Saturday, October 25, 2014

Scrappy Saturday - Brown No. 4

Here are the brown blocks for my Happy Happy Joy Joy project.

Seeing these on the design wall,
I couldn't help but think about Susan's recent post!

Here's a close up that shows more fabric details . . .

Here are my four 'blueberry filled chocolate' snowballs
in context with some other colors and the nine patches.

When it comes time to lay out this quilt top,
I may go back and make new snowballs
using some of the leftover strata  . . .

I really like these, but I'm concerned they may be too dominant.

Time will tell!

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Overall, I'm very happy with the way 
my browns worked out -- despite my early misgivings!

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Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Click HERE to see how the others are winding up this month of browns.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Drunkard's Path - Post 3

64 blocks sorted and ready to stitch . . . 

I was going to use this idea 
using an 8 x 8 layout for a kitchen table topper.

The first four rows on the design wall made me want to stop right there.

It was so bad I didn't even take a picture before I pulled the blocks down.

This plan, however, makes me want to keep going.

Instead of an 8 x 8 table topper, 
I'm going with a 7 x 9 lap quilt instead.

MUCH better plan!

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Linking up with the others in Vicki's DP QAL.

CLICK HERE to see what they're working on.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Decision Made . . .

I'm blaming all this on the colors . . . 

The pinks and greens . . .

The turquoises/blues and yellows . . . 

THEY are what pulled me in!

(in case you don't know what I'm referring to, click HERE)

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Since that post, I've put the yardage back on the shelf.

I've sorted through my strings and the resource boxes.

I found that delicious pink print hiding in my stash.
(It, and maybe the bicycles, will be perfect for backing)

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As you might have guessed,
I have decided to watch the mystery business from afar.

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Instead . . . I'm going to play with STRINGS!!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Very Special Project

Needed to make a small quilt . . .strings to the rescue!

It didn't take very long to piece
these nine 10.5" string blocks.

A 36" square of fusible batting and a yard of backing 
allowed me to prepare the quilt sandwich.

Following the seams with not-quite-in-the-ditch
walking foot stitching was just right.

Here is the finished and bound front . . .

. . . with a peek at the scrappy fabrics.

This photo of the back actually shows the quilting more clearly.

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So why did I need to whip up this happy little quilt?

Because . . .

Our older son and his wife have adopted Darcy!
(she's a smart, sweet 7-month-old 8-pound rescue puppy)

When their beloved Tippy (age 18)
 traveled across The Bridge last summer,
she took her quilt with her.

That meant Darcy needed a quilt to call her own!

(Yes, she has Yorkie fur and very expressive Papillon ears)

Darcy makes friends everywhere she goes.

She met Scooter on a walk in her neighborhood.
 (he's the same age but weighs 55 pounds to her 8 pounds) 

The two puppies spent 25 minutes romping and playing together.

I've seen the video - it was awesome!

The quilt has now been tested and approved.

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Welcome to the family, Darcy!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong - Post 3

This week's blocks (really segments) involved a LOT of seams!

I made six sets of WOF strata using 
five pairs of scrappy light/dark 1.25" strips plus one extra light.

(the strata strings were cut from leftover quilt backing,
and other leftovers from the resource box)

Once pieced and pressed, the strata were cross-cut into 3.5" segments.

Each 3.5" segment was then bordered on both long sides
using a random mix of three different "red" prints.

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Wonderfully scrappy results 

but production-style work like this

can . . .

 be . . .

b . . . o . . . r . . . i . . . n . . . g . . .

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Here are all of the 8.5" x 5" segments,
stacked up and ready for layout.

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By next week's post,
I really want to have this flimsy sewn together . . .

(you can see my previous posts for this project HERE and HERE)

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Linking up with the others at Live a Colorful Life.

CLICK HERE to see what they've been up to this week.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Scrappy Saturday - Brown No. 3

This week, I cut the squares and triangles
for the project I've named Fruit Loops.

Because of the black and white that will be used,
I had to be careful with the brown . . .

Here are the brown geese 
hanging out with turquoise, pink, and yellow.

These guys I really like.

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card by Papyrus

And, before I forget to share it,
isn't this just the coolest thank you card?

Our newly-married nephew and his bride
sent this after opening their wedding quilt . . .


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Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

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