Sunday, March 29, 2015

Oh Scrap! for the end of March

At the last Sunset Quilters Quilt Guild meeting one of my "regulars" handed me a bag of scraps. Inside were all these lovely triangle pieces. Stop me from myself. I pulled them out and set them beside the machine to sew together as leaders and enders. She had just cut the pieces off  so they were not all uniform in size nor did they have a smooth cut edge. I had been sewing some 1 1/2" squares together and making them into little four patchs to set in the middle square of a square in a square block and the light bulb went on. If I made little pinwheel blocks, squared them up to 2 1/2" then  I could do the same thing. So the sequence above shows the few remaining triangle pieces, a few HST's, One pinwheel block that has been squared to 2 1/2" and then a contrast set of triangles to make a final square in a square block. I will admit I did have the nerve to ask her if she had any strips left that I might be able to use for the outer triangles. I needed 2 2 1/2" squares for each block. She had a couple and I rummaged through my stash. I think I will end up with a nice little quilt out of this exercise.
I taught another class for the new quilt shop this week and took in a sample quilt for another class that will be happening in April. Probably just a little busier than I really need to be these days. Piecefully, Joanne
Linking up with Cynthia at quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com  on Oh Scrap! Sunday afternoon

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hands to Help Charity Quilt project sign-ups this week

You may have noticed the Hands to Help button on my side bar. The signs ups started last Sunday and continue this week. For we Canadians there is a charity choice on this side of the border. That would certainly help with postal costs and with the uncertainty of sending something across the border. Sarah has a couple of linky parties planned as well as some guest bloggers. If you are at all interested in making charity quilts this is the premier, not to be missed blogging event of the year. I hope you will join me and make a quilt or two or three for someone in need. If you don't want to put a quilt in the mail then look around locally for a Project Linus or similar group.
Stop by Sarah's Confessions of a Fabric Addict (here) to learn all the details and to find out how you can participate. Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Using Scrappy Strips

This is a sample of Strip Cocoon I made as a possible class sample. It is Gudrun Erla's pattern called Strip Cocoon. You can use strips or fat quarters. Around here Jelly Rolls are mighty expensive so I dug into my fat quarter stash for some I thought would go together reasonably well and this is what I can up with. You have to then cut the fat quarters into 2 1/2" strips before doing the necessary subcuts. The only tricky part of this pattern is that it calls for partial seams but it is well illustrated and went together nicely. Now we will have to wait and see if anyone would like this as a class.
Piecefully, Joanne
Linking with Cynthia (http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com) at Oh Scrap!

Friday, March 13, 2015

My Grandpa always said......

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So I hope that Sharon over at Vrooman's Quilts (here) doesn't mind if I imitate her and start a new Leaders and Enders project. I had a small bin of 1 1/2" squares and was really wondering what in the world I would do with them. I can use up the 1 1/2" by 2 1/2" pieces nicely but wasn't so sure about these smaller squares. What Sharon has done is make a four patch and then slice two 2 1/2" squares and put the triangles that are formed around the outside edge to make a square in a square idea. So I have started making little four patches.

The photo below is a downsized Strip Cocoon block. Gudrun Erla of gequiltdesigns has written a book where she takes 6 of her patterns that were designed for 2 1/2" strips and downsized the patterns to make them with 1 1/2" strips. Each of the 6 designs has three different sizes. She is working on a new book Stripology II I am guessing the title will be where she is planning to do the same thing with some other patterns. I am currently making a store sample of Strip Cocoon with the 2 1/2" strips and thought I would give a try at the downsized block. Quite easy actually. this particular block makes use of the partial seam. Otherwise it is a very straight forward easy to assemble block.

Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A winter vacation

Two photos to remind me of our wonderful vacation in Costa Rica. In the top photo the tiny spot at the top of the stairs (path) is Bill beside our unit. We had to climb these steps each and every time we went anywhere. Xavier counted them and told me there were 39. I was too busy climbing them to count. The bottom photo is the view from the bar. I don't do direct sun so I was often found in the bar at a table with a good book (or some mediocre books). We got away for two weeks. The whole family was there for week one. That was the busy week. Week two it was just the two of us and it was very relaxing.
Not one tiny bit of crafting was done for two weeks. I must say I missed it. Now I need to get back on track. We picked up my machine that I use for quilting today, so no excuses remain. Piecefully, Joanne

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Another fun Guild meeting and my Project Linus donation for this month

The Kincardine Sunset Quilters guild met this morning. In the winter it is always a worry whether or not we will be able to get there. It was my turn to drive and the weather was OK. It was snowing a little and the plows were out but nothing really bad.
For today, participants were asked to bring their largest quilt or a picture of it. I knew that was not going to be me. I have made about a half dozen queen size quilts but prefer the more manageable sized lap, baby and even up to a double bed size quilt. There were some stunning quilts on display. One member brought a Cathedral window quilt all done by hand while she and her hubby traveled. We broke into small groups to talk about the largest quilt we had made and tips and tricks for doing that. It was very informative. Last fall we were supposed to bring our smallest quilt but that had to be postponed so maybe next year.
Pictured today is the quilt Churnplus that I tested for Jan from the Colorful Fabriholic (here). She does not have a pattern available for this one yet but it is in the works. The directions were very good and there were a few very minor suggestions that I made to help clarify certain portions. I donated this one to Project Linus at the guild meeting today. The daughter of one of our members made us beautiful labels to put on our Project Linus quilts. So I picked up a couple. I am aiming for 10 donated over this guild year. Five done, five to go. Piecefully, Joanne

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Another scrappy finish

This one was started early last year. It is called Diamonds in the Rough and was done as part of a quilt along hosted by Karrie Lynn at Freckled Whimsy (here). You will need to visit her archives pages to get the directions (look for March and April 2014). I thought the pattern was available on Craftsy but could not find it so she may be one of the many who took down their stores over the European VAT business.
Anyway to describe the quilt. The original was made using 3 1/2" squares and HST's that were 3 1/2". I had a whole bunch of 5" strips so I cut 5" squares to make 4 1/2" HST's and trimmed some other 5" squares to make 4 1/2" squares. I was quite happy with the final result. It is 48" square.
We plan to escape the COLD with a brief family vacation in Costa Rica towards the end of next week. The sewing machine I use to do my machine quilting has gone to the spa for restoration so I expect to spend my sewing moments packing or trimming scraps this week.
I taught another beginner quilting class for our new quilt shop Shoreline Quilts in Port Elgin. The owner has a page on Facebook, but no web site yet. As they say, baby steps, baby steps. She has a beautiful selection of fabric and it is very tempting working there. Piecefully, Joanne
I plan to Link up with Oh Scrap (here) later on Sunday afternoon.