Again, keeping to the Scrappy Theme, I just completed the wrap you see above and I found it to be one of the most wonderful projects I have tackled in quite some time. It's called The Rainbow Wrap by the Rag Merchant. I can't find a website for the company, but found numerous vendors selling this, and other, wonderful patterns by this company. If anyone out there knows Jill Abeloe Meade or anyone connected with her company, the Rag Merchant, point me in the direction of that website. I want to do more of her creations - they are gorgeous. Below is a cover shot of the pattern.
OK, back to the wrap. Seriously, I am going to find it impossible to give this away. I saw this wrap on the shoulders of a vendor at the Jacksonville Quilt Fest in October. This vendor wasn't selling the pattern - she was simply keeping warm. If you've ever been to the Jacksonville Quilt Fest you are nodding in understanding right now - that place is air conditioned so well you could store meat there with no concerns of it going bad. I digress, but it's true. OK, back to the wrap - I was struck by its beauty and once I realized that it was made entirely from scraps strips of batiks, I squealed like a pig! This wrap is gorgeous. It feels as good on you as it looks. Last night after I finished mine I wrapped it around my shoulders while I worked on some paperwork and it was positively cozy. Not too heavy, but just right and oh, so soft. I immediately realized that this wrap would be wonderful on a car trip, airplane ride, or even in a movie theater. As you will see, this wrap is not only gorgeous, it's incredibly versatile.
Worth mentioning is that this wrap is extremely easy and fun to make. It took longer to sort and cut the strips than it did to sew it up. As stated on the pattern, "The frayed edge wrap is constructed of narrow strips of bright cotton fabric and it's trimmed with bias binding. For best results use fabrics that look good on both sides like the batik fabrics..." While constructing this, you get to use all those fancy stitches on your machine that we can never think of what to use them for. If your machine is limited in decorative stitches, no worries, the pattern shows you how to use just a straight stitch that will make it just as lovely! It's so fun to make and wouldn't this make the perfect gift? To give you ideas for color choices, I found some photos of finished wraps online and I also included the one I saw at Jacksonville. Aren't they gorgeous? Also worth noting is that the wrap finishes 18 inches wide and it is light enough to fold in half and use as a regular scarf if you need a traditional scarf in cold climates.
I am an avid quilter and I live in sunny Clearwater, Florida. I have been quilting for more than 10 years, but have been sewing garments and crafts since I was 12. I love to sew! My husband and I recently had our fourth grandchild, and we couldn’t be more pleased. We have Madelyn Mary, Lucy Ann, Jackson Scott, and Nora Pearl. I recommend Grandchildren to everyone – they really make the world seem brighter! Being a Grandmother has opened so many doors for me regarding quilting projects. I am amazed at the designs that I have created for my Little Darlings that have incorporated quilting into them. See, quilting is the most versatile of arts – it fits everyone in different ways and directions. I am thankful each and every day for this skill! I tend to lean towards scrappy quilts and am working on decreasing my stash…. I have several patterns that I have copyrighted and they are for sale in my etsy store, www.QuiltyIndulgence.etsy.com. Come by and have a look!
I am a member of two quilt guilds. The Procrastinating Quilters, my local guild, is a fabulous group of women with tremendous talent and vision. After every meeting I leave inspired and pleased, looking forward to our next meeting.
My other guild, of equal importance, that I am a member of is a long distance quilt guild - quite small and exclusive. The working title is “The Worlds Smallest Quilt Guild.” It only has three members and I am the OCC (Officer in Charge of Coffee) for this guild. I take this position, and coffee, very seriously and though we don’t have regular meetings, when we do have one, I will excel. This guild also inspires me as the other two members are very talented. Anne is a longarm quilter and she lives in Colorado, and Mare (of the famed blog, Mare’s Nest) is a wonderfully talented quilter and she lives in Wisconsin. Rarely does an hour go by that we aren't texting each other about sewing, children, or general announcements regarding our "Daily Grinds." I wouldn't be nearly as happy without this wonderful friend in my life! A great group to hang out with and I am blessed to be a member.