I could not throw it away, that little courthouse steps block I'd cut a hole in to make the sewing machine cover last week. So I started thinking and then turning circles in my sewing room, pondering the stash at hand.
Then I saw it: A bit of Heather Baily Pop Garden fabric, bought on a whim during an online shopping spree last year. The daisies were huge...and perfect!
A bit of fusible interfacing and inconspicuous zigzagging closed the incision I'd made to extract the circle the week before. (Hint: The "scar" is at about the 3 o'clock position, but I hope you can't find it.)
I love how it turned out! Some things are worth salvaging. Like vintage Pyrex fridgies at the thrift store.
If you'd have told me 30 years ago that I'd have a soft spot for chartreuse, I'd have laughed myself silly. Same thing about liking Tom Petty's music, or cilantro. Weird things happen, is what I'm saying.
What shall I call this little mini? The Six Million Minute block? Because that's about how long the process took. (For those of you too young to remember, that's a nod to The Six Million Dollar Man TV series of the 1970s, as is the quote above.) Or something about flowers on the courthouse steps?
Bunny trail: I've got a wedding picture of hubs and me, with my little bridal bouquet, on the courthouse steps. They were not big daisies I was holding then, but they were about as real as that fabric. Hey, it was the '80s, lots of things were fake. And here is where I could say something mushy like, "except our love for each other," which would be true and all, but I don't want you gagging on your breakfast this early in the day.
So here, in collage form, is the life cycle of the courthouse steps block. Quite the metamorphosis, huh?
That is the sum total of the sewing that has happened around these parts lately, but I have committed to two other things this week, namely:
The String Thing Along, the mighty good idea of Brenda of Scraps and Strings. The plan is to play with our strings and make a project by June 30. A new blog has been set up so we all can post our progress along the way. Care to play along? Visit one of the aforementioned links and let Brenda know!
The second is a Scrappy Block Challenge, sponsored by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Create a block using the three sizes of cut scraps described in the book Cut the Scraps! Sarah gives all the details HERE. I am going to give it a try and then donate whatever
Weird things happen, is what I'm saying.