Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Did you Know?

Craftsy is a great place to go for video classes on a variety of crafts - not just quilting.  Over the years, I have purchased numerous classes on quilting, piecing, photography, and even garden design.  I love that I can constantly refer back to them and just watch certain sections just to refresh my memory.



But recently I discovered that Craftsy Unlimited is now being offered.  It is a membership (either paid monthly or annually) that gives you access to over 1300+ classes. 


So not only can you learn some new quilting skills, but you can view unlimited cooking, photography and knitting classes - just to name a few - as long as your membership is active.  There are so many classes to choose from, you could find new inspiration every day.

If you would like to view a bit more information about the program, you can click here.





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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Oh Scrap! : More Blue Blocks

In between quilting up some finished quilt tops, I have been finding a few minutes here and there to sew up some blocks.



First up is another Burgoyne Surrounded block.  This makes a total of six completed.  I love the look of this block and am excited about seeing the finished quilt but I admit, with each block I make, I dislike all the cutting and piecing more and more. 

I am glad I decided to sew the blocks over a long period of time!



I also sewed up two blocks for the Squared Away Scrap Sampler.  I decided to make 10" blocks.  I adore this first block and really didn't want to stop at two.  You can find the instructions for the block here if you want to join in.

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What have you been making with your scraps?  It is time to share!

  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do!






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    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Triangle Quilt Finish

    A couple months ago, I decided to start going through all of the project boxes and bags I had stuffed away on shelves and in cupboards.  I either needed to work on the project, make the decision to pass it on or break down and put the fabric in my stash.  One of the boxes I came across was filled with blue and brown yardage that had been passed on to me.


    Thanks to my AccuQuilt Triangle Die, I quickly cut up enough pieces to put together a quilt.  I love that the dies have the notches for alignment right in the dies.  It makes assembly so fast and precise.



    I was able to get it quilted up and the binding sewn this week.  It is not in colors I like but it is a pretty quilt so I hope I can sell it.  The fabric was pretty much free to me so I should be able to make someone a nice deal. (Email me if you are interested!)




    I quilted the quilt with a pantograph called Ebb and Flow in a light blue thread.  I really like the soft curves with the triangle shape of the piecing.



    I cut the rest of the yardage up into strips and made a string quilt.  I hope to get the top quilted up soon so I can share this finish too.  

    Now I have to deal with the next project box I unearth.  I know there are a number of WIPs that I have completely forgotten about.  So stay tuned....who knows what it will be!





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    Sunday, January 7, 2018

    Oh Scrap! : Great Progress

    I have been finding myself with some big blocks of time to sew and I have been taking full advantage of it!  Not only have I been focusing on some scrap blocks, but I have TWO quilt tops sewn up and just waiting for quilting.  It is amazing what you can get done in a couple of hours.


    You will have to wait to see the quilt tops - but I will share my blue "ladder" blocks.  I have decided to just make 7 blocks each month in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color.  In about 8 or 9 months, I should have enough blocks for a donation quilt.  The blues look kinda boring but once you get some brighter colors in there that contrast with the sashing more, I think it will be fun.



    I know some readers have shown an interest in the block.  It is just 2.5" squares with two 2.5 x 8.5" strips on the sides.  Easy Peasey!



    I also whipped out some rectangular blue string blocks.    Last year I made string blocks each month and ended up with a mish mash of leftovers.  Blue was the last color I needed to execute the plan I cam up with, so I was extremely happy to see it was chosen for January.  I blended in a few greens to get the look I wanted.



    I have the center all sewn, but here is a sneak peek at the outer border I am creating with the blue blocks.  Some of these blocks have been waiting for a home for years.  I can't wait to show the top when I have it all finished.

    I have also decided to join Angela and Mari for the Scrap Sampler Quilt Along they are putting together.  They have released the first block and I fell in love!  I think I am going to go with a 10" block.  If you are looking for a new scrap project - please join in!

    Now it is time for you to share what you have been sewing with your scraps.  



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    It is now your turn to share what you have been making with scraps.  Here are the details for linking up:
    • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
    • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
    • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
    • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
    • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
    • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do!
      Quilting is more fun than Housework
      <a href="http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XTyeCeIcFJ8/VJSHulTzvkI/AAAAAAAAGCc/O_OPzksuV2s/s1600/Oh%2BScrap%2BButton.jpg" alt="Quilting is more fun than Housework" width="125" height="125" /></a>

      So if you love scrappy projects, feel free to grab my button for your sidebar or posts and get ready to share all your wonderful projects from scraps.  And if you have a great idea for using scraps and would like to be featured, feel free to contact me!







      Thursday, January 4, 2018

      Double Nine Patch with Fat Quarter Shop

      Today I am so excited to be able to share a new project with you that I started a few months ago.  It is made using the Double Nine Patch quilt pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.  This pattern is being featured today as part of their Classic and Vintage Quilt Along.


      Double Nine Patch Quilt KitFeaturing Project Red by Sweetwater

      The Fat Quarter Shop made their lovely quilt in white and red.  They used the Project Red fabric collection by Sweetwater.  Two color quilts are just so classis!



      I originally thought I would use some stashed blue fabrics but when I went to pull my fabric, I was drawn to my stack of solids.  I soon pulled some warm golds, rose pinks, browns and olive greens.  Because the pattern has you sewing strips, you can make a stack of blocks in no time.




      Are these not adorable?!


      Here is one of my finished blocks.  I almost didn't go with the black centers but I am now so glad I did.  I want my quilt to have a bit more contemporary look even though this is a very classis block.
      This is a quilt I have been wanting to make for a LONG time...





       ...because I have this amazing family quilt from a similar pattern.  It is all hand pieced (and quilted) and each square finishes at 1/2" - Tiny!  So I have always wanted to make the same quilt but from my generation.

      Both will reside in my quilt collection  :)




      Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies


      If you want to make one of these quilts for your own family collection, you can find the pattern here.  The Fat Quarter Shop also have kits available if you just want yours in the red and white.  This is a great pattern for beginners as the instructions are clear and there are lots of great diagrams.







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