Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Strings

Oh the overflowing scrap box. It was time to do something about the mess, so I bought two of these rolling drawer carts and stacked them up to organize my scraps by color. Before, I had two smallish boxes with all my scraps crammed in them and everytime I wanted something, all the scraps I didn't want would come falling out. I'm loving this set up much better, it's much easier to find what I want, one color at a time! Hopefully this will help me stay more organized.


My organization streak didn't last long though. Seeing all my scraps out made me want to play! I have a lot of pink and blue scraps so I decided to see what I could come up with. 



I've been wanting to try the strings score from the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Since I already have all these cut up strips, I decided to start sewing them together. I only know that I want long, vertical strips at this point.



It's pretty wiggly and fun so far! 



I've got more pink scraps but I wonder if I'll have enough to make a throw quilt? This project will eat them up fast. Woo scrap busting!


Friday, June 3, 2016

Love Is Blind Quilt


I finished up this sweet baby blanket last night. The pattern is called "Love is Blind" by Thomas Knauer and it's in the summer 2016 issue of Quilty magazine. 



The project in the magazine measures 20" x 27" which is more like a wall hanging, it would be a pretty small baby blanket. It also calls for cutting out triangles to make HST's. I decided to make my HST's the four at a time way and upsized them to 4". There are three different shades of the background solid and 8 polka dot fabrics. My blanket measures about 27" x 38". I skipped the batting, using a piece of flannel in the middle and on the back.



The neat thing about this pattern is that it spells out I Love You in braille! I love that it has a hidden message and one about love, at that! 



This blanket is going to the prayer shawl ministry at church to be given for baby baptisms. This was a fun and quick project, I might make another one!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

WIP Wednesday


I sewed something! This quilt pattern is called "Love is Blind" by Thomas Knauer and it's in the summer 2016 issue of Quilty magazine. The neat thing about it is that the triangles spell out I Love You in braille. I'm making this for the prayer shawl ministry at church, along with the prayer shawl I'm knitting. Whenever we have a baby baptism, the prayer shawl group gives a baby blanket and I heard they needed at least one blanket. I'm on it! I think I will back this with flannel so it's cozy soft! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Summer!


Summer break is here and I am loving it!
On a whim, Gary and I hopped in the car and drove to Columbus on Monday afternoon. He wanted to check out a store there and I wanted to ride along for fun. I dug out the hexies to sew on the way. 




After shopping, we ate at this family restaurant, which was entertaining in itself. I'm glad we stopped in because the whole moment makes me smile, from the wood paneled walls to the bossy hostess, I would go back just for the atmosphere. Gary said his steak was pretty good, so was my patty melt.


We had an awesome lightning show on the way home. Luckily, we drove out of the storm.
Speaking of rain, we've had lots of rainy days, so I haven't worked outside much. Some flowers are blooming though, like the Canterbury Bells and Foxgloves.

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I had to pick some peonies because they were flopping in the mud after all the rain. 


All I've wanted to do since school got out is knit, which is bad for my pile of quilts that need finishing! I started a new knit project that I think will become a prayer shawl for church. The reason for the knitting frenzy? I just finished my scrap yarn blanket last night and I love it! It's the most soft, squishy blanket ever. It's all garter stitch and it measures 47" x 58.5". If I remember right, I cast on 160 stitches and used size 7 needles. This blanket is two years in the making, I'm really happy it's done! 


Friday, May 13, 2016

Denim Circles and Rainbow Log Cabin

One week of school left. I feel like I'm going in lots of different directions and not getting much of anything done. There's always so much to do with end of school year performances and I keep telling myself you're almost there! I've been trying to squeeze in a little sewing when I can and I've been snapping some pics along the way.

















I really enjoyed making the Denim Circles Pillows! It was a fun way to repurpose some old jeans. I'm glad I stuck to a pillow size, it ended up being a manageable project that didn't overwhelm me and I upcycled two pairs of jeans!

The rainbow log cabin baby quilt came to be after my friend's funeral. I met Ron at church. He was the nicest person, always genuinely interested in what was going on in people's lives. We had some great conversations in the church office after the service almost every Sunday. He would be making copies and I would be putting things away when we would begin talking about the past week or about things we had seen on Facebook. We talked about photography and he always asked about my quilts. It was nice.

Ron's liver gave out and he passed away after two failed attempts at a liver transplant. Life is so fragile, here one minute and gone in a moment. I played for his funeral last Saturday and I was sad afterwards, so I tried to cheer myself up with some happy sewing.

After a quick stop at the Calico House, I got right to work back at home. Rainbow is my go to color combo, so I cut a bunch of 3" strips from my solid fabrics and started sewing the log cabin blocks. I've been picking up some low volume fabrics and used them for the background. I especially love the music notation fabric! The backing is a green and white chevron with matching green binding. The final quilt measures 32" x 37"

Turns out our student teacher at school is going to be having her first baby in September, so Women's Choir threw a baby shower for her (ice cream and cupcakes at 8 am Oh My!) and I worked really  hard on Wednesday night to finish this happy baby quilt by Thursday. I love how it turned out and she was so surprised. I think my happy sewing plan worked :)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Land of Confusion

If you've followed my blog for awhile, you probably know that I don't really enjoy making t-shirt quilts. It's all the shirt preparation. Pressing on the interfacing is such a chore, let alone cutting the shirts apart. I did make a big quilt last summer though, (from 60 shirts!) and then made a smaller quilt from some of the sleeves. I still have leftovers! The other day, I was in the mood for some improv and the t-shirts were sitting there soo..

I started sewing all the red, white, blue and gray scraps together with no interfacing. I did use some spray starch to stiffen things up a bit.

This quilt is small, 33" x 37".
I knew I wanted to hand quilt it with big running stitches, so I kept it small.

It also worked out that our modern quilt guild's April program was about upcycling, so I wanted to finish this to share at our meeting. 

I never thought I'd say this, but I really liked working with the t-shirts, especially since I skipped the interfacing step.The stretchiness of the knit made it easy to sew curves! I kept my quilting lines about an inch apart to make sure everything stayed put.

As I worked on this, I had the TV on. It must've been the news that got me thinking about politics. I don't know what's happening with the Presidential candidates. I don't get it, all the DRAMA! Does anybody else feel the same way? 

I'm naming it "Land of Confusion" after the Genesis song from the 1980's. 


These are the lyrics that came to mind as I sewed this quilt.

Too many men
Too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Can't you see
This is a land of confusion.

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth fighting for.