Friday, April 29, 2016

Funfetti Finish

It is no secret that I love scrap quilts. To me, there is just something so gratifying about using up bits and pieces and creating something beautiful. Funfetti was a way to use up some leftover Zen Chic Scraps and make a dent in my gray scrap bin. Even the binding is from leftovers. Oh I feel so thrifty.
 I quilted it with simple straight line quilting,vertical lines 1/4" from the seams.
 For the back I used some larger gray pieces I had in my stash. If you are interested in making a little fun of your own you can find the tutorial for these quick easy blocks here.
Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia, and Amanda Jean to celebrate this fun finish.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beware Bears

Last week I had a great time with the ladies in my guild playing in our scraps.  I had been asked to teach My Scrappy Bear Paw. I once heard that there was no such thing as an ugly fabric.  That if you felt it was ugly you just had not cut it small enough yet. This quilt found in the Jan/Feb. issue of Quiltmaker is  a great way to use up these kinds of fabric. Those little bear paws us 1 1/2" squares and hsts that finish at 1".  
Diane's quilt
 I had asked the ladies to have there fabric cut and hsts done. I wanted to make sure they would get a lot done in class.  Those the got this bit of prep work done were able to get most of there blocks done and a few sections of the quilt.
Vivian's quilt
I find you always get a few overachievers in your classes.  This was no exception.  Diane came with all her blocks made.  Vivian, who had recently had surgery came with a complete top. Her excuse, was she couldn't do anything else.  Suzy got her blocks done in class and had started assembling them when the class ended.  She sent me this picture later that night.
Suzy's quilt
I'm looking forward to seeing the other quilts as they are completed.  The advantage to teaching a class in your own guild, eventually those quilts get completed and brought to show and tell. Oh, I love a scrappy quilt.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What a Deal

The thought of making a double wedding ring used to scare me.  It was one of those quilts I loved but figured I would never make.  But with a little encouragement from Victoria I took the plunge and what was just going to be a table runner (you know just to try the method and say I had done it) turned into a queen size quilt. 
If you've been toying with the idea of a double wedding ring quilt, Keepsake Quilting has a special on templates.  They even have it precut  using 30's fabrics if you are interested. For someone who hates to cut out quilts this is quite a deal. That's over 2,000 pieces you don't have to cut!
Speaking of the 30's the Farmer's Wife is also on sale on their site. It's 45% off!  Now that's a deal!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Moving it Forward

Moving, shaking and ready to share this fine Monday. Hope you are too.  There is a lot I can't share yet but I've been feeding this string and strip blocks through my machine in between everything else. I'm getting a little stack almost 10 in each, being careful to keep the stacks even so when I go to play with them I'll be able to do what I'm envisioning.
 I need about 80 more blocks 40 of each. But no worries it seems I have plenty strips and strings to keep me going.
Now it's your turn.  Let's see how your moving and shaking.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Northwestern Plan B

I finished the quilting and bond my newest plan B quilt this week.  I'm calling this one Northwest Plan B.  Why, you ask? One, I'm sending it to my sister in law who happens to live there. Two, The low volume background reminds me of the overcast skies that are so prevalent there. Three, The bright happy trees remind me of all the beautiful foliage that are a result of so many rainy days.
 To go with this theme I decided to quilt clouds and swirling wind.
 I hope it will be the perfect pick me up for my sister in law.  She was recently diagnosed with cancer. So a Plan Be quilt is perfect. If you are unfamiliar with my Plan B quilts let me explain. A Plan B quilt is made from blocks inteded for other quilts.  Test blocks because sometimes it's a good idea to make sure everything fits before you commit.  Orphan blocks because some blocks are so fun you get carried away.  Mistake, not failures, but lessons learned.  And scraps because when life falls to pieces remember there is always plan B.  And life is all about how you handle plan B.
 Now to box it up and send it on it's happy way.
Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia, and Amanda Jean.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Different Use For My Scraps

 While surfing the net for ideas I came across some weaving classes on Craftsy. A few years back I got a loom for Christmas.  I hadn't used in a a while and decided to pull it out.  After a way to long visit on pintrest looking at woven items. I just get sucked in and before I know it an hour or more has gone by.  How does that happen? Well after that little diversion I warped my loom.  Pulled some scraps from my bins.  Cut them into 1" strips and started to weave.
The weaving process goes pretty fast once the loom is warped and before to long I had this table runner. I'm thinking it will make a nice gift.  I'm also thinking I need to warp my loom again and try another project.  Who knows maybe between quilting and weaving I might make a dent in the scrap bins.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Moving It Forward

Monday Monday time for a link up.
I don't have a lot to share. Just my two new Splendid Sampler blocks.  I really love the stars. 
And the basting of my newest Plan B quilt that I'm still coming up with a name for, along with and idea on how to quilt it.  I'm toying with swirling wind among my trees and houses. Or maybe the footprints I saw recently on pintrest, maybe clouds and birds would look nice.  Or a combination.  Deciding on how to quilting motif is not my strong point. But I hope to choose one soon and get busy on this quilt.
Now it's your turn.  What did you move forward.  I can't wait to see your progress.