Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - Trees

Last week I couldn't decide if I wanted to sash or not sash a stack of scrappy houses.  Then I realized that I had enough blocks to make 2 quilts - one with sashing and one without sashing.  Problem solved.
 


I decided to separate all of the houses that had the night time or space background fabric.  These will have some sashing with the space fabric and will include some wonky trees.  I do not have a pattern for the trees.  I am just "winging"it.
 
The house blocks with the light colored background will be sewn together in a color riot.  Hopefully, I'll have 2 completed quilt tops soon.

Linking today to WIP Wednesdays.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Purge Update

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I am almost scared to say it....really, I don't want to jinx myself....but.....I think I may be at the end of my scrap boxes!  Yes, really!
 
I have been working on this ever since I decided to spring clean my sewing room.  I realized I was near the end when I started running out of usable pieces for my scrap houses. 
 
Today is the Purge progress link up.

 
 
Since the last progress report:  20 pillowcases were sent to ConKerr Cancer,  a huge stack of scrap house blocks were built, and I am about 25% complete on a new spider web quilt.
 
It sure feels good to clear out some of my older fabric and scrap boxes.
 
My goals for the next few weeks are to finish up the house quilt and to work on my Le Challenge project.  This month's challenge theme is "era".  I finally decided on my design and era (mid-century modern).
 
Linking today to the Purge and to Whoop, Whoop Fridays.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Design Wall Monday - Houses

To sash, or not to sash......that is my question


This weekend I decided to attack my scrap boxes and used my favorite house tutorial to make about 50 houses.  Once the pieces are cut out, sewing the house together goes quite fast.
 
I've laid them out randomly on the "design floor" and I can't decide if I should add sashing or just sew them together.  Any thoughts?
 
I guess I'll just keep on building more houses until I can decide how to finish them.
 
Linking today to Design Wall Monday.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Finish It Friday - Conquering the Pink Fabrics

I think I made a huge dent in my pile of pink fabrics!


This pink brick quilt is on its way to Margaret's Hope Chest.
 

I have a stack of Disappearing Hourglass blocks and a stack of mini churn dash blocks.
 
These mini blocks have been on my to-do list for some time and I was happy to see a scrappy churn dash quilt in Quiltopedia.  This will be my second project from the book.


Then, I started making pillowcases for ConKerr.  September is the Miles of Smiles event which has a goal to make a pillowcase for every child facing cancer or other life threatening illnesses.


I got on a roll making these pillowcases and kept going even when I ran out of pink fabrics.
 
 
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Today is the link up for the Purge.  Not sure what my goals are for next week.  I have a few more pillowcases to finish, and I may work on some spiderweb blocks.
 
Linking today to Finish It Fridays and to Whoop, Whoop Fridays 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Finish It Friday - Pink Purge

I had challenged myself to bust a pile of pink fabrics this week, and I think I did it!

 
Completed this week is a simple quilt of pink squares that is headed to Margaret's Hope Chest as part of the Scrap Basket Quilt Along.  I really can't believe how well this quilt turned out.  I was a bit worried since it is made from so many different pink fabrics and the design is simple squares.
 
I plan to complete another quilt using what is left of these fabrics.  The second quilt is a brick quilt made of 4 X 8 inch blocks.  Both quilts will then be mailed off to MHC next week.
 
 
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I will be glad to have my stash of pink fabrics used up (making room for more fabric in the stash).  I got the push I needed from the Scrap Basket QAL and the Purge.
 
Also, this weekend I have a goal to make some pillowcases for Conkerr Cancer.  The Miles of Pillowcase Smiles event is scheduled for September, which is childhood cancer awareness month.  I have phased out novelty and brights from my stash, but I think I can find something.
 
Hopefully, I'll have some pillowcases to show next Friday.
 
Linking this week to Finish It Fridays and Whoop, Whoop Fridays.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Finish It Friday - the Purge

I have another finish this week as part of the Scrap Basket QAL


I searched through my scrap box and found plenty of small scraps that I used to create pixelated hearts out of 2.5 inch squares.


This is NOT how I intended for this quilt to look.  I had planned to enter this project into this month's Le Challenge where the theme was "small".  I completed the top heart and then left it for a few days while I worked on another project.  Somehow during this time, I switched machine feet and then made the bottom heart.

I knew instantly when I finished the 2nd heart that it was much bigger - over 1 inch. The top heart was made using a standard foot and the bottom heart was made with the quarter inch foot.  
 
I wondered if I could somehow make these 2 hearts work together.  I decided to border them and offset them on the quilt.  They are now surrounded with some pink paisley fabric that has been in the stash too long - it really must be purged!

So I am joining in with "the Purge".

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This is where you can address the unloved fabrics that found a way into your stash.
 

My goal this week is to put a dent in this pile.  There are mostly girls in my family and they have grown up before I could use all of my pink fabrics!
 
I saw a new tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co for the Disappearing Hourglass block and had to make one.
 
 
This may be my new favorite fast and easy block that looks super complicated.  I think this design will be perfect for busting that big pink fabric pile.
 
Linking this week to Finish It Fridays, The Purge, and Whoop Whoop Fridays.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Le Challenge - Small

This month's theme at Le Challenge is "small".  I chose to make a small project made of small pieces.

 
This small pillow measures 12 x 16 and was made using 2 inch hexies from my Denyse Schmidt fabric scraps.  I wondered how smart I was to make something with such small pieces since I seemed to under-estimate the number of hexies I needed and found myself always adding more rows to the pillow.
 
It kept feeling like the project would never end.

 
The hexies went together rather fast, but then I made the decision to hand quilt the piece with echo quilting inside each hexie.  Now the project really felt like it would never end.

 
Once I had the pillow cover together, I realized that it was way too big for my pillow form.  I had to cut an inch off all sides of the hexies. Yikes!
 
But, I soon had a pillow cover and I think it turned out kinda cute.
 
 
I haven't decided yet if its going to be a Christmas present, or maybe I will keep it since it matches my Texas quilt (currently a WIP).
 
Linking up with the other "small" themed entries for this month's Le Challenge.
 
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