For April and May I focused my efforts on pillows and crate mats for local animal shelters, to help me use up my scraps.
First, the pillows:
Most of these are made with scraps from my grandfather’s tshirts. They’re lumpy and weirdly-sized, but hopefully they’ll be snuggly for some shelter animals. There are a total of six – five of approximately the same size and one that’s very long, made with some scraps leftover from a tablecloth my mother cut up to make book holders for her students, plus more tshirt or sweatshirt scraps.
Basically, I sewed pieces together until I thought I had something pillow-sized, and then I stuffed them, except in the case of the extra long one; I think there I got carried away. I finished some of them by hand, but I thought better of that and the later pillows are closed by machine. I’m not sure handstitching the pillows closed will hold for animal use.
Second, the crate mats:
I used more tshirt and sweatshirt scraps, some fabrics from the stash Aunt D gave me, and some old pajama pants. (I’m a little concerned that the pajama pants might not hold up well enough for shelter use – both pants had to be taken out of my pj rotation because I wore the seat of the pants through, beyond my ability to repair, but I only used the legs for the crate mats. One of them had a spot that looked a little threadbare, which I didn’t catch until I was looking at my quilting, so I hope they survive long enough to be useful.)
I used the crate mats to practice my machine quilting.
I made two mats from a set of pajama pants with this great print. I quilted them in a matching aqua thread to follow the pattern. Since the pattern was laid out differently on the legs of the pants, the quilting on the two mats is slightly different. I was really pleased with it.
On this one, I’d started to quilt around the edges and through the middle with white thread, and then I realized it would be way cooler to follow the pattern.
Here’s the back, from Aunt D’s stash:
On this mat, the pattern almost matches up:
The other pajama pants were kind of a mint green with yellow polka dots. They also made two mats. I quilted them with aqua thread.
The first mat was paired with a beige sweatshirt. I quilted it in curves.
The second one was paired with this harlequin print. I did the quilting following the lines of the print in a crisscrossing pattern.
The other three mats are from tshirt and sweatshirt scraps, and I quilted them all in square spirals (is that the word for that?) using blue thread (some aqua, some navy) and some white, as the bobbins ran out.