Sunday, December 17, 2017

Oh Scrap! : Weekend Sewing

It sure seems like the end of the year is flying towards me.  But I still found some time to do a bit of weekend sewing. 




I finished up all of my scrappy blocks and they are ready to be sewn together. 
This should be a finish soon!




I also sewed up another Burgoyne Surround block.  If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the block before I did a bit of "surgery" on it.  It is so easy to get a few pieces turned on this block.  Especially in the colors I have chosen.



The blocks sure are pretty up on the wall.  But I still have quite a ways to go.  I am planning on twelve blocks but I might stop at nine.  I just really like how square quilts look.


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Please share your scrap projects.  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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    Friday, December 15, 2017

    Another Quick Finish

    As I was stuffing away orphan blocks into my little suitcase, I just couldn't help noticing there were a bunch of blocks in turquoise and lime green.  Somehow those blocks found their way onto a design wall....just to see what would come of them!




    Well, those orphan blocks turned into this fun lap quilt. and my suitcase was 42 blocks lighter!



    I used some gray solids to frame up all the blocks.  This not only gave the blocks a unifying feel but it also helped to resize all the blocks to a correct size. (Sometimes there is a reason blocks get rejected from a project.)  I used both dark and light gray and most of them came out of the scrap bin.




    I pulled a number of HSTs and retrimmed them to a new size to create some newer blocks.

    For the quilting, I used the block construction as a guide and quilted in some big echoing squares.




    And for the backing, I dug REALLY deep in my stash and found this older Martha Negley fabric.  It wasn't quite wide enough so I added in some triangle fabric.  It is totally unexpected and adds some pizzazz!

    Now the orphan block suitcase is all hidden away in the cabinet and I can go back to working on the many other projects that are in the works.  

    This one will be kept for teaching purposes with all of my other orphan block quilts.  I love having lots of examples of how to use orphan blocks to create lovely quilts.  Students are always so amazed at what can be done with blocks that would otherwise be thrown away!





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    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    Nested Dies

    After my last post on cutting triangles, I had a number of comments as to how the nested dies work on my AccuQuilt fabric cutter.  I thought I would try and explain that a bit better today.



    Nested dies come with two "nested" sets.  There is a set with cutting blades (top left) and one with "blanks" (bottom right).  They are called nested because in each triangle die, there are 4 to 5 pieces nested together.


    So once you know what size you want to cut, you pull out that triangle from the blade set and drop it into the blank die.  



    So when it all together, this is what it looks like with the 8" triangle die chosen.  You can faintly see the blade tucked down in the foam.




    The blank dies help to keep the fabric flat against the die so you get accurate cuts.  I love that all the registration notches and clipped corners are precisely cut into each piece.



    But the really great thing about having various sizes in one die, is I can take smaller scraps of fabric and cut them with the 4" triangle die (by swapping out the dies) and then piece them together to make the same size triangle I am using in my quilt.  These nested dies are also cheaper than buying individual triangle dies.  

    Having all these options allow me to use the appropriate cut size for the scraps I have - which means I get a great yield from my scraps!

    Hope that clears up any questions you have.  I look forward to getting this up onto a design wall soon and get to sewing.  I think I have everything cut and just need time to sew!





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    Sunday, December 10, 2017

    Oh Scrap! : Empty Bin

    As I continue to go through and organize my sewing room, I have been coming across a number of project boxes filled with WIPs/fabric.  With each new discovery, I am making a decision to adopt out the project (next March), or finish the project.

    One box I came across last week was filled with blue and brown fabrics that had been gifted to me.  I decided to get out my AccuQuilt fabric cutter and use up these fabrics.


    I started with my nested Triangle die.  This one is the even set so I can cut from 2" to 8" triangles.  I had some big chunks of fabric so I went as large as I could!




     Soon I had quite a stack of perfectly cut 8" triangles.  I still have a few more to cut to have enough for a large lap quilt.



    The bin also contains a bunch of scraps.  After cutting all the triangles, I will throw the leftovers in with these scraps and turn them into a string quilt.  If there is anything left, I will toss them into my color bins.  

    I could have just tossed the fabric in my stash but brown and blue are not really to my taste.  I know they would have sat there for years.  This way, I can get them together into a couple nice quilts and if they don't sell, they will be great donation quilts.

    And I have an empty project box!

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    Please share your scrap projects.  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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      <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!





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