Friday, August 26, 2016

From Bits and Pieces

I received an email from one of the charities I support that they were in need of some larger sized quilts.  As I was pulling a few from the stacks of quilts that cover every surface in my house, I realized how fortunate I am to have so many wonderful friends and clients.  Because of their generosity, I am able to donate a large number of quilts each year.  
Why?  Because they give me their bits and pieces!



This quilt I just finished sewing on the binding is a perfect example.  




 It started out as some strip sets that were left over from a client's project.



 I added them to some other leftover fabric that was given to me to create these scrappy blocks.



There was even enough fabric to create a scrappy border.  
Because I have a longarm, quilting is never a big obstacle for me.  
This one was quilted with the Popcorn pantograph.




And I finally found a home for another old stash piece I thought I would never use.
 (Insert happy dance....)




Maybe these quilts from bits and pieces will never win any awards but the generosity behind them certainly makes them  special.  A big heartfelt thanks to all those who support my orphan block and scrap addiction.




Hopefully these quilts will be give comfort to someone who needs it!  (I just wish there wasn't such a demand...)



A side note to my friends and clients....Please! This is not a solicitation for more enabling.  While I am sure it is fun to see my eyes light up when you arrive with "treasures", there is only so much room in my house.  Please keep the "treats" to a minimum or I will get absolutely nothing accomplished!  :)

Happy Friday Everyone!

Linking Up:

Crazy Mom Quilts (Finish it up Friday)
Finished or Not Friday




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Firecracker of a Quilt

I just finished sewing up the first block of my Summer Solstice quilt (with Happy Quilting) and I just had to share.  Like the weather, this quilt is definitely going to be Hot! Hot! Hot!





These blocks finish up at 24" and I will be making a total of nine of them for my quilt.  I wanted to try and use two background colors and I really like the effect on the block.   






I have sorted all the components into blocks and bagged them up.  So now, I can just grab a bag and sew up a block.and not spend a bunch of time searching for parts.



A bit of weeding and watering outside needs my immediate attention but I hope to get another block sewn up tonight. 

I am pretty excited about this one!






You can find information on Melissa's Quilt Along here.  I love her designs and she definitely hit this one out of the park!  Thanks Melissa!



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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Oh Scrap! : Splendid Sampler Blocks

With temperatures up in the three digits lately, you can be sure I have been staying indoors where it is cool!  Come on Fall weather!

A bit of that time indoors has been spent sewing my Kaffe Fassett scraps into some blocks for my Splendid Sampler.  So far I have a total of 41 6" blocks completed.




I have sewn up five more of the actual Splendid Sampler blocks since the last time I shared my progress.  There have been a number of blocks that were either applique or embroidery that I chose not to include in my quilt.  I really want this quilt to be mostly pieced blocks.




I did add these four blocks from the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Sampler QAL.  I always pick and choose each week the ones I like.












My finished blocks continue to grow on my design wall. I haven't settled on a final layout yet - there are still months of block making ahead!










 
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What about you!  What scrappy projects are you working on. Here are the details for linking up:
  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do! 
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Linking Up:


Love Laugh Quilt (Monday Making)
Patchwork Times (Design Wall Monday)
Cooking Up Quilts (Main Crush Mondays)
Em's ScrapBag (Moving it Forward)





Friday, August 19, 2016

Crossing the Courthouse Steps

I know I have shared my solids version of a Courthouse Steps a few times now, but plans for this project just keep changing.  Originally, it was going to be quite smaller.  But as I was sewing up the blocks, I found myself thinking I have put so much work into this, I really want to quilt it up nicely and keep it for myself.  That meant making quite a few more blocks!



 This project was started back in April when I received this fat quarter bundle of Craftsy's Boundless solids.  Being an affiliate, I had asked them for a sample of their fabrics so that I could see for myself what the quality was like.  I only like to partner with companies whose products I would use myself.  And I have to say, I have really enjoyed working with these solids
(You can read more about my review here.)




 Initially, I played around with a few blocks just to test the fabrics but I instantly fell in love with all the pretty colors.






 Well, I have finally decided to call the quilt top finished! 




 The steps (or logs) are 1" wide finished.  And there are actually 4 different colors of chains in the quilt (black, tan, cream and dark brown) - which create a subtle secondary design.  I would have preferred to have all of the blocks the same, but with only fat quarters to work with, I had to mix around the shades to not run out of fabrics.




 At the beginning of August, my OMG goal was to get this sewn up and quilted by the end of the month.  Now that I have the top done, I think this one deserves some custom quilting and to live in my personal collection of quilts.  So it might be months before I can fit it into my quilting queue!

But I am still going to celebrate its completion to this stage!  There was a lot of tiny cutting, piecing and seam ripping so far.  Now to decide how I am going to quilt it - Right now I am stumped!
 


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 If you want to try out the Boundless solids for yourself, right now is a great time to purchase some.  Craftsy is having an Early Black Friday Sale and both the Kona solids and the Boundless solids are the perfect price to buy for the stash.  I also recently purchased some of the Boundless Blenders Aura for a project I hope to share in a few weeks.  I used it as a background fabric and it is lovely!

 



Believe me, I could go on....



Linking Up:

Crazy Mom Quilts (Finish it up Friday)





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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Summer Solstice - Drunkard's Path Blocks

This week I have been painfully reminded that sewing curves is NOT a strength of mine!  You would think there would be improvement after sewing 144 blocks - but I never was able to get them to turn out perfectly.



They are not terrible but many of them are a bit on the small side.  I may need to resew a few when it comes time to assemble the block.  With my two colors of background and my specific color placement, keeping track of all the components for each block has been a bit of a challenge.  But I am hoping it will all be worth it in the end.  I think assembly of the big blocks should start soon!





These blocks are part of the Summer Solstice Quilt Along with Melissa over at Happy Quilting.  If you want to see how others did with their blocks, you can check out the link here.






I seem to be delinquent on a number of my projects this month.  I am hoping to spend some time this afternoon to sew up a few of my Splendid Sampler blocks - I think I am about 6 blocks behind!

I had better get to sewing!



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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Oh Scrap! : RSC16 August Blocks

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for August is a dusty purple.  Having already used a dusty purple in some of my previous blocks, I decided to go with gray for this month.  To make my blocks, I didn't have to travel very far from my cutting table for all the scraps I needed.  Guess I have been working with a lot of gray recently!




 On the top, are my 12 blocks for the RSC16 Column Along and on the bottom are two blocks for my donation kids' quilts I have been working on this year.












I was curious to see how all of my blocks for the column sampler look all together, so I took the time to put them up on a design wall.  I believe there are two more block designs to go but I think it is going to be fun!












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What about you!  What scrappy projects are you working on. Here are the details for linking up:
  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do! 
Quilting is more fun than Housework
<a href="http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XTyeCeIcFJ8/VJSHulTzvkI/AAAAAAAAGCc/O_OPzksuV2s/s1600/Oh%2BScrap%2BButton.jpg" alt="Quilting is more fun than Housework" width="125" height="125" /></a>

So if you love scrappy projects, feel free to grab my button for your sidebar or posts and get ready to share all your wonderful projects from scraps.  And if you have a great idea for using scraps and would like to be featured, feel free to contact me!








Linking Up:

Love Laugh Quilt (Monday Making)
Patchwork Times (Design Wall Monday)
Cooking Up Quilts (Main Crush Mondays)
Em's ScrapBag (Moving it Forward)
SoScrappy (RSC16)