Sunday, October 15, 2017

Oh Scrap! : Scrappy Mischief

Saturday was a busy day for me...filled full of scrappy mischief!




I made another 12 rectangular string blocks for the pink RSC quilt I am making this month.



And I also added another ten 6" string blocks to my rainbow collection of square blocks.  To match some of the blocks I made last time the RSC color was pink, I had to keep these soft and leaning toward lavender.



Then I got out my AccuQuilt Studio and filled up my 2.5" square stockpile.  I love having so many choices already cut and just waiting for me to pluck them out for a block.



While I was cutting, I also pulled out my 4.5" square die and cut up a bunch of Christmas fabrics.  Someone's going to get a patchwork tree skirt this holiday!

(That is if I stick with it and finish it on time!)



While I was playing with my 2.5" squares, I may have started making my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for 2018.  This year, I have been focusing on strings and my Kaffe fabrics.  Most of my scrap bins are clear of strings now so I will only be making a defined quantity of specific colors in the future.  This will finish off a rainbow string quilt I have in the works.  The bowties will continue into next year and I will make the above block my second design.

It is hard to believe we have to start thinking about 2018 already!


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Now it is time for you to share your scrap projects.  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, October 13, 2017

    Pincushion Party


    I love having a basket full of pincushions that I can use as little thank you for fellow quilters.  Knowing I have a couple trunk shows and classes scheduled in the near future, I thought I would have a little pincushion production party!



    To make the process go a bit faster, I pulled out my orphan block suitcase and was able to grab some already sewn pieces to get me going.  (As you can see, it is almost time for a few more orphan block quilt - my suitcase is stuffed full!)



    I started with these two made from bowtie scraps and leftover strip sets from my Burgoyne blocks.  They measure about 4" square.



    I also found some leftover HSTs from my Summer Solstice quilt and the start to a block I abandoned for the Splendid Sampler QAL (which still is not completed!).



    I made these two from some "cheater" fabrics I didn't use in one of my Layers of Charm quilts.  It came from the Modern Neutrals collection by Amy Ellis.



    And finally I made a pile of pincushions using some leftover bits from my Improv Stripes quilt.

    In no time at all, I had a dozen more pincushion gifts to share!





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    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    Pink!

    With the color pink being the RSC color for October, it is time for me to start making some string blocks.



    I already have some pink "standard" string blocks tucked away for a future project.  I think I need a few more but I have to find my "master plan" for these blocks.  I think it is written on a scrap of paper somewhere that I filed away so I wouldn't forget where it was....




    So in the mean time, I started making these pink blocks.  They measure 10.5" x 8.5".  I am using a fabric foundation just because it helps me to see where I am on the block.  I could use paper but I really hate the mess it makes!


     So far I have 18 blocks all finished.  I think I will need a total of 40 blocks for a nice lap sized quilt.  I am using a number of pink shades in each block plus one or two strings of gray.  

    This quilt makes me happy!






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    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Oh Scrap! : Progress

    Pink is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for October.



    So I dug around in my Kaffe scraps and sorted out some pretty fabrics to finish up 9 bow tie blocks.



    I now have a total of 28 eight inch blocks completed.  These blocks go together so quickly - and I really like how the blocks look all together.  My goal is not repeat any Kaffe fabrics - which if you have seen my stash, know that is easily doable!



    And look...I made a bit more progress on my sister's quilt.  I tried to add in some shades of slate green but I am not sure the blocks will make it into the final layout.  The quilt will end up at almost a king size so MANY more blocks are needed. 

    So right now I am just trying to focus on getting blocks done!



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    Now it is time for you to share your scrap projects.  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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      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!




      Wednesday, October 4, 2017

      October Deals

      I am the first to admit that I am not much of a consumer.  But when I do spend money, I do love a good sale on the items I love.  There are a few good deals going on right now with a few of my affiliates that I thought I would share with you.  


      Fat Quarter Shop Basic of the Month Sale


      Every month, I always love to see what items the Fat Quarter Shop chooses for its Basic of the Month.  This month they have all their Moda Grunge Basics on sale. This is one of the fabrics I keep on hand in various colors to use as background.


      I used the Evergreen color as a background for one of my Rejoice table runners.  It is a great color to have on hand for those last minute Christmas gifts.




      For Columbus Day, AccuQuilt has their Studio Cutter and dies on sale.  I think my favorite and most used die is my 2.5" squares multiples die.  It is almost always set up on my machine so I can quickly turn scraps into useable squares.


      Kit & Sampler SALE


      And finally, if you are looking for a fun Fall project, Connecting Threads has a great deal on some Autumns quilt kits and Halloween fabrics.  They have their books and threads on sale too.


      Happy October!




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      Sunday, October 1, 2017

      Oh Scrap! ; Burgoyne Block

      Well, I am still ignoring my sewing room - but thank goodness for my Sunday blog commitment!
      I did spend a couple of hours in there on Saturday so I would have something to write about.  I finished a few more boring brown blocks for my sister's quilt...





      But I spent most of that time cutting and sewing up this second Burgoyne Surround block.
      Isn't it pretty!




       Now I have a total of two blocks completed.  So many more to go....


      I am looking forward to seeing what the RSC color announcement for October will be.  That will give me even more reasons to ignore my sister's quilt!  :)



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      Now it is time for you to share your scrap projects.  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, September 29, 2017

        Sewcial Bee Sampler Finish

        I rarely make quilts from an entire collection of fabrics or by a specific designer.  But when I saw that Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland were going to host a Quilt Along last spring, I thought it would be fitting to break out my treasured Maureen Cracknell fabrics.



        A new block was released each week.  I didn't always do a great job of keeping up but it never took me too long to catch back up again.  Some of the blocks have frames and some are without.  My goal from the beginning was to use a different fabric for all of the frames.  





        I used Kona Snow for the sashing, which I cut at 1.5".  I wanted something simple that would allow each individual block to shine.



         I was able to capture a photo of the finished quilt just before the sun went down.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  It is probably one I will be keeping for myself.  It is nice to have fabrics from the first three Maureen Cracknell collections all in one quilt.



        I used this navy fabric that was in my stash.  With the front of the quilt being so light, I wanted a nice dark fabric for the backing.


        In a cream thread, I free motion quilted some feathers and various swirls across the quilt.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  My initial plan was to quilt each block differently but I am glad I went with something simpler after I loaded it up on my machine.

        Happy Friday...Have a wonderful weekend!




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        Tuesday, September 26, 2017

        Eye Candy Inspiration

        Not too long ago, Maureen over at Mystic Quilter shared that she had purchased Kaffe Fassett's newest book Quilts in Ireland.


        Yes, I ended up following suit and picking up a copy for myself.  I have most of his other books and I do really enjoy looking at all of the beautiful quilts and photography.




        This is the quilt that Maureen shared and I was totally intrigued by it.  I really loved the use of stripes.



        But I have to admit that this one captured my heart.  I am not a big fan of making a bunch of HSTs but I think this quilt will be worth it.  I am already starting to set aside fabrics as I come across them!

        The book is on sale right now at Connecting Threads (along with many others) if you want to pick up your own copy.  There are some other quilts that I enjoyed too.  Now I just need to find the time!






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        Sunday, September 24, 2017

        Oh Scrap! : Slow Work

        There has not been a lot of activity in my sewing room lately.  I am determined to only work on projects on my UFO list, so my obstinate self, just doesn't go in there and sew!


        The only scrap sewing this week is two more bowtie blocks.  That is it!
        I sewed this as a leader/ender project while I was working on blocks for my sister's quilt.



        My sister had asked for a quilt a couple years ago for their trailer.  I love my sister dearly but when I asked her for some color suggestions - she said shades of brown.  And...?  Maybe a bit of gray.

        Now you know why it has taken me two years to get this one going.  And why I haven't been sewing much this week!

        I did get 80 - 90 big HSTs sewn just waiting to be chopped and sewn into these blocks.  They do go pretty quickly so I think once I get in the mood, I will make great progress on it.
        Fingers Crossed!


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        Now it is time for you to share your scrap projects.  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, September 22, 2017

          Wiggle Time, Scraps and a Pattern Sale

          Not too long ago, I put out a call to swap some scraps.  Not only did I find a taker for the swap, but there were also generous quilters that had too many pinks and yellows and just wanted to send me scraps so I wouldn't run out.  A big thanks to Nann, Julie and Rose.  Now I have nice full color bins so be prepared for some pink and/or yellow quilts!




          Right off the bat, I decided to put some of those pink scraps to work.  I fell in love with this daisy print with the pink background.  I received a nice big chunk of it and it inspired me to get sewing.




          I really don't have any little girl quilts right now, so I decided to make one of my Wiggle Time quilts.  This pattern really does go together so quickly and easily!




           I used some of the other scraps that were sent to me and was "tickled pink" to see so many variations in shades.  I love how this quilt turned out.




          I didn't have any big yardage in pink so I had to use some dots and stripes to cover the back.  I used some of the leftover strip set pieces from the front to create a fun inset to separate the two prints.  Such a sweet finish!

          ***Pattern Sale***

          Today is the first official day of Autumn and I am so thrilled.  Fall is my favorite season so to celebrate, I thought I would put all of my patterns on sale on both Craftsy and in my Etsy shop.  I will run the sale through the weekend.

          If you use one of my patterns, I hope you share a photo.  I love to see them!
          You can see many of them too out on my Pinterst boards.





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          Tuesday, September 19, 2017

          Blogger's Quilt Festival - Improv Stripes

          Every Fall, Amy Ellis hosts the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Lots of blogger's link up their favorite recent finishes - so it makes for a great place to find inspiration and new blogs to follow.


          I always look forward to this event. 
          It really is amazing to see all of the lovely finishes that get shared!






          I thought I would share the #improvstripes quilt I made following Debbie's (A Quilter's Table) quilt along.  I wasn't sold on the quilt when I first started out, but now that it is finished, it is one of my favorite quilts.




          I restricted myself to bright blues, red and a bit of bright yellow.  Love those primary colors!  I paired those with black, whites and a few bits of gray.





          For the quilting, I used a black thread and quilted squares/lines all going in different directions.
          Improv geometric quilting!



          Here are some links to quilt entries from past events.

          Fall 2016: Colorwash Tumber
          Fall 2016: Bamboo Shoots

          Fall 2015: ROYGBIV Circles
          Fall 2015: Scrappy Pineapple

          Spring 2015: Rainbow 9 Patch
          Spring 2015: Life is a Highway

          Fall 2014: Wiggle Time
          Fall 2014: Vertical Scraps


          Spring 2014: Appliqued Flowers
          Spring 2014: Geese Migration


          Fall 2013: Star Surround


          Quilting is more fun than Housework


          If this is your first visit here, I invite you to stop in here on Sundays to link up your scrappy projects with Oh Scrap!  Even if you don't have a scrap project, you can check out all the wonderful projects other quilters are making with theirs!



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