Monday, 14 July 2014

As of Saturday my scrap basket is full again!  Over the past year I gave away most of my scraps .  I love having a scrap basket so when I want to start a project I just dump it out and start making blocks with it, whip up a little quilt  OR when I don't feel like working on a project but want to sew I cut squares, strips, shapes whatever from it for future projects…
you get the idea.  Having a scrap basket is important to me….
wait to you see what my friend Soile did with a big box from my scrap basket last year…
your going to be as amazed as I was.  So much so I have started my own from my new scrap basket.

so how did my scrap basket go from this
to full again?  I went and ordered reproduction fabrics scrap baskets from Homestead Hearth, I can't tell you how much I love these treasures.  I ordered 8 of them and requested that they all be different if possible.  Can you say Happy Birthday to me?  yes sometimes you just have to order/buy a few presents for yourself!
Almost 12" piles of treasures!  ok fabric…
took out a few pieces so you can see the size of the pieces some are large almost a fat quarter most are larger then 6"charms lots of strips  3 inches , 2.5  perfect size for me…
I took 2 pieces and started, I love nine patches so of course I had to make that, and then 2 hst for my Soile quilt , a small tumbler then strips to turn into small quilts or 1.5" for my postage stamp quilt and then whatever else I want down the road!   1.5" strips is a favorite of mine I want to make a few log cabin quilts so I have been saving them

this week I will be working from the scrap basket!  So tell me do you treasure your scrap basket too????

Thursday, 10 July 2014

All the blocks are made, yes I took out the cheddar one. This quilt will be donated and decided its best to keep it just blues. Its 63 x 70 and trying to decide if it needs a border. The goal is to have it sewn together this weekend and by then I will know add a border or not….
My blocks are 7" finished, cut 3 1/2" squares 1 1/2" center 1.5 x 3.5 middle strips

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

On Saturday I started making a few of these blocks and decided I wanted to make a blue quilt. I just kept making a few more blocks and the quilt has grown! The plan is to make it a twin size quilt.
and of course there are a few more on my cutting table ready to be sewn together today. I find doing this helpful I get to walk in the sewing room and start sewing and of course the instant gratification of making 4 blocks for the day is a good thing! sometimes I spend too much time over thinking the fabric choices.
<br>I was inspired to make this quilt after seeing a quilt using this block of these blogs, she made it with fall colors, I have used this block before in other quilts but it was on point.  I like the look of it just straight too.
I looked for the quilt but couldn't find it again to link to it…sorry Mereth and Keryn  I think its Mereths from Pages from Me blog.<br>
     These are two blogs you need to put on your list to read all the time. I am always inspired by their work and how many quilts they make. Pages from Me…. Mereth ///// Keryns blog is Quilting Twin

I am having a hard time with the new blogger format I can't make paragraphs! I have to load the picture then write , then load another picture, used to be able to just load the pictures and move them around. why oh why did they have to change things????

Sunday, 6 July 2014

trying to finish up a few little quilts I had made kits for awhile back. I lay it all and then bring it to the sewing machine to stitch together. As I am sewing sometimes the pieces aren't actually sewn as they are laid out! Sometimes I even decide I need to switch one or two!
9.5" x 12.5" I doubt this one will get a border, I will hand quilt it.
this is the next one to be sewn. I will put a border on this one hopefully I can find some fun Christmas fabric for it. I have a few more ufo's I will be finishing this summer, at least thats the goal! Do you have a ufo that you need to finish?

Friday, 4 July 2014

“Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.” I was thrilled to learn my quilt, Patriotic Pinwheels, was chosen to be the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting 2015 calendar. Its always an honor to have a quilt published. The photography always impresses me, their stylist always does an incredible job in making my quilts look amazing.
here is the quilt on my design wall a few years ago. It was a lot of fun to make and use so many of my favorite fabrics in this quilt. I really enjoy making red, white and blue quilts. todays the perfect day to start another one! The pattern is in the calendar along with the 11 other patterns for each month. Thank you American Patchwork and Quilting for publishing another one of my quilts. Thanks Lorre for custom quilting and designing a pattern just for this quilt it added so much to my quilt.
“Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Making little tumbler quilts is just fun! I made this one a few years ago just using patriotic fabrics It is hand quilted. 12.5" x 15" approx.
For the backing I decided to use what I had left over and make a strippy style quilt or bar quilt.
this is one of my favorite little quilts, just makes me smile when I bring it out to use from May thru Sept.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

one of my favorite little quilts to use this time of year. I reproduced an antique quilt years ago once I found the star fabric. Hand quilted. 16.5 x 20 " love that I went with the stripped binding a bit bold but worked for me. Still looks antique. I used that great fabric for the backing. On my little quilts over the years I have started to pay attention to the backing fabric. (inspired by Barb) There are just some really fun fabrics out there to use now. I whipped up this little quilt over the weekend. I would like to find a great border fabric to use. Next time I go to a quilt shop I will take this along. I am thinking a Christmas print. Then again it might turn out to be a blue, I love patriotic quilts!
a few of you asked how I was pressing the postage stamp blocks here is a picture of a back of one. Yes I am piecing the blocks square by square no strip piecing, why? Because I started cutting for it from my 1.5" strip bin and just kept cutting squares till I had 100's of them . I wanted each block to have 100 different fabrics in it. Yes the fabrics are repeated in other blocks.