Sunday, November 17, 2019

Oh Scrap! : RSC Test Block

It is really hard for me to find much time to spend in my sewing room this time of year.  Almost every day, I am busy at my longarm playing one of Santa's elves working away on client quilts.

 By the end of the day, I am too tired to do anything.



But I did spend some time cutting and sewing up some test blocks for one of my new 2020 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.  I made these three blocks from some red 2" strips - the blocks measure 12.5".

My plan is to make 30 total blocks (a 5 x 6 layout) - that means every month I will make three blocks.  I am hoping that the fabric "value play" will make for a fun quilt.

I still have to settle on one more block design (okay, maybe two) for the coming year.
I am already looking forward to January's color!

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Turning Bits into Beauty

Last month, I shared some blocks I made from some scrappy leftovers a friend gifted me.
At the time, I was able to sew them into blocks but it wasn't until this month that I put the blocks together.  Are you ready to see this cute little finish!?


Here is a bit of back story.  I was gifted a bunch of trimmed off bonus triangles and some 1.5"ish strips from the side of some layer cake squares.


I quickly turned them into these fun 7" squares but due to other priorities, the project was hidden away so that I could finish some other items.


Once I had time to get the blocks back out, I sewed them up on point so that the strips on the sides of the block made a fun scrappy sashing.


That meant I had to sew a few more strips to the outer edge blocks which made sewing in the inset triangles a bit challenging.  Plus, some of my strips were not quite long enough.  

What to do?  I just trimmed those points right off and made it a design element!



I then added a small background border in Kona Shadow so the blocks float.  I bound it in an orange sketch print and quilted it with a panto called Popcorn.



I found a cute black and white print for the backing which looked like it belonged with this collection of fabric.



I used almost every bit of the leftovers that were given to me.  I spent very little time cutting anything - I used the pieces in the size they were given to me.  

Those little bits just wanted to be turned into a cute little quilt!





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Monday, November 11, 2019

Fun in Southern Oregon

I recently spent a few days with the Umpqua Valley Quilters Guild in Roseburg Oregon.  
They are such a great group!

(In fact, you should mark your calendars - they have a wonderful Quilt Show coming up in April 2020.  You can check out their Facebook page here to learn more.)




I am very bad about getting out my phone and taking photos but I did snap a photo of everyone with one of their finished blocks in the Spin! class.  This group had a wonderful selection of colors and fabrics.  I look forward to seeing some finished quilt tops soon!




I did receive some photos of other Spin! quilts from some previous students I thought I would share.
Such pretty color combinations!

If you have a group that would be interested in hosting either a lecture or a class, feel free to email me.  I still have some spots in 2020!





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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Oh Scrap! : Group Project

My RSC Bright Hope blocks are turning into a group project!

Last Sunday, I shared how my Bright Hope blocks were turning into a chaotic mess.




Just as I was getting ready to scrap the blocks, I decided to group them by color.
I shared how it had saved this projects for now.  



A few readers shared some more great ideas to turn this project around.  One reader gave me an idea on how to use my brown blocks.  I grouped three together and they will become spacer blocks along the top/bottom to create a staggered look.

I was also given the great idea to frame my blocks in a solid.



I loved both of these ideas so I spent some time this week executing them and here is an idea of how they will work in a quilt.  I will make a total of nine big blocks so the quilt will be a lot longer.  

I have pinned a list of the colors I want to these blocks and I will finish it up in 2020 Rainbow Scrap Challenge season.

A big thanks to everyone for your great ideas and your weekly support!


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  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
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Friday, November 8, 2019

My Rainbow Garden

This year, I decided to do something a bit different for one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.  Each month I made various blocks that represent things found in my garden in the designated color.  I love seeing all these fun designs but I have never wanted a whole quilt made with the various block.  

So this way, I had the joy of making each block and putting them all together into a fun quilt.



I enjoyed searching the internet for each block design.  And many, I simply designed using graph paper and a pencil.




Some of my favorite blocs are the apples, pear and the tomato.



I not only included various fruits, vegetables and flowers, but you can find lots of my garden friends and foes in my quilt.


Even the imperfect bee is busy pollinating my flowers!



I pulled a dotted backing from my stash and added a striped binding from a fabric I have been trying to use for years.


This bright quilt will definitely be appreciated during the winter months when I miss the bounty of color, food and enjoyment I get out of my gardens. 

 It will keep me cozy as I earmark my seed and gardening catalogs dreaming of spring!





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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Oh Scrap! : No Giving Up

As I have stated before, I have been evaluating a lot of my projects to determine if there are any I want to give up on and pass on to someone else.  The new year is almost here and I want to be excited about all the UFOs I carry on into next year.



One of the projects on the chopping block was my Bright Hope blocks.  Here they are up on my design wall.  I have tried to create various patterns and even made a few blocks going the other direction to see if that would help.

But it is always a hot mess and I decided this weekend to take it down and give up.  



...but I really do hate to give up.  So in the 20 steps down the hallway from my studio to my sewing room I thought of the advise that I always give my students - ask yourself, can it be sliced, framed, staggered, patterned, grouped....Wait a minute!  Can these blocks be grouped?

I immediately sat at my machine and made these 18" blocks by color.  I think I can live with these!

So this RSC project will live on into next year.  Whew!

Now they are back up on the design wall.  I am waiting to sew up the brown blocks because I haven't planned what size and which colors are going to go into this quilt.  They may not make the cut and end up in the orphan block suitcase.

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