Monday, January 16, 2017

Januarys purple blocks are becoming a quilt!!

Here's my purple Scrap Jar blocks with the setting I decided on. This decision took FOREVER! 

Last night I played with my EQ program trying out different colors and setting blocks but they were all too traditional or too bright or too white. I wanted to bring in a little gray or black to tone everything down but still let the purples shine. 
So I brought out all my little pieces of low volumes and black or grays on white. Loved it!

Then I had to decide if I still wanted setting blocks or just sashing. Since I wanted this quilt to be a lap size, the sashing made sense.. Now the cornerstones....I wanted something modern but something that used up more scraps so I played with the little leftover pieces from the star centers. 


The plus signs were more modern than a regular nine patch and if I added a different purple center then I would get the design I wanted AND use up lots of purple pieces. Added bonus...when I cut the sashing I had lots of little black on white scraps to use in making the cornerstone background. 
With any luck I'll have the top done tomorrow!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January is PURPLE scraps

Im continuing to cut purple scraps...the pile is goung down...yes! The block on the left had to be unstitched...don't you LOVE ripping out seams?...so I fixed that block and made another. I was missing the pieced corners. 
Made another purple spool...that's it for this color...the spools will be red, aqua, gold, orange, aqua...all colors.
Digging through my box I found this REALLY old piece of fabric. It's probably about 35 years old. I bought it to make a blouse for my niece when she was 4 or 5...she's in her forties now!
I'd say it's about time this one gets used up.


On to more cutting...and babysitting (today is a Henry day!)


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Inspiration everywhere

I turned on the TV to keep me company while I sorted scraps and stitched today. As usual there was a snow storm going on outside. I tried every channel to see if anything would come in but NOPE...nothing. 
But what I did find was inspiration...on the cartoon channel...the pixelation was gorgeous! 
I took a picture so that I could remember the colors. Wouldn't this make a wonderful HST quilt?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cutting up scraps

If you want to join in the fun and clear out some scraps --> RSC17 LINK!
It was another really snowy day up here in northern Michigan so SCRAP CUTTING was the job for the day. I'm doing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge #RSC17 with SOSCRAPPY on blogspot.
Job #1...open those overstuffed bins...YIKES! 
I put all my magazines and books together...all my patterns together, unless they belonged to a UFO. Dumped a ton of scraps on the floor and started pressing.

See that bin to the left of the ironing board? ALL SCRAPS!!
Job #2....  cut 1-1/2, 2, 2-1/2, 3, 4-1/2 and 5" strips....plus my usual 1/2 inch pieces for crocheting my rag rug.

Job #3 ...start another Rainbow quilt (there are going to be at least 3 with all the scraps I have), I made a tester block for a spools quilt that I designed on EQ last night. I had a large piece of navy backing...almost 2 yards...leftover from something (?) so this will be the background.

Not sure what kind of border I will do ...just tried this one out.
These are 12" blocks. I have enough of the gray spool top and bottoms to do 20 blocks so I think I'll need borders to make this a good sized lap quilt.



JOB WELL DONE!!
My shelves look so much better...there's actually some room to spare! Didn't expect that!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday in the sewing room

Today my daughter and her husband's cousin came by to sew a little. The cousin is just learning but I think she's hooked. She made a bunch of cute patchwork mug cozies to take back to college with her. While she was doing that I had a chance to play with my grandson Henry. He found a little Dr Seuss mug rug that he loves...he asked if he could keep it. I laughed and told him I was making him a BIG Dr Seuss quilt and it was just for him. He was thrilled but since he has ZERO patience he wanted to take it home today.

Well, I guess I better get cracking! After they left I started pinning his quilt. I hope to have it quilted in the next couple of days so that Henry can have it.

I also worked on binding my Modern Sampler. It's machine stitched on and pinned...just have to hand sew it down.

Today really was a fun one...I just love having guests in my sewing room....love getting the next generation hooked on quilting too!