Friday, November 30, 2018

I Thought I Would Never Finish

I love it when my quilts come entirely from my scrap bins.  And I am also happy when a quilt design cleans out my scrap bins of pesky small bits.

But I thought I was never going to get this quilt top together!



When I woke up this morning, I was determined to get this top together before I accomplished any thing else.  So many small pieces in this one!



While I was on a roll, I also pulled some fabric and sewed up the backing.  Now I just have to sneak it onto my longarm frame.

(You can just barely see my new ironing board cover in this photo.  I just pulled some unwanted fabric from my stash and ended up with this brown dot - it makes my board look like it has some sort of horrible pox.  It makes me giggle every time I use it.)

I now have an empty design wall to use for an older UFO.  I am torn between my Sew Kitschy wall-hanging and my Kaffe Splendid Sampler.  Cheer for your favorite in the comments below!

And have a wonderful weekend!





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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Oh Scrap! : Next Steps

Last night, I finally found some time to sew a few more scraps.



I have been using scraps to make 6.5 x 9.5" slab blocks in red, pink and orange.



I am now making a scrappy slab of low volume prints (3.5 x 9.5") to sew to one side of the slabs.
I love it when my quilts end up being made from 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! 

Quilting is more fun than Housework






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Cyber Sale


If you still have a bit more money to spend on quilty items like fabric and notions, Connecting Threads is currently giving you 20% off your entire order - just use the Promotion Code CYBER20.  I just checked and that includes already discounted items!  Time to pick up some backings for next years scrappy quilts!!




Thursday, November 22, 2018

A Burgoyne Surround Finish

I hope all of you who celebrated had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  The weather here in Eugene Oregon was blustery and rainy.  It was a good day to hide indoors and eat!


It was also a good day to finish up the last few stitches of the binding on my Burgoyne Surround quilt.  Of course, there was no way I was going to be able to get any good outdoor photos so we will have to settle for some indoor ones.




It looks like I started the blocks for this quilt over a year ago.  I love royal blue, black and gray together - I think it made a really nice combination for this design.  I used different fabrics in each block so it has a somewhat scrappy feel.



I kept the quilting free-flowing...a swirl design I call splish-splash.  The white thread really shows up on the royal blue backing.

It feels good to get this older UFO scratched off the list so I think I will rummage in my sewing room tonight to see what else I have in there that I can finish.  You never know what I will uncover next....there are some oldies in there!




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If you should be planning on taking advantage of any of the Black Friday sales, remember that clicking through the links on my site pay me a small commission.  This income helps to pay the costs of my blog and allows me to sew more and share my ideas with you.
I really do appreciate the support!


Here are what my affiliates are up to....


Fat Quarter Shop Black Friday Sale 2018
The Fat Quarter Shop is giving everyone 20% off their order and if you place your order soon enough, they have limited quantities on some free gifts!



Craftsy Black Friday / Cyber Monday - Up to 70% Off Kits & Supplies at Craftsy.com 11/21 at 2:00pm MST through 11/26/18.

And Craftsy has all of their kits and supplies up to 70% off.  They also have some great pricing on their classes this weekend.

GO! Dies Sale

And for those of you with an AccuQuilt Go!, the dies are discounted right now!


A big thanks to all of my readers.  I really am thankful for each and every one of you!



Sunday, November 18, 2018

Oh Scrap! : The Battle is Real

I am really making a concerted effort to work down my scraps so that I can at least close all of the bins.  I realized this weekend that all of my design walls are filled with scrappy goodness.



All of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks are up on the design walls in my studio behind my longarm.  I will continue to work on them into 2019.  I think I need 12 more blocks for the quarter log, 13 blocks for the zig zag and who knows how many for the center garden quilt.


I love seeing all that color as I enter my studio every morning!




The postage stamp quilt is slowly growing in my sewing room.  Green is just starting to make an appearance.  The next block will be tricky because I have to blend green, yellow, peach and purple.  But I only have 6 more blocks to go!



And the slab blocks are over on the other wall.  I have decided to create a zig zag design.  I am just switching over to some orange scraps now.  If you look closely, I am creating some low volume scrappy strips to create a space between the slabs.  I am not firm yet on the color placement.  I will decide that on a later date!

What are you doing with your 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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The holiday season always brings some great opportunities to save some money.  I saw a few in my in-box from my affiliates that I wanted to bring to your attention.


Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Box

First, the 2018 Limited Edition Jolly Box is on sale at the Fat Quarter Shop.  Many of the items contained in the box are exclusive to FQS.  
You can have a holiday gift sent to a friend or even yourself!

They are shipping out now and once they are gone, they are gone!


Up To 85% Off Startup Library & The Great Courses at Craftsy.com 11/18/18 only!

The other thing I wanted to share is that Craftsy is discounting their Great Courses.  These are the really expensive ones that are always excluded from every sale.  You can watch them with a Blueprint subscription (which is also discounted right now and includes 50% off on all purchases at Craftsy through December).

I have watched almost half of the Tai Chi series and would love to have it in my permanent library.
I learned so much from it!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The First Small Quilt Purge

Because it might bring comfort and hope to someone needing a hug...

Because I feel blessed while others are given a difficult hand in life....

Because I am able to...





As the holidays approach, I always find myself going through my piles of quilts and distributing them to various organizations.  There is so much need this time of year.  I get so much enjoyment out of making them - I am happy that I can let so many of them go to find a new home.

These three will be going off to Bags of Love this next week.  The sole purpose of this organization is to provide necessities and comfort items to children in crisis due to neglect, abuse, poverty or homelessness. They try to include a quilt or blanket in every bag they distribute.

These quilts are larger in size so they will be appropriate for some older kids.  I will drop them off after hitting Target to pick up other items to donate.

If you have never donated one of your quilts, I encourage you to research organizations in your area (or those on-line) that would love your quilt(s).  

They really do mean so much to those that receive them!




Sunday, November 11, 2018

Oh Scrap! : Slab Blocks

I am still slowly working on my postage stamp quilt, but while I have my scrap color bins out, I decided I needed to start another scrap project.

I found I had a number of 1.5" squares left over in red (from my postage stamp) and I still had a lot of small bits still in the red bin.



I decided to make some slab blocks that measure 6.5" x 9.5".
I don't really have a firm plan on how I am going to use these but I thought a rectangular shape would give me more to play with.




 I already whipped out ten blocks this weekend.  Soon I will move onto some pink blocks.  I think for this quilt, I am going to stay on the warm side of the rainbow spectrum.

But we all know I could change my mind as the quilt evolves!

So tell me, what are you sewing with your 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! 
Quilting is more fun than Housework









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