Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bollywood Bliss Finish

Here it is, my last quilt finish for 2015!




This quilt was made using some Bollywood Bliss panels given to me from a friend. She also included some of her leftover fabrics in pretty jewel tones so I just decided to put them all together into a quilt.



Once I fussy cut out the panel squares, I framed each of them with a thin strip of fabric. I then framed them a second time in a different fabric - but this time I offset the center by framing them in two different widths of fabric.

I actually did this for a reason. Some of the center panels had to be cut to differing sizes so by offsetting each block, it hopefully hides the imperfections that might have been seen had I lined everything up.


 




 

 I still have some of the leftover panels which I have been turning into a few more pinchsions.

They have been fun to needle turn applique on the cold, rainy evenings we have been having.






 


A Lovely Year of Finishes



I had made finishing this quilt my December goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes with Sew BitterSweet Designs.  I have been participating in this event for about two years and am sad to see it ending.  It has been a great way for me to keep focused on finishing those UFOs that get set aside for one reason or another.




Linking Up:

Crazy Mom Quilts
Sew Bittersweet Designs


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Oh Scrap! : In Case You Missed It

With this being the last Sunday of 2015, I thought I would share some of the great scrappy finishes that have been linked up with Oh Scrap!  And just so you know, I will be continuing to host the party right on through 2016!

....and there were a number of beautiful quilts that caught my eye!


 Like Anita's Scrappy Summer quilt.  It looks so pretty captured in a dusting of snow.



Vicki had a couple of finishes but I really liked this playful little quilt. 
The quilting is pretty cute too!


Sew Preeti shared a whole blog post of beautiful scrappy quilts she finished.  
This one was my favorite....I think...It is kinda hard to choose!



I am always inspired by Emily.  I have been watching this quilt progress and it was great to see it finished.


And my hat is off to Joanie for all the tiny sashing on this great scrap quilt.  But it was worth it because I think it turned out beautifully!

rainbow scrappy charming plus quilt (1)

 And finally, Tisha shared this bright beauty.

Scrappy quilts are my favorite!  
Thanks to everyone who continues to share their scrappy projects.  I find you all so very inspiring! 

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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!
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Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Best of 2015!

First off, how can 2015 be almost over?!  For me, it was an exceptionally busy year and went by in a blur.  When I saw that Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs had invited bloggers to put together our 5 best posts for 2015 I thought it was a great idea just so I could go back and see what I did this year.

Other than giveaways, the post with the most activity was definitely the one where I shared this beauty.




In February, the Fat Quarter Shop asked me to participate in their Layers of Charm blog hop. I immediately chose to use Windham's Mimosa collection and ended up making one of my favorite quilts of the year.




One of my most popular posts seems to be a Pinterest favorite. In this post, I shared a bunch of quilts others had made using some of my patterns.  I continue to see lots of daily traffic and thank all of you who pinned some of these quilt to your boards.





And even though it isn't an actual post, many of you have visited my Scrap-A-Palooza page - hopefully looking for inspiration.  The first Scrap-A-Palooza quilt of the year was this fun one.  It seems like I just finished it a few weeks ago!





My personal favorite post of the year was the one where I shared my Pineapple quilt.  A pineapple quilt had been on my bucket list for years and I spent a lot of blood, sweat and tears on this one.  I don't get attached to many quilts but this one is tucked away just for me.


For the last of my "best of" choices, I wanted to share the quilts that I think inspired the most people.  It was hard to choose between two finishes so I guess I am breaking the rules and now linking my best six for 2015!




This simple little nine patch quilt I made last year as my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt seemed to inspire others to want to make one of their own.  Since I shared this one, I have even made a second one myself.  These colorful nine patches make such a cute quilt!



And it was great to see so many quilters making their own version of this scrappy log cabin.  It was a Scrap-A-Palooza quilt with lots of layout options and one I will definitely be visiting again in the future!

So that is my best of 2015!  Now it is time for me to start thinking about my plans for 2016.  I would love to hear what you would like to see more of.  I really do appreciate all your support!




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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays!

I have finished up a few little handmade items and I think all my holiday sewing is done. Hurray!  
Now I can relax the rest of the week!




I made this table runner for one of my sisters. I gave it to her shortly after Thanksgiving so she can enjoy it this season.




I also made a similar one for a swap gift with some quilty friends.
I guess I didn't get a picture of it after I quilted it. 







I stitched up these pretty pot holders and towels for a gift. I cut into my cherished Maureen Cracknell fabric but I think they worked perfectly.







I also made another set of potholders from some silly dancing vegetable fabrics. 



I really like these pot holders. They were inspired by this tutorial.  As I have shared before, I don't like to quilt through my Insul-brite so I pre-quilted my fabric to  a scrap of batting then assembled all the layers between binding. I have a set planned for my own kitchen.



This will probably be my last post before Christmas.  I wish those who celebrate a lovely holiday!
Merry Christmas!



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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Oh Scrap! : Making Progress

There has not been a whole lot of scrap sewing going on at my house lately.   I had a few Christmas gifts I needed to sew (and will share after the holidays) and I have been busy with all the normal holiday activities.




Late last night, I did go ahead and finish up all the scrappy plus blocks I had been sewing as a leaders and ender project.  Right now I am a little anxious about this project.  I think it is one of those that I am going to have to try and give it some interest through the quilting.  Hopefully next week I will get the blocks sewn together and see how it looks.

How about you?  Have you found time to sew up some scraps?


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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
<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!







Linking Up:

Love Laugh Quilt
Patchwork Times
Cooking Up Quilts
Em's Scrapbag 


Friday, December 18, 2015

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #18 Finish

Normally my Scrap-A-Palooza quilts are quick and easy but this time I wanted to show that scraps can be used to create a very organized and planned quilt.  Like when pulling fabric off a shelf, scraps can be carefully selected too.




When I started this quilt, I knew two things: 1) my blue, green and purple scrap bins were over-flowing and needed some attention and 2) I wanted the quilt to be a sampler of 12" blocks.  And to add a bit of challenge, I wanted each block to form an X of some kind and everything for the quilt top had to come from a scrap bin.
Easy Peasy!



I started with the center block of the quilt and framed it with four very defined X blocks.




The next post showed the progress I had made on the quilt top.  I made blocks from my teal scraps and was back to more chain blocks in blues and purples.  My goal is to have every block different.  And as you can see, I am having a good ole time playing with color.




Some purple blocks were made next.  Like the teal blocks earlier, I wanted these blocks to have some "beefiness" to them to balance with the thinner chain blocks.




And finally, I finished the top with four green blocks that pulled the color from the center block.  Every bit of this came from a scrap bin - even the background is low volume bits.




This week, I found some time to quilt it up.  I quilted it with a maze design in a white thread.



And in the very bottom drawer, I found an ancient batik fabric to use for the backing.  
Woo Hoo, happy it is gone!



 I really enjoyed putting this sampler quilt together.  It just shows you another way to sew up those great scraps hiding in your sewing room!

If you want to see more of my Scrap-A-Palooza Quilts, you can view them all on the gallery page.   If you have scraps, it is a great place to start for some inspiration!

Linking Up:

Crazy Mom Quilts
A Quilted Passion