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.  🙂

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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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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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