Monday, October 21, 2019

Design Wall Monday

I seem to have finally gotten over my impulsive quilt starting phase and am now feeling motivated to finish up some projects.  So that means a lot of my design walls are empty right now.  So I spent a bit of time moving around some blocks on my design walls.  
I thought I would share some photos.



In my sewing room, I have all of the blocks completed for this Kaffe quilt finished.  I just need to work on the final layout and sew it up.


On the other wall, is the RSC color block quilt.  I was hoping to finish up the last two blocks last night and start sewing the top together, but I was easily pulled away to go have dinner with friends.

With two finishes in the near future, I need to start thinking about some backing pieces.  Conveniently, I see Connecting Threads is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with $25 off.  
Isn't that perfect timing!



 In my quilting studio, I have this RSC project up.  I am not very excited about this one but am not quite ready to give up on it.  If I have to stare at it as I quilt, maybe I will come up with some layout ideas.  Right now, I am ready to hand them off to someone else!



I also put up the blocks for this little quilt I made from some gifted leftovers.  I need to ponder what the next steps are and decide on a background fabric.



And then there are these RSC garlic knots.  This project will be continuing on into next year, so there will not be any progress on it until 2020.

So I might be starting two or three new RSC blocks for next year. 
 I need to start thinking about what  designs I want to make!








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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Oh Scrap! : Scrap Color Blocks

The end of the year is coming fast, so I have been evaluating my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts to determine which I want to finish and which I want to carry into next year.




One of the RSC quilts I have been working on is the simple color block quilt made with 2.5" squares.  For October, I made a couple brown blocks.



I knew I needed some red blocks - so I went ahead and finished up three from squares that I had already cut and were in my stash.



A couple of yellow blocks were needed too.



At this point, I knew I was pretty close to having enough blocks to finish the quilt.  When I moved the blocks from my quilting studio to my sewing room, I knew I needed more green blocks so I went ahead and made a few of them.



So here is what I have so far.  I still need to sew up two more blocks and adjust the layout a bit.  I think I need another dark blue and maybe a pink.

Hmmm.....What do you think?

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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, October 18, 2019

A Baby Spin! Finish

I have been wanting to make a baby version of my Spin! pattern for quite some time.  When I teach this pattern, I always talk about this variation but until now, I never had a visual sample.



I made this version out of pink, orange and yellow scraps.  
With the scrappy border, the quilt measures 52" square.



I used a white thread to quilt some swirls that would disappear into the Kona White I used for the background.  A bright orange solid was found in my stash for the binding.



I decided to go with a pink backing with sweet white flowers.



It is certainly happy and bright!



And here is a photo of the pattern quilt.
(Of course now that I compare them, I see that I stitched the little one up with the swirl going the other way - that is what happens when you don't read your own pattern...Yeesh!)

Oh well, they both look great!





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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Too Tempting!

A few days ago, a client of mine brought me some leftover bits from a house quilt I quilted for her.



There were a bunch of triangles I think she trimmed for the roofs.  And then some 1.5" x 10" strips that had some crimped edges so I am thinking her pattern used a layer cake.

I tried very hard to just put these bits in a bag for later.  I have SO MANY quilts going on right now, I really need to focus on getting some finished.

But we all know where this is heading....




I sewed the triangles together into HSTs and trimmed them to a uniform 3".  Then I grouped them into fours and made these little blocks.



I then used those longer strips to border two edges of the blocks.  This is as far as I have gotten.



I was able to make 18 blocks which should be enough to make a small rectangular quilt if I put them on point.  I still have a few strips but not enough to frame the blocks entirely.

Hopefully now that I have these out f my system, maybe I can put them away from a bit.  All of my design walls are full right now.

Other people's scraps are just far too tempting!





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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Oh Scrap! : Slowly Moving Along

I really didn't feel like I spent too much time in my sewing room this week.  
So there is not a lot to share today!




 I have been continuing to make blocks for this quilt.
(Sorry about the poor photo but these colors do not photograph well with no natural light.)
I am pretty close to having all my blocks finished - then I will just need to work on the final layout and sew them up!



The other thing I did this week was to get out the final stack of orphan blocks to make a quilt from.  This one will be pretty straight forward.  I have a small stack of 4.5" HSTs leftover from a project.  I tracked down some coordinating scraps I had and a dark plum fat quarter that looks great with the others.  I will just need to decide on a layout.


The problem is I don't have any gray in my stash that matches the gray in the finished HSTs.  I probably could go and buy some but that is too easy!  

I do have a darker gray so I think I will make more HSTs so I have enough for a small quilt and see what I can make happen.

The great thing about playing with these leftover blocks and stash fabric is if it doesn't turn out, I don't feel bad...I just take what I learned and move on 😎

Happy 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! 
Quilting is more fun than Housework
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Friday, October 11, 2019

Finished...But not as Planned

I have finished another little quilt from the orphan block stash. I think this makes project number four.  This one was originally planned to be quite different but I never did find some purple fabric I swore I had.  But I still really like the finished wall hanging.



I featured an improv orphan block I received in a bag of scraps.  I love the colors and fabrics in it.
I have used the purple and white striped fabric (second in from both ends) in a previous quilt and thought I had more in my stash.  
I was originally going to incorporate that fabric and make a much bigger quilt.




Once I reorganized and folded my entire stash looking for that purple fabric, I realized I needed to come up with Plan B.  So I pulled a bunch of purple, pink and orange 9 patches out of the suitcase.  These were made from the extra 1.5" squares I cut for my postage stamp quilt.  

I knew they would come in handy some day!

BTW - Check out that binding fabric - Is it not perfect!




 Here it is in its entirety.  It measures about 26" x 30".

I really like how it turned out and decided I needed to keep it for myself.
Purple AND orange - I just couldn't let this one go!



 I had a large open space on one of the walls in my sewing room.  It just fits!

But looking at this photo, I think it is time for me to reorganize the artwork on all the walls in there.  I am sure they could be color coordinated a bit better!

But I love looking at them all (including the wall that is not shown) - I like the fact that they are all eclectic and come from lots of people.

They constantly inspire me!




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