Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Scrap Happy in June

 I knew this day was coming. I even dug out some blocks from my Parts Department in preparation. Then I got so wrapped up in the new quilt project those blocks inspired that I nearly forgot to stop and write this post!

When last we met I'd pulled out my batik friendship blocks in an attempt to finally get them built into a quilt top. So far not much has happened on that front. But that was what led to the idea to create something out of other scrappy batik blocks from the Parts Department. Here you can see the Hole in the Barn Door blocks (Window blocks!) between the columns of friendship blocks:

Not sure that will be the plan I go with for that quilt however. For Scrap Happy Day I pulled out the bag of scrappy batik Shoo-fly blocks. There weren't quite enough to do anything substantial in the bag but I was well aware that there are remnants of batiks in my stash that could be cut up. Frankly, they need to be used somehow. The plan I came up with was to add 2" finished strips to two sides of each shoo-fly block to create 8" blocks.

This is only the beginning. I've begun cutting more strips and patches from those remnants. My current goal is to create a total of 42 blocks for a flimsy that will measure about 48" x 56." I may choose to go bigger one way or another further down the road. We shall see. For now I'm enjoying these bright tropical colors. It's highly unlikely I will go with the setting option you see above. Already I prefer this one:

Or something along those lines. There are many scraps to cut up before we get to that decision point! 

Not everyone in this link party hosted by Kate and Gun will be playing with fabric scraps. You can take the full tour by clicking on the links below. 😁

KateGun, Eva, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Noreen,
Bear, Carol, Preeti and Edith

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Eleven Days Later

That was an unexpected, unplanned break from blogging I just had. I'm happy to report that I've been busy while I've been silent though, not merely ill. There were bad days to be sure, but the past several days have been very productive. 😁 Just yesterday I finished up the binding on this baby quilt:

Everything in the body of the quilt was from my stash, some of it old enough to be considered vintage. But the border and binding print is brand spanking new. It's from the current Anne of Green Gables line. Of all the prints in that line this particular floral is my absolute favorite. I couldn't say just why, although that lovely deep eggplant color is one reason. This quilt is about 50" x 60."

The blocks are quilted in large swirls, with the half feather in the borders.

I've also completed the binding on this baby quilt that I think you may have seen as a flimsy recently.

It's about 48" x 56." James did some custom quilting on this one.

The star blocks have a large, simple swirl through them.

The scrappy Hole in the Barn Doors quilt has also been quilted and bound.

I wasn't thrilled with the paisley print that I used for the sashing, borders, and binding but I really love the way the quilt turned out overall. I'm going to be sad to part with this one! 

James created a stencil so he could quilt this in a Baptist fan type pattern. It shows up best on the back.

There are some fun novelty prints in this quilt.

It's about 62" x 84" so it will work on a bed for a teen or young adult.

 And now, inspired by how much I like those Barn Door blocks (really, can't we just call them Window blocks in this century? One of my favorite things to do is to put a fussy cut patch in the middle of those blocks, as if you're looking out of or into a window!) I have pulled out my friendship quilt columns from 2017 to see if I can finally turn them into a quilt. Here's the only picture I can find of what I'd done with those blocks at that point:


I remember that at the time I was aiming for a vertical format strip quilt, alternating columns of the friendship blocks and these batiks:

The problem is that my notes are not clear, much less specific, about what I had planned for those alternate columns. So I have gone into the Parts Dept. to see what I might have that I could use. There are batik Window blocks (as well as others), some of which used the same fabrics that are in the friendship blocks. The first columns will finish at 6" wide. If I make four more columns also 6" wide I will have 54" altogether. A simple three inch border all the way around will give me the 60 x 80" dimensions I find so useful.

I do remember working to arrange the lighter/brighter blocks toward the center of the columns and the darker ones to the perimeters so I will probably carry on with that plan as I fill in with the scrappy Window blocks. I may or may not stagger the placement of the Window blocks relative to the friendship blocks but that's where I'm starting. All I need now is to sustain my energy and well being so I can carry on! 


Monday, May 24, 2021

Another Case for the Books

 Some time ago I picked up a Stitch & Zip kit that's a duplicate of one I'd stitched previously.

Ha! I see that even back then I didn't follow the design as indicated. In fact, I might have handled parts of it better that time than I did in this newer version.

Which makes me wonder if I've ever stitched this the way it was designed! I used hand dyed floss this time around. It's possible I did that the last time too but the variations in the floss are more pronounced in this version. I'm pretty sure I had more trouble stitching the black lines this time than two or three years ago when I made the first case. I had to put a sketchbook open to a blank page on my lap to highlight the unstitched areas to finish this one up. 

Now I am left with two blank-faced cases to stitch. One is this smaller size, perfect for credit cards, business cards, and coins. The larger case is the size of a typical cosmetic bag. That's the one I've been fussing over what design to use. I won't be able to avoid making that decision very much longer!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Three Little Quilts All in a Row

 The first of the three baby quilts I've committed to making is off the long-arm and ready to be bound. 

This is was taken when it was in the flimsy state.

I've just added borders and made the back for the second baby quilt:

I was finally able to utilize a few prints I'd had in my stash since my daughter was little in the crazy blocks. The border is a brand new print from the Anne of Green Gables line. I didn't know those prints existed until I went looking for something to use for this border treatment. The colors blend better with the colors in the body of the quilt top in person than it shows in the photograph. I have fallen completely in love with this particular print in this colorway and have tracked down additional yardage to use in future. How, I don't yet know. All I knew was that I had to have more of it! 

The third baby quilt will be built around this panel:

 The panel will be trimmed only slightly. No doubt it will still be a bit off-kilter. That's the way of panels most of the time. Hopefully I'll be able to manipulate it into shape down the road. It's also much larger than I realized it would be (it was an online purchase). Right now the plan is to make sawtooth or variable star blocks to surround the panel. That will bring it up to the 48" x 60" range all three of these quilts fall within. I already have a flannel to use for the back in an allover Mickey Mouse print. Just need to get busy making stars!

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Scrap Happy in May

I thought I might pull together a small quilt for a cat in our animal shelter for this month's Scrap Happy Day. That didn't happen. Instead, I went through the most recent off-cuts from quilt backs and cut 3" strips for scrappy trip blocks. 

I was able to make five more blocks for my Parts Dept. from those and a few other strips I had on hand. 

There are probably enough now for a personal size quilt top. We'll have to wait until next month to find out however. There are baby quilts to be made in the meantime!

I came across a few other scrappy blocks that must have been made fairly recently too. 😊

Those greens are not quite so bright/neon in person!

Scrap Happy Day is held on the 15th of each month and is open to anyone who wants to repurpose what might otherwise end up in the trash, fabric or otherwise. Below are the links for those who regularly participate. If you'd like to join us just leave a comment on Kate or Gun's blogs. 😀

KateGun, Eva, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Noreen,
Bear, Carol, Preeti and Edith