Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Scraptastic Tuesday - June Link Up





I have been out in my garden almost every day in the last month.  We are celebrating a significant birthday for my husband this summer and I'm hoping we will be out in the garden to do so, hence all the pottering, digging, planting and weeding I am doing.  It is giving me a great tan and I feel fitter - well I would if I wasn't so tired.

Well this is my way of saying that I haven't been up to any sewing to speak of but I'm sure you all have been!

Indeed I will show you some photos I took of quilts that arrived here made for Siblings Together, a charity that reunites children in the UK care system with their brothers and sisters.   So many families are broken up when things go wrong and it is hard for the children to keep in touch but so important.  Every child that attends the charity's holiday camps receives a quilt!  And I am collecting them in my house - it is a great job as you get to see all the splendid work that so many people have contributed to...




These scrappy quilts were donated by Bee Blessed a group of quilters in Northern Ireland who make quilts for charity, and Siblings Together Bee 2; a group of wonderful quilters making just for the charity.  Aren't they fabulous scrappy quilts?  

I just cannot believe the magnificent generosity of the quilting community - we can all feel proud of it and contribute towards making a more caring society!  It's what we do!



So yes it is the second Tuesday of June and that means that the Scraptastic Tuesday link is open. Please share your scrappy projects, in progress or completed or your tips for using or organizing your scraps.



Here are our fabulous Scraptastic Tuesday Sponsors and their buttons, feel free to click through and thank them for their support:




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.
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.
  • This link is to share with our community about using your scraps, please don't use it to advertise your own products or events.
  • You can link up from your blog, instagram or flickr, but you have to link up to be entered in the prize draw.
  • 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 and invite your friends to join us too. Please share our button, or a link or the hashtag #scraptastictuesday in your linked post or photo. 
  • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. 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'm looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us this month.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Scraptastic Tuesday - May Link Up



I have been working on one of my #finishalong2017 projects and have been loving it!   It is the #bringmeflowersquilt by the lovely, super talented Jen Kingwell.  I have decided to change it up a bit - I always like to add my own personal touch to a quilt when following a pattern and I'm changing the setting of this one and adding my own flower blocks.


Here are some of the blocks I've added - apart from the background fabric these blocks just use small pieces of fabric...








And this is how I'm framing each block: first with a solid colour featured in the block and then with some 1 1/2" low volume squares...



To complete my planned 36 block layout I need three more flower blocks - I'll be repeating this one which I designed based on the Tallahassee block from this wee book : 500 quilt blocks by Lynn Goldsworthy and Kerry Green""...





and I need to think of one more design.   I think that has been the most fun part of this project, though I have learnt lots from the designs by Jen of course.   She mixes lots of techniques in this quilt, including English paper piecing, foundation paper piecing and applique.   So lots of things to try out on a small scale of you want.   I even did the English paper piecing .....not my favourite technique but I can tolerate I small amount.  

And here is the fabric I have leftover from those supplied by Amitie Textiles.   I think I have enough - though I'll probably add background fabrics.   The rest I want to cut into 11/2" squares to make a wonderful postage stamp border ....


And this is a photo of all the blocks together when I last had them on my design wall ...



There are a few more now of course...

So what scrappy business have you been up to?  It's the second Tuesday of the month and that means that the Scraptastic Tuesday link is open. Please share your scrappy projects, in progress or completed or your tips for using or organizing your scraps.



Here are our fabulous Scraptastic Tuesday Sponsors and their buttons, feel free to click through and thank them for their support:




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.
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.
  • This link is to share with our community about using your scraps, please don't use it to advertise your own products or events.
  • You can link up from your blog, instagram or flickr, but you have to link up to be entered in the prize draw.
  • 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 and invite your friends to join us too. Please share our button, or a link or the hashtag #scraptastictuesday in your linked post or photo. 
  • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. 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'm looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us this month.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Scraptastic Tuesday - April Winners




The April Scraptastic Tuesday winners have been picked!

But first here are our fabulous Scraptastic Tuesday Sponsors and their buttons, feel free to click through and thank them for their support:




A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes which have been awarded randomly as follows.
Leanne will be getting out the prize emails to the winners as soon possible, please watch your inboxes.

If you have not yet done so, check out the linked up projects, they are lovely and so inpiring. And please plan to join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I on the second Tuesday in May for the next Scraptastic Tuesday link up.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Scraptastic Tuesday - April link up




This month I have been taking other people's orphan blocks and making 
them into quilt tops for the fabulous charity Siblings Together.  The charity brings brothers and sisters together in holiday camps and at weekends when they are separated in the uk care system.  It keeps important family bonds going despite difficult times.  

The siblings together quilt group led by Maria, Carol and I makes 100 quilts and more every year so each child can have a quilt to remember fun times with their siblings when they return to the care system be it a children's home, or foster care.  But we couldn't do it without lots of help from the very generous quilting community.

If you have a few orphan blocks sitting in a box, perhaps you could do something with them for charity, or donate them to someone who will.  Orphan blocks count as scraps in my book.   They are scraps that are organised and pre-sewn and therefore very useful for making quilts quickly for charity or any other purpose - perhaps a quick baby quilt or birthday!   So I would encourage you to have a clear out !


 I received these gorgeous blocks from Trudi Wood who does the most amazing longarm quilting.  She also sent me some leftover fabrics she used and some similar fabrics in the same range which helps enormously when I make new blocks to integrate with the orphan blocks.

They looked great square but putting them on point gives them more movement and makes the arrangement bigger once the setting triangles are added.



I wanted one more whole block - but what to add ?  I chose this beauty from an old patchwork book; the block is called Chimney Swallow(s).   I may have to make a quilt with these someday.  




The other blocks are 16" so I had to increase the size of the 12" pattern in the book by one third (thanks Helen for the maths) to get the right size of templates (easy on a photocopier 133%).  Then as the curves are quite gentle I managed to piece it all on my sewing machine.


Here they all are ....


I think they work well together.   But I wanted them to stand out even more so added a frame which pulls out one of the colours in the block.  I have used this technique before and love what it does to my blocks.  It really emphasises that colour in the block, it makes them bigger of course and helps stabilise any bias edges too.



The next challenge is to fill those gaps!   I was thinking of a scrappy fill in but am now considering making half blocks!   Either will look good I think and you can be certain I'll be adding my scraps to the leftovers received from Trudi to make whatever goes in there!

Well it is the second Tuesday of April and time to share your scrappy projects, in progress or completed or your tips for using or organizing your scraps.



Here are our fabulous Scraptastic Tuesday Sponsors and their buttons, feel free to click through and thank them for their support:





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.
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.
  • This link is to share with our community about using your scraps, please don't use it to advertise your own products or events.
  • You can link up from your blog, instagram or flickr, but you have to link up to be entered in the prize draw.
  • 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 and invite your friends to join us too. Please share our button, or a link or the hashtag #scraptastictuesday in your linked post or photo.
  • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. 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'm looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us this month.



Friday, 7 April 2017

Quarter 2 wish me luck!

 



I haven't managed to finish anything in the last quarter nor the one before!  Shocking I know as I am helping to host this finish fest!

So I thought I would trim my list and see if I could actually finish a few:

1. I have recently made lots of progress with this quilt.  The pattern is Bring Me Flowers by Jen Kingwell but I will be adding blocks and finishing it differently.  I love that Jen Kingwell look.
 

2. Next up is my Stingy Bee quilt from 2016 - all the blocks are finished I just need to work out how it will go together
 


3. This is my latest Scraptastic Sampler quilt  - I have started quilting it but I'm not really sure how I want to quilt the alternate blocks.  Still waiting for inspiration.


4. My Hoopla quilt - my version of a double wedding ring quilt - the top is complete but again I need to think how to quilt it!
 


I have lots of other projects and maybe some of them will get finished too!  But these are the ones I'd be ever so pleased to finish.  I think this is my shortest list ever.

Now go and list your own projects and join the FAL community - if you haven't done so already...


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Finish A Long: LInk Up Your List of Proposed Finishes for Quarter 2





It's time to link up your list of unfinished projects that you propose to finish in Q2 of the FAL. I truly hope you are facing a new quarter with a brand new list - because you finished so many UFOs in Q1 - unlike me!  

The FAL is hosted by a community of bloggers across the world. Our hosts are:
  • Sarah - Sew me - Northern Ireland
Social Media Director
For those of you who are new to the FAL, it is a place to find motivation and encouragement to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging about becoming UFOs. Every quarter you post a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months, and then at the end of the quarter, you post a link from your blog, Flickr or Instagram of each successful finish from your original list. Each finish is an entry for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list long or short, as you wish. The 2017 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent FAL page All You Need to Know About FAL 2017, let me know if you have any questions. Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q2 of the FAL - you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo (think about visiting them and saying thank you):  
As you may recall from last year, there was a return of tutorial week at the end of each quarter, between the opening of the link for finishes and the day that link closes. Are you enjoying this? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below! This will take place each quarter. Each host works hard to put these together so I hope you are visiting their blogs to encourage them. If you have a tutorial that you would like to share, please let me or another host know. 

It's time to round up those projects you want to finish over the next three months, take a photo of each one and make your list. Please ensure that you have at least started your projects - pulled fabric with a pattern is now considered a UFO, and remember it is only finished projects that will get you an entry toward the above listed prizes. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the "finish" is when they are a completed, usable project.  

It is very helpful if you tag your list as #2017FALQ2yourname when posting on social media: Flickr, Facebook & Instagram. Using the same hashtag over the quarter when sharing progress or finishes before the link, helps the hosts find your original list quickly - especially when this is done over a 3 month period. 

IMPORTANT: Don't forget to link your finishes up when the quarter closes.
 
The 2017 Q2 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs. You need only link your list once, on one blog - and that link will show up on all of the blogs.  If you are using Facebook, Flickr or Instagram, link a mosaic and put your list in the description. Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link-up if you need it. 

We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others - visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too. When creating your list there is one thing to remember....No deductions for not completing something so ..... Aim High! Nothing to lose!!! Well Now..... Get those lists together and get linked up. The Q2 proposed finish linky party will stay open until 11 pm EST, April 8, 2017- as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link. Remember: you only need to link up on ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs. 

 

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