Sunday, September 20, 2020

Oh Scrap! : Bit by Bit

 As I was digging through all the bags and tubs of partially finished projects to see if there were any items I wanted to adopt out in the Quilty Orphan Adoption event, I came across a bag of a partially started scrap vortex project I adopted from a friend.  

I had stuffed it in a bag and have been adding to it as I came across sewed pieces in the correct color combinations.  I decided to raid my orphan block stash to see what else I could contribute...




The colors are mostly purples and turquoise.  I added all sorts of bits and bobs and sewn components from a bunch of long past projects.




And before I knew it, I had to admit I had started a new project.  

This quilt won't be that big when it is finished - probably about 40 x 50".  It emptied a bag of scraps and used a number of my orphan blocks so I am calling it a big win.  I don't have much farther to go to finish it up.  It has been a great way to use up a bunch of scraps without having to do a lot of cutting or planning.

What are you making 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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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Help Me Let Them Go

 I have been saving selvages for quite a while.  



I recently got them out and made this quilt using them.  Upon finishing it, I decided making things with selvages really isn't for me.  But do you think I can dump all the ones I have saved to date away?




I still have a fairly large stash of them that I just can't seem to toss in the trash.  So I am hoping someone can use them and save me from myself :)




Some of them are long and some have been trimmed down to about 5-6" long.



These are sitting on a 24" x 36" mat so you can see approximately how many there are.  

They weigh 11 ounces bagged.


If you would like to adopt these, 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 ship anywhere in the US for free.  Please note that I will be cramming these into the smallest envelope I can so expect to make some time to press them when you receive them!

I will be selecting a winner from those that are interested Sunday the 20th 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!


The winner has been selected.




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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 14th to link up.  Time to clean out those UFOs!




Fall 2020 Quilty Orphan Adoption Event

Do you have a long list of UFOs that you feel like you will never get done?  Adopting out an unloved UFO may be a better option than finishing it yourself!



I have been working for years to continue to work down my list.  I think I am under 20 projects now.  But every once in a while, I start something that I know I don't want to finish.  And with a LONG list of quilts I want to make in the future, I find it is nice to pass the unwanted onto someone else.

So a number of years ago, I started hosting a twice yearly event that allows others to link up their unloved items and send them off to someone else to finish.  Probably close to a hundred quilts have been adopted and finished.

Well my friends, it is time again to look through those projects and see if there are items that you would like to get into the hands of someone who will finish them!







Above is a photo of a quilt that was made from orphans I sent off.  I still can't believe the beauty that was made from a bunch of bits and blocks I never liked.  If I had not sent it off, it would still probably reside in a bag in my cupboard.

And the quilt was donated to a children's charity so that warms my heart!


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Now it is time for this Fall's Quilty Adoption Event!

Orphan Adoption Event

September 17th through September 19th 2020

Here are some more details:

1.  I am going to ask that any "orphan" linked up must be given away for free.  (If you are wanting to destash for money, there are other venues to do that.)  I think it is fair that if you need to, you can ask that shipping costs be paid.  Just be sure and put that information clearly in your post.  And know that both parties enter into the deal at their own risk.  I hold no responsibility.
2. Have clear pictures and descriptions on what you are putting up for adoption.
3. Define the criteria for how you will decide who will adopt the item.  Is it a random number giveaway, do you only want it to go to charity, or is there some other criteria that needs to be met?
4.  Be sure and identify where you are located and where you are willing to ship to.
5. Define how long you are keeping the adoption open and when you expect to award the adoption.
6. Remember to link back to my blog so your readers can see what else is being offered.  And feel free to grab a button!

The ability to link up your blog, Instagram, Flickr, or Facebook post will be open through the end of the day Saturday September 19th PST.  You can award your adoption on any date you choose after Sunday the 20th.  Feel free to offer as little or as much as you want.  It can be blocks, books/patterns, kits, printed panels, fabric, quilt tops...anything that you hope someone else will use and you wish to get rid of the burden.


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And if you are looking to adopt a project, please read each blog post and be sure you only offer to adopt those orphans you know you can finish.  The object of this event is to get these things finished, not just stored on another shelf.  Thanks!


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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Oh Scrap! : More RSC Blocks

 While my red scrap bin was out, I also finished more Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks
for my second scrap project.




Fourteen more half rectangles (HRTs) are finished.  I think they measure 4 x 8".



I added them to the puprle blocks I made last month.  I still can't decide if I want to create some diamonds by making some mirrored image blocks or simply lay them out like above.  

Guess I have to think about that some more....


I also want to remind everyone that starting Thursday, the Quilty Orphan Adoption Event link-up will be live.  Time to find a home for all those unloved projects!


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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


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Friday, September 11, 2020

Another Scrappy Finish

 I finished this quilt top quite a while ago.  It has been just sitting around waiting for me to quilt it up.  I had some time on my frame this week so I snuck it in between some client quilts.




I have made this design a few times in the past.  This time I narrowed the colors down to just red, orange and yellow.

(Due to all the fires and smoke in our area, everything has a very orange cast to it.  And the smoke is so bad, I don't stay outside long!)




I had a whole bunch of black and white chunks of fabric that worked perfectly for these blocks.  The fabric for the 9 patches all came out of the scrap bins.




I used a red sketch fabric I purchased from Connecting Threads for the backing and framed it up with a black binding.  



I went back out and tried to get a better photo.  With some filtering I was able to get one showing the colors better.  


I have always loved this block design and I will be sharing some similar quilts soon.

I have an abundance of scraps right now and I am focused on getting them made into quilts!

Have a wonderful weekend.  My thoughts are with the many families in the west driven out of their homes due to the wildfires.  Some rain would be nice!




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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Another Vote Block

 I was finally able to find a chunk of time this weekend to work on another VOTE block.



This one is paper pieced and very similar to the one I made back in June.  Months ago, I tried to change a "LOVE" block into a "VOTE" block and was not very successful at first.  But many Designers out there are revising their LOVE patterns so the work is now done.

This block is by Sam Hunter (Hunter's Design Studio).  The pattern includes two sizes - I made the 9 x 11" block.  All profits from this pattern are donated to Vote Save America and Fair Fight, organizations that are working to ensure voting rights and safe access (with respect to the pandemic) to all US citizens.


If you haven't done so already, be sure you have put together a plan for getting in your vote.  Oregon votes by mail - but I will be delivering my ballot directly to a collection site.  I will also be tracking my ballot to make sure it is received and counted.  Check in your area to see what will be the best options for you.


Thank you for upholding Democracy!


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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Oh Scrap! : Red

 With September here, it is time to get out my red scraps for my RSC quilts.  I am down to just 2 active projects right now so I need to start thinking about some new designs.



I dug through all of my red scraps and then my solids stash and I could only come up with three shades of red.  I am hoping in upcoming months I can find or acquire a magenta solid so I can make one more blocks.  This is a longer term project so I have lots of time.


I am using 2" squares so my blocks are a little different than a traditional postage stamp block.  But the slightly larger size seems to be giving me the best yield out of my small scraps.

My sewing room is currently strewn with scraps as I am actively working on about 5 different projects.  And they all require different type of scraps.  I am hoping to get some serious sewing accomplished during the holiday weekend.

It is sure hard to believe it is already September!


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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


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter




Linking Up:

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