Friday, October 2, 2015

Hip Hopscotch

A couple of years ago I took this class from Sherri.  I thoroughly enjoyed the class and getting to meet Sherri in person.  I just love her blog.  I finished the top rather quickly, but because all three of my boys wanted it (the call it the Mitsubishi quilt)  and I didn't know how to take care of that problem I set it on the shelf and there it remained.  
Well I pulled it out last week, made a back and basted it.  Now I'm working on getting it quilted.
I still don't know how I will deal with the demand for this quilt but I'm ready to have it finished.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blues Solution

While searching my scrappy quilting books this quilt caught my attention.  I had to change it a little because instead of being made block by block it is done row by row.  My design wall is busy with other things at the moment. I also wanted a project I could take to an upcoming retreat. 
 My solution was to take the brown squares out and instead create a whole blocks.  I started by using two strips, one blue and one a warm tone cut 3 1/2" wide the width of the fabric.  If I had fat quarter size I just cut two strips. I was dealing with scraps after all. For those that don't have a whole 45"
to work with I'll use along the edge.
 Using my half square ruler (how to here) I cut 6- 3 1/2" squares and 6- half squares.
 I cut enough for the quilt.
Then I started sewing them into blocks by laying out the squares and then sewing them row by row on the diagonal.
Now I can work on this as time allows and not worry about messing up the arrangement of the row by row method.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Managing the Blues

My blue scrap bin is full to overflowing.  If you've been a guest at my blog for very long you know that means a new scrap quilt.
Last time my blues bin was overflowing this was the result.
I also made the background to my Scrappy Dresden to manage the blues bin. 

This time I don't think I will do an all blue quilt.  Maybe something with a blue background and warm scrappy highlights.  I've thought about a tumbler quilt this way.  But because I'm open to options I'm now perusing my scrappy quilt books for ideas. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Vintage Picnic

I recently received a cute little bundle of Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille to play with.  I cut 1" strips and made these sweet stratas.
 Now I'm chain piecing them between a dotty background.
It makes me happy seeing them all play so nicely together.  What will come next?  That is a surprise you may have to wait awhile to see.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Garden Quilt Top

My garden has been keeping me busy.  Making it hard to find time for my garden quilt.  But little by little I've been adding to it.  I added a rake and hoe, a hat to wear in my garden, and a song to sing.  The little squares I had leftover for the inside border only got me halfway around the outside.  So I pulled out my bits again and made a bunch more.  I got carried away.  That's okay, I'm sure the extras will find a home somewhere else.
Now to find time to quilt and bind it.  I was a little worried about finding a binding to go with my scrappy border but I'm thinking a nice green will work.  Any thoughts?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Houston, We Have A Problem

I've slowly been making progress on my hexie stars.  Little by little she grows.
 I have nearly gotten all the hexies I prepped sewn on.  So I was planning on prepping a few more today.  I went to find my template that I press the edges around to get them ready to join.
Slight complication, I can't find it.  I'll look a little more but I may be repeating my original process and making a new one.  Grrr!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Quilt Camp

Quilt camp kicked off Tuesday night complete with camp songs and smores. They also presented the youth quilts along with the awards.  This whimsical beauty, Magical Maui's Gum Gum Tree, won the youth division.
The creative genius behind this quilt  won a sewing machine.  I'm she will put it to good use.  Yeah! for up and coming quilters. 
I enjoyed my Featherweight class and my machine is singing happy for the tender loving care she received. We had a lot of fun in my Dresden class.  Sue's 30's are cheery.
Belinda's  juvenile prints playful. She was fussy cutting animals from a print to go in the center.
Last night I had a lovely group of ladies having some scrappy fun making Twisted Posies.
 And look who I ran into, Annie Smith of Quilt Stash.  I haven't seen Annie in years.  It was so fun to catch up.  What a talented fun lady.