Sunday, February 16, 2020

Oh Scrap! Half Square Triangles

There are always multiple projects going on in my sewing room.  While I have been sewing up the Covered in Love blocks and my RSC blocks, I have also been working on sewing up some miscellaneous triangles that came to me in a scrap bag.



I paired them up with some Kona Shadow and have been trimming them to 4.5" square.





 I finally finished them and decided to start playing with layouts.  This is what is up on my design wall now.  I think I will go ahead and sew this up.  It should finish up at 36" x 40".




Some of the triangles were too small so I put them in my color bins.  

Oh dear, all of my bins are close to overflow.
I had better start planning a lot more scrap quilts!!

So let's see your scrappy projects.  I need some inspiration and quick!


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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, February 14, 2020

A Lightning Quick Finish

Happy Valentine's Day!

On this day of love, I thought it was appropriate that I am sharing my third Covered in Love quilt finish.  So many quilters made and sent in these beautiful blocks.  With so many hands doing most of the work, the top goes together quickly!



For this layout, I chose this fun zigzag or lightning pattern.  The yellow and red were the perfect choice for the half square triangles because they really show off the pattern.



For the quilting, I stitched some swirls in in the dark areas and then used some white thread to stitch an elongated continuous eight in the light area.  If you can't see it in this photo, you might be able to see it on the backing.



I did have to piece the back of this one using three different fabrics.  I tried to keep them all in the purple family.  I also bound it in a purple to try and tie everything together.



So far for designs, we have this one...





And now this one.  I wonder what will be next!


Hope everyone has a great weekend.

(BTW - Thanks to everyone who are sharing their ideas for how to use my dog fabrics - I am getting so much inspiration.  It will be hard to choose!)





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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Your Ideas Please

My sister volunteers at an animal shelter and they have a fundraising event coming up soon and I told her I would make her a quilt.  The date just keeps getting closer and I am still not firm on what quilt I should make.  I thought I would see if any of you have some good ideas.  

I don't want to go buy more fabric!



Here are the fabrics that I want to use for the project.  I can still pull a few more pieces out of my stash like a dusty blue and maybe another gray or brown piece.

Most of these are half yard pieces or fat quarters.




I also have these two pieces that I can use as a background.  I have a yard of each.  I think this will give ma about a 50 x 60" quilt.

My initial idea was to make a raw edge circle quilt like this one.


I shared a tutorial on how I make these back in 2015.  I thought I could alternate the background fabrics and use the dog prints as the circle prints. 

I don't really have a bunch of contrast in my fabrics to make some pieced blocks.  But I am curious if any of you have any ideas for how to use these.  

Keep it simple please - I am running out of time!




Thread Sets

In my email this moring, I see Connecting Threads have put together some thread sets on their Essentials Thread.  I usually piece with my big cones I buy for my longarm, but I do like this thread.
They have put together some beautiful combinations!





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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Oh Scrap! : Happy Orange Blocks

I was so happy to hear that orange was going to be the RSC color for February.  Purple is my favorite color but orange is a close second.
So I couldn't wait to get started on my blocks for the month.




The first block I worked on were these fun rail fence variations.  In making them I discovered all my oranges were either very light or very dark.  I don't have very many scraps in medium tones.  But I still love the three blocks I was able to complete.



I put them up on the wall with my red and green blocks.  I think this is going to be a colorful and happy quilt once I get a rainbow of blocks completed.  My plan is to have a 5x6 setting so I should finish it up in October of this year!

I am hoping to find some more time this weekend to sew with orange - it makes me happy!



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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, February 7, 2020

Covered In Love Finish #2


Ta Da - Here is the second Covered in Love quilt finish. I decided to lay these blocks out in an asymmetrical  design.  It is very different looking than the first quilt I made using these blocks  (which you can see here.)



I tried to get a good photograph of the quilting but the weather wasn't cooperating.  When I can, I use the piecing to guide my quilting spacing so I don't have to do any marking.  This pattern I call a traveling swirl.  I used the intersections of the squares to space out the swirls - alternating the placement with each row.



I used a blue print with a water feel to it for the backing.  I added in a orange inset with a stylized sun design and framed the quilt with a blue batik binding.

I do have the top for quilt number three pieced and am working on the fourth top between other projects.  Maybe I will have another finish to share next week!

If you are not familiar with the block drives for Covered in Love, you can read more about it here.  And if you donated blocks on this drive, I hope you see your blocks in there.  

Have a great weekend!
I am looking forward to a sew day planned with friends.





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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

A New Project and Some Great Deals



Look at the pretty fabrics I received in the mail from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I know that Christmas is over but it is never too early to start preparing for the next holiday.  I will be joining the Fat Quarter Shop in another Shortcut QAL later this year made from these fabrics.  You will have to wait until late Spring to see the project, but right now, I had better get sewing!

And speaking of happy mail, there are some great deals available from my affiliates.
 I thought I would share them with you.



Fat Quarter Sale

First up - Connecting Threads has their fat quarter bundles 25% off right now. Whether you are buying for your stash or to freshen up your scrap bins, there are some lovely bundles available.




Moda Bella Solids Quilting Fabric on Sale

Every month, the Fat Quarter Shop has a month long sale on the Basics of the Month.  This month, they have their Bella Solids by Moda on sale.  If you need some solids for your stash, this is a great time to save a bit of money on them.






And finally - AccuQuilt has some great deals on both their Go! and their Studios products.  I have the studio fabric cutting system and I see the dies are Buy One Get One with the code STUDIOBOGO.  But they are currently running other deals to help out with your purchases.



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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Oh Scrap! : Very Little Sewing

This last week was very busy for me, so there was very little sewing in my schedule.



When I did find a few minutes to spend in my sewing room, I worked on turning some gifted scrap triangles into some 4.5" HSTs.  When I am making blocks, a trick I use is to count a stack of 10 and then slightly turn the stack before I add the next ten.  This way they are easy to count once you need a final tally - you can just count by tens!



I decided to use some Shadow Kona cotton from my stash to pair with the triangles.  It is barely gray and will work with most of these prints.  Some get pretty low volume but I think it will be fine.  

Not sure yet how I will be using these HSTs.  The colors are kind of all over the place but that just means it will be easy to add fabrics from my scraps if I need more blocks.

I hope you had time to sew with scraps this week.
I still need to get out my orange scraps and get working on my February RSC blocks!


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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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