Monday, April 21, 2014

Scrappy Stitching

As Spring weather arrives we get the urge to CLEAN SOMETHING OUT.  I tackled a closet and the cutlery drawer before I realized the cleaning could quite reasonably apply to my sewing room.  I turned to my drawer of 1 1/2” strips pulling out all the short pieces (under 10” long) to put  to use in a simple quilt block.

My notes tell me the block is called Scrap Happy, but I did not record the original source.  I found it hard to compose the individual blocks. I could not seem to get darker and lighter fabrics “balanced”, but then I realized that didn’t matter.  Once the top is assembled the overall effect does not rely on the fabric arrangement in any one block. 

Block centres came from the 2 1/2” drawer.  I used lights, darks, mediums more or less as they came.  By the time I had a selection of blocks on the wall I decided I preferred the effect of the lighter fabric in the centre, but I certainly was not going back to change any of the ones that were made.

Sashings were a handful of light strips and squares from the 2” drawer.  It feels wonderful to have those fabrics OUT of the drawer and into a quilt top!  And of course, those drawers are much tidier now!


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Friday, April 11, 2014

And it’s Scrap Squad time again!


My second scrap squad post is up on Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog. Check it out.  Here’s the link: Louisa’s post

While you are there, be sure to go back and read the other Scrap Squad posts, as well.  The six quilts we produced for the first quilt couldn’t have been more different from each other – I’m still trying to decide which I like best.  And I think you are going to see a real variety for this current project as well. Did you see Margaret’s quilt that was featured last week?  The post is here if you missed it.

I enjoyed making Mountain Summer.  And I was grateful to my “mountain-sized” sons for being available to hold it up for an outdoor photo!  The photo has been cropped but you can tell that my guys don’t need to stand on chairs for this job.

full quilt2

Saturday, March 22, 2014

My first Scrap Squad post



My post about my first quilt made for Scrap Squad 2014 is up on Quiltmaker magazine’s blog.  You can check it out here.

It has been great fun working with the Scrap Squad group and it is exciting to see the great variety of interpretations of the quilt we start with!  We are all hard at work on our second project now and those results will start appearing soon.

Quilty Pleasures blog is a busy one and often has several posts a week. Be sure to check it often!  One way of finding all the Scrap Squad posts is to use the search bar at the top of the blog. 

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Shiny black sewing machine

Look at this little darling!
hand crank machine 1
Machine is about 7 inches high.  It is very heavy!
My sister was recently given this hand crank machine.  Her friend Ruth received it about 1930 and has loved it and used it carefully. 

We would love to know more about it.  Some searching on the web has turned up pictures. Machines similar to this were made in Germany by a company called Muller.  This size is classed as “miniature” or “toy”, although its owner tells us she did a lot of sewing on it.   

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Preemie Mystery 2014



The final steps of the mystery quilt are up!  See the link under PAGES top right corner of the blog.

I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of what you’ve done!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Brick by Brick


Carlisle bricks

This picture of a brick wall has been in my Inspiration File for some time.  I love the “checkerboard” arrangement of the bricks.  A recent challenge with friends gave me an opportunity to build my own brick wall quilt based on the picture. 

fabric embellished

I began with a piece of red upholstery fabric.  I fused on some bits of batik fabrics, stitched on some gold mesh and added brown netting.  Then I couched various yarns in place on top of that.





I cut this piece of fabric up into squares and rectangles to make the bricks in my wall.  I was delighted to see that each piece was its own little composition.  I stitched them together with “grout” and added more bricks in the “grout” fabric.  Then I quilted it.  I tried to pack down the plain bricks to put them into the background as the collaged bits are the main part of the design.

Embellished bricks

The piece is about 14” by 27”.


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Saturday, March 1, 2014

More Scrap Squad

Scrap Squad time again.  My post is still a few weeks away, but it is exciting to see what the rest of the group has done.

Check out Nadia's butterflies!