Sunday, January 20, 2019

Another Quilt Started

I was looking at different block ideas and I have decided on a block that will use up lots of my 2.5" hsts and I think it will make up into a great quilt. This is block #2072 in Block Base and is known as Blind Man's Fancy.  Because I wanted to use all hsts I did make a slight modification to the original design. I substituted the flying geese patches with hsts and I think that will work for me. I also changed the center of the star into a four patch from a single square of fabric.

Please ignore the fabric choices in the photo as they were just what was easily available in EQ7. My block will definitely be scrappy other than the larger triangles (maybe). I am not 100% sure what that fabric choice will be but, of course, that can be decided later. In the meantime, I can certainly get started on the center 4 patches as well as the star points and those wonderful hsts along the outer edge.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2019

As part of my efforts to make a dent in my 2.5" hst baskets I made these blocks over the past week.

I made sure to work with red hsts so that I could participate in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge hosted by Angela at soscrappy.

I managed to make 6 broken dish blocks and 12 zig zag blocks. I have no plan at all for any of these blocks other than I might use them in rainbow quilts.
I think if I make a quilt using a vertical strip of sashing between these zig zags they might look like arrows once they are separated into columns. No need to commit to that decision yet though. ;)

I am linking up with other scrappy quilters here. Pop on over and check out all of the scrappy goodness!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Framed Blocks Flimsy

The last time I posted about these blocks was in February of  2018. I have moved them along since then and now they are stitched together into a flimsy. I didn't have enough space to spread out this very wrinkled flimsy so I folded it up and pinned it to my design wall.

I had been thinking about how I want to accomplish the quilting for what seemed like forever and I finally decided that I would try to do some custom quilting. As I have stated before, I am a definite beginner and I am downright intimidated by just the thought. I don't feel like this is something that will come easily to me but I do want to learn and I know that I must practice.

I had some ideas in mind but I was not very confident about the design so I had my quilty sister Cheryl visit and we went over my options. She helped me fine tune some of my ideas and I think I am ready to go. The design in the center of each solid colour block will vary but the dense back and forth quilting lines and the pebbling will be consistent within each block.

The only thing left to do is to press the flimsy, choose a backing fabric and to decide what colour thread to use and then I am ready to go!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fabric Storage

Lately, I have been reading about quilters doing their new year tidying and sorting of the stash ritual and I thought I would add in my bit too! I have a lot of fabric....there I said it...and I hope to live long enough to use it all up PLUS SOME. :) I do plan on living to be at least 100 years old so it shouldn't be a problem. lol

There is always a storage issue with having a lot of fabric and it is no surprise that I am always trying to figure out the 'best' way. I think I have discovered something that will work really well for me when it comes to fat quarters/chunks and strips.

A year or two ago I picked up a basket system from a second hand store for $20. I thought it was fantastic and figured out that it was from Ikea and the storage system is called Algot. This single storage rack has 3 large mesh baskets that contain my 2", 2.5" and 3.5" strips that I have been diligently cutting using Bonnie Hunter's scrap user system. I did not have room for my 1.5" strips so they were in a separate bin (or two). You can see them sitting on top of the storage racks.

One of the changes that I alluded to in my Back to Blogging post is that my youngest son moved out in Sept and has happily begun a very rewarding career. We are just so proud of him! He is now currently living at least a 5 hour drive (without any stops) from us and I am a bit sad about that. :(

But.....that means his room has been cleared out and is now in the process of becoming a guest room with - wait for it - extra space for my fabric storage. A positive can be found even in just about any negative. :) My husband and I have been working on the room with painting, etc., but there is still more work to be done. The floor needs to be sanded and coated and the baseboards and trim still need to be painted and then the quarter round needs to be reinstalled. Enough about all that work though!

The point is that I had my fat quarters stored in baskets in a closet and these baskets were stacked one upon each other. The closet was a bit dark and it just wasn't easy to see or access these wonderful and useful pieces of fabric. I do not have any other free space in my sewing room for this fabric so I had to live with the annoyance. Not anymore! For Christmas my husband gave me two more of these storage racks with mesh baskets that are about 5" in height and they are perfect for the fat quarter storage. They look great in the fabric storage room, I mean, the guest bedroom! :)

I think for my next birthday I will ask for another rack with small baskets to use to store the cones of thread that I use for my long arm. I think that would be another really good storage solution that will work great for me.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Charity Quilt

Yippee! I have my first finish for 2019 and it just happens to be a charity quilt. I finished hand stitching the binding late on Sunday afternoon and I am happy! As a matter of fact, I am so happy with the scrappy goodness of this quilt that I just may need to make another one to keep for myself or to give to a family member.

I can't say exactly when I started this quilt because I took a hiatus from blogging and then didn't keep track of any details. :(  What I can share about this quilt is that I love all of the scrappy goodness!

Sometimes I am so indecisive over what fabric to use as backing but not this time. Look at the date on this fabric - I think it's about time it found a home on a quilt!

Quite some time ago, my sister Glenda had picked up a couple sets of curtains that someone had made and they had been donated to the second hand store. I had no need for the curtains but the fabric was great - 100% cotton - and they were lined with another blue print that was also 100% cotton. My sister very generously gave me a set of these curtains a couple years ago to use for quilting. I washed the curtains and then took them apart to salvage the fabric and there it sat in my stash. When the curtains were made the sewist left the selvages on the fabric and hid them in the seams. :)

This quilt finished at 58" x 71" and is quilted with blue thread, Cansew #6317, on top and Hawaiian Blue Magnaglide thread in the bobbin. I used Heirloom 80/20 for the batting and the quilting design is a panto from Hermione Agee called Lush Leaves. I bound it using the same fabric I used for the backing.

Ready for its new home!
I love it and I hope it will make someone very happy to receive it. I did not name this quilt or put a label on it because when we make charity quilts for my Guild we are to be totally anonymous.

On a side note - I wasn't getting any comments sent to my email from my blog so I haven't responded to many of them. I have now figured out that it was a setting in blogger and the issue has been fixed. Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to comment - I appreciate it greatly!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Split Nine Patches

Oh my oh I ever have the makings for a lot of quilts just from my 2.5" hsts alone. Over the past couple days I have continued to work on my 2.5" hst bins and I now have another 2000 completed. I am officially inundated with these hsts.

I have decided to start with making some split nine patches and I got four blocks made this morning. These four blocks are not well pressed yet because I am not too sure about the final layout and I don't know which way I want the seams to go. I will take care of the final pressing once I have that figured out.

Look at that - I have used up 12 hsts - lol. At this rate it will be a very long time before I see the bottom of the bins. I will just churn these blocks out until I think I have enough for a quilt and in the meantime I will have to decide about other hst blocks that I can make. I have been thinking about making broken dishes, birds in the air, stars, and, of course, pinwheels but I don't have any design ideas or plans at the moment. I think I just need to start sewing and see what I come up with.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Fabric Wrangling

Several years ago, I really cannot remember how long ago it was, my quilty sister purchased an Accuquilt Studio fabric cutter and dies. I was thrilled for her and for me too because that meant I would be able to use it too.

I had inherited quite a bit of fabric from my sister-in-law when she passed away in the late 90s and the fabric was just sitting on my shelves and it sat there for many years. There was fabric from the 80s and 90s in her stash as well as some much older and I was sure that if I cut it into usable sizes and shapes that it would be much more likely that I would use it up.

At the time I was working full time and I just didn't have a lot of free time available to me so I asked my sister to cut quite a bit of this older fabric into standard shapes and sizes using her new die cutter. Sadly, after it was cut it sat on my shelves in bins waiting and waiting and waiting. Sound familiar - same fabric - different shapes. :(

If the fabric had been mostly neutrals I would have used it up in no time but that was not the case. Of course, I would use small amounts of it here and there whenever I made a scrappy quilt and over the years I would dutifully cut down my scraps and I would add those bonus bits into these bins as well. These triangles were always ready and waiting to be used but somehow I always managed to NOT use them as I should have.  Boy did I ever feel guilty and overwhelmed whenever I looked at all of those baskets. Well...NO MORE!!

I have a plan now and I hope to make many very scrappy quilts over the next while to put this fabric to good use. I have started with the 2.5" hst bins and I am sewing these triangles into pairs using a print and a neutral.

Several months ago, my quilty sister moved and didn't have space for the die cutter and decided to sell it. She gave me first dibs and I decided that it should definitely stay in the family. :) I have been using the 2.5" hst die to cut lots of neutral triangles and over the last while I have been spending lots of time stitching the hsts and I am making slow but steady progress. I have been working on them for so long now that I feel like the energizer bunny but without the energy. ;)

I already have these 3 baskets filled and there are approximately 2000 hsts in each basket. Excessive - I know. :(  I still have many more to make but at least these hsts now have a better chance at being included in a quilt.

If only all problems could be so frivolous and so easily solvable!