Saturday, September 21, 2019

What Happened To Those Purple Scraps?

 From the 2.5 inch scrap bin...Garlic Knots aka Arrowhead Puzzles. 
 I cut some gray and black squares to make the rest of the blocks next month that I'll need for a twin sized quilt. 
 I've been making HRTs from 4.5 inch scraps for a couple of years. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them but maybe it is about time I make a decision. In addition to the purples I sewed together some pinks I had cut out but had not gotten sewn together in the pink month.  Hmmmm...before I put them away I may see how these blocks might look assembled into diamonds. 
 These 12 inch blocks came out of the 3.5 inch scrap bin.  Again I think my target is a twin sized quilt. Not sure how many blocks I have right now. This may be a Rainbow Scrap Challenge I continue into next year or next month I may assess what colors are in the 3.5 inch scrap bin and make up the rest of the blocks I need. 
And finally I made ten little 3 inch finished Kitties that I'm thinking I'll match up with some of the little Nine Patches from the big bin of little Nine Patches in the Parts Department.  I'm thinking a baby quilt of these will be the goal. 

Friday, September 20, 2019

It's a Flimsy! Coddiwomple



 It's a flimsy! 

Coddiwomple

64 x 82
 This is made from Orphan Blocks and some HSTs from the Parts Department.   A while ago I saw Claire (Cspoonquilt) and Cynthia (Quilting is More Fun Than Housework)  playing with orphan blocks and having some fun and that inspired me to dig into my Orphanage. I pulled out a bunch of blocks with black backgrounds and started playing with eight Stripey??  orphans leftover from a quilt finished...

...October 2010 and made from swapped blocks. 

Aiming for a twin sized quilt I first made four more 7 inch (finished) Stripey?? blocks so I could play with twelve blocks and make a rectangular quilt. Then I started to Coddiwomple (or “to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination”).  I have to thank a couple of blog readers, Sandy (Sew High) and Nann (With Strings Attached) for some of the fun words they send me for possible quilt names. Sandy sent me the word Coddiwomple and I think it was perfect for this quilt. 
 The next thing I did was add borders around the Stripey?? blocks. I dug into my 1.5 inch scrap bin and pulled the longest pieces I found and added borders all around log cabin style. When I ran out of 1.5 inch scraps  I cut more from scrap chunks. I wanted to keep the bordered blocks an even size so I could add 2 inch (finished) HSTs as sashing so ended up bordering each orphan with four 1.5 inch strips and one 1 inch strip for a 16 inch (finished) block. 

I had some HSTs in the Parts Department but not nearly enough for all the sashing so I made lots more with scraps from my 2.5 inch scrap bin.  I didn't bother with orienting the HSTs any particular way but just sewed them together willy nilly and then sewed all the columns and rows together.  The quilt was then 56 x 74 and a wee bit smaller than what I wanted so I added a border of batiks and black.  I almost used up all the solid black in my stash. 
 And then I arrived at my vague destination...

Coddiwomple

This was the pile of orphans with black background I pulled so I think I have more Coddiwompling to do maybe after I replenish my black solids and BOBs (blacks on blacks).  Wonder how many more quilts will come out of that pile of orphans.  I think maybe two or three. Stay tuned! 



Thursday, September 19, 2019

It's a Finish! Cats in Neutral Territory

 It's a finish! 
Cats in Neutral Territory
(Puss in the Corner)
60 x 80
 It has passed close inspection and has been approved for giving to one of my fav charities or for gifting to family or friends who need a quilty hug. 
 It consists of ten inch Puss in the Corner (or uneven Nine Patch) blocks. I had a bout of Cat Scrap Fever last year and ended up with lots of cat themed quilts to quilt this year.  I used up a lot of cat themed scraps and small pieces of neutral scrap chunks in this one.  That left me with some neutral scraps that went into the 2.5 inch scrap bin.  I've probably already used those in blocks I've made from the 2.5 inch scrap bin. 
 September has been a really busy month for me with both planned and unplanned activities so I've kept a quilt under the needle for quilting during the small snippets of time I've been able to make it into the sewing room.  This one was quilted simply with unevenly spaced vertical lines. 

A quilty friend sent me a gently used sheet I used on the back. It was the perfect size after I picked out the stitching on the sides to leave me a little tiny bit of extra width. 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

It's a Finish! Streak of Lightning





It's a finish! 
Streak of Lightning

60 x 84

Ready for giving or gifting. 

And no matter how you look at it...
...it appears there is a section that sticks out like a sore thumb.  That's because it originally...

...looked like this back in April when I finished the flimsy but I decided it should be a little longer in order to be used on a twin sized bed.  So I looked into my 4.5 inch scrap bin and pulled out the blue-green and pink scraps that were in there and made more blocks and added them on to one end. Now I can see this is a lesson in the value of value and maybe I should have cut from yardage rather than use those lighter scraps. 

This is made entirely from my 4.5 inch scrap bin. I started making HSTs and then Streak of Lightning blocks from blue-green and pink 4.5 inch scraps back in 2017 because that is what was mostly left in there after I used a lot of the rainbow colors to make my Wandering Geese quilt. 


 I just did simple quilting on either side of the lightning using pink thread in the pink lightning and teal thread in the blue-green lightning. 


 The backing is aqua and pink. Maybe the back should be the front in this case.  Whoever receives it can decide.  This will probably be donated locally to Humility Homes and Services

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

It's a Finish! Scared Shirtless


It's a finish! 
Scared Shirtless
65 x 82.5

It seems we have had a lot of family and friends diagnosed with catastrophic illnesses this year so my little stack of comfort quilts has pretty much been depleted. This will be put away for the next comfort quilt need. I really hope I don't have to give it if it means someone needs to get sick. 

 The actual quilt name is "For the Boys" from the book Quilt Lovely by Jen Kingwell.  The pattern made a square quilt so I modified it and made mine longer. 
There's lots of reasons to make a quilt.  I made this one to use some men's shirts scraps. 
 I had to do some piecing of itty bitty bits in order to have enough brown and blue solids to complete the quilt. I don't have any other blue solid in that color so I thought I might have to substitute a tone on tone or other blue solid but I scraped by. 
 As you can see I just did some easy peasy straight line quilting both vertically and horizontally. 

I didn't have enough blue or brown for the binding and I thought of using some shirts for a scrappy binding but ended up using the backing fabric for binding instead. I thought it might be kind of light but there's a lot of lighter shirts used in the quilt so I think it worked out okay. 

I used a wide backing that had blue, brown and yellow in it called Scratch Marks.  

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Monday, September 16, 2019

It's a Flimsy! Serendipity

 It's a flimsy! 
Serendipity

It's roughly 60 x 84

     my version                                           vintage version 


I think the block is a Stone Mason's Puzzle Variation and I set about making them my way in May.  The blocks finished a little larger than 12 inches. 

When the blocks are joined together they form a secondary pattern. 
 I had a lot of small chunks of blue green fabrics that I decided to use up in this quilt so each block has at least one piece of blue green fabric. 
 It's funny how some of the blue greens tend to look more light blue than blue-green depending upon the colors of fabrics around them. 

 My OMG (One Monthly Goal) for September was to finish 7 blocks and then sew them together into a flimsy.  Mission accomplished I'm glad to say since this has been an unusually busy month with little sewing time.   






Saturday, September 14, 2019

Wishing Rings and Wedding Rings and Double X Variation in Purple

 Wedding Rings from purple  and neutral 2 inch scraps. Blocks will finish at 7.5 inches. 
 Wishing Rings that will finish at 3.5 inches.  The center and four corners are cut from 3.5 inch scraps and the four side pieces are cut from 1.5 inch scraps. 
Double X Variation blocks and Snowballs that finish at 4 inches.  I cut the 1.5 and 2.5 inch pieces from purple scrap chunks.  I had this piece of  mint green Kona yardage in my stash for quite awhile so am using it for the background.  These blocks were inspired by a vintage quilt. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

It's a Finish! HISSS

 It's a finish! 

66.5 x 88.5

I've only had small snippets of time to sew the last several weeks so I just kept a quilt under the needle and did some free motion quilting when I could sneak away to the sewing room for a few minutes.  A few minutes here and there add up because I have several quilt finishes to share next week after all are bound and washed. 

My husband accidentally changed the settings on my Pentax camera. I've had them set perfectly for my picture taking for so long that I could not remember what the settings were so I've been playing around trying to make things right again, darn it.  So excuse the pics that might seem a little blurry, dark or too light.  
 I used the templates from Denyse Schmidt's book Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration.  She calls her quilt Snake Trail. 

I call my quilt HISSS. That's the name of color matching game that used to be one of my grandson's favorite games to play when he was younger. (He's now a grown up ten year old). 
 I started making the blocks way back in 2014 as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project to use 2.5 inch scraps for the snakes and a variety of brown pieces for the background that looked like dirt. 
 I quilted it on my DSM with a variegated thread on top and a dark brown thread in the bobbin.  I didn't quilt in the snakes so they would stand out. I did a squiggly line either side of the snake since I'm not good at stitching in the ditch. 
 I quilted leaves...
 ...and a variety of flowers... 


 ...in the "dirt". 
 The binding is the same as...


...the backing. 





 The game and the quilt and some pictures of my grandson Jacob playing the game (when I find them) will go into the hope chest. I'll give it to Jacob at some later date when he sets up his own household. 

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