Sunday, November 11, 2018

Oh Scrap! : Slab Blocks

I am still slowly working on my postage stamp quilt, but while I have my scrap color bins out, I decided I needed to start another scrap project.

I found I had a number of 1.5" squares left over in red (from my postage stamp) and I still had a lot of small bits still in the red bin.



I decided to make some slab blocks that measure 6.5" x 9.5".
I don't really have a firm plan on how I am going to use these but I thought a rectangular shape would give me more to play with.




 I already whipped out ten blocks this weekend.  Soon I will move onto some pink blocks.  I think for this quilt, I am going to stay on the warm side of the rainbow spectrum.

But we all know I could change my mind as the quilt evolves!

So tell me, what are you sewing with your scraps?


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It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  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









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Friday, November 9, 2018

UFO Progress

I have been making a concerted effort to try and complete some of my UFOs.  At the beginning of August, I made a list of all of my projects and saw that I had 24!  Gulp!!



This week, I just finished another quilt top which will bring my list down to only 17!
It hasn't been that low for a really long time.




It looks like I first shared these blocks back in September of 2017.  I tried to finish at least one block a month.  When I had nine blocks done, that is where the project stalled.




So I finally just cut the sashing and sewed up the top.  I was going to add a final white border, but when I got out the backing I had purchased for the quilt, I realized I would have to do a bunch of extra piecing if I made the quilt any bigger....

So I quickly decided this is the perfect size for the quilt!

I hope to get this one quilted up sometime next week.
Today, I am just delighted that I will soon be crossing another UFO off the list!




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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Oh Scrap! : Slow Progress

I did not get a lot of time to sew with my scraps this week.  But I did carve out enough time to make a little bit of progress on my postage stamp quilt.



I have finished 12 blocks out of the 20 I have planned for the quilt.  This late night photo really doesn't do the blocks any justice.  I am really pleased with how they are turning out.  
I am finally into some new colors and can put my red, pink and orange bins away.



I am looking forward to sewing with purple - it is my favorite color so I have a lot of scraps to choose from.  I now have a whole lot of cutting ahead of me before I can even lay any more blocks out.  I will me lucky if I finish a block or two by next week!


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It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  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













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Friday, November 2, 2018

I made an Apron!

I have tried many times in the past to make garments or other wearable items like aprons.  
Almost all of them were a total failure!

You would think with all the sewing I do, I could count on a success at least occasionally!




Well look at what I made! 



I decided at the last minute that I needed an apron to wear in my booth at the Quiltopia Quilt Show this weekend.  I wanted pockets to put things like pens, receipt books and my cell phone. 




I also wanted a few more secure areas for things like cash or change.  I found a pattern for one that was perfect here.  It required zippers, lined pockets, and other details but I decided to not be intimidated and just get it done.



 And it turned out!  Now it is not perfect by any means.  But it is wearable and I am quite proud of it.  I love that it is short and everything I need is at my fingertips.  It will be perfect for me to wear...stop by my booth and I will show it off for you!





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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Quiltopia 2018

I am just popping  in between a long list of preparation tasks to let those of you who will be in the Salem Oregon area this weekend, that I will be the featured speaker at the Quiltopia Quilt Show.
(located at the Willamette Heritage Center)


My presentation will be on using scraps in your quilting.
A topic near and dear to my heart!



I will have lots of my scrap quilts there to share as examples and discussing scrap storage, my design  inspiration and thought processes. 
 I hope to inspire every one to get out their scraps!



And if you can't make it to the presentation but are going to the quilt show, stop by my booth and say hello.  I think I will be right next to the elevator.
Hope to see you there!

Now...back to my chores!




Sunday, October 28, 2018

Oh Scrap! : My Trip to Crazy Town

I am beginning to think I have taken a trip to Crazy Town.
...and I like it!



Last Sunday I shared some scrap blocks I was making.  I simply framed some low volume slabs with various shades of grays from my scrap bins.

Well, all this week I have been working on the next step.




After a lot of cutting and a whole bunch of sewing, I am finishing up some 12" postage stamp blocks.  After a couple blocks, I began to think this was the craziest idea I have had to date. 



But I kept cutting and sewing and after a total of eight blocks, I can finally see the quilt that is emerging.  And I have to admit, I like what I am seeing!




I am just working on one block at a time, trying not to worry too much about where this quilt or the colors are leading.  I have no doubt I will most likely sew myself into a mess that I will have to problem solve my way out of - I just try not to think about that!

I lay a block out on one of my design boards and start sewing!



 So far, I have cut from my red, pink and orange scrap bins - purging out those small pieces first.  I wish I could say I was seeing a huge dent in the amount of scraps in these bins, but we all know that is not how scraps work!  :)



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It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  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














Linking Up:



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