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Scraps Quilt

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Most quilters can't bear to part with scraps of favorite fabrics and tend to keep them in little bins and boxes for future use. Crumb quilting, although not a new idea, is enjoying a resurgence now as we try to use up all those bits of fabric we've been saving. Basically, it's... #BQ3050 #brother

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Main - How to use fabric from stash - I have bought fabric over the years, as most quilters do, because I like the colors and added them to my stash. Now this is the dilemma and I hope I can make myself clear. I find a pattern I would like to use but do not know how to incorporate my stash. I really do not want to buy

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Scrappy Thousand Pyramids, Something Like This? I made a bunch more of my scrappy, strippy equilateral triangles a couple weeks ago, but then I stopped to come up with a plan for them. I'm thinking of a throw size quilt, around 52" x 66", similar to the EQ8 design pictured above. My triangles finish 7 1/2" tall x 8 3/8" wide, so I'll need 50 full pieced triangles, 8 half pieced triangles, and then 50 whole + 8 half alternate triangles in a mix of solids and prints -- not necessarily the prints pictured, mind you, but whatever odds and ends are gleaned from my scrap hoard. The mottled solids that I used in my EQ8 design are mostly the Moda Grunge Basics, which I absolutely love. They remind me of artists' pastels. So much more depth than plain solids, and the variations of shade and intensity within each piece of fabric will enable these better-than-solids to tie all of the colors of my crazy scrap prints together nicely. Moda Grunge Basics Bundle, Available on Etsy (affiliate link) As usual, the links in this blog post are as much for my benefit as they are for yours -- the Etsy seller I'm linking to does custom 5-piece bundles of Moda Grunge Basics, either quarter yards or half yard cuts, and you get to pick which 5 colors go in your bundle. According to the EQ8 yardage calculator, I don't need more than a quarter yard of any one of my solid fabrics for this quilt design, so that's probably the route I'll go. However, I should probably make all of my pieced triangles first before finalizing the coordinating fabrics. In real life, I have a lot more variety in the fabric strips going into these pieced triangles than what I bothered to show in the design rendering. Two In the Morning Is a Good Time For Triangles I started out by sewing long strips of fabric together until I had a wide enough piece to cut triangles from and then cutting as many as I could from that pieced length of fabric. However, I soon switched to piecing rough oversized triangle shapes just a bit bigger than my ruler. It's more fun, less fiddly to press than long pieced strips, and it lets me use up all different scrap sizes. What's more, it yields unique triangles rather than several that are alike, and I think that will be more interesting in the finished quilt. Behold my cluttered, dysfunctional design wall: Gridlock On My Design Wall! This picture of my design wall was taken at 2 AM, when I should have been sleeping, but I was having too much fun sewing strips together and chopping them up into equilateral triangles. Once I've made all of my triangles I will want to finalize the layout on the design wall, but at the moment the wall is full of: My Jingle BOM quilt, which needs the center medallion trimmed and the borders tweaked and finished so it can be assembled into a quilt top, ready for quilting. My FrankenWhiggish Rose Applique project in the lower right corner, which needs LOTS more applique shapes to be prepped, basted and hand stitched before all nine blocks are done. The Abandoned Skirt Project near the upper right corner, which needs a tricky zipper installation worked out because I decided I need a lining too late in the construction process, and which also needs me to lose another 10 pounds before I'm the size I was when I started making the skirt... That Schumacher drapery fabric memo in the upper right corner is there for no reason at all. I forgot to take it down when I was finished with it. And yet, instead of finishing what needs to be finished with Jingle so I can take it off the wall, I decided to make triangles all night long. Despite having no room to lay them out. ...Meanwhile, I've been carefully removing the foundation papers from my pineapple log cabin blocks, and contemplating the next steps for that project as well. Final Layout for My 36 Pineapple Log Cabin Blocks I am having zero trouble removing the foundation paper, by the way. The secret-for-success is piecing with a very SHORT stitch length (1.5 on my Bernina) and using a LARGE needle (size 90 quilting). This creates larger needle holes in the paper, spaced closer together, and that makes for excellent perforation. I fold the paper back and forth along the stitching line several times during construction of the block, and once the piecing is done, the paper tears away easier than ripping a check out of your checkbook! Peek-A-Boo! Back Side of Pineapple Block, Freed From Foundation Paper I like to make sure I got every little speck of paper off, too, with no tell-tale remnants to inform the snoopy quilt historians of the future that I "cheated" by using foundation paper piecing. That's my own business -- let them think I have magical skills of precision piecing and measuring!! (As if the Internet, full of blog posts spilling my secrets, wouldn't give me away...) I'll be checking again for stray bits of paper as I join the blocks together at the sewing machine, where I have much better visibility thanks to my trusty Stella Lighting Task Lamp. Soft, Smooshy Quilt Blocks With Paper Removed! I'm about two thirds of the way through removing the papers from my 36 quilt blocks. OFF With Those Foundation Papers!! But despite the paper tearing cleanly and removing easily, it is still time consuming since there are 97 bits of paper to remove from every single block. I'm working on it a little bit at a time, mostly while watching television at night. And I'm using this time to mull over some of the quilting hurdles that lie ahead. Such as the fact that no batting manufacturer on Planet Earth makes batting wide enough for me to use a single, continuous piece of batting for this oversized King quilt. The finished top will measure 120" x 120" once the borders have been added, and King batting is sold either 120" x 120" or 120" x 122". I need at least 4" excess batting on all four sides of the quilt top, and I prefer to have even more excess batting on the sides of my quilt for checking tension throughout the quilting process. So it looks like I'm going to have to piece my batting, and I do NOT want the join to be even a smidge noticeable in the finished quilt. No little ditch, no permanent fold line or ridge; I want that join to be INVISIBLE. And so I am asking you the questions that I asked in several quilting-related Facebook groups yesterday: Have you ever pieced batting for a special quilt before? Could you tell where the join was in the finished quilt? Did the batting seam wear differently and become more noticeable over time? What kind of batting did you use? (I'm leaning towards either Quilter's Dream Wool or Dream Orient batting for this quilt) How did you join your batting pieces? Whip stitched by hand, machine serpentine or zigzag stitch, fusible batting tape (don't think wool batting can take the heat, though), serger flatlock stitch, or some other method? Does it matter whether the batting seam is parallel to or perpendicular to the rollers when I load it on the frame? I'm thinking vertical/perpendicular to the rollers. Anything else I need to know before I attempt this? PSST!! I'd Love to Quilt for YOU! By the way, if you or any of your quilty friends has a quilt top or two that needs quilting, I'd be delighted to quilt for you! My turnaround for edge-to-edge quilting is currently running about 2 weeks, and you can click here to find out how to book your quilt with me. Well, once again my "quick little blog update" has eaten up an outrageous amount of my time. I've got other fish to fry, so I'll sign off for now. I'm linking up with: · Let’s Bee Social at www.sewfreshquilts.blogspot.ca/ · Needle and Thread Thursday at http://www.myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com/ · Whoop Whoop Fridays at www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com · Finished Or Not Friday at http://busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com/ Esther's WIPs On Wednesday at http://estheraliu.blogspot.com

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Well hello there! I'm back from glamping so it's time for Week 30 in our Vintage Block Along I'm sharing another vintage block with you from my grandma's pattern basket:) I'm using Farm Girl Vintage fabric... And this weeks block is sew scrappy happy! It's the perfect block to use some of your stash and also "leftovers" from your easy corner triangle trimmings:) And that's exactly what I'm calling this block...LEFTOVERS!! I'm sure that I'm not the only one that has memories of their grandparents using everything up and not wasting ANYTHING! Grandma made many casseroles and stews using leftovers... basically recycling last nights meal into tomorrows lunch or dinner. She often made clothes for her children by re-cutting and re-sizing her older dresses or grandpa's worn out shirts... nothing went to waste! Growing up during the depression made this a necessity for them and is still sound advice for today. Of course the leftovers also became quilts... both utilitarian and beautiful:) I like to keep that tradition alive through my quilting as well... by saving up and USING my scraps:) I know that grandma would be proud! For the LEFTOVERS Block you will need 32 - 1 1/2" leftover squares:) For the background cut: 8 - 2 1/2" squares From this print cut: 8 - 2 1/2" squares Pair up the 2 1/2" squares... And sew from corner to corner to make half square triangles. Draw a sewing line or use the Seams Sew Easy Guide Trim off the excess... which by the way are too small for me to save:) Press the seams open and you should have 8 - 2 1/2" half square triangles. Now for the scrappy squares... you will need to make 4-patch blocks with them. You will need 8 of them and they should also measure 2 1/2" square. Now you will need to make 4 segments. Look closely and you will sew that the top two are arranged differently than the bottom two. The difference is how the half square triangles are turned. Make 2 of each kind. They should each measure 4 1/2" square at this point. Now sew your segments together like this... pay close attention to how each segment is turned... Once they are sewn together your block should look like this! This is the back of my block:) LEFTOVERS BLOCK should measure 8 1/2" square before we sew it into our quilt. As I said ...we are about 3/4 of the way finished making blocks and I'm sew excited about how our quilt will turn out! It's going to be a beauty with all of the scrappy prints.... scrappy backgrounds and different sized blocks all coming together in pure vintage style Thanks for sewing vintage with me and I'll meet you right back here next week for another vintage block tutorial:) xx Lori If you are just joining us... click on each block that we have done so far to go to the tutorial: 1. Grandma's Star 2. Pattern Basket 3. Around the Corner 4. Little Farmhouse 5. Rhinestone 6. Vintage Lily 7. Star Shine 8. Humble 9. Egg Money 10. Quilting Bee 11. Sunday Star 12. Sweet as Honey 13. Bear Hug Block 14. Front Yard Flower 15. Memory 16. Farmers Daughter 17. Potluck 18. Spool and Bobbins 19. Picnic 20. Sparklers 21. 4th of July Flag 22. Playing Card 23. Penny Candy 24. Mercantile 25. Family Reunion 26. Parade 27. Shade Tree 28. Wildflowers 29. Crossroads

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Years ago I posted what I was doing with strips of 1" wide fabric and how I was putting it together to make string scrap quilt of 8-1/2" blocks. (See link.) Then about a year later, as I was going through the blocks I had made, I found that some of the blocks I had made were not as wide as they should have been. (See link.) Turned out my 1/4" foot made a generous 1/4" (read, "not a quarter inch") and as I unpicked a good chunk of what I had done and contemplated my plan, I made a slight variation to my original plan. Rather than have squares made up entirely of strips, I'd add some plain black to set them off. Something like this... (These are just laid out on black fabric, but I liked the effect.) Well, with this layout, I wouldn't need squares of scrap, but rectangles. A little bit of math later, I knew that instead of 16 strips of scraps, I'd have 13 with black strips on two sides to complete the square. It has now been about 8 years since I started collecting scraps and sewing them together and I finally had the 167 rectangles done to make a large baby and queen size top. Now to add the black to the sides. With all those scraps and seams, I had noticed that there was lots of stretchiness to the squares, so to help stabilize the final blocks, I chose to cut the black strips so the straight of grain ran lengthwise. This meant I would cut strips that were 8-1/2" from the WOF and then sub-cut into the 1-1/4" strips needed. I then sewed them onto each side. If the rectangle of scraps felt slightly longer than the black strip, I would ease it in. Or if it felt a tad too small, I would stretch it to fit the black. It finished to exactly 8-1/2" square. The black strips would finish to 3/4" and the scrap strips would finish to 1/2" strips. With the stack of blocks all done, I was ready to lay it out. Now if, I was really random, I would have just sewn them together by grabbing any two at a time, but I can't. My randoms have to be a little more thought out so that they still look random, which means I don't want like colors or fabrics to end up lining up or having all of them end up in the same area of the quilt. It's just me. So, I laid them out and moved them around until I had them how I wanted them. Now, how to keep them in the proper order so I can chain piece them and not have to break my threads after each? I don't have a design wall. The floor plays that role. I know everyone has their own method, but this is what works best for me, so even if I come back after a long time, I still understand the order. First I stack them up, from left to right, keeping them staggered just a little so that I can tell which way if left and right. As you can see in the picture, both above and below, it is obvious that the block on top goes to the left while the block on the bottom is the farthest right in the stack. I'm going to now do the same thing from top to bottom. The top most stack will stay a little more towards the top. Now as I take this stack, I could duplicate exactly how I had the quilt laid out. Even if I turned that stack 90 degrees or 180 degrees, it will be clear which direction things go and can be put together correctly. Et, voilà. It worked. Now came the fun of doing the queen size. I didn't have enough room to lay out all the squares at once, so I laid it out a quarter at a time. I also sewed a small black border on each side and will bind it in black after I get around to quilting it. With each of my children, I made them a baby quilt when they were born. Then when they turned 8, they got a queen size that matched their baby blanket. This set will be saved for one of my future grandchildren. My current plan is to quilt it once they are on the way because quilt tops are smaller to store than quilts, but that may change if I think of a perfect way to quilt them.

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Today I'll be sharing a quick tutorial to make this pint sized scrappy churn dash block. It will finish at 4 1/4"!!!! If you make 4 of the...

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These scrap busting quilt patterns are the perfect solution to using up scraps of fabric or fat quarters. If you are a scrap hoarder like me and have made a few quilts in the last year than you pro…

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image source weekend wishes is a short one today folks. our weekend wish is to have our mackenize get well soon. i've been busy taking care of my little girl - she's come down with a nasty case of the croup. we'll be resting up, crossing our fingers for lots of sleep, good health and snuggle

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SCRAPPY HEART BLOCKS A tutorial from Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter Finished block size: 14″ square Supplies ½ yard of lightweight interfacing per block oodles of scraps of whites and reds (o…

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