Friday, January 22, 2010

and it goes on

Still no curtains and not a bloomer to be seen but I made a scarf.


Based on the scarf in the excellent Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colourful Quilt and Patchwork Projects. I made various changes to the recipe and my lining fabric is patched too but that is the wonderful thing about this method of piecing. It is so adaptable, so easy, there really are no
rules. Just cut out your strips in a seemingly wreckless manner, using nothing more exacting than scissors and your eyes and then the fun part, arranging all those coloured strips. Casually sew to a foundation piece and you are on your way. This is the second one of these I have completed and I am a little sorry to say that this one is to give away.


My own scarf is well worn and loved but the colours are generally quite subtle with the tweeds ruling and the patches of print providing small glimpses of colour. This version is bright and brave. I am hoping that the recipient will like it, she can definitely wear these shots of colour. Selecting the fabrics for this scarf was such a pleasure on grey, wet January day, silk, tweed, textured cord and soft wool. I so enjoyed working with all these fabrics, so many colours and different textures. The doubt and indecision which normally seizes my quilting adventures was entirely absent, I was free to indulge senses. It was so much fun to place orange next to pink and see it sing.


However, I am afraid I must confess to finding it rather hard to part with the finished scarf, it contains so many of my favourite colours and prints and the lining is made up of two colours of soft babycord, soft and warm to wear. I love how it sits around my neck, the dense fabric making a scarf which stands tall and elegant but still comfortable to wear.


Perhaps I could delay my necessary activities a little longer and make one for myself....

20 Comments:

Anonymous Cornflower said...

Make some for your shop, Rebecca! I bet you'd sell them as fast as you could turn them out. (And you're tempting me with that book...)

Friday, January 22, 2010 1:56:00 pm  
Anonymous Pomona said...

It's not really displacement - you are finishing things! It's when you start tidying your desk and sharpening your pencils that you really know that it is a displacement activity.

Pomona x

Friday, January 22, 2010 1:59:00 pm  
Anonymous raina said...

I can't imagine how you could give it away. I love the colors. What a great idea for a scarf.

Friday, January 22, 2010 3:53:00 pm  
Anonymous sarah said...

make another! you must have one! that is wonderful!
i almost would stop my mundane housework to make one, but would want to add a soft velvet or two, and as i have none, i feel ok to get back to the laundry. if i did...well, that's another story!

Friday, January 22, 2010 4:20:00 pm  
Anonymous cathleen said...

I've been meaning to make some patchwork scarves to put in my Etsy shop and also make a couple for my granddaughters. I haven't used my sewing machine for awhile now and I am missing it. You have quite inspired me, Rebecca....your patchwork scarf is beautiful, as well as, your story about making it. Always love your stories!

Friday, January 22, 2010 4:31:00 pm  
Anonymous kristina said...

So gorgeous. I can see why it would be very hard to part with. You should definitely make another for yourself! K x

Friday, January 22, 2010 4:43:00 pm  
Anonymous Jane said...

I'd never thought of piecing a scarf, I'm knitting one at the moment but i'll keep it in my ideas book. Jane x

Friday, January 22, 2010 7:29:00 pm  
Anonymous Holly said...

Love it! That is a new idea to me and I shall for sure be trying it. :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010 2:15:00 am  
Anonymous Holly said...

Very nice! Quite a new idea to me, but I would love to try it! :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010 2:16:00 am  
Anonymous ablackpepper said...

it's a beauty, perfect for distracting you from doing those things on the to do list!

Saturday, January 23, 2010 10:48:00 am  
Anonymous Kai said...

Fabulous scarf! I love the amazing colours and how they all come together. Yummy!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:02:00 pm  
Anonymous Jane Rudder said...

I started making one of these before Chrismas and got cold feet choosing the colours. I shall start again this afternoon and finish it. Thanks Rebecca for renewing my enthusiasm.

Saturday, January 23, 2010 1:18:00 pm  
Anonymous Caroline said...

Your scarf is beautiful, and I'm with you on how pink and orange can just "pop" when they're together. I love that combination.

I had a little chuckle over your last post too. I'm that same "girl" too even though I try not to be. I teach evening college classes besides my regular job, and last week I was busily making lecture notes at 6:00 when the class began at 6:40. The worst part was that I never even got a minute to knit!

Saturday, January 23, 2010 5:51:00 pm  
Anonymous Georgina said...

Love the colours and the subverted stripping. It's hard isn't it to give away 'specials' - I hate having 'expectations' but if I love something and then feel it is not so well loved by the recipient.... But this scarf cannot fail to be adored!!!
And isn't blogging a great way to ensure that whatever happens you have a record of your creativity!

Sunday, January 24, 2010 2:22:00 pm  
Anonymous shelleyinsc said...

Oh my goodness . . . I LOVE this scarf!! Love the random patches . . . love the colors . . . love it . . . love it . . . love it!

Monday, January 25, 2010 2:58:00 am  
Anonymous lindaprice said...

So, I read this post on Sunday evening, when I have NO TIME to run to the fabric shop and purchase some yummy soft prints! I'll have to wait until NEXT weekend.

Monday, January 25, 2010 3:41:00 am  
Anonymous theresa/t does wool said...

very pretty scarf.
a great gift,that will be much loved.

Monday, January 25, 2010 3:23:00 pm  
Anonymous queenofthefroggers said...

I love all your sewing lately, I can't sew and have given up with it but will admire yours instead!

Monday, January 25, 2010 5:16:00 pm  
Anonymous Charity said...

This is really very lovely! I've never made a scarf like this, but I'm definitely feeling inspired! :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 5:27:00 pm  
Anonymous ablackpepper said...

This scarf and the raspberries in the next post are super. Piece of art I say!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 2:34:00 pm  

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