Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday - December winners

There has been another exciting week of linkups, and I am trying to keep up with you all, but every time I look, there seem to be new links which is fabulous!  

Leanne and I are both delighted with your supportive response and the inspiration we are gaining from looking at all your projects, tips and plans! 

Thank you so much.   We trust you are finding it as helpful as we are.  Be sure to check out a few of the links yourselves!



Now today is the day to award the prizes for the December Scraptastic Tuesday link. This month we had prizes from these fantastic sponsors:


A huge thank you to each of our generous sponsors and congratulations to our winners:
  • Massdrop - 15 fat quarter bundle of designer fabrics, plus two coordinated Aurifil threads (Mako' Ne 50/2) - #33, Patty, The Quilty Lady


We will be emailing the winners once it is morning in Canada but feel free to email Leanne or I first if you read it here before we get to you, and then we can connect you to your prizes.


Now what have I been up to this week apart from reading abut your projects?   Well my contribution is just a bit of admin really.

I have made quite a few blocks for my Scraptastic Tuesday Sampler and have set up a new page which will hold links to all my posts on this quilt for your convenience.  

I also reveal what it might look like!  

I cannot say it will definitely look this way as my quilts evolve as I make them but it will not be drastically different.  

Please go and have a look on my Scraptastic Sampler page above!  And just to remind you this is as far as I have got ...




Well a few more blocks are complete - especially larger/smaller sizes of the ones pictured here but I took this photo to check out how my first column looks an have only added blocks that nestle up to them.  I just had to check out how they would fit together - more will follow - watch this space!

Please join Leanne and I using your scraps over the next few weeks - use our button or tag your posts #scraptastictuesday. And come back to join us for the January Scraptastic Tuesday link on the second Tuesday, which will be January 13, 2015. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

A bit like buses....

You wait quite a while, ....  

then there are three all at once...  





It was a bit like that with these Siblings Together quilts...







well the three all at once bit!
Thanks to the lovely and generous Ayrshire ladies who attend my Bee Mate Sheila's classes and joined in so enthusiastically in making blocks for me to make three quilts for the Siblings Together charity.

The pattern for this block is available here.   Thanks Sarah for writing that up.

I will be making more quilts for this charity with different patterns and if you want to help by making blocks be sure to let me know.  

I'd like to have a great big pile to hand over - the charity does such a necessary job of keeping children in the UK care system in touch with their brothers and sisters.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday - Link up December



This week I got back to making more sampler blocks.   I was grouping my blocks by design at the beginning, but I wasn't far from completing a column of blocks so I have worked on the ones that were missing.  

It gives me a better idea of how they will all fit in together.  I may be doing a bit of rearranging as my blocks at the bottom seem very busy but as I've kept to a few sizes they are easy to swap around!


A 9" Dutchman's Puzzle
Cut eight 5" x 2.75" rectangles,  and sixteen 2.75" squares.  Place the squares in the corners of the rectangles, stitching diagonally across the square to make a goose - or use your own preferred method.  Make eight units and stitch in pairs - one goose on top of the other.  Then combine the paired units being careful to orient them as in the photo!





A 4" Devil's Puzzle
Cut four 2.5" - cut in half diagonally.   Insert a 1" strip between the triangles matching  on either side.  Trim to a 2.5" square.   Cut eight 1" squares in the background fabric.  Place at either end of the strip and stitch across the square diagonally so that when flipped back it completes the square.  Cut the excess off and trim each section to 2.5" square.   Stitch the trimmed squares in pairs, and the paired units as in photo.



A 4" Log Cabin - with a 1.5" centre square add 1.25" strips 


And all together




Scraptastic Tuesday


So it is the second Tuesday of December and it's time to linkup - what already?   Doesn't time flash by when you need it to stand still...?

Please join Leanne from she can quilt and I for the monthly Scraptastic Tuesday link.

  • Link up a blog post, flickr picture or instagram photo showing off a scrappy project, new or in progress, or your thoughts on dealing with the scrap mountain. You can link from a post or photo from anytime over the last month.
  • Do grab our button and add it to your post, include a link back here, or use the hashtag #scraptastictuesday
  • The link will stay open for one week, closing at 10 pm MST on December 15 so that we can announce the randomly drawn winners next Tuesday. 
  • Please visit as many of the links as you can, and leave a comment too, so that everyone gets know each other a bit in this link up. I've been finding these links very inspiring to visit and I am sure you will too.


A huge thank you to each of our generous sponsors for the following prizes, which will be awarded randomly:
  • Massdrop - 15 fat quarter bundle of designer fabrics, plus two coordinated Aurifil threads (Mako' Ne 50/2)
Good luck everyone and I hope you are up to date with your Christmas shopping!



Thursday, 4 December 2014

Woops where did ScraptasticTuesday Go!?

Scraptastic Tuesday




I really don't know where the time is going but I do suspect it is something to do with those shorter days.  I should have been reporting on Scraptastic Tuesday on .....well ThursTuesday!  Sorry for the delay..

Anyway I have been working on some scrappy projects this week and was trying to finish them.  Still a bit to do so here is an interim report.

My scrappy tops for the fabulous Siblings Together charity have been sitting around for a while as I have been deciding how to back them. 









 As the top is all scrappy I decided to push the boat out and buy backing yardage.  I found a bolt of Amy Butler Imperial Paisley on ebay and snapped it up.  

It is one of the factors which unites these three quilts. Another is that the majority of them were provided by some lovely Ayrshire ladies who attend classes with my bee buddy Sheila @ Bluepatch Quilter.  And one more is the block to make all three quilts although they are arranged in different layouts.


You can just catch a glimpse of my backing fabric in the photo below, bottom right corner..





This one is still in progress...


I have quilted each one in a different way - well quilting 'girls just wanna have fun ' don't they!?


Our cat was assisting with the quilting - she is clever that way!   She makes a great quilt weight!






It was quite effective in stopping my quilting marathon today!


Though I am late in posting about Scraptastic Tuesday this week please remember it is our link up day next Tuesday 9th December.  You will have a week to link up and there will be some lovely prizes!  

Now I would normally tell you to check out what Leanne has been scrapping up but I think she is a bit behind too - wonder which day will turn out to be her Scraptastic Tuesday?  

 Now get scrapping in time for next Tuesday!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday - the alternative universe style!

In a galaxy far, far away....I am trying to catch up on where I should be to meet a swap deadline.  The swap is the #igminiswap and I'm in the #merrygroup !

Poor swap mama Mary Menzer who blogs at Fairly Merry has been chasing us up and I am shockingly behind due to some other deadlines and a stinking cold I had all last week and still coughing now to be honest !  

Now we are all used to seeing traditional scrappy and even modern scrappy but as I was EPPing this miniquilt project together I realised I was doing futuristic scrappy...

This is what it should look like!  Starwars Death Star for those non-sci-fi folks!



And this is what it looks like!   Still got the top left quadrant to stitch together, then I need to stitch it all onto my background - plus a few embellishments to come in the background...



I should just manage to squeeze into that final deadline yet.  

Wonder what scrappy thing Leanne is up to this week and do tell if you are being scrappy too!

Better get back to that other dimension then!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Stitch Draw!



While actually looking at another book on Amazon - which I didn't buy!  - I found this book and thought I might use the techniques in some form of making .....




Well Amazon don't hang around do they?  I got the book today and just had to try something out.

I took this photo of our cat Saffy on IG



I just love that dangling paw!  And those white mittens!

Well I made this based on that photo..



Not purrfect but not a bad attempt to capture a cat at rest.   Not quite sure how to portray her fluff but maybe I'll find out by reading on!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday - Prizes and Drafting!

Apologies for the delay in posting but I have been vegging out on the sofa stuffed full of cold germs in the past few days - glad to say I think I may have turned a corner....



It's time to award the November link up prizes. Thank you again to our fantastic and generous sponsors:


A huge thank you to each of our generous sponsors and congratulations to all our winners:
  • Massdrop - 45 mm OLFA Deluxe Ergo Rotary Cutter with a 5 Blade Refill Pack and a 45 mm Pinking Rotary Blade - winner is Cheryl from Flickr
We have sent emails to the winners but if you read it here first, please contact us so we can get the prizes on the way.

Thank you for joining us and remember the next link will be the second Tuesday of the month - December 9. Please plan to share a scrappy project finished or in progress or your ideas about how to use or organize or deal with scraps with us then, and feel free to join us at any time in the month. Use the hashtag #scraptastictuesday or add our button to your post.


Scraptastic Tuesday


Now if you care to stick around after the prize giving 
I'm going to show you how to draft this block for my #scraptasticsampler. It is called a Double Z and if you are familiar with the Farmer's Wife you might recognise it.






I chose this one to be a 15" block because it is in three sections and 15 divides easily by three!


In the centre column there are three equal sections - a Quarter Square Triangle block (QST) and two units made from three triangles.  The other two side panels form a third of the block although they are not divided by three in the same way.


We don't need to draft the QST section - it is 5" square finished and we add 1.5" to get the measurement for the squares required  - 6.5" squares - two squares required of course unless you want it more scrappy.  Here is a tutorial on making a QST block but do use 6.5" squares.



Now I know the other squares either side are 5" finished so I draw a 5" square on paper




Find the mid point and draw the middle triangle and the end triangles.  I redrew all the triangles on another piece of paper and added my quarter inch seam allowance to them to make my templates. 


You must add the seam allowance back in at this stage or your block will not end up as 15" finished.  We have all we need for the central section.


You need two of these sections added to either end of the QST to complete the centre strip.  Check the diagram to ensure the correct placement.




The end sections are 5" x 15" finished.  I drew that on paper too - sticking two pieces of A4 together to get the length necessary.  


First I realised that our friend the end triangles appeared in this section too! 

They are doing the same job in this part of the block - holding up the ends!  I measured and drew them in - the base is 2.5" long, the height 5" finished.




Now I measured the mid point on the opposite side at 7.5".  I can now join the midpoint up with the end triangles and complete my pattern.


I again redrew the new triangles and added a quarter of an inch seam allowance.   The other end section is the reverse of this one!  


You can cut all the pieces with your rotary cutter just make sure your ruler covers your template so it doesn't end up smaller every time you cut.  Or mark your fabric and use scissors if you prefer.  Please take care to reverse the template for the end sections as necessary when cutting out.


You need a mirrored pair of end strips to complete your block.


Job done! 






 It is great to be able to draw blocks any size yourself and really isn't that difficult as you can see.

Now I wonder what Leanne has been up to...shall we both go and have a look?

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