Sunday, April 14, 2024

Oh Scrap! : Next Steps

I did spend some time on Saturday trying to decide my next steps on my scrappy HST quilt.

So far, I have made only blue and red blocks.




I put them up on the design wall numerous ways, but I think this is the layout I like best.  The blocks are 6" so the quilt will end up being about 60 x 72.

Now I need to decide if I keep it just two colors or do I add a third color - maybe yellow?  I would put the third color in the center and then out in the corners.

What do you think?



I did find some big gray scraps that I could cut some big squares out of them. While I wait to decide what colors I want to go with, I think I will make the six red blocks I need to finish out that round.

Leave your thoughts in the comment section.
Thanks!

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Churn Dash 2024 Quilt #1

It is finally time to reveal the first Churn Dash quilt from this year’s block drive.
 


I received a big stack of the blue and white star squares.  They were 9.5".  I didn't want to cut them down, so I grabbed some of the 6" churn dash blocks and framed them in some red fabrics.  I was able to use some red scraps I had from some of last years' quilts.

I really like how this quilt turned out.


I continued the star theme right onto the back.  
Even the striped binding has some little blue stars on it.

This quilt measures 54 x 63".



I still have some of those blue starred squares left so I might have to make another quilt similar to this one.  I love that I receive inspiring bits that are already cut.

More of these churn dash finishes should be coming quicker in the future now that the pipeline is moving.  Hopefully I will have more to share next week!


There is still lots of time to make some blocks for this current block drive.  



 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Sneaking in some Finishes

Before I dive into the current block drive for Many Hands and Many Hearts, I thought I would sneak in a few quilt tops made by others and then quilted by me.



This adorable monkey quilt has been hanging around for quite some time.  It was sent in by Josie and I just needed to find a backing for it.  I would think I found something to realize the piece was far too small.  Then it would get lost in the shuffle for a bit.



Then, just a week ago I came across this fabulous striped fabric that Nann sent me months and months ago.  It fit the bill perfectly!  I also had a lime green binding already prepared and ready to go.

This quilt measures about 50 x 60".



I was recently sent this wonderful RWB veteran quilt top made from some orphan blocks.  I love seeing these otherwise unusable blocks find a home in such a pretty quilt.



This backing was sent to me already pieced.  I admit, when I quilt these donation quilts, I sometimes cut corners to get it quilted quickly.  This can get me into trouble sometimes. I meant to get the eagles centered in the center of the back but the quilt math I did quickly in my head was obviously off.  
Oh well, the quilt still looks nice.

 This quilt measures about 60 x 72".


I am now working on getting all the churn dash blocks into quilt tops.




There is still plenty of time to make blocks if you want to help out.  You can read more about the block drive in this post.  This drive won't end until the end of May.  Last year we ended up with 26 quilts.  We hope to make more this year!


I really do appreciate all the support!




Sunday, April 7, 2024

Oh Scrap! : More Scrappy HSTs

This has been a hilarious week - My good friend is out of town and I am helping to take care of her four dogs.  Add my cheeky boy in there and it quickly becomes a circus!

I will certainly be glad to see here when she gets home.


 I did find some time this week to pull some blue scrappy strings to make these fun HSTs.  They measure 6.5" square.  There are 20 here.  I made more - I forgot that when you make these a "scrappy square" makes two blocks.  So I made twice the quantity I wanted.

That is okay though because they are really pretty!

What did you do with your scraps this week?!



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Friday, April 5, 2024

Some Friday Finishes

I kind of hit a wall this week and didn't finish as many quilts as I had planned.  I opted to snuggle with my puppy rather than sew bindings a couple of evenings.  Arhtur was rather pleased about that!



I did still get a few quilts across the finish line.  This is the 16th log cabin quilt made from our last block drive.  There is just one more to finish.

Audrey and Janet laid these blocks out.  I think they did a fabulous job.



This white and green backing came out of my stock.  I am not a fan of light backings so I was happy to let it go.  The awesome stripe binding fabric came from Yvonne.

This quilt measures 55" x 66".



This lovely fall quilt is another estate sale rescue.  Deana saved this top for me - it was probably king-sized and all hand appliqued.  I took it apart and made two quilts out if it.

Deana also found a new king-sized Ikea duvet insert that was relatively low loft - hoping I could use it as batting.  It quilted up okay and does have a "puff" that my batting does not.  But I will say I would not attempt to use this if you are using a domestic machine to quilt.  It was kind of slippery to work with.  On my big machine, I didn't really have any issues.

This quilt measures 60 x 70".



Normally, when I use batiks on the quilt top and binding, I like to use a batik back.  I didn't really like any of the batik yardage I had but I did have this amazing fall colored floral that Pat sent it.  
It looks so lovely on this quilt!



Remember the scrappy pansy quilt top I recently finished?  

It is now all quilted up and ready to be donated.



I also had some pansy fabric for the back. 
 I hope his colorful scrappy quilt finds its way to a gardener.

This quilt measures 48" x 56".


I hope you all have a great weekend!




 

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Oh Scrap! - Leftover Triangles

I think some of you are getting to know me so well!

This week, I received quite a few big boxes full of blocks, fabric, scraps, bindings and thread.  It is always fun to open them and see what is inside.


One of the things I received were these bigger triangles.  I dropped everything to play with these! 
They are actually about 7".  It appears they may have been salvaged from a project because you could see stitching lines where someone had taken a seam ripper to them.  Of course I was instantly inspired by them!


I quickly got ut some red scraps and made these nine blocks.  I trimmed the blocks to 6.5". 
(I made a tenth one but I am not sure where it went.)

I cut the strips to about 7.5" and then created a square.  I trimmed that square down to 7" and then cut it diagonally.  I wasn't paying attention to the way I cut the diagonal, so my strips are going different directions.  Not sure I mind.

These will not make a big quilt.  I may dig out some of my gray fabric and add to the stack.  I was initially thinking primary colors. but I don't have a lot of yellow scraps.  I will make some bright blue ones and then see what I think.

I was so excited at the thought of using up some of my scraps.  But I quickly realized that this project was not going to make a bit of difference in the level of my scraps.  In fact, I think the red bin looks fuller because I "fluffed" them up when I dug through them looking for strings.

I will never see the bottom of my scrap bins! 😂


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Friday, March 29, 2024

Log Cabin Finishes #14 and #15

I think all of the log cabin blocks have arrived, so I have been working on finishing up the last few quilts.  I have two to share today.


Toward the end of the block drive, I started receiving a bunch of green blocks.  I always have a hard time mixing up different shades of green so making these big circles allowed me to keep them cohesive.  Staggering the circles helped too.




An all green quilt top deserves a pretty green backing.  
Thanks to Nancy I had this lovely paisley piece.

This quilt measures 55" x 66".



My friends Audrey and Janet put together this design.  Neither of them are quilters but they really enjoyed creating different layouts.  I was busy sewing blocks together, but I was pretty impressed with what they came up with.
 


I was gifted this green ticking stripe.  I thought it would be fun on the back.

This quilt is 66" square.

So there you have it.  
Fifteen quilts already finished and I think I have enough blocks for two more.




I have a GIANT stack of churn dash blocks just waiting for me to start putting together.  I hope to get working on those next week.  If you want to join in the fun, you can read more about the current block drive here.


Enjoy your weekend!



Wednesday, March 27, 2024

A Fistful of Finishes

Quilts really fly through the pipeline when I have a few elves to help!

Today I have quite a few finished quilts to share.  There is a little bit of everything.



First, I will share some quilts made from or Happy Block drive.  We are still working away on those.

This Happy quilt is all about travelling the USA. It is the 66th quilt to be completed.




The backing is suer fun.  There is a small piece of fabric with all the national parks.  And the rest of the back is places in the PNW to visit.

This quilt measures 48" x 54".


Happy Quilt #67 has a school theme. Crayons, hand prints, science scissors - lots of fun things you would find in a classroom.  I didn't have to do much to finish this quilt.  a good friend sewed up the quilt top and Laura quilted it up and sewed the binding.



A fun Dick and Jane fabric for the back.  Not sure today's kids even know what this is.

This quilt is 48" square.


I was finally able to get this shark quilt top that Kristi sent in last year quilted.  Local quilter Cindy helped me out with the quilting.  And Chris was able to sew up the binding for me.  



Kristi had sent a smaller cut with fishes for the backing.  I knew I had to finally cut into my piranha fabric I have been hoarding for years.  Isn't it fantastic?!

This quilt measures about 40 x 48".


Kristi also sent in this fun quilt top.  The same trio worked on this one too.  Cindy did the quilting and Chris sewed the binding.  I appreciate everyone's help on these!



I was so happy to finally use this green chevron fabric that has been in my stash a really long time.  It was the perfect size for this quilt.

I think this quilt was 40 x 48" also.



Finally, check out this scrappy goodness.  Christine made this quilt top. and I sent it to local quilter Laura for quilting. (She even sewed on the binding for me too!)



It looks like even the back was made from leftovers.

This quilt measure 48" x 56".

I have a couple more log cabin finishes to share but I will wait until Friday to reveal those.

Thanks to all who contributed their time to help me get these past the finish line!


Sunday, March 24, 2024

Oh Scrap! : Log Cabin #13

 All I did this week was create scraps!

I had high hopes that I would find some time this week to sew some of my scraps.  

But that is not what happened.



I did finish up this lovely log cabin quilt.  It is the 13th quilt made from our last block drive.  I received a LOT of purple blocks so I have been making a ton of purple quilts.  
I decided to put these blocks on point.

Sue sent me this lovely purple floral fabric I used for the inset triangles.



I also used it for the backing and the binding.

This quilt measures 64" square.

I always have hope I will get to play in my scraps next week....Time will tell!


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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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