Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Pattern Listing Dilemma Solved

 First, I appreciate all of the support I have received on my Well Suited scrap pattern release.  I have been busy working on finishing up the second module - which uses scrappy strips.  

So stay tuned!



When I originally listed my pattern, I only did so in my Payhip pattern shop.  The fees are minimal on this platform so I could keep the price of the modules down. 

Unfortunately, to purchase and download, you need to have a PayPal account.  I did have requests from a few readers to list my patterns somewhere where this is not necessary.
 



So I am also listing my Scrap Mixology patterns in my Etsy shop at a slightly higher price (to cover the additional costs they charge).  Now there is another option for those of you that don't have a PayPal account and just want to pay with a credit card.



If you want to read more about my newest pattern, you can follow this link.  Thanks!

Enjoy your week!





Connecting Threads is celebrating their anniversary with some sitewide savings and $15 off purchases of $50 or more.  Just use the promocode 15OFF50 when you checkout. 

I found four fabrics in their sale section that I purchased for backings.  
They should be arriving next week!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Oh Scrap! : More Scrap Blocks

 Winterizing my gardens have taken most of my time this week, but I did get a few more scrappy blocks finished.  I am still working through my yellow scraps for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects.



I finished up my 14 yellow HRT blocks.  These measure 4 x  8".  I did decide to make all the blocks go the same direction so no diamond shapes on this quilt..


I added the yellow blocks to my design wall.  

I am running out of room!  I need to move some of them around so I can add in new colors in 2021.



I also used some bonus triangles left over from my flying geese in the blocks I completed last week to make these cute little pinwheel blocks.  Not sure what I will do with them, but I realized they were the same width as my HRTs and could work as a fun border around that quilt.  We will have to see next year as the quilt gets finished.




Today I will be spending the day filling out my ballot so I can deliver it to a drop box on Monday.  

Please vote early and make sure your ballot is counted!
  I will be following up online to watch my ballot proceed through the process - check with your state to see if you can check the status on your vote too.
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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

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Secret Sewing Finish

 As I was preparing for my book submission, I was also secretly sewing a number of quilts.  I have over 30 (!) projects either finished or in the works.  Now I can finally start sharing them with you.




I had a huge amount of black and white scraps.  I decided to get out my AccuQuilt fabric cutter and cut them up into 2.5" squares.  I then turned them into scrappy nine patches.



After looking through my scrap bins, I chose to go with primary colored blocks placing them in a diagonal layout.  I thought the colors would be great for a small child.




This quilt is one of the examples I used in my Well Suited pattern sheets.  My goal for the Scrap Mixology pattern sheets is to invite quilters to be creative with color and layout.  I give cutting/sewing instructions for simple blocks and then encourage the quilter to mix components and design their own quilt - all from their scraps.

I hope to release the second module next month.  So stay tuned!

A big thanks to all of you who have already purchased the first one :)







Sunday, October 11, 2020

Oh Scrap! : More Yellow

 It is hard to believe that it is almost time to stat thinking about what Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks I am going to work on in 2021.  I have two designs that will carry over into the next year - but I always like to have 3-4 in the works.



As I was sewing up a few other yellow blocks, I decided to start some blocks using my Well-Suited Scrap Mixology pattern.  This time I went with the geese variation.  I am excited about this one - there are a ton of layouts I can play with by just rotating the blocks.

I will say my yellows are really sad right now.  So I was able to only complete four blocks.  Maybe it is time to buy some fabric!




But I was able to find another shade of a yellow solid to finish up my fourth postage stamp block.

Are you a fan of yellow?  I admit, I am not!


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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:

Friday, October 9, 2020

Almost Everything but the Kitchen Sink

 While digging through some bags of scraps, I came across a bag of purple and turquoise leftovers.  I think a friend had started a vortex quilt but decided it wasn't a process she enjoyed.

So I adopted the project years ago.


I was drawn to the colors so I decided to open the bag and see what I could put together.  At the same time, I had my suitcase of orphan blocks out so I dug through there for anything that was in the same colorway.  It wasn't long before I had big pieces of the quilt finished.


There is a little bit of everything in here - blocks, HSTs, stripsets and HRTs from lots of previous projects.  It was nice to get them all sewn into this quilt.



The quilt measures about 40 x 50 so I was able to find a piece of Kaffe Fassett fabric that work perfectly for the backing.

(BTW - If you are a fan of Kaffe Fassett - Did you see you can now get his fabric at Connecting Threads?)


Here is the colorful finish.  Gone are the bag of scraps and a handful of orphan blocks.  Now I just have about 20 more bags to work through!

Have a great weekend!






If you are a fan of Aurifil thread, it might be a good time to head over to the Fat Quarter Shop and stock up.  This month they have their thread 30% off!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Next Step : Blocks

 


Remember these little blocks I created by slicing up some old orphan blocks?

(You can read about them here.)



Well, I pulled a bunch of scrappy strings in soft blues and greens and browns.  I didn't think I had many colors in these shades but was surprised once I began sorting.  I added in some cream and got to work making some of these 12" quarter log blocks.

I think I will end up with 15 blocks so it won't be a big quilt.  

As I write this post, most of the blocks are almost finished - I am loving how soft and calming all the blocks are looking!

I am off to finish a few more...


Sunday, October 4, 2020

Oh Scrap! : A Need for Yellow

 I haven't had a chance to see if Angela has announced the color for October but for some reason I believe it is yellow - so that is what I decided to sew.




I only had three shades of solid yellow in my scraps so again this month I didn't make the four blocks I had planned for each month.  I will just wait for another big yellow scrap to show itself and I will make another block.  



I put them up on the RSC design wall with the other finished postage stamp blocks finished to date.  These blocks are certainly a great way to cut up my unloved scraps and use them up!


I hope to get to some of my other RSC blocks this week.  I have the scraps all pulled - I just need to get to cutting!


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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, October 2, 2020

Scrap Mixology : Well Suited

 Back in late 2019, I started working on my goal of writing a book.  I decided to spend tons of hours secretly sewing and putting together ten block designs for a book proposal.  I held myself to the goal of sending it off for review by the end of March.

Well....crap!

So much for well laid plans.  I still sent it off even though businesses were not sure what the future would look like and I waited for over 5 long months for them to make a final decision on it.  It was not the best book to release during a pandemic.  My plans were for a scrap book that didn't look like any books out there and it was kind of a format you had to pick up and look at to see the great ideas it had inside.

So I wasn't surprised (or disappointed) to finally hear they were going to pass.  In the five months I was waiting for an answer, I devised a plan B to just create some pdf modules that can be bought and instantly downloaded.  

Quilters can just buy the blocks they like or that best fit the scraps they have.



The working title for the book was "Become a Scrap Mixologist".  I am just calling these Scrap Mixology Modules.  They are specifically designed to help you use your scraps - sorry you will not find any yardage requirements in these modules.  Today, I am releasing the first module "Well Suited".  It is a 13 page booklet that includes the instructions for a basic block along with a helpful table letting you know how many blocks you need for 4 quilt sizes. 



But the pages go on to show you how you can place lights/darks within the blocks to create different patterns in the quilt layout.

You will see I take the Scrap Mixology philosophy further because I also share some ideas for swapping in different components within the block to change the look.

So one block can be made into dozens of different looking quilts...all made from scraps.  If you have been following my blog, you know this is a concept I share often. 

 Now you can have lots of scrappy ideas at your fingertips.




Here is another quilt I finished using the Well Suited block.  But I used the instructions for adding a pinwheel in place of the 9 patch.  I still used the light/dark alternate block layout using some blue scraps I had.  I also used two colors for the pinwheels.




I really love the look of this design.  It was fun to quilt too.  I swirled in the pinwheels and then I swirled in the blue diamond.  It was easy to use the piecing for my spacing.




These Scrap Mixology modules will hopefully be used as a lookbook to generate ideas on how to tailor a unique quilt to the scraps of the reader.  I will be releasing new modules as I finish up the quilt samples and all the layout diagrams for each block.

Right now, the Well Suited module is available for download from my Payhip pattern shop.  Once you download it, you can just print the page(s) you want for the design you choose.  If you decide to try it out and make some quilts, I hope you share them either here on the blog on Sunday's Oh Scrap link up or on your social media with the hashtags #scrapmixology or #wellsuitedblock.  
I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Update:  I have also listed these patterns for instant download in my Etsy shop at a slightly higher price (to cover the higher fees on Etsy).


As I release each module, you can find them on my Scrap Mixology pattern page here on my blog.  I will also be sharing more blocks and quilts made from this module...and you just might see some made by some friends!



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