Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Thread!

One year ago, I thought I would start saving all my emptied thread spools to see how many I go through annually.  I thought I would share what I found out.




I use two types of thread - Signature (3000 yds) and Superior King Tut (2500 yds).  They run exactly the same through my longarm (so not a lot of adjusting for tension) and my Bernina DM loves it too.  I have been using the threads for about a decade and stock about 80 different thread colors in two large spool racks I had custom made.




In one year, I emptied out 63 spools.  These were not all full when I started this experiment and I have partial spools in my rack that might be close to empty.  I was curious which colors were most popular so I sorted them.  Below are the results:

Red     3 spools
Pink     1 spool
Orange     1 spool
Yellow     1 spool
Green     7 spools
Blue     8 spools
Purple     4 spools
Gray     10 spools
White/Cream     10 spools
Black    1 spool
Brown/Tans     13 spools
Multi - Variegated     4 spools

It was surprising that I go through that many spools of brown but I do like to use taupe and spice brown a lot.

I am not sure I will continue this experiment.  I knew I spent a lot of money on thread but seeing these spools in a box reminded me all year long how much I actually go through.

Sometimes ignorance is bliss!  😉




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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Oh Scrap! - A Whole Lot of 4 Patches

I love it when a whole lot of scraps come together into a quilt top!




Last month I started sewing together a bunch of 4 patches in a rainbow of colors.  My only requirement was that each block was in a single colorway and contained only two fabrics - a solid and a print.  I really had no plan in place when I started sewing. 
My goal was to just sew up some scraps!



Well, I have sewn up all those little 4 patches into a quilt top!

If I knew this was going to be the finished layout when I started making blocks, I would have made my blocks a lot more monochromatic.  It was a challenge to work in those blocks with a high light to dark contrast. But I used every one of the blocks I made! 
Even though it is not perfect, I am still pleased with the finished quilt top.

Especially since it is 100% scraps!


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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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    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Time to vote!

    Remember this recent Bowtie finish of mine?




    I am please to say I am a finalist in the Fat Quarter Shop's Color Master Contest.  Woo Hoo!

    You can head over to their blog here and vote for your favorite.



     This quilt was made using one of Art Gallery Fabrics Color Master boxes.  The top three entries win another box in the color of their choice.  I would love to play with another of these collections.  I love that all the color work is already done for you!



    I think they refer to it as the Circled Quilt by Cynthia Brunz should you want to vote for mine.  
    Because we all know I need more fabric!

    Thanks so much  :)




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    Sunday, March 18, 2018

    Oh Scrap! : RSC Blocks for March

    Spring Green is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for March!



     So I dug around in my scraps and made these two "Red Cross" blocks for my Squared Away Sampler.  I love playing around with color placement just to see how it changes the look of  the design. 


    Here are the six blocks I have completed so far.  I think this is going to be a fun quilt!

    My plan right now is to make 25 blocks and lay them out on-point.  I will need to make a third block for some of the designs but I will wait a bit and choose my favorites.



    I also pulled out all of my green Kaffe Fassett scraps and made some bowtie blocks.  I don't know how many more blocks I will make for this quilt but I think I am getting close to having enough for a quilt.  So I went ahead and just used any shade of green - and I see some straggling purples made it too!  I think the only other color I know I need are yellows.

    That gets me all up to date on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for March!


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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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    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!












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    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Free to a Good Home!

    Every once in a while, I complete a bunch of blocks and find myself totally uninspired by the results.  Such is the case for these blocks.  Now I am hoping someone will take them off my hands and turn them into a quilt!




    I have a total of thirty six (yep - 36) 12.5" blocks.  All have a Kona Ash gray background and they are all made with Blueberry Park fabrics.  I think I made two blocks of each print I used.  This is an original design that I ended up not liking the fabrics I used and will need to make it in something else.

    All that needs to be done is sew up the blocks and you will have a 72" square quilt.  I will send a photo of some possible layouts with the blocks so the "winner" can see how they go together.
    (But feel free to get creative and come up with your own.)




    I am going to ask that these blocks are made into at least one charity quilt.  You can give it to any charity you desire.  If you need some ideas, you can look into the Hands2Help event going on at Confessions of a Fabric Addict or Covered in Love over at Kat & Cat Quilts.




    I will ship anywhere in the US for free!



    If you would like to adopt, please let me know in the comments that you are interested.  
    (Note, your comment should be made directly on my blog and not through Bloglovin' - it does not allow me access to your contact information so I have no way of getting ahold of you if you win.)


    I will be selecting a winner from those that are interested sometime on Sunday the 18th so be sure to comment before then.  If there is more than one candidate, I will select a winner using a random number generator.  Please make sure I can get ahold of you!  If you are not positive if your email is available, please leave it in your comment.  Thanks!


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    There are other items being adopted out by quilters so be sure and check them all out.  Also, if you have items you would like to put up for adoption, you have until the 17th to link up.




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