Sunday, April 21, 2019

Oh Scrap! : A New Start

I have been trying to get my sewing room cleaned up a bit lately.  This is always dangerous for me because I tend to get inspired and start new projects.  Yes, we all know where this is going....




I have a big tub of Kaffe Fassett scraps under my cutting table.  As I considered breaking it down into their appropriate color bins, I noticed there were a number of large scrap pieces in there.  Well, they somehow fell under my rotary cutter and soon became these colorful 8.5" blocks.



Which are quickly filling up one of my design walls.  I am not sure exactly how big this quilt will be, but I still have more than half of the blocks to sew.

And my "Kaffe" scrap bin is still intact.  Of course,  once I looked at all the scrappy bits that were left, I thought they might make a colorful scrap quilt for me to create in the future.

Oh well, at least the bin is no longer over-flowing!

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It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  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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Friday, April 19, 2019

When Fabric Gets in the Way

I think there are lots of reasons quilters start a quilt.  For me, sometimes it is just a matter of getting tired of moving around a piece of fabric!




Today's finish all started with that cute little cherry fabric.  I had used it as the backing for a long forgotten quilt and the leftover side trimmings have been floating around in various scraps bins.  I finally got tired of moving them and started cutting.  I first cut 6" squares.  And then from those scraps, I cut some 3" squares.




I knew I wanted to use some red scraps to create some 9 patches with the smaller squares.  Then I decided to check my stash for some yellow bits to frame the larger squares (Sorry - These photos make them look closer to cheddar).  I didn't have enough of any one piece so I grabbed the two largest cuts and decided to add a "wonky" slant to add more interest.




It isn't a very large quilt.  It finished at about 40 x 50.  I had enough scraps to add one more row but it looked too long and skinny so I ripped off the last row.




I didn't waste them though.  I actually needed them to make this striped backing fabric large enough for the back.  This striped fabric was also leftovers from a long ago backing.  It is actually pieced in a number of places.  Nothing goes to waste!



What is your usual reason for starting a quilt?  






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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Oh Scrap! : How Many Quilts?

A friend of mine recently moved and I helped her pack up her sewing room.  And if you want to get a good read on exactly how much fabric you have, spend time packing it up!

After spending an afternoon putting yardage pieces into many boxes, I laughingly told her all future fabric purchases had to get approval from me first!  :)


But one of the things that happens when you move your fabric, is you identify fabrics that you will probably never use.  So I took home this tub of Australian fabrics left over from an older project she made.  My plan was to run it through my fabric cutter and use up the fabric.

Once I got it home, I began thinking exactly how many quilts I could make out of these leftovers.
Could I get more than one?  Maybe even two?  I accepted the challenge and started cutting!


There were a number of strips that had been cut at 5" wide and quite a few partial fat quarters.  I decided to cut all of these up into 4.5" squares using my Accuquilt multiple die.  This one is one of my favorites.  Being able to stack 10 layers of fabric, with a few cranks of a handle, I have 40 perfectly cut 4.5" squares.



In no time at all, I had a stack of squares - which soon turned into a 56" x 68" quilt top.
And I had not even started cutting up the larger cuts of fabric in the tub.

Which I soon used to piece a backing.  I hope to share the first finished quilt from the tub soon.  I will most likely make this quilt my second Hands2Help donation quilt.

Simple patchwork is so perfect for scraps like these!


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It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  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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