Saturday, January 29, 2022

star and crown in red

 My last red project for the month and the rainbow scrap challenge are the blocks I am doing called star and crown. I am doing these blocks as a technique block to see if I can get everything a little more precise. I  think I did do better, by slowing down and making sure I redid it if I didn't like it.

I wonder what color February will be.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

slotted trimmers for scraps

I was working on my red scrap projects for the month and I am trying a new block -star and crown-using my civil war reproduction fabric. I need 6 - 2 inch hsts per block. When I reached for my slotted trimmer to trim them, I realized I had another favorite scrap taming tool to share. I have had this trimmer for a couple of years. At first it was difficult to remember to not iron the hsts open. But, I grew to really like the results, and I can trim before I iron, while they are still sewn and laying just like they come off the back of the machine.

My favorite tools for scraps

1. stripology ruler
3. slotted trimmers

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Monday, January 24, 2022

5 quilts January 24 2022

  My 5 quilts progress report.

1. Rainbow scrap challenge - color red - blossom time is a quiltville pattern from quiltmaker magazine. I think Bonnie Hunter made an actual pattern that can be purchased. I made 12 for the red month.

2. full stop quilt that Angela is doing for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.- I have started to finish each row to the size of the quilt I want. Right now, I am aiming for 69 wide. 

3. rhododendren mystery - hunter -  I am working on clue 5, adding the hst to the parts from a previous clue. 


4..  too many circles -I had only so many of the 1/4 circles cut and made in the project box from 2012 so I had to "do the math" but I think it came out alright. I still want to work on the corners a bit.

5. use a jelly roll -  dart a free pattern. The first part of the sewing is done. I was able to lay the strips out at the library for Friday group and start on adding different sized pieces to the left or the right following the chart.

MY  next on the longarm of my own quilts in the 'to be quilted' closet

 end of the rainbow rsc - on the frame - no change- started quilting -quilted - needs binding - done

1. row rainbow rsc -on the frame -started quilting - quilted  -needs binding

2. gray baby flannel - on the frame 

3. Pineapple blossom - hunter

4. Christmas sparkle

5. shine

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

stash january 23 2022

 This week I worked on the last of the scraps from the  scrap bucket I am trying to tame. These scraps weighed  6 ounces which is almost a yard of fabric. I cut some 3 1/2 inches, then 2 1/2, 2, 1 1/2 and the rest went into a chunks bucket. It has helped to keep me from buying more of anything. Next week will be a challenge. We will have our guild meeting and there might be a free table. what will I do?

stash report January 23, 2022

fabric added -0 yards  still haven't added any!

fabric added year to date -0 yards

fabric used 21 yards -end of rainbow finish + 1 yard sent to goodwill

fabric used year to date 51 yards

51 yards used more than bought. I am starting the year ahead on using fabric. 

I sewed 4 days last week

I have my hexie project out again, trying to reorient myself to what little bits I could be adding on quiet winter evenings. I am always surprised how much I like it when I get started again.

15 min to stitch at life in pieces


Saturday, January 22, 2022

blossom time

I have cut pieces for a stashbuster 2022 quilt in red. I haven't put one together yet but it looks fun. I have a small box of the right size pieces but not matching. So I will cut some more each month.

cut for stash buster challenge

I have relocated an older ufo to the sewing room to work on this year. Blossom time is a quiltville pattern. I started working on it from quiltmaker magazine, before there was a quilt pattern. I counted what I needed and cut the new pieces from red scraps. I think these blocks are well suited for the rainbow scrap challenge approach to getting it done over the next year. I think I need to make 12 each month.

I think they are very cute.

I am still fiddling with the stem at the bottom. I don't like how they are made. And I need to cut them ahead and not wait for the green month.

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Friday, January 21, 2022

end of rainbow finish

I have another finish for January from my rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy projects. I sewed the crumb blocks here - during 2019 by color of the month. I found this in a -book here by Melissa Corey

it is 82x82 and used 20 yards

I used a cotton sheet for the back and a scrappy binding.

I did free motion swirls for the quilting. I really like swirls and may just do all of my quilts like that. Quick and easy is best.

wednesday wait loss

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

a lifetime of scraps

This has been an eclectic scrap bucket.   Sorting this scrap bucket, I have found some fun surprises. I obviously just threw everything I wanted to clean up into the bucket at one point. I really like old blocks and feel a real urgency to rescue them. But, I don't know what to do with them. So, with indecision, they were doomed to a scoop and tidy. 

aren't these wonderful vintage fabrics?

I had already cut the 10 inch square. This was the pile of  scraps that I thought were big enough to have a 5 inch square cut from them. 

I layered them with the right side as even as I could get it and used my stripology ruler to even the right and cut 5 inches.

But the only ones that were 5 inches were these. The rest I put in the less than 5 inch strip pile. Some were close but about 1/4 inch too small.

The strip pile is the biggest group in this bucket. I will work on them next. If I can get 3 1/2 , 2 1/2 , 2, 1 1/2 inch out of it, I will. and so on. If it doesn't make a strip I have started a small chunk bucket for them. I am also putting more into the string/crumb basket and even the trash than usual. I am trying to be brutal.  If each small bucket takes a week, then I will be done in a little over 100 years. I actually enjoy doing it, I just don't like the mess.

My favorite tools for scraps

1. stripology ruler

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Monday, January 17, 2022

5 quilts Jan 17 2022

 My 5 quilts progress report.

1. Rainbow scrap challenge - color red -candy is finished. I am sorting through the red strips and cutting for the next rsc project. These are the 2 1/2 inch strips. I want to clean up the bag and set a minimum of 12 inches in length to keep in the bag. Anything smaller will be sewn into 4 patches.

less than 12 inches

 I cut for Hunters star blocks using a new die I bought during the Holiday sales.

2. full stop quilt that Angela is doing for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.- I have the bracket row all together and the width I will use for the rest of the rows. I used the word full in this row.

3. rhododendren mystery - hunter - I finished clue 4 and, now, I am working on clue 5. I have the triangles cut. I started sewing them to pieces we have already made, but, I forgot about the matching fabrics, so I will be unpicking a few and starting the sewing again.

4..  too many circles - I was able to lay it out with the pieces for the outer border at Friday group. I don't have a pattern for what I want to do with the border so it is taking a bit of fussing and mumbling to myself.

5. use a jelly roll -  dart a free pattern. I have it all cut and ready to sew. I am using an old moda jelly roll called bistro

MY  next on the longarm of my own quilts in the 'to be quilted' closet

 hourglass leader ender challenge - hunter - on the frame - quilted - needs binding - trimmed -preparing to bind - done!

1. end of the rainbow rsc - on the frame - no change- started quilting -quilted - needs binding

2. row rainbow rsc - on the frame

3. gray baby flannel - find it

4. Pineapple blossom - hunter

5, Christmas sparkle

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

stash report jan16 2022

I found these lovilies in a scrap bucket I am trying to tame. I am not sure why a piece of yardage was in the bucket, unless there was a mass cleanup and everything went into a bucket. The rest of the scrap bucket had mostly really small pieces.

I sorted the scraps into piles of pieces that were big enough to cut of 10 in, 5 inch, strips, and chunks. I've only recently started cutting 10 inch pieces.

only 1 piece at least 10 inches.

After I cut the 10 inch piece I threw the left and right pieces into the strip pile.

stash report January 16, 2022

fabric added -0000000yards  still haven't bought any! or brought home any scraps - a new record

fabric added year to date -0000000yards

fabric used 22 yards -hourglass leader/ ender finish

fabric used year to date 30 yards

30 yards used more than bought. I am starting the year ahead on using fabric. 

I sewed at least an hour every morning last week. It was good to get back to my projects after a few weeks of the flu.

 I finally worked on vivians rug and I did the peach color to the bottom left. By my count, I have done everyone's rug, so, I just wait until mine comes home to work on the background and border.  I have another rug ready to start, so I might work on that first, or when I am bored with my sheep rug.

vivians rug - I am the peach

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Saturday, January 15, 2022

a sweet block

I am so thrilled to finally move this project from the 'maybe someday' to the wip list. I have a few string/crumb blocks made over the years by color and enough strings to add to them this year. These pieces of candy are sugar free,, so I can have as many as I want.

I also cut red strips for my go fish leader/ender challenge. Each strip will make 6 hsts or 2 sets of fish.

Friday, January 14, 2022

finished hourglass quilt

 I started this leader/ender challenge with quiltville in July of 2016. My friend Lucy, my daughter, and I swapped hourglass blocks all year. The top was done in September 2017. It has been waiting in the 'to be quilted' closet until this year. Now it has a chance to shine as a completed quilt. There are over 3000 pieces in this quilt. It was such fun to get a new package in the mail with new hourglasses. And fun again as they were sewn into the top.

This also completes my one monthly goal at elm street quilts. And is my first finish for the year. hooray.

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