Friday, April 16, 2021

A Halloween Finish

 



Remember these orphan blocks I found in a bag of scraps dropped off by a good friend?  Well, I am ready to share the quilt I finished using them.




I know many of you asked me how to make these blocks.  Well, the truth is I could never quite figure it out.  I think they were strip pieced using two fabrics.  Cut and then sewn back together again.  I believe they are one of those designs that when you sew them back together, you get a positive and a negative block.  You can see what I am talking about in the black blocks.

I am guessing the quilt she made used up almost all of one kind of block and the ones with the gray background found their way to me.




This is also the quilt that I decided to stagger the pink corner stones.  I wanted to add some color to the sashing but I knew if I used a cornerstone at each intersection, it would make the quilt really busy.  I love how this looks and will certainly use it again in another quilt.




It isn't a huge quilt - it measures about 50 x 60.  It was fun to play with block placement - I decided to group alike fabrics together in a row.



I had a few "reject" blocks (that were a bit smaller)  that I placed on the back.  The window/doorstop (top print) and the NY skyline (bottom) fabrics I pulled for the backing weren't quite big enough so this strip of blocks came in handy.  

I saw my friend (who is also one of my biggest scrap dealer) the other day and showed her the quilt.  It is going to go live at her house.  She decorates for the holidays and has lots of family that uses her quilts.  Plus she did do most of the work :)

I am just glad it found a quick home - my house is currently running over with quilts!


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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Rewarding Myself

 I haven't allowed myself to start something new in a really long time.  But after finishing all the Covered In Love quilts and making great progress on some of my WIPs, I thought I deserved to start a new project.



Quite a while back, a friend gifted me with these three lovely fabrics.  I had commented that I really liked these when she brought a quilt for me to quilt for her.  She had some leftover cuts so she passed them onto me.  They have been sitting on the corner of my cutting table since then - just waiting for some inspiration.



I knew I wanted to keep the pieces big because this quilt is going to be all about these pretty fabrics.  So I went to my stash and pulled some pieces to go with them.  I think I need one more fabric - I just haven't decided if it will be a gold or a pink.




I decided I was going to revisit one of my own patterns.  All That Jazz is a quick and easy project that really highlights big special prints.  The above quilt (that is the pattern cover quilt), I made using some of my favorite Kaffe Fassett prints.

I can't wait to see how this new version turns out!



Sunday, April 11, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Focused on Scraps

 Even though I have been trying to spend a lot of time outdoors, this week I have been also focused on sewing up some scraps.




I found a few more solid colors to make some more postage stamp blocks.  These are becoming a bit tedious to sew - and to cut all the pieces.  For the prints, I am really trying to focus on finding some of the most unloved scraps I have.  So these blocks are really taking a lot of time to complete.





I organized them all up on the design wall.  I still need four more blocks.  I found a medium pink and a very light yellow that will fit in nicely.  I think I will try and find one more medium green and dig again for a purple.  If I can't find something in my stash, I can always shift the blocks around a bit and make some more darker blocks.  I am getting so close!




I have started cutting all the bits for my RSC blocks and used these Well Suited blocks as a leader/ender project as I made the postage stamp blocks.  I used the bonus triangles from the flying geese to make the pinwheels.





I added the blue blocks to the other completed RSC blocks.  I forgot I was making four of these blocks each month so I need to make one more.  No problem there - I still have lots of blue scraps!



Speaking of blue, here is another Scrap Mixology quilt I made using this same Well Suited block pattern.  I just made the woven layout shared in the pattern.

I could make a second blue quilt and still not use all the blue scraps I have.


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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 9, 2021

The Last CIL Finishes

 Today I will be sharing the last of the Covered In Love quilts I finished up for Kat.  It is always fun to see all the great fabrics others use.  




The last two quilts I finished up came from the sunflower blocks that were part of the Nov/Dec block drive.  I think Kat sent me the last of the blocks that had not been turned into quilts.  The initial plan was to turn these blocks into two quilts - but I decided with some careful planning, I could make three.




I dug through my stash and found a brown and tan striped fabric that I thought would work for a border.  Adding the border meant I could use fewer blocks to make the quilt top.




The backing I wanted to use dictated how wide my border was - I didn't want to have to add any inset to make it wider.  A brown binding framed everything up really nicely.




I think the blocks for this quilt were all donated by just a couple quilters.  




For the last quilt, I really didn't have anything in my stash that would work for a border so I decided to use some leftover backing fabric from a previous finish as a sashing between the blocks.



Just this simple change gives the quilt a whole new look.  Again, this small change allowed me to use fewer blocks - which meant I was able to send Kat eight quilts instead of seven.



The back of this quilt used up the last of the blocks and the last of the fabric bits I had.  

Two giant boxes have already been sent off the Kat so that they can soon bring comfort to someone who needs it.  If you want to get involved in the future, you can follow Kat's blog and help make blocks as she announces block drives.  Or you can make and donate a quilt to Covered in Love as part of the Hands2Help quilt drive happening over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Want to see the other quilts that were finished?  Links are below...


A huge thanks to all who donate their time making blocks or finishing quilts.  Also, all the donations of backing and binding fabrics and quilt tops is so appreciated!  
You are all angels 💝



Sunday, April 4, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Switching to Blue

 



Blue is the new color for the month of April.  I have already began the process of sorting and cutting for all of my RSC projects.  When I was digging in my blue bin, I found three shades of solids that I have not yet used in my Postage Stamp project. I quickly got them sewn up into blocks.

I think I have just six more blocks to make and I can sew the blocks together into a quilt top.  This is one of the Hands2Help quilts I hope to donate this year.




I still had green scraps I needed to sew up from last month.  So I made these little log cabin blocks in green as a leader/ender project.  They are made from 3/4" and 1" cut strips.  Whose bright idea were these?  No wonder I am not finishing all my blocks each month!!

...okay, but they are kinda cute!

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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, April 2, 2021

The First Sunflower Finish

 I am almost finished with all of the quilts I am working on for Kat over at Covered In Love.





The last blocks I tackled were the Sunflower blocks.  These were from the Nov/Dec block drive.  I think Kat sent me all of the blocks that were donated.  For this first quilt, I decided to piece them together so they form a bunch of sunflowers.




No borders - just 30 blocks sewn together to make a 60 x 72" quilt.




For the quilting, I decided to continue with the sunflower design and quilted chains of flowers at the block intersections.




They really show up a lot on the soft yellow backing.




Here is a full size photo.  It is hard to see the individual blocks but if you donated, I am sure you might be able to identify yours by the black and white prints.

I was able to make two more quilts from these blocks.  I hope to share the final two next Friday - that gives me a week to get the bindings sewn on!

Have a great weekend everyone!



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