Sunday, July 3, 2022

Oh Scrap! ; Donation Blocks

 This week's scrap quilting was certainly all about sewing for future donation quilts.




I added a bunch of Positivity blocks to the design wall.  I think I shared some green blocks previously.  But now I have added some blue to the mix.  My plan is to make my quilt 7 x 8 blocks so I am halfway finished.  I need a few more blocks in blue - then I think I will add in some purple.

I need to do more digging and cutting in the next week.



A lot of the week was spent making these fabric slabs that will be turned into Meals on Wheels placemats.  I am falling way behind on this project.

In fact, I haven't even looked to see what the RSC color for July even is!

For those in the US, I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend!


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  • 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, July 1, 2022

Two More CIL Finishes

 Can you believe it? - I have two finishes to share today!

I have been working hard to get all the Covered in Love blocks sewn into quilts.  I have switched from the Tall Nine to the Patriotic Star blocks and already have a couple finishes.

I was sent enough blocks to make three quilts but I challenged myself to make four.  Today I will start sharing the tricks I used to stretch the blocks further.



An easy way to make a quilt with fewer blocks is to add sashing.  For this one I added 2.5" cut sashing with red cornerstones.




I used a RWB print that looks a little like fireworks and red stars for the cornerstones.  To make the light sashing shine, I mostly used blocks with red or blue on the outside edges of the block.




There is always such a wonderful assortment of star blocks.
You can see I quilted this one with some swirls in a white thread.



I was supplied with lots of the white fabric so I also used it on the back.  And used the red stars for the binding.

Adding the sashing meant with 20 blocks I had almost the same size quilt as a 30 block quilt.



Here is the second quilt I am sharing today.  For this one I used blocks with light backgrounds and used a red sashing with no cornerstones.  It can be tricky to line up the blocks with this type of sashing but I used my trusty hera marker to mark the sashing like in this post



Again, I cut 2.5" strips for the sashing so these 20 blocks make the same size quilt I would have had using 30 blocks without sashing.



For the binding, I used one Kat sent me that was ready to go.  It was a scrappy one from all blue and white solid fabrics.  It looked great up against the red starts.



On the back, I was able to use a wonderful bright blue bandana fabric.  I know many quilters send off a lot of this fabric with their blocks.  I know Kat really appreciates it!

I have two more patriotic star quilts to share.  They are waiting to be quilted but the tops are done.  I think you will like how I laid them out.  Each quilt is a little different!  So Stay tuned!

Also, if you want to read more about Covered in Love, you can do so on Kat's blog.



Tuesday, June 28, 2022

June UFO Challenge

 For me, 2022 is all about reducing the number of UFOs I have.  At the beginning of the year, a close friend wanted to join me so we made a little challenge.  So far I have completed every project that has been drawn.  But then came June...



June's project is to make another quilt from a box of neutral fabrics that are left over from this strata quilt.  I probably have enough fabric to make two quilts! (I didn't pull it all out of the box).

Normally this would not be counted as a UFO because no fabric has been cut.  But these fabrics don't fit well with my other stash so it is best to just keep them together.




Even though it is the last week of the month, I decided to get started on it.  I had an idea for a simple 12" block in my head.  I liked the first one....



This afternoon I finished the 6th block.  My goal is to make a total of 20 blocks (a 4 x 5 setting).  I know I am going to run out of the beige background soon so I hope to get 10 blocks completed.  I have another neutral piece that I think will get me through the final 10 blocks.

There is no way I will finish this quilt in June.  But I am sewing with my friend later this week (who by the way is way behind in this challenge) so maybe we will decide not to draw a project for July.  That will give me another month to catch up!


Wish me luck!


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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Oh Scrap! : Catching up with the Blues

 We have been having some very warm days so it has been a good time to stay in and sew.

It has been nice to get caught up on a few projects.


I have finished sewing together all of the Covered in Love blocks. That was my biggest accomplishment for the week. Now I just need to get them on the longarm and quilt them.



A few more blue Switchplate blocks were sewn.  These are made with five 1.5" x 3.5" strips.



I also finished up my blue Chaser blocks for June.



Looks like I need 14 more blocks and I can start sewing this one together. For sure I will be adding purple and maybe more green.



I finally have an empty design wall so I was able to put up my blocks for the Positivity QAL.  I have 12 blocks finished to date (I think we are supposed to link up our progress today.
 Time to get sewing on this - I am behind schedule!

...and don't forget the placemats.  I think I finished 3 more blue slabs.  Now they need quilting too. (Yes, I load my placemats onto my big machine. I am spoiled!)

Hope you have lots of scrappy projects to share!



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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, June 24, 2022

June Placemats

 I can't believe we are nearing the end of June already!

Time to share the placemats I finished this month. 



Unfortunately this month was mostly spent finishing up the green placemats I pulled all the scraps for in May.  Here are eight more ready for the "Done" pile.




I also finished up two more that were made from orphan blocks or spare parts that have been hanging around for eons.  It feels good to finally put these to good use.



I did finish one lone blue placemat.  I have a bunch more in the works but so far this is the only one that has made it past the "binding" stage.




I now have 110 placemats finished.  They will be donated to Meals on Wheels to be given out during one of the holiday meals.  Right now the stack is higher than my knee!

(Because I am always asked, I trim my placemats to 11 x 15".)

Everyone stay cool this weekend!




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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Oh Scrap! : Finally Working on Blue Scraps

 This week I was finally able to get out my blue scrap bin and start sorting appropriate bits for my June RSC blocks. Soon I had some cut pieces sitting next to my machine so sew as I worked on other projects.




So that means I have some blue Switchplate blocks ready to share.  I had already cut the green centers in May

Here are the seventeen I finished.  I think I need a total of 33 of each color so I still have some cutting to do.



I haven't decided how I am going to lay these blocks out.  I have just been putting them on my design wall - dark to light.  I have a lot of the green blocks ready but I haven't had a chance to cut their yellow centers.

I am excited about playing with these blocks once I have more colors completed.  Then I will probably go back and cut whatever other color shades I need.

Today I hope to get the rest of my blue scraps cut. 

 I really would love to get caught up on my RSC quilts!



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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, June 17, 2022

A Vintage Finish - A Long Term Project

 For about the last month, I have been feeling like I haven't made much progress on any of my projects.  Today I get to share what has been eating up all of my time.




For pretty much all of May, I spent at least two hours a day hand quilting this vintage hand pieced top.
I am happy to report I finally finished it.



My mom gave me this family quilt top about 15 years ago. (I guess she thought I was finally old enough to take care of it.) It is all hand pieced so I decided I would hand quilt it.

I loaded it onto my Ulmer floor frame and worked on it occasionally for a couple years. I finally put it all away even though I was only about halfway done with the quilt.

For over ten years, it all sat in the closet.




Well, the first of May, this project was picked for the month's UFO challenge.  So I got it back out and put it in my big oval frame.  I worked on it almost every night.




I really enjoyed looking at all the prints.  I am guessing most came from the 40's.  I think there were a lot of clothing scraps used in this.  There are a number of hexagons that have seams in them (the orange piece in the center).  Some are hand pieced but many are machine pieced.




On the back, I put a really nice muslin.  I think it shows the stitching so nicely. (although my imperfect stitches are not much to write home about!) I also  used the muslin as the binding.   I just couldn't settle on a single color or print.  And I have to say I really like the light binding on this - it takes nothing away from the quilt.



The quilt is fairly large (it is about 65 x 75) and not squared up real nicely.  But it has so much charm!  It will hold a place of honor in my 1940's livingroom.

Now that this project is done, I should finally have some time to work on some other things.

So far on my UFO challenge I am 5 for 5.  June's project is a box of leftover fabric that needs to be turned into a quilt.  This finish might be tough but I will give it a go!

I do have one other vintage quilt top to "rework".  It is fabrics from the 60's and 70's but my Grandmother used an old wool army blanket for the batting.  It has disintegrated so I need to take it apart and re-tie it using a better batting (but will still keep the pink yarn ties).  I am a little afraid of the mess it is going to make.

But the quilt is a HOOT!  
I want it for a picnic quilt so maybe this summer is the year I will finally tackle it..

Hope you enjoy your weekend!




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