Monday, June 21, 2021

What Was In That Box?

I used to let scraps pile up on my cutting table. When the table was overflowing with scraps so I barely had any cutting mat showing I would throw all of the scraps into a box to sort later. Now I am trying to use the scraps as I make them but I'm still in the process of emptying boxes of cutting table scraps. 

We finally had some rain the last couple of days so it was a little wet for gardening (and I actually needed a little break from gardening) so I spent some time in the sewing room working on odds and ends. And I decided to tackle a scrap box. 

I kind of neatened up the box a little bit for a photo shoot but this is the box BEFORE shot. Now it is empty. What follows is the story of how I emptied it. 

First I took out the long quilt back trimmings.  I put them into the...

...overflowing "long quilt back trimmings" box. I'll deal with them later. I usually sew the wider strips into quilt backs or cut them for bindings. If there are skinny strings they go into the string box. 

These pieces all have a bin or box they can call home. I put the Christmas pieces with the Christmas fabrics, the multicolor went into the multicolor chunk scrap bag, the novelty went into the novelty scraps, the peacock fabrics went to the peacock fabric scraps, the floral went with the other floral scrap chunks and so on.  Most of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) blocks now come out of the scrap chunk bags sorted by color.  The RSC blocks used to come out of the scrap bins sorted by width that are now almost all emptied. 

There was a big plastic bag full of these scraps left over from making a quilt but I honestly don't remember which quilt. There are 2 inch strips which went into the 2 inch scrap bin and the 1.5 inch scraps went into the 1.5 inch bin.  I emptied most of my scrap bins sorted by scrap width last year but I still have the 2 and 1.5 inch strip bins that I have not emptied yet.  Meanwhile I keep adding to them.  Then there was a pile of 3 inch width strips. That is a weird size and I've never had a bin for that size because I never seemed to have any scraps of that size. Well, guess what...while sorting scraps I've found a lot of scraps 3 inches in width. I've been throwing them into a little box as I find them and now all of a sudden I have a little box full. 

So I added the 3 inch width scraps to the 3 inch width little box and thought I had better decide on what I should do with them. How about a Chinese Coin quilt? Pieces cut 3 x 5.5 sewn into columns and then separated by 3 x 5.5 pieces sewn together and oriented the other way? I'm probably not describing it right and my drawing is a little funky but roughly I THINK I will need 384 pieces. for a 62.5 x 80 quilt.  Anyway...this is a story for another time. 

There was another big bag of curvy and other odd shaped scraps left over from making a NYB type top called Beauteous (pattern by Pat Bravo).  Those are going into one of my many crumb boxes to be used next year to make lots and lots of different crumb quilts. Again, another story for another time. 

Ok. So with all that stuff cleared out I started to make blocks for the Parts Department. I made some 6 inch Nine Patches out of 2.5 inch scraps...

...and some six inch Bear Paws out of 4.5 and 2.5 inch scraps...
...and some eight inch HST blocks out of 4.5 inch scraps...

...and some Horizon blocks out of 5 x 9.5 scraps.  I'm trying to have some sort of PART in the making from each size of scrap I make in the future so I can use scraps as I make them. 

I also cut squares (well, there were already some cut squares in there). If there was enough of a 2.5 or 3.5 scrap for four pieces 2.5 x 3.5 then I cut those pieces for that block I have attached to the baggie (the one with the leaves and yellow pieces). I there wasn't enough scrap for four matching pieces but enough for one piece 2.5 x 3.5 then I cut those for a quilt in the making. There was a little pile of neutral scraps 2 x 4 3/4 and I wasn't sure what to do with those so I bagged them up while I think about them. Maybe little lozenges or bricks???   I also cut several sizes of squares to add to my Squares bin and for later use - 6.5, 6, 5.5,5,4.5,3.5 and 2.5. 

The pieces that were less than a square got sewn into strips. I have an overflowing box of different colors and widths of strips that I really need to make into quilts.  Now I'm going to sew the "less than a square" pieces into strips as I find them and that won't be by color so that will be another whole box of strips I will be accumulating.   Oh...and any 5 inch width of scrap will get sewn into strips and later made into a kaleidoscope quilt. 

One down and I think four large flat rate boxes to go! 


Sunday, June 20, 2021

What's in the Hoop?

I've been hand quilting a Mother Goose quiltie. 

I have been crosshatch quilting with perle #12 (if it is not too hot to quilt in this house without a/c).  I've been marking with a hera marker on these ten inch blocks. 

Right now I'm working on Jack Be Nimble. 

I've finished Jack Sprat and ...

...Ride a Cockhorse (although the redwork illustration was published as Ride a Stick Horse) and...

...Humpty Dumpty and...

...Old Mother Hubbard and...

...I thought this was Three Men in a Tub but it is The Three Wise Men of Gotham. (They traveled in a bowl not a tub and I'm not sure of their occupations. )

I thought this one was Little Tommy Stout pulling Pussy out of the well but it is Simple Simon. 

Simple Simon went a-fishing
For to catch a whale;
All the water he could find 
Was in his mother's pail!

When finished this quiltie will go into the hope chest along with "The Real Mother Goose" book. Both items will go to the first great grandchild. (I hope that doesn't happen for awhile. My oldest grandchild is only 17 years old.)  I received the book as a baby shower gift when I was pregnant with my first born. He is now 47 years old. I've read the nursery rhymes many times to my kids and grandkids and now the binding is a bit fragile but I think it will be able to withstand many more years of use.  I remember that my husband's cousin gave me the book and she mentioned to me that she picked it up with her S&H Green Stamps.  Remember those?  


Saturday, June 19, 2021

Purple Plain and Simple

This year I have been working on scrap chunk reduction. I define scrap chunks as anything bigger than a six inch square and less than a fat quarter.  Most of my RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) blocks this year use 3.5 inch and/or 2 inch pieces so if possible I cut a 3.5 inch width of fabric and a 2 inch width of fabric off of my scrap chunks in the color of the month. Then I make my RSC blocks. After that I do a clean up of what didn't get used in blocks.  The results of the clean up go into the Parts Department and will be used in the future in a variety of different ways. 

If there are at least two 3.5 inch squares of a scrap then I make Four Patches (above) that finish at 6 inches.  

One 3.5 inch square and four 2 inch squares and a few neutral scraps get made into Uneven Nine Patches.  They also finish at six inches. 

I also cut some 3.5 inch squares and 2.5 x 3.5 inch rectangles. I do have a project in mind for the future that will use those rectangles. Anything less than a 3.5 inch square gets sewn into a strip for a future Chinese Coins quilt. I have a whole box of strips in a variety of widths and in all colors of the rainbow so it should be fun to make a quilt out of those one of these days. 

I also make Four Patches for the Parts Department out of 2 inch width leftovers as part of my clean up process.  These finish at 3.5 inches. 

And I cut 2 inch squares and anything less than a square gets sewn into a strip or strips. 

After I finished that cleanup process I made some Indian Hatchet blocks that finish at 4 inches. 

That's about the end of my purple scraps except for what I will use to make slab and crumb blocks at a later date. 


Friday, June 18, 2021

Tales From The Scrap Yard: #9 - Double Wrench

Double Wrench
It's a flimsy!
40 x 60

Back on March 24 I received several bags of scraps and I decided to document  with "Tales From The Scrap Yard" how many donation quilts I could make from those scraps. I've been trying to make the quilts all different.  I sorted the scraps into different bins and boxes and this is the first quilt to come out of the brown scraps. I will probably be able to make one more small brown quilt from the remaining scraps. 

This is quilt top #9 and when finished will probably be donated to Quilts Beyond Borders. 

I've been blogging about all that I make from the March 24 gifted scraps (aka Candra scraps) in Tales of the Scrap Yard.

As seen previously on Tales from the Scrap Yard


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Wednesday Wandering

I always try to go with the flow.

Several years ago limbs of a mulberry tree fell across the barbed wire fence that separates out our field from my flower garden. For one reason or another we could not cut some limbs all of the way back to the tree. A few limbs fell into my fairy garden next to the unruly Seven Sisters Roses I had managed to confine to a heart shaped trellis. Now the Seven Sisters can go back to their unruly nature and climb trees. 

The Fairy Garden is a small circle in the middle of the photo surrounded by a cement path. Many years ago I made the pathway with cement poured into one of those molds that look like little cobblestones. Now the pathway is more of a semicircle since part of the path is blocked by limbs. 

 I have mostly miniature species of a variety of plants in the Fairy Garden as well as little fairies, frogs and gnomes I used to use to mark where I planted seeds and bulbs so I would remember from year to year where things were and not mistake anything for weeds. I used to put trinkets in a little wheelbarrow and coins in a little wishing well for the grandkids when they were younger. Ah, the thrill of  discovering a gift from the fairies!

The  Seven Sisters rose came from a cutting my husband's aunt Essie gave to me long ago.


Saturday, June 12, 2021

From Purple Scraps

This week's purple scraps turned into: 

X and + blocks that finish at 7.5 inches. 

Double Irish Chains that finish at 9 inches.

Rail Fence blocks that finish at 5 inches and Bit Coin blocks that finish at 6 inches. 

Big Chips and the waste triangles turned into Hourglass blocks. 

I was going to make some Postage Stamp Pandemic blocks but I discovered that I need to go through some scraps and replenish my stash of postage stamp squares. 


Thursday, June 10, 2021

In The Jungle The Mighty Jungle

I decided the tigers came from a lush tropical jungle in bloom. 

I made lots of six inch finished blooms and combined them with tigers  and a little greenery cut from the panel as well as some squares and rectangles of leafy green fabrics. 

Finished quilt top measures 42 x 54. 

OMG accomplished!