Sunday, January 20, 2013

Waste Not, Want Not


This year, my Thimbleberries Club, for those of us who are not doing this year's projects, came up with two alternate block of the month ideas.  There's a calendar block series (I don't have the book, so I didn't pick that one) and there's the very first block of the month project Lynette Jensen designed.  I started Thimbleberries Club a couple block-of-the-month years later, and I always wanted to do that first one.  I've even found and bought those original patterns but I didn't do anything with them.  And then it was all reprinted in a book--which I also bought.  So I figured now was the time to get around to doing it.  And each month, if we've completed the month's block, we'll get a ticket for the door prize drawing.  I like incentives!

I still have a pretty hefty stash of Thimbleberries scraps, so I decided I will work from my scrap drawer in completing the quilt this year.  I got started today with the January block:


And then I decided I didn't really want to end up doing the February block AFTER Valentine's Day, and since I already had everything out . . .


I made the February block.  Now you know, I think, that I often use the scraps from making flying geese blocks to make tiny half square triangle blocks, right?  So I put my tiny half square triangle blocks together--one ones I made from the January block leftovers--and added a little applique . . .


and I ended up with a really cute mug mat.  I just wish I had leftovers from the February block so I could make a mug mat for next month.  I guess I'll just keep it in mind in case I end up with leftovers from other projects.

11 comments:

Libby said...

Love the mug mat idea.

Glad to see you're feeling better and making up for lost time!

Donna said...

You are so creative! I love the mug rug!

JoAnne said...

I made that quilt. I was in T-berries clubs the first few years. I changed it up a bit, though. If I think about it, I will email you a picture.

Janet said...

Really love that mug rug. It would be fun to design one for each month.

Janet

Judy in Michigan said...

How cute is that mug rug!! Love both your blocks and your cool ideas.

CathyK said...

What a great idea! That block of the month looks fun! Wish our LQS could do that one. The mug mat is adorable, as well. You are quite the creative one!

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Your Ideas and creativity are really nice to see

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

What a sweet mug mat! Love your blocks too. :-)

Julie said...

Kim,

You are wearing me out trying to keep up!!!

I hope Joanne emails the picture and you can post it because I would love to see what others have done. I decided today to keep my whites the same...unless I run out (ha, ha, ha).
Julie-Julia

Sandra Coleman Clarke said...

Love your blocks! The mug rug is darling!

Connie said...

I made a BOM quilt years ago that is almost like the one in your Thimbleberries Club, mine is also Thimbleberries but I can't recall if each month's block is identical, would have to check. It was my first time to do a BOM being a new quilter at that time.

I used to blog under the title Cootie Bug and before that my first blog was Simply Quilted (six years ago) and you and I used to comments on each other's blogs way back then. You may not remember me after all this time and after we lost touch. Connie