Friday, January 22, 2021

baby quilt finish

 I have emptied a project box with this finish. I finished flannel #2 his week. It feels so good to move another UFo to done. I finished flannel #1 last week as part rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.


46x58- 7 yards of fabric

I found an old blog post about the pattern including a share it  of my copy of the pattern. It's a great pattern to use for a baby quilt and/or a donation quilt.




My rainbow projects for 2021 with links:

tiny houses

postage stamp psp20

ice cream

waffle stamp blocks

love pillowcases

2 pink flannel baby quilts and here and here


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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

5 inch scraps

 I had a box of recycled shirts that I wanted to cut for quilt patterns I am hoping to make. I had already taken the shirts apart, so, I made a box for each size I wanted to cut, 10 inch, 5 inch, 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 2. I decided to cut largest to smallest, so, that, the leftovers can be fed into the smaller sizes. I cut 10 inches. I used the front of the shirt without the pocket for 10 inch squares. The front with the pocket, I put in the box for 5 inch squares. I am still saving the backs.


I cut from any sleeves I found for the anvil quilt. I need a 4 1/2 strip and enough matching 2 1/2 inch strips for 10 HSTS and 2 squares per block.


I had other scraps in the 5 inch box and cut them. They weighed 2 pounds and 9 ounces. That would be the equivalent of 7 1/2 yards of fabric @ 10.00 per yard = 75.00


There is approximately 3/4 yard in a charm pack. That is almost 10 packs of 42 charms @ 10.00 dollars = $100.00. And, if 4 packs of charm squares and a background, make a good size lap quilt, there are 2 1/2 quilts in my box. 

I received this great comment from Rebecca Grace. I love the idea of an assistant scrap manager. Wouldn't you? The hard part would be deciding if the assistant should ever say "throw it out" or not. It might be wise if she did?

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What a lovely way to use up those smaller scraps, Maggie! You're inspiring me! My scrap bins are getting awfully full, too. I feel like I need to hire an Assistant Scrap Manager.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

to do: work with tiny pieces

 I have been working with tiny 1 1/2 inch squares that are sitting next to my sewing machine. I collect them, until, I think I can make either waffle stamp blocks  or postage stamp psp20/21. I am always amazed at how many are in the stack. The stack of squares doesn't look like much, but it moves 2 quilts along. I have the solid pieces already cut and waiting in a drawer nearby.


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Monday, January 18, 2021

grassy creek 4 and my project box

It took some time, but, grassy creek mystery quilt at quiltville part #4 is done. I was pleased with how the pieces fit together, but, after ironing, I am wondering if they are a little wonky. Time will tell.



As part of the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy, I am working on pink ufos, I have finished  two love pillowcases and a flannel donation quilt. I am nearly done with flannel quilt #2, so I indulged with choosing another pink ufo - zuckerwaite from Bonnie Hunter book string fling. All I have finished are the string blocks. I made them in 2017. This quilt uses a massive amount of  HSTS - ( half square triangles ). So I need to get cutting. Even if that is all I get done this month, it is progress.


While I had the project box out of storage, I took some pictures to remind me of what was in there. I have Bonnie hunter's dawn's early light string blocks made.


And a Christmas sparkle quilt all cut out, including backing fabric. I found this as a quilt along here. I cut it out in 2018 while I had my Christmas fabrics out for something else. It looks like I have a few happy sewing days ahead of me. I love my project boxes.


my grassy creek mystery quilt at quiltville

clue 1

clue 2

clue 3

Clue 4 A

Clue 4 B

clue 5

clue 6

clue 7

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Stash report January 17, 2021

 I have started a new rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. The full stop quilt that Angela is doing. It looks modern to me, and, I felt that I didn't have a background fabric with enough yardage that I wanted. I bought the polka dot for that. I bought 5 yards of it to make sure I would have enough. The red Christmas fabric came home in the bag with it.

Stash report  January 17, 2021

Fabric Used this week:  7 yards - pink flannel baby quilt

Fabric Used year to Date: 22 yards

Fabric Added this week: 7 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 19 yards

net fabric: 3 yards used more than bought

I stitched at least 15 minutes each day -I was working on Clue 4 grassy creek mystery quilt at quiltville

I am really struggling to meet my goal for rug hooking. There are a few days that  I just didn't want to hook. It might be that deep down seasonal rugs are not right, out of season haha. A scarecrow in January might be offending my sensibilities.... or, I might be lazy.


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Friday, January 15, 2021

flannel quilts and a finish

My ufo # 2 and #3 for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy was 2 pink flannel baby quilts. I didn't know, when I opened the box, if I had just collected the fabric, or, had it cut for what I needed. I saw labels on the fabric, so I was excited to learn it was already cut and ready to sew.

there are 2 quilts cut out in the box


I had all the letters I needed for the pattern -quilt #1

I arranged them on tray with all the letters showing

I have looked all over the internet for the pattern for this quilt to share. I can't find it anywhere. I see the diagram, but, the links are dead. My copy is a faded copy that came with the first flannel quilt kit that I bought years ago.
I like making it. It is easy to strip piece and subcut so that it looks complicated.

quilt # 2


I had quilt # 2 pieced and ready to quilt January 2nd.


42 x 54 and 7 yards of fabric


pink flannel back

update: I found an old blog post about the pattern including a share it  of my copy of the pattern

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

crumb star

I haven't been able to add to the pink drawer of 2 1/2 inch strips in a long time. It is full. I noticed some red had worked it's way into the drawer when I wasn't looking, too. I have a new rainbow scrap challenge block I want to make to use from this drawer and help clean and organize it.


The first step was to divide the strips into width of fabric strips and shorter. I was curious about how many would fall into each category. I grabbed a part of the pile for the HSTS - ( half square triangles ) I was planning to cut. 




I needed 2 1/2 inch HSTS for the crumb star blocks, I was planning to make. I had used crumbs and strings to make 8 - 4 1/2 inch squares. Eight was the number, because, that was all I could easily dig and find. Each star needs 8 star points aka hsts.



trimmed and ironed

1st block and, yes, I like it enough to continue




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