Friday, July 20, 2018

Paper Piece Leftovers

 If you have ever made a paper-pieced quilt, then you know you can be left with a bunch of odd shaped scraps.  In the last bag of scraps I received from a friend, there were oodles of them for me to play with!



Here is a photo of the quilt she made. lots of bright colors set in all different shades of gray.



The scraps I received all looked very similar to the triangles above.  They were all different shapes and in both solids and prints (not shown).


I paired up a print triangle with a solid one and trimmed them down to a QSR (quarter square rectangle) using my bloc-loc QSR ruler.  My QSR ruler is small so it took a lot of sliding, turning, and a few other rulers to  get them trimmed up uniformly.



I sewed up as many as I could from the scraps I had.  I was able to sew up enough to make this cute little baby quilt.



I really did not have enough QSRs to make a decent size quilt so I added some solid gray rectangles in varying shades of gray.  I also added the two side borders in a light gray to bring the width of the quilt to about 36".



The quilting in both the blocks and the borders were just some simple loop configurations.  I wasn't in the mood to do any stitch in the ditch so all the vertical seams got a loopy quilting too.



I was a little concerned I wouldn't have anything for the backing in my stash but I found this wonderful stripe that worked perfectly.

This is my second finish from my bag of scraps - you can see the first one here.  I have a few more in the works that I will be sharing soon.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Oh Scrap! : Squared Away Sampler Blocks

It is only halfway through July and I have all of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks done...including my Squared Away Sampler blocks!



The Squared Away block for this month is a nice easy one.  The first one I made in some bright happy reds.



The second block is a much darker maroon with some other colors in the prints for added interest.  
I would have preferred some different reds but I am really trying to use some of my smaller scraps.

Now that I have all my RSC blocks for the month finished, I feel like I need to choose a few new projects.  I can hear so many of you cheering me on!


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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! 
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Friday, July 13, 2018

A Finish from the Scrap Bag

A few weeks back, I was gifted a whole bunch of scraps.  Yes, I was in heaven!

As I spent some time sorting them into piles of colors and cut sizes, I noticed that there were a number of 2.5" x 4.5" bits all from the same fabric collection.  They were obviously leftover from a quilt long finished.



I was so excited that I had pieces that didn't require any cutting (my least favorite part of the process) that I forgot to take any work in progress photos.  I immediately just started pairing up fabrics and making these 8-patch blocks.



I was only able to make 9 blocks with the pieces I had so I used a couple solids to add frames that made the quilt a bit bigger.




This cute little quilt is only about 36" square but it is packed full of color.



I didn't have quite enough of the correct prints so the block in the center has an odd yellow fabric.  I always find things like this charming in antique quilts so I thought it deserved a place front and center!  So far, no one who has seen the quilt has even noticed.



I had this orange, yellow and green striped fabric in my stash that went really well - I even had just enough to also use it as the binding.

I am really enjoying these quick baby quilts.  I have three more tops made from the same scrap bag just waiting to be quilted.  More to share soon!



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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Flags for Sue

I am a bit behind in my blog reading but I noticed this morning that Alycia (You might know her as Quitygirl) is putting a call out for flag blocks.  One of her Quilts of Valor volunteers has passed and it sure sounds like she had a giving heart.

I have always held generous people in high regard and I think it is so fitting to honor Sue (and her family) by making lots of QOV Flag quilts in her memory.




I have always wanted to make some of these blocks.  You can find the pattern here.  These blocks are really easy and quick.  They can be made with prints or solids or even scrappy - you just want to get the color placement correct.



In fact, I was up to four finished blocks in no time at all.  I hope you join me in making some of these blocks to honor a quilter that gave from the heart.

There is more information (along with an address on where to ship the blocks) on Alycia's blog post.  I say let's fill that little Kersey Colorado post office with lots of packages!

Blocks need to get to Alycia by September 1st so get sewing!




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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Oh Scrap! : Red

July is already here and it is time to get out the red scraps and sew some blocks for my newest Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.




I recently finished all the blocks for my previous RSC quilts so I am starting on two new quilts.  I will do just one block a month of the zigzag block and two to three of the quarter log blocks.  
They both sew up very quickly!



I already have five total now of these quarter log beauties.  The blocks will finish at 10" and I will set them on point. This quilt is going to be very bright when it is finished.



These blocks will be made into a donation quilt.  I am planning on having blocks in 10 different colors but I haven't settled on a size yet.  I will need to go back and make a second block in some of the colors once I make a decision.

Next, I need to finish up my Squared Away sampler blocks and I will have all of my red sewing completed!


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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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