Monday, July 17, 2017

Scrappy Nines

 In my quest to use all my scraps, these nine patch blocks helped decrease the mountain of 2.5" strips in my stash. I began sewing them together, willy nilly,  without a  plan or careful choosing and before long I had a bunch ready to make into a quilt. But they weren't nicely light and dark, and wouldn't fall into clear patterns. So there they sat. Finally I made the decision to use them as 'background' blocks against these red snowballs. 

The red fabrics are also getting used up, and three different ones were sewn into this top. Next time I do a ninepatch, I will plan my colors first. Dave likes this one and wants it for his bed. It's small (50x60") for a bed quilt, so I may have to add some to make it grow.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pinwheel Geese Medallion

 Pinwheel Geese Medallion, top, 54" square, and possibly will grow, depending on finding the right fabrics. Machine pieced.
Medallion quilts are so easy and enjoyable to construct because you begin in the middle and grow it outward. First I made the flying geese blocks and carefully sewed them together, joining solid red along the sides. Then I used up the last of my red/orange dots for the outer triangles. A matching orange border followed and then...what?

 Since my geese were pinks and aquas I pulled out my lightest Kaffe fabrics in those colors, plus reds and darks, to use if I could figure out how. I never did. However I did use some hand dyed solids for the four patch bits.

 I love how nice the four patch gradate colors. Solids against the busy patterns is just a must. The main floral strips are just the width of fabric cut to match the finished four patch widths, 4 1/2". I had just enough, and no more! Since I am doing teaching demos at my sister's store, I want to keep reinforcing that even a simple two block quilt like this can be interesting and an easy way to get the most out of your precious fabrics.
 Update: I decided to enlarge the Scrappy Medallion with one more round of pink. It makes the center off center a bit but I don't mind it. If I do start to mind, I can always add another round of dark blue. We'll see.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Scrappy Medallion

This quilt, Garden Medallion had been on my Pinterest board for ages. I love the huge log cabin made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and always hoped one day to make my own. Yesterday I did!
The idea to extend the length of the wide strips with patchwork was perfect for my scrapwork collection. I had flying geese, four patches, nine patches, and HSTs ready to use. I have been hoarding KF fabrics for a while and recently felt I needed to add a few more, eek! and start using them up. Some of these are new. 
Here's a hint. At Craftsy one can order kits of KF fabric and get lots of variety at a lower price. I did that with this kit.

Scrappy Medallion, 55" square, machine pieced top.

 I had to decide what to use as my center and chose a Bear's Paw block made from my charm squares and a Waverly dot. Then the fun began, choosing the lights and darks to build the Log Cabin.

 Here are some of my pieced scrap blocks. Their size determined the width of the strip I cut.

The whole thing just came together in no time, and I think I may have to do another with a different setting. I am having a blast!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Scrapwork Top Finish

 The top is completed, and now measures 53x64" with the additions of three borders. Using the flying geese in my blocks box, added length to the skimpy amount of aqua stripe.

 This was such a satisfying project, using up almost a whole box of strips. I will now be more conscious of where leftovers get stored. Somehow I have a lot of dark prints and solids and never imagine or think 'dark'. Perhaps my subconscious will work on that for the future.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Choosing a Setting

This was the way I set the scrappy blocks as I worked on them and didn't have to use my step stool to get them up on the wall. I've been considering ways to enlarge the piece from this point, as it is only 48x36", each block being 6.5" square.

 But if I put them on point, it suddenly grows to 45x55" (before seaming) and I need only to add two more squares, and border triangles, which will not be a problem. OK that makes the decision easy!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


I've been working on reducing my scraps which have gotten totally out of hand. Trying to use the abundance of 2 1/2" strips packed into several stash boxes. I found a tutorial which made it simpler to get right down to business. Cut 9 strips 8 inches long. Sew three sets of three and then trim and cut into 2 1/2 pieces. Arrange and sew again and voila, three new nine patches to add to the wall.
Sometimes the strip I pull out of the box is slightly too narrow, or I have a wider one and need to trim it down to 2 1/2". These go into another pile and will become quarter log cabin blocks.

 These require a little more sewing and choosing, but the variety is worth the effort. Some of these strips are really narrow, but that makes nicer details and adds to the fun.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Top Finished

Four Patch Fascination, unquilted top. 63x59". My weekly demo stint has nudged me into trying things that I haven't done in the past. Like traditional blocks! The four patch itself is so simple but with color contrast, solids and print scale it can look complex.This is my block inspired and pinned several times on Pinterest. This uses some really old Alexander Henry scraps. Glad I saved them.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Working on the Wall

The evolution of my current four patch fascination, for my Friday demo. The four patches start as 5" charm squares and the finished patch then measures 4.25". The alternating squares are cut to 4.25" also. Simple and yet dramatic in the layout. 
Right away I abandoned this 'typical' layout.

 Then the final layout. I still need to add edqe squares, and then sew it together!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bosna #2 Done-a-roo

 Bosna #2, 69x78"Hand dyed and commercial cottons, machine pieced and machine quilted.

Trying to get a photo of red with pink stitching is nearly impossible.

 Same with orange with pink stitching. Duh. What was I thinking?

 Here's some green that shows up.

The yellow is really much brighter, but what matters is that I had fun and was in the zone as I stitched. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

"¿QuĂ© Pasa?"

So what IS happening?
I read the comments and you are asking about Dave and the Dawgs...they're sleeping alot. When Dave is doing well, he is sleeping and when he isn't doing well he is in pain, so not much to say about that. I hide myself away in the sewing room, just quilting along, mesmerized by the moving needle and listening to NPR on the headphones to block out the machine drone.  I'm making up quilting designs as I go along and this quilt offers plenty of open space to doodle. The Bosna series is one I plan to continue, and someday I hope to have a bunch to offer for an exhibit. Big plans...ha! It's so good to have a project to work on that requires no angst.

 How 'bout photos of the garden? In front it is going mad for color. The Stargazers are short but the flowers are huge, while the gladiolas are tall and the flowers are short lived. The gaillardia did not disappoint and I am pleased at their continual blooming.
Thank heaven for nasturtiums which fill in the gaps and flourish even without much care.

I planted hyacinth beans against the trellis and just now they are starting to look enthusiastic and sending out climbing tendrils. The trellis is supported by sunken iron rods covered with PVC pipe and cable tied to the trellis, no nails involved. It stays up even in high winds.
The hosta are happy in their shade and this winter I will divide them and continue the bed along the house.

 We saw this bike wheel-daisy idea on Pinterest and Dave quickly mounted two of the five we had in the garage. The patio garden is doing so-so. Some plants are thriving while my peppers are wimpy. I guess it is not enough sun, for long enough. But the tomatoes have already ripened and I have loved eating those. Green beans too, but still kindy wimpy compared to our previous gardens. O well. 

 I bought a big potted Husky tomato plant and that has been producing continually while my bedded tomatoes are still green. I am patient. It's only June for heaven's sake! 
Our doggie fence didn't keep little Tony from jumping it and running down the alley. So we have to be out there with them to keep them safe and at home.
Life is calm and pretty darn satisfying. The last house in our  neighborhood was finished last week and the people moved in, so we are pretty much done with construction. Yay!!! There are condos being built one street over but they are far enough away to keep trucks from blocking our street.