Sunday, May 22, 2016

I Won and A Star to Remember

A couple weeks ago Quiltmaker magazine released Quilmaker's 100 Block collector's addition vol. 13.  Debbie at Shadow of the Blue Ridge drew my name.  Woohoo!  Of course Debbie's block Flowers For the Cabin just had to be the first block I would make.  There are lots of little pieces in this block but it was so worth the time to make.  I love that it is a log cabin block of flowers and basket.  Since this month's rainbow color is green I decide I would make a green block.
I am considering making more rainbow Flower For the Cabin blocks.

I also gave this Carpenter Star quilt to a friend.  Today her son would have graduated from high school but four years ago he passed away from cancer.  I thought she could use a quilty hug.



My friend Norece quilted it for me.  She does beautiful quilting and that made this Carpenter Star quilt sparkle.  I am sure her son is watching over her.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Beads of Courage Bags and Rainbow Blocks


As you know I love to make Beads of Courage bags.  Since March I have made 44 bags.  I have another 11 bags that I need to finish.  I had a couple of special requests for certain fabrics.  Hopefully all these bags will bring smiles to children.
I did find time to make a couple purple and orange rainbow blocks.  I need to add some green stars to the collection.

My current scrap project is a basket of 2" squares.  I saw a block I liked that would be perfect for my 2" squares.  Go to Random Thoughts Do or "Di" to see the posted.
One block done.  Who knows how many more until the basket is empty.

I did make 16 patch blocks but still haven't found time to sew the rows together.






Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Scrap Happiness

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is hosting two fun projects.  The first one is her annual Hands 2 Help charity challenge.  Every year many quilts are made and given to wonderful charities.  You can even win prizes just for participating.  It is not to late to join so I hope you will consider joining.  The other project Sarah is hosting is I May Have A Scrap Problem.  I know I have lots of scraps and every year I participate in H2H charity challenge.  This year I am combine the two projects.  I found a scrap pattern called Scrap Happiness Squared by Linda Lehn.
                            This is my finished H2H quilt for Happy Chemo. 
This scrappy quilt used 108 - 4.5" squares and 540 - 2.5" squares but I still have lots of scraps.

I thought you would like an update on my 1.5" squares project.
I have used some of the 16 patch blocks in this quilt top.   It does feel good that these little squares have become a pretty quilt.  I still have many 16 patch blocks. I keep looking for another pattern to use them.

There are a few less scraps in my sewing room.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Browns, Purples, and More

As February was coming to an end I was able to made a few more brown blocks in February.   I need a few more house blocks to have a finished quilt.  I hope to have this project completed this year.
Angela at soscrappy has  announced purple for the March rainbow scrap color.  As you know I am sewing my 1.5" squares into 16 patch blocks.  This project is getting closer to being completed into 16 patch blocks.  I only have 12 more patch blocks to sew.  Woohoo!  

I made a baby quilt.  I used fleece for the backing.  I sewed the top and backing right sides together and then turned them inside out.  It is a quick way to have a completed quilt.  I am making another one  using the same pattern and it will be one of my purples for March.
 Front
Back

I also participated in Aunt Reem's Place  sew along Big Leap.  I had a small pink jelly roll that I used to make a baby quilt.  It was a fun sew along.
I plan to use fleece on the back of this quilt.

I hope you will take a moment and read Piece N Quilt blog about The Battle Against Breast Cancer and what she is doing to help her mom.  Natalia is creating a one block pattern and all the proceeds goes to her mother.  I hope you will take a moment and think of her mom.





Friday, February 5, 2016

Scraps Update and Browns

Do you remember when I said my plans are to sew all my little 1.5" squares?  The basket looked like this when I decided to conquer the squares.
And now the basket looks like this.
Now before you get too excited no I haven't sewn all the little squares and I didn't throw the squares in the trash.  I have clipped all the squares together to make the blocks.
  I have sewn over 40 16-patch blocks and I have over 40 blocks yet to be sewn.  
I am pleased with my progress.  The basket has been removed from my sewing room.  Hopefully by the end February all 16-patch blocks will be done.

February brings the color brown for the rainbow color of the month.  I have made some brown  patch star blocks.
I was wondering if little star blocks would go with the patch blocks.  These star blocks are 4.5".  I will continue to make them.
I did a test block for the Amish quilt.  I wanted to make sure my block was the correct size when sewn.   

If you want to see more Browns go to Angela's and be inspired.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Few More Blues

The scrappy blue rainbow color is coming to an end for January.  I have made a few string blocks.
As I was sewing string blocks I got to wondering how a string block would look as a star block.
I like it.  I think it will look nice with my patch star blocks.
No more blues for me.  I will be checking over at Angela's soscrappy to find out what rainbow color will be February.

I have been sewing blocks for an Amish Quilt With a Twist II.
This is block #11.  Blocks 12 are log cabin blocks and there are lots of them to make.  Hopefully one day my blocks will look like this quilt.




Sunday, January 17, 2016

Blue Progress Update

It is time again to check in at Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge with our progress using our blue scraps.  I have been working on my little squares making 16 patch blocks.  I started out with this basket full of 1.5" squares.
I have been sewing and sewing.  I have made 40 - 16 patch blocks.  That is 640 little squares.  I wonder how many more 16 patch blocks are still in the basket.  I will conquer this.
After seeing some star blocks with patch blocks I decided I would make six star blocks each month.
My BLUE ones are completed.

I know I was determined not to start any new scrap projects.  Karen at Laugh Yourself Into Stitches posted about making snowman and they are so adorable.  Yesterday I couldn't resist any longer.  There are lots of little pieces but the block was fun to make.
I was making these tiny bags for gifts and decided to make one a month in the rainbow color.  This blue will be a gift for a friend.  I keep my wonder clips in mine.

I will be spending the rest of the blue month making string blocks.