Sunday, May 24, 2015

Oh Scrap! : In Case You Missed It!

There have been so many wonderful projects linking up on Oh Scrap!  So today I thought I would share a few that made me go Wow!

Okay, many things make me go Wow! each week so I am only going to share those projects that are in a finished state. I hope you scroll back through my posts or do a search on the left margin for past Oh Scrap! series.  I bet you find many projects that make you go Wow! too.








Tanya Quilts in CO shared this Tulip Patch quilt.  Maybe it is because I love to garden, but flowers on a quilt always makes me happy.  Check out Tanya's blog for lots of scrappy inspiration!




















Vicki of Vicki's Crafts shared this wonderful quilt!

I LOVE IT!

This quilt made my heart sing and my feet run to my scrap bins.  One of my all time favorites Vicki!





Rainbow Roundabout front view











Cassandra knocked it out of the park with this one!  She blogs over at The (not so) Dramatic Life - I love her blog.












And I am always pleased when I see people being inspired by my Scrap-A-Palooza quilts. Here are a few I just have to share!



 







Kat pulled some gray and turquoise scraps and made this beauty inspired by a quilt I made back in March!   Love her color choices!









 











Sandra over at Musings of a Menopausal Melon has been busy sewing up her scraps for a couple of donation quilts.  She just finished up this colorful one.....





 



 









And Sandra shared this lovely string quilt!  


A big hug to Sandra - I think she has made a total of 8 quilts inspired by my Scrap-A-Palooza series.  And I think she has plans for more!












Now it is your turn to share what you have been making with your 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!
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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!










Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Quick Summertime Project

Nothing says summer like farm fresh produce.  As I was attempting to clean up some my fabric stash, I came across a small stack of partially used fruit and vegetable fat quarters that I had purchased years ago for a group project.  I knew they weren't anything that I would need in the future so rather than put them back, I decided to sew them up into a summertime table runner.




Very simple, just strips of fabric in varying widths.  I did piece in a strip with black in it for a bit of interest (and to use up some of the smaller scraps).



But one table runner soon turned into three!  Amazing how far you can stretch a tiny bit of fabric.
Guess a few of these will be going into my Etsy shop.  But at least the fabrics are all gone!




I even used up this old leaf print for the backs on all of them.  
Now I am off to see what else I can get off my shelf!




Linking Up:

Crazy Mom Quilts



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Life is a Highway - Blogger's Quilt Festival

I have had a road 15 jellyroll sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now.  Over that time, I would occasionally look for inspiration on how to put it to good use.  I saw many great patterns but my choices were to either make a really big bed quilt or have a bunch of leftover scraps from the jellyroll.  Now I do love scraps but if you are going to put out the money for a jellyroll, I really wanted to use every last bit!




Finally, I just sketched up my own pattern and made a quilt.  I designed the pattern to use as much as a jellyroll as possible - pretty much all that is left are the selvages.  The unfinished quilt was sitting out awaiting binding when many of my longarm quilting clients would stop in and almost all asked me where they could get the pattern.  And a few of them wanted to know if the pattern had a border option.  When I told them it was an original design, they asked that I make a pattern available.






So I ordered up a second jellyroll (Feed Company by Sweetwater) and some yardage and made a second quilt - this time with a border.
 

And I wrote up the pattern along the way.  I decided to call this pattern Life is a Highway. The contrasting dots remind me of the lines on a highway.








I decided at the last minute to enter this in the Original Design category of the Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side. Just in case there are some of you with a jellyroll sitting on the shelf needing a good home!

Thanks to Amy for hosting such a wonderful event.  I am looking forward to finding some new blogs to follow and getting inspired by all the stunning eye candy!



Here are my other entries over the years:

Fall 2013: Star Surround

Spring 2014: Appliqued Flowers
Spring 2014: Geese Migration

Fall 2014: Wiggle Time
Fall 2014: Vertical Scraps

Spring 2015: Scrappy 9 Patch


Quilting is more fun than Housework
If this is your first visit to my blog - thanks!  In addition to the Scrap-A-Palooza series, I host a link party every Sunday called Oh Scrap! Besides scrap quilting, I am always sharing lots of other projects in all different techniques.  I love to paper piece, EPP, and hand applique.  I hope you choose to follow along to see what I am up to next!






And for those of you wondering how the quilt from the road 15 jellyroll turned out, I will be sharing that soon.  I am also making a small quilt version made from some scrappy strips.

Linking Up:

Crazy Mom Quilts
Amy's Creative Side

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Burlap Brights Block Hop and Giveaway

  Hello and welcome to 9th day of the Benartex Burlap Brights Block Hop!

 
If you are visiting for the first time, I hope you can spend a bit of time looking at some of the things I have been up to.  I design patterns, love to work in all different quilting techniques like EPP, paper piecing and hand applique and take the time to share it all here on my blog.

Quilting is more fun than Housework 
Because all quilters seem to end up with scraps, I host a fun linky party here every Sunday called Oh Scrap!  There you can always find inspiration for sewing up those bits of fabric that take up space in your sewing room.




Quilting is more fun than Housework

I also have a series of quilts I call Scrap-A-Palooza.  You can see how I have been using up my scraps and turning them into beautiful quilts.  And I share the process so you can easily make your own!





But enough about me, I know many of you are here for the Block Hop.

For my regular readers who might not have heard about this event, I was asked by Benartex to design a block for their Burlap Brights fabric.


I received this cute little bundle of fat quarters in the mail.  I loved their intense colors and knew instantly I wanted to make a block that was all about the hot and cold colors.



 Here is the block I came up with.  If you are interested in seeing how it is made, the tutorial is being shared over on the Sew in Love (with Fabric) blog.  

It might look a little boring all by itself....



 ...but when you start playing with the blocks, you can create all sorts of fun patterns.




Of course I had to sew them up in the purple and the green!  Pretty huh!?



Now for a giveaway!  




If you would like a chance at one of these cute little bundles packed with color, you have two chances.

1.  First, head over to Sew in Love (with Fabric) and sign up to follow their blog by email or blog reader. Then leave me a comment letting me know that you did so. 

2.  A second chance is given to my readers (I appreciate the support!) so leave me a comment letting me know how you follow along.


***Sorry - this giveaway is closed.***
The winner is number 177 Vicki!
An email has been sent.


Quilting is more fun than Housework...

Please, Please, Please!  make sure you are not a no-reply commenter (or leave an email address in your comment if you’re not sure).  I cannot let you know you have won if I cannot contact you.

The giveaway is open until May 24th, 5pm PST.  Good Luck!



To see all the other great blocks made from these fabrics (and to enter more giveaways), here's the Burlap Brights Block Hop schedule:

May 11: made by ChrissieD
May 12: Mary on Lake Pulaski
May 13: Little Bunny Quilts
May 14: Debby Kratovil Quilts
May 15: KD Quilts
May 16: Benartex Design Team
May 17: Stitched Together Studios
May 18: The Crafty Quilter
May 19: Quilting is more fun than Housework
May 20: Quilty Habit
May 21: Ivory Spring





Linking Up:



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Oh Scrap! : RSC15 Green

I have heard it is not easy being green but I had no problems sewing up this month's blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge with So Scrappy.   In fact, I think these are my favorite blocks so far.



I decided to go with medium greens.  I am not sure how big I am going to make this quilt and I thought this shade of green worked well with all of the other blocks I have finished so far.












The quilt continues to grow on my design wall.  These happy little blocks are on the wall behind my longarm so I get to look at them as I quilt.


The blocks right now would make a baby quilt.  It will still be a few more months until it is to a good size.


I shared previously that I store my 2 1/5" pre-cut squares in a drawer organizer.  This is an older picture - I now have about three of them filled.  Having these squares at the ready have made this project so simple! 


Now it is time to link up and share what scrappy projects you have worked on this week.  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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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!