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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ScrapHappy for September – the late edition

Sometimes Life just gets in the way no matter what you’ve planned, but late is better than nothing.

I haven’t participated in ScrapHappy for a long time.  I do enjoy making something from nothing, so I gathered together all my Kona Solid scraps and a wild little bit of leftover, multicolored Ikat fabric.

I used the Ikat to guide my color choices and used a new technique I learned on *Craftsy to make insertions in the black field.  It wasn’t too hard, but matching up the existing straight lines after cutting at an angle was a little tricky!

Kinda reminded me of when we learned about refraction in school by placing a pencil in a glass of water

http://www.school-for-champions.com/science/light_refraction.htm

I cut the fabric across a previously inserted color line and then inserted a new strip of fabric

It really moves when you cut it at an angle!

It took a few tries pinning, moving, and then finally success!

And since I am late I will post the finish on October 15th.  If I finish it now, I do have lots of time, then I can’t be late now can I?

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ON IKAT:  Authentic Ikat is a woven fabric that uses threads/yarn that are pre-dyed to produce the pattern.  Ikat designs can also be printed as is the case in my little strip used for this project.  Want to know more about the process?  Look HERE

ON CRAFTSY:  The class was Improvisational Piecing, Modern Design with Jacquie Gering.
While I enjoyed the class, my end product is not a cookie cutter of her suggested project.

Isn’t that the whole point of the classes?  To learn a new skill and then run with it?

 

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Cue it up

Cue the Opening theme from 2001 A Space Odyssey

I have long desired to own a bit of Kaffe Fassett fabric and never bought any “…because it is too expensive”  I told myself.  So, about two weeks back I finally broke down and bought a packet of 30 fat quarters.  Yes, 30 of them.

And there they sat on my cutting table for the past week, because like the apes in 2001 A Space Odyssey  I am afraid to touch it, or to even open it.

It is intimidating when you spend like this on little bits of brilliant jewel toned fabric.  What if I open it and cut it up and make a mistake? What if I open it and nothing speaks to me?

What if, what if, what if?

What if I bought it and never used it?  That would be a waste now wouldn’t it?

OK, I opened it.

Any other quilter’s out there who understand this?

 

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