WHAT?

Where did the month go?  I posted for Scrap Happy and suddenly here it is Scrap Happy time again!  Honestly, I have been busy, but I did take a moment upon receipt of Kate’s email reminder early this week to make my next extreme mini block.

And here it is:

Oops!

That’s not right!  Take it apart and fix it…

OK, the blocks are in order but it is now a bit too small.  😯

To be honest it is just microns short of the 2 inches it was supposed to be and one of the stitched in rows is a bit too narrow (probably causing the sizing error).  It is taking all my resolve not to tear it apart to fix or better to remake the whole block.

Silly?

Probably.

Working with very tiny blocks produces very tiny quilts which are suitable for doll quilts, card making, wall hangings, mug rugs, and the list could go on.  However, it is the challenge of producing such minutia that is the draw, well, for me at any rate.  I also think of it as a skill building challenge, and it is this challenge that has me entered into a new quilt along based on Mini quilts!  (*More on that later.  Yes.  Really.)

Want to see some really lovely Scrap Happy work?  Then please visit these fine ladies:

Kate )Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Norma,
Birthe, Turid, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChris, and Nancy!

And as always, thank you Kate for pulling us all together to share our creativity and thriftiness in the use of the scraps we generate with each quilt!

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*PLEASE NOTE:  I have also been hot on the job to build furnishings for my new quilting studio and to repurpose our well house for all the bantams I’ve been raising . 

And trust me when I tell you I have outgrown this one I built and finished in December of 2011!

SO, reprising and revising the old saw, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”  I query:

Q How do you tell about eating an elephant?

A:  One post at a time.

I will tell you all about everything.  I just have to stop building furniture and refurbishing chicken digs long enough to find the time…

and the space to blog and quilt again!

 

 

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Scrap Happy

Well, OK it was actually yesterday but Kate gave us permission to just do it.

So I did!

The block is called  Wedding Star  or  Rolling Stone

Your eyes do not deceive you.  The block is only two inches square.  In the end, to get this nine patch block assembled, I had to resort to placing my blocks onto newsprint to join each block into rows.  The seams were very lumpy and would not go through otherwise.

There are four more mini blocks in this free series from Hope’s Quilt Designs.

Guess what I will be working on for the next four scrap happy editions?

Our other Scrappy participants are:

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, NormaLynda (me),
Birthe, Turid, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChris, and we have a new member joining us this month.  Welcome, Nancy!

So why have I been so late, you ask?  With everything?  Because I have been making quilt tops like this one which is not entirely done, but very engaging work for me this month!

I’m excited about this one.  🙂

Practice, practices, practicing: Scrap Happy

This one comes to you a bit less late than the last, but I just can’t get my camera or my Photoshop program to cooperate with this little quilt.  😯

Oh well, that aside I have finished the little quiltlet I began for the last scrap happy post and here it is.  The stitching will show much better if you click on it.

I have to tell you that the colors on that Ikat insert are very intense but WYSIWYG with what I have to work with.  Sorry.

I worked hard to get everything lined up and feel for a first effort it isn’t bad.  More work with this method will certainly help.

Things I tried with this piece are:

  • Walking foot straight line stitching in various patterns.  That was fun, but I haven’t a favorite design or pattern.  Well, perhaps the middle top and maybe the middle left.  This also needs practice.
  • And I tried a different way of closing off my binding that I just hate!  It is bulky, stiff and misshapen. In this method you fold and press the start, lay the tail end to the inside of the start, for a smooth join instead of stitching it onto the beginning.   Clearly a bad idea on smaller tighter bindings!  Live and learn.

Comments, critiques, likes or dislikes are welcome.

These lovely ladies may or may not have a post for today, so please go take a look!

Usually has a scrappy post:

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)
Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)
Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)
Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)
Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)
Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)
Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)
Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)
Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)
Susan: https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Cathy: http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com (in English only)
Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)
Tracy: https://itsatsweetsday.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Jill: http://nicepieceofwork.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Jan: http://thesnailofhappiness.com/ (in English only)
Karen: https://mewithptsd.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Moira: http://quiltedsnail.blogspot.com/ (in English only)
Sandra: https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Linda: http://kokaquilts.blogspot.co.nz/ (in English only)

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Christmas gets here fast

You know how the holiday sneaks up on us.  Well, I am being proactive!

Auditioning fabric

And assembling the parts into a curved log cabin!

Funny thing about an after midnight finish.  You lay it all out and it just doesn’t make sense after about 2 to 4  compositions.  I went to bed and this morning I walked in and suddenly it made perfect sense!

The top is done, now comes the quilting and binding.

Are you getting ready early or are you a procrastinator like I usually am?

 

ALERT!  Did you know that Forbes is having a Main Street Awards contest?  Well, they are and one of my favorite quilt instructors is in the running!  This would be Jenny Doan at the Missouri Star Quilting Company in Hamilton, MO.  You can guess I want her to win right?  Please go HERE and cast your vote (daily) To help her along!  She has done amazing things in her community to revitalize the dying small town.

Thanks for your participation!

 

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