Posts Tagged ‘Scrap quilting’

Today I finished piecing the top for my daughter’s Birthday Rainbow quilt. Now I just have to quilt it in time for June 10.

rainbow on wall WM

Maya Greyhound “helped” me during the assembly.

maya rainbow WM

Next on my Quilting Agenda are these two projects that I have already started:

Brick Wall, with another Greyhound model, Katy:

Brick wall with Katy

and these cute Batik blocks in the Cross Ties pattern by Kathy Brown:

New squares WM

Happy Quilting!


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After much consultation and re-arranging of blocks, my daughter and I have decided that her quilt blocks should be organised in rows of colour like a rainbow.  I don’t remember learning any childhood rhymes in Texas to learn the colours in order, but in England my children say Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain.  We don’t have a red but the pink will do.


All the blocks are trimmed now and ready to sew.  I have a new vintage sewing machine to use for this project, so I’m pretty excited about that!  I’ll show you next time.

Happy Quilting!

Dianne xx

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I want to finish this quilt this year.  The pattern is called Bears in the Farmhouse, and it was designed by Judy Laquidara.  A group of us made this pattern as part of a Quilt Along several years ago, and I found it again last week while looking for something else.  The top is complete, just needs batting, backing, quilting and binding.


This week I have been trimming string blocks for my daughter Amber’s new quilt. This may take some time!  I’ve made 96 blocks, 12 each of 8 colours.  They are 9.5 inches square after trimming, to finish at 9 inches.


Katy is looking at them.


I think she likes them.   🙂

Amber wants a large quilt for her bed, and I’m trying to figure out how many blocks to use and how they will be arranged.

My inspiration for this quilt came from this cute table runner designed by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson at Me and My Sister Designs.



Happy Quilting!!

Dianne xx

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In 2016, I’m going to try sewing totally from my stash of fabrics.  Just for fun, to see if I can actually do it for a whole year.  And maybe use it all up!  My teenager is doing a Textiles course in high school, and she is going to help me use as much fabric as possible.

Last summer I trimmed a lot of scraps and smaller pieces into strips and started making these blocks in colour families.  They are quick and fun, and I love the cheerful colours.


Happy New Year, and I’ll see you again soon!

Dianne xx

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Bonnie Hunter wrote in her “Scrap User’s System” article that our scraps are worth just as much as new yardage from the quilt shop.  For me in England, that’s £9.60 per metre, or approximately $14.25 per yard in US dollars.  That’s way too much value to toss into the waste basket, and it really gave me pause to think.  That is when I started to respect my scraps.

I’ve been saving all my small pieces of good quilting cotton for years but didn’t really know what to do with them until I found some fantastic inspiration from three sources:

Last week, in between other sewing projects, I started making some crumb blocks of my own.

Here are some blue blocks showing their stages of evolution:

And some scrappy multi-colour blocks:

Eventually all the blocks will be trimmed to 8.5 inches square to finish up at 8 inches.

I’ve heard several people describe the making of these blocks as “therapeutic,” and I have to agree wholeheartedly.  This kind of sewing doesn’t require a lot of concentration, and after about two hours, I felt very happy and productive to have created these little cuties!

Happy Quilting!

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I worked on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden for 15 minutes this morning, according to my new plan.   I am feeling very enthusiastic and decided not to wait until 2011!  🙂

Some of these fabrics are so precious to me.  I feel very sentimental about the scraps that bring back lovely memories. ..a blouse that I made long ago for my best friend… my first English fabric… other treasures found up on various holiday travels.

I’m looking forward to my little “dates” with this project.  I’ve even written it into my weekly planner as an activity!

Please visit Judy’s blog to see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today.

Happy Quilting!

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Someone else has been using my stash this week — and I am so excited about it!

My 8-year-old daughter started making her first quilt yesterday.  I shared with her some of the 5-inch squares that I had cut for the Puss in the Corner blocks.

She started out sewing on her pink Barbie sewing machine.

She has used our Singer 201K several times, and she’s really too advanced for a toy machine, so I switched her over to my big Janome.

She did so well on that one that I turned her loose with the Jem Gold, and off she went!

She also learned to use the iron yesterday to press her blocks.

She was so sensible and careful — no burns and no accidents!  I am very proud of my little quilter!

I also did a bit of sewing yesterday on pillowcases, and between us, we used 3.5 yards of fabric.  Think how fast we’ll go through that stash if we are both working on it!  🙂

Bought this week:  0
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  3.5
Used year-to-date:  6.5
Used (net):  -3.25

To see other Stash Reports today, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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Last week, I cut lots of 5-inch squares from stash fabrics.  I also found a box full of 5-inch charms that I started collecting years ago.

This week I am sewing them into Puss in the Corner blocks, which is a quick and easy pattern.  Each block uses four 5-inch squares.

Since I am using 5-inch squares, the blocks are coming out at 9 inches unfinished, which yields an 8 1/2-inch finished block.  That’s an awkward size to use, so I have trimmed off 1/4 inch all the way around to end up with 8 1/2 inches unfinished, or 8 inches finished.

I don’t like wasting even that tiny bit of fabric because it will eventually add up to a lot, so next time I’ll try to be more exact with my maths.  In the meantime, however, I’ll have some pretty blocks for my HeartStrings projects.

I think it would also be fun to make these blocks in an all-scrappy version, using 2 or 2 1/2 inch strips from my scrap bins.

Quilting Arts Forum and Quiltzine both have free patterns online for the Puss in the Corner block.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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This turquoise quilt is going to be a present for my older daughter’s 19th birthday in March.  When she was a little girl, this was her favourite colour, and several of these cotton fabrics are scraps from sundresses and shorts outfits that I made for her.   I hope it will bring her many happy memories.  🙂

I’ve been admiring this pretty 9-patch quilt at Crazy Mom Quilts blog for a while now.  I love the white sashings, so crisp and neat-looking, with her colourful 9-patch blocks.  And it’s very inspirational!

So, here is my version of that look with my turquoise blocks.  They aren’t sewed into the sashings yet — the blocks are only laid out on a small piece of white muslin to get the effect and give me an idea of how they will look.  I think it’s exactly what I want.

I will need to buy a couple of yards of snow white muslin to finish this project — but I haven’t bought any fabric yet!  I am still being good for my last Stash Report of 2009.  But when 2010 comes…well, maybe I will need a little shopping trip — or two!

My final stats for the year are:

  • Bought Year-to-Date:  24.875 yards
  • Used Year-to-Date:  149.875 yards
  • Used (net):  125 yards

Happy Quilting!

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I’ve got eight little Turquoise scraps blocks stitched together now.

They are just laid out here on my impromptu design wall.  My sewing room is not “accessible” at the moment.  😉  Too messy!

I’m downsizing a larger pattern (Note: Link updated 30-8-11) and discovered that my maths are wrong, so the blocks are not square.  But that’s not hard to fix — I will square them up to 8.5 inches before assembling the quilt top.

These are easy blocks to make.  I’ve been sewing them in the kitchen while cooking and baking in preparation for Christmas festivities.

To see what other quilters have on their design walls today, please visit Judy’s blog!  🙂

Happy Quilting!

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