Sunday, September 26, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Closer to some Finishes

 I am still working hard on finishing up some of the projects I have around here.  I have one set of blocks I am currently sewing up into a quilt top.  I hope to share that finish soon.




I turned a few HSTs into another pinwheel blocks.  This is one of my RSC quilts for 2021.




This finishes up the quantity need to make this quilt.  Now I just need to add the wider sashing and cornerstones and this quilt top will be done.  I still have about a dozen pinwheels left but I tossed them into the spare parts/orphan block box. (Which is now overflowing into two boxes!)




I made more of these basket blocks too.  Hopefully soon I will be able to reveal what I have been up to with these.  These have taken up a lot of time over the last few weeks.




And what is this?  Something new??  Not really.  I had made these probably close to decade ago.  I think there are about 30 total blocks.  I have been meaning to get them out and finish this project.  It is a design I am hoping to maybe turn into a class someday.  As soon as I get some of these other blocks into quilt tops, this one will go up on a design wall and completed.

So six scrappy projects are nearly finished.  I am going to have a lot to share soon!


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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!
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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Mini Cakes Mint Quilt

 


Back in June of this year, I shared a photo of some precuts I received to start a new quilt.  I joined up with the Fat Quarter Shop again to sew up one of their free shortcut patterns.  
I am finally able to share my finished quilt!





I used the Bee Grateful collection by Deb Strain (for Moda Fabrics).  I thought some pretty photos in my garden was perfect for this bee inspired collection.

This was a photo shot in front of my succulent garden taken back in July.  Right now the tall sedums are in bloom and the honey bees are loving it!




This shortcut pattern is called Mini Cake Mints and the pattern is available for free from the Fat Quarter Shop  And they have lots of precuts to make the quilt.  In fact, they have a quilt kit you can purchased..





This pattern was super easy to make.  Great for beginners - there is very little cutting required.




I quilted it with a serpentine stitch in a 2.5" grid pattern.





And I used one of my favorite wide backings in a dark gray on the back.






I recently spoke at a local guild and one of my blog readers said she wanted to see more of my garden.  I thought I would include this photo of my shade area.  I love to create pathways that one must follow to see what is hidden around the corner.

Now that the weather has cooled, the plants are greening back up.  
Autumn is such a wonderful season!


Sunday, September 19, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Still Making Progress

 This last week I continued to work on finishing blocks for a few of my scrappy projects.



Look what I found!  I knew I had made four of these Chaser blocks last week.  I found this missing one in a wrong stack of blocks.




I finished five more of my Well Suited blocks.  I think I now have just two more blocks to complete and I can start sewing the quilt top together.  I have to admit, I am getting pretty bored of this project so I am super happy to winding it up soon.




I also used some of my bonus triangle pinwheels to make a couple more pinwheel blocks.




I think I will aim for a 5 x 6 block layout on this quilt.  So I have 11 more blocks to complete.  I have a small stack of pinwheels next to my sewing machine to turn into blocks so I should have a final count by the end of next week. 



The next stack of blocks I need to sew are these color blocks.  I have two more orange blocks to sew this month and then I need to put them up on the design wall to see what other colors I need.  I am hoping to complete this quilt top some time in October.

So it has been another busy week of working on scrappy blocks.  

I look forward to lots of finishes soon!


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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! 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Happy Little Quilt Finish

 Happy Friday!

I get to cross another finished quilt off my list.  Yahoo!! This one isn't very big but I think it turned out pretty darn adorable!



The inspiration for this project was the little moon/star panel bit that came in a bag of scraps.  I came across it when I was digging through my gray scraps.  It is a funny shade of gray and coral so I wasn't sure I would have the proper shades of scraps.  Ha!

I was able to quickly confirm I had plenty.



I dug though my scraps and cut everything into 3.5" squares.  I did find a few fat quarters in my stash that would work so I quickly cut those up with my AccuQuilt cutter.



I decided to go ahead and use the coral and brown stripe I shared in a previous post.  I really didn't have anything else that work for the back.  I really like how it looks.  I quilted it in some swirls and bound it with a black and gold star fabric.

I thought it was funny the quilting now looks like my star is grumpy...



I really like how it turned out.  It is 36" square - just perfect for a wee one!

(I don't usually share my "mistakes", but when I was sewing up the bottom four rows, somehow I got the order of the blocks all messed up.  I am constantly amazed at how I can turn around things in the three feet I walk from my design wall!  So I did end up with some vertical areas of gray not in the original layout...no way I am gonna get out my seam ripper for that!)

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  It is supposed to rain here...I can't wait!!



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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Various Blocks

 I have a large pile of various cut blocks sitting next to my sewing machine so that when I get a moment, I can go in there and sew a few seams.  I never quite know what blocks are going to end up being completed.  But I seem to have made some more progress this week.



I finished up six more RSC Well Suited blocks.  I think I just need to sew the pieces next to my machine and I will have enough for my quilt.  This quilt is really scrappy and will probably end up being a donation quilt at some point.

I always like to have a few of those on hand!



I only completed one of my pinwheel blocks.  

At least it had a bit of orange in it for September's RSC color!



And speaking of orange, I finished up 3 more Chaser blocks to add to the four turquoise blocks I sewed last month.  (I could have sworn I sewed up four orange blocks so I think one is hiding somewhere - I am sure I will find it soon.)




For giggles, I made a couple blue basket blocks.  I really love these little blocks when they are finished but I am not a fan of all those HSTs.


Have a Scrappy Sunday!


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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, September 10, 2021

Low Hanging Fruit

 In my efforts to pare down my project list, I decided to see what items I could complete quickly.  Early this year I cut up a bunch of fabric to make some little gifts.  

This was definitely some low hanging fruit and is now crossed off the list!




I finished up these eight little tissue holders.



I use the free pattern over at Two Brown Birds.  They really take no time at all to make and they are nice to have around for gifts.

I think I will probably make a few more once the holidays get closer.  
They can easily be made from larger scrap pieces!

Now off to finish the next project on the list...I am on a roll!



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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Happy Mail

 I haven't bought any fabric in a really long time.  I have been really determined to use what I have.  But in working on a few projects, I finally admitted that I needed to replenish my white on white stash.  I think I have used every tiny bit in my house.




Photographs of white on white fabric are kind of boring - but this happy mail sure excites me.  I have been digging through scraps for a couple years every time I need a "white" piece.

I ordered 8 lovely yards from Connecting Threads.  I received a nice selection of leaves, florals, geometrics and abstract prints.  This should last me quite a while.

If you need to replenish some stash, Connecting Threads extended their Labor Day sale for a few days.  I am off to my sewing room to finish up some blocks!

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