Friday, September 30, 2016

100 Quilts for Kids

Every year, I participate in an event called 100 Quilts for Kids.  The traveling event usually occurs in the fall and this year, it is being hosted by Alyson at The Hasty Quilter.  I haven't seen a lot of promotion on the event but it looks like this year the link up is staying open for 3 months.  
So there is still ample time if you want to participate.




The timing of the event is always perfect for me to donate my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.  This year, I was able to make two quilts form the blocks I made.  I finally had an opportunity to get my tops quilted last weekend and they are now ready to be delivered.




 I donate my quilts to a local organization called Bags of Love.  They in turn distribute them to agencies that aid and support children in my area.



Every month, I made two blocks in the RSC chosen color.  To finish off the quilts, I made some additional yellow and black blocks.  The backings were either from fabric passed on to me from a friend who couldn't use it or from my stash pile.

I am already thinking about what blocks I am going to make in 2017.  I like to keep them simple and of course, they need to all come from the scrap bin.

I will probably share the blocks I have planned for next year when the RSC color is announced for October.  So stay tuned!




Linking Up:

Crazy Mom Quilts (Finish it up Friday)
So Scrappy for RSC16
The Hasty Quilter 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dumbstruck!

I want to thank all of you who nominated me for the Viewer's Choice Award over on the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side.  It was such a wonderful surprise!  I clicked through on another blogger who was also nominated and was so shocked to see my tumbler quilt on the list!

It is truly such an honor.  I am walking on clouds!




If you missed it, I entered this quilt in the Scrappy division.  Here is the link to that category if you would like to see the other entries.

It is time now to vote for your favorites.  To see all of the Viewer Choice quilts, just follow this link.  You get three votes - which is good because it is hard to pick a favorite.  In fact, many of my friends also have a quilt nominated so voting was a challenge!

There are some stunning quilts in all of the categories.  So hop over and vote, spend some time looking through all the blogs and find some new friends.  And of course, enjoy all the quilty inspiration!






...And truly, Thank You!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Oh Scrap! : Scrappy Quilting

Even though all of my scrap bins are overflowing, I have not been doing much sewing with them lately. My focus has been to finish some of my many quilt tops that need quilting!





Remember these blocks I started making just to use up those tiny turquoise trimmings?  It is now a quilt top and getting quilted this weekend.  That means I will be showing a scrappy finish soon!

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How about you? I hope you link up and share what scrappy projects you are working on!


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!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Scrappy Quilt

For my second quilt entry into the Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival, I was hoping to be able to share my finished Red, Black and White Tumbler quilt.  But sadly, it is not ready to be revealed yet so you will have to just enjoy seeing the colorwash one I finished up a few months ago.

I started by cutting a bunch of my scraps into a 3.5" tumbler shape.  I wanted to play with points of light in a colorwash scrap quilt.  I had never sewn with tumblers before and I have to say, they are now a favorite of mine!


 Here is the finished quilt.  I worked mainly in green, blues and purples - grouping all the lights into one single area.




 When viewed up close, you can see I used all sorts of scraps.  It was a great exercise to see how different fabrics would change depending on where they were placed in the quilt.




I had a lot of fun with the quilting too. 
 I did change the color of thread depending on where I was quilting.   



And some old stash fabric was used on the backing.  I love quilts made from scraps!

This one is being entered in the Scrappy Quilt category.  If this is your first visit, I love to share lots of ideas for using scraps on my Scrap-A-Palooza page.  You will find all sorts of inspiration there!

I have also entered my Bamboo Shoots quilt in the Original Design category.  I can't wait to find some time with a cup of tea and my tablet to just look at all the eye candy out there!






The event will run September 19th through September 31st.  Check out AmysCreativeSide to view all the beautiful quilts linked up. There are lots of categories filled with inspiration!







Here are some links to quilt entries from past events.


Fall 2015: ROYGBIV Circles
Fall 2015: Scrappy Pineapple
Spring 2015: Rainbow 9 Patch
Spring 2015: Life is a Highway
Fall 2014: Wiggle Time
Fall 2014: Vertical Scraps

Spring 2014: Appliqued Flowers
Spring 2014: Geese Migration

Fall 2013: Star Surround

If this is your first visit and you are interested in ways to follow along on my quilting adventures, you can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin', Feedly, Instagram, Google +, or get my blog sent right to your email inbox by entering your email address on the right sidebar!


Linking Up:

  
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Original Design

Hurray!  With the arrival of fall comes the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I love this event - especially when it takes place in blogland and not Instagram.  I really enjoy reading the stories about so many amazing quilts all made by very talented quilters. During the event, I always find new blogs to follow and meet some amazing new friends!

Welcome to all of you visiting and I am so happy to be participating again this year!


I decided to include my newest pattern - Bamboo Shoots - in the Original Design category.   This quilt was made using Robert Kaufman's Quilter's Linen in three different colors.  
I really liked the fresh green with the tan and the brown.




 Before I released the pattern, I did a pattern test using some Kaffe Fassett prints with a rich eggplant background. This one is a more colorful version of a great design - perfect for a beginner or seasoned quilter.

I will be entering another quilt in the scrappy category (of course).  It is the last Scrap-A-Palooza quilt I made using the tumbler shape.  Remember, links to all of my Scrap-A-Palooza quilts are always available if you are looking for inspiration  for using those scraps!







The event will run September 19th through September 31st.  Check out AmysCreativeSide to view all the beautiful quilts linked up. There are lots of categories filled with inspiration!







Here are some links to quilt entries from past events.


Fall 2015: ROYGBIV Circles
Fall 2015: Scrappy Pineapple

Spring 2015: Rainbow 9 Patch
Spring 2015: Life is a Highway

Fall 2014: Wiggle Time
Fall 2014: Vertical Scraps

Spring 2014: Appliqued Flowers
Spring 2014: Geese Migration

Fall 2013: Star Surround

If this is your first visit and you are interested in ways to follow along on my quilting adventures, you can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin', Feedly, Instagram, Google +, or get my blog sent right to your email inbox by entering your email address on the right sidebar!


Linking Up:


  
FYI - Just informing you this post contains affiliate links.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Oh Scrap! : RSC Flimsies

Last Sunday, I made the decision to start finishing up my RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) quilt tops for 2016.  And now this Sunday, I am ready to share the completed quilt tops!



Here is the first one.  Each block measures 14" so the quilt finishes at 42 x 56".  I was not real happy with the blocks I chose for the year.  My desire was to come up with a block that used up the many 2.5" squares I always have cut.   I have since seen so many better designs...but I still stuck with them!



Here is quilt top #2.  I like to donate my RSC quilts each year to a local kid's organization.  The timing is usually perfect for the 100 Quilts for Kid's drive that happens each fall.  This year will be no exception.  I have already pulled backings from my stash and hope to get these quilted up soon!



 Here they are together.  Now I can start thinking about what next year's block will look like!


Quilting is more fun than Housework


Before we get to this week's link up, I want to remind everyone that the Quilty Orphan Adoption is still going on.  There is still a bit more time to link up if you have projects you would like to clean out of your sewing space or even check out what others are putting up for adoption.  Maybe there is a project you would like to adopt!





And if you don't want to mess with linking up some orphans you would like to get rid of, you can always contact  Kat & Cat Quilts for her Covered in Love Quilts or I was told that the MITO Quilts of Hope are having a sew day really soon and would love to turn your unfinished blocks into something special.


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Now, let's see what you scrappy goodness you have been working on!


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
<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!








Linking Up:

Love Laugh Quilt (Monday Making)
Patchwork Times (Design Wall Monday)
Cooking Up Quilts (Main Crush Mondays)
Em's ScrapBag (Moving it Forward) 
Freemotion by the River (Linky Tuesday)
Young Texan Mama (Sew Cute Tuesday)





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Friday, September 16, 2016

Please Adopt Me!

 After many years of feeling like I had to finish every project I started, I now give myself permission to pass on those that I just don't want to finish.  The Quilty Adoption Event I host is the perfect time to find them a good home.




 This fall, I am putting up for adoption all of these pre-cut diamonds.  Each diamond measures about 9" tip to tip and they are about 5" wide.  I will also include a few strips that are already assembled.  They can be used as is or deconstructed - however you would like to make use of them.  There are hundreds of these pieces cut (sorry, I am not going to count them) and they should make a nice size lap quilt.

It is all quilt store quality fabric and precisely cut.  I was always going to finish it just to try and sell it.  But because I would have to invest time and a backing fabric, it is just something I no longer want to do. So I am looking for an angel to finish it.

I will ship this anywhere in the US for free!
***Note:   I would really like this to be made into a quilt for a charity (of your choice).***

If you would like to adopt this project, please let me know in the comments that you are interested and for what cause you will be making it.  You can also email me the information at cynthiabdesigns at gmail dot com if you prefer.

*****These diamonds have been adopted. Thanks and see you in March for the next event!*****

I will be selecting someone from those that are interested on Tuesday September 20th so make sure you notify me before that.  If there is more than one good fit, I will draw those names from a hat.  Please make sure I can get a hold of you!  If you are not positive if your email is available, please leave it in the comment.

 Thanks so much!

Quilting is more fun than Housework


I am linking up with others ready to alleviate themselves from older projects.  Maybe you have something to share too!