Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday - what can I say?

Scraptastic Tuesday

I don't believe it - I haven't been working with scraps recently!   I do apologise - normal service will resume by next week I trust!

Instead I have been working from my stash on this scrappy looking project - my borders are attached and I'm filling them up with Rosestar blocks.  All my pre-made ones are attached ....

.....so now I'm working on making a few new ones.

And I have been playing with fabrics sent to me - firstly by Emma aka @brianisthemessiah for Siblings Together 2016

And more recently by @simplysolids to make a baby quilt - all my blocks have been cut out from the fun nautical prints of Message in a Bottle by Suzy Ultman for Robert Kaufman....those whales with hats on are too funny!

and with kits purchased....I succumbed to the cuteness of Luna Lapin designed and kitted up by Cool Crafting.  

But I have to say it has been a lot of fun!

I do have a few scrappy projects started and have a special scrappy one I'm waiting to start....my Double Wedding Ring quilt with variations (I hope)

I have just been trying to finish off other stuff first.  

I linked up with Celine, acting as guest host for Jen's Building Blocks Tuesday

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday - June Winners!

Scraptastic Tuesday

I am a bit late in letting you know who the winners are for this month.   My apologies but if you are desperate just scroll down!  Of course you may already know from skipping over to Leanne's blog.

I have been working on my vintage circles quilt - it might take a while yet to finish.

As an antidote, I plunged into my green scrap box recently, and had fun making these scrappy blocks.    I know several of you have done similar things and I'm so glad I have at last got round to it.  

I am thinking of 'sashing' it with a solid but am not sure which one yet.

Not only that, but I finished a Finish Along project, which dates back to Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014 and my hand quilting class with the lovely Jen Kingwell

It is quite scrappy too!  I was trying to suggest birch trees with their stripey white bark!  Not beautifully displayed with my masking tape but all I have for now!

But now it's high time to announce the randomly drawn winners from the June Scraptastic Link up. First, thank you to our fantastic sponsors:

Here are the prizes and the randomly picked winners. If you are a winner, we will email you later today. You can click on the links to go to the projects by the winners:

Please join Leanne and I on the second Tuesday of July for the next Scraptastic Tuesday link up (July 14, 2015). In the meantime feel free to use the hashtag #scraptastictuesday and/or our button anytime you are sharing your scrappy projects.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

#Scraptasictuesday - the June Linkup

Scraptastic Tuesday

I have been working on lots of things but not so much of a scrappy nature!  

It has been the turn of a UFO, of a more complex nature.  It looks sort of scrappy because of all the different fabrics used but I've been working mainly from vintage looking stash.  

My large circle blocks are taken from vintage books by Jan Halgrimson, which are out of print now.  I love the old blocks she has found and given the briefest of instructions to, not much more that a template really.   She is a great lover of scrappy quilts too.  

This quilt actually combines two projects - the big circles and an older EPP project.  I don't really enjoy EPP that much so I was never going to finish a quilt full of these lovely Rosestar blocks  - sorry Clare but I love how they fit into this project.  The littlest ones are from Jen Kingwell's Georgetown on my Mind pattern.  All have been appliqued down by hand and there has been quite a bit of hand piecing too.

As an antidote to this complexity, and because my scrap bins are still overflowing, I just had to start a new project that is simple and involves mindless stitching.   Do you like to work on different levels too!?

Nine patches - is there anything simpler?  

I have started delving into a mainly neutrals scrap bin ....time to get more colour I think.  All 2 1/2" squares,  all nice and easy!

Not sure if these will just be nine patches or the centre of something more complicated!?

Just having a bit of mindless fun.....

Now, its time for you to link up and share your scrappy projects to inspire us all.

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes:

  • Massdrop - a Mushroom World Fat Quarter Bundle

Please join Leanne, at She Can Quilt and I by linking up a blog post or flickr or instagram photo sharing a scrappy project, in progress or finished, or your thoughts on dealing with your scrap mountain:
  • You don't have to have joined us before, everyone is welcome.
  • One link per person, and it will be your entry into the random draw for the prizes. It is the same link up here and at Leanne's blog  - so you only need to link up on one of our blogs.
  • Please visit at least a few of the links, they are very inspiring, and leave comments too as everyone loves to connect. 
  • Use the Scraptastic Tuesday button if you like (code is on the sidebar) and invite your friends to join us too. 
The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST(Canadian Time). We will announce the winners next Tuesday.

If you have trouble linking up let me or Leanne know and we will get you sorted.  I think Leanne has been working with some Liberty (lucky thing) - you can catch her here.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

#scraptastictuesday the really late version

Scraptastic Tuesday

I'm sorry my husband had the day off yesterday and I keep thinking it must be Monday!  

I have been scrapping today in between acting as a taxi service.  I've had a bit of a tidy up in my sewing room and came across some leftovers from cutting my clamshells.

One of the things that put me off buying a Sizzix machine for so long was the thought of wasted fabric.  Cutting out my clamshells left me with this shape.

I couldn't just throw those quarter circles away....!  So I stitched a few together and decided to stitch up the rest

Not sure whether to leave them as twins or quartets!?

I've asked on IG what I should do with them and I've had some great suggestions:

Baskets, birds, butterflies, flowers and abacus or Bring Me Flowers blocks!

What would you do?

Please remember to link up next Tuesday 9th June to #scraptastictuesday.   You can link up either here or on Leanne's blog and the link is open for a week. 

You can link once with a project either in progress or completed or your thoughts on how to tame your scrap mountain - we are looking for inspiration to keep using our scraps up. You can link with a blog post, an instagram photo or a Flickr photo and your link is your entry into the random draw for great sponsored prizes.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you have been up to.

Now what has Leanne been up to?

Monday, 1 June 2015

My May in Fabric

I have lost the habit of linking up to Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day but I think this month I have to and this is why!   

I finished eight quilts for the fabulous charity Siblings Together this month. 

Yes EIGHT! But I did have lots of help!

 The swirly quilts were made with help from Trudi, Victoria and Jo.   I just quilted the two on the right which were put together by Mary and friends.  Fabric and blocks for the remaining three came from Nick (middle one), Jane (medallion) and Simply Solids (solids quilt).  

I designed them all except for the two on the right.

And I had fabulous fun doing it all!  I'm looking forward to dropping these off at the Siblings Together office in Southwark, London.

And I also finished these two UFOs....

....which I started last year.

The left one is My Liberty Quilt,  made as part of Scraptastic Tuesday,  a linkup, which I co-host with Leanne, on the second Tuesday of the month  - you can link any scrappy project, at whatever stage, but only one!   I machine pieced and handquilted it!

The one on the right is hand pieced and hand quilted!  Ok the borders and the binding were machine stitched but everything else is done by hand!  

Bit of a record finishing 10 quilts in one month!  Don't think I will ever top that!

Linking up to:  

Fresh Sewing Day

Friday, 29 May 2015

Big shake up!

There has been a big move around in my sewing room thanks to the delivery of this new big table from Horn!  It is sleek, modern, sturdy and adjustable.  You can even fold the top down if you like.  Bit hard to sew on it like that though...

They are selling like hot cakes apparently.  I can see why!

The nice young delivery man brought it in - carrying it rather than rolling it's lovely wheels across my path.  Then he popped my machine in and made sure it was adjusted to the right height before placing the insert which was cut to fit my machine.  In fact that happened several times to get it just right.  Which gave him the opportunity to pick up a fair bit of dust from my floor! Oops !

 I might be a bit in love.....with the table !

I now have a lovely L shaped work surface to be happy stitching in!


Clothed!   Well trying to hide the rubbish underneath actually...

Still got to try out machine stitching with the new arrangement!   Slightly nervous for some reason - maybe a little bit in awe!  

As I have another Siblings Together top that needs quilting I'd better get over it quick!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday - the late edition!

Scraptastic Tuesday

I've been busy, busy, busy working on those #Siblings Together quilts!

I cannot see any let up until I have finished all the ones I have fabric for or we reach our 100 target.   [We are close - see nos. 75 and 78 below!]

Since last week I have finished another pie quilt!

That is no. 5!

And the reason I got it started/finished is down to my lovely friend Trudi!

She is such a treasure!

So here it is!

All fabric provided by Trudi - I just put it together!

And here is another quilt I finished for #siblingstogether - I just quilted this one!   The blocks were provided by many and put together by Mary Emmens

We all rock as a caring, quilting community!


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