Saturday, October 14, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday Parade of Pink


Though I usually tend toward "fall" colors for October, I must admit that I am enjoying working with pink this month.  I have big drawers and little drawers for my scraps.  With two girls, pink has been one of my big drawers for a while now.  I feel like I am making a dent though.  How is your pink progressing?  Misterlinky is below.  Please share with us all.  I'm off on a run first thing this morning.  Just two more weeks until my half marathon, so every run counts.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Orphan Blocks Again

I am digging deep into the orphan block bin.  Anything that doesn't get used up will be turned into more crumbs or strings.  With company coming, the clearing out is highly motivated.  I did some more organization, hanging and labeling finished flimsies to be quilted later as I broke down the quilting machine to set up a bed again in the guest bedroom.  I was amazed at how much dust quilting generates.  The whole process had me sneezing.  
While I was sewing on Sunday, I found these extra test blocks of Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom pattern that I use to make a green and brown baby quilt for a very organic baby shower gift.  It was a huge hit!  I think it was 8 years ago though, so it was time to do something with the extras.  So with a quick layer of thinsulate and some simple quilting and binding, I now have two new pot holders to use in the kitchen.  

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday Scrappy Explosion

I'm still digging up old projects and blocks to turn into finished flimsies.   These framed four patches were almost ready.  Just a couple of hours ironing and trimming and they are ready to come together.  It is amazing how many random block collections I have abandoned over the years.  Getting them finished up feels very virtuous.  Hopefully I'll be able to start something new soon instead of continuing to finish off old projects.  That will be fun!
I've been playing with the idea of using Inklingo for my next hand piecing project.  I think I downloaded it once before, but never followed through.  I printed out a few test pages and figured out how to combine background and main color swatches onto one page.  That is when the printer stopped working.  The cable went out a couple of weeks ago and the wifi routers have been acting strangely since then.  It is supposed to be working again now, so I will try to print out a few test blocks this afternoon.  Does anyone else have experience with hand piecing?  Any tips or suggesions would be very much appreciated. 
I'm linking up with Oh Scrap! and with Slow Stitching Sunday today.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Pretty in Pink

A new month means a new color here at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I can't wait to dig into this giant pile of pink scraps.  I'm off for a long run right first.  My half-marathon is at the end of this month and I have just a few more long training runs to go.  I am hoping that when I get back, the water is still working.  We are under a boil water notice right now, and the pressure has been really low since a water main break yesterday.  After a week of heavy rain from an unnamed tropical low sitting off of the coast, the system has finally been overwhelmed.  It was especially surprising after we made it through Irma so well.  Watching anxiously as Nate heads toward the gulf, it has been quite a year for storms.  I hope that you are staying safe through it all.  Misterlinky is below, please share your progress and plans for October. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Spring Cleaning

Fall in Florida feels a lot like spring did when I lived up north.  Beautiful weather is right around the corner and spring cleaning is in full swing.  Spring cleaning for normal people might involve mops and brooms, but for quilters it is so much prettier!
I am still digging into the orphan bin.  These monochromatic 4 and 16 patch blocks will go with a growing set of leaders and enders.  I'm thinking of choosing two or three colors to go together to make several quilts. 

I was thinking of maybe pink, teal and orange?  Maybe blue green and purple?  Or I could go complementary and do blue and orange together in one quilt and yellow and purple in another?  Each quilt needs 80 blocks total, 40 each of 16 patches and 4 patches.  I think I'll just work on collecting about 20 of each color while I ponder the choices. 
The main harvest though was LOTS and LOTS of mixed color squares.  With a bit of sewing and sorting I was able to bag up enough units for three quilts.  Those will be ready and waiting when I am in the mood for some power sewing.
Here is the backing for Running Zone, which I just realized was originally called running stitches.  A little of this and a bit of extra whatever came together for a creative and colorful smorgasbord.  Best of all, lots of oddballs are out of the deep stash.  The purple was part of Anna's toddler quilt.  The flowers and the border print were part of Sydney's nursery.   

Pretty in Pink

As many rainbow scrap quilters have already surmised, the color for October will be pink.  Hard to believe that October is already here.  Just two more months to get your rainbow scrap blocks finished up so you can work on coming up with new projects for next year. 
 At some point in the past, I ordered some running fabric.  I'm sure it was back when I was running marathons about 7 years ago.  I finished up the blocks before deciding that they were too bright. 
They ended up in the orphan block bin where they languished for ages.  Finally, I pulled them out again and sewed them together into a top.  Bright or not, finished is the best kind of quilt.  
Then came the scrounging for backing fabric.  This seemed like a perfect chance to use up lots of bits and pieces.  I won't quilt this for now.  Kurt's dad is coming to visit in a couple of weeks, and I will have to break down the quilting frame and set up something resembling a guest room again.  Still, If I get the backing fabrics put together, this quilt can be ready for the next time I get some quilting motivation.  Hopefully it won't be the next time a hurricane hits.  

Forward Progress

 Last Sunday I put together these crumb blocks with a simple navy sashing.  I think I will add an outer border of the same fabric and then maybe some more crumbs.
Postage Stamp blocks were next on the list.  These were all leftover from finished quilts of long ago.  It is amazing that as many different fabrics as there are in these blocks, I still ended up with the same fabric next to each other repeatedly.  
 As part of my continuing quest to clear out orphans and extras, I quilted up this little table topper made from pinwheels of waste triangles.
 Then there is the continuing slow and steady binding progress.  I think this is number three of the hurricane finish parade.  These orange peels were appliqu├ęd and then hand quilted.  After the binding backlog is taken care of, I'll need a new hand quilting project to work on.
Because it is Sunday, I'm going to link up with Oh Scrap! and Slow Stitching Sunday.  

Saturday, September 30, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Farewell to Orange


I have quite a nice collection of 16 patch blocks. The 2.5 inch squares have been stacked next to my machine as leaders and enders since I put away the nine patches of Shine Like a Diamond.   Now to decide how to put them together. I like the pink quilt I made for mom here.  Or perhaps another four squared quilt like the ones here, here and here.   What are you pondering on this last orange Saturday.  Hopefully you are seeing a few finished projects on your horizons. Nothing is more exciting in the new year than new quilt projects!

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Friday Finish!

I finished the binding on the first of my hurricane quilts last night.  Here is Shine Like a Diamond.   Nine patches were framed in  black and white based on a quilt that I saw on Quilting is More Fun than Housework.    I can't seem to find the exact quilt right now, but I will look for it. 
 I added a black and white diamond fabric for the border and found a backing fabric with diamonds on it.  From the clearance rack!
 This stripe worked for both an inner border and binding.  There is something happy about striped bindings.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

B-Day

No, its not my birthday.  It is a day of batting, backings and bindings.  If only I had a border to finish, it would be the complete quilting bee day.
 While picking Anna up from her makeup ACT yesterday, we made a quick trip to Joann's for sale backing fabrics.  They have all made a round through the laundry and are waiting for ironing.
 I also found a sale on batting online and am all stocked up for a while.
I got one and a half sides of binding sewn down on this nine patch quilt last Sunday during the Emmy Awards.  I think there is a new Star Trek on tonight.  Hopefully I'll be able to get this one finished off and move on to the other quilts waiting for hand sewing.  
 As far as machine sewing, I decided to use a twisted window setting for my crumb blocks.  I used google images for inspiration and finally decided on navy.  I think this setting will be a little less rigid than the lattice and cornerstones I was thinking about.  There are plenty of these blocks for a quilt.  This is the 5 inch collection.  with the setting they come out to 6 inches.  I also have a 6.5 inch stack, but I'm not sure there are enough of them quite yet.
Then, while I continued the clean up routine, I started turning leftover 9 patches into larger 36 square postage stamp blocks.  These were all leftover from earlier quilts.  Again, I suspect that there are enough for another quilt.  I might just sew these together as is for a true postage stamp quilt, maybe with an interrupter border and then some more postage stamps?  At some point, I might start an actual quilt that isn't the result of leftover scraps from another quilt.  Maybe, but maybe not.
I'm linking up today with Oh Scrap!  and Slow Stitching Sunday

Saturday, September 23, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday -- Welcome to Fall

I'm playing with mini log cabin blocks today.  I was originally thinking of grouping all the colors into groups of 4.  I think that is called sunshine and shadows.  But then I thought it would be fun to try this row setting - straight furrows.  Maybe barn raising would be more fun?  I printed some more of the paper piecing templates, so making more blocks can come before the making a decision part.  Share your progress using misterlinky below. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mini House Quilt

It didn't take long to get the binding sewn down on the mini house quilt.  It is placemat sized, so it was quick from start to finish.  The pink house is a little wonky.  I wonder if a hurricane blew off part of the roof?  We are full of partially blown off roofs around here.  It will be months before everyone can schedule repairs.  As long as we don't get another storm before then, it shouldn't be a problem. Still hoping Maria follows the models and turns north.  
Trying to get everyone back on track today was a bit of a trick.  So many people are still boiling water or lacking wifi or electricity. It gets better each day though.  I might try the grocery store again, eventually the shelves will be less empty.  As long as you aren't picky, it is possible to make a meal.  Just don't hope to go in with a list and plan find what you want.  Much easier to go and be happy with what they have.  Flexibility is a good thing in so many ways.   

Monday, September 18, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I was so excited to see that it is time once again for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  It is always so much fun to see so many beautiful finished quilts all in one place.  Inspiration overload!

It didn't take me long to decide that I should post about OMG.  It was the last quilt I finished before Irma, back when life was simpler.
I was lucky enough to find two volunteers to hold it up outside on a nice sunny day.   It can be hard to get good pictures of big quilts.  
 The border gave me no end of grief and had me dumping the whole quilt in a corner for months before I was brave enough to try again.  It looks great as long as you don't get too close.
This quilt started in 2014 as an attempt to put tiny scraps to use.  I was inspired by The Birthday Quilt and Omigosh to try making nine patches from 1 inch strips.   Making tiny little nine patches is a tiny bit addictive.  Once you start, it gets hard to stop.
After several years of making nine patches, I decided to try out an alternate block or two.
I worked up a few trial blocks and took votes before deciding on a churn dash block with a tiny nine patch in the center.
That led to a couple more years of making alternate blocks.  Look how cute and little they are!
 Eventually they moved to the design wall and I planned a layout using graph paper and colored pencils.  Truly my favorite design tools ever.  
 Thanks so much for reading about my quilt, be sure to visit Amy and enjoy lots of eye candy.  Get an icy beverage first, it can take a while to enjoy it fully.  



Weekend Roundup

 I was puttering around the sewing room trying to clear out some things.  These little house blocks were going to be a block a day quilt from 3 or 4 years ago.  I made a few, but decided not to keep going.  Since then, they have been sitting in a bin.  After just a little bit of puttering around, they are now a mini quilt ready for the hand sewing of binding stack.  Making mini quilts is instant gratification.  I might have to do more of them in the future.
I also got the rest of the postage stamp stars put together.  That brings the number of finished quilts draped over the dining room table to three.  I guess that ordering some more batting will have to go on the list of things to do.  Not that quilting will be high on the list as school starts again -- finally!  There are two more storm brewing out there, but hopefully they will end up twirling around the ocean instead of making landfall.  We aren't quite recovered from the last storm yet.  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Gear Shift

 First up on the agenda today is sewing down some binding.  Thanks to 7 missed days of school, there is a stack of 5 finished quilts awaiting my attention.
 Leap year now has a border.  I pulled out some potential backing fabrics, but as I am out of batting right now, I couldn't really get this one much further right now.
 Lizzie came to give it her seal of approval.
 She has to check out every quilt that is on the floor.
Speaking of quilts on the floor, the RSC16 row by row sampler got sewn together yesterday.
Still working on "holiday" energy, I pulled out this collection of postage stamp stars which have been finished for a while now.  They even had matching cornerstones, but just needed sashing strips.  I went with a grey star pattern.  Instead of extending it throughout the quilt, I decided that I would try some random 2.5 in strips to create a border feel.  I think I like it.  I was about halfway through sewing these all together yesterday when my sewing machine started acting up.  Maybe I tired her out?  I'm sure a little extra TLC will have her back at it before you know it.  
I'm off to check out Slow Stitching Sunday and Oh Scrap! before the day gets out of control.  School starts again tomorrow.  It is going to be a huge shock to everyone's system to get back to something resembling normal again.  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday -- Orange You Glad the Hurricane is Gone?


What a long strange week it has been!  I think that last week at the same time we were watching the weather forecasts as the hurricane approached.  Now that it has passed, we are watching the updates to see when everyone will have water and power again.  I am fortunate enough to have both of those right now, and am thankful indeed.
Being out of school for 7 days has done wonders for my quilting productivity.  My stack of orange squares has been turned into "twosies" ready to be turned into four patches and eventually 16 patches.  That isn't the big news though.  While waiting for the hurricane, and recovering from the hurricane, I've quilted and bound 5 quilts, finished one more flimsy, and have another ready to be have its rows sewn into a top.  What projects have you been up to?  Misterlinky is below, awaiting your report.




Friday, September 15, 2017

Race to the Finish

School starts again on Monday, so I tried to find some quilts which are close to the finish.  I'm on a streak now.  Crossing things off the list feels pretty good.

This one is the RSC16 Sampler Quilt.  I was never happy with the way it was coming together, but I need to get it finished up nonetheless.  There are lots of awesome hand dyed scraps that will be free when the top is together and ready for quilting.
 No more quilting for now, I appear to have run out of batting.  I'll have to take care of that eventually, but for now, there are plenty of projects to keep me going for the last two hurricane days.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Circling in on a Finish

I finished sewing down the last circle last night while watching Barefoot in the Park on Netflix.  After spending most of the day crawling around on hands and knees, Leap Year 366 is finally a flimsy!  It just needs an outer border which is already cut out and waiting.  Then I can get it layered and basted.  The plan is to hand quilt this one.
First though, I'd better go and hop through the shower.  These hurricane cancellations are starting to feel a lot like spring break.  Ms. Johnson is having a teacher pot luck get together tonight and I need to think of something interesting to bring.  Food at the grocery store is a little sparse so it will be more about what they have than what I would like to make.
Anna has been working on college applications today and Sydney fell off her bike and skinned her knee and elbow.  We all went to Goodwill this morning to do a bit of shopping for spirit week.   Anna had all the themes from the senior chat group.  School starts again on Monday.  Getting back to normal is going to feel good.    

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Circles



We are stuck in a strange holding pattern here.  School is always cancelled for just one more day, or until further notice.  Though the damage wasn't severe, it is still wide spread and recovery is slow.  And so I sit and stitch.  I am SO close to being done with the Leap Year Circle Quilt.  SEW close.
 I did venture out this morning to pick up the camera traps from Hundred Acre Hollows.  There is standing water from Irma.  Ducks have already discovered a new swimming sight.
The drive was less than pleasant.  About 75% of the stop lights are still out.  This one was working, just a bit askew.  Don't worry, I didn't take the photo while driving.  I made Ryan come along to get him out of the house for a bit.  Then this afternoon I took the girls out for lunch and a movie.  The mall was on a boil water warning, so no fountain drinks and everything was served out of takeaway containers.  Still, it was nice to get out of the house for a bit.  No school again tomorrow, not sure yet about Friday.  Monday, ironically, was scheduled as a teacher workday.  There is definite discussion of turning it into a school day instead.  So many things out of my control.  Until life gets back to normal, I will sit and stitch a bit more.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

5 Quilts

Here are the 5 quilts that I quilted during the hurricane.  From top to bottom: Noah's Ark, Blue Pinwheels, 9 Patches on Point, Orange Peels, Twinkle Stars.  The binding has been applied to three of the five, it won't take long to whip up a couple sets.  After that, it will be time for a bit of hand sewing.  I was hopeful that school would be back on for Wednesday, but it is still off cancelled until further notice.  Even though things look pretty good in the central part of the county, but there are still widespread power outages in most of the state.  I'll take full advantage of the extra time off, there are always plenty of projects that would enjoy a bit of forward progress.  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Post Hurricane

The power was out for most of the night, but it is up again now.  We might or might not be under a boil water alert, still trying to figure that one out.

Part of the fence blew over, so we went out this morning and propped it up a bit.  It didn't hit anything on the way down though, so all is well.
The kids got a bit stir crazy in the hour this morning before the power was back up and demanded to drive to Atlanta.  Silly children, it is headed there next.
I've been sewing circles.  Small, simple, not requiring much concentration.  Now it is just waiting for everything to get back to normal again.
First though, maybe a nap?  Not much sleeping happened last night.