Friday, June 11, 2021

A Wiggle Time Finish

 



A few weeks ago I came across some coordinating fat quarters and some matching background fabrics in my stash and decided to make a quilt using my Wiggle Time pattern.




I was able to not only get it quilted this week but I also attached the binding.
Hurray for a finish!




I really like how the printed background fabric looks with the focus prints.  It looks like it came from the same collection! (but it didn't - I recently ordered the background fabric from Connecting Threads. Sadly I don't think it is available anymore.)




I did struggle finding a backing fabric.  I finally settled on just using some Kona Snow.  It really shows the swirly/floral quilting I did.





I am really pleased with how it turned out.  I love using this Wiggle Time pattern whenever I find some stray fat quarters in my stash.  I like having some smaller quilts stashed away for gifts and this design is a fast finish.

It feels good to get a few more finishes under my belt.  In recent months, I have been in the mood for starting projects so I find myself with a lot going on in my sewing room.  I hope to keep up the momentum - Hopefully more finishes will soon follow!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Up to Something New

 Not too long ago, the Fat Quarter Shop asked me if I was interested in participating in the release of another one of their shortcut quilt patterns.  Of course I said yes!  I love these easy quick patterns that use various precuts.



I was able to pick my fabric collection and I decided to go with Deb Strain's Bee Grateful by Moda.  As a gardener, I love my honeybees and other pollinators.

So even though I already have so many projects going on right now, I have gleefully started another one.  This shortcut quilt is called Mini Cake Mints and is available for free.

This one should be a quick make so I hope to share the finished quilt soon!


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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Time for Purple

 The RSC color for June is purple - my favorite color!




So the very first blocks I made in purple are my Well Suited blocks.  These blocks are made using one of my Scrap Mixology patterns.




Here is how all the finished blocks look together right now.  This quilt is going to look very different than a lot of the other quilts I made using the same pattern.  You can see some here and here.




I still need to finish my pinwheel blocks.  I am using the bonus triangles from the geese component to make these little cuties.  Hopefully I will have them done to share with you next Sunday.





I also finished up nine blocks for my Positivity Plus quilt.  This is a QAL hosted by Sew Preeti Quilts.  The blocks go together really quickly and I love how it is looking.  You can read more about this QAL on Preeti's blog.


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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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If you haven't heard yet, Bernie over at Needle &Foot is closing her Etsy store so now is a great time to pick up some great fabric at a fabulous price.  If you are participating in the Positivity QAL maybe you need some background fabrics.  And let's not forget to start looking for a backing now.

There is such a great selection of fabrics!

Friday, June 4, 2021

Look What I Found

 Being an introvert, I have to admit I have kind of enjoyed not having guests in my home for over a year.  The downside is I haven't spent much time keeping things neat and organized.  So lately I have been slowly working my way through my house making sure everything is where it belongs and tidy.




One of my recent projects was to go through all of the quilts I currently have and decide which ones I am keeping, which I am donating and which I am going to list in my Etsy shop.




Way in the bottom of a cabinet, I came across this quilt I had made 5 or 6 years ago and I don't think I ever shared it on my blog.

I love the scrappy light gray squares.




I think the original plan on this design was to either submit it for publication or to write a pattern.  That all must have sounded like too much work so I stuffed it in the cabinet.




There is a really fun plaid homespun on the back that I don't remember ever owning.  
Finding this was like finding buried treasure!




I finished my task and now all of my quilts are organized again.
But now I have to find the time to get a few listed on Etsy....(Not one of my favorite tasks!)






I am still spending as much time as possible outside enjoying my gardens.
Flowers continue to inspire with their beautiful colors.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!



Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Join Us

 Did you see the news that Preeti (over at Sew Preeti Quilts) is hosting a quilt drive for Mercyful Quilts?

You can certainly join me in the fun!

Preeti is sharing a free block tutorial and has designed up a bunch of different layout options.




I will be using scraps of course.  Scraps are always great for donation quilts.  And these blocks can easily be made entirely from scraps.

The first step for me was to look for what I call the "seeds" of a quilt.  Recently a longarm client gifted me a bunch of gray fabric that was left over from the trimmings of her backing.  This will be perfect for use in the background.

Then it was just a matter of choosing a coordinating color for the plus signs (orange).  I want to add flip corners to my blocks and I decided to add a bit of turquoise for sparkle.

I am ready to start cutting!

I will share my first blocks once I get them finished.



If you want more information, you can see all of Preeti's posts here.

And if you want to read more about Mercyful quilts, you can do so here.  Bernie over at Needle & Foot will be receiving the quilts.



Sunday, May 30, 2021

Oh Scrap! : A Bit of Progress

 First, I apologize for not sharing any finishes this last Friday but Blogger decided to not allow any uploading of photos Thursday night when I went to write my post.  Then the weekend just got away from me...So I guess I will share my finish next week.




Today I want to share the progress I have made on my scrappy projects.  
I was able to finish one more blue color block that I cut the pieces back in April.  I think this last block catches up all of my RSC projects just in time to switch to purple for June.




I also finished up four more little basket blocks. 
 I am digging through my Kaffe Fasett scraps for this one.




They are looking pretty awesome all together.  I haven't decided how big I will make this quilt.  If I stick with a smaller layout, I think I only need 7 more blocks.  However, if I decide to go bigger, it will mean I need to make 23 more blocks - the bummer with on-point layouts!

What are you doing with your scraps?


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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


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Monday, May 24, 2021

Is it time to Stock Up?

 Hi Friends!  I am just popping in to day to let you know that Connecting Threads is having one of their Sitewide sales through the end of the month.




This is a great time to stock up on thread, batting, or backing fabrics.  They also have notions and books!  Just use code SEW4SUMMER to get 20% off your cart...including sale items!


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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Baskets

 I have been dealing with baskets this week!




I made ten more scrappy basket blocks from my Kaffe Fassett scraps.  I think that brings the total finished up to fourteen.  So that means I am almost halfway finished.

To make my HSTs, I love using my Bloc-Loc ruler.  But I know many scrap quilters are a fan of the Easy Angle ruler.  I am curious what method do you like using?




The other basket I had to deal with was this giant one filled with radishes from my garden.  I had well over five pounds!  I love planting radishes because they are almost instant gratification but EVERY YEAR I question why I have to plant so many.





This year I tried something new.  I harvested and pickled them.  Aren't they lovely!  These jars are headed off to some adventurous friends.  I have no idea how they taste but they are willing to give them a try and help me eat them.

Now I am off to plant a few more seeds for future fresh ones :)
I promise to only plant a few....



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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, May 21, 2021

I told you it is a Fast Finish

 Wednesday morning I shared how my recent fabric pull came together.



If you missed it, here are the fabrics that I put together from my stash.  They were the perfect size cuts for me to make my Wiggle Time quilt pattern.




I said in my post that it is a quick and easy pattern. 
 I cut and sewed my quilt top Thursday afternoon!  

I admit, I have this pattern memorized so I can speed through it really quickly.  I am excited by how it turned out so I wanted to share it today.

  It started raining here and I live in a little 1940's bungalow with small windows and tiny rooms so I am always challenged with indoor photos.  I tried one photo in my office next to the stationary bike I should be riding...




Then I tried in my narrow kitchen.




I even tried to drape it on my longarm frame but it always looked so washed out.




So I went outside and moved the furniture under my gazebo to snap a photo there.  But even outdoors the quilt top looks a bit washed out.  It is so much prettier in person!

Yeesh! I think I spent more time trying to get a good photo then I did sewing the quilt top.


Now I need to find a backing.  I know that is going to be a huge challenge.  If nothing else, I know I have some Kona Snow that I can use.  I might even be able to sneak it on my longarm frame this weekend. Fingers crossed!



(Did you know that I have Pinterest boards for all of my quilt patterns?  I pin all the quilts I find that are made from the pattern.  Here is a link to my Wiggle Time board if you want to see more quilts.  And if you make a quilt from the pattern, I hope you share your finish with me!)






Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Evolution of a Fabric Pull

 I know that not every quilter works this way, but almost all of my quilts start with the fabric.  I end up being inspired by a piece of fabric and it just takes off from there.  Sometime the fabrics come together quickly - other times it might take many months.




Back in January, Sally over at The Objects of  Design graciously gifted me some scraps.  In amongst her generous bag of fabrics were these three fat quarters.  I rarely have fabrics from the same collection (or even the same print) so I set them aside and decided to use them together in a quilt.
Aren't the pretty!

But when I received them, I didn't have anything I thought would go well with them.  So they just sat...





Then one day, I came across this low volume print that I had purchased from Connecting Threads last year.  I loved how they looked together!

But with three fat quarters and 2.5 yards of background, I knew I didn't have enough fabric for a quilt.  So the stack of fabrics just continued to sit.




I would occasionally over the last few months come across a fabric that I thought might work, but nothing excited me.  This morning I dug out a taupe geometric fabric that I have had for at least a decade.  I think I actually squealed out loud!

It is a half yard cut so that means technically I have 5 fat quarters.  And anytime I have five fat quarters and a big cut of background, my brain instantly goes to my Wiggle Time pattern.



I will use the geometric print in the second and fourth "wiggle".  Now I just need to decide what order I want those pretty fat quarters that Sally shared with me.

I am sure this pattern was on my mind due to Maggie (at Making a Lather) having shared her finished Wiggle Time quilt last Sunday.  You can see her sunny quilt here.

This quilt goes together very quickly and is super simple to make.  So hopefully I will have the top together soon.  I am still working on lots of other more tedious projects so this "speed sewing" will be a fun break.

Thanks for the inspiration Sally and Maggie!


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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Oh Scrap! : A Little of Everything

 The Spring weather has been absolutely lovely here in Oregon so I haven't been in my sewing room very much.  When I do go in there, I find myself not very focused on anything specific.




With all of my red RSC blocks completed for May, I went back and sewed a couple blocks in blue that I didn't get completed in April.  I think I want to make two more blocks in some different shades.




And I completed another log cabin block in blue to go with the green one I completed last month.  These take FOREVER to cut and sew.  The whole block measures 6" when finished.  The logs are cut at 1" and 3/4" wide.  I still need one or two more - for sure one in purple!




I was cleaning off my cutting table and uncovered these blocks that I think I made about a year ago.  How could I forget about them!




I felt an instant need to make more.  My Kaffe Fassett scraps were closest to my fingertips so I made four more blocks.  Looks like I have two basket quilts going now.


Now I need to head back outside and dig in the gardens.  I don't need any more temptations to start another new 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! 



Did you know that Connecting Threads now has beautiful cotton thread kits?

You can find them on sale right now.  Maybe it is time to stock up!



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