Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Scrap Happy Summer Meet Victoria

It was love at first sight when I saw Victoria's work.  Her improvisational made fabric combined with traditional blocks speaks to my heart.  I love taking part in her challenges on 15 minute play.  They stretch me and make me a better quilter.  I was thrilled when I won her book '15 Minutes of Play Improvisational Quilts'.  Follow the link to get your own copy.  I promise you will not be sorry.  It is fabulous!
I was tickled when Victoria said she would be willing to be a guest for Scrap Happy Summer.  She is very busy this summer traveling around teaching.  Check out her schedule to see if she will be teaching near you.  I think it would be absolutely amazing to go to one of her classes.  I'm still trying to get the Utah Quilt Guild to get her to come.  But until then I'll just have to glean from her blog, book and her great advice here.
Me "What do you consider a scrap?  What's to big/small?"
 Victoria "I throw everything on my floor when I'm working and I often reach down to grab slivers of something because it caught my eye...but as far as SAVING.. well, you've sen 1" postage stamp quilts right?  Why throw it away? Make postage stamp quilts... ;-)"

Me "Do you prefer big projects or little ones when using your scraps?  Or do you use a combo?
Victoria "I tend to make BIG quilts. Have you seen me? I'm 6" tall, a lap quilt means it has to be at least 60" to cover my legs!  haha! I make a lot of KING size quilts, because I have a king size bed... What if I make the wrong size and it's my favorite one? It wouldn't fit my bed, and I couldn't sleep under it... and That, would be terrible.  So I make BIG quilts."

Me "How do you keep your scraps form taking over your sewing area?"
Victoria  "hahaha! Oh wait, you were serious?
I work from my scrap bins.  bins, and bins! I have 8-10 bins, boxes, etc... I am over taken... I love my scraps."

Me "Any tips you would offer others when using scraps?"
Victoria "Everyone has there limit on scraps, but I recommend being mindful of waste... use up what we have... we all have more then we need. Sew it up, give a quilt away, make someone's life a little bit happier by giving them a scrap quilt!"


My favorite scrap quilt?  The ones that I have friends contribute blocks to.  I enjoy making my own scrap quilts, But when I get others to help contribute, it feels so much more special!  It is gathering bits of quilt love from all ends of the globe, bringing it all together in one quilt... that's great quilt karma! Make quilts. Give quilts. Share the passion.

I second that!  Share the passion!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Hippie Trails To You

This last weekend we redecorated my DD's room.  Thanks in large part to Victoria redoing her daughter's room.  We headed to Home Depot where she picked out paint.  Honeydew green was her choice.  We also got hardware for shades and valances.  We stopped at JoAnn's for a few decorating supplies and then we got busy.  We painted walls and trim
Created these fun wall hangings from stretched canvas, paint, and stencils
Sewed new valances and hung shades.
Added the Hippie Trails quilt to the bed along with a few throw pillows.

And we now have a cheerful new bedroom for one happy teen.



Friday, July 26, 2013

What's Your Favorite Color

The other night while talking with my hubby, he said, "You know we've been married for over 23 years and I don't know what your favorite color is.  But I know you like bright colors."  Truth be told I don't know if I have one single favorite color.  I do however love bright colors.  Maybe that is why I love Lily Ashbury's new line High Street.  Bright pinks, oranges, yellows and greens what's not to love.  
When I first saw images of this I thought it was great.  But let me tell you it's even better in person.  Here's a little sneak of what I've been doing with it.  
Do you have a favorite color?  If so what is it?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Scrap Happy Summer Meet Deanna

Deanna and I shop at the same local quilt shop but met through blogging.  She is a great teacher.  She has many great tutorials that are perfect for scrap quilting on her blog, Wedding Dress Blue.  Her daughter is also an awesome quilter.  She won in the 14 and younger at the HQMS show a few years ago.  Make sure you check out her quilt.  Deanna is also one of my pattern testers.  She does a wonderful job.  I so appreciate her help!  For all these reasons and more I knew Deanna would be a great fit as a guest on my Scrap Happy Summer.  Here is what Deanna had to say about scrap quilting.


Me "What do you consider a scrap?  What's to big/small?"
Deanna "For the most part, a scrap is something that is less than 5" square, if it is sort of square. Or,  less than 4" wide, if it is more of a strip.  But, that is a flexible rule.  The smallest pieces I use are 1-1/2" square, or strips 1" wide."
Me "Do you prefer big projects or little ones when using your scraps?  Or do you use a combo?"
Deanna " I use scraps for just about anything!  Sometimes it is something as small as a pincushion.  But, I have made queensize quilts." 
Me "How do you keep your scraps form taking over your sewing area?"
Deanna " Ah, yes, the problem of scraps reproducing like rabbits in the dark.  I have a tote bag where I keep scraps to be cut.  I also have a small bin that sits next to my sewing machine for collecting scraps.  I try to cut scraps into standard size reguarly--nearly daily I cut for at least a few minutes.  I have standard sizes, each in a separate container.  Some are the plastic shoeboxes, others are tins or other pretty containers and are on display.  My standard sizes are squares: 5", 2-1/2", 2", 1-1/2" and strips: 2-1/2", 2", 1-1/2".  I also have a bag just for background (light) fabrics.  I don't cut these into standard sizes, but keep them on hand to cut when I select a project. By cutting a little at a time--just 10 or so minutes a day--I keep enough cut scrap ready that I can jump right into a new idea when it comes to me.  I like that!  These few "standard" sizes might seem limiting, but I haven't become bored or run out of ideas yet!  There are exceptions to this rule.  Occasionally I will collect a large number of coordinated scraps or scraps of a single color without cutting them until I find or come up with an idea that fits.  But, I don't do that too often, or they would take over my world."
Me " Any tips you would offer others when using scraps?"
Deanna "Not everyone is a scrap quilter or wants to be.  If you are not, that is OK.  But, that said, you need to remember that you did love the fabric once or you wouldn't have bought it.  Try playing around with it  a little and you might surprise yourself by falling in love all over again.  But, don't hoard it for "someday" until you are burried (literally) in fabric. 
 
Also, know your style.  I find that while I love scraps, I don't enjoy chaos.  My quilts tend to be geometric and have background fabric to separate and give order to the situation.  I love to look at crazy, random quilts, but I don't make them.  Find a quilt that you like the look of and give it a try. 
 
Don't worry about making "mistakes."  Scraps are "free" fabric, because you otherwise would have thrown or given them away.  I find that very liberating and I am more willing to experiment and take chances when I work with scraps.  You might find the same.  Enjoy the process!"
'Don't worry about making mistakes' and 'Enjoy the process'  What great words of wisdom!  Thanks Deanna!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Eclectic

As you can tell by my design wall my sewing has been a little eclectic at the moment.  In addition to the new Free For All  quilt and the DWR challenge.
I have been receiving these fun wonky mugs from my Sew Bee Wonky group.

Made this cute little guy for my Moody Blues bee.
And created these Gees Bend Style blocks for Suzy (no blog)
Am I the only one with a bunch of projects underway?  Are you good at sticking with one project until it is done or do you let your ideas run away with you?  Would love to hear what you are working on.  Whether it be on or many projects.





Friday, July 19, 2013

You Are My Sunshine

When my Alex was a baby I would sing to him 'You Are My Sunshine.'  After all how could your first son not be a ray of sunshine in your life?  So naturally, when this design came to me while playing with Julie's new line, Baby Jane, by Moda, I knew I had to name it Sunshine.
I had fun playing with the quilting.  It is getting to be less of a chore.  Though I must admit I still have a lot of room for improvement.  I quilting suns around the boarder.

And added radiating rays out from each sunshine.

The pattern is available on my website.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Scrap Happy Summer Meet Nanette

I found Nanette from Freda's Hive when I first started blogging.  She is an amazing quilter.  She has such a great eye for color.  I also love that her quilts all have a scrappy feel.  Nanette is also a very kind and giving person.  I've enjoyed spending time with her in person.  We have taught together at Panguitch Quilt Walk.  Enjoyed lunch and exchanged gifts.  She even generously gave of her time and talents to do a trunk show for my guild when I was president.  Needless to say I think Nanette is awesome!  I knew I had to include her among my guests for Scrap Happy Summer.  So without further ado I give you Nanette.

Me  "What do you consider a scrap?  What's to big/small?"
Nanette " I usually only save scraps that are 2.5" square or larger.  I just can't manage my scrap stash if I keep pieces smaller than that.  However, for some projects like this one, I make an exception.
Me  "Do you prefer big projects or little ones when using your scraps?  Or do you use a combo?"
Nanette "I really prefer to make larger projects when working with scraps because I don't feel like I make a dent if I don't go large.  And when I'm working with scraps, I always feel more is best."
Me " How do you keep your scraps form taking over your sewing area?"
Nanette "I purchased a clean new trash bin with a lid and I keep a trash bag inside to house the scraps.  I house the scrap bin under my cutting table so I can easily drop pieces of fabric into it while cutting a project. When the bag is full I can pull the bag out and go through scraps and use them.  Sometimes I give the scraps to my niece Tricia.  It is nice to give them to someone that appreciates them."
Me " Any tips you would offer others when using scraps?"
Nanette "My suggestion would be to limit your scrap heap because they can take over your sewing area and make it cluttered and messy.  Scraps by nature are messy so keeping them contained and limited is a good idea.  I know it is hard to part with fabric at today's prices but if they overwhelm you it becomes a battle of guilt.  Choose a scrap size you will keep and part with the rest.  Then do it with no guilt."

Now go and scrap without guilt.  Thanks Nanette for such words of wisdom!


Monday, July 15, 2013

DWR Winner

Last week I spent my time in the mountains camping with these truly amazing young women.
We had tons of fun and very little sleep.  Needless to say I didn't get a lot of sewing done.  But I did make some progress on my DWR quilt.  Not a lot but a little.  I think this project will have to go with the motto 'slow but steady wins the race'  It's not one I think I can work on for extended periods of time.  But I do like the way it is coming so I will continue to plug away at it.

Now what everyone is waiting for.  The winner in the DWR template giveaway.  The random number generator selected # 80.  Congrats Leanne!  Leanne said, 
"can't wait to see what everyone does for this challenge - loved the last one too - thanks for the chance to win a template set to join in :)"
Please send me your snail mail and I'll get your templates off.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Funfetti

Like I mentioned last week, my scrap quilts are inspired by my overflowing scrap bins.  I don't know why it is by my lights bin fills up rather quickly.  I was teaching my free for all pattern recently.  And since the lights bin's contents were spilling out I decided to make another free for all quilt (tute on my tutorial page.)  I'm using brights from my bits bin to be the chain and lights for everything else.
I'm pretty pleased so far.
Next week will start my guest bloggers for Scrap Happy Summer.  Here is the line up:
They are all very talented quilters and I can't wait to hear from each one.  I just know we are going to learn so much!  :)



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Double Wedding Ring Challenge

 I was thrilled when Victoria asked me to be part of the Double Wedding Ring Quilting Challenge.  I had so much fun with the Dresden Plate Challenge.  Although I must admit I'm a little intimidated by a double wedding ring quilt.  But here's to stretching myself and jumping in with both feet.

After browsing books and the internet for ideas.  Doing a little mixing and matching and adding a little of myself.  I think I've formed a plan.  And while it's not set in stone.  My plans tend to take on a mind of their own and often end up a little different than what I originally thought.  But I'm gathering my supplies and going forward.
You too can join in the fun.  In fact I have a set of templates to give away to get you started on this challenging but oh so fun adventure.  There are really cool prizes that are oh so awesome to win.  I should know as I was ever so fortunate to win one in the Dresden Challenge.  All the details can be found here.
To enter to win the templates leave a comment.  Follow my blog and let me know in the comments for a second chance. I will pick a winner on Monday.  Good luck everyone!   Make sure you follow the blog hop.  More chances to win and get your own creative juices flowing as you hear from these talented ladies and their ideas.

BLOG HOP:

July 8th

​NYC MOD​ Quilters
Interweave
 July 9th
Emily Bailey
Shelly Pagliai -
July 10th
Amy Ellis
Faith Jones
July 11th
Lisa Mason
Monica Solorio-Snow
July 12th
Dan Rouse
Elisa Albury
July 13
Jenny Cameron
July 14th
Jane Davidson
July 15th
Joanna Wilczynska
Jackie Kunkel-
July 16th
Kathy Doughty
http://www.materialobsession.typepad.com/
Juki
 July 17th
Amy Smart
Flaun Cline
 July 18
Pat Sloan
Jessica Alexandrakis
 July 19th
Jacquie Gering
Lee Heinrich



Monday, July 8, 2013

DWR Challenge

You may have noticed this button on my side bar.  I'm happy to be apart of this fun challenge and blog hop.  You can get the details about the challenge here.  And come back tomorrow for a chance to win a set of templates and to get a glimpse of the ideas forming in my head.  Make sure hop along to all the other blogs for more chances to win and lots of creative ideas.  

BLOG HOP:

July 8th

​NYC MOD​ Quilters
Interweave
 July 9th
Emily Bailey
Shelly Pagliai -
July 10th
Amy Ellis
Faith Jones
July 11th
Lisa Mason
Monica Solorio-Snow
July 12th
Dan Rouse
Elisa Albury
July 13
Jenny Cameron
July 14th
Jane Davidson
July 15th
Joanna Wilczynska
Jackie Kunkel-
July 16th
Kathy Doughty
http://www.materialobsession.typepad.com/
Juki
 July 17th
Amy Smart
Flaun Cline
 July 18
Pat Sloan
Jessica Alexandrakis
 July 19th
Jacquie Gering
Lee Heinrich

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

My Scrap Bag Overflowth

Do your scraps seem to multiply when you turn out the lights?  Do your bins mysteriously fill when your not looking?  You're not alone in this problem.  I've heard it from many quilters.  So what do you do when your scrap bag overflowth?  I'll tell you what I do.  I design a quilt around my abundance of scraps.  This idea came to me through Jacquie.  She mentioned that she would fill a bin with fabric and challenge herself to make a quilt from it.  So I took her brilliant idea and ran with it.
This quilt was made when I couldn't put the lid on my blue bin. 
This one occurred when my lights bin was getting unruly.
And this one I used for our Scrap Happy Summer Challenge button came about when the green bin was threatening to take over.
Now none of these scrappy quilts did much to deplete my scrap bins.  How does that happen?  You use a quilts worth of scraps and all it does is deplete enough of your scraps to allow you to put the lid on.  It goes back to what I originally said.  Those scraps multiply when your not looking.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Stamp On It Hop

When I saw the Stamp on It Blog Hop on Sew We Quilt I knew I wanted to participate.  I love to receive mail.  I real hand written note or letter though rear is a great treat!  The little stamp in the corner can be an added bonus.  I really like the ones with flowers.  So I made my stamp with a scrappy flower.
I chose a 3 cent stamp because I remember buying them in college when the postage went up and I need them to add to the stamps I had already bought.  That and 3 is my favorite number.  I added ric rac to give it a perforated look from back in the day when they were sold in sheets that were perforated and you tore them off and had to lick them.  Yuck!  I hated the way they tasted.  So glad they are stickers now.  But I like the look so I made my stamp that way.

Now that you know my stamps story make sure you go visit the other bloggers and see what they came up with.