Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In the mailbox

Look what has arrived!
Quiltmaker July/August 2015

And guess whose quilt appears on the Spotlight page just inside the back cover!

The quilt was made for Scrap Squad 2014 and you can read all about it on Quiltmaker’s blog here.  But you will want to check out the magazine, too!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Group project rail fence

When the Sew Scrappy Club members celebrated the coming of summer with a Sew Day recently, they worked on many different projects, but they also found time to contribute blocks to a group project. 

We constructed six inch Rail Fence blocks using 2.5” strips.  Each person used white fabric for one of the edge strips in her strip sets.  When we pooled our blocks and put them up on the wall we had colourful rails like this:

8_group project rails blocks

Once all the blocks were constructed we divided our arrangement into three sections and with only a little re-arranging in the corners of the layouts we produced this set of tops the perfect size for Preemie Quilts for the NICU at our regional hospital.

8_group project rails top38_group project rails top1



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Monday, May 11, 2015

Audition time

The Leaders and Enders project is coming together nicely.  It is on my design wall while I consider borders.

blog audition border

The original plan was to add the strip-pieced triangles in the corners, like those on the top right.  But I also like the way that the plain corner emphasizes the “on-point-ness” of the blocks.  Decisions, decisions.  Luckily, there are no wrong answers, just different ones.  At some point I will choose pieced corners or plain corners and get those borders sewn in place.

It was fun to watch the fabrics come together.  There are some very old fabrics.  The spool print in this block is from the 1950s.  The sweet pink beside it was used in a baby quilt for a child who is now in university. 

blog spool fabric


On the other hand, the black swirl was a fabric I purchased last year for a Scrap Squad quilt.


blog fabrics


With this quilt top nearly ready for the to-be-quilted pile, it is time to decide on another project for leaders-and-enders.  A bin of two-inch squares is at hand…..

Monday, April 6, 2015

The other side of the quilt

blog flannel strips
Many of our donation quilts are backed with flannel. The trimmings from the edges of the quilts accumulate and a person really should do something with them!  The pieces are mostly strips several inches wide, sometimes wider.

I try to make use of these for the backs of small baby quilts.  Sewing strips together is a fairly efficient use of time and materials.    Sewing strips together uses materials -- and time -- fairly efficiently.


But even when the pieces are too small to sew together quickly it can be hard to simply discard them.  A few hours of one’s time can produce a backing like this:
blog flannel pieced blocks
Composing the individual blocks and watching them take shape can be great fun!  Of course, one might wonder how practical it is to devote time to constructing the equivalent of a yard of fabric that could be purchased for just a few dollars! 
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

More preemie quilts

It makes a quilter feel good to use some of her scraps and make them into something useful!  Quilters in our community regularly send quilts to the NICU of the regional hospital.  That’s where these two scrappy heart quilts are headed.
18_Louisa Checkerboard heart preemie quilt18_Louisa heart preemie 2
I am always amazed at how little fabric is required to make a quilt 36” square, but some scraps did get used – a pile of squares of bright kids’ prints is smaller than it was before, and the yellow and blue fabric samples did actually get USED UP – a good accomplishment. 

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

A humble plaid quilt

A finish this week – the binding was completed on this plaid Scrappy Bargello.
Of course, the binding would have been finished a little sooner if I hadn’t done this:
plaid bargello binding oops
Very annoying to have come out short after all that measuring and calculating!   But it didn’t really take long to add in the extra strip.

plaid bargello on chair2

It is not a  grand quilt.  The fabrics are mostly plaids and shirtings, the piecing is simple, and the colours are arranged in no particular order, but as I finished up the last few stitches and draped the quilt over a chair I realized just how much I like this one!

True, it is very gratifying to complete a more elaborate quilt, one with the fabrics placed perfectly and a quilting design that beautifully complements the piecing.  Yet there is also a great deal of pleasure in this simpler quilt.  I enjoy the way one square plays against another, the way the curves of the quilting lines cut across the patches and highlight the combinations of fabrics.  I can imagine this quilt wrapped around someone and providing comfort.  It will soon be on its way to a new home, a donation to a local good cause.  I hope the recipient of the quilt enjoys using it as much as I enjoyed the making.
Plaid bargello
Scrappy Bargello is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville site

Monday, February 2, 2015

Scottie dogs – a UFO no longer

While searching for something else in the sewing room I came across the blocks left over from last year’s experiments with Scottie Dogs.   It was time that they became a quilt!

I handed the pile to my friend Donna who worked her magic and combined them into a 36” square top for a preemie quilt.  When the Scrappy Club members saw the results they decided that the big block was too “pixel-ly” – so Ellen took the top home and did some remedial piecing to make Big Scottie look more like a dog. 

Here is the result, all quilted and bound and ready for donation to the NICU at the regional hospital.

Scotties preemie quilt

Here is a peek at the back – isn’t that the perfect flannel for this quilt!!  (You can’t see it in the picture, but the binding fabric has Scottie Dogs has well.)

Scottie quilt back
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