Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #21 Part One

I often get asked where I find the inspiration for my scrap quilts.  There are times I see something out on the internet that I want to try, but most of the time, the scraps littered around my sewing room are what drives my next project.

As I was tidying up this morning, I re-discovered a bunch of navy solid strips I had incorrectly cut for a past project.  Rather than toss them into a scrap bin where I knew they would get all frayed, I decided just to start a new scrap quilt.



The solid strips were mostly cut at 1.5" wide.  Digging in my blue color bin (which is overflowing), I saw that there were a number of 2.5" strips.  So I decided to chop up the prints into pieces that are 9.5" long.  Why 9.5"?  It was the width of the square ruler I was using and it also was a good size for the chunks scraps I had. 

Trying to use the cut sizes you already have gives you the best yield on your scraps and reduces the amount of cutting for the quilt.  Always look at what you have and come up with a way to use them as they are cut.  :)




I did not bother to cut up the navy strips to length.  Instead, I just chained pieced the prints right onto the long strip.  I trimmed them to size after they were sewn and pressed.



Now I have a bunch of these pretty blue strips to play with.  I did find some other solids in my scrap bin that were close to the navy color.  I just added those into the mix too.  I think it just enhances the charm of a scrap quilt.

Hopefully next week I will be able to share with you some layout ideas
So far this project is moving along quickly!







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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Oh Scrap! : More Blocks for Sampler

I was able to spend a bit of time yesterday sewing up a few more blocks for my Splendid Sampler quilt.  At this point, I have sewn almost all of the true Splendid Sampler blocks I want to make and have gone rogue for the final ones I need to complete my layout.




Here are the seven blocks I finished.  I think I need a total of ten more to reach a total of 68 blocks.





I am still left with a giant laundry basket of Kaffe Fassett scraps however.  I haven't decided yet what to do with them.  Maybe another sampler quilt is in my future!



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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!
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Scrap-A-Palooza! : Quilts From Orphan Blocks




I started my quest to use some of my orphan blocks in January.  At the time, I had no idea that I would end up making four entire quilts (using a total of 267 orphaned blocks and leftover components.)  I would love to tell you that I used up all of my blocks but I still have plenty left to play with in the future!


Quilt #1 Medallion Style



Quilt #2 Improv Style




Quilt #3 Row Style




And here is the fourth quilt I made.  Another medallion style but it uses a whole bunch of tiny leftover components and small blocks (109 pieces to be exact). 

Even though this quilt is the smallest at about 40" square, it was probably the most challenging.
Many of the blocks in my orphan storage were put there for a reason - they didn't make the cut for a quilt.  So putting all of these rejected bits into a quilt made it really hard to keep it flat. 

Also, with all those tiny bits, it kept feeling like it was getting a bit chaotic.
So I tried to keep a narrow color selection and I used inner borders in fabrics used in some of the blocks (gray and red) to unify the quilt.

It is not the prettiest quilt in the show but when I think that it came from bits from 8 previous projects, I am impressed that it came together as well as it did!






Btw - In January, I shared my plan to finish 12 older UFOs this year.  On that list was to make a quilt from my orphan blocks.  How lucky was I to see that its number (#8) was drawn for February!

This UFO challenge is being hosted by American Patchwork.  So far I have marked two UFOs off my list.  So far it seems to be working  :)



The quilt on the left is a quilt I made previously in 2014 using some orphan blocks.  I know some of you have been getting creative with your orphan blocks so I would love for you to share them!





Feel free to link up a blog post, Instagram photo or Flickr image of a quilt or project you made using orphan blocks.  It doesn't have to be a recent post - I just want to share the pretty things that can be made using these abandoned blocks.





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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Oh Scrap! : Not Forgotten

Last February I enthusiastically hopped on the Splendid Sampler bandwagon.  Even though I was already participating in a number of other quilt alongs, I just couldn't envision how these beautiful little  6" blocks could become a chore.

I did make it quite a few months but by last November, I found myself only making a couple blocks a month.  I finally decided to just put the project aside and alleviate the burden it had become.

But I haven't forgotten about them....



I recently got them out and counted them.  I have finished up a total of 52 blocks so far.
I put some of my favorites on the top of the stacks - aren't they pretty?




I still need to complete a few more blocks to achieve the layout I have in mind.
I believe it is time to get back to this project and finish them up.

So that is my current scrappy project.  Tell me what you are working on!


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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!
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Turquoise and Lime

Here is why I don't like to clean my sewing room!



After sewing up all of my turquoise string blocks for the month of February (I ended up with a total of 21), I decided to tidy up my sewing room and started putting away all my scraps.  Well, my turquoise color bin is right below my lime green color bin and I noticed it was full.  I was curious if this color was even on Angela's list for this year.  Hmmm....



Seeing it was not one for 2017, this quickly happened....followed by more lime blocks.
I think it took a total of 24 blocks to sew up all of the lime green strings. 
Once I got started, I couldn't quit.



Using the two colors together, I ended up with lovely piece.  It is a nice 60" square.  Thanks to Linda over at Koka Quilts, I am a bit obsessed with prints on prints right now so dots were used for the sashing and border.




I think turquoise and lime are one of my favorite color combinations.  I was not planning on finishing another string quilt this month but these blocks were just screaming to be placed together.  The few leftover blocks, I put aside for later use.  I know they will eventually find a home!



 I had two different backings that would work on this quilt but decided these triangles work perfectly with the geometry of the string blocks.  And I went with a bold lime green solid binding. 
This one is going to be hard to pass on to its next home!

I did get my scraps cleaned up - I just kept my eyes closed this time  :)

Have a wonderful weekend!




Sunday, February 12, 2017

Oh Scrap! : 9 Patches

Is there such thing as a bad nine patch quilt?




Now that I am sewing up the second color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts, I have been giving some thought as to how I want to use thsee nine patch blocks I am making.  Should I colorwash them?....maybe frame them?...insert them into a star or churn dash block?
  The options are endless.

I still haven't settled on a final plan but it sure is fun to think about it.  Until then, I will just continue to sew up my blocks each month and wait for inspiration to strike!


And what about you? 

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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!
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Another Fun Finish

I am having far too much fun playing with all of these orphan blocks.  First, there was the medallion quilt, then one using the Improv method. For my third quilt, I simply laid the blocks into rows set in a background fabric.




I think this one is so bright and playful.  You can read more about how it came together in this post.




I used a print for all of the background.  Choosing a directional print was probably not the wisest choice but I do like how it turned out.




It is hard to believe that everything besides the background came out of my little orphan block suitcase.  Some of these bits fit together so perfectly, it was almost like it was always meant to be.




And the backing is just as playful!  I was able to use up an older Laurel Burch fabric I have had for years and paired it with some leftover ombre blue fabric I had in my stash.  You can really see my loopy quilting!



It has been so much fun seeing all the things other quilters are making with their orphan blocks.  I am working on one more orphan block quilt that I hope to share on the last Friday of February.  I will host a link up on that day so everyone can share their creative projects too.  It is pretty amazing what can be made from these humble orphan blocks!






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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Quilting Inspiration and a Giveaway

Even though I have been longarm quilting for over 10 years now, every once in a while, I feel like I am in a rut and in need of some inspiration.  I can go online and hit the usual sites but I find that is far too distracting for me - hours later I am asking myself why I got online!

So I like to have some good books filled with visual inspiration!

My good friend Sheila Sinclair Snyder (of License to Quilt fame) came by my house recently and shared with me some books she recently contributed some quilting motifs to.
Wow!  Both are filled with some beautiful ideas.






The first book is 180 Doodle Quilting Designs.  Nine different quilters contributed to the designs in this book.  For each design or motif, the designer has shown how to use a design theme in blocks, setting triangles and borders.  Perfect for the beginner or seasoned quilter!















The second book is The Quilting Manual.  There are 16 designers that contributed ideas to this book.  Half of the book addresses tips, techniques and troubleshooting your quilting.  The last half of the book is broken up by each section of a quilt, so you can easily choose inspiration for just the blocks, borders or select an allover design.






Sheila was so sweet to leave with me a copy of The Quilting Manual to give away right here on my blog!  A big thanks Sheila!

If you are in the US and would like a chance to win your own copy of this great book, just leave me a comment letting me know what inspires your quilting designs. (I wish I could afford to offer this to my international friends but postage is far more than the value of the book.)

For more chances, those of you who follow my blog and/or my Instagram account can leave an additional comment.  And if you go visit my friend Sheila and either follow her blog or come back and tell me one of the great items she sells in her shop, you can have a third entry.

Important: If you are a no-reply commenter then please include your e-mail address in the comment. If I cannot reach you, you cannot win.

This giveaway starts today and will run until Sunday February 12th at 5 p.m. PST.  Good Luck!



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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Oh Scrap! : RSC17 String Blocks

Happy Scrappy Sunday!

Since the color turquoise was announced for the rainbow scrap challenge, I have been working hard to clean out my color bin. 



I do keep a bin just for the color turquoise so I could get started right away without much sorting.  I already had some 8.5" muslin foundations cut, so I used those and ended up making 21 pretty turquoise blocks.  I did weed out any print that had reds or oranges in them.  There are not enough blocks to really do anything with so I will just store them away for a later date.

I am pleased to say I can now see the bottom of the bin!


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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, February 3, 2017

Improv Orphan Block Quilt Finish

Here it is...the second quilt all completed using tucked away orphan blocks!

For this one, I chose to pull my orphans from the brown colorway.  My block sizes were all over the place and there really wasn't any sort of theme I could get inspired by.




So I decided to just start with the biggest blocks I had which were these improv blocks.  From here, I just added blocks onto my design wall until it was about quilt size.  You can read more about the process here.


It has been raining here so getting photos of this quilt have been tough.  You can see the whole quilt is a mish mash of blocks.  While I did have fun sewing this one together, it is not one of my favorites.  When you see it in person, it is fun to see all the different blocks and fabrics.  But I like quilts that have a bit more pattern or unity to them.  It certainly doesn't make this a bad quilt - in fact, I already have taken it for a test run and it snuggles up nicely!









I tried again to get a good photo on my gate but I just couldn't get the colors correct.



For an orphan block quilt, it really is a good example of an improv assembly technique.










Here is an indoor photo - the colors are a little better but it is certainly hard to see the block detail.
Over 60 blocks are no longer homeless!




I was so pleased when it came to finding a back.  I had been gifted 4 yards of this floral many years ago.  I almost didn't take it at the time because I thought I would never use it. 
Well, it has found its home too!

It looks like a lot of you are getting out your orphan blocks and getting them into a quilt top too.  I think around the end of February I will set up a link so we can have a project parade. Don't stress about getting them completely finished by then but I do hope you share your progress and inspiration. 
Remember, orphans can also be used for other projects too!





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