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Monday, February 28, 2011

Fabric Scrap Swap & Bean Bags

 That's right ladies you heard me right it's a Scrap Swap!  Who's excited?  I know I am.  Hop on over to Sew Sara and check out all the details.  

SewSara

 Like some of you out there I have been on a fabric diet for some time now and I am really looking forward to swapping some fabrics.  I'm not picky I will take just about anything.  I have even been know to work for fabric scraps. I know, how sad, but there is something exciting about going through a bag of scraps. I love it.  You never know what you're going to get.  It's like those cheesy grab bags you got as a kid, only better, because now you know it isn't some cheapo toy that's going to break in a week.


I save just about every bit of fabric that I can.  A good portion of my stash is scraps from other projects or the orphan scraps I have tried to give a good home to.  I can't bear to throw away good fabric that could be saved for a quilt or other small project.  Of course now my mantra must be...

"Scrap unto others as you'd have them scrap unto you."

It will be hard to part with certain prints but I have faith that my scraps will be given a good home and be loved as I have loved them.


Sara was also looking for scrap project ideas or inspiration to share. So, I thought I would share a quick and easy project that is fun for the kids. 

Beans Bags

All you need is some squares and some beans.


Here I have some left over 5" square novelty prints, that I coordinated with a solid color of the same size.   


Then with a 1/2" seam allowance, I sewed all around the edge leaving about a 2" opening.  I clipped the corners and then turned them right side out.


Once they were right side out I filled them with about a 1/2 a cup of dried beans.  Then using my zipper foot, I top stitched around the edges closing my opening.


Now have fun.  Be a kid again.  Play hopscotch, bean bag toss or make up your own game.  The possibilities are endless.  Just think you could put numbers or letters on them or make them in all the colors of the rainbow. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Work-in-Progress Wednesday

There is so much to catch up on this week... 

It is hard to believe I have been this productive but as I begin to write this I realize why my house is such a disaster and the is still laundry on the couch to be folded.  Oh well!

First, a little swap love!


I few weeks back the Scrappy Pin Cushion Swap started and I was very excited to participate. This being my first swap and all. My contribution is still under wraps until I send it out but yesterday I received my pin cushion and a few goodies. Aren't they delicious? I couldn't be happier, she did an excellent job, the piece work is amazing.


On to other things... the memory quilt I have been working is coming together nicely.  I have all the blocks together and now I am ready to sash, but I can't quite decide between white or light pink.  What do you think? 


I also worked on my first paper pieced string quilt.  It was definitely out of my comfort zone.  I think my biggest problem with it is how it moved through my machine.  It wasn't as smooth as I am use to, but last week  Cheryl suggested I try muslin as a foundation instead of paper.   Next time I will give that a try because I think I will like that better.  Now I am left with all this paper to remove, and quite frankly I am not looking forward to that. 


My Miniature HST quilt is finished and even hung on the wall. 
 I know, how exciting is that! 
You can read more about this quilt here and here, and if you are inspired to make one of your own, check out how to make these Miniature HSTs here.


Sadly my scrap quilt still sits untouched and unloved. 

Hope everybody has a happy WIP Wednesday and I can't wait to catch up on all that you guys have going on.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Finished!

I am so excited, my miniature HST quilt is finished. 



A close up of the machine quilting.  Thanks to all that made suggestion about which kind of thread to use.  I ended up using 100% cotton white thread and I think it came out pretty good.  


The back is from the Nicey Jane collection by Heather Baily.


And on the wall. 

Of course now that it is up, painting the walls in this room has been bumped way up on my "things that need to be done around the house" list.  My husband will be thrilled.  I always wanted to make a quilt special for this wall but now I think I want to start a collection of small quilts and display them here.  My lonely quilt need some friends. 

Today I am linking to Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Work-in-Progress Wednesday

Happy Work in Progress Wednesday to you! 

Finally some progress has been made in the sewing department.   


I have about half of the square cut out for the memory quilt I'm doing for a friend.  Now I have to get a little creative and figure out a way to attach the cute little feet on to the squares, but still make them look like feet.  Any suggestions?  Ever seen this done on a quilt?


My Miniature HST quilt top is basted and ready to be quilted.  I even ran out to the store today just for the white tread and I never do that.  I always try to wait till I have I few things on my list before I head out, but I am so excited about finishing this one. 

Before I start I do have just one little question.... when machine quilting do you prefer to use cotton thread or all purpose?  I am a hand quilter so this is totally foreign to me.


And then of course there is a new project on my sewing table, because I need one of those like I need a hole in the head.  :) 

A while back I received a bag of these strips from a friend.  They have just been calling out to me ever since.  So, wish me luck because I am going to try my hand at paper piecing a string quilt.


Unfortunately my poor scrap quilt has been sitting in its basket lonely and neglected.  I will try and love her this week....

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Monday, February 14, 2011

A little Show & Tell

I spent the better part of last week cutting and trimming miniature HST's.  That's right each square is a whooping 1 3/4" unfinished. 


This project is my latest pride and joy. 

Have you ever been so proud of yourself that you were slightly giddy?

Wanted to shout it from the mountain top?

Don't worry I won't.

I think I will just settle for a blog post!   


I will try and contain my excitement, but come on now, 432 HST's, together on one quilt top.  How exciting is that? 


Anyways, I digress, it is ironed, basted, and ready to be quilted.  I just need to go to the store and get some white thread......

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Block Party Entry - Modern


Fresh Poppy Design
 
Here is another entry for Quilt Story's Block Party.
 


This entry is for the Modern category.  I had a lot of fun designing this.  One of the best things about modern quilting is the fact that you can really showcase your favorite fabrics. 

Finished block size is 12".

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Block Party Entry - Creative


Fresh Poppy Design
 
Here is my entry for Quilt Story's Block Party in the Creative category.
 


I am calling him "Robot Love" since he will eventually be made into a pillow for my youngest son.  I can't wait to add the details when he is quilted.  He is of my own design and is patchwork pieced.

Finished block size is 12".