Monday, May 20, 2019

And Then There Were 84!

 I just finished 23 of these 6 x 14 inch blocks. 
Now I have 84 and can begin to assemble the top. 

I started making these back in November 2017 as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project to use 1.5 inch scraps.  The individual pieces are cut 1.5 x 2.5 inches.  At first I called them Whatchamacallits because I didn't know what to call them.   Then Sally at Objects of Design started making them and called them Bitcoins and I thought that was a very clever and more descriptive name so I started calling them Bitcoins too. 
 I'm going to join the blocks together randomly 14 x 6 or 6 x 14.  That way the quilt will be a square 84 inches and I will be able to have the quilt oriented two different ways. I was going to make a rectangular quilt but couldn't decide which way to orient the blocks so this way it makes no difference. 
 As I mentioned previously, I've been making these from 1.5 inch scraps. The little pieces were individually cut and sewn and not strip pieced although that would have been faster.   I really didn't want a repeat of any fabrics except the neutrals but that didn't happen -- there are a few repeats.  

 I made these last 23 blocks from the 2.5 inch scraps since my 1.5 inch scraps are running low ( and that's a good thing). 

As soon as I iron these blocks...
...they will join with the 61 other blocks and I can begin quilt top assembly.   I've been chomping (or is it champing?) at the bit(coin) to move this forward!  Since the weather has been rain, rain, rain and more rain and I can't work in the garden I might as well go sew. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Using Two Inch Scraps

 Orange is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month. This month I'm also making blocks in last months color which was aqua.  This week I dug into my two inch scrap bin to make some blocks. 

Wedding Ring blocks in orange that finish at 7.5 inches. 

 Wedding Ring blocks in aqua. 

Sixteen Patch blocks. 

Wonky Stars that will finish at 4.5 inches. I'm using waste triangles for the star points.  I've been making these off and on for a few years and only have a small pile of them. 

I have a big bin of 3 inch nine patches so have been making some 3 inch kitties to combine with them.  I cut all the kitty pieces from 2 inch scraps. 

Friday, May 17, 2019



Inspired by the following vintage quilt:

Four inch finished blocks with fourteen pieces. 
I like all the secondary patterns and chains that form. 
I made these blocks this week and now have 181 of them. My goal is 396. 

I just make them as the urge strikes. 

The little 1.5 inch HST pieces were cut with the Easy Angle ruler off the end of strips used to make QSTs for Vintage Thingamajigs and I still have a lot of them I can use.  After the HST piece was cut off the end of the strip then the  QSTs were cut with the Easy Angle Companion ruler and then the end was cut again with the Easy Angle ruler and resulted in another HST.  The little 1.5 inch squares are what is left of a pencil case full of scraps left from making several postage stamp quilts.  And the 2.5 inch scraps come out of the 2.5 inch scrap bin. 

More later. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019


I've been spending most of my time gardening; however, I have found a little time to sew too. Thank goodness for retirement! 

These blocks are inspired by a vintage quilt and I'm using aqua as my neutral. 

More later. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wednesday Webs

And now there are thirty-two webs. 
Sixteen more to go. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

It's a Finish! Blue Skies and Butterflies

 Blue Skies and Butterflies
64 x 80

It's a finish!

 I started making these in 2015 to use waste triangles to make butterflies ...
 ...and a variety of blue 2.5 inch scraps for the sky. 

I used a variegated thread... quilt flowers and leaves on my DSM. 

 There's more butterflies on the back. 


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Using 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 Inch Scraps

 This month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge color is orange. I'm also making blocks this month in last month's color which was aqua. 

I dug into the 2.5 inch scrap bin and made some 8 inch Garlic Knot (aka Arrowhead Puzzle) blocks. 
 I also made a few six inch Plus blocks from 2.5 inch scraps. I've been making these off and on for a few years if I end up with enough 2.5 inch scraps after making other blocks.  I was going to alternate light and dark/bright background but think I might end up with two separate quilts instead.  Working titles -- The Power of Positive Thinking, Nix the Negative, On the Plus Side. 
 With 3.5 inch scraps I made a Sixteen Patch with Star...
 ...and some Broken Dishes blocks. 
With 4.5 inch scraps I made some Half Rectangle Triangles (HRTs).