Friday, August 23, 2019

Geese Migration Table Runner

When I originally started working on my Geese Migration quilt, I had a few different layout ideas.   For the magazine publication, I ended up using an on-point design.  But one of the designs I considered was a staggered layout.



When I teach this class, I like to talk about some optional layouts, so I have been wanting to make a small sample of this layout for visual purposes.



So I whipped up four blocks and made a tablerunner.



I set the blocks in a nice gray and backed it with a fun floral that has been in my stash for years.



 I always have so much fun finding just the perfect scrap for these blocks.  This runner is now over at The Stitchin' Post in Sisters Oregon advertising my upcoming class in October.  I think there is still space if you want to sign up!





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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Leftover Strip Sets

In a previous post, I shared that my orphan block suitcase was so full, it would no longer close.  I took some time to pull out about 5 or 6 stacks of blocks that I might be able to turn into a quilt. 

I thought I would share where I am starting.



I save pretty much anything that has a seam in it as an orphan block.  As I was sorting through my suitcase, I kept coming across these leftover strip sets from a number of projects.  I usually save these to turn into blocks like four patches but I decided since they all had the same angle to them, that I would do something a little different.



I decided to simply sew them together!  I just had to press a few of the seams in the correct direction so the pieces would lock together.

Pretty simple right?!?




I ended up with a bunch of blocks that look like this.  I didn't worry about where the slant was located or the colors.  My plan is to trim them down to a universal 5" length (they are 4.5" wide).  There might be a few that will be shorter - I will have to come up with a plan for those after I figure out what I have.

So that is the progress I have made on these bits.  
I hope to have a little quilt to share soon!


Do you save these leftover strips sets?  I always hate to toss them!






Sunday, August 18, 2019

Oh Scrap! : Slow Scrap Week

Most of my week was spent finishing up my Improv Garden quilt so I didn't make much progress on other scrap quilts.




I did pull some purple scraps and work on another "donut" for the quilt I am making from the book "No Scrap Left Behind".  In fact, I think this is the last color I need for that quilt so you just might see a finish in a few weeks.  I just need to decide on a background color and sew all the blocks together.



Some of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects already have enough blue blocks so I won't be sewing any blocks this month.  Here is the current status of my color block quilt.  It has both blue and turquoise blocks already so I will just have to wait to see what color is called next month.



My RSC project wall definitely needs more variety in color.  I have been playing around with some layouts but there just isn't that much there to do anything with.

I am going to have to come up with some other scrap projects to play with the rest of the month.
I am pretty sure I can come up with something!



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  • 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, August 16, 2019

My Improv Garden

It has been too hot for me to be working in my outside gardens, so I have been keeping myself entertained by working on my "inside garden".

I finally finished my improv garden quilt and I can't wait to share it!



This quilt started out with the color green...I love it in my gardens but I struggle to use it in my quilting.  So one day as I was pondering why all those different shades work in my garden but not in fabric, I decided I needed to just make an indoor garden and play with the color green.


I decided to make some lovely improv flowers.  First I was inspired by the poppy - red with teal green foliage.

Sunflowers, peonies and nasturtiums soon followed.



So here it is...an aerial (or drone) view of my garden!



This quilt was a great exercise for me to play with my green scraps.  Thinking of each fabric as a leaf fighting for space with its neighbor helped me put all these colors shades together in a single quilt.




When I went to quilt it, I decided just to quilt each bloom with a dense spiral in the thread color of the flower.  I used a pine green thread and quilted leaves into all the green background spaces.

There is texture galore in this quilt!


On the back I used a green and black leaf patterned fabric I have had for years.  You can see the big yellow quilted flower.



So the back view of the quilt is a garden too!




 I used to teach this improv flower technique years ago and I think I will use this quilt to promote the class again.  I really like how this quilt turned out and I would love to help others make their own indoor scrappy garden!





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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Orphan Blocks

I was doing a bit of clean up in my sewing room - and when I went to stuff a few more orphan blocks into my little storage suitcase, I found there was NO MORE ROOM!




So that means it is time for me to design a few quilt tops so I can make some space!

Stay tuned to see what I find!!


Quilting is more fun than Housework

Looking at my orphan blocks and spare parts, reminded me that September is the month I usually host a Quilty Orphan Adoption Event.  And it is coming up fast!  I am planning on the link up going live first thing on Thursday 12th and continuing through midnight on Saturday the 14th.

This event has been happening twice a year for over three years.  We will see how much participation we have this fall.
I am thinking many of you have cleaned up those older unwanted UFOs....

But maybe not....


If you want to read a little more about this event, you can go here and here.
I already have an item all picked out to hand off to someone else!




Time to see if you have any unwanted UFO or item you are ready to send off to someone else!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Oh Scrap! : More Blue Blocks

I still have a few more blue Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks to share this month.




I made four more garlic knot blocks using blue, black/white, and taupe.  I have to admit that these are my current favorite block on my design walls.



Here are the two colors together that I have completed so far.



Oh, but look what can happen with a few rotations!
This is simply just a happy accident - it wasn't intentional.  But I have learned when designing a block, when you create a "pattern" of fabric/color within a block, it can open up lots of pattern options in the quilt layout.




And while I had the blue bin out, I decided to make a few Geese Migration blocks in preparation for some upcoming classes.  I will be at a Scrap Retreat in Eugene Oregon and teaching at the Stitchin' Post in Sisters Oregon.  Last I checked, there were still a few openings in all of them.

  You can read more information here.


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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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