On to the UFO challenge: The Lake Norman Quilters guild has just issued a challenge to its members – UFOs! Projects begun but not completed as of January 31 qualify. We turn in a list of our UFO’s and our entry fee is one fat quarter for each entry. Oh yes, UFOs I got!! Most are in project boxes. Over the years I have found that rather than completing a project, it is easier to buy more project boxes and start new projects. For me, there is real joy in cutting into a new set of fabrics. I like this challenge. I have not compiled my final list yet (I’m at 15)- I’m trying to be realistic. The challenge ends in March of 2015 – plenty of time, right? We’ll see. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Oh – the fabric collections coupled with patterns but not yet begun? I have several of those too. Those don’t count, so I’ll really need to avoid temptation. Wish me luck.
Where do they all come from? Most quilters believe they multiply while we’re sleeping – mine surely have! The time has come to tackle this beast. First, I bought these really stylish bins at “the big box store” (how could I begin a project without spending money?).
I then sorted the 3 laundry baskets full of scraps into piles by colors. Then…..I ironed them all. Yes, I really did. I decided to not cut them into strips because sometimes I want a 4 or 5″ square, and sometimes I want strips of different widths. This is what will work best for me. They are all now in bins. One for blue/purple, green, red/pink, orange/yellow, turquoise, and neutrals (grays, brown, blacks). The full bin of greens illustrates just how many scraps I have!
I also found a container full of 2 1/2 inch squares that I had cut a while back for a “leader/ender” quilt. I have the squares at my machine and am again doing leaders/enders. It’s like making 2 quilts at once and it worked so well the first time, I really want to continue to do this.
This was the scrappy I did earlier. Those are not white blotches on the quilt - hubby did take a pic of it for me while it was snowing! The border was a bit tedious. I added the flanges because I just love that look. I have found that my stash is really lacking in lights, so my next few scrappy quilts will be patterns that do not need lights. How do you deal with scraps? Do you have a favorite scrap pattern?
I so enjoyed having an extra day at home thanks to the snow. But, as the daffodils are telling me, it is most definitely time for a new season. Come on Spring!!
Have a happy scrappy day!
A huge pile of Christmas fabrics has been in my stash for a long time. I have been determined that I would eventually make a Christmas quilt or two. And I am! I am doing a cross-cut 16 patch. First, I sewed four 2 “ strips together (really wished I had used wider strips – makes for tiny pieces). Then, each strip set is cut across 2”, creating a row of 4 blocks.
Four rows of blocks are then sewed together, carefully matching seams, to create a 16 patch. Hint: Using a finer bobbin thread and pressing seams open makes for a nice flat block. I like it much better than “nesting” the seams. The 16 patches are then cut from corner to corner, creating 4 triangles. I then sew 8 of the triangles to make the block. Whew! Cut, Sew, Cut, Sew, Cut, Sew….
I need 6 more blocks to add to the design board. I’m planning on using a dark green with tiny gold stars fabric for a sashing. Won’t know about borders until I’m there.
Finished the second rag quilt at my getaway last weekend. From Thursday night to late Sunday morning it was sew, sew, sew. Great Fun!! I am so fortunate to have great quilting buddies to share with, consult with, and to sew with.
Whenever I make a rag quilt, it is such a rush to get it washed and then the big fluffy reveal when it comes out of the dryer. All the colors of the many fabrics used just came together. Honestly, it just did not look this good before the fluffing. Isn’t this quilt just perfect to cuddle with on a snowy cold day?!
Time to register – SEW MODERN RETREAT, Blowing Rock, NC April 3-6
I chose just two fabrics for the back of the quilt. One of the Folksy Flannels and a stripe from Freshcut by Heather Bailey.
I cut all the backgrounds and then added the various circles and squares that I’ll applique on top and cut the edges for the rag. The broken black lines represent the stitching line. I’ll clip all the appliqued pieces, then piece the squares together using 1/2 inch seam, then do the rest of the clipping. I sew a seam 1/2 inch all around the outside and then clip the outside.
All the squares are numbered and in a project box ready to go on a weekend trip with me and a friend - hope to get most of it done this weekend. The clipping can get a bit tedious, but taking the quilt out of the dryer and seeing it all fluffy is the best part! This will be a gift and I can’t wait to get it to that special person.
I love to do charity quilts. This is a baby quilt that will go to a little one in a hospital. The nine patches were sewn by several sewers as part of a sewing race at a retreat last year. Although a lot of fun, the blocks sure do come out a bit wonky – quilters are so competitive! The print has the cutest woodland animals and little trees.
I sewed straight line quilting. I didn’t have any of the border fabric left for a binding so had to search through my stash for the right one. The print I chose auditioned well and now – Yeah! It is finished! My goal is to do at least 2 more charity quilts this year which will most probably also be baby quilts.
Come retreat with me! Blowing Rock, NC. Details HERE.
It’s Time to register!
Registration for the 2014 SEW MODERN Retreat is now open!
Last year was Fun, Fun, Fun – and 2014 will be even better! For details and registration, click HERE:
New this year: Refer a friend (who has not previously registered for this retreat in the past) and receive a prize! Prizes will be awarded at the retreat in April.
Last day to get special hotel rate: March 3.
I’ve begun gathering prizes and preparing goodies. There were so many generous sponsors last year and this year there will be more to look forward to. Join in on the fun. You may sew as much or as little as you choose. Take a splash in the indoor pool or take a stroll in Blowing Rock with all of the great shops and restaurants. Local merchant discounts will also be offered! Sew…..please join me!