Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day




I cannot believe how quickly time is flying by.  Is it really time for Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day already?


My blog reader says it is! 


So having participated for years now, I am in again this year!





For those of you who are visiting for the first time, a little bit about my blog.


                           Quilting is more fun than Housework


There are three events that happen on a regular basis.

1.  Every Sunday, I host a scrap party called Oh Scrap! where others link the projects they are working on using their scraps.  It is a great place to share your scrappy items and to find inspiration.

2.  Scrap-A-Palooza is a series of scrap quilt ideas I share with my readers.  I try and focus on the process of making the quilts versus a specific pattern so the design can be easily adjusted to fit the scraps you have.  There is a gallery of past quilts available here.

3.  Every Fall and Spring, I host a Quilty Orphan Adoption event.  Quilters can link up a project they don't want to finish and put it up for adoption by someone who is willing to take on the challenge.  Every event dozens of projects change hands and many quilts are finished for charities!



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I also have a number of patterns that are available for purchase.  All are quick and easy!

In fact, as a Thank You - during the SMS event, I have marked down all of my patterns.  You can find then on both Etsy and Craftsy  (Affiliate link).




So let's get to the Real Giveaway!

 This giveaway is for a bundle of 4 AMB solid fat quarters in pretty fall shades. I am also including three spools of Superior Threads Monopoly threads.  Two in clear and One in smoke. 
That is over 6K yards!


This giveaway starts today and will run until Sunday Dec 11th at 5 p.m. PST.  Sorry, but this time I am going to make this giveaway only for US winners.

To enter:


1. Leave me a comment letting me know what is your favorite solid fabric shade.  I love Eggplant but rarely get a chance to use it!

2. Followers of my blog (old and new) get an additional entry. Please leave a second comment letting me know how you subscribe.

Important: If you are a no-reply commenter then please include your e-mail address in the comment. If I cannot reach you, you cannot win.


Thanks and Good Luck!  I hope you decide to use one of the links below and join me on my quilting adventures!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Oh Scrap! : Colorwash Blocks

I think I am happiest when I am sewing with scraps!




This weekend I spent quite a bit of time sewing up some colorwash blocks.  I am getting ready to make a second Geese Migration quilt and putting together some class samples for teaching.
I just love how each block has its own little character!


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Time to share what you are making with your 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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So if you love scrappy projects, feel free to grab my button for your sidebar or posts and get ready to share all your wonderful projects from scraps.  And if you have a great idea for using scraps and would like to be featured, feel free to contact me!








Friday, December 2, 2016

My Coffee House Finish

Back at the beginning of November, I announced I had been chosen by Henry Glass Fabrics to participate in their Desire to Inspire Challenge



In a matter of days, I received all these fabrics from the Coffee House collection designed by Debi Hron.  I had until the end of November to get some projects done!











I started by cutting up the little panels.  There were six different designs which I trimmed just 1/4" larger than the printed edges (for seam allowances).  As with every panel I have ever used, they were all slightly different sizes.  So I always like to add a frame and then trim them up consistently.




Rather than go right into a print frame, I decided to piece in a thin solid black strip. 



I used three of the smaller prints that were sent to me and framed up 12 of the panels.









Just like the ceramic cups in my cupboard, I wanted these panels to be stacked crookedly.





I thought I would share how I did this....













The first step is to sew a nice wide frame around your blocks.  I think I added 4" to each side with a chocolate brown solid.  I slanted the blocks how I wanted them and drew some lines in chalk where I wanted them joined.  You can see the chalk lines run right at the corners of those inner frames.  Now I can pull them down to cut them, remembering to add a quarter inch seam allowance.









When you sew them up, they will look a little strange but don't worry - this is how they should look.























Next, you trim them to a consistent width.  This is the step you will probably wish you had attached wider solid frames to your blocks.  Just remember to not slant your panels too much and you should be okay.








I decided to simply sew some wide strips together to showcase all the fun prints in this collection.  I then cut two strips at about 4.5" wide off the strip sets to use as outer borders to add some color to the outer edges of the quilt.  This gives a great illusion to the quilt.




Here is a closeup of the fabrics and quilting for you!




It is all ready for a snuggle, a cuppa and a good book!




 I still had a number of the panels and some fabric scraps left over so I decided to make some nice big snack mats to share with lots of my quilty friends.  I simply added some scraps to just one side of each cut panel.  Each one is different!







How about it, are you ready to give this technique a try? 




A big thanks to Henry Glass Fabrics for hosting the event.  It happens every month so follow their blog and join in the fun one month!

















Linking Up:

My Quilt Infatuation (Needle & Thread)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Oh Scrap! : I am on Scrap Control

My scrap bins over-floweth!

With the end of the year looming, I have been focused on finishing as many projects as I can. Once I finish a project, all the bits in the project box get put away. 
Which means handfuls of scraps are stuffed into my color bins!

So this holiday weekend, I have been sorting, pressing and cutting up a bunch of scraps with my AccuQuilt fabric cutter.



 I store my 2.5" squares in silverware trays sorted by color.  I am mostly focused on cutting up the odd shaped and older scraps.  I am teaching my Geese Migration quilt to a number of guilds starting in January - so having a bunch of pre-cut squares to share is always nice.

The greens are done, now it is on to the blues!



Want to take a class from me?  I would love to teach my Geese Migration quilt to your local quilt store, guild or sewing group.  Right now, I am focusing on just teaching in the PNW but it never hurts to check with me if there is an interest in your area.  You will look at scraps in a whole new way!


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Time to share what you are making with your 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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So if you love scrappy projects, feel free to grab my button for your sidebar or posts and get ready to share all your wonderful projects from scraps.  And if you have a great idea for using scraps and would like to be featured, feel free to contact me!








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Linking Up:

Love Laugh Quilt (Monday Making)
Patchwork Times (Design Wall Monday)
Cooking Up Quilts (Main Crush Mondays)
Em's ScrapBag (Moving it Forward)
QuiltStory (Fabric Tuesday)




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Friday, November 25, 2016

My Courthouse Finish

I have a very special finish to share today.  It is not often I make a quilt just for myself.  I tend to just make quilts...some I will keep but most I give away or sell.  This one I fell in love with from the start!




I received these solids from Craftsy.  I had contacted them to ask for a sample of their Boundless fabric line.  I wanted to know what the quality was.  I have to say, when I received them and saw their beautiful saturation, glowing colors and lovely feel, I was instantly inspired to make something special.


I had the idea to make a variation of a courthouse step block - using both the hot and cool colors in each block.  From the beginning, these blocks made me smile!




I decided to also piece in both some light and dark chains, creating  a secondary design across the quilt.  You can see in this photo, the darks are both brown and black and the lights have a cream and tan color.




 Placement of these colors within the chains creates some additional subtle designs. 



The solids just really seem to glow!




When it came time to quilt it, I wanted to continue to add small subtle details.  I really did not want to over quilt it....this one really is about color!

So eight colors of threads were used. 






Cream and black threads were used diagonally through the chains.  Then I quilted a vertical rectangle in a dark thread, a horizontal rectangle in a light thread and then a square in a medium tone.  Lots of thread changes!







I am really pleased with the simple textures in the quilting - which still allows for the colors to come through.




The quilt is a nice lap size - about 56" x 70".  Another one for my personal collection...which seems to have grown a lot this year!



If you are curious about what I used on the backing, I pulled a blue print fabric I had in my stash.  Even on quilts made from solids, I always prefer a print backing.

I don't often make quilts in just solids but I really enjoyed this process. 
I think you will be seeing more from me in the future!


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With Thanksgiving over, it is time to take advantage of those Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.  Both Craftsy and Accuquilt have some great deals going on.


Accuquilt

Accuquilt has almost ALL of their fabric cutters and dies on sale.  It is a great time to add a few dies to your collection or buy yourself a little holiday gift.  I love my Studio System!





Every Craftsy class is on sale for $17.99!  That is the lowest price I have seen.


Boundless Solids Fabric by the Yard



Craftsy has their boundless solids on sale right now.  They not only have their pre-cuts marked down but you can also buy yardage.  Perfect backgrounds to have on hand for those scrappy quilts.



Another great deal I saw was on this fat quarter bundle of Robert Kaufman Quilter's linen prints.  I really like these prints for when a solid just seems a bit too "flat" for a project.  I wish they had yardage!




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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fall Table Runner

When I saw Carole's (From my Carolina Home) Maple Leaf block tutorial, I knew I wanted to use it to make a gift for one of my sisters. She loves to decorate and I thought having a fall themed table runner for her table would be perfect. Carole posted the tutorial in early October and here it is the end of November, and I am just getting to it!




I pulled some fall themed fabrics from my stash and made some 12' blocks.  The tutorial is for 6" blocks but I just cut my squares at 4.5" for big bold leaves.




I decided to use some of the scraps and make a pieced outer border.




Hopefully it isn't too big for her dining room table.  I think it finishes out at about 18" x 54".  It probably won't be used until next year as she is someone who gets out the Christmas decoration on the day after Thanksgiving. 

I am just pleased with myself for finally getting it finished!


❤  To all of you in the states, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. 
Hope it is filled with good food and love!   💖






Linking Up:

Sew Fresh Quilts (Bee Social)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Oh Scrap! : RSC16 Sampler

With the end of 2016 coming up quickly, I have one more Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt to get finished up.  All year, I have been making the RSC16 column quilt blocks in each month's assigned color.  Now it is time to settle on a layout and get this one sewn up.




I had to lay these out on one of my smaller design walls that is tucked in a corner.  This is not going to be the final layout.  I was unable to get the gray blocks up on the wall but this gives you an idea as to how all the blocks come together.  I really enjoyed making these blocks and I think it is going to be a fun quilt once it is finished.

How about, are you finding time to move some scrap projects along?  I hope you share them!


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Time to share what you are making with your 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
<a href="http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XTyeCeIcFJ8/VJSHulTzvkI/AAAAAAAAGCc/O_OPzksuV2s/s1600/Oh%2BScrap%2BButton.jpg" alt="Quilting is more fun than Housework" width="125" height="125" /></a>

So if you love scrappy projects, feel free to grab my button for your sidebar or posts and get ready to share all your wonderful projects from scraps.  And if you have a great idea for using scraps and would like to be featured, feel free to contact me!