Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It's Scraptastic Tuesday!

Scraptastic Tuesday is a new-to-me challenge this year, and I'm really excited about it!  When I started quilting 12 or so years ago, I couldn't make a scrappy project of any kind.  My quilt fabrics all matched and everything had to coordinate.  Fast forward about 10 years, and suddenly, almost every quilty project that I make is made from a complete mish-mash of fabrics.  Traditional fabrics are sewn to solids and that block might be sewn to something really modern and funky - and I love it!
This quilt is made entirely of 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles.  It's a block "pattern" that Joanne shared as a guest blogger for the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge last year.  I tucked the idea away until I had some of my big projects completed last year - and now the time has come to start working on some of these great scrappy quilts!
I've started cutting up my leftover scraps into the rectangles I need for this block, and then, those rectangles are set next to my machine to be my Leaders / Enders.  The problem is, these blocks are so much fun to make, and I often find myself assembling 3 or 4 blocks before I get back to my original project!
So, this is one block:

This is what 48 of these blocks look like when they're assembled!

I'm debating whether to add one more row...  Then it will be ready to sandwich and quilt!
Linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday  and Oh Scrap!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Design wall and Quilty 365 updates

I honestly planned to post something in the past few days - I had made progress on my quilt and a few days worth of Quilty 365 blocks...  and suddenly, it's Monday again!
Of course, that has given me a few extra days to work on my quilt, and I used them to my advantage.  I'm happy to say that the quilt top is done - unless I choose to put borders on it.  I still haven't decided what to do, but I'm leaning to adding 1 or two borders.  I'm happy with the size of it, but I think that borders will finish it off.  It's technically not on my "design wall" - I talked hubby into holding it for me.
The pattern is called "Friendship Stars".
These are my Quilty 365 blocks for Feb. 1-7.  There's a reason for the fabric that I chose daily - especially the monkey fabric at the very front.  I used some of that fabric to make a bib for the baby that my nephew and his wife were expecting - and we heard on Feb. 3rd that they'd had a baby boy, so I chose to use that fabric to celebrate their good news!

I'm hoping to share a new scrappy project with you tomorrow!  Now I'm off to link up to Judy's Design Wall post.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Design Wall - Mon. Feb. 1st

Well folks, this is a first!  I've never posted a design wall picture before, mostly because I don't have a design wall.  I have a wall in my quilting space, but it's got really wild wallpaper on it (thanks mom and dad!).  My hubby has offered to create a design wall for me, but it hasn't happened so far...
But today I decided that I'm just going to pin my current WIP to the wall, and then take a picture and blog about it!  So, without further ado, here's my Friendship Stars quilt:
It's a good thing that I tacked it up - I discovered that I'd sewn one star point on upside down!  (it's been fixed).  The next row is assembled, but supper needed to be prepared, and I decided to feed us - the strip will still be there tomorrow.  I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to make the quilt, or whether I'll add borders or... whatever!
I also wanted to share a new scrappy project that I stumbled on a few weeks ago.  I found a new blog: Kat & Cat Quilts, and was intrigued by the scrap quilts that she makes for a charity (Covered in Love).  The blocks are made by quilters across North America, and are then sent to her to be made into charity quilts.  I love the idea, and asked for more info.  As a result of that conversation, I'm making a few blocks with this month's pattern - the split nine-patch.  Kat suggested cream, off white and soft greys for the light side of the blocks, and evergreen, dark sea-foam green, navy, denim, and dark grey for the dark side.  I've made up two blocks - hope I got the colours okay!  I'd love to have you check it out - and maybe contribute a block or two!
I'm going to link up to Judy's Design Wall post, and while I'm at it, I'll link up yesterday's Quilty 365 January round-up picture at Quilty Folk!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Rainbow Scrap Challenge (Jan.) and Quilty 365 Jan. wrap-up

Today is the last day of January, so I need to post my finishes for this month.  I managed to finish my last 3 Pieced Tulips blocks in January's colour of blue.  I mentioned a few days ago that the black blocks that I chose for the centers of the tulips don't show up too well with darker blue fabrics - you'll see what I mean in the center tulip:

I also finished the 8 Dancing Plus blocks for Jan. 24-31 - my January Quilty 365 goal.  Here are the last 8,

and here are all 31 blocks made for January.  I was telling a friend about this project, and she was concerned about needing fabric scraps to make blocks for a whole year, and especially not repeating any of the fabrics.  She obviously hasn't seen my stash!  I don't think I'll have a problem!

I'm off to link up with Angela's January RSC post.  I'm not sure if there will be a link-up post for the 365 Challenge...  

Saturday, January 30, 2016

On the Needles Jan. 29 and cards

I know that I was supposed to post my knitting project yesterday, but once again, there just weren't enough hours in the day...  (that's my story, and I'm sticking to it!)
Part of the reason for the delay in posting, is that I really haven't made a lot of progress on the baby sweater. I have a few other projects in the works as well, and I worked a bit on two of them as well - but I can't post them right now - the recipient is a follower, and I don't want her to see it until it's in her hands.
Meanwhile, the baby shower was held last Sunday afternoon - minus the sweater.  I told the expectant mom that it will be coming, hopefully before the baby arrives.
I'm working on the cabled fronts - have a look:
I'm about halfway done at this point.  Then I'll have to add the button bands, and knit the hood.
Another thing that kept me from knitting was making a few cards.  My stash has dwindled to almost nothing, and I hate having to make a card just a few minutes before it has to go into the mail.  It's so much nicer to pick one out of an overflowing box!
A friend's husband had surgery last week, and I wanted them to know that we're thinking of them, and keeping them in our prayers, so the first card is on it's way to them; the second card is without a sentiment right now - it could be for a birthday, or a "Thinking of You" kind of card - whatever is called for at the time.  It will only take a minute or two to add something then.

I'll wrap up the month of January with a post tomorrow - I finished my blue tulip blocks for January, and I have my Quilty 365 blocks done for the week - I'll probably post a pic of all the blocks for January!
I'm going to link up on Judy's On the Needles page.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Happenings for Jan. 17-23

Another week has simply flown by, and I don't have a lot to show for it.  We're currently renovating our kitchen, and it seems like every time I pick up my knitting needles, or sit at the sewing machine, hubby needs me for something.  But, I'll be thankful when I have a complete and functioning kitchen, and the knitting and quilting will get accomplished sometime...
That said, I do have a few things to share!  First off are my Rainbow Scrappy Challenge blocks.  Angela chose blue for the blocks made for January.  I decided to use the Pieced Tulips tutorial from Marcia Hohn's Quilter's Cache website.  The blocks finish at 9", so I decided to make 5 for each month - and I'm finding it a bit more challenging than I expected!  It doesn't help that I miscounted when cutting the background blocks, and I didn't have enough cut - but that's taken care of easily enough.  I did manage to make two blocks so far, and a third one is almost done.  I chose black for the 5 contrast squares for every block - I realized that black is probably the only colour that we won't be assigned to make, so there would always be contrast between it and the block colour.  Well, maybe...  Dark blue and black look quite a bit alike!  You'll see what I mean when I get that block finished and posted.  Here are the two I finished:

The "Dancing Plus" blocks were made for the Quilty 365 challenge too - here are this week's blocks:

And finally, a friend had a birthday, and I made a card:
I used Stampin' Up's "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set.  The card looks more complicated to make than it actually is - the hardest part was pushing the little brads through the ribbon!
I'll post my final 3 blue RSC blocks in a day or two - I hope!  I'm going to post my first two on the SoScrappy page.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Knitting and Quilty 365 updates

Another week has flown by...  but, I managed to get a few things done!  I haven't had a lot of time to knit, but I'm making progress on the sweater that I'm knitting for the baby shower I'm attending Jan. 24th.  The back is done, and so are the sleeves!  Now comes the more difficult part - working up the cabled fronts of the sweater.  I've just got about 4 rows done, so not much to show there...  Here's the progress so far:

I'm also keeping up with my daily "Dancing Plus" blocks for Quilty 365 - these are the blocks for Jan. 13-16.  I've been putting the date on each block (on a seam on the back), so I'll have a reminder of what I chose for that day.  It's fun remembering the projects I made with these fabric scraps!

I'm linking up to Judy's "On the Needles" report.