Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Christmas Scrappy Trips

2016 Finish # 4

My Christmas Scrappy Trips Quilt:



I made the quilt top last year and finally quilted and bound it.  One more item checked off my 2016 To Do List!


I really loved making this quilt.  I want to make another one with a more planned color design.  I learned after I made it that using the same color in the center of each block makes a the design really pop.  I also want to use similar colors in the same spot on each block.


It was a windy day, but it always is when I'm trying to get a picture of a quilt!


Scrappy Trips Tutorial found at Quiltville HERE

Saturday, April 2, 2016

So Scrappy Saturday!

This month over at the So Scrappy Blog, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color is orange with accents of black or brown, inspired by the colors of a Monarch Butterfly.  I was excited to rummage through my scraps to dig out some oranges.

I don't have too many orange fabrics, but it occurred to me that there would probably be some in my box of Fall fabrics.  I'm always ready to sew some fall fabrics, even in April.  I purposely tried to only pull out the fabrics that were truly scraps.  I even pulled out a small piece about the size of a fat quarter that was in the "throw away" pile.

This morning, I went to work cutting the scraps into 2 1/2 inch squares, which is the size needed for the 36 patch leaders and enders quilt I am working on.  This is the end result and represents about all the orange scraps I have.  There are some fall leaves, pumpkins, chickens, dots, stripes and flowers.  Lots of variety!


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I'll be working on the orange 36 patch blocks this week as leaders and enders while working on another quilt that I have in progress.

I've also been free motion machine quilting this Christmas Scrappy Trips quilt.  I'm a little over half done.  It is made from all Christmas scraps.



Its on the list that I posted in January HERE.  I have made some progress on the list, but I'll keep working on it as the year goes along. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Scrappy Saturday

I decided to do a 36 patch quilt using my two and one half inch scrap squares, as a leaders and enders project.  Each 12 inch square (finished) will be made from a different color and so I realized I could use this project toward the scrappy color of the month at the So Scrappy Blog.  This month was purple, so here's a purple block.  I'm a little late to the party, so one purple block is all I got done for March.  



I'm not sure what color will be used in April, but I have made a pink block....


And started on a green block.


Here are my last four Splendid Sampler Blocks, which are being made mostly from scraps too.






Two of my grandsons and I decorated Easter eggs today and here is one of Eli's eggs.


Happy Easter everyone!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Skye's Scrap Quilt

This is Skye's Scrap Quilt.  Skye is scheduled to make her arrival on April 5th.  I previously made her the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt shown HERE, but wanted to make her a pink and white scrap quilt.  Scrappy quilts are my favorite!

 I've been enjoying making log cabin quilts because they put my 2 1/2 inch wide strips to good use. 


These colors look kind of purple, but they are all pink and white.


I did loopy meander free motion quilting on this one.  I thought it would give it a little bit of a feminine look.


I'm linking up to Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom's Quilts.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Eli's Scrap Quilt

Here is my second quilt finish for 2016.

I am so in love with this quilt and the little boy for whom it was made! 


The quilt is a log cabin pattern with the blocks arranged in the field and furrow design .  I think this is perfect since it was made for a little boy who absolutely loves to play in the field behind our house.  He would stay out there for hours if he could.


See those little fists full of dirt! 
He is 2 and 1/2 and recently moved into a big boy bed and I thought it was high time his grandma got busy with the scraps!



I thought this blue and white stripe was perfect for the backing, but it wasn't wide enough, so I got creative and added a row of the same size strips and fabric as the front.



I made this quilt entirely from scraps and gifted fabrics.  The only thing I purchased was the batting, which I had in my stash and had bought on sale.



Here are few close ups of some of the fabrics. 







I hope Eli enjoys his quilt as much as he loves playing in the field..... but I doubt it will be as much fun for him!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

"Simple Simon" and "Focal Point" Blocks

Here are this week's Splendid Sampler blocks.

"Focal Point"


Simple Simon:


All six blocks on the mini clothes line.


I am not going to buy any fabric for this project.  I love going through my scraps and pulling out bits and pieces that become a cute 6 1/2 inch block.  I'm sticking with bright colors, mostly.  That one wine colored heart is a little dark, but its ok! 

I'm really working on my accuracy and making these small blocks with so many pieces is helping me in that.  The last one on the far right has 36 pieces.  I did lose some points, but other than that it came together pretty well.

In future posts, I plan to share some tips that I have learned along the way that have helped me avoid some wonkiness!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

"Lots of Love" and "Happy Happy" Blocks

Here the two Splendid Sampler Blocks for this week.  The first one is called "Lots of Love" and the second one is called "Happy Happy".


This is my little Splendid Sampler clothesline.


I love this one and am thinking about making a mug rug in something similar .


These blocks have challenged me so much. I'm trying to stick to it and stay caught up.  Its always exciting to see what the next block will be!  Block 5 will come out tomorrow.


I keep thinking about what all the future blocks might look like.  Just think of all the holidays that will probably be represented:  St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Then there are all four of the seasons.   It will be fun!