Monday, October 24, 2016

RSC October 2016

     The RSC colors this month were yellow and orange.  Those colors don't lend themselves too well to Civil War repos, but I could interpret the yellow by using cheddar and found a red shading to rust for the orange.  Those Father's Choice blocks make up so pretty in almost anything.  

     The Baby Grace donation quilt was a no brainer.  I have had a yard of this adorable bunny fabric for quite a while and was dying to use it.  There were also those little 4-patches lying around, yellow with polka dots, that went with it so well, so a simple design was born.  Is this called double 4-patch? Not sure, but it worked and used up those orphan 4-patches, as well as the bunny fabric.  I have some yellow thread to quilt it.  That will be fun.  

    Sorry, forgot to crop this photo.  You get to see my messy design wall.  
I'll be linking this post to SoScrappy.  Hop on over there (get it?) for some quilty inspiration.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

RSC September 2016

It's time to report on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for September.  The colors this month were rose red and yellow.  Since I'm making crib and toddler quilts for boys for a local charity, I chose to go with more of a primary red.  This is bricks and cobblestones from the Bonnie Hunter free patterns on her web site and went together really quick.  The yellow in the 4patches is Kona (Daffodil, I think).  A lot of the Reds were from a scrap bag I bought at a local quilt shop.  See the St. Louis Cardinals fabric?

I had lots of bricks left for another project and would certainly make this again.
My red scrap bin would barely close before I started.  Look how neat is is now!

And here are my Fathers Choice blocks from CW fabrics for my quilt I will keep. 
I will link up with So Scrappy for the show and tell.  We get a new color on Oct. 1., so must get this one finished.  I need to 
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, September 26, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival

     At the last minute I decided to enter a couple of quilts in the online quilt festival over at Amy's Creative Side. There are some beautiful quilts to browse through, so hop on over and vote for your favorite. 
 I am entering Allitare in the Free Motion Quilting category.

And my Blue Orange Peel in the appliqué category.
There is lots of eye candy, I know you will enjoy the show.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Nine Patch Swap

     One of my favorite Quilt Guild activities is swapping stuff, any kind of swapping; strips, charms, blocks.  Our Swap Queen, Gina plans our swaps and they vary by the month and year.  We do some type of fabric swap every month and then do a block swap over a period of time, six months or a year. Currently, we are doing tiny (3-1/2") Civil War nine patches and little red/white blocks.  Last year, we did 6-1/2" scrappy nine patches in Autumn colors and I brought 80 blocks home at the end of the year.  Wow!  What a bonanza!  They have inspired lots of Internet and magazine browsing, looking for different ideas for using them.  I finally settled on Sisters Choice, a free pattern on the Bonnie Hunter website. My plan was to make it for a donation quilt, but I love it so much that it may have to live with me awhile before moving on.
All of the setting fabrics came from stash, some of it well-aged.  The star point fabric was originally purchased at a quilter's estate sale, so I'm sure it was well-aged too.  The sawtooth border was constructed from the bonus triangles from the sew and flip star points.  I still have more of those to use in another project.

Editing this post:
      We are having some beautiful weather here in Missouri.  Last week, while picking up our mail, I decided to take the Sister Choice along.  There's not much color in the leaves yet, but I found this fence rail to stage it for a photo.
  It's all finished and ready for the quilt show next week.

     With that quilt finished, I decided to have some fun with experimenting with a new technique.  New to me anyway.  
     I've had this book for awhile, and have been interested in trying this technique. I thought it would be fun to experiment with Halloween fabrics.
 You sew strips together into a tube, then slice into blocks, using the 90degree line on a ruler.
They look like a string block, but are much faster with no paper to tear off. The downside?  They have bias edges. So, out came the Best Press.  The instructions made an 11" block, but called for  42" strips.  Most of my scraps were from fat quarters, so I adapted the pattern and made strip sets with 4 strips instead of 8, avoiding a lot of wasted fabric.

     Now, what do do with those cute little blocks?  I found a panel in that scrap bin that someone had given me.  I had always liked it because of the dancing witches.  The little string blocks made a great side border and I soon had another flimsy to add to the TBQ (to be quilted) stack.
Often, my experimental blocks end up in the orphanage, so it was nice to have something to show for an afternoon's playtime.
The scraps got cut into these little pieced strips to use in something else.  What is my takeaway from this little experiment?  Not a good scrap buster, because it creates more scraps.  A quick method to make big blocks from WOF strips, like a jelly roll, but not as efficient for shorter strips.  Then there are those bias edges, which I dislike.  Will I use it again?  Probably not, but never say never.
Meanwhile, I'll keep on stitchin'.
PS;  I'm linking up with Cynthia at and Judy at today.  You'll find lots of fun there.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

RSC August 2016

  My collection of Civil War blocks in the colors of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is growing, but as you can see, I didn't follow the suggested colors this month.  The colors were smoky purple or grey.  I had used my purples when it was assigned earlier, so didn't want to use it again.  I just chose some fabrics I hadn't used yet.  
     For my donation quilt, I had purchased this cute elephant fabric awhile back
and have been waiting to use it. ( Just watch, the September color will be red)  Anyway, I searched the strip bins for some reds and black/white scraps and made some framed nine-patches to go with my elephants.  Very simple, but some little guy should like it.
Here is the binding
   and the backing.  Now it goes into the TBQ pile, which really isn't too large.  I think this is #3 and they are all crib size.  
I probably won't link up with So Scrappy this time since I didn't use the assigned color.  Just in case there really is a quilt police department.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

This and That

         I just realized it has been over a month since I wrote a post for my blog.  Just in case anyone out there has noticed, I will catch you up.  I'm not sure my pictures are in the correct sequence, but it will be a brief overview.

    There were peaches to be harvested before the squirrels, raccoons, and/or deer ate them first.  Then there were peaches to be peeled, bagged and frozen as well as jam to make.  My grandsons would be terribly disappointed if there was no peach jam.  

    Then, there was Drama Camp for all of the younger members of the family. This crew is composed of granddaughters, great niece and great nephews.  They were here from Sunday thru Friday, as well as one of the Moms.  Cooking for 9 every day was a pretty full week.

   I have completed a few sewing projects.  This is a table topper I made for my neighbor.  Her husband passed in February and this is made from his ties.  I had never done anything with ties before, but it went very smoothly.  She has it displayed on an antique desk which belonged to her grandmother.

   Here's an idea!  I was constantly chasing a Kleenex or paper towel to erase writing on our kitchen whiteboard.  That led to wondering if a scrap of batting would work, then this happened.  1-1/2" squares from the scrap bin and a piece of scrap batting makes a great eraser.  That is a magnet holding it on the board.  Shall I patent it?

    I was invited to Gina's to sew last week, so wanted to take her a little something.  She loves pincushions as much as I do, so I whipped up this little Broken Dishes block from some batik cut offs I scavenged from Quilt Camp in May.  I think she liked it.

Birthday Blocks from 2013!
  So glad to get this put together and quilted.  This is my declared UFO for quilt guild (check) and moves me to the baggage car on Stashbusters (check), as well as finishes one of my oldest UFOs (check) and finally, used some stash (check).  It is a little larger than I usually make, 80" x 80".  
    That was my July.  How was yours?

Friday, July 1, 2016

Nautical Knots

      I don't think I am the only quilter who has been obsessed with the latest internet buzz on the garlic knot block.  Bonnie Hunter featured them on her last quilt cam, apparently, and I keep seeing references to them on Facebook, chat groups, etc.  I looked for my issue of Quiltmaker that was supposed to have it in the Addicted to Scraps column, but couldn't find it.  Its in this house somewhere, but thats another subject.  I did see a post from someone else that said it is a traditional block called Arrowhead Puzzle, but my 501 Quilt Blocks book didn't have it.  After chasing this block all over my house and the internet, I finally decided to draft it myself and get it out of my head. How hard could it be?  Its just squares and rectangles.  My first adventure with it took place with my scraps from the Seven Sisters topper from our guild workshop.  There were some 2-1/4" scraps, which I cut down to 2' and made a Christmas Knot.  It finished at 6-1/2" and is cute as a button.

     I thought this would satisfy my obsession, but alas, it wasn't to be.  With the 4th of July rapidly approaching, I had a yen to sew with patriotic fabrics, so out came the red and blue scrap bins.  Suddenly, this little table topper appeared on my design wall.  I'm calling it "Nautical Knots".

     Just in case, anyone else is having garlic knots or arrowhead puzzles swarming in their heads, here is a short tutorial on the one I drafted.
Fabric requirements:
Nautical print - 1/2 yard
Red accent - FQ
Kona Snow background - 1/4 yd.

For each block, cut the following;
6) 2-1/2" squares of nautical print 
2) 2-1/2" squares of red accent
4) 2-1/2" squares of background
2) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles of background

Make 2 small blocks in this configuration with a background rectangle and square,
plus a square of the nautical print.
     Make 2 small blocks in this configuration with two nautical squares, an accent square, and a background square.

Make a larger 4-patch with your four components in this configuration.

     This completes the 8-1/2' knot block.  To make the topper, make four of the knot blocks and arrange with the four blocks as the center.  My inner border was cut 1-1/4" to finish at 3/4" and my outer border was cut at 3-1/2 to finish at 3".  The topper will finish at 23".  

     If you get the urge to make one of these, be sure to share it in the comments section.  
Have a great 4th of July!