Another Happy Scrappy

In December of 2008, I “officially” started writing my blog. Previous to that I had used the site to give updates about various travels but had not added any quilting to it.

After a year rolled around, I wanted to do something to celebrate my first year of blogging so I had a give-away.

The hilarious thing is that I only had about 15 readers at that time so the odds of winning were LARGE!!

The winner would receive this quilt…..

….a scrap string pieced beauty!!!

I dumped my scraps on the floor (not as many as I now have)…..

….and started piecing, using Golden Threads paper for the foundation…..

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I was excited when fellow blogger, Terry Grant of “And Sew It Goes” fame was the winner. She has not been as active in the past few years but you should still check out HER BLOG!!

Several years later, she did a tour of her studio….a wonderful two-story house, and it was exciting to catch a glimpse of my quilt on display on the shelf under the young woman quilt……

Over the years, my anniversary celebration has become less and less, and frankly, I have forgotten about it completely in the last 2 years!!

But, the memory of this quilt still remains….the fun that I had in making it and the fun in gifting it to a stranger!!!

Let’s iron those chains!!

We all know that ironing is a BIG part of quilting and sometimes it takes longer to iron than it does to piece. And, woe to you if you don’t get it ironed flat!!!

Back when I was working on the Brown Stripe quilt, I made a video about an easier way to iron when you have been chain piecing. While it isn’t actually a TOOL, it certainly is a technique that will go a long way…..

Lake Oconee Quilters

Yesterday I attended (actually I joined) the February meeting of the Lake Oconee Quilters Guild.  They are a fun bunch of women and the meeting was wonderful. 

It began with show and tell……

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…….and yes, those are toilet rolls.   Apparently the bee had a fun day!!!

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…..isn’t this a beautiful quilt.  The only one that I ever made with brown and blue looked really dull, but this one absolutely shines!!!

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….this was the block of the month.  The ladies did a wonderful job of picking fabric for these butterflies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The speaker for the morning was Anita Heady (check her blog out here), speaking about “Stretching the String”.  She has made some wonderful samples of quilts made from strings.  Here are a few…..

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…isn’t this a wonderful use of string blocks for a border….

 

 

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Finally, isn’t this a beautiful stained glass window at the church…….

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Scrap Fun

 

I am in need of a quilt for an upcoming gift (more about that in later posts) and was trying to figure out what to do.  I knew that it needed to be a small wall quilt so I started looking thru my Miniature Quilts magazines….starting with Issue number 2.   MANY issues later, I came upon a strip pieced quilt that caught my eye and proceeded to start planning it in my head.

The first ideas was to use the strips that I had been cutting from my scraps, but realized that the smallest of those (1-1/2 inches) was still too big.  SO, I moved up a drawer and pulled out the bits that were “too small to use”….ie narrower than 1-1/2 inches.  They were perfect for piecing this quilt!!

I drew one of the block sections on Golden Threads paper and then put 30+ additional squares under the drawn one.  I then sewed around  the design using a threadless machine and achieved all of my paper patterns in one fell swoop.

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I started with all of my scraps in the drawer, but ended up throwing them onto the floor so that I could get to them easier.

 

As I started paper piecing these blocks, I found two things that helped the process go easier.  The first was to leave my machine in “Needle-Up” mode.  By doing this, I didn’t have to move the needle up after every seam when I was wanting to pull the sewn piece to the back and start sewing on the next one.

The second was to select and cut ALL of the pieces for a certain seam at the same time rather than reaching down into the pile and cutting them individually.

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After piecing the paper blocks, I removed the paper and put them  together into the quilt top.

 

 

My original idea was to put a solid color fabric in the small border, but decided that it lost the sparkle that the rest of the quilt had, so I used a handful of 1-1/2 strips and created the stripe.

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It was a fun quilt to make and I am truly happy with the results.

 

Now it is off to the home opener for the University of Georgia football team.

 GOOOOOOOO  DAWGS!!!!    Sic-Em!!!!    WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!!

Crumb Quilts

There has been a wonderful discussion on the British Quilt List about “Crumb Quilts” that use all of your little bitty bits and pieces (those that I normally throw away)…..I know, I am really bad!!!!

Anyway, I got to thinking about them and googled to look for Crumb Quilt patterns. In doing so, I came across a wonderful website with a bunch of free patterns for scrap quilts. I cant wait to try some of these. Click here if you want to have a look.