Friday, August 31, 2018

Baby Bowtie Quilt

I knew this quilt was going to be a quick finish!




Last weekend I pulled some pink scraps and started making these 8" pink bowtie blocks.




And I am already sharing my fun finish!
The sweet quilt measures 40" square.




I used the same white solid for all of the blocks.  I had a leftover piece that was about the correct size from who knows what older project.  It was slightly different than the Kona White I keep on hand so I wanted to use it up.

I went with swirl quilting in white thread - my favorite go to quilting.



 I used one of the fabrics I recently purchased from Connecting Threads for the back.  This lovely soft pink is one of Amanda Jean Nyberg's (Crazy Mom Quilts) Emma & Myrtle collection.  I spied it in the clearance section.  Seeing how cute it is on this quilt, I just might have to go back and buy some more!















I made this little quilt using the Instructions/coloring sheets available in my Craftsy shop.  Layouts for all of the sizes shown above (Queen, Lap, Baby) are included in the download.

A big thanks to all of you who have already purchased the layouts. 
 I hope you share your finished quilts!



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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Something New

Having finished my big Bowtie Quilt, I am "rewarding" myself with a new project!




Later this fall, I will be participating in another shortcut quilt hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.  All of the parts have arrived and I am ready to start sewing.  This pattern uses the Creative Grid Perfect Rectangular Ruler.  I have a feeling this will be a ruler I use many times in the future.



This will be the first time I have used a Jolly Bar precut size and I have to admit, I am smitten already!  Jolly Bars measure 5 x 10 and are available exclusively at the Fat Quarter Shop.  I went with the Hop, Skip and a Jump collection by American Jane.  I can't wait to get cutting!

Sadly, even if I finish early, you will have to wait until the reveal date to see my quilt.  
So stay tuned!!



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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Oh Scrap!

I am all out of orange RSC blocks to sew this month so I thought I would grab another color bin and make some more quick bowtie blocks.




I decided on the color pink and started sewing!
These are eight inch blocks and take no time at all to make.


I might even end of with a finish to share at the end of this week :)



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Friday, August 24, 2018

A Kaffe Bowtie Finish

If you finish a big bed quilt, do you get extra points?




Here is my "exploding" bowtie quilt made from Kaffe Fassett scraps.
It is queen sized (80 x 88") and all mine!




I made these blocks as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Both the Kaffe prints and the background fabrics all came from the scrap bins.  
It took me just under a year to make all of the blocks.




I used each rainbow color to add a fun ripple effect.  I just made blocks each month of the scraps I had on hand with no layout plans at the time.  And it was amazing that I was able to successful make the blocks I made work into this layout.



Because this was a larger bed quilt, I needed a really big backing so I had only one Kaffe option available.  It is a little dark but I usually don't care what is on the backs of my quilts., I went with what I had rather than hold up the quilt while I bought new fabric.  
When I get this close to a finish, I like to get it done!



This layout is very similar to a quilt I did earlier in the year.  This quilt measured 48" x 64" so it makes a nice lap quilt.  And rather than a light background, I used a dark solid plum.




When I posted the lap quilt, I had quite a few requests for a pattern.  Maybe someday I will get to writing up a formal pattern but for now, I have written up some quick instructions and included diagrams/coloring sheets for a baby size (40 x 40"), the lap size (48" x 64" and the queen size layouts (80 x 88").  These layouts are all based on an 8" finished block.  So if you want a bigger or smaller quilt, you can simply change the block size.


I have also decided to ask for a small fee for these download (You can find it with the rest of my patterns on Craftsy).  Even though it is not a "professional" pattern, it still takes a lot of time to create the diagrams and write the text.  I appreciate the support!


Keep your eyes open for my version of a baby quilt in this pattern.  I am cutting my fabric today!

Have a great weekend!




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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Some New Toys

I recently bought myself some new toys to play with!




I was intrigued by these felted wool pressing mats and I really liked that they were square shaped and come in a number of sizes.  I have been wanting a smaller pad and a small iron to put right next to my machine to press things like my leader/ender projects as I go.  I am not a big fan of finger pressing and there are just times when having an iron right next to me would be nice.

I should say, I am a dry iron presser.  You can use steam on these pressing mats but you have to put something under them to protect your table surface.  I have used these for a couple weeks now and I have to say, I really like the mat far more than others I have used in the past.  Plus you can rinse this one out to keep it clean.  

The little iron gets SUPER hot and can be hot to the fingers but I am used to it now.  I also am sure I unplug it after using because it doesn't have an automatic shut off.  I never planned to use this iron every day - but this little duo is sure nice to pull out when I need them!

I see lots of scrappy mini 9-patches in my future!




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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Oh Scrap! : RSC Sampler Blocks

It was fun to keep digging in my orange scraps for the perfect pieces to finish up this month's block for the Squared Away Sampler.



I enjoyed playing with the color placement on this block design.  It really changed the look of the block to use the darker fabric in different locations.



Here are all of my blocks all together.  I think there are only a couple more blocks to release. A few of these blocks I hope to someday revisit and make a whole quilt from them. 

But I am thinking seriously of adopting out all these blocks next month during my Quilty Orphan Adoption event and not finishing this sampler.  I always enjoy making the different blocks but I am just not a fan of this type of design.  I know there will probably be someone who would love to add these to their own collection and make a bigger quilt.  

And I still had the joy of entertaining myself with making the blocks!


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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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