Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday Around The World!

I need to get back to my scrappy ways again.

This week I am continuing to quilt my Nordik quilt which has lots of fabric in it but my blocks haven't really been cut from scraps so that is not scrappy enough to talk about today.

But here is a shot of some scrappy orphan blocks from Cathy Ewbank and some friends they have acquired from my lovely siblings together bee mate Joanne !   

These will be added to, to complete a quilt for Siblings Together!  Both ladies are so lovely to donate blocks to this fabulous cause.   I am happy to stitch it all together and notch up another quilt closer to our 100 quilt target this coming year.  I really seem to enjoy these collaborative efforts and along with my bee quilts it seems I hardly ever make a quilt on my own now!

It does feel strange to have so much blue in my sewing room - it doesn't often happen I can tell you.   I have nothing against blue but I always seem to buy aqua fabric not blue.   I do not know why - sometimes I try really hard to buy blue but never quite seem to manage it!  

Is there a colour you avoid in the spectrum ?  

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday - the winners

No real scrappy stuff going on here as I have been quilting my #Nordikquilt.  Just in case you would like to see, here are some photos:

Yup I'm handquilting this big quilt - it could take a while!

But you probably want to know who won what, don't you....

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    Please plan to join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I for December's Scraptastic Tuesday link up on the second Tuesday in December, which is December 8, 2015. In the meantime, if you have not visited the November links yet, there is great inspiration there, go here

    Monday, 16 November 2015

    Scraptastic Tuesday guest post from Diane

    After posting the link up for November's link party I got the following message:

    Hello Nicky

    I would love to post on Scraptastic Tuesdays however I do not have a Blog.
    It is possible to partake by emailing my scrappy projects to you or Leanne?

    Thank you,

    Diane Beavers

    Well how could I resist.....and here is Diane and her scrappy project...

    In the summer I was gifted for my birthday w/a 12 Fat Quarter Bundle of Cotton+Steel's "Tinsel" collection. I pieced a Window Boxes quilt top, 66" X 76" and it's now off to the Longarmer for quilting as I do not yet possess the skill, or the space in my home for a longarm machine.

    What to do with those scraps? Hmmm,,,I have few Christmas decorations for my tables so I cut those scraps into 3.5 inch squares, used my left over sashing in Kona White in between the squares and came up with a table runner!

    Quite the novice quilter am I and as a 2015 goal took a free motion quilting class at a local quilt shop. Much practice later I'm still in the "straight line " mode however have graduated to quilting wavy lines.  I love the texture in the boxes w/the wavy line quilting and decided it was enough and left the sashing alone.

    The Tinsel runner is backed w/Kona Apple Green and bound with the Navy Pomegranate print in the Tinsel bundle.  A little stitch in the ditch around my 1 inch Navy Pomegrante sashing and it's a finish.

    Thank you for inviting me to post on your blog.

    Thank you for sharing your project with us Diane! 

    Wednesday, 11 November 2015

    Scraptastic Tuesday - the late edition - November link up

    Scraptastic Tuesday

    Hold the front page!

    I'm a bit behind, between catching up with washing after a short break in Seville, taking the doglet for a good long walk, internet and laptop problems and working on the latest #siblingstogether quilt.

    I received some orphan blocks some months back from my lovely friend and Stingy beemate Catherine!

    From early on I thought they would make a good border to a medallion quilt. I researched some complicated centre blocks but then I thought I should just keep it simple.   I'm making a quilt in my siblings together bee out of this simple tile type block and I thought it would work here too.

    As my donated blocks are orphans I don't have the fabrics these were made from so what could I use from my stash?  I found what I had in the tones already used - they weren't an exact match but I find that a scrappy quilt is quite forgiving as long as you mix it up.

    Then I decided I wanted a colour that would bring a bit of a sparkle to the quilt!  I tried green but it wasn't working, then tried aqua, which seemed to bring that 'je ne said quoi'!

    It was getting there but not big enough. When I asked for suggested borders on Instagram (nickyeglinton - if you want to find me) I was offered two - nine patches from Alison and piano keys from Trudi !  So both went in the mix and I ended up with nine patch corner stones that echo my centre block and stripy piano key borders ...

    I think I was right about that medallion style and my friends were right about those borders don't you? 

    I just finished it off with a light orange plaid strip all the way round just to make it a smidge bigger and to tidy up all those stripy ends!   Less likely to stretch in ways I don't want it to.  I think it works ....

    So what scrappiness have you been up to?

    A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes which will be awarded randomly among those of you who link up.

      Please join Leanne @ She Can Quilt  and I by linking up a blog post or flickr or instagram photo sharing a scrappy project, in progress or finished, or your thoughts on dealing with your scrap mountain:
      • You don't have to have joined us before, everyone is welcome.
      • One link per person, and it will be your entry into the random draw for the prizes. It is the same link up here and at Leanne's blog : She Can Quilt  - so you only need to link up on one of our blogs.
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      • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. We will announce the winners next Tuesday. 
      • If you have trouble linking up, let me or Leanne know and we will get you sorted.

      Tuesday, 3 November 2015

      Scraptastic Tuesday - It is KLT time!


      Scraptastic Tuesday

      I have long been an admirer and purchaser of the fabrics, hand screen printed by my lovely friend Karen Lewis.  

      After much hard work, and determination, Karen has been taken on as designer for Robert Kaufmann with her Blueberry Park collection of 75 prints!   Yes first collection and a whopping 75 prints!  Isn't that marvellous.  It is a great match for them as Karen has been printing on Kona fabric for quite a while and Robert Kaufman have developed a special technique of printing so that Karen's fabrics retain that screen printed feel.

      Her fabric is coming to the UK this month - some has been popping up before but it is on general release this month.

      I have signed up to the monthly club at Simply Solids as I am hopeless when it comes to choosing - I want them all!

      A while ago I had a Karen Lewis Textiles week #aweekofKLT - now I am thinking of #amonthofKLT to celebrate! 

      My first KLT project - a scrappy one I started in my KLT week - is a wonky star quilt.

      I have just finished quilting and binding it today!

      Here is it's story in pictures:

      Here is the top

      I took some inspiration for quilting it from the stars

      And some from my KLT wonky star fabric

      I just need to wash it and get that texture but here are a couple of pre-wash photos!

      And that makes three KLT fabric quilt I have made! How many do you have ? 

      Friday, 30 October 2015

      Siblings Together bee block for November

      I am asking my lovely bee members to make this block

      Which should make a quilt like this

      The block is made from 4.5" squares, and finishes at 20" or 20.5" unfinished.

      Any colour combination is fine but the central block should be dark and can be fussy cut (not obligatory). The rest of the layout can be seen in the above diagram.   

      Alternately you can make this from 4.5" X 18" strips and cross cut the strips.

      Cut 4.5" X 18" strips of each:

      1 of cornerstone fabric A
      2 of outer LV fabric B
      2 of contrast fabric C
      1 of inner LV fabric D

      Plus one dark centre 4.5" square E

      Stitch together :

      One strip B and A
      One strip B and C
      One strip C and D

      Press strips and crosscut at 4.5" intervals - you should have four units of each strip set.

      Arrange as follows:

      Stitch centre single row and then both double rows on either side.

      Then stitch the central row to each side.

      The block is complete and should measure 20.5" unfinished.

      Now you could stop there, but I am hoping you will help me trial putting a quilt as you go quilt together.  In which case ....

      Layer with a 22" piece of wadding and backing fabric (something Low Volume please) and baste.  

      Stitch in the ditch (the seamline) in a grid pattern or any other pattern you prefer. 

      Thank you

      Wednesday, 28 October 2015

      Scrap quilts finished

      Scraptastic Tuesday

      I have been a bit shocked by my lack of productivity this last quarter so trying to make up for it I have been in a flurry of finishing this month

      This sampler quilt started as a top gifted from a friend and I have quilted and bound it.

      This quilt started as a medallion centre from the lovely Catherine - I added rows around it to make it a bit bigger then quilted and bound it. 

      This quilt started as blocks and strips of fabric donated by Sally.  I had the pleasure of meeting her in real life at Stitch Gathering recently.

      The fabric for this quilt came from the very generous Emma - the pattern from the Moda website.

      This quilt was almost complete - I just added that little strip of lime green, the navy border and finished it

      And this one was a series of blocks and pieces to make the blocks - both of these from the lovely Gayle Brindley.

      So what were once scraps, as in orphan blocks and bits of fabrics are now made into six quilts for Siblings Together.  That has been a great start to my quarter four I think!


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