Monday, September 22, 2014

Sew Kitschy - Final Block

For nine months I have been sewing along with Kristy over at Quiet Play participating in her Sew Kitschy Block of the Month.  I am both sad and joyful that this month we complete the final block of the series.  Each month the blocks required more skill and the number of pieces in each block seemed to double with each month.


 I did have one area that didn't quite fit.  Her left arm looks a bit odd but I think I can fix it when I get to the quilting.  Plus, that seam was one of the last pieces to go together and fixing it required way too much work.  But I do think I did quite well otherwise and am happy to say I no longer have any fear of paper piecing!


Here are all nine blocks.  
Now it is is time to get the project finished so I can get it hanging in my kitchen.

I am already planning my next paper pieced project.  It involves Kristy's London Calling patterns and I can't wait to get started on it.

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You can check out who else tackled this block by going here.  Some pretty impressive projects getting made!
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Fun Finish - ALYOF

For this month's A Lovely Year of Finishes goal, I was hoping to turn this pile of fabrics into a quilt.  It has been so long since I allowed myself to work on newer fabric just for the fun of it.  I definitely enjoyed this project!



I started out with these four fabrics.  Each are a 1/2 meter cut.  I wanted to come up with a design that used up a majority of the fabric.  Any other fabric used in the quilt had to come out of my stash. (I love to give myself challenges like this - keeps my brain sharp!)


Here is the fun quilt I came up with.  It is fairly large at 56" x 64".  For the blue trim, I used a Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen (my fave!) and the cranberry fabric came out of my stash.



 The prints in these fabrics are simply adorable!  I was glad I was able to come up with a pattern that kept the pieces large so these prints can really be enjoyed.




Another challenge I faced with these fabrics was this print.  It is a border fabric so there was just a single strip available.  I tried many designs to showcase these better but decided I liked this layout the best.  I like the asymmetry it gives to the quilt. 


 I had just enough of the cranberry fabric to use as the backing.  It took some creative piecing but I was able to make it work.

ALYoF2014 



So not only did I finish my September ALYoF goal but I met the challenges I gave myself for this quilt!  Plus I got a pretty cute quilt out of the deal...



 
I so enjoyed working with these newer fabrics!  As soon as I finished this quilt, I grabbed a Happy Go Lucky layercake I have been saving and started cutting in to it.  I will be sharing my plans soon....

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #9 Part Three

Ah September...you are flying by so very quickly!  With my customer quilting backlog taking up most of my time, I am just not getting into my sewing room this month as I had hoped.  I did make progress on this month's Scrap-A-Palooza quilt however!



In last week's post, I shared the process for making these blocks out of my leftover binding pieces (or 2 1/2" strips of fabric). These blocks really only take a few minutes to sew up.  In each block, I paired a solid fabric with a print - as long as it was green or blue, it went into the quilt.




As each block was sewn, I just added it to my design wall.  I like to start looking at the layout on my scrap quilts before I finish all the blocks.  This allows me to focus on making the last blocks in the colors I need to balance out the quilt a bit.



 For this quilt, I identified three types of blocks that stood out and needed moving a bit.  The bright turquoise, lime green and the lighter blocks.  I decided I needed to sew one more bright turquoise block and that I didn't like the lighter blocks toward the center of the quilt (so they were moved to the outer border).  I also moved a couple of lime green blocks around.  With just those minor changes, I started joining together the blocks.


 Here is the final layout all sewn up.  To think these blocks all came from leftover binding pieces...
What fun!



 It is even prettier in the sunlight!


Now to get it quilted up.  I am off to find some fabrics for the backing.  With so many colors, I know I will have something in my stash!
 
 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Zig Zag Quilt Revisited

What do you do with a little baggie full of 2" cut miscellaneous fabric squares?



Well, remember the Scrap-A-Palooza quilt I made back in May?  I decided to revisit this pattern!



 And I am so pleased I did! 


Not only did I use up all the cut squares (and even a few more bits out of the scrap bin) but I also used this nubby eyelash striped fabric that had been languishing in my stash.  I adore the striped look with all those colored squares!


And with all the color on the front, I easily found a wonderful red older fabric for the backing.  I love it when a beautiful quilt rises from a stack of unloved fabric!




And while I am sharing finishes, I wanted to provide a link to Julie's quilt over at  Floribunda Quilts.  Her quilt is made from the same block just in a different layout.  I love it!  Thanks for sharing Julie!


100 Quilts for Kids


My little scrap quilt will be sent off with all the others to Bags of Love as part of the 100 Quilts for Kids event hosted by Quilts in the Queue.  There is still time to join in!





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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #9 Part Two

September's Scrap-A-Palooza quilt is slowly building on my design wall.  Thankfully this month's blocks go together really quickly.  I have been finding so little time in my sewing room lately it is nice to spend just a few minutes in there and still see progress being made.






As I shared last week, this month I am sewing up all those leftover bindings and other 2 1/2" strips into 16 patch blocks. The colors I am working in are anything green and blue.  Because a number of my binding strips are solids, I thought I would use a solid and a print in every block.


Below, I have shared how I am putting my blocks together.









 I start out with two fabric strips at least 21" long.  Simply sew the strips together.  Before pressing them open, I fold the sewn strip in half and cut with my scissors.



You will end up with two pieces like this.  Now just sew these two together alternating the fabrics.  I now press all the seams in one direction (or open if you prefer).



 Once pressed, I use my 12 1/2" ruler to trim the block to width.  I align my ruler to the center seam, make a nice clean cut on the right side, then cut the piece into four 2.5" segments.


 Next you just flip the second and fourth segment to create a 16 patch.  Take this to the sewing machine and sew.


 Here is a finished block.  It measures 8.5".




 It has been quickly joined by a few more blocks on my design wall.  I am wanting to make 42 blocks for this quilt so I have quite a few more to sew.  Once I get about 3/4s of the blocks sewn, I will see if there are any colors I need to pull from my stash to help balance out the quilt.  Then I will work on final block placement.  I will share more on that next week!
 
 
 
 The "homework" for this week:  (Easy Peasy!)
  • Pair your fabric strips
  • Sew into blocks

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Friday, September 5, 2014

One for Him, One for Her

I was recently playing around with some stripped-pieced leftovers.  Sometimes I just love to puzzle out something useful from what would usually get thrown in the trash.  All these silly bug fabrics were so darn cute, I just couldn't toss this odd little pile of fabric so I had saved them for a later date.



 I started cutting some wedges out of the pieces...




 and started sewing them back up into some cute little X blocks. 







As they were all different sizes, I decided to float them randomly in some solids.  Kona white, ash and charcoal worked perfectly!










I soon had this cute little quilt finished for some lucky baby boy!





Then I immediately pulled out some Sherbet Pips scraps I had and made this adorable quilt for some lucky little baby girl.  I had just enough of that pink solid to make those 4 blocks - I love when that happens!



Not sure yet what I will do with these cuties.  They were sewn entirely from my stash and were made more for my own entertainment.  I might donate them to our local hospital's NICU but for now I have them listed in my Etsy shop.

Time to go rummage around in my sewing room and see what inspires me next!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #9 Part One

Happy September everyone!  I think this is my favorite month out of the whole year.  
I love the cooler temperatures and watching the trees start to change.  
Plus, soon it will be quilt weather again...gotta love that!

 






As I near the finish of each scrap quilt, I am on the look out for inspiration for the next one.  In an older post on how I store my scraps, I shared I keep a seperate bin under my cutting table just for leftover 2 1/2" strips.  As I was dropping some leftover binding pieces in there, I noticed the bin is starting to over flow.  An overflowing bin is always a sign to plan a scrap quilt.



 





There is one pattern I love to make with my leftover bindings and it is a 16 patch.  Last October, I shared a post showing some of these scrap quilts in process.  I thought this month I would share in more detail how I put these together as part of the Scrap-A-Palooza series.

So my vision for this month's scrap quilt is to make simple 16 patch blocks from leftover 
2 1/2" strips and group them into a quilt. 
 
 
 
 Here are some examples of what I have made in the past.  These make great utilitarian or donation quilts.  In fact, I plan on donating this one as part of the 100 Quilts for Kids event going on until the end of September.  Want to join me?
 
 
 
To get started, I quickly viewed what I had in the bin and determined I had quite a few strips in the green and blue colorways.  So I think I will just pick out these colors to work with.  Next, I had to sort out the ones that were longer than 20" as this is the length we need.  Anything that was longer, I roughly trimmed to about 21".



 I then started to pair them up - one print and one solid in each pairing.  Each of these will make one block.  You can see I already have about 20 blocks ready to sew up.

These blocks will finish out at 8".  I would like this quilt to be about 50 x 60 so I will need to collect up enough strips to make about 48 blocks total.  I may have to cut up some larger scraps and unloved yardage to get enough for this quilt but I know I have lots of fabric in these colorways so that should not be an issue!
 
 
So to prepare for next week:
  • Pull your scraps/stash and determine what fabrics to use. 
  • Rough cut your strips to length and if you have time, pair them up

Note:  This pattern can also be made with wider strips if you have some on hand.  I hope to share a quilt soon that I am making with 3 1/2" strips.  Unfortunately, I ran out of solid black so I need to get some on order before I can proceed.

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Now let's Deal with Those Scraps!
 
 
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