Friday, September 26, 2014

My Oldest UFO Finally Finished!

This quilt top has been sitting in my closet for about 4 years!  Wow!  It's the only one that I never quilted because I paid more for this fabric than any other (I think it's a Moda line  - Bunny Hill).  I bought it on purpose to make this quilt when I first started quilting.  I also didn't want to quilt it because I was new to quilting, was on my sewing machine back then, and I didn't want to ruin it!

So glad I waited to get this done.  I found this bow knot panto in my supplies and I thought it was about time to get it quilted.  That and the fact I was so tired of cutting scraps!  The colors are more like this one below, soft and pretty.  

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scraps, Scraps, and More Scraps!

 I have been cutting up my scraps for the last 5 days!  It really does take a long time when you do it all at once.  I either iron or cut until I get tired of it and then take a break for a while.  There are a few scrap quilts I have been wanting to make, plus my scrap bins were getting too full.  Here's what I had done after the first batch of scraps - my "rainbow" colors.

I cut 5", 4.5", and 2.5" squares.  I also was setting aside 2.5 inch strips that were at least 13" long for a scrappy trip quilt.  I am making a 10" block instead of a 12".   I checked my scrap quilt pinterest board to make sure I didn't miss any size I needed for a quilt.  The 5" can be used like a charm pack or cut into 4 - 2.5" squares.  The 4.5" match up with a 4 patch of the 2.5" squares.  And the strips are just handy, they make rail fence blocks and other rectangular pieced blocks.  What size scraps do you cut and what do you make with them?  I'm looking for more ideas!

Below is the second batch.  I haven't gotten too far through this one yet. These are the backup scraps for my 2.5 inch rainbow colored quilt that I want to do.  Or maybe I could use some for the blue, green and orange scrappy quilt.  There's just too many quilts to choose from!

 This is what is left in the buckets.  Agh!  Seems to grow when I'm not looking!  Lots of browns, greens, navy, and yellow-y orange-y tan colors.  Oh, and last night I pulled some "country colors" to make a quilt so those are not showed here either.  Guess 4 years of quilting adds up.  Not to mention that I have made 3 scrap quilts in the past.  But I consider this free fabric, so it must be used!

I just had to show you my young quilting club hard at work!  I started too late on the older ones, but you should see these cuties work on their quilt!

Peter is my seam ripper.  He actually does this for me when I have left over pieces from a quilt back.  Josie is the quilt designer.  She has her own tub of scraps to use.

And here is Emma trying to get some of her own fabric!    Josie had started on the floor, but had to pick up and move to the design wall to keep Emma from destroying her quilt design. 

Josie's finished quilt.  I see some pieces up there that are mine!  Hmm, how did she manage to snag those?  I'll have to find a way to steal them back!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Last T-Shirt Quilt!

This is the last of the t-shirt quilts!  This one is backed with fleece and has no batting.  It really has a nice drape to it without the batting.  It's soft and warm, but not too warm.   Quilted with a light green thread in a med-large meander.  55 x 55 inches

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Purple HSTs - A Leftover Scrap Quilt

It's finally done!  The entire inside of the quilt came from the little triangles that were left from the purple flying geese quilt that I blogged about here.  I found them in the bottom of the bag when I bought the pieces for the quilt from an estate sale.

I tried 3 patterns with my little 2.5 in blocks:

The bottom one was the winner with all the kids.  I agreed.

Then I put up the top one.  I was surprised that everyone liked it better.  I really like the zigzag, but I think it would look better with bigger blocks. So I went with the majority and got this:

I really wanted to quilt something continuous in the white and colored areas, but nothing came to me.  So I picked this rainbow fan panto that I had yet to try.

The pattern is okay, not my favorite.  But I mostly don't like the poly batting I used because it makes it look so puffy.  Hate that stuff.  I have enough of that stuff left for 3 more quilts.  Agh!  I will be glad when it is gone.   Guess I should stick to meandering when I use that batting.

Overall, a cute little lap quilt for the ministry.  And the price was just right!  2 yards of fabric from my stash for the border, back and binding.   Keep your scraps, don't throw them away!

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