. Just have to piece the back. Then I can quilt it. Made it big enough to cover the top of my bed.

Diane in WA
scrappy_45@yahoo.com

Sherrill said...

I've been looking at all the Tumalo Trails that Bonnie's classes have been working on and like them a LOT! But I really haven't sewn much in a long time so why start now?! LOL I also keep thinking I'll cut up a bunch of my stash for pillowcases but haven't done that either. It is good to use up a LOT of stash in a hurry!! One of these days....

Nann said...

I started Tumalo Trail with 1.5 squares, too. Once the 9-patches are made the blocks go together quickly.

Vic in NH said...

Gorgeous combination for the Tumelo Trail! What a happy accident that the shirt was right there, begging for you to notice it. The pillowcases look marvelous, too! But I read back and was horrified at all the lint stuck inside your Janome, oh my!!! Quick, Elaine, make more iced tea, LOL!!!

LynCC said...

Oh, wow! That shirt really *does* look terrific with those scrappy patches.

Elsie Montgomery said...

How cool! Now a bunch of husbands will have to keep a close eye on their closets! Good for you.

Purple Pam said...

You were so brave to cut up that shirt. It looks great in your blocks with your nine patches. I also like making those pillowcases. I have made several and gifted them to friends and family. I also donated a few to the Million Pillowcases project.