Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes - September Goal

My September is looking so busy, I almost skipped setting a goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes with Sew BitterSweet Designs.  There are piles of client quilts to quilt, patterns to write, projects to finish and classes to teach.  Not much room in there to stick another project.

But I have lived with myself long enough to know that I need to keep the pressure on to finish things because I will tuck something away really quickly!  

And a project I can see myself ignoring is the scrap vortex I recently started.




I have now finished this piece that measures about 38" by 45".  I have decided not to add any more to it because I fear it will become too chaotic.  Now I want to add a border treatment to make it larger.  Not sure if there will be more than one border and I may go pieced or even asymmetrical.  There are lots of options.

A Lovely Year of Finishes 


Until I figure it out, I will leave this up in my sewing room and not let it get tucked in a drawer.  And the carrot to keep it an active project will be to make it my September ALYoF goal.

I can do it!....I think





Linking Up:
 



Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happy September and a Pattern Sale!

When I was younger, I always loved September because it meant going back to school and in our house, lots of birthdays.  Now as I am older, September signifies the beginning of my favorite season and I know cooler Fall weather will soon be here.  I always look forward to putting the gardens to bed and watching the leaves change color.  And today is the first day of my favorite month!


I thought I would celebrate two ways.  September is the last month to finish up donation quilts for the 100 Quilts for Kids event.  Right now I have five quilts in various stages earmarked for the event and I thought I would try and whip out one more.  A way for me to share my happiness of the new season by paying it forward.  




Needing something fast, I immediately thought of my Wiggle Time pattern.  I quickly grabbed some red, white and blue fat quarters and got to work.








As I was cutting the fabric, it came to me that I could celebrate September with all of you by putting my patterns on sale for the entire month!

So until October 1st, you will find my patterns all priced at $6 each in both my Craftsy and my Etsy shops.





Happy September!


Linking Up:

Love Laugh Quilt
Patchwork Times
Cooking Up Quilts



Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oh Scrap! : Another Scrap Vortex

For me, starting a new quilt can happen so quickly.  A few scraps get sewn together just to see what they look like and then that leads to a few more seams.  Before I know it, I have to add another quilt to my "out of control" WIP list.  

Can you believe I started another Scrap Vortex quilt!




I have been sewing with a lot of black and white fabric lately so there are quite a few small pieces scattered around my cutting table.  A scrap of red landed among them and I like how they looked.  
As easy as that things get started!




 I am not sure where this project is going.  I think I will just finish that third component and get creative with some borders.  It would make a great 100 Quilts for Kids project so we will see if I can get it finished by the end of September.

I had no intention of starting another quilt....But scraps are tricky that way!
So what have you made with your scraps this week?

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  • 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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Linking Up:


Love Laugh Quilt
Patchwork Times
Cooking Up Quilts




Friday, August 28, 2015

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #17 Part 4 Finish


Have you been wondering if I was ever going to finish this quilt?

I am the first to admit that I don't fall in love with every quilt I make.  And from the beginning, this quilt never really made me happy.  

But I didn't give up on it!




I started out wanting to use up some black and white fabric chunks I had in my stash.  I decided to also pull some leftover solids - there are crossweaves, peppered cottons, kona and shot cottons in the mix.









I sewed and sliced and sewed some more until I came up with this block.  I really didn't love it but I thought it had potential!









This project still fought me when I laid it out on my design wall.  I really thought I was going to have to admit failure.  But eventually a quilt top did come together.


I really didn't like it much and was secretly relying on the quilting to save this project!





Well, here it is all finished!  And it is starting to grow on me!!
I am fascinated by the colors (kinda eclectic), the subtle 3D effects and the contained chaos it evokes for me.



This quilt is being donated to an organization that provides comfort items to kids in crisis.  I hope it finds its way to an older child that will love it to pieces.



 For the quilting, I simply did some boxy line quilting.



A shaded black and white print from my stash (it looks gray until you get close) and more blocks on the backing.  I finished it off with a solid black on the binding.

A wonderful quilt all ready for a new home!



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This is my first quilt being linked up with Quilts in the Queue for the 100 Quilts for Kids event.  I have participated for a couple of years now.  It is a great event and you have until the end of September to finish your quilts.  So there is still lots of time to make a quilt yourself!

Need ideas?  There are lots in the Scrap-A-Palooza Quilt Gallery.  Just grab your scraps and pick a project.  They are all fast and easy!




Linking Up:

Crazy Mom Quilts
Quilts in the Queue 



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Taking Stock

I had some time this afternoon and rather than work on my scrap projects, I thought I would take stock in some of the other projects I have going on.

I have been staring at two empty design walls behind my longarm for weeks now.  They are a bit inconvenient to use as my sewing room is in another room but they are great for long term projects.  I thought putting up blocks from all my current projects would inspire me to work on them a bit more and maybe even complete a few of them!



I started by putting up the 10 blocks I have finished on my Park Bench quilt.  I only have 5 more blocks to go then it is on to the pieced backing.  This is one of those bucket list quilts and it is more important for me to finish it perfectly rather than quickly.  












This is my current leader/ender project.  It is just made from leftover charm squares and some bonus HSTs.  Not sure how many I will end up with or how I will set the blocks.  I am really loving the red in this one!












Out also came my english paper-pieced hexagon star blocks.   I have been so hot and exhausted each evening, I haven't worked on this all summer.  I see there is FINALLY rain in our forecast so maybe I will get in the mood to work on a block or two.














I also want to work on my basketweave paper pieced blocks again. (You can find the free pattern here.)  These blocks use tiny scraps, which I got tired of looking at so I cleaned them up.  I need to get them back out and get a few more blocks finished.












Unfortunately, I still have projects tucked away and I ran out of design wall!  And the two design walls in my sewingroom are full too.  Now I just need to decide what to work on!

At least I have a great view to look at while I am working!

Did I already say we might FINALLY get some rain?  I am really excited - we have not had any all summer and I miss it terribly!

Linking Up:

Patchwork Times



Sunday, August 23, 2015

Oh Scrap! : In Case You Missed It

It has been such a busy week of scrap sewing.  I have 4 scrappy quilt tops all prepped and waiting next to my longarm - I just need to find some time to get them quilted!

It has been a while since I shared some of the great finished quilts that caught my eye on previous Sundays.  Here are a few I don't want you to miss!




Sandra over at Musings of a Menopausal Melon finished up this beautiful heart quilt for a friend.  The colors are so spectacular and the quilting is beautiful.  You can really tell a lot of love went into it.



I also fell hard for this simple drunkard's path Linda over at koka quilts made.  It is sweet and so very inviting...and the red binding is perfect!



Do you follow Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting?  She shared another picture of one of my all time favorite quilts.  I have a pickle dish quilt on my bucket list.  I might have to add the Petunia quilt she made from the scraps from this quilt.











And finally, I adored this little teacher gift made by Katie Mae quilts.  I loved math in school and would love to have one of these little snack mats myself!












Thanks to all who link up each week.  There are many quilts I am waiting patiently to share your finishes - and some are getting very close.  So many pretty quilts all from the scrap bin!


  If you haven't joined us before, 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.