Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Positivity QAL with Sew Preeti

Are you looking for a fun new project and at the same time donate to a great organization? 

You want to check out the QAL announcement at Sew Preeti Quilts!





The QAL runs from may until the beginning of September so there is plenty of time to complete a quilt. I will definitely be participating.  I have donated quilts to Mercyful Quilts in the past and the quilt Preeti designed looks like a great opportunity to use up some scraps!

Plus, she will be offering the pattern for free and she has organized some giveaways for participating!  (If you aren't already following Preeti, you will want to.  What a huge heart this amazing woman has!)

If you are curious about Mercyful quilts, you can read about it here on Bernie's blog.  Give her a follow while you are at it and check out her fabric shop.

I can't wait to get started!




Sunday, May 9, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Playing with the Red Scraps

 First, I want to wish all the moms out there a Happy Mother's Day!




I was finally able to get out my red scraps and work a bit on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.  First up were some Two Bit blocks (the pattern is one of my Scrap Mixology modules).



I am challenging myself to get a bit bold with the low volume prints I am using in my blocks.
We will see how it looks when it is all finished!


                              


I also finished some red Well Suited blocks.





And then turned the bonus triangles from the flying geese into these pinwheel blocks.




At the end of the year, I should end up with two rainbow quilts from this Scrap Mixology design.




My RSC design wall is growing more and more colorful!

Time for you to share what you are working on!


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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, May 7, 2021

HRT Quilt for Hands2Help

 Hurray!  I was able to get my Half Rectangular Triangle (HRT) Quilt onto my quilt frame and get it finished this week.



I started making these blocks clear back in August on 2020 as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project.  For each color, I made about 14 blocks that measure about 4 x 8".  I used the Creative Grids Perfect Rectangle Ruler to make them.  No trimming required!

(Rulers are available at Fat Quarter Shop or Pineapple Fabrics)


You can also use half of the Tri-Rec ruler but you will need to make smaller blocks.

(This ruler set is currently on sale at Connecting Threads)



I kept the quilting simple with some horizontal straight lines that were irregularly spaced.  It gave the quilt a wonderful texture.

I used a brown print for the backing and bound it with a fun stripe.  There are not a lot of florals in this one so I wanted to keep the masculine feel to the quilt.




This quilt will be going to Happy Chemo as part of the Hands2Help quilt drive.  It will go in the box with the postage stamp quilt I finished a few weeks ago.

All of the fabrics for the top came out of the scrap bin.  I usually play with color a bit more but I really wanted this one to be a bt more traditional patchwork - very utilitarian and ready to be used!




A big thanks to Sarah for organizing this event!


Have a fabulous weekend Everybody!



Sunday, May 2, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Already May



Last Sunday I shared the single green color block that I had made for MARCH.  Now we are at the first of May and I am so far behind!

 



I did finish the other three green blocks I had cut out.  I am making these with 2" cut strips so I square them up to 12".

I still have to make about 4 blue blocks for April.  I don't even have those cut yet!



But the good news is I made the test blocks for this quilt in Red so the month of May is done.  Hopefully now I can get caught up with all of the RSC projects this month.




My focus this week was mainly on getting this HRT quilt top completed and the backing pieced so it is ready to get on my longarm frame if I end up with an opening this week.



The first peony bloomed in my peony garden.  I have six different varieties.  Usually once the first one blooms, the rain sets in and pounds them into the ground.  Every. Darn. Year.

Maybe this year will be different :)


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Friday, April 30, 2021

Donating One from the Stash

 I usually try and donate about 4 quilts to various organizations as part of the Hands2Help  quilt drive.  Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict hosts this event.  Every spring I find myself frantically  finishing up a number of projects for donation quilts.


With so many finished quilts around my house, I decided to do things a bit differently this year.

What a relief it has been!



Remember this lovely scrap quilt I finished last year?

Well, it had not found a home yet so I decided to send it off to Covered in Love.



There are very few florals prints in the quilt and the colors have a masculine feel.




If you want to read more about this quilt, you can read the original post.  This design is something I will definitely revisit again.


If you want to learn more about the Hands2Help quilt drive, you can check it out here.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!




Sunday, April 25, 2021

Oh Scrap! : More Scrappy Blocks

 The rain finally arrived so I was pushed back indoors and into my sewing room.  It was nice to finally make some progress on some projects and to do a bit of much needed cleaning.




I was able to cut and sew up my blue HRT blocks for one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.  Each of these measure about 4 x 8".




I started this quilt back in 2020 and when I put my blue blocks with the other pieces, I realized I only needed the color orange to finish out the quilt.  So I decided to go ahead and sew these up too.




Once I counted all the blocks, I found out I needed nine more to have enough for the size quilt I wanted.  I dug through my "undesirable" scraps and pulled out some chunks I could use in this quilt.

(Note:  My undesirable fabric bin isn't bad fabric - it is usually filled with batiks, multi-colored and novelty fabrics.  I got tired of them filling up my color bins.)




I also finished up one of the March blocks I had cut and hadn't sewn yet.  I still have two more green and then the three blue blocks I need for May.  My plan is to finish all of those this week which will catch me up on all of my RSC projects.  Yay!

And now that I completed all of my HRT blocks, I have laid them out on my design wall and I am working on sewing up a top.  I have decided that it will be another Hands2Help donation quilt.


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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, April 23, 2021

PSP20 and Hands2Help

 I can't remember who started the Postage Stamp Pandemic (PSP20) but I was quick to hop on board.   Having finished a postage stamp quilt not too long ago, I decided to bump up the size of my cut squares to 2".  The memory of sewing up all those smaller sizes was still very fresh in my mind!




All of the fabric for the top of this quilt all came out of scrap bins.  Every time I would come across a chunk of solid fabric in a shade I had not used before, I would make a block



For the print squares, I really focused on cutting up scraps I am tired of seeing or those that I knew I would have a hard time using.  So a few odd panel pieces, novelty fabrics and lots of multi-colored prints fell under the rotary cutter.



When it came time to quilt it, I decided to use the piecing as my marking and stitched in a double eight pattern.  It was easy placing those loops in the appropriate square and knowing that my spacing was going to be just right.



I even used a bunch of leftover binding scraps to make a scrappy binding.  I don't often do this but it worked perfectly for this quilt.  

For the backing, I used an orange/blue print I picked up at Connecting Threads.  Their clearance section is my favorite place to get affordable large cuts for quilt backs.

Originally, I laid out all the colors randomly across the quilt and was not very happy with how it looked.  We all know I love a challenge, so I started playing with the color hues of the blocks.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.




I will be donating this quilt to Happy Chemo as part of the Hands2Help quilt drive.  I have sent quilts to Emily over at Ems Scrap Bag for quite a few years now.  Cancers Sucks - so if I can bring a bit of comfort to someone going through chemo, I am more than happy to do so!





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