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.
 Purge button
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".

Purge button

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.
 photo LeChalleng

Friday, July 4, 2014

Finish It Friday - Scrap Basket QAL

Happy Independence Day everyone!
Earlier this year, when doing spring cleaning of my craft room,  I came to the horrible realization that I will never live long enough to quilt my fabric stash!  Oh, yes its true.  I am out of control with my fabric, scraps, and WIPs.

At first I was quite depressed thinking that I may never need to buy fabric again.  WHAT?!  So, I have been quite the busy quilting girl, quilting up projects and actually cutting into the stash.

My finish this week is for the scrap basket quilt along benefiting Margaret's Hope Chest. The QAL project is a scrappy rail fence, but quilts in any pattern are accepted, and especially boy's quilts are needed.
When I dumped over my scrap box, I had a huge amount of pink strings in all sorts of widths.  Wanting to make the best use of the scraps, I chose a scrappy half log cabin block using the pink strings and a some leftover yellow charms.
OMG, is this a bright quilt!  Is it possible to have too much pink?  I think I need my sunglasses to look at this quilt. 
Now, I am off to make a boy's quilt, maybe something I can look at without needing sunglasses.
Linking today to Finish It Friday and to Whoop Whoop Friday.