From machine covers, to…………

Ever since I started this FMQ journey I have been accumulating little(?) muslin quilts that were used to test my machine thread tension before beginning on the “real thing”. Their numbers grew and I began tossing them over the various machines in the room (after all, I have been told how important it is to keep dust from them!). This “tacky” scenery is what led to the formal covers I have talked about in the previous posts. But, what to do with such remnants of the past!? Surely, they canNOT simply be discarded……could they? I mean, wouldn’t some little child at the North Pole freeze to death because of such heartlessness (oops! Maybe, it’s some child will starve to death in China if I didn’t clean up all the food on my plate! Sorry!)! Anyhow…..after wielding the rotary cutter and employing the services of Ms Serger, I now have a stack of mug rugs and various sized quilty mats, one, of which will be under my laptop when it’s in my lap (that thing really gets hot!!!). The ‘deed’ is done and I have photos to prove it!!!IMG_2797IMG_2798IMG_2799And, yes, when they become in need of a wash……well, disposable …..or……


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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33 Responses to From machine covers, to…………

  1. Even your “test” pieces are pretty. I believe you must follow the motto “Waste not, want not.” Am I correct? I would find a use for these also as these should not be considered disposable.

  2. Karen says:

    talk about recycling – you have done it

  3. Jeanne says:

    i just threw out a few practice pieces – the ones I had quilted over other quilting. But I still have a stack. Sometime during last year, I finally began making blocks for a FMQ sampler quilt with my practice sandwiches, but I still have those early ones left. Great idea to serge around the edges and use them! Thanks. ~Jeanne

  4. mtetar says:

    Very nice, and you have very useful ideas for them. The use with the Laptop is great.

  5. They’ll make lovely place mats. I know, not an original idea but it is nice to have things for everyday use. They are all lovely 🙂 Avis x

  6. Rose says:

    I do the same thing…so handy!

  7. Deb says:

    I also have a hard time getting rid of anything quilty! Your warm up pieces are WAY too pretty to toss ;-).

  8. Judy says:

    I know some gals have serged them (as you have) and donated them to animal shelters for the cats/dogs to use with their beds. I guess they are always looking for stuff like that. (I haven’t done that – just thrown mine away.) ;(

  9. How cool! What a great idea!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I have such a difficult(!) time throwing anything out (it’s got to be a “quilters’ thing”!! = stash(?)!), so I looked at these pieces a some sort of a challenge: how can they be made in to something useful. I will be taking these to the camper in the summer. I am positive they will come in handy!!! So glad to stopped by!! Hugs, Doreen

  10. kelly says:

    Oh! I like this post! I have a ton of these pieces of muslin as well. I always ‘warm up’ before stitching on a project. I love the idea someone mentioned of donating to an animal shelter. We just adopted two cats and the shelter rooms had tons of ragged blankets and things. I bet they’d be useful. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. 2ne says:

    A great way to use this 🙂

  12. Donna Brancy says:

    Such a great idea…all those practice pieces gone to a good cause. I cannot throw anything out so I am presently using up my scraps, not stash, Actual scraps..I am having a great time.

  13. Angela says:

    What a great idea! I have a drawer stuffed with practice quilt sandwiches. I like to look at them to remember how far I’ve come. But most of mine don’t look this good!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I think my first “warm-up” pieces got so used up and stiff (LOL!) that they had to be tossed. These aren’t quite as layered with stitching! I, also, do a lot of sketching on a dry erase board to practice quilting designs. Works quite well. Thank you so much for the kind words and, please, come again! Hugs, Doreen

  14. jmorrical says:

    Great idea! There is always a reason for us to keep these practice pieces on hand. I looked at my accumulating stack this week and almost threw them out.

    • treadlemusic says:

      The pivotal word is “almost”! There really are so many spots a quilted mat comes in handy ….. either at home or (for us) at the RV. Hope you can find a way to “re-purpose” yours!!!! Hugs, Doreen

  15. Good idea. That last time I tidied up my sewing room, I had more practice pieces than I thought!

  16. Ha! The next generation after Leaders and Enders! Well done!

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