Saturday, January 30, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday 1.30.2021

 The last pink Saturday but I still have a little bit to go...LOL

This week I finished my pink star wallhanging.

pattern credit: Alycia's Kevin's string stars
                        'xoxo': Indian Hatchet blocks-public domain
panto credit: curly hearts

What would be a scrappy month without a dive into the crumb bin? Here are the pink crumbs that I had made up. Only a few holes to fill in. 😀

pattern credit: crumb blocks-public domain

Linking up with ScrapHappy Saturday

Friday, January 29, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 1.29.2021

 Hurray for fast finishes and small projects!

                        'xoxo': indian hatchet block-public domain
panto credit: curly hearts

Thursday, January 28, 2021

My Challenge Progress...

...all pressed and semi sorted.

All the pressing yielded 3 boyish bag and 3 girlish bags with 126: 4 patches in each baggie. Plus I had one baggie of assorted leftovers!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

WIP Wednesday 1.27.2021

 I added a few 'xoxo' to my pink star 

and a 'heart and rose' border print to make this little wall hanging more 'Valentine-y'. 

Is THAT a word?!

I wish I would have made my 'xoxo' a darker more solid pink. Live and Learn right? Hopefully, I'll remember next time I wish to make letters...

                        'xoxo': Indian hatchet blocks-public domain

Linking up with Susan at MidWeek Makers

For some odd reason, I found this entertaining. Anyone else?

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

My Continuing Challenge...

 ...I've sewn my two patches into four patches as my lenders/enders. Now I have this strong urge to iron and sort. I have just about everything plus the kitchen sink in these scraps, so any piece that has anything remotely, pink, purple...will go in one pile and all the other will go into another.

I'm leaning towards making this this, Cynthia Brunz's Scrap-A-Palooza Zig Zag quilt. You will need to scroll down and she has a few links on the creating of the quilt. I'm going to sew the patches into 4 x 8 's and then add a solid 4 x 8 to make the quilt block. It's a fun take on a rail fence block so I'm loving it. 

If my math is correct:
                                    *blocks finish at 8 inches
                                    *a 7x9 set would be approximately 56x72
                                    *need 63 blocks, 126 pairs of four patches
                                    *63 solid parts 4.5 x 8.5 inches

Onto my date with the ironing board...

Monday, January 25, 2021

Design Wall Monday 1.25.2021

 I decided to go all pink on my star, I had the pink fabric out and all. LOL

Here is the front of the star.

and here is the back before I removed the papers. Yes, I did sew through the printer paper. I shorten my stitch length on Baby so that it was more perforating the sewing lines as I went along.

DD asked for a green and pink quilt for her Professor at college that has really gone above and beyond to help her so....I thought I would do a 'dry run' so to speak to 'see' pink and green together. Stay tuned...

star pattern inspired by Alycia's Kevin's Star

Saturday, January 23, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 1.23.2021

The color pink continues. 

For a girl that doesn't have a lot of pink in her stash, I'm really making good progress.

I fell in love with this quilt from Alycia and have been on the prowl for an easy (and inexpensive--read 'I really don't want to buy a 60 degree ruler') way to make this. I finally found (or realized!) that if I print out an equilateral triangle, increase the size and tape the long ends together of two...waalaa...a diamond! 

I know! It seems so simple now. I did buy some legal paper and DH feed it through his printer. He just about had a heart attack when I asked for 24 copies. I settle for 12. Here are the first few done in pink.

Sorry for the wonky angle...

I then thought I could work this into a Valentine wallhanging as I lost my kitchen Valentine wall hanging in the move. Actually, I know I used the wallhanging as a packing layer so it's here somewhere but .... I thought it might be faster to make a new wall hanging than search all the boxes.

In any event, I made a few red diamonds. I'm not really sure that I'm liking how the red and pink are playing together.

pattern credit: Alycia's Kevin's Star

Also since I had my 2.5 inch strips out, I cut a few into 5.5 inch rectangles and sewed them together. The result is one pink crayon.

pattern inspiration found here: crayon quilt 

Linking up with SoScrappy Saturday.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 1.22.2021

 and Big Love is finished!

pattern credit: Big Love by Modern Handcraft
panto credit:Curly Hearts by Lorien Quilting

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

WIP Wednesday 1.20.2021

 For some strange reason, I was compelled to make a Heart quilt for my bed...

I searched for a fast and easy pattern and I found one!

It's Big Love by Modern Handcraft! I dug out the pinks I had plus I brought a few more along with some gray and here's what I have so far. I upsized the blocks to finish at 10 inches giving me an easy 9x9 set for a queen quilt. I decided to stick with a 6x6 set and add borders. Well, the largest quilt (90 x 90 inches) that fits 'comfortably' on my long arm frame.

I started sewing the top together and yesterday afternoon, I had progressed pretty far.

uh oh...looks like some of my geese decided to migrate to a different location! It's looking a little funky gut hey! It's my take on the design! I probably would have ripped and re-sewn it but this quilt is for my bed and after this week, no one else will ever see it! LOL Sometimes when using the stash, quilts look well, like it doesn't really match... 

A bright spot is that now I have more pinks for the RSC challenge! 💕

Linking up with Susan at MidWeek Makers

Monday, January 18, 2021

Design Wall Monday (sorta) 1.18.2021

 Every quilt has a story.

Some stories are short.

Some stories are long.

This quilt's story started out simple enough.

In an effort to use some 2.5 inch strips,

a wonky back that was 60 x 80 inches,

and leftover batting bits from the Casual Quilters' QOV's,

I knew I wanted a 'darker' quilt. One that didn't have many light strips (so the frankenbatting stitching wouldn't show through) and a smaller quilt that would fit the backing without adding to it.

I have made the Valor quilt from Cozy Quilt Designs before, both as a group and by myself. I blogged about the Valor quilts here, here and here (yes, the last one has a block turned that I noticed about 5 years after I made it....) The Valor used to be a free pattern on the Quilts of Valor website but has been taken down. Luckily, I have the book it's in!

I actually pieced it and quilted it over a course of three days! A pretty quick project for me.

Here she is!

I opted to use eagle fabric in the star centers that my quilting buddy and I purchased together a few years ago but that's a whole different story! I love how it turned out and it checked off quite a few of the required boxes for this project!

pattern credit: Valor by Cozy Quilt Designs in The Giving Quilt book
panto credit: fern gully

Saturday, January 16, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 1.16.2021

 Every year, I watch the Rainbow Scrap Challenge unfold. 

Every year, I wished I had joined in.

One year, I tried but failed. So I thought I would try again this year. I have NO idea how the quilters decide on a block and then make a few every month following ScrapHappy's prompts. But I'm going to try this year! go 2021!

January's color is pink...figures, I have very little pink in my stash. I dd buy a few yards of pink as I hope to make a heart quilt for my bed. I do, however have quite a few 2.5 inch strips cut....I searched for a simple block that uses 2.5 inch strips and a background. One of my favorite free quilt pattern sites is by Mary Johnson and here is her Rectangles Pattern. One 2.5 inch strip plus one 2.5 inch background yields two 8.5 inch block (unfinished). A few test blocks:

I did notice if one twists the components of the block, it yields pinwheels! Again one 2.5 inch strip plus one 2.5 inch background yields two 8.5 inch (unfinished) blocks.

I 💖 Pinwheels!

pattern: pinwheels : public domain

Linking up with ScrapHappy Saturday.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 1.15.2021

 Cake Walk is a finish!

Here she is on the design wall (too big for my rack!).

Here she is on DD's bed. It's nice to put a queen size quilt on a full bed! It has plenty of hang over! LOL

pattern: Walk About by Grizzly Gulch
panto: large scribbles

Thursday, January 14, 2021

It's Binding Day! 1.14.2021

 It's Binding Day for Cake walk!

All prepared...

Machine sewn to the front.

Now that I'm done with my lunch break, time to turn the binding to the back and machine sew it down. Bury and clip a few threads from the quilting and put a fork in it, so to speak! LOL

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

WIP Wednesday 1.13.2021

 After sewing a back together, I got to quilting DD's quilt. I've renamed it: Cake Walk. The main block fabric is all about baking. 

panto: large scribbles

A closer look at the baker's fabric.

Linking up with Susan at MidWeek Makers

Monday, January 11, 2021

Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Party's Over 1.10.2021


My daughter returned to college yesterday. 

It's her last semester and she is set to graduate in May...God willing and the creek don't rise...

She was here at Bell Creek Quilts for three glorious weeks! She was my main focus so there was very little sewing and quilting done. Now to get serious...

I was thinking about 2021 Sewing Resolutions but then remembered that I like to set a Quilter's Code for myself. I was a little surprised I last visited my Quilter's Code in 2012! That's, like 9 years ago! Time does fly!

Quilter's Code 2021 Edition

1. Promise Quilts and Things
        A Keeper...I still take joy in giving of my quilted items. 
            *My son is waiting on a t-shirt wall hanging.
            *My daughter requested an apron over Christmas break.
            *My son's gf would like a few smaller rock bags to go with her bigger bags.

2. Gift Quilts
        A Keeper...this is the reason I started sewing and quilting. Although the gifts are 
            farther and fewer between.

3. House Quilts
        A house, new room colors, new quilts...need I say more?! LOL

4. Comfort Quilts
        A Keeper
            *Causal Quilters Of Brighton have a strong QOV arm so I'll probably quilt 
                    more than I piece
            *I rejoined FB QOV Working Stars. The plan is to piece according to the 
                     Working Stars incentives and donate to the Casual Quilters QOV drive.
            *Children's quilts...I have stash for kid's quilts so I'll piece/quilt as 
                      time permits. 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Design Wall Monday 1.4.2021

 I continued piecing on DD's bed quilt. Two more rows and two pieced blocks and I'll be ready to start assembling the top!

pattern credit: Grizzly Gulch Walk About

Friday, January 1, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 1.1.2021


HAPPY 2021!

Warm Wishes for a BRIGHT New Year!

My final quilt of 2020 was a QOV for the Casual Quilters. This particular quilt down gave me lots of grief! Not the machine but the poor planning on my part! I ran out of bobbin thread twice, shredded the top thread a few times and even needed to fill a partial bobbin! I was very happy to finish this one after burying four sets of threads!

Here she is in all her glory! I present Casual Quilt QOV Batch 3 Quilt 6:

pattern credit: 16 patch blocks alternated with solid squares
panto credit: square spiral