Sunday, August 20, 2017

Oh Scrap! : Wanna Trade?


So far, this weekend has been quite productive....




I sashed my Sewcial Bee Sampler blocks and pieced a backing so it is all ready to quilt.




I also finished the quilt top for my Improv Stripes quilt.  For the backing, I dug through some older stash fabrics and found a red/black stripe that I could use with some black fabric.

I hope to get them on the frame soon!


So with these big projects completed, I was able to do a bit of organizing.  And I discovered I have WAYYYY too many novelty prints chunks/scraps and I am hoping someone out there would like to trade...




Here is what I have.  The upper left are larger cuts - some are maybe fat quarters.  To the right are large chunks and WOF wide strips.  In the lower left are strings and small pieces.



Here they all are in a padded flat rate envelope. It is stuffed full and weighs just under 2 lbs.

I am looking for someone who wants to trade some scraps.  Here is what I am looking for...

I need bright, happy yellows and pinks.  For the pinks, I need just about any shade from pastels to dark magentas.  All of my yellows are dark gold so I am really looking for sunny yellow.  I don't really use a lot of tiny scraps or triangles so if you have an abundance of yellow and pink chunks and would rather have these fabrics, let's talk.

If you are interested, let me know in the comments.  Thanks
(I will start contacting people Tuesday if I have any takers...)

Please note:  All of the fabrics above are good quality and come from a non-smoking environment.  I ask that I get the same in return.  And, sorry, you need to be in the US.


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Now it is time for you to share your scrap projects.  Here are the details for linking up:
  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do!

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    So if you love scrappy projects, feel free to grab my button for your sidebar or posts and get ready to share all your wonderful projects from scraps.  And if you have a great idea for using scraps and would like to be featured, feel free to contact me!









    Did you see that this weekend is Craftsy's Makers' sale.  It is a great time to pick up some of their Boundless solids.  Remember this courthouse steps quilt I made with them.  They are really nice!



    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Parsons Patchwork

    Sometimes Simple is the Best Choice!





    While recently cleaning out some project boxes, I came across a whole bunch of leftover fabric from various Parsons Gray collections.  I had forgotten they were stashed away.

    I decided to get them out and turn them into a quilt.  Some of the prints I had only small chunks of while other pieces I had almost a yard.

    I decided I would just keep it simple and cut some 6" squares.


    The nice thing about simple patchwork is you have a lovely quilt in no time at all. 
    I really like how this one turned out.  



    I tried not to worry too much about having similar prints right next to each other.  However, I did try to balance out the colors.  And I also didn't want to adhere to a strict light/dark layout so I added in a few extra dark squares.




    It was really hard to capture the quilting on this but I did some swooping curves in an ivory thread.  



    Somewhere along the way, I had picked up a backing knowing I would need one and stashed it in the box too.  For the binding, I used a light colored stripe.  I usually prefer a dark binding but it was the only print that I had enough of.



    It was nice to turn all those leftovers into such a handsome quilt.  It has no home so I just listed it in my Etsy shop.  I am currently inundated with stacks of quilts around here so my quilts are priced to move!  Need a gift for someone?!



    Busy Hands Quilts (Finished or not Friday)

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Oh Scrap! : Improv Stripes

    Happy Sunday!




    Remember this pretty stack of scraps?




    They are now all somewhere in this project!




    Debbie over at A Quilter's Table hosted an #improvstripesqal and I thought it would be fun to join in the fun.  I knew I wanted to make a lap sized quilt so I decided to make my blocks more rectangular so it wouldn't get too busy.



    I don't often do improv.  I find it to be a really slow process and I swear sometimes after sewing a bunch of seams, your blocks appears smaller!  Just kidding of course but I do find it to be pretty time consuming.




    Even so, I have been enjoying this project.  I still have a couple of vertical seams to sew and I need to decide how I am going to finish the left side.  I like the large piece of black but I still need to determine if I will add any strips.  I do have a scrap pinned up there so I can think about it.



    I also added a few bowtie blocks to my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt.  Such quick blocks!

    How about you - what are you making with your scraps?



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    Share your scrap projects.  Here are the details for linking up:
    • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
    • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
    • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
    • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
    • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
    • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do!

      Quilting is more fun than Housework
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      So if you love scrappy projects, feel free to grab my button for your sidebar or posts and get ready to share all your wonderful projects from scraps.  And if you have a great idea for using scraps and would like to be featured, feel free to contact me!





      Thursday, August 10, 2017

      TGIFF - Licorice Allsorts Finish






      I have been waiting for a special day to share my finished Licorice Allsorts quilt and today is the day!



      I made this quilt following crazymomquilt's #junequiltqal.  I knew as soon as I saw her sample that this quilt would be ideal for all of those black background scraps that I had piled up and never seem to use. 
      (I probably still have enough for a second quilt!)



      I did make a few changes to Amanda Jean's instructions.  I knew a lot of my strings were up to 3" wide so I decided to make my strip sets 6" x 12".  I really am glad I made that change to the scale - it really fits these fabrics better.  The other change I made was to the cornerstones.  I decided to piece mine.  When I increased the size of the strip sets, that meant my cornerstones were larger too.  I felt a single fabric would stand out far too much - plus this way, I used more scraps.

      That is always a big bonus!



      One of my client's fell in love with this quilt before it was finished and offered to buy it.  Because it wasn't quilted yet, she got to pick the fabric for the backing.  She chose this mod print but there wasn't enough for the whole back.



      I decided to add a giant strip set to the back.  How is that for scale!  I think she is going to love it.  I believe she plans on picking it up this weekend.



      It is going to be a hard quilt to give up!  I am almost hoping she decides not to buy it....
      Then it can be mine!

      Thanks for stopping by TGIFF.  I hope you have a finish to link up!

       Please remember to visit some of the quilters that link up their finishes before you run off.  
      It is a great way to be inspired and maybe make a new friend!  :)






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      Sunday, August 6, 2017

      Oh Scrap! : Scrap Dealer

      I am the first to admit, I am a bit obsessed with scraps.  To me, they are like a puzzle to be put together into a pretty product.  Want to throw my daily schedule out the window?  All it takes is for my "scrap dealer" to drop by with a new baggie of stimulant.

      Recently, along with a quilt came a bag of leftover pieces of some brushed cottons.  She warned me she had a terrible time with these fabrics.  And as I quilted the project for her, I could see why.  She thought maybe I should just toss them and not mess with them.

      Hmmm.  I admit, I felt the same way.  The fabrics were amazing soft but they had absolutely no structure to them.  But the pull of the challenge was just too strong!



      I ended up using a LOT of starch (which helped some) and then decided to go to my stash and just add in some flannel horizontal strips to give the scraps a framework to hold them in place.



       The colors in these fabrics are really pretty.  And the finished quilt is exceptionally cuddly. 
      But these scraps about did me in!



      I decided to just use up the rest of the fabrics on the backing and the binding.  

      I am curious if you scrap quilters are able to resist the siren song of a bag of scraps - even when your "dealer" warns you against them!

      I obviously can't!!

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      Share your scrap projects.  Here are the details for linking up:
      • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
      • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
      • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
      • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
      • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
      • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do!

        Quilting is more fun than Housework
        <a href="http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XTyeCeIcFJ8/VJSHulTzvkI/AAAAAAAAGCc/O_OPzksuV2s/s1600/Oh%2BScrap%2BButton.jpg" alt="Quilting is more fun than Housework" width="125" height="125" /></a>

        So if you love scrappy projects, feel free to grab my button for your sidebar or posts and get ready to share all your wonderful projects from scraps.  And if you have a great idea for using scraps and would like to be featured, feel free to contact me!




        Friday, August 4, 2017

        Rainbow Scrap Challenge Finish

        Last fall, I started making 6" nine-patch blocks with no clear idea of how I would use them.  Then earlier this year, I decided to go back and frame them with some solid colored scraps.  



        Finally, in July, I determined I had enough blocks to complete a quilt.  To make each block, I used black/white scraps and the appropriate Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for the month I made the blocks.  So when it came to sashing and the border, I pulled scraps/fabric from my black and white stash.



        I am sure this quilt will probably get donated to a local charity (like almost all of my RSC quilts).  I played around with the quilting on this one.  I simply created a vertical "helix" design that went quite quickly.


        I was able to use one of the backings I stashed away when a great sale presented itself.  I think it looks great with all of the scrappy colors in the quilt top.



        This quilt went together REALLY quickly.  It all came out of the scrap bin except the outer border and the backing.  Now I am starting to sew up bow tie blocks.  I have been working on more blue blocks which I hope to share soon.

        Have a great weekend!  Our crazy heatwave is supposed to be over so I am happy to see temperatures back in the 90's.  This is Oregon - we like out moderate temps!  :)



        TGIFF (Thank Goodness it is Friday Finish)
        Busy Hands Quilts (Finished or not Friday)

        Wide Backing Sale

        If you like to pick up backings at a great price for your stash, I see Connecting Threads has their wide backings back on sale.  Check it out!



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        Sunday, July 30, 2017

        Oh Scrap! : Improv Stripes

        I continue to attempt to use up a large majority of the black and white scraps I have accumulated over the years.  It seems the many Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts I have made so far have not done the trick.  So when I saw the Improv Stripes QAL starting next week over at A Quilter's Table, I knew I wanted to join in.





        I love royal blue with black/white so I pulled this lovely stack out of my folded scrap area.  I was getting all excited and made the mistake of opening another drawer....





         Next thing I knew, some red and yellow were thrown into the mix. Not sure how (or if) I will use all these colors but it will be fun to see where this quilt leads.



        Of course, I also started pulling all my loose scraps from my color scrap bins.  As usual, I have FAR more fabric pulled than I need.  But I definitely see a lovely scrap quilt hiding in there!

        Debbie will be starting her Improv Stripes QAL on Monday July 31st so there is still time to jump on board.  This one will be a great scrap buster!  Will you be joining in?

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        Share your scrap projects.  Here are the details for linking up:
        • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
        • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
        • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
        • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
        • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
        • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do!

          Quilting is more fun than Housework
          <a href="http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XTyeCeIcFJ8/VJSHulTzvkI/AAAAAAAAGCc/O_OPzksuV2s/s1600/Oh%2BScrap%2BButton.jpg" alt="Quilting is more fun than Housework" width="125" height="125" /></a>

          So if you love scrappy projects, feel free to grab my button for your sidebar or posts and get ready to share all your wonderful projects from scraps.  And if you have a great idea for using scraps and would like to be featured, feel free to contact me!