Tuesday, November 24, 2020

A Few Holiday Deals

With Thanksgiving in a few days, it is time to start thinking about making some gifts for giving.  I am going to be mailing off all of my holiday gifts this year so that means I need to get going on them.



The holiday season also means there are some great deals going on should you want to buy yourself or your quilty friends some gifts.  Here are a few deals from my affiliates.


Accuquilt Dynamic Promo


Now is a great time to purchase an AccuQuilt cutting system if it is on your want list.  

The black Friday deals are already available now.



A fairly new affiliate partner for me is Annie's.  They curate and sell all sorts of craft and sewing subscriptions.  They also have a Holiday Quilter's Club that supplies everything you need for a festive monthly project.

They also have Fiction Clubs.  And this year they have two Mystery Stitch Alongs.

How fun does that sound!

And I get to share a fantastic special 75% OFF coupon for all of Annie's clubs!  Just use the coupon code SHARE75.




Thermoweb also has black Friday pricing on all of their products.  I will be using some to create some of my holiday gifts this year.


If you are in the US, I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.  
Please be safe and stay healthy!





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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Oh Scrap! : Let the Scraps Lead

 I still have been busy sewing up blocks for a number of scrap quilts that are in the works.





The main project I have been working on is my blue Well Suited blocks.




As I make the flying geese components for the center, I have been using those bonus triangles to make a bunch of cute pinwheel blocks.  They look so cute all stacked up!  



I only have about 6 more blocks to finish and then I can play a bit more with the layout and sew up the blocks.  But I kept thinking about those cute little pinwheels....




Then I thought about some of my RSC blocks.  They are just the right size to work with the pinwheel blocks.  I tried laying them out interspersed among the HRTs.  Or I could use the pinwheels around the outside border.  I will definitely be playing with these more in the future.

It is fun to see just where the scraps lead 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, November 20, 2020

Dinosaur Scraps into a Finish



What do I do with some bits of dinosaur prints?




I decided to cut them up into squares, pull a few coordinating prints from my stash and grab a couple yards of a background fabric.  Then I went to my go-to Wiggle Time pattern to make a small quilt.




For one of the dino prints I only had a few squares, so I just sprinkled them throughout the quilt.





I barely had just enough of the background solid - in fact, I made the top and bottom border a bit smaller than the pattern calls out so that I would have enough fabric.




I found a funky brown print for the backing and finished it off with the perfect striped fabric for the binding.    I was pleased to be able to use up these novelty scraps - I am sure someone will love all the fun prints in this quilt.


This is the second stack of novelty scraps I have turned into something useful.  It feels good to clean these hard-to-use scraps out of my scrap bins.  It will be nice to start out 2021 with my scrap bins purged of "unloved" fabrics.

Enjoy your weekend.  Stay well!







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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

My Happy Mail

 I finally had a chance to open up some happy mail I recently received.



I bought four cuts at 4 yards each from Connecting Threads for some future quilt backings.  The bottom print is a reorder - I love that soft red and was so happy to get more of it.


The fabulous green print is called is Chaise - and it is still available in four colors.  I hope to get more of these prints soon.

And the top two orange and blue prints are called Dapper.  I wasn't quite sure about these prints when I bought them but once I see them in person, I am ready to buy more.  There are still four colors available in this print too.

I already have plans for the red and the blue prints so you will most likely see these in an upcoming quilt.  I always find myself with lots of sewing time in the winter.  So that means lots of quilt finishes!


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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Precut Sale

 I don't usually buy precuts, but I know many quilters love them!



Today only, Connecting Threads has all of their precuts 25% off. 

 Just use the promo code STASHUP when you check out.  There are some great rainbow samplers if you want to freshen up your stash for next years' RSC blocks.






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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Oh Scrap! : So Many Projects

 The last few days have been filled with lots of scraps!



I cut and sewed two more of my postage stamp "pixel" blocks.  I now have four done so that leaves 11 more to do.  This is definitely a project where I am now asking myself...
"What was I thinking!"




I added some low volume pieces to the red and blue scraps I cut last week.  I have been mindlessly sewing them into blocks.  They go together quickly so I already have enough to make a quilt top.




I have also been sewing away on my blue version of my Well-Suited quilt.  I miscounted during my cutting so I have to scrounge up more fabric before I can continue.  I also need a free design wall so I can start cleaning up the blocks by removing the dog ears and deciding on a final layout.



I have been using the flip corner technique for my geese blocks so I have lots of bonus triangles.  I have been turning these into these cute pinwheel blocks.  I will add these to the RSC Well Suited rainbow pinwheels so next year I should have enough for a quilt.

The scraps are flying right now at my house...What is up at yours?


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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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Friday, November 13, 2020

Scrappy Butterfly Finish

You know those scraps that never seem to find a home?  I have been attempting to identify them and try and use them to make some quilts while I am waiting for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge to start up again in January 2021.




One of the first scraps I tackled was some novelty bits I had.  The butterfly fabrics I ended up framing with some blue scraps.



And I found a home for them in a fun little quilt.  I knew I wanted to pair these blocks with the blue border fabric I had in my scraps (it was some backing trimmings from a previous quilt).  Some of the lighter blocks were a shade off or were lost up against the fabric so I added a tiny black stop border.

The light blue "background fabric" was only so wide so I had to create that strip in the center - I used that as an opportunity to use up some of the smaller butterfly scraps.




I really like how it turned out - especially because it all came out of the scrap bin!





Even the backing was leftover pieces from a previous quilt's backing.  I had to piece it quite a bit but the black and blue colors went so well with the top, I knew I just had to figure out how to make it work.

The quilt measures about 38 x 44 - a nice little size to have on hand for a gift.

One thing I discovered in making this quilt is I have a TON of blue scraps.  I decided it was time to make a big effort in turning them into a quilt or three.  So I hope you like blue because that is the theme to most of the projects I am working on now!

Happy Friday!




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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Let's Talk Background Fabrics

 I have been wanting to make another stacked coin scrap quilt so I thought I would take some time to look through my background fabrics to see what I could come up with to use.

Background fabrics are something I like to pick up when I see good sales and keep in my stash.  I often have people ask me what some of my favorite stash items are.  So I thought I would share some of them today.

I do still keep a lot of Kona solids in my stash but I actually prefer to use fabrics that look at bit more textural.  I use my Kona a lot for bindings.




An old favorite of mine is the Quilters Linen by Robert Kaufman.  This is a printed fabric (not a woven) and comes in a LOT of colors.  Above is a sampling of some of the colors I have in my stash.  The orange and the green are probably some of my favorites.  



Another good basic that comes in a lot of colors is the various Grunge collections by Moda.  This fabric has become very popular and you can pick it up just about everywhere.  I was happy to see Connecting Threads is now stocking wide backing in some of the colors and REALLY happy to see the Fat Quarter Shop has Grunge 20% off this entire month.  I used up a lot of my stash recently and need to replace some colors (like Essence and Bleu).



I also like a lot of the Connecting Threads blender series like their chambray, faux linen and mirage.   These prints change frequently so I have learned to buy it if you like it!

And if you are curious how much I buy?  I like to pick up 2 to 3 yard cuts - that quantity always seems about right for the lap quilts I usually make.

 You can tell I like colorful background fabrics - not a lot of neutrals for me!  


What about you...Do you have a favorite background fabric you like to use?





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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Oh Scrap! : I Couldn't Resist

 Last month, I shared my newest Rainbow Scrap Challenge block.  These are the first test blocks I have made using this design and I will work on this quilt in 2021. 

The blocks are one of the block options contained in my Well Suited pattern.




When I shared the photo, Diann (of Little Penguin Quilts) asked me if I was going to make any of these geese blocks to create the "woven" quilt design.  (You can see her version of this block here.)  
I told her "sorry but no".



Well, skip ahead two weeks and as I was staring at a VERY full blue scrap bin, I decided to start another quilt and make a blue quilt from the blocks I just told Diann I wasn't going to make....

I have no will power!


But these two blocks are a great way to share how my Scrap Mixology patterns show how simple changes to fabric placement can create very different looking quilts.

I already have all the blue and white scraps cut and I just need to sew all of the blocks together.  That makes FOUR scrap quilts that I am actively sewing right now.  I just chain piece away at whatever bits are in front of me until I have a pile behind my machine - then I head to the ironing board.

It will be interesting to see which quilt top will get finished first!


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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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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Scrap Mixology : Two Bits

 Behind the scenes, I have been working diligently to complete more of my newest pattern series and their supporting quilts.  

Today I am ready to announce my second Scrap Mixology module - Two Bits.



This module is to help you turn some of your scrappy strings into some fun and colorful quilts.  
You might remember this RSC quilt I finished in 2019.  
This quilt was the inspiration for this pattern sheet.




The Scrap Mixology pattern series all follow the same format.  They are designed to help you sew up your scraps so don't expect to find yardage requirements (not that you can't pull fabrics out of your stash).  Each module is designed around a standard block with cutting and sewing instructions for the block.  There is also a convenient table with block requirements for standard quilt sizes to help you determine how many blocks you need to make for the size quilt you desire.

In subsequent pages, I share some ideas on how to use color and block placement/rotation to create lots of fun layout designs.  Hopefully these ideas will trigger some ideas of your own.

Also included in the pattern are additional ideas on how to change the look of your block through some simple changes.  I include new cutting requirements for these ideas and share how this change affects the look of a quilt.  

So one block can be made into dozens of layouts!
You become a Scrap Mixologist like me :)



In fact, I have recently shared a quilt using the Mixology concepts published in this module.  This soft scrappy quilt swapped out the 9-patch with some orphan blocks and was laid out using a stacked block design.

Essentially the same block but with two very different looks.



One of the materials included in the Two Bit pattern is the formula for figuring the inset triangles for on-point or diagonal block layouts.  I always have to hunt for this so I am happy to know I can easily locate it now just by referring to my pattern.  


All of my Scrap Mixology available patterns (including Two Bits) can be purchased through either my Payhip pattern shop or through my Etsy store.  Once you pay, they can be immediately downloaded and you can start sewing those scraps.


Enjoy your weekend by sewing up those scraps!



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