Sunday, August 16, 2015

A little more fun with scraps

This top is now ready to quilt. It began its life as a baggie of bonus triangles in blue/green/white. I used them as Leaders and Enders to make Half Square triangles. From there they went to pinwheels. Once that was done I thought they were a little small to make a quilt top so I got nervy and asked Mary if she had any more left overs from her triangle donation. She did and I added from my collection. The borders came from my scraps too although it is almost embarrassing to mention the date on the selvage of the blue green wavy outer border. The resulting top is 34" by 37". Personally I love the colours. when it is quilted it will go to Project Linus.
In non-quilty news I had a birthday this week. Next birthday a decade will change. The whole family came to celebrate with me which was very nice. The boys stayed the rest of the week. DH will take them home tomorrow so no more LEGO in the family room or forts with the couch cushions. Well that is until they return towards the end of the week.
I think my big job next week will be organizing my "Strings" workshop and making certain my samples are up to snuff. Piecefully, Joanne

Linking up with Cynthia's Oh scrap! (here)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A finish is a good thing, even if it is a small finish

This little doll quilt is ready to go in the mail for its new owner. The pink squares were all 2 1/2" pieces. The blue beside each pink square came from a bag of 1" strips someone gave me at quilt guild. I don't remember who. The inner border is scrappy pinks and the binding is also scrappy pinks. It continues to amaze me how many quilt tops (and quilts) I make with pink in them when I don't recall buying any quantity of pink fabric. I do keep it separate when it is given to me so maybe that is how I end up with so much.
It looks like a busy week ahead so it remains to be seen how much sewing gets done. I have a test quilt with an August 14 deadline so I suspect that will take up any stitching time I can find. Piecefully, Joanne
Linking up with Cynthia's Oh Scrap! at www.quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I don't think I have ever met a blue I didn't like

And today I can also say I am loving the blue/green colours. At the end of May when we were at the retreat in Tobermory a quilter who was getting out of quilting offered us her fabric. We all had a great time. When I can pick I go for the blue/green/purple side of things and sometimes brown. Last night I prewashed all the blues and today all the blue/greens are on the clothes line. The blues are pressed and I will cut them as the day goes by. The hard part for me is taking them from a big bag of stuff to something I can use. This time I am going to cut 10", 5",2 1/2" and 1 1/2" strips. Gudrun Erla is starting a quilt along on her new Facebook group that uses left over Layer Cake pieces, hence the need for 10" squares. I don't buy layer cakes as they are terribly expensive here.
The peas are essentially done, the boys are returning tomorrow, and summer is half over. What more can I say. Piecefully, Joanne

Linking up with Cynthia's Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than housework (here)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Quilting takes a back seat for now

Daily task after DH picks the peas is shelling then freezing. These are my favourite vegetable and I love having them over the winter knowing exactly where they came from. the boys were here last week and we will have them up here again in a couple of weeks. Heading to the Cleveland area Tuesday early for a whirlwind trip should be back home on Friday. Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Orphan blocks ready for their forever home

A big round of thanks to both Cynthia and Kristel. Cynthia of Quilting is more fun than Housework fame organized an adoption event a few weeks ago. Regular followers of her blog and its Oh Scrap! linky party were offered the opportunity to give away one or more sets of orphan blocks to a new home for completion. Readers visited the blogs and left comments about why they would like to have/finish/complete/use the orphans. I left a couple of comments and was delighted to find out that one set of Kristel's orphan's were coming my way.I love the Bento box design and Kristel had a set of blocks that just needed assembly and quilting. As they say in quilt talk, done and done. This is all labelled, washed and ready to donate.
It was a bit windy when we took the picture so the boys each took a corner to hold it flatter. They are scheduled to be here every other week this summer so it remains to be seen what I will accomplish in between visits.
Linking up later today with Cynthia's Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework. (here)
Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A scrappy selection

Hubby decided it was time for some of my quilt stash to find homes. He selected a large group from the closet and I could pick from those the ones that could move on to new homes. I like to wash my quilts before they leave here. No cats, dogs or smokers but I figure I want them to have the roughest treatment here before they get to somewhere where the treatment may not be gentle. These are primarily lap or baby size quilts. Some will go to the Scrapbag group and others to Project Linus.
Piecefully, Joanne

Linking up with Cynthia's Oh Scrap!  at Quilting is more fun than housework (here)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Inside Out and Fandom in Stitches

I tested Disgust for Katie Olsen one of the Fandom in Stitches designers. She has started doing the characters from the movie Inside Out. (The mistake in this one is mine, not hers). Fandom in Stitches followers can make these designs available for personal use but NOT for sale. So one cannot make and sell any of the images from that site. That being said if you are a fan of paper piecing and you are a fan of Disney, Harry Potter, Sesame Street. Alice in Wonderland, Shrek, etc this is your go to place to find a pattern to use for your personal project. All of the patterns that appear on the Fandom in Stitches web site (here) have been tested before they are made available to download from the site. If you think you would be interested in testing patterns for the talented designers then stop by the Fandom in Stitches Tester page on Facebook and ask to join. There is an expectation that you actually test the patterns and not just get them before anyone else does.
I need to back away from the testing for a bit and get some of my UFO's under control. Piecefully, Joanne
PS With the Minions movie coming out in a few days I sure hope someone does a couple of Minion designs. J