Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday Winners in May

I thought I should try something different to my now usual method of using a central block as a medallion quilt, from donated orphan blocks.  

I had lots of blocks this time: one made by me; some by my beemate Catherine; but most from Carina as you can see in the photo below!

There didn't seem to be much tying them together. All different shapes in them, different methods of construction...how could they come together in one quilt?

While thinking they might each need their own quilts,  which I didn't have time to make - no not even me! - I saw that some did have colours in common.   Some green, some pink and some blue.  Then there were others that had all of those colours!  

And that is how I began making diagonal lines of blocks in colour bands.

First I sorted them on my design wall.

Then I squared them up and sashed them in the colour I was highlighting - to add more cohesion to my plan.

Then the multi-coloured blocks were sashed in white!

And that is how this quilt came to be ...quilted in organic (irregular) horizontal lines

Backed in this fabric from my friends Sarah and Jude

And bound in this multi stripe (backing fabric leftovers from another siblings together quilt - fabric provided by simply solids in exchange for a quilt and tutorial)

It is scraps all the way!

And here it is all bound and totally scrappy!

So you are wondering about the winners of the randomly drawn prizes for the May Scraptastic Tuesday monthly link

First, I know you would like to thank our fantastic and generous sponsors, who make this whole project a lot more fun by allowing us to share prizes with you every month.   

The winners are:
    Congratulations to our winners, and watch for an email about your prizes.

    Please plan to join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I for the June Scraptastic Tuesday link on the second Tuesday, which will be June 14. In the meantime, you can go back to check the May links for inspiration and share your scrappy projects using the #scraptastictuesday tag anytime.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016

    Sizzling medallion - Scraptastic Tuesday May Link up

    Scraptastic Tuesday

    I received this delectable mountain centre block from Carina 

     One among many that she sent me to use for Siblings Together.   This one just said " make me the centre of attention". So I decided to make it the centre of a sizzling medallion in hot colours - orange, pink and maybe some yellow.  

    The scrap orange Stars came from the lovely Julie who always seems to conjure up fabulous quilts from scraps - she is truly inspiring.  

    I made some simple nine patches for the first border, from fabric donated by Emma - mainly used up in the first Kaleidoscope quilt I made for Siblings Together.  It is 2wenty Thr33.

    Once those blocks were patched together I added another scrappy thin border and then some triangles - to repeat the pointy-ness of the delectable mountain centre block and those star points.  I think that border works well.  I used a coloured square as my cornerstone.

    My final border was Kona White with cornerstones - two nine patches and 2 rail fence blocks - one of each was donated by Carina , the other made by me to match in as closely as my stash permitted.

    Jude sent me an ikea duvet cover that Sarah had sent her (I think) and it had all the right colours and a bold pattern as well!  It seemed a perfect match for the backing fabric. 

    I quilted in the ditch a lot, crosshatched the nine patches and meandered in the outer border.  The binding was a scrappy one that repeated some of the 2wenty Thr33 fabric from Emma.  

    And here it is ... 

    So I have been busy scrapping as usual but what have you been up to?  

    Please share your scrappy projects, plans and ideas in the link up below

    A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes which will be awarded randomly among those of you who link up.
    • Massdrop - First of Infinity Fat Quarter Bundle

        Please join Leanne from 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 - She Can Quilt - so you only need to link up on one of our blogs.
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        • You can link up from your blog, instagram or flickr, but you have to link up to be entered in the prize draw.
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        • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. We will announce the winners next Tuesday.
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        Tuesday, 3 May 2016

        Being economical with economy blocks

        Scraptastic Tuesday

        When announcing #scraptastictuesday winners last month I showed you this quilt top I made from 41 economy blocks.  

        I was being economical with the blocks by making them into stars with an alternate snowball block, made from the cut off triangles left over from other blocks. 

        I was even more stingy by adding lots of negative space around them.

        I actually love the look this gave me, all because I didn't want to fussy cut more economy blocks.  Sometimes it pays dividends to think outside the box.

        Anyway I quilted it with a serpentine stitch in vertical lines.  It is a look I have often seen but never followed up on.  Well I'm so glad I did as the texture this gives is amazing!   It does shrink it up somewhat so this quilt that was a bit small is even smaller now, but very snuggly.

        I used up the last of a pink floral fabric that I had on the back and went with a yellow gingham binding cut on the bias as I love the effect that gives though I didn't actually want the stretchiness.

        And so here it is

        I will be linking this little quilt up to the Finish-A-Long 2016 at the end of quarter 2 

        Finish A Long 2016

        It started out as just a little pile of square blocks on my list here.

        Friday, 29 April 2016

        Finishing small things 5

        At Fat Quarterly in 2013 I took a paper piecing class with Joanna and Julianna.  

        We made this typewriter pattern:  Read between the lines by Joanna

        I made my life difficult by using directional fabric for the background.   To make it look right I had to try and keep vertical lines vertical and horizontal lines horizontal.  The lovely Julianna was very helpful in keeping me on the right lines.  I really learnt lots on their workshop, which I have used since.

        But this lovely typewriter has remained folded up in a drawer in my sewing room.  So at last it came out, was teamed up with some solid fabric for a frame on the front, and some text fabric and a chunky zip on the back.   It is now a very useful and decorative cushion.

        I even set my rather long zip on the diagonal...just for fun, though it does make it easier to push a fat cushion in there!

        Why did I wait so long?  

        I will be linking this project to the Finish-A-Long 2016 at the end of quarter 2

        Finish A Long 2016

        This typewriter block is on my Quarter 2 list here

        Thursday, 28 April 2016

        The Siblings Together Quilt Block Drive !

        I am going a bit crazy !  I was sure I had written about the Siblings Together Quilt Block Drive here as well as on the Siblings Together Quilt Group Blog but it seems not!

        So just to bring you up to speed I am asking for Quilt As You Go Blocks - follow the above link to take you to the tutorial for this really simple block.  

        Anyway I wrote on Monday (on the other Blog)  that I had received five quilt as you go blocks from some lovely generous quilters.

        Since then I have received even more!

        Enough to finish one quilt already.

        It didn't really take me long to add the sashing and stitch the whole thing together - in fact it took me less than one day !  I do love QAYG!  

        Here are the blocks all trimmed and ready to be sashed.

        And here they are sashed and bound - job done!  I love how these blocks came from a group of people but all blend together so well - bit like a community of quilters don't you think!  

        Thanks to JoanneJenniferBiff, and Linda for all the blocks - I hope I got that right !  

        The good news is I have two more from Linda to start the next quilt.  I just need seven more blocks to join them - I used the blue one .....

        If you want to join in and make a block or two the tutorial can be found here.  I've linked this quilt up on our Quilt Link Up Page here as no. 50!  We are half way to our target of 100 quilts and I feel we should be celebrating!

        Now can you please help me make a few more!?  

        Finishing small things 4

        On my finish along list for quarter two I have a mosaic of small projects.  

        This project is number 12.

        Procrastinating about the more intricate piecing I need to do on two quilt tops I decided to make the 2-4-1 tote I cut out so many years ago.  This was my original idea...

        I mislaid the other main piece of this bag (the fabric with pink flowers on it) so cut out two new pieces, then the interfacing (from muslin as I didn't have enough of the sticky stuff) and the lining.  It turns out I hadn't cut out as much as I thought!   I followed the instructions by Noodlehead.  I am probably the only person who hasn't made one of these bags...and I have to say it was pretty straightforward.  

        I went for the easy version without zipped pockets but a patch pocket inside - more elephants!   It does have a magnetic fastening which I used for the first time - super easy to do that!   

         It has had a bit of a transformation and morphed into quite a different look.  But who wouldn't like elephants?  

        I will be linking this project to the Finish-A-Long 2016 at the end of quarter 2

        Finish A Long 2016

        This 2-4-1 tote in slightly changed format is on my Quarter 2 list here


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