Sunday, March 29, 2015

Oh Scrap! : Musings of a Menopausal Melon

Whenever I work with my scraps, my mind instantly thinks of quilts.  I rarely think to make something smaller.  But I am always inspired by smaller scrap projects when I see them and hope to try some of them in the future. I certainly have enough of them bookmarked!

When Sandra who blogs over at Musings of a Menopausal Melon shared with me a fun pouch she was working on, I thought it was a great scrap project and perfect for the Oh Scrap series.  




Isn't it cute?!?  
She is sharing a tutorial on how to make one of your very own over on her blog today.  She is calling it a Pyramid Pouch.  I might just have to make one with some solid scraps I have kicking around.


http://musingsofamenopausalmelon.blogspot.ca/2014/05/dogwood-picnic.html 





By the way, Sandra was really busy in 2014 sewing up her scraps into Scrap-A-Palooza quilts.  I love her pink and green woven Dogwood quilt.  Perfect for springtime!


Once you have checked out her tutorial, be sure and take some time to peek at her pretty quilts too!










Now, what have you been working on.  Are you doing some spring cleaning and sewing your scraps into something fun?  I hope you share it!

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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Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Speedy Quilt Top Finish

Just a few days ago I shared my last completed blocks for Happy Quilting's Irish Chain Twist Quilt Along.  Finding myself with some time in my sewing room, I have already sewn up all the blocks into a flimsy.  Yay for a finished quilt top!




 I always enjoy Melissa's Quilt-Alongs.  This is my third one.  As usual, her instructions were great and the steps were broken down so the work for each week was very achievable.




 This quilt did cause me to work a bit out of my comfort zone.  I am not a big fan of a lot of white space.  But the 1930's fabric I wanted to use up needed a white background.  I was also a bit challenged with the wonky lines.  But I trusted the process and explored something I wouldn't normally do and the quilt turned out fine.











Here is a view of it pinned on one of my design walls.  I am happy to say this quilt has FINALLY depleted all of my reproduction prints.  There still might be a small scrap or two but all of the bigger pieces are now gone.












Here is a shot of the fabric for the backing.  I was even able to find it on discount at a recent quilt store visit.  I think it looks like it was made for this quilt!


Can you see the seam I put in?  I love to always try and match up the print on my backing.  This one was an easy one.






I actually finished up the quilting already - can you believe it!?!.  I will be revealing the finished quilt later in April.  Melissa will be putting together a quilt parade showing all of the finished quilts on April 23rd.  You definitely won't want to miss it!






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Monday, March 23, 2015

Final Irish Chain Twist Blocks

It is hard to believe that we are already finishing up our last blocks on Happy Quilting's Irish Chain Twist Quilt Along.  It seems like we just got started!




Here are all five of my appliqued chain blocks.  Rather than follow the instructions for a raw edged applique, I decided to needle turn my seed shapes. It probably took a lot more time but hand sewing is something I really enjoy.



With all the blocks finished, I am assuming this week we will be sewing up the quilt top.  I searched my fabric for a backing and didn't come up with anything I liked.  But I did make a trip to my favorite LQS shop today and found that fun dark pumpkin printed with green Xs.  I think it will be perfect for the back - this quilt needs some color! 

 


 To see the blocks made by other quilters, you can go here.  There really some fun, bright fabrics being used!







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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Oh Scrap! : RSC15 Progress

First, I want to thank everyone for sharing their scrappy projects with Oh Scrap! each week.  I really do appreciate the support.  Every week the party grows and seeing all that scrappy inspiration makes my "Oh, I want to do that" list grow too!

I thought today I would share my progress on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks with So Scrappy.  The color for March is yellow.




 And here are all twelve blocks finished to date.  January was blue, February was pink and the sunny yellow was this month.  I think these blocks will make a happy quilt when December rolls around and all the blocks are finished.




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!


 
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Friday, March 20, 2015

So Happy it is Finished!

I can't tell you how happy I am that I finished another of these Sunbonnet Sue quilts!  I think this one is the 7th one I made using a stack of blocks passed down in the family.  I only have enough blocks for one more - which will be purple and green.  But right now it is just a stack of blocks and some fabric so it will not be finished any time soon!.




I decided just to do a daisy all over quilt pattern on this one.  Go ahead Quilting Police and come arrest me - I quilted right over the applique and decorative stitching.  This one won't be coming apart for years!










For the backing, I had purchased a blue fabric many moons ago.  The year on the selvage was 2005 so it shows you how long this top has been waiting to be quilted.
alyof2015 

Finishing up this quilt was my A Lovely Year of Finishes goal for March.  A big thanks to Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bittersweet Designs for hosting the event and keeping me focused on getting these older projects finished!



Whoot!  Whoot!



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Local Events - Mark Your Calendar!

If you are in the Eugene Oregon area, there are some upcoming events you might want to get on your calendar.  We all know how busy spring can get!

Every April, Pioneer Quilters have their annual quilt show at the Lane County Historical Museum here in Eugene.  This year they will be celebrating their 40th anniversary.  The show will be running from April 21st through April 26th so I hope you are able to find some time on your calendar to stop and see some lovely quilts.




Every day of the show, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, there is a feature presentation. Here is the 2015 line-up of speakers and their topics:

Tuesday, April 21
Betty Cossey
Hand Appliqué and Quilting Without a Frame

Wednesday, April 22
Cynthia Brunz
Social Networking for the Quilter

Thursday, April 23
Phyllis Prom
Landscape Art Quilts: Painting with Fabric

Friday, April 24
Suzi Blucher
Hand Piecing Quilts:  An Easy Method

Saturday, April 25
Marsha McCloskey
Block Party:  Quilt Design 101

Sunday, April 26
Jan McDonald
Quilt Embellishing
 
Yep..That is my name there on the Wednesday the 22nd! Feel free to stop by and heckle 
say hello!



Growing like mushrooms!


And I was also talking to my good friend Sheila Sinclair Snyder yesterday and she said there were still spots open in her upcoming footstool class.  What?!?  These classes are always filled with a waiting list!  So if you have always wanted to take this class but couldn't in the past, here is the information.

Call or go over to sign up at  Piece By Piece Fabrics.

The class is scheduled for Saturday April 4th and Saturday April 18th from 10:30-1:30.
Who doesn't want one of these!



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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Scrap-A-Palooza Mash-Up

A little secret is I kind of pride myself on being able to judge fairly closely how many blocks I can get from a pile of scraps.  And most of the time, I am pretty accurate.  So I was quite surprised recently when my scraps that were supposed to yield me over 50 blocks only made about 36 blocks.  Hhmmm....Not nearly enough for me to make the quilt I had planned!

After I cut the required fabric for my Irish Chain Twist Quilt Along from all of my 1930's scraps, I decided to cut the leftovers into strings and make a baby quilt.  I was going to use the same technique I shared on the Scrap-A-Palooza string quilt.  Now with fewer blocks, I knew I would have to come up with a different layout.




 Then I remembered the layout for the Scrap-A-Palooza Ripple quilt I made.  So I decided to combine the quilts and make a Scrap-A-Palooza mash up!





I used Kona Snow for the solid and decided to add a few Snow strings into the blocks.  
I really like how it looks.




Because I only had 36 blocks, I just kept playing with the layout until I was able to use almost all of the blocks.  I think with this layout using 12 blocks in the center, I had two extra blocks that went into my Orphan Block Suitcase.  I will hopefully find a use for them at a later date.




I was even able to stretch a 1930's print I had with the use of a lavender solid for the backing.  I love it when a bit of creative problem solving results in a sweet finish!


A Quilting Chick 

And as awkward as it can look, I do sew my string blocks as a leader/ender project.  Working on your own leader/ender project? Don't forget to link up with A Quilting Chick this week.


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Confessions of a Fabric Addict Richard and Tanya Quilts