Friday, January 30, 2015

Scrap Squad Farewell

I've enjoyed my time on the Scrap Squad.  I loved seeing how each of us did up each quilt.  They were all so different. taking on each persons personality.  I just love that about quilting.  Here is my rendition of Silver Lining found in the current issue of Quiltmaker Magazine.  
I chose bright happy colors, which I almost always do.  They make my heart sing.  And in January my heart needs to sing the winter blues away.  I quilted clematis like flowers and leaves throughout the quilt.
And leaves in the border.
I'm gifting it to my newest niece, Lydia.  Who my sister thought might be a boy.  She didn't find out, after all there are far too few true surprises these days.  So I had this quilt made, also a Scrap Squad, to be prepared either way.
I'll miss working with the lovely ladies on the Scrap Squad.  Me and my scraps will continue to play.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Word

I love words!  They have such an impact.  They can motivate and inspire.  In fact I probably drive my family batty with all my sayings and quotes.  My boys think I have one for every occasion.  So it was no surprise that when Victoria challenged us on her site to come up with a word for 2015 I took her up on it.  After much pondering, for there are so many great words I settled on this one; improve.
I thought it went perfectly with a family motto we had awhile back.  "Better today than yesterday"  If you were to choose a word for 2015 what would it be?

Free US Shipping at Shop Fons & Porter with Offer Code JANSHIPFREE

Monday, January 26, 2015

More From the Scrapbag~ Scrappy Star Top

After auditioning backgrounds I settled on a scrappy combination of subtle greens, yellows and blues.  I sewed all the triangles; points centers and background in rows.  There is a diagram for doing this in my Sea Star pattern.  Then sewed the rows together.  It is fun to watch as each star comes together.  Progress is so exciting!  :)
I've started adding borders.  I probably should have gone a little wider on my borders but was worried about running out of fabric.  I bought it on line and I'm not quite sure which Kona solid it is or I would have ordered more.  So I opted for smaller borders.  Hope I don't regret that move.
Linking up with Sherri today for Scraps Monday.  Hope you find a little time to play in your scrap bin today.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Home At Last

You may remember this quilt.  It's been sitting in a corner of my sewing room basted and patiently waiting for me to quilt it.  Well, these little orphans will have to wait no more.  I rescued them from the corner earlier this week and got busy stipple quilting it.  I auditioned a couple of bindings, one bright red the other a subtle green.  I went with the green.  I felt it let the blocks shine and didn't compete for attention.
Love this little Plan B quilt, aka a quilt filled with blocks that originally were intended for other purposes but somehow ended up orphans.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Spot On Challenge

 Does your guild do challenges?  Do you participate?  Well recently my guild extended a challenge I knew I had to participate in.  It combines things we had classes and demos in with dots.  Since I have had this pile of 10" dotty fabric sitting in my stash for a long time now.  Part of an exchange I did with the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild.
I'm posting the requirements in case you would like to play along.  The quilt must be 75% dotty fabric, contain half square triangles, words (pieced, appliqued or quilted in) and one or more disappearing block. (four, nine, pinwheel, etc)  Follow the links for tutorials on how to make these blocks from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
I hope your creative juices are flowing and that you will join me in this challenge.  I'll share what my friends at guild did and my own creation next month.  If there is enough of a response here we can have a linky party and share your creations too.  I understand this is short notice.  I've procrastinated. Something I'm sure you never do.  But rather than put the rush on you I'll give you longer.  Once we know who wants to participate we'll decide.  How does that sound?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gelli Cards

I feel in love with my gelli plate the first time I used it.  The creative process it allows is liberating.  I've been pinning like crazy ideas I would like to try.  Every Saturday I clean up my fabric and pull out my gelli plate and supplies.  Then a whole new kind of fun begins.  These cards are the result of my Saturday play.
 Here is a little of the process.  First I made prints in cool colors.
 Then I made a bunch in warm colors.
 Cut out petals from the warm prints.
 Glued them to the cool prints in happy daisies, my favorite flower.  Added a few words to each and finished with a glossy finish.

Monday, January 19, 2015

More From the Scrap Bag

I finished all the spiderwebs.  Then had a change of plan.  I continued to sew my strips together but cut them so that they were vertical instead of horizontal.  Added them to my spiderwebs and wa la I had a very scrappy star.
Now I'm auditioning background fabric.  If you are looking for more scrappy fun check you Sherri's Scrappy Patchwork Pillow today.