Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Up on the Design Walls

When my quilting friends visit my home, the first thing they ask is to see what is up on my design walls. I know I always like to see what others are working on so I thought I would occasionally feature what is up on my walls.

I have the luxury of having three design walls. (I know...you can be jealous.)  Two in my small sewing room (it is an inner room so I don't have any windows to deal with) and a giant one that holds two queen size quilts in my quilting studio (where my longarm is).








In my sewing room, one wall is slowly filling with my neutral string blocks. I have been trying to sew 5 blocks at a sitting.  I am loving that I found a home for all these brown tones I don't really use much any more.

 On the other wall, I am working on one of my really old WIPs.  I started this Kaffe Fassett quilt over 5 years ago.  All of the pieces were cut and some of the blocks were sewn when it got put in a bag and stuffed in a drawer.  Now I just have to sew it all together and remake some of the blocks that are missing.  It is definitely getting closer to a finish!




And finally, this is the view I have while I am standing at my longarm.  My Quilty 365 blocks are on the left, in the center are my blocks using the Craftsy Boundless solids and on the right are the blocks I have completed for my Splendid Sampler.

It is hard to choose which project to work on!


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Oh Scrap! : It's String Time!

With the exception of one crazy rainstorm (that I liked to think was doves crying), our springtime has been beautiful!  But I am not talking about Spring in this post - I am talkin' about Strings!



For about 6 months now, I have had a plastic tub next to my cutting table where I have been tossing all the neutral colored strings and scrappy bits that I came across.  In it there are lots of browns, tans, creams and grays.  It is almost over-flowing so I think it is time I turned these into a string quilt.

So this weekend, I cut some muslin foundations so I can get started on some string blocks.  I am using the same technique I shared for the Scrap-A-Palooza quilt I made back in August of 2014.

Lots of mindless sewing is in my future!  How about you?


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!







Linking Up:

Love Laugh Quilt (Monday Making)
Patchwork Times (Design Wall Monday)
Cooking Up Quilts (Main Crush Mondays)
Em's ScrapBag (Moving it Forward)


Friday, April 22, 2016

OMG - Sewing from my Stash

I am on a roll!

For the fourth month in a row, I have succeeded in pulling some older stash fabric and turning it into a quilt by the end of the month.


At the beginning of April, I started with this stack of fabric.  Many of these have been in my stash for maybe a decade.




Using my Accuquilt fabric cutter and my 2.5" strip die, I quickly cut a lot of the fabric into strips.


 I decided to revisit a quilt I have made many times in the past.  It is made up of just two blocks.  A square that finishes at 6" and a rectangle that finishes at 6 x 12".  They sew up super fast!



 In no time at all, I had a finished quilt!
I have pulled many of these fabrics countless times over the years and always struggled with color choices.  I am not sure I like the green or the browns I used but I needed something to break up all that red.


But the quilt is finished and there is no changing my mind now.  Not only is that old fabric not taking up space on the shelf but I was also able to use a piece for the backing that I thought I would have to store forever.

The quilt is actually a nice rich red.  Once I saw the photos should probably be retaken, the sun was going down and my camera battery was dead. Ugh!

There is still some big chunks of some of the fabrics still left.  I might try and take another stab at the colors....or maybe I will just work them into future scrap quilts!   :)

RedLetterQuilts 


I am just happy I accomplished my One Month Goal for the month of April.  A big thanks to Heidi over at Red Letter Quilts for hosting the OMG event every month.







Linking Up:

Crazy Mom Quilts (Finish it up Friday)
Red Letter Quilts







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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Oh Scrap! : Column Along Blocks and Destash

The weather here has been beautiful so now I am often torn between time in my sewing room and time outdoors.  This week, rather than pull weeds, I decided to finish up this month's blocks for my Rainbow Sampler quilt with So Scrappy.



Angela refers to these as Wacky Pinwheels.  Once again, I decided to fade my blocks from light to dark and use Kona Snow for all the background.



Here are all my blocks to date.  I think this quilt is going to be so pretty when it gets put together.




Another project I worked on this week was putting together some destash bags of fabric to sell in my Etsy shop.  I have over grown my fabric storage area and even though these are all fabrics I use, I am finding it is necessary to destash a bit.  The lots are all by color or theme and weigh anywhere from 1 lb to 1.5 lbs.  That is over 3 yards to a package.  If you are looking to round out your scrap stash, it is a great deal.

And if you make a purchase and can use some smaller scraps, just leave me a comment on the order and the color(s) you want and I will gladly top off the envelope!  (I hope to be adding more bags soon so be sure and check back.)

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Now, what have you 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)
So Scrappy for RSC16

Friday, April 15, 2016

Another Scrap Finish

Quilts sure go together so quickly when you don't have to do a bunch of cutting!




It wasn't that long ago that I grabbed this bag of batik fabric strips I saved from a project I abandoned.  I knew they would be perfect for one of my Scrap-A-Palooza quilts.



I have been wanting to go back and revisit the color block string quilt I made back in  March of 2014.  This time I wanted to place colors so they looked like they were woven into the quilt.



 I don't have a lot of batik fabric in my stash nowadays, so I did have to raid a friends stash for a few red and pinks.  But I was able to find enough to get the look I wanted.



And thankfully the only batik I had that was big enough for a backing looks great with the top.



This quilt is one of the donation quilts I made for the Hands2Help donation quilt drive at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  This one will be going to Happy Chemo. 


And there have been a few finishes of this design by others that I don't think I featured once they were completed.








Vicki over at Vicki's Crafts used her green strings and finished up this lovely quilt in January.

She calls it String Beans!



What I great idea to use all one color.











And I don't think I ever shared Alycia's final finish on the one she finished back in June.  I love the rows of color!
This is a great pattern for quickly sewing up those string scraps.  There are a number of layout options.  If you are looking for some ideas for your scraps, don't forget to check out the Scrap-A-Palooza gallery.  You will find lots of ideas there!



2016 FAL                                                                                                  This quilt was on my list of second quarter finishing goals.   A big thanks to the group of bloggers hosting this event this year. 











Linking Up:

Confessions of a Fabric Addict (Can I get a Whoop! Whoop!)
Crazy Mom Quilts (Finish it up Friday)
A Quilted Passion 
Scraptastic Tuesday

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It's Splendid

It was so nice to find a few hours to sew this weekend.  One of the projects I was able to get caught up on was all of the blocks for my Splendid Sampler.


Here are all of the new ones in no particular order. 



I really enjoyed making the little star block.  The other one was another Baby-Lock free block.



We finally had a paper pieced block.  And in the simple 25 patch, I decided to play a bit with color.



And finally the two for last week.  I think these designs are some of my favorites so far!




Even though they have released 17 blocks, you can see I have a total of 18 finished.  I have been making a few other designs that I have seen in various places and added them to the mix.  So far there have been two blocks I have decided not to include.  Even though these blocks all finish at 6", I am enjoying making my two a week.  Only 83 more to go!


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