Sunday, July 14, 2019

Scraps - Use'em Up

As we make quilts there are always scraps. Some of you, I have been told, throw them away (gasp!)  Some of you give them away. Some of you cut them neatly and store them various ways..

My scraps go in piles, bags or drawers. Sometimes I iron them and put them away neatly. Sometimes they just get stuffed into a bag.

When I get ready to use them, I almost always iron them again anyway.  And then I get out way more than I think I need for whatever I am working on.

This is a group of scrap blocks that I have been amassing. One day they will become a wildly scrappy quilt in the tradition of using every bit possible. As I look at these blocks, I see a few that are just......well, they are boring, static, DULL to me.  Which ones?
Boring!

Dull.

Lacking movement. 
So how do I fix them? One great way is to slash them and insert strips.
That looks a little better,  but I am still not happy with it.  You may be able to see that I have already slashed it again.  You will see how it came out in the final image.

Two that I slashed and inserted still didn't make me happy.  So I layered them, both face up, then I cut a curve through both of them.  I swapped the pieces and sewed them.
I may later add a strip to the one on the left and sew them in this configuration. (but not today.)Now they are far more interesting.

This piece is far from "squared"  Before I square it, I will add to it.
I like to add pieces that are larger than needed. Then I can trim with options.
The nice chunk of red hand dyed fabric certainly helps. But if I square it now, I will lose some of the fun smaller pieces.
So I added the blue hand dyed fabric and then a pieced strip.  How I have trimming options that make me happy.   I will place my ruler over it to help decide.
This will not be cut to a square but rather a rectangle.  I plan to preserve ALL of the small pieces.
Perfectly imperfect!
Surprise!  I took the other one that still didn't satisfy me and used the two orphan HST blocks across the corners.  I also saved the leftovers for "seeds" to start another block.
Here are all the blocks laid out quite randomly.
See in the upper right how I added a yellow strip in that one block?

When I put this all together I will probably use a unifying color as sashing/spacer strips. That way it will be "contained chaos."

Now, you go grab some scraps and PLAY!!!


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

To Market, To Market With my New Bag

Here is a fun project that I can share with you.  One of my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors blogged about making a Market Bag.  She also shared that if you join the Facebook Group  "Annie's Quilting Group" that you can get the pattern free. 

Since I was looking for an easy project, and it used 5" squares, I decided to just do it.  I had a pack of Moda "Cherish Nature" - or at least enough of it to make this work.  You need 35 squares.

I started sewing squares together randomly.  
Then I thought,  "I need to make it so the same color isn't side by side."  I mostly succeeded...  

.....................except for those two green squares  on the left. 

Therefore the other side is  the front!

This is a fun bag to make and if you are adventurous you could probably change the design a bit.  You could certainly piece blocks that would come out to 5 inches square to use in it.  You could use three  5 inch strips or...... well you see that it is pretty easy to change up the design of the other shell.

If you make one, please show it.

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Monday, July 08, 2019

Sharing from the Past

Right now I am working on a project that will be shown in August - sorry, I can't even give you a sneak peek.

So, perhaps you would like to see my most popular YouTube channel video. It has 238 thousand views.  I almost feel famous.

 Or perhaps you would like to see one or two of my paintings.
Transcend
Moonlit Path
Or maybe just a fun little improv quilt for inspiration.


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Artsy Fartsy Bluebirds



As an Island Batik Ambassador we get a new challenge for each month. 
Products are provided by Island Batik and industry partner Aurifil for these projects.
Thanks Aurifil and Island Batik.


The July challenge is called the "Artsy Fartsy" challenge.  We were challenged to create an some type of artistic piece that uses three weights of Aurifil thread.  I had a great time gathering my threads and fabrics and deciding on my project.
I confess that there was not a lot of planning in this quilt. Rather, I put fusible onto some chosen fabrics and cut shapes.  Then I had some play time arranging and re-arranging the pieces. (then I fused and cut some more because I wanted more of some of them.)

Once I had an arrangement that I liked I fused it all into place. Then I started stitching.
I realized that I didn't have enough petals on the red flower, but I had some lovely red Aurifil thread #1103 in a 40 weight.  It went on the machine and I did some thread painting with it to create more petals. The 40 weight does nicely for free motion thread painting. I also used it to stitch down the other petals.
You can see that this was taken mid-process.
 The flower changed a bit more before it was finished. 
Meanwhile, this bluebird wing was cut from the exact same fabric as the background.  OOPS!  So let me fix that, but how?  Again, Aurifil thread to the rescue.  The wing is a rather delicate structure so a lighter weight thread seemed in order.  I had some 50 wt.  Aurifil #2730 that looked perfect for this.
The thread painting changed the look of the wing so that it doesn't blend into the background.

I did thread painting on several of the elements including this little broderie perse appliqué flower.

In a few places I got out of the lines, but I don't worry about that too much.
This is 28 wt Aurifil thread.
All of the broderie perse appliqué pieces were cut from a strip of Island Batik
 fabric that came in a Stash Builder package.  
This strip was all flowers and birds just perfect for this project

This odd little fantasy flower was embellished with some 40 wt thread.
The flower petals and blue birds were cut with a couple of Accuquilt dies that I have had for a long time.   After the green leaves were cut, I used the "waste" fabric, trimmed slightly to create the grass.


The grass was fused in place and later thread painted with both 50 wt and 28 wt Aurifil thread.  The 28 worked great in my machine with a size 90 needle and a 50 wt Aurifil thread in the bobbin.  I adjusted the tension to be sure that the bobbin thread did not come to the top.

The same red used for the flower petal was perfect to sign my quilt with free motion stitching
Finally, I fused the backing fabric over all the stitching and added a binding.   The binding was hand sewn to the back using 28 wt thread.  Surprisingly, it doesn't show at all.
 Two more broderie perse close-ups 

And that red flower....
It has more petals and embellishment on it. 

And now the final reveal


Isn't it delightful?  
Aurifil thread and Island Batik fabrics are a match made in heaven. 

(p.s.  I can hardly wait to show you my August project!  
      It is a new fabric line that I love and I think you will too.) 


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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