Monday, February 20, 2017

Three Donation Tops Ready to Go !

Quilts Beyond Borders is collecting quilt tops and quilts now for their Camp Heartland initiative. 

 #1 - 48 x 60

I had 12 HST blocks already made.  (I have made these blocks over the years when I had 4.5 inch scraps or HSTs leftover from a Rainbow Scrap Challenge Project).   I didn't have to make any more HSTs to make 8 additional blocks since I had enough HSTs in the parts department.  

#2 - 50 x 60
I made 10 inch Happy Blocks in blue. 
I used 6.5 inch crumb blocks I already had made, a few orphan blocks, and some odd size of some odd novelty fabric squares collected from various swaps over the years for centers.  For the border fabric I used some blue bits and pieces from the blue chunk bin (pieces less than FQ). 

I used 6.5 inch crumb blocks I already had made, a few orphan blocks, and some odd size of some odd novelty fabric squares collected from various swaps over the years for centers.  For the border fabric I used some blue bits and pieces from the blue chunk bin (pieces less than FQ). 

I like Happy Blocks because they are quick, easy, use lots of scraps and end up looking pretty Happy. 

#3 - 48 x 60
 This is a UFO that has been taking up space in my sewing room for ages. Time to move it out. 
It was a mystery quilt I probably made more than 10 years ago.  

I've never been too crazy about it to begin with plus it ended up being a size I don't really find very useful.  I normally make donation quilts for kids 40 x 60 and for adults usually 60 x 80 and this top was a little wider than 40 inches.   QBB requested a few larger quilts for their Camp Heartland Initiative so this quilt top has found a need. 

At this point I guess I'll mention the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild in case you want to join us.

We make quilts for kids around the world. We donate to two programs: Wrap a Smile and Quilts Beyond Borders. Quilts go to kids, teens, and adults undergoing cleft palate surgery and to under-served children, often in orphanages, worldwide.

Please join us if you enjoy making quilts for children in need.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Triangle Stars Finished !!

Scrappy Triangle Stars
56.5 x 75
Hand quilted

Last year I made one triangle star each month from little bits and pieces of scraps. I used a paper template and cut each triangle piece of the star individually by hand.  Each block was made in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month.  For the backgrounds I used chunk scraps  in solids or tone on tones. 

I used different colors of hand quilting thread.  I hand quilted 1/4 inch inside each triangle in hand quilting thread the color of the star. 

You can't see it very well but I quilted stars in different sizes in the background areas.  I used simple star templates and traced around them with a hera marker. Again I used hand quilting thread in the color of the background to quilt the stars.  

I used a low volume print I had on hand for the backing so all of the hand quilting in the various colors shows up on the back.   I like to use Hobbs Heirloom cotton batting when I hand quilt and since this was a smaller quilt I pieced my batting. I didn't have any problems hand quilting with pieced batting. 

I couldn't think of what to use for binding that would look good on the front. I finally decided to try facing a quilt.  This was my first time trying it and I'm glad I did. 

This one is for me. 

and use those scraps because

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Aqua, Teal, Turquoise: Bits and Pieces Edition

Burgoyne Surrounded 
From scrappy bits and pieces of aqua (plus)
These are large blocks and after adding sashing 25 of them will make a 93 x 93 quilt. 

I made one block last month from scrappy bits and pieces of purple to see if I liked it.  I did so decided if I need 25 blocks for a quilt I would make two blocks per month.  So here's my second purple block. 

I used aqua waste triangles and 2 inch scraps to make some little wonky stars that will finish at 4.5 inches. 

Waste triangles also went into some 4 inch butterflies.   I've been using waste triangles and blue tone on tone scraps to make these.   

Got scraps?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Another Top Assembled. Guess I Should Get Quilting!

Mother Goose Redwork Embroidery
Ruby Kim Illustrations

I think I'll have to hand quilt this one. No hurry, really. This will go into the Hope Chest for a future great grandchild along with an old Mother Goose book I received as a baby shower gift when I was pregnant with my oldest child who is now 43 years old. 

I'll have plenty of time to quilt when I retire. My last day is Feb. 28 but who is counting?  I'm off on Fridays and the weekends but work 10 hour days so that's 60 hours of work left!!! Wooooohoooo! I've worked at the same place for 30+ years but actually have had a job since I was 15 years old and that's almost 50 years.   Time flies.  Time for another chapter of life. 

I guess I have my choice of Mother Goose backings. I didn't realize I had so many possibilities in my stash until I went looking in my children's fabric box. 

I'm tending toward using this one for the backing. 

Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop? 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Building a Pyramid

I don't know how many "blocks" it will take to build a BIG pyramid quilt so I started sewing pieces together to get a guestimate.   The piece above is about 84 inches wide. Now I'm aiming for 96 inches long. 

I spent all last year sewing up my 2.5 inch scraps in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month plus neutral scraps into these Pyramid units following a tutorial on Molly Flanders.  Now it's kind of fun to reach into the bag, pick a few pieces and randomly sew them together.   I'm not going to make anymore until I see how big my quilt happens to be with these.  Then I'll make more. I'm too lazy to count them up.  

Well, it does seem like I'm a little light on green pyramids so I may have to check out the green 2.5 inch scraps and make a few green pieces to throw in the bag. 

And that's my scrappy project on hand this fine Scraptastic Tuesday! 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Five ABC 123 Rainbow I Spy Happy Block Tops

Five Quilt Tops 
ABC 123 Rainbow I Spy Happy Blocks

My husband and I have thirty-one nieces and nephews. So we can usually count on someone to have a baby almost every year.   The new year started with four mothers - one pregnant with twins - expecting babies in 2017. (Unfortunately one mom miscarried and the mother expecting twins lost one twin).  

 I try to welcome all new grand nieces and nephews into the world with a quilt.  

Over the years I've participated in numerous ABC novelty swaps and have stockpiled complete sets of novelties representing each letter of the alphabet.  They are nice to have on hand to whip up a quick baby quilt.  I quit swapping several years ago but need to start once again because with these 5 tops I've depleted my stash of ABC novelty sets. 

These are 6.5 inch centers bordered by 1.5 inch polka dot fabrics in rainbow colors.  The extra four squares to make the 30 blocks needed for a 40 x 48 quilt are different number and letter fabrics.   After quilting I'll iron on the letters of the alphabet to the appropriate squares.  Little hard back books for ABCs, Numbers and Colors complete the gift. 

O always stands for Owl but P is sometimes pear...

...or pumpkin or...

...popsicle or...

...pretzel or....

...paper clip.   

Poor kid that gets Telephone for T!! They will be wondering what the heck kind of telephone is that. And does anyone still say telephone? Or are they just phones now?  Maybe P will be for Phone in the next quilt.