Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday - Prizes and Drafting!

Apologies for the delay in posting but I have been vegging out on the sofa stuffed full of cold germs in the past few days - glad to say I think I may have turned a corner....

It's time to award the November link up prizes. Thank you again to our fantastic and generous sponsors:

A huge thank you to each of our generous sponsors and congratulations to all our winners:
  • Massdrop - 45 mm OLFA Deluxe Ergo Rotary Cutter with a 5 Blade Refill Pack and a 45 mm Pinking Rotary Blade - winner is Cheryl from Flickr
We have sent emails to the winners but if you read it here first, please contact us so we can get the prizes on the way.

Thank you for joining us and remember the next link will be the second Tuesday of the month - December 9. Please plan to share a scrappy project finished or in progress or your ideas about how to use or organize or deal with scraps with us then, and feel free to join us at any time in the month. Use the hashtag #scraptastictuesday or add our button to your post.

Scraptastic Tuesday

Now if you care to stick around after the prize giving 
I'm going to show you how to draft this block for my #scraptasticsampler. It is called a Double Z and if you are familiar with the Farmer's Wife you might recognise it.

I chose this one to be a 15" block because it is in three sections and 15 divides easily by three!

In the centre column there are three equal sections - a Quarter Square Triangle block (QST) and two units made from three triangles.  The other two side panels form a third of the block although they are not divided by three in the same way.

We don't need to draft the QST section - it is 5" square finished and we add 1.5" to get the measurement for the squares required  - 6.5" squares - two squares required of course unless you want it more scrappy.  Here is a tutorial on making a QST block but do use 6.5" squares.

Now I know the other squares either side are 5" finished so I draw a 5" square on paper

Find the mid point and draw the middle triangle and the end triangles.  I redrew all the triangles on another piece of paper and added my quarter inch seam allowance to them to make my templates. 

You must add the seam allowance back in at this stage or your block will not end up as 15" finished.  We have all we need for the central section.

You need two of these sections added to either end of the QST to complete the centre strip.  Check the diagram to ensure the correct placement.

The end sections are 5" x 15" finished.  I drew that on paper too - sticking two pieces of A4 together to get the length necessary.  

First I realised that our friend the end triangles appeared in this section too! 

They are doing the same job in this part of the block - holding up the ends!  I measured and drew them in - the base is 2.5" long, the height 5" finished.

Now I measured the mid point on the opposite side at 7.5".  I can now join the midpoint up with the end triangles and complete my pattern.

I again redrew the new triangles and added a quarter of an inch seam allowance.   The other end section is the reverse of this one!  

You can cut all the pieces with your rotary cutter just make sure your ruler covers your template so it doesn't end up smaller every time you cut.  Or mark your fabric and use scissors if you prefer.  Please take care to reverse the template for the end sections as necessary when cutting out.

You need a mirrored pair of end strips to complete your block.

Job done! 

 It is great to be able to draw blocks any size yourself and really isn't that difficult as you can see.

Now I wonder what Leanne has been up to...shall we both go and have a look?

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday - Link up Time 2!

Yes today is linkup day!  Please join Leanne and I for another sharing of your scrappy projects and we will be sharing these fabulous prizes.   

A huge thank you to each of our generous sponsors for the following, which will be awarded randomly:
  • Oakshott - 2 x 5 inch Colourshott charm packs, one with colours 01- 30 and the other with cols 31- 57, so all 57 of the Oakshott colour
  • Massdrop - 45 mm OLFA Deluxe Ergo Rotary Cutter with a 5 Blade Refill Pack and a 45 mm Pinking Rotary Blade
The linkup is open for ONE WEEK ONLY this time around!  It closes at midnight Canadian time on Monday Nov. 17 and Leanne will do the draws first thing on Tuesday so we can post the winners as part of the Tuesday scraptastic post. 

So what scrappy thing have I been doing?

I have forged ahead with my first scrappy project which actually predates Scraptastic Tuesday and am happy to have a finished quilt to share with you today!

It started out like this - a lot of handkerchief corners ..(yes I did piece it all in rows)

But I realised I didn't want to make a quilt full of these blocks!  So I unpieced the rows and paired them up with some left over tumbler blocks I stitched into Dresdens.

And made a quilted background from lots of Low Volume 2.5" squares which I quilted with a floral pattern ....

And here is the final quilt.... it is made from scrappy everything - top, border, backing fabric, wadding and binding.  I feel like this is a totally free quilt....

Did I make a difference to my scrap mountain?  It doesn't seem like it at the moment ....guess I'll just have to keep on stitching on!  

I need to write a proper tutorial for my next sampler block - it is another 15" one and not at all tricky that size!  If you have made a Farmer's Wife quilt you might even recognise the block but I'm not quite there yet with writing that tutorial!

Don't forget to see what Leanne has been up to - apart from playing with her little ginger kittens!  So cute!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday - almost a column!

I have put my blocks upon my design wall and there are quite a few gaps to fill in!

Now what happens in these circumstances?   I get the urge to fill those gaps in of course!

So here is a filled in section in my #Scraptastic Sampler, though I still need to decide how I'll be joining up the blocks, but it might have to be a bit of scrappy sashing.....?

And here are the blocks I made this week so far - only managed three this time....  

A 6" Log Cabin, a 4" Turnstile and a 9" Windmill block (same as the turnstile but less background fabric). In case you are wondering about the block names I'm using, they are what I found on EQ6 - I know they all have lots of different ones!

The Log Cabin is made with 1.5" centre square and strips.

The Turnstile block is made from four 2.5" HST/QST hybrids.  The bigger HST triangles are made from 3" squares cut diagonally in half - you will need two 3" squares for the block.  

The Quarter Square Triangle bit is made from one 3.25 " background fabric square cut diagonally in two directions and the same in contrast fabric or you could cut use the background fabric triangle as a template and cut from scraps as I did, to get variety.

The Windmill block is made from four 5" HST/QST hybrids.  The bigger HST triangles are made from 5.5" squares.   For the QST bit you will need two contrasting 6.25" squares. 

Trimming is involved for both these blocks.  I trimmed the two QST triangles after piecing to match my HST triangle.  After piecing each square from one HST and two QST triangles I then carefully trimmed them to size making sure I was centering my ruler using the QST seam lines before removing a tiny sliver or two. 

Shriek out if you are making these and need more help ....

Not many left to complete this column - I might just have to get to the bottom of it...and my next block is another 15" one which needs a bit of drafting to complete and you might recognise it if you have made a Farmer's Wife quilt. 

Easier to do at 15" instead of 6" though and hopefully quite an eyecatching one and very easy to draft especially if you have been reading the series Jess and Leanne did on Decipher Your Quilt !

Go and see what Leanne has been doing!  More scrapiness I know!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Applique Quilt

Hello and welcome, my name is Nicky and I am entering my applique quilt into the fabulous Blogger's Quilt Festival this year.


I started this quilt when I attended an applique workshop in February 2005!  
It is a pattern by Alma Allen and Cherie Ralston 

 And I finished it this September - it was my oldest UFO and I am thrilled that it is finished and I can enjoy it instead of hiding it at the back of a cupboard.

This quilt has held quite a few challenges for me but with time and practice I have overcome my fears, reluctance, my hesitations and now I have a quilt I can enjoy.

Here is the story of mine in photos....

I am linking it up to the Blogger's Quilt Festival Applique Quilts section.  Hope you have fun looking at all the lovely quilts !

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Thank you all for the tremendous support in linking up to our first Scraptastic Tuesday.  

It has been a relief to learn that Leanne and I are not the only one with scrap mountains and it has been inspirational to see how everyone tackles the problem.  So many lovely scrappy projects are on the go!

So now it's time to award the October link up prizes. Thank you again to our fantastic and generous sponsors:

The prizes and the winners, as drawn using the random number generator, are:
We have sent emails to the winners but if you read it here first, please contact us so we can get the prizes on the way to you.

Thank you for joining us and remember the next link will be the second Tuesday of the month - November 11. Please plan to share a scrappy project finished or in progress or your ideas about how to use or organize or deal with scraps with us then, and feel free to join us at any time in the month. Use the hashtag #scraptastictuesday or add our button to your post.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday - Friendship Stars and other HST things!

Last day to link up for this month people!   You can do that here!

This week has been about another favourite block of mine, the friendship star!  It is another nine patch design so I have made two 9" and two 6" ones.  Keeping the maths simple as that's the way I like it  ....

For the 9" star - cut five 3.5" squares; and four 4" squares to make four 3.5" HSTs.

For the 6" star - cut five 2.5" squares; and four 3" squares to make four 2.5" HSTs.

Arrange as photo and stitch in rows matching seams. 

Be aware that the stars can either go round in a clockwise or anti-clockwise fashion depending on how you place your HSTs.  Best not to go in both directions as that makes a different block entirely!   

You will notice that I have one of each in each size.   I think this adds to the scrappy look and adds movement to the quilt which I like!  

So here is a group shot of the friendship stars 

Not only that but I have also squeezed in a 10" propeller block:

 made with nine 2.5" squares to make the cross in the middle; and four 5" squares to make four 4.5" HSTs

Five 4" broken dishes : each block is made from four 3" squares, which make four 2.5" HSTs.   Making several means you can mix up the fabrics to make them scrappy.  

Many of you will prefer to sew two squares together and stitch with a quarter inch seam either side of the diagonal centre line.  To get a real scrappy mix I just cut my squares in half before stitching, as it gives me more variety but you do have to treat your cut fabric with respect as this diagonal cut is on the bias and can stretch if you happen to pull it!

And finally one 6" Double X block:  made from three 2.5" squares and six 3" squares to make six 2.5" HSTs 

And that is my group 3 set of blocks complete.

 And here is my sampler so far - my blocks are widely spaced at the moment but I will be filling it all in over the next few weeks

And remember up until midnight today (at Leanne's house which is MST) you can still link a post or picture about your scrap projects, or ideas for using or organizing or working with scraps. Winners will be drawn randomly for the fantastic prizes from our generous sponsors tomorrow and announced on Thursday.

The next monthly Scraptastic Tuesday link up will be the second Tuesday of November which is Remembrance Day, November 11. From now on the link will be open for just a week, so you will need to be a bit more organized if you are playing along.  

Leanne and I do need your company on this challenge, so I do hope you are joining us!  It could take quite a while to tame my mountains of scraps - not sure about yours!?

Leanne has joined me making my sampler out of solids and Liberty fabric.  Do go and have a look ...

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Pushing things along!

I am trying to push a few projects along to get them closer to the finish line as I still have got quite a list of quilts on my Finish Along List!

I have completed my Lazy Bum challenge for October which was to complete the top of my Flowering Snowball quilt - I needed to fill in a few sections where I had straightened off my blocks and add a wide black border.  

I started this quilt, made in gorgeous sparkly Oakshott, as a result of Mary's Flowering Snowball Along.


That has been done now and I need to think about backing this one and then quilting it!  A little bit more to do.

I have basted and been quilting my scrappy Dresden background now that I have my Bernina back and can FMQ to my heart's content.   I have been quilting flowers...

And this is it with the Dresdens back in position...

Not attached yet .....a job to look forward to soon....!

And I've been adding some blocks to the scrappy Sibling's Together quilts thanks to the very generous Ayrshire ladies in Sheila's quilting classes!

Five more blocks and I will have three quilts for this very worthwhile charity.

And today and yesterday I spent a bit of time on this!

See I beautifully straightened up the edges!   

And then I remembered that it was supposed to be this way round...

So I now have a diamond shaped quilt!  Oh well I guess I need more Blueberry Park fabric from my lovely friend and beemate Karen who has screen printed most of the beautiful fabric in this project!
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