Monday, January 26, 2015

Celebrations IV - an update

I used almost all of the small scraps 
to piece more segments.

But even with all that piecing, I was still a few rectangles short.
(Bonnie's Bricks and Stepping Stones pattern calls for 112)

Thankfully I had saved the larger bits 
as I pressed and trimmed the stack of segments
into 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles.

There were just enough trimmed away bits
to create a few more scrappy rectangles . . .

In the end, 
I was able to create 47 scrappy rectangles,
giving me a total count of 117!

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I need to do some serious power stitching
to generate A LOT of four patches . . .


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Scrappy Saturday - No Ugly Flowers Part 1

Once the worst of the oral surgery hangover wore off,
I used the Peppermint Pinwheel design in
Sujata Shah's new book Cultural Fusion Quilts
to create this large block . . .

I plan to use the newsprint background plus the RSC monthly color
to create a new "not ugly" flower each month.

I've pinned that folded bit in place for now ~

I think I know what I want to do with the centers,
but I plan to wait a bit before committing to the plan.

Next month, I want to play around with the curved cuts a bit more
and avoid having the two center cuts so close together at the base.

Lots and lots of possibilities with this one!

In other news, when I arrived home late Wednesday
I found a 21-pound box from my sister in Michigan.

This fabulous cart was inside!
(with diagrams and simple assembly instructions)

(I had jokingly mentioned to her a long time ago
 that I thought the only-at-Ikea cart was awesome)

Her son and DIL picked it up when they made a run to
the Ikea store just over an hour from their town.

(Ikea is going to open a store here, but not until late 2016.)

I love it!

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More blues to stitch this coming week!

Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

CLICK HERE to see what the others have been up to this week!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Quiet Time - An Update

Remember this post ?

Since then, that tangle of strings has been sorted.

I ended up using over half of the jumble
to cut enough pieces for my smaller version
of a Sunday Morning Quilt.

These pieced pairs will be used for upright segments.

(I'll position the rosy batik consistently to the left.)

Next steps will be to trim these pairs to a consistent 3" width
and start stitching the scrappy neutrals into pairs . . .

(I found the paint sample card
 in a stack of things waiting to be put away.

Looking at the photos, I remember why I brought it home!)


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Letter S - Part 2

I used a batch leftover strata from a long abandoned project
 to make another S for our anniversary quilt.

I really like the look of the diagonals in the upright sections!

Need to remember that . . .

This is the first S that was cobbled together 
using a stack of scrappy blue crumbs.

After making the second one,
it is ever so much easier to start with assembled strata!!

Here's a hint about my current layout thought . . .

VERY happy with the possibilities!!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Winter Sunshine - The Flimsy


Winter Sunshine

She is my first flimsy (= quilt top) for 2015!

Scrappy all the way . . .
and quite a string-stash buster as well!

The original plan was to straight set the blocks ~
you can see how THAT plan changed!

I was also going to finish the top without borders . . .
it would have been 48" x 64" this way.

Obviously that part of the plan changed, too!

The border fabric has been in the stash for at least 5 years,
obviously waiting for me to make this quilt.

Here's a peek at the back side of the quilt top . . .

A horizontal look at the whole top 
laying outdoors on our very drab grass . . .

Winter Sunshine 55" x 72"



Sunday, January 18, 2015