Saturday, February 24, 2018

Purple Slab and Crumb Edition

From the purple box of scraps...
Two twelve inch Heart of the Matter slab blocks. 

 From Cathy's Crumby Confectionery Company - three grape Crumby Yummies and three blackberry Crumby Yummies - sweet eight inch candy blocks. 
 And into the aquarium with the blue fish swim some Itty Bitty Nitty Gritty purple fish.   (I was going to try to use blue scraps for "water" around all the fish but it looks like some get lost in the backgrounds. Maybe it will all work out when all the fish are in the aquarium??? I was then going to arrange fish with lightest blue backgrounds on top and darkest on bottom. ) 
And six eight inch stars from the Crumb Galaxy not too far away. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

It's a Flimsy! Blind Man's Fancy

 Blind Man's Fancy
90 x 90
It's a flimsy!

 Blocks finish at 15 inches and the sashing geese finish at 1-1/4 x 2-1/2 . 
I used the free online pattern by Beth Donaldson .  I later acquired the book History Repeated and the pattern instructions are in that book finish at 18 inches if I remember correctly. 
 My February OMG (One Monthly Goal) was to complete all the Flying Geese necessary for the borders and for in between the rows then to assemble the top. I already had the five rows with Flying Geese assembled.  
There are a variety of reasons I make a quilt. This one? I made it because I wasn't sure I could. Of course the fact that a beautiful vintage quilt was the inspiration figured in there somewhere. 

And I have another one in rose and tea themed fabrics in the works.  

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Foothills Quilt QAL

Mary Elizabeth Kinch is hosting a Foothills Quilt QAL.  

A vintage Chain and Bar quilt is the inspiration for the QAL.  I just love vintage quilts and am inspired a lot of times to make a similar quilt. This is one of those times. I decided to use my patriotic fabrics (plus some plaids) because I've challenged myself to use my holiday fabrics this year.  It may even be a Quilt of Valor quilt if I'm able to part with it. 

Block 1 of 25

I'm using Easy Angle rulers to cut the pieces instead of the QAL directions. 

I meant for the Flying Geese to have white body and red corners but I've been making hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of little Flying Geese for my Blind Man's Fancy quilt sashings and they are dark with light corners so I guess I just automatically did the same thing here. (sigh)!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Paths

No, I haven't forgotten that I was making 12 six inch Drunkard's Path blocks each week for 13 weeks in order to move this UFO forward. 

Above are the blocks I made last week. 

 And above are the blocks for this week already.  
And that makes 179 (if I've been counting and adding correctly) blocks of the 224 I'm aiming for. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Purple 2.5 Inch Scraps

This week I used my purple 2.5 inch scraps. 
With the addition of a few six inch HSTs  - some cut from scrap chunks but most left overs from the Parts Department - I used my 2.5 inch purple scraps (and  few yellow and red 2.5 inch scraps) to make lots of little HSTS that ended up in six 10 inch Crazy Lady of the Lake blocks.  This is a RSC project carried over from last year. 

And speaking of (very old) RSC carry over projects...I made a couple of Sprout blocks, a couple of Depression Blocks and had a few HSTs left over for a little Broken Dishes block for the Parts Department. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

In the Pink (Strings)

The last few weeks I've been sorting strings and other scraps.   And I told myself if I'm going to keep these scraps I need to get something made out of them because they definitely take up a lot of space I don't have.  I sorted strings into four separate piles - 
1. pinks and whites
2.  earthy colors - greens, yellows, browns
3. light blues, grays
4. brights

I set aside the brights to use in donation quilts for kids. 

 I'm starting with the pink and white box. I'm surprised I have so many pink scraps but a lot of these were pieces left over from sheets I used for quilt backs for girls.  The nice thing about strings is that they are basically already cut so I don't have to do too much prep work. 

 I have decided to try something new and different with each box of strings.  
 So far I've made some BIG wedge paper foundations and made 16 string wedges.  I haven't trimmed them yet. 

I'm thinking about what to do next.  And I'm thinking I might have enough of this pink polka dot fabric for some pink string centers. 

I work on these a little bit in between working on projects that require more precision like making all those small flying geese for my Blind Man's Fancy sashing or like adding the outside circles to those Boho Roosters or like making a bunch of 2.5 inch scrappy purple HSTs for this week's RSC projects or like sewing up a dozen Drunkard's Path blocks every week.  

In the Pink (Strings) is for break times. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It's a Finish! Birthday Wishes

 Birthday Wishes
60 x 72

My husband shoveled a path to the clothesline so I could go out and take a few photos now that the weather has warmed up just a little. 

I participated in a Birthday Club several years ago.  Members request a block for their birthday month and I requested any star in 30s reproductions on a blue background.  I was thinking these stars were from two different Birthday Clubs but now that I look at the stars it looks like I made all but about 8 of them. Most of the blocks I received were on solid blue backgrounds. I guess I'm a little wilder. 

My birthday wish was a Star sampler.  I don't know what took me so long to get this together since I only needed one more star to make a total of 30. 

I did variable width straight line quilting on my DSM in a variegated blue thread. 

 I was afraid to begin with that when the lines were closer together the quilt would be stiff. It's not.  I used a light weight 100% polyester batting and maybe that's why?  Most of the time I use Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 and I'm thinking that's a little heavier and might have made it stiffer.  Anyway, it all worked out and I like it a lot. 
For the backing I used a gingham that's a little wrinkly like seersucker but it's not seersucker. 


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Four Place Mats

Four Halloween themed placemats
12 x 18

In an effort to use my holiday fabrics this year (a Holiday Cheer Challenge) I made these place mats out of scraps for my Halloween loving daughter - family of four.  Her daughter, my granddaughter, was born on Halloween.  They love to decorate (I don't) and collect a lot of vintage Halloween items. The cat fabric in the center of the stars is a small feedsack piece my daughter found at a garage sale.  

I used some bigger print scraps for the back sides, zigzagged together little bits of batting and quilted with some loops and stars on my DSM (the other day when I quilted Cattywampus). I didn't have any  Halloween pieces big enough to use for binding so found an orange dotty fabric.  And since I prefer binding sewn down by hand that's what I did. 

Now back to dreaming of spring. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Getting Ready for the Hoop

I'm having a bit of carpal tunnel flareup these days so haven't been able to do hand quilting on the current quilt in the hoop and, darn it, I don't have much left to do.   So I decided to plan ahead and get the next quilt in the queue pin basted. Luckily I don't put many pins in when I pin baste because closing up all those safety pins isn't much easier to deal with when carpal tunnel comes around.  

 Anyway... this is Coin Toss (maybe Roy G. Biv's Coin Purse would be a better name?)  - 63 x 77 and ready for some hand quilting sometime soon.  It's a Chinese Coin quilt made from scraps and bits and pieces from the Parts Department. 

I pieced together some gray fabric I had on hand because I figured the rainbows I'm going to hand quilt into this quilt will show up on the back.   I'm going to use a variety of threads to do some big stitching. I'm planning to start in the middle and quilt some vertical lines in variegated colors of the rainbow. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Purple 3.5 Inch Scrap Edition

This week I worked in my purple 3.5 inch scraps.  Can you tell I recently made a Halloween 16 patch quilt that used 3.5 inch strips?   

I ended up making six inch bow ties...

... and three inch snowballs with dark corners because last year I made three inch snowballs with light corners.  Can you tell I used 3.5 inch solid purple strips in a variety of shades to make a pansy quilt? 

Then I added a few things to the Parts Department.  Those little odd four patches were made with the little pieces left over after I cut the 2 inch squares for the bow ties. I used to throw them into the crumb box but decided to try to use them instead.  And that big long strip??? That is made from the 3.5 inch scraps that are smaller than a 3.5 inch square.  At the end of the year I'll probably make all of them into a Chinese Coins quilt.  

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Finish! Cattywampus

45 x 60

A donation quilt. 
(Sorry pic is so blurry. It's snowing and too cold to go out for a clothesline photo so I pinned it to quilts on a quilt rack in the guest room and the lighting is not that good in there right now for a full sized photo.)

I used 6.5 inch centers of three different cat fabrics with a black background. 

 And I made 15 inch wonky logs with my bright colored strings. 

I quilted it on my DSM with big wobbly spirals in black thread.  I wish now that I had used a lighter thread that would blend a little better and not show all my quilting imperfections but I had a lot of black thread on hand. (I had a carpal tunnel flare up at the time  I was quilting this from too much hand quilting and my fingers and wrist weren't working very well. That's not to say my quilting would have been a whole lot better without carpal tunnel problem.) The binding came from the leftover binding box and I used bright pieces in warm colors. I normally sew the binding down by hand but the places where I usually donate quilts (Quilts Beyond Borders and Wrap-A-Smile) have requested that the binding be sewn down by machine. 

I pieced the batting and backing - leftovers from other quilts. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Valentine Castle

 I was digging through my Valentine fabrics and found a ziploc bag with one Castle Wall block made with Valentine fabrics.  Evidently I haven't made any more since December 2014 according to an old blog post. 

These are big 20 inch blocks. I think I'll make 12. 
Now I have 3 blocks in my Valentine Castle.

Sew, Stitch, Snap, Share!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Off The Beaten Path

Off The Beaten Path
(Drunkard's Path six inch blocks)
Nann tells me this block in this layout is also called Jockey Cap. 

I have a goal to make 12 of these a week.  I think this now makes 156 blocks of target 224. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

It's a Flimsy! Plain Brown Wrapper

 Plain Brown Wrapper
80 x 80

I don't normally like square quilts but this one says, "enough is enough". 

 I'll use any excuse to dig out a UFO and move it forward and the latest Ad hoc Improv Quilters (AHIQ) Challenge to play with scale prompted me to dig this oldie out and get it to flimsy stage. 
I think I started this back in 2014 or maybe even earlier.  At that time I was making some postage stamp hearts and some postage stamp 49 patch blocks in all colors of the rainbow plus some as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project.  I actually didn't know what I was going to do with them  - I was just using up itty bits of scraps.  For my purpose brown is defined as anything from cream to tan to taupe to rust to dark chocolate. 

 No strip sets were allowed in this quilt. I'm not a fan of them. I like sewing each piece to the next. I like taking time to look at each little piece of fabric as it goes under the needle. I'm not in any hurry to finish most of my quilts so no need for strip sets anyway unless I need a quickie donation quilt. 

I think around 2015 I decided to use the postage stamp blocks in rainbow colors only in a rainbow quilt (still a UFO) and I then thought of using the brown blocks in a plain brown wrapper quilt.  The black/white/gray blocks are a different quilt and the neutrals are still another quilt. Maybe in a few years you will see those flimsies too. 

 Anyway, I formed a vague idea in my mind of how I wanted the quilt to look but knew I needed LOTS of brown postage stamps before I did any math to figure out how to proceed.   In November 2017 I counted up my postage stamp blocks and found I had quite a few of them but I really didn't know how many postage stamp blocks were enough. Then I did the math to figure out how to proceed. I actually thought about it before I went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night with the answer - 50 inch square center of 1.5 inch  (1 inch finished) postage stamps, 4 borders around of 2.5 inch (2 inch finished) brown scraps - but use some of the brown four inch (finished) four patches from the Parts Department in the middle row of four patches...
...then one border of 3.5 inch squares and a few 3 inch 9 patches from the Parts Department and then one border of 4.5 inch squares with more of those four patches from the Parts Department used in the corners and in the middle of the border. 

I think I'll hand quilt it in a variety of brown threads some day. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Purple Whatchamacallits and Rails

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for February is purple. 
I used 1.5 inch scraps this week and made one  6 x 14  Whatchamacallit block...

 ...and several little 3 inch rails. 
And then if there's any 1.5 inch scrap left over after that it gets thrown into the Spider Web project box.  That way I can spread the scraps between 3 quilts for maximum scrapiness!!  I have about six Spider Web blocks that I started ages ago using 1.5 inch scraps and then , for whatever reason, it stalled.  Any new scraps in light blue or purple accumulated throughout the year will go into the regular old 1.5 inch scrap box for next year's whatchamacallits, rails, or new project. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

What Happened to All Those Flying Geese?

Back in December instead of making Bonnie Hunter's mystery, On Ringo Lake, I made a bunch of the units called for in her clues to move a couple of my UFOs along. 

Those Flying Geese above were for the sashing for my Blind Man's Fancy quilt in civil war reproduction fabrics.  My quilt has 5 blocks across and down.  So far I have all 5 rows with sashing assembled.  But I don't have enough Flying Geese to complete the top. 

So my February One Monthly Goal  (OMG at Elm Street Quilts) is to make more Flying Geese and make the little four patches necessary to get this top  assembled and then get the top assembled like you see in the Inspiration photo above.   I'm probably not going to have any border outside the Flying Geese border and my top will be 5 blocks x 5 blocks. 

I should get moving! February is a short month but hopefully at the end of the month I'll have a new flimsy!