Sunday, August 12, 2018

Oh Scrap! : Garden Blocks

Last month, I decided to start a new Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt.




Remember my little red strawberry block I made for July?





It is now joined by a cute orange tangerine block made from 2.5" squares.





A chubby pumpkin block was also added to the mix.  I decided to use 2.5" strips for this block.



I will also be "planting" a short row of carrots in my RSC garden quilt.  
I used Sally's carrot pattern as a starting point.

I am planning on my blocks for this quilt being all different sizes.  It will be a puzzle to get them into a quilt top once I complete the rainbow.  Can't wait!



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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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Friday, August 10, 2018

A Valued Finish

There are just some quilts that are pure entertainment!

And today's finish was one I found intriguing and enjoyed every step of the process. It is no secret I love a challenge so using scraps to play with color values was fun, fun, fun!



I started out making these blocks using some scraps a friend had given me.  The inspiration came from a quilt Linda (at koka quilts) was working on.



 Today, I am ready to share the finished quilt.

I must have taken a hundred photos of this quilt but none of them do it justice.  Or maybe they do because this quilt is one that I questioned myself through every seam.  But rather than give up, I continued forward and just let the quilt evolve.

Is the contrast enough? Is the background too busy?  Was it wise to add the neutral center squares?  Can you even tell I added half diamonds to the border?

Question after question.




 And I think that is what is so intriguing about this quilt.  You have to look at it a bit more to see the patterns that are there.  




Ninety percent of the scraps in this quilt were gifted to me as a stack of unloved pre-cut squares.  I did add a lot of the background fabrics but I pretty much depleted everything I was given.  I feel a big sense of accomplishment that I turned what I had into this quilt.



Because I like this quilt ALOT!
(And it is because I don't know if I like this quilt AT ALL!)

But I do.....I really do...I think.




In case you want to know, I used  one of my oldest stash pieces on the back.  I think it works but I question this choice too.

But those things all just make me want to laugh and hug this quilt more.   :)





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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

All Stocked Up!

A giant box arrived on my doorstep this afternoon.  Now I have no reason not to finish up a number of my UFOs.



I love to have a nice stash of backings on hand so that my finishes are never held up waiting on fabric.  I also like to pick up my backings when they are on sale or out of a clearance section.  Like all of my fabric, I keep my backing sorted by color and I try to keep a couple of choices in each colorway.  Connecting Threads has their wide backings on sale right now and moved some items (like Amanda Jean Nyberg's latest collection) to their clearance section so I bought a bunch of 4 yard cuts.  This stack makes me want to go sew!



The one I love the most was the cheapest one!  I bet this one doesn't stay in my stash long.

Now my backings are all stocked up just waiting for me to finish up a quilt top!







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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Oh Scrap! : Orange

A new month means a new color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  
August is orange...definitely a favorite color of mine!



First up is my zigzag blocks.  These 12" blocks will eventually make a donation quilt.  I know I am going to need two blocks in some colors but I will determine what those will be later.  Right now I am just making one block a month.



I also pulled a bunch of strings and finished up three of my half log cabins.  Some leftover nine patches were the inspiration on this design.  I really like how they are turning out.

I still need to make a couple blocks for my Squared Away Sampler and my fruit/veggie quilt in orange.  I look forward to seeing all the orange scrappiness this month!


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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! 

Quilting is more fun than Housework







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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Something Charming

I don't often use precuts or sew with a full collection of fabrics, but I couldn't resist these Lily & Loom Space Camp charm squares from Craftsy.



The prints in this collection are so adorable and the quality is just what I have come to expect from Craftsy.  (I have previously used Boundless solids and their prints in some previous projects).  There are so many Lily & Loom collections it was hard to choose one to try.




 I have two charm square packs to play with.  If you have a favorite pattern, be sure and let me know in the comments.  I have some ideas but I am always looking for new inspiration.

I also received some of their new Pima Thread to try.  As an affiliate, I always want to feel good about the products I promote.  I will let you know how I like it!

Makers’ Black Friday - Shop Our Biggest Sale Of The Year & Save Up To 70% On Supplies at Craftsy.com 8/3-8/6/18. No coupon code needed.

If you want to try out any of this fabric yourself, Craftsy is currently having a sale so the price is certainly right!


(And for those who follow along regularly - this isn't technically a new project.  It is already on my WIP list so stop giggling.)







Friday, August 3, 2018

A Focus on Finishes

Okay...It is time for me to get a little more control in my sewing room!

I knew I had been starting all sorts of projects and ignoring the piles of projects littering my sewing surfaces but I found out today in black and white just how bad things had gotten.



As I dug deep in the piles to document all the projects in various stages, I soon had a whole page full of projects needing attention.  Some projects are on-going and a few I just might adopt out in September during the next Quilty Orphan Adoption event. (The last one was in the Spring.)



So now I am motivated to pluck the low hanging fruit and strive for some quick finishes.  Some of the projects just need to be laid out and sewn.  I am starting with my bowtie blocks.  There are lots of layout options but I am trying to make a final decision.  This one is queen size but I hope to share a finish soon!



I am so glad I have a big order of clearance fabrics and quilt backings coming next week from Connecting Threads.
Perfect timing!



Makers’ Black Friday - Shop Our Biggest Sale Of The Year & Save Up To 70% On Supplies at Craftsy.com 8/3-8/6/18. No coupon code needed.


Craftsy is also having a Maker's Black Friday sales so I just might have to see what deals I can find there.  Maybe a Kaffe Fassett backing for this bowtie quilt!




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