Monday, May 6, 2019

Scrap Happy

A couple of posts ago, I wrote about cutting my scrap fabrics into usable pieces like strips and squares. I cut up enough of them (100 different fabrics) to make this quick and easy scrap quilt. There are 99 blocks on the front and one on the back that became the label.

The pattern is "Boxed Squares" from maryquilts.com. Click here for the free pattern. Mary's site is filled with lots of free patterns.

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I don't have much yardage left in my stash (or what I do have didn't work for this quilt), so I pulled out 12 large-print fat quarters that I've had for ages, but didn't know what to do with. Large prints like these are tough to use in quilts that require small pieces, so I decided to just make a wild and crazy backing with them.

And to go along with the scrappiness, I used 11 different fabrics for the binding, all pieces that were used as binding in previous quilts.

I'm really pleased with how this one turned out, so I'm keeping it for a while.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Love This Fabric Find!

I love bias stripe bindings on quilts, and I especially love it when I can find fabric that has the stripes already printed on the diagonal. It makes for much easier cutting.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Trying To Get Organized

My quilt guild has decided to make a scrappy quilt as our next raffle quilt. We had a raffle quilt preparation bee earlier this week, so the call went out for members to donate their assorted scraps -- all colors/patterns/value. It's amazing how many different fabrics were in the piles to be pressed and cut into usable sizes for the pattern that was chosen. We have quilters who love batiks, quilters who love country colors, quilters who love novelty fabrics, quilters who love modern fabrics, quilters who love bright colors...you get the picture. It's going to be an awesome quilt once it's finished later this year.

In the meantime, this has inspired me to take some control over my overflowing bins of scraps and to organize them in some way. I've started with cutting a 2 1/2-inch strip and 5-inch square from everything.

Here's a shot of one of my scrap bins -- the "fun" fabrics, as I call them...Some of them will wind up in my guild's raffle quilt and some are being cut into usable sizes for me to use in future quilts.



Here are a couple of photos of the start of my project...more have been cut since I took these photos a few days ago.



I have so many projects in mind for these pieces, but first, I want to do more organizing. Too many ideas and not enough time!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Disappearing Hourglass Layouts

In my previous post, I showed a quilt that I had finished using the Disappearing Hourglass tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company. It was just one layout of many possibilities.

Last March, I taught a workshop for my guild using this technique, and during the workshop, I showed several layouts that are possible.

Here are a few... (click on the photos for a larger view).






Thursday, February 7, 2019

More Catching Up

Here's my first finish for 2019. It's one of the layouts that's possible using the Disappearing Hourglass tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company. There are several layouts that can be made from one technique. It just depends on which way you position the blocks. All of the fabrics came from my scraps/stash.

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A closeup shot...



Backing and binding closeup...



Here's a shot of the entire back...again, using my stash...


Monday, February 4, 2019

Catching Up

Wow, it's been almost two months since my last blog post, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been busy quilting. Here's a quilt I finished in December using the "jelly roll race" method.

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Here's a closeup shot...



A shot of the back...using up my stash...



And another closeup shot...



A couple of years ago, I had made a quilt using a layer cake of the same fabrics...



Monday, December 10, 2018

Wishing for Spring

A few years, I treated myself to what I thought was a fat-quarter bundle of Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I finally pulled them out a few months ago, but discovered that most of the designs were by Philip Jacobs and Martha Negley. No matter, I love them just as much as Kaffe's fabrics.



Just loopy meandering quilting...


Backing and binding...I love striped bindings, even when they're not cut on the bias!