Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday and I've been working hard!

Scraptastic Tuesday

I am planning new things .....(secretly I always am)!

But I have committed to finishing off old projects or UFOs first!

My rule is that anything from last year is a UFO and anything started this year is not!

So the Scraptastic Sampler is technically a UFO and I have been working to finish it because:

  •  I wanted to see how it would fit together;
  •  and also I wanted the wall space (to be honest).

So I have finished the blocks I planned.

Here was my plan

And here is a photo of the quilt top!

Some blocks got moved around and gaps were filled in with filler strips and such!  I have still got to write up those tutorials but have been concentrating on the stitching first!

Not sure if it is quite finished yet...?   What do you think?  It might need a border of sorts to help pull the chaos together....your comments are welcome!

Anyway I wanted the wall space so I could work on the third hot cross bun quilt that I am making for the fabulous charity #siblingstogether. 

I started on Sunday cutting out the background and filling in the central area...

Then on Monday I filled in the rest - staying up late to do so!

Then I spotted that I had added two extra rows so now I need 6 more blocks to finish it!  Six more after making 149 (in the three quilts).   Slightly less addicted to making them now I have to say but that is because it has become a bit of a mechanical process rather than the leisurely enjoyable one of choosing fabric  combinations that I love!  

I must say that scraps have helped me appreciate colour and value and their effects more.  Not that you seem to be able to make mistakes in a scrap quilt - it seems to me that anything goes!   

Love this one - I was thinking Black Forest gateau at the time!  Slightly wonky late night stitching then or maybe too much Kirsch?


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday - March Winners

 Scraptastic Tuesday

A week has shot past - just where did it go!?

I have been making more of my little stars and am getting closer to finishing that UFO project  - some are stitched down but there are lots more to fix on by hand...

And I have also made a bit of progress on my scraptastic sampler quilt.

The last thing I mentioned on that quilt was putting together a block called Lucky Clover - I hadn't quite got my block together.

Well I have now...

Here is the 12" version with y seams! 

And here is the 9" version without y seams!

I have photos of both methods to show you if you want to make some and will write up a little photo tutorial in due course.

I think you could have a lot of fun with this block and wouldn't a quilt of them look great!  

In blue and purple

In pink and green

In pink, green and orange

In rainbow..

I'm going to have to play with this block some more even if it is only on EQ!

But now to the important business.  

It's time to award the March link prizes. If you are a winner, watch for Leanne's email later today or feel free to contact her first.

Here is the list of winners:
A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing our wonderful prizes! Our next Scraptastic Tuesday link will the second Tuesday in April,  which is April 14, 2015 - please plan to link up with us again then. 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday - March Linkup!

It is the mad month of March here and my kid are full of germs!   Trying to look after them but not inhale!  I DO NOT want their colds thank you.

Scraptastic Tuesday

But we are not here to discuss that are we!?

I do so want to see what scrappiness you have been up to!

As for myself, I have been working on my oldest UFO trying to finish the top and I have been getting closer.

It went from this 

Where I left it last year - combining two different projects as I was a bit bored with the EPP Rosestars !  Too repetitive for me - I have no patience and was never going to complete the quilt!

To this - 

My pieced blocks are more spaced out on the background and I'm doing a bit of hand applique to stitch those EPP Rosestar blocks over the intersections. 

And now this  -

I am adding the star centres from Jen Kingwell's pattern : Georgetown on my Mind!   I was wondering about her sanity as there are 38 of these in her pattern but having made a few I am now an addict!  

And how is this scrappy ?   Well some is made from stash I will confess but every chance I see I grab a bit from my scrap bins and have done so throughout this project.  It certainly has a scrappy vibe to it!

I am even thinking of starting a new project with these cute little blocks but totally scrappy!   Hmmm do you think I should?  

Imagine the fussy cutting potential...

But enough of my on-going project what about yours...

  • 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.
  • Please visit at least a few of the links, they are very inspiring, and leave comments too as everyone loves to connect. 
  • Use the Scraptastic Tuesday button if you like (code is on the sidebar) and invite your friends to join us too. 
  • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST(Canadian time). We will announce the winners next Tuesday.
  • If you have trouble linking up let me or Leanne know and we will get you sorted.

First of all hats off to our friends providing the prizes!   

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following:
  • Massdrop - Andover Chambray fat quarter bundle

An InLinkz Link-up

As for Leanne, she has been en route a lot and has not been up to much scrappiness but she is looking for inspiration!  I'm sure everyone can bring a bit of that!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday - Lucky Clover!

I'm a bit behind with the making of this block but I'm loving the look of it!  

Here is my 12" version all cut up and ready to stitch!

Lots of Liberty in here!

So what do you need to cut out?

Twelve 2 1/2" squares 
Sixteen rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 7/8"  - eight from background fabric.

Take your background rectangles in pairs and face right side to right side.  Cut a 45 degree angle from the end of each pair - this means you end up with mirrored pieces.

Repeat for your feature fabric.  This block looks great with different values for these feature pieces so make sure you pair your light/dark fabrics for cutting that angle !   Don't ask why I know!

Now it seems to me that stitching up a quarter block will be the easiest way to put this together.  

 Are you shrieking Y seams and partial seams at me???

You could avoid those quite easily by cutting that centre square in half - though it would then need to be cut from a 3" square to allow for that seam.  

Your cutting requirements for the 12" block would then be 

Eight 2 1/2" squares 
Four 3" squares cut in half
Sixteen rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 7/8"  - eight from background fabric

You will also need a 9" version for the quilt 

Cut as follows:

Twelve 2" squares
(or eight 2" squares and four 2 1/2" squares cut in half)
Sixteen rectangles 2" x 3 7/8" - eight from background fabric 

Put together as for the 12" version.

In the meantime I shall be scratching my head working out how I will put mine together.

And please remember to link your scrappy projects NEXT TUESDAY 10 MARCH!

And now be sure to go and see Leanne's beautiful quilt, Echoes, published in the Quiltcon magazine, diplayed at Quiltcon and you can do that here

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Two quilts update!

My Lazy bum challenge for February was this quilt - affectionately called Big Hexy Balls, for want of a better name!

I made some rather large hexy shapes from a few Kona Honeycomb precut packs which I bought at a discount from Simply Solids oh so long ago!   And added a few hexies cut from my then small collection of hand screen prints by Karen Lewis (changed days now).

I confess I have been putting off working on it as I had to start by unpicking a whole lot of quilting.  I hadn't pinned it enough and the whole thing shifted so it was never going to lie flat.  In the end the un-quilting only took a couple of hours so why did I put it off for so long?   

Well it might have been because I had no other idea of how to quilt it....didn't want to do the same thing as before.

Anyway it was unpicked and I started marking hexagons on it - I quilted hexy frames and filled them with FMQ motifs - several with patterns drawn from the creative mind of Karen Lewis who has gone on to make lots of patterns and I am including her newer designs in my quilting motifs.

This is my interpretation of Scruffy Daisies!

And Libby's stitches....

I really wasn't sure if I liked it and was on the cusp of deciding to unpick it all again but it would have been more work to unpick this time around and that sort of perversely kept me going.

I have finished quilting this larger side - almost half the quilt.

I have now decided I need to quilt the narrower side the same.  The straight line quilting on this side is ok and instead of unpicking it now and pin basting it I am using my quilting as my basting and trying to incorporate as much as I can in my new quilting so I will have less to undo.

Not long till I get this finished I hope ....

As I'm also working now on this one again....

Well it wouldn't do to have nothing up on my design wall would it?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday

When I started out making quilts - they were small (wall hanging size), quite dark and had a lot to do with Debbie Mumm!  They were often made by applique - at that point I found piecing rather scary and avoided it as much as possible!  

Here is a Christmas one....

Well my love of applique has taken backstage as I've been improving my piecing skills but finishing off this quilt brought me back to the enjoyment of applique.

Thanks to these little blocks

So almost in celebration I ordered this out of print book 

I have quite a few piecing books by Jan Halgrimson and love them!   How could I resist this title :  Tiny Treasures 100 miniature applique quilt patterns?

Well true to my usual butterfly ways I just had to try out a pattern when it arrived - here is the result

Two bluebirds of happiness!  They might be nesting soon don't you think?  Not sure what this will end up as but it was fun to create a little project.

And now I remember another reason  why I save even the smallest scrap of fabric.   Even if something is too small for piecing it can always find a place in an applique motif as an eye or some such!  

What is the smallest bit you keep and what do you save it for?

Now Leanne has been enjoying the delights of Quiltcon recently and I'm not sure she has had the time to post on her blog today about scrappiness but I do know she has a beautiful new quilt made from the latest Oakshott Scandinavia pack and that has to be worth drooling over!   Oakshott has been brilliant in sponsoring us and several people have been lucky enough to win some Scandinavia as one of our link up prizes!  I may be a tiny teeny bit envious of that!

Sunday, 22 February 2015


In the summer 2014 I got a sizzix clamshell die and then of course I started using it!

 Anything and everything went in...

 I showed a little bit of how I stitched them here.

I stitched a few together...

and a few more!

I even stitched some poolside in Spain

And more when I got home

It just kept growing...with a bit of help

or not.....

Until it got this big - with that bottom corner of course

I then had a problem - do I trim those clamshells or add something in?  

I don't like throwing things away so I had to add more in, didn't I?

So I chose a lovely colour: Kona Pear, and started piecing in partial clamshells

The best bit is that I retain these pointy points!

I added some straight strips to make a border: the idea being to make it look like my clamshells were floating on the background.  Think that has worked and   here is my finished top...

Now I just have to pick my backing fabric and hand quilt this one!


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