Sunday, January 21, 2018

Oh Scrap! : The Four Patch


Lately, each time I wander into my sewing room, I have been wanting some mindless, simple sewing that I can do for just a few minutes.  I really didn't want a project that I had to pull stacks of fabric and/or even stand at my cutting table.  So I pulled my box of 2.5" squares and decided to start sewing some 4 patches.



I started with scraps in blue and turquoise.  I found pairs of prints and solids that looked nice together and soon I had a few stacks I could start playing with.  As you can see from the creases, many of the solids are leftover binding bits.




I have no idea what these little bits will become.  I kind of like this color wash effect but maybe once I get a rainbow of colors, I might do something different.  It is going to take a lot of blocks to have enough for a quilt.  So I will just start collecting these in one of my newly emptied project boxes and worry about the layout once it is filled.

Hmmm...I was supposed to be finishing projects - not starting new ones!

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What have you been making with your scraps?  It is time to share!

  • 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.
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    Friday, January 19, 2018

    Sewing up the Old Stash

    Today I have another finished quilt to share made from my older stash.  I used up all of the leftover scraps from a bunch of brown and blue fabric so now it is gone - gone - gone!  WooHoo!!



    I couldn't take any outdoor photos because it has been raining so much there is water standing everywhere.  So you get to see this finished quilt draped over my longarm frame.



    I used my favorite "hashtag" inner border in a chocolate brown solid.  The great thing about this method is you can use any width of inner border and it doesn't require any math to figure the outside border.  (Sorry the photo looks so odd - the quilt edge was partially laying on the floor)



    There really are a lot of different fabrics in this one.  It feels so good to get these "unloved" older fabrics into a quilt that can now be used.



    On the back I did end up using a single fabric from my stash.  I thought I could scrape out a pieced backing from old leftovers, but it was just getting too complicated.  This crazy yardage worked perfectly!

    Now it is time to dig through my project boxes and see what else I can move forward and finish.
    I started 2018 with 16 UFOs and hope to finish the year closer to 10.
    (I am laughing as I write that..........)

    But it could happen!




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    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Did you Know?

    Craftsy is a great place to go for video classes on a variety of crafts - not just quilting.  Over the years, I have purchased numerous classes on quilting, piecing, photography, and even garden design.  I love that I can constantly refer back to them and just watch certain sections just to refresh my memory.



    But recently I discovered that Craftsy Unlimited is now being offered.  It is a membership (either paid monthly or annually) that gives you access to over 1300+ classes. 


    So not only can you learn some new quilting skills, but you can view unlimited cooking, photography and knitting classes - just to name a few - as long as your membership is active.  There are so many classes to choose from, you could find new inspiration every day.

    If you would like to view a bit more information about the program, you can click here.





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    Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Oh Scrap! : More Blue Blocks

    In between quilting up some finished quilt tops, I have been finding a few minutes here and there to sew up some blocks.



    First up is another Burgoyne Surrounded block.  This makes a total of six completed.  I love the look of this block and am excited about seeing the finished quilt but I admit, with each block I make, I dislike all the cutting and piecing more and more. 

    I am glad I decided to sew the blocks over a long period of time!



    I also sewed up two blocks for the Squared Away Scrap Sampler.  I decided to make 10" blocks.  I adore this first block and really didn't want to stop at two.  You can find the instructions for the block here if you want to join in.

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    What have you been making with your scraps?  It is time to share!

    • 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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      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!











      Friday, January 12, 2018

      Triangle Quilt Finish

      A couple months ago, I decided to start going through all of the project boxes and bags I had stuffed away on shelves and in cupboards.  I either needed to work on the project, make the decision to pass it on or break down and put the fabric in my stash.  One of the boxes I came across was filled with blue and brown yardage that had been passed on to me.


      Thanks to my AccuQuilt Triangle Die, I quickly cut up enough pieces to put together a quilt.  I love that the dies have the notches for alignment right in the dies.  It makes assembly so fast and precise.



      I was able to get it quilted up and the binding sewn this week.  It is not in colors I like but it is a pretty quilt so I hope I can sell it.  The fabric was pretty much free to me so I should be able to make someone a nice deal. (Email me if you are interested!)




      I quilted the quilt with a pantograph called Ebb and Flow in a light blue thread.  I really like the soft curves with the triangle shape of the piecing.



      I cut the rest of the yardage up into strips and made a string quilt.  I hope to get the top quilted up soon so I can share this finish too.  

      Now I have to deal with the next project box I unearth.  I know there are a number of WIPs that I have completely forgotten about.  So stay tuned....who knows what it will be!





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