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Blue Scrappy Quilt Along Quilt

Blue Scrappy Quilt Along Quilt

on Sep 8, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, SAMQG | 0 comments

Blue Scrappy Trip Along Quilt The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a Scrappy Trip Along Quilt Along project. As I mentioned in a couple previous posts, I’m not really good at the quilt along setting. Turns out, I just want to sew sew sew until I’m finished. I’m not too great at waiting for deadlines and pacing myself. Le’Sigh. The pattern is from Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville. It is a free tutorial. I changed the math, ever so slightly, so that my strips are cut at 3-1/2″ wide and my finished block is 18″. But this quilt was FUN to make. After my pink Scrappy Trip Along quilt, I decided I’d make something with much darker tones. Darker than hot pink? Well, yes. These are my browns. Yes, I realize they all have bright punchy flowers on them… but in my mind these are my brown fabrics. I pulled a pile of browns and added one single row of blues to create my diagonal effect. First, you stitch the strips into strip sets. I laid mine all out on the ironing board, but opted not to iron the sets…. just to see how it would work out. In my case, not ironing worked out fine. Hooray! The next steps involve sewing the strip sets into tubes and cutting the tubes. For me, six of these little babies would make up one quilt block. See all the pieces I cut in the background? There were little sets everywhere! Ripped a few seams, organized a few columns… Stitch the whole sha’bang back together and voila – quilt block. Turns out all the browns ended up reading like a blended quilt. I suppose that is fine by me, I just needed to decide on a layout. If you head to Instagram and use the hashtag #scrappytripalong, you’ll see loads of this style quilt and tons of ways to arrange them. Squares? Zig Zag? Around the World? Yep. That is the one I went with. Around the World. I haven’t ever made a quilt with this all-squares-square layout. (However, a similar squares-made-from-half-square-triangles is on the cover of my book, Deploy That Fabric?and pattern is included in that book.) Anywhoo, 720...

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Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt

Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt

on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, SAMQG | 2 comments

Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt Recently, I told you about my sew along/quilt along experience with the Scrappy Trip Along hosted by the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. The pattern is by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. It is a GREAT pattern and is so easy to make. In fact, the pattern is toooooo easy. That’s right, I said it. I planned on sewing along with my quilty friends and making my quilt with the quilt along schedule. Well, I made the first one, a brown quilt, pretty fast. I had decided I’d make a much bigger quilt using red and whites from my stash. This would take me a while… right? I went to my fabric stash only to find I didn’t own very much real “red” fabric. I did, however, how a big ole pile of bright pinks. Red, pink; tomato, tomahto. Right? Ok, it looks good. I altered the original pattern to cut 3-1/2″ strips. In fact, I cut a total of 60 strips: 50 were “scrappy pink fabrics” and then 10 were the white diagonal pieces I’d need. I stitched?10 strip sets, each with 6 strips. It was at this step, I realized that pink is really really really pink. Oh man. What have I done? I decided to forge ahead. I made my 20 blocks, each one will measure 18″ when finished. Good gravy it is sooooooo pink. Here’s a little test layout to see if you can even focus on the white diagonals in that sea of Pepto. Hum. Ok. I’m not a pinky-pink girl. Most of these fabrics were purchased when I sewed for military spouses. ?Sewing using military uniforms and pink is a great combination, by the way. In this moment I was happy again. Look, when you see only the backs of the fabric, it is not nearly as in-your-face with the saturated color of all things Barbie. Welp, time to see how it is going to turn out… Time to see the whole sha’bang out on the floor… Whoa. Holy Cotton Candy, Batman! Now, how’d I do time wise? Well, the family had gone upstairs to watch a sequel and I hadn’t seen part one… So instead of ruining the...

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Finished Scrappy Dresden Quilt

Finished Scrappy Dresden Quilt

on Apr 2, 2015 in Blog, charity | 2 comments

If you have been following along on the blog, you’ll know that I was working on a group quilt project to send to MD Anderson’s Quilt Auction. Well, what I couldn’t share on the blog was the PLOT TWIST: The group project actually was to make two quilts. Three friends and two moms made a total of 40 blocks. (That would be only 8 blocks per person.) ONE quilt will be donated to MD Anderson’s Quilt Auction and the second, identical quilt, will be given to my friend who lost her mother to cancer in December. I prewashed both quilts so they would have nice shrinkle all over them. You know shrinkle, right? Crinkle and Shrink? It is a fabulous combo-word. I love quilt shrinkle so much. Hopefully, my friend will enjoy the shrinkle, too. I thought you might like to see the tricky ways we were trying to fit two big bed-size quilts into one photo on a windy day… Still good. Let’s try to just straighten it out a bit more… Not always an easy task to grab a quilt picture, but it worked...

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Scrappy Dresden Quilt Top

Scrappy Dresden Quilt Top

on Feb 10, 2015 in Blog, charity, quilt | 2 comments

Scrappy?Dresden Quilt Blocks, measuring 18″ square, arrived at my house. Hooray Hooray! There are 5 groups of blocks. It turns out, the 4 other?quilters?made their “scrappy” blocks with layer cakes. They look great! My blocks are every fabric from every place, so…. um… it appears I sew to the beat of my own drummer. Le’Sigh. BUT scrappy is scrappy. My mom came over and while we were sitting on the couch I said something along the lines of “Hey, lets go stitch those blocks together. It will be fast: only 4 columns of 5 rows.” Let the piecing begin! She used the sewing machine and I set up the serger. Man, that serger is so fast! I love it. Funny side story, that serger right there was a newlywed Christmas gift in 1996. That is REALLY the gift that keeps on giving! Thanks, hubbs! This is what the table really looks like. Huge cutting mat covers the whole table surface. Stuff is shoved to one side. Piles are stacked on top of each other. Thimble guy, on the shelf, is always freakin-the-hell-out. (Thanks, DAWN!) Test projects are waiting for a purpose. Scissors are everywhere. It is mayhem. The super Scrappy Dresden quilt pieced together quite quickly and very nicely. We kept order, so the matching layer cake blocks would make a diagonal line in the quilt. See it? This quilt is so great. Each time you look at it, you see a different fabric. Now, to get this baby quilted & bound and on to MD Anderson’s Fundraising Quilt...

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Scrap Happy Quilting Give Away

Scrap Happy Quilting Give Away

on Aug 13, 2013 in Blog, book, Books, contests | 60 comments

Meet Scrap Happy Quilting The Scrap Happy Quilting book is a collection of 11 quilt projects designed to use up your scraps. I have two projects in the book. All the projects in the book are really cool and accessible. Here are my two projects featured in this fun book: Ticker Tape Elephant Wall Hanging/Baby Quilt (above) Updated to add: Unfortunately, the Scrap Happy Quilting book is no longer in print. It is available as a PDF only. (HERE) If you’ve found this page through pinterest and want to know how to make an adorable Ticker Tape style quilt, see this free?Ticker Tape Owl Tutorial. Also featured in the book, Scrappy Dresden Baby Quilt (below) (Photos borrowed from Annie’s Wholesale...

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Scrappy Zig Zag Quilt QUILTED

Scrappy Zig Zag Quilt QUILTED

on Jan 15, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, quilting | 0 comments

The Scrappy Zig Zag Quilt is Quilted! I thought I’d be dropping the quilt top and back off at my mom’s, but instead she loaded the machine and we worked on it together. She showed me how to use the RED SNAPPER quilt loading system. Hello- that is amazing!!! I’m pretty sure I will be buying those for my smaller frame. I started out with a very ambitious quilting design. After quilting 2 triangles, I then began to rip out the quilting stitches. She and I both ripped. 🙁 Whew, those were such a mess. Turns out ripping out quilting stitches SUCKS. Instead we went with a meander in the dark triangles and horizontal lines in the white triangles. I wanted to help define the zig and the zag with the quilting motif. Perfect, no. Fast, yes. Mom‘s machine is a Voyager 17 with a 14″ throat for quilting space. It was so nice to have sooooo much room to quilt. She’d do a row of quilting, then I’d do a row. It went really fast and I’m happy to report, neither of us have sore shoulders. =) Now, to get this little Charlie Brown Quilt bound by Friday, when it will be gifted to a friend. (Who, I think, doesn’t read the...

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Scrappy Zigzag Triangle Quilt

Scrappy Zigzag Triangle Quilt

on Jan 7, 2013 in Blog, fabric stash, quilt, SAMQG | 3 comments

Ok, I didn’t win the Block of The Month (BOM) for our San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. I did, however, become quite interested in making a quilt with triangle blocks. I don’t think I’ve made a triangle block quilt before. Maybe I have… its been a while. Either way, I’m sure I need to make one. Let the planning begin! I also decided to use only scrap fabrics from my bin under the sewing desk. I needed to get those sorted into light and dark, to see if that was even a reasonable amount of fabric. (cough cough) I didn’t measure anything or plan too much past this sorting. That looks like alot of scraps, right?? Ok. Although I loved the BOM, I decided my triangle blocks were going to be much much easier to make. First, I’d find pieces that were as long as my equilateral triangle template was tall (about 14″) and sew a pieced fabric panel out of every light or every dark fabric. Here’s a long panel of darks, stitched together: All these strips are just stitched to each other to form a panel as long as possible and at least 14″ tall. This picture (above) was before the iron, of course. Then I just made a big ole triangle template out of legal paper sheets and used it to cut out my 42 triangles. ?I had to plan the layout on the floor. All the pieced stripes run the same direction for the most part. Even though these triangles are equal on each side, I found that turning the triangles made a HUGE mess visually. My hubbs saw the quilt at this point and says “Oh, a Charlie Brown Quilt.”? Um… I guess so. I hope he is commenting on the chevrons and not “the worst quilt ever, charlie brown”? HA! I finished up the whole thing over the weekend. It went together pretty quickly, all things considered. Though it is a lap size quilt, it is larger than my quilting frame. I’ll be sending this off for quilting in the very near future. I’m so happy to have put a huge dent into my scrap bin. Hooray for resourcefulness! Hum…. what to make...

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Swirls and Scraps Quilt

Swirls and Scraps Quilt

on Jul 6, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, quilting | 1 comment

Remember?this quilt? Since the construction of that quilt is very loose and improvisational, it was created using less than the required fabric quantities. And honestly, I probably over-bought because I probably had a coupon or something. With the extra fabric I created a quilt for the sole purpose of trying out some of the tips in the Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting book. Yes, her book is THAT good that you’ll want to make something just to try what she suggests. I love the designs, the way they are explained and the ease of mixing fills. For my quilt, I went modern, of course. I used grey, aqua, red, and dark grey- just like the original workshop quilt. I also had lots of negative space to fill. I wanted to practice one motif at a time, instead of mixing the fills. I need to practice more before I can go willy-nilly mixing things. =)? I did technically use two fills, but they don’t touch or mix in with each other. The bold stripe section is all quilted in a squared-off type design and the rest of the quilt is all those stacked swirls. There are mistakes, but I can live with it. After all, those are my first-ever swirls… all chunky and lumpy and huge like big ole cinnamon rolls…. mmmm…. cinnamon rolls….. In the above pictures you can see the diamond backing fabric. I’m still trying to work down my stash of great fabrics purchased while I lived in Korea. Those diamonds are from that stash. The quilt will be bound in red. It measures about 50″ square. Not too big, but not too small either. Practice practice practice. Hopefully after our move to San Antonio I can get more quilting done. I cannot wait to try some of the other designs from Angela’s book. If you don’t own it, and you are remotely interested in free motion quilting, go buy...

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On Ringo Lake Inspired Quilt

On Ringo Lake Inspired Quilt

on May 21, 2019 in Blog, Featured, quilt | 0 comments

Have you stitched On Ringo Lake by Bonnie Hunter? I decided back in October that I would try Bonnie Hunter’s annual mystery quilt. Of course, I then decided to overthink the whole thing, unnecessarily. Here’s what happened: I thought it’d be fun to sew a mystery quilt, but I hadn’t made any previous Quiltville Mysteries. Time to dive in and give the planned patchwork scrap style a try. I opted to make a version of On Ringo Lake. Channeling Bonnie, I used only fabrics from my stash. My patches are considerable bigger than the original Bonnie Hunter design. All my pieces are stored in an un-used small pizza box. I worked in unit-sections, just like the mystery structure. Each week Bonnie releases a unit or block-type to stitch. “Make a zillion of this.” OR “Make 24 of these.” type unit-based directions. My Quilt: So, in my On Ringo Lake test-it-out quilt, I made a total of 12 blocks. Once I had these rad blocks made, I wanted to come up with a unique sashing. The sashing I used features the 9-patch block on a smaller scale and points on the sashing to create stars. Wait ’til you see the effect, though. This quilt is definitely On Ringo Lake Quilt inspired, and it turned out to be an excellent test piece for working in a quilty-patchwork style out of my own comfort zone. NOTE: Since this isn’t my original block design, I cannot share any sizes or fabric requirements with you. As for the 2018 mystery, stitched along in real time: It was fun. Highly recommend! The annual mystery starts around October and finishes around January. 2018 was Good...

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GSAQG Challenge Quilt 2019

GSAQG Challenge Quilt 2019

on Apr 30, 2019 in Blog, contests, Featured, free spirit fabrics, quilt, quilting | 0 comments

Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild is gearing up for the 2019 quilt show with a challenge! This blog post showcases how my 41″ x 41″ quilt came together. It was an absolute evolution of design. The Challenge Whirling Dervishes Deco by Philip Jacobs The challenge issued to our quilt guild was to create a small quilt, no bigger than 250″ perimeter using a fat quarter of this Philip Jacobs print. I fell in love with the fabric instantly. It has every color and is the brightest print I’ve seen! The Inspiration My design process started with the idea that I wanted to stitch various New York Beauty blocks and add applique shapes at the points. I tried making the block once by paper piecing and once by raw-edge fusible applique. Each of the squares above measures 10″ x 10″. That seemed like a good place to start. My test pieces for the quilt challenge quickly became out of control. (No one saw that coming!) I had raw-edge fusible shapes on everything. I was adding stuff left and right in all the bright colored fabric scraps that I could get my hands on. Instead of roping it in and editing myself, I decided that I love MORE IS MORE. This was my jumping off point. Buckle up, buttercup. The Progress Some days I feel like I’m learning to quilt. Specifically, learning to hand applique small shapes. I don’t know if a perfect circle would look like a circle when appliqued. After all, this isn’t a large Learn to Sew Easy Curves situation, though I did use the facing technique as I added a few quadrant arches. The small fabric circle problem is fixed with FELT. I thought, “Hey, wool felt applique is pretty popular. I bet there’s a reason.” Then, I priced wool felt. Cough. Cough. Since this was a small challenge piece that may turn out to be a total circus, I treated myself to a rainbow sampler of synthetic felt from amazon. Quadrant One Ok. Now I’m on my way. I just need some shapes and an idea… I drafted the New York Beauty portion of the block in Adobe Illustrator. The pink and white background fabric is...

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Vibrant Wild Birds: Applique Quilt

Vibrant Wild Birds: Applique Quilt

on Apr 2, 2019 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, quilting | 0 comments

Inspired by the incredible applique of Kim Mclean, I set out on my own vibrant wild birds applique journey. Her pattern that put me on this path was Lollypop Tree. (You can grab the original Kim Mclean pattern at Glorious Color.) It is an amazing quilt that I’ve enjoyed since I first saw it years ago. My design is a much simpler, plainer version with birds and a splash of asymmetry. Starting the Applique Design I’m not much of a hand-applique person, but I thought it might be time to give it a whirl. Recently working on a challenge quilt, which I’ll blog about shortly, I dipped my toe into hand-applique designs. This project completely started out as a bright-colored, hand-applique improvisational experiment. Lots of adjectives just to say, “I wonder if I can make a block?” I’m happy to report, that this quilt is made entirely from fabric scraps from my own stash. My scraps are sorted by color into ziploc bags, and holy smokes, there’s lots of ziplocs. After watching endless videos on applique, I ended up trying the Appliquick method to prepare my shapes. In a very basic nutshell, here’s what I did: Trace shapes onto fusible interfacingFuse to wrong-side of fabricCut fabric 1/4″ – 1/8″ larger than interfacingUse tools and glue to fold edges around appliquePress I ended up choosing shapes I liked and making many of them. Next, I’d store them in an unused 8″ pizza box to use them as I randomly created each block design. To my surprise, the little birds turned out to be a favorite design. Luckily the bird body and bird wing were interesting shapes in themselves. You’ll see them in the blocks, used in many different arrangements along side leaves, bias tape and circles. Improv Applique Quilt Blocks For each block, I would start with a 15-1/2″ x 15-1/2″ woven cotton fabric background. Press a center fold, then press three fold lines perpendicular to the vertical center. I don’t know what will be applied to the lines, but they’ll help keep things balanced and symmetrical, if need be. This isn’t a pattern release or free tutorial. I’m simply sharing a project I made from an incredible inspirational source....

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2002 Squares: Scrappy Trip Around The World

2002 Squares: Scrappy Trip Around The World

on Oct 18, 2018 in Blog, fabric stash, Featured, quilt | 2 comments

2002 Squares is my latest Scrappy Trip Around The World quilt. I’ve made a few Scrappy Trips, using the methods in Bonnie Hunter’s FREE pattern from her Quiltville blog. I altered the pattern slightly to accommodate my own math. I save my binding strips in big “cinnamon rolls” shapes. Once I have a few rolls, I’ll try to add them into some kind of strip-based or jelly roll based design. My binding, however, is cut 2-1/4″ wide, which means I need to switch the math a tiny bit for anything that is originally designed for a jelly roll, which are strips measuring 2-1/2″ wide. You can hop over to Quiltville to see the original, super-easy method to create these quilt blocks. Strip Method It is similar to a bargello-style quilt in terms of construction: Create a strip set Sew the strip set into a tube Sub-cut the strip set Rip out one seam to reveal a set of joined squares Rip out a second seam, etc Arrange the set to create a feature diagonal color Sew the block That is it in a very tight nutshell. Altered Math & Tips Here are some of the details & tricks for my binding scraps quilt. Since my strips were 2-1/4″, I ended up sewing 8 strips together in my sets. My sub-cut pieces were also 2-1/4″. The squares in this quilt finished at 1-3/4″ with 64 squares per block. Also, as I was using binding pieces, none of them were with regular width of fabric. To combat this, I joined many pieces of bindings that shared a similar value. Using this longer piece, I then created MEGA strip sets. Each one was probably over 2 yards long. Here’s a zoom in, below. You can see how much that bonus seam does not matter at all in the quilt block. By working with long strip sets, this quilt went together really fast. And that is saying something because, this is a fast pattern in itself. Blocks When creating my block, my only restriction was to choose the darkest color to be the diagonal line. As far as dark & light fabrics go, you’ll see from block to block the “darkest” fabric varies...

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