Sunday, October 22, 2017

Oh Scrap! : Too Little Attention to Detail

There are just some projects I should only work on when I can go slowly and give them my undivided attention.  The Burgoyne Surround blocks are one of them!



This is the third block I have sewn.  I usually have all the pieces laid out on one of my design boards so I can see where I am at and make sure everything is configured correctly.  This time I decided to just chain piece a bunch of things at once.  

What a mess!  
I think I ended up ripping out and re-sewing almost every seam.

So it is not the flattest block.  Due to a bunch of handling, squares are stretched a bit and not all of my points match.  I am hoping it will still make it into the final quilt.

But I definitely learned my lesson....
and my seam ripper got a workout!



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    Friday, October 20, 2017

    A Pink String Top

    For those who love pink!


    A big thanks to one of my quilting clients who held up my just finished pink and gray string quilt so I could get a photo with natural light.  The weather here has been wet and gray so the help was much appreciated.


    The quilt top was made from rectangular string blocks measuring 10.5 x 8.5".  I did make one block per row at 11.5 x 8.5".  When you place them on alternate sides in each row, I didn't have any seams to match up and it also hid the blocks to ensure a more improv look.

    The finished quilt will measure about 51" x 64".  Now I have to try and find a backing for it from my stash.  That might be a challenge!

    Have a great weekend!





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    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Something New

    I am pretty excited to announce that I have been accepted to participate in some of the Quilt Alongs hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.  A couple years back, I took part in their Layers of Charm Blog Hop and really enjoyed it.  But at the time, I was so limited on time and was really trying to sew down my existing stash that I didn't pursue continuing to collaborate.

    Well, now I find myself with more time on my hands!




    I have started pulling some fabrics for my first project.  I will be going with Kona solids.  I am starting with Butterscotch, Black and Snow.  I can't wait to get started!


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    Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Oh Scrap! : Scrappy Mischief

    Saturday was a busy day for me...filled full of scrappy mischief!




    I made another 12 rectangular string blocks for the pink RSC quilt I am making this month.



    And I also added another ten 6" string blocks to my rainbow collection of square blocks.  To match some of the blocks I made last time the RSC color was pink, I had to keep these soft and leaning toward lavender.



    Then I got out my AccuQuilt Studio and filled up my 2.5" square stockpile.  I love having so many choices already cut and just waiting for me to pluck them out for a block.



    While I was cutting, I also pulled out my 4.5" square die and cut up a bunch of Christmas fabrics.  Someone's going to get a patchwork tree skirt this holiday!

    (That is if I stick with it and finish it on time!)



    While I was playing with my 2.5" squares, I may have started making my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for 2018.  This year, I have been focusing on strings and my Kaffe fabrics.  Most of my scrap bins are clear of strings now so I will only be making a defined quantity of specific colors in the future.  This will finish off a rainbow string quilt I have in the works.  The bowties will continue into next year and I will make the above block my second design.

    It is hard to believe we have to start thinking about 2018 already!


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      Friday, October 13, 2017

      Pincushion Party


      I love having a basket full of pincushions that I can use as little thank you for fellow quilters.  Knowing I have a couple trunk shows and classes scheduled in the near future, I thought I would have a little pincushion production party!



      To make the process go a bit faster, I pulled out my orphan block suitcase and was able to grab some already sewn pieces to get me going.  (As you can see, it is almost time for a few more orphan block quilt - my suitcase is stuffed full!)



      I started with these two made from bowtie scraps and leftover strip sets from my Burgoyne blocks.  They measure about 4" square.



      I also found some leftover HSTs from my Summer Solstice quilt and the start to a block I abandoned for the Splendid Sampler QAL (which still is not completed!).



      I made these two from some "cheater" fabrics I didn't use in one of my Layers of Charm quilts.  It came from the Modern Neutrals collection by Amy Ellis.



      And finally I made a pile of pincushions using some leftover bits from my Improv Stripes quilt.

      In no time at all, I had a dozen more pincushion gifts to share!





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      Wednesday, October 11, 2017

      Pink!

      With the color pink being the RSC color for October, it is time for me to start making some string blocks.



      I already have some pink "standard" string blocks tucked away for a future project.  I think I need a few more but I have to find my "master plan" for these blocks.  I think it is written on a scrap of paper somewhere that I filed away so I wouldn't forget where it was....




      So in the mean time, I started making these pink blocks.  They measure 10.5" x 8.5".  I am using a fabric foundation just because it helps me to see where I am on the block.  I could use paper but I really hate the mess it makes!


       So far I have 18 blocks all finished.  I think I will need a total of 40 blocks for a nice lap sized quilt.  I am using a number of pink shades in each block plus one or two strings of gray.  

      This quilt makes me happy!






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      Sunday, October 8, 2017

      Oh Scrap! : Progress

      Pink is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for October.



      So I dug around in my Kaffe scraps and sorted out some pretty fabrics to finish up 9 bow tie blocks.



      I now have a total of 28 eight inch blocks completed.  These blocks go together so quickly - and I really like how the blocks look all together.  My goal is not repeat any Kaffe fabrics - which if you have seen my stash, know that is easily doable!



      And look...I made a bit more progress on my sister's quilt.  I tried to add in some shades of slate green but I am not sure the blocks will make it into the final layout.  The quilt will end up at almost a king size so MANY more blocks are needed. 

      So right now I am just trying to focus on getting blocks done!



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      • 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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