Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Scrap Quilt or Quilts?

I tried to take a picture of the whole thing, but I can't do it by myself... It's only 54 X 90 but it's on 2 foam core panels and they are hard to move. Anyway I'm thinking it's an odd size so I'm going to cut it in half and border each for 2 - H2H quilts.  Here are some of the specialty pieces I found in my scrap bags and included. (BTW my  scrap bags are just as full as before - how does that happen?)
On the far right is a piece I love... don't know how I got it.
 Some leftover snowballs from grandkid birthday quilts made years ago. Green with light green is probably from Christopher's quilt, and the red with light purple (below) is probably from Rachael's.

 Above is the paper pieced bunny I made, and below a butterfly also paper pieced.

 Above is a potted plant (paper pieced from Quilt Maker Magazine, I think).  Love the little piece of love bird fabric.  Below is a star from a wall hanging I started for my daughter.
 Above:  The little tree (next to the balloon fabric) is also from the wall hanging. She decided she was hating pink at that time, so I set that project aside.  Below is a piece of Drunkard's Path.... There were so many old pieces in the 4 paper grocery bags.

See the bugs on the mid left?  I started a quilt for Project Linus years ago, and it just wasn't turning out right... lots of bulging in the center medallion. These pieces went into the scrap bag. I swear I could make 50 of these quilts. I made no lessening to the scrap bags at all, but I do have a flimsy done.... maybe 2.  Really enjoyed making this.

Got a question about ripping out stitches. What is your preferred method? I know we all hate it. I use several methods. Writing a blog about it ....

See you next time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hexie Tip

Guess what I found under a bunch of scraps.... New fabrics I bought at Creative Quilter in West Duluth Minnesota. She was getting ready for a shop hop, and there wasn't much of either of these on the bolts, so I got mine quick. I intended to come back and do the shop hop, and I would have in the olden days when we made money. Now we live on a fixed income, so ....No Shop Hops.

 The fabric on the left is variegated! A whole yard of different colors in that feather print.

Here's the Hexie Tip I came up with last night.  I was having so much trouble holding the fabric, plastic template and the needle all at once while folding down the ends.... how did I ever do that before?  Then I thought of my clips!  Just right to hold it all folded while I tack the little bugger.  Works for me.  (I don't know what I'm making with them. I just needed a project while watching TV... otherwise I eat.  On the Slimfast diet... I've lost a few pounds, but I'm so hungry....

Have a wonderful week.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Crumb Quilt Coming Along

I've been making a mess...
As I sewed I also ironed and trimmed. (See said trimmings below.)  I could probably make a dozen of these quilts out of snippets and still have all that stash.

So here are the blocks so far. One block is leftover from a quilt I was making for my oldest son and his wife, but they didn't like it, so I donated it to my favorite quilt charity.  There is a snowball block from my grandson Christopher's quilt, and two paper pieced items (the star, and a lime green tree with a pink background) from a wall hanging I abandoned.

The blocks are all different shapes and sizes.  I really didn't think ahead to how they should go into a quilt. I've just been enjoying the process.

Hope you all are praying for out friend, Debby at Stitchin Therapy. She's been in the hospital, and as I understand, they just figured out what has her hands and feet numb... lack of Vitamin B12. Who would figure that out? Sounds like it is a slow recovery.

Anyway, have a lovely "Hump" day, and enjoy your sewing with Debby in mind.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Progress on the Scrap Quilt

It's Friiiiiiiidaaaaay!

I did do a little work this week on the Free Form Scrap Quilt. (Tonight I'm going to sit and glean through all my scrap bags and see what else there is. I've gotten into the one with the most orange, I guess. There are other colors. Honest.)

Next week I'll show you my cramped sewing room. It's workable.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Linking Up to Save $$

It's that time again to link up to Val's Piggy Bank Challenge.  Use this link, or see her "button" on the right side. You have until August 1 to link up.

I saved  $166.25 this last year, and I left some seed money in the savings can (pictured below).


I haven't purchased anything yet. I really don't need any fabric... (Moving twice within the last two years has me talking crazy like this.)  I really don't know what I'll buy with the special money. I was going to buy a nice dress for my class reunion and to wear to church, but looks like we won't be wearing dresses as it is "summer casual".  I did get a dress already from Zulily that I didn't like when it arrived - and they have a NO return policy, so I do have a church dress.  What are you all buying? I probably already have everything a quilty girl could want. Maybe some new rotary blades and a replacement 5" wide cutting ruler. (I've worn off some of the lines on mine... have it for decades already.)

I am going to save the change though. It's a nice side plot in my life.

Happy Coin Collecting!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Scraps Galore

Some weeks ago I hit a wall. Didn't want to work on the started quilts, didn't know what to do with myself... I came across a bag of snippets. They were saved to make quilts with someday. Sew I started -  with the bag next to the sewing machine I sewed pieces together (with abandon), ironed, cut, and sewed them together again...

Here's what that is turning into... the most work I've ever put into such a little bit of "quilt"
Quite angular and geometric. It's hard for me to do. I'm trying to be Free.  I never know when a piece is done.
Anyway, I'm adding this to  Em's Moving It Forward linky this morning. Come on over and see what else is there.

Thunderstorms and rain here today.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Orchid blooming and Piggy Bank Contents

This orchid bloomed last year in WA state.... and now in WI it is blooming again!  Yay.

And here is the "take" from my Piggy Bank Challenge. $166.25 (and a few dollars left in the can again as seed money for next year.)!  There was also 2 hair pins and a fake dollar that only works at the local laundramat.  Thank you Val for the incentive to save the extra loot. I don't know what I'll buy with it, maybe groceries!!!!  No, that wouldn't be fun. Guess I've gotta go to the fabric store...
Life is Good!