13 November 2013

Pennies and Scraps

As I look around my sewing room, I am overwhelmed by the jumble of fabric, sewing machines and WIP's cluttering the space.  Fabric scraps from other projects litter the floor, having spilled out of the buckets and baskets meant to contain them.  This is a problem.  The entryway-turned-sewing room is the first thing anyone sees upon entering the house, and right now it's giving off a hoarder vibe. 

Things are in disarray because I've chosen to ignore the mess in favor of sewing.  By taking part in the Marcelle Medallion and Modern Maples fun, I've come out of self-imposed exile and find myself jumping into sew-alongs with gleeful abandon.  So before Marcelle Medallion or Modern Maples are even finished, I've already joined the Penny Patch Quilt-along at Stitched in Color.

I love the simplicity of design of the Penny Patch quilt.  It's squares upon squares- different sizes, but all squares, nonetheless.  This lends itself easily to power chain-piecing.  If you decide to join in the fun, Rachel has an excellent post about choosing a color scheme.  Because I kept waffling back and forth between color palettes and couldn't commit to just one, I'm going to make a scrappy version of the quilt.  Going through the scraps seems a perfect start to cleaning up the sewing room.

Linking up to the Penny Patch linky party at Stitched in Color and to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


  1. Chain piecing is therapeutic to me. I wish I could start on the penny patch, but I have to many wips. The colors sitting there look great!

  2. If this is what your sewing table looks like when it's messy, you should see mine!
    I can't wait to see your scrappy patch :-)

  3. I have been lost in sewing a lot of times as a quilter and it is so nice and serene UNTIL I get up for the day and realize the mess I have let loose! LOL What to do? What to do?

    Enjoy your penny patch piecing!

  4. I'm thinking of doing a Penny Patch for the last Christmas tree skirt I'm making ... Can't wait to see yours ~ love the fabrics you've cut so far!

  5. I love chain piecing! I think I've lost accuracy, though, since I don't have a quarter inch foot for my newer machine.

    Is that your neato sewing machine? How have I never noticed it before? It's so cool!

  6. Hope your Penny Patch is coming along nicely! I want to do a scrappy one too... So many quilts, so little time!

  7. Excited to see your scrappy Penny Patch!


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