Saturday, February 17, 2018

Squared Away Sampler

I made these blocks for the Squared Away Sampler quilt as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The name of this pattern is Wishing Ring and I quite like it.

I made my blocks with two different fabrics in each plus a neutral. The focus fabrics are all purples even though the second block is so dark that it looks almost black.

Because of fabric placement I don't really see the circular design in the top block and it looks very square to me. Although, if I squint I can see the larger ring. ;) The second and third blocks look different compared to the first because the ring around the center block has much more definition.

I think this block has lots of possibilities and I may take some time to play with it a bit. Who knows....I just may start another quilt. :)

I am linking up with other participants in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge here. Pop on over to get a big dose of scrappy inspiration!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Progress :)

I have been making slow but steady progress on my happy and scrappy quilt blocks. I ran out of room on my design wall and I wanted to see how things were coming along so I moved them to the 'design floor'. Oh....I love it!
This was the first photo that I took of my design floor and as soon as I looked at it I realized I had made an error in positioning my blocks. Boy, taking a photo and looking at it or even just looking at it through the camera lens can really help identify those sneaky little oopsies.

The zigzag layout is the actual layout from the magazine and after seeing my blocks laid out this way I know I like it a lot.

This is the layout that I originally showed on my design wall and I like this layout too. It will be pretty tough to decide which one to choose. ;) I still have a lot more blocks to make so I don't have to make my final decision yet but I really do like the offset blocks.

Last evening I started with this big pile of hst parts at my sewing machine and after a bit of sewing it dwindled to this.

I now have 160 hsts prepared and ready to be sewn into my blocks but according to my math I still need 80 more. Of course, my math is always fuzzy. ;)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Spontaneous Fabric Purchase :)

I had a bit of retail therapy yesterday, okay I have to admit, I had a lot of retail therapy. ;)

I had to go to the post office to mail my January Block Lotto blocks to one of the lucky winners and Fabricland is located across the road from the postal outlet. They were having a sale so I decided to pop in to check it out.

When I got in there I realized that the sale was not what I was interested in and I immediately zoned in on the clearance section.

I hit the jackpot! They had several shelves of good quality quilting cottons that had clear out prices of $3.88/m and $5.00/m. Those are my kind of prices. :)

I did spend quite a bit of money but I certainly feel that I got my money's worth! Whenever I see prices like this I like to stock up on fabric that I can use for backings or pillowcases - and I did. :) If you can believe it I did leave something on the shelves for others to purchase.

Lots of variety in my fabric choices from modern to traditional. I guess that does reflect the type/style of quilts that I like to make. I just love quilts!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Midget Block #93 - Cross & Crown

I got another cute little midget block finished. In honour of the colour purple for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month I decided to make mine with purple fabrics.

I followed the recommended piecing method and paper-pieced this block. I didn't have too much difficulty or use more fabric than I thought I should. Maybe I am getting better at it. lol

My little block makes me think of Spring even if it looks like this outside. It has been quite cold and at 6:30 this morning it is -15C (5F). It is supposed to warm up on Wednesday to 4C (39F) - virtually balmy weather. :)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Design Wall

This is my design wall this morning. It doesn't look like it has changed very much but I have added a few more of these great blocks. I love how it looks! I have been working on these blocks just about every day and I have at least 20 of the smaller units that make up the whole block pretty much ready to go on the wall.

It is taking me longer than I anticipated to make the blocks because I have to do a lot of cutting....boring! I am trying to do some every day but it really can get tedious. ;)  I have also been digging deep into my strip bins and some of the strips have been in there so long that they are very hairy. I guess it is about time they get used. :)

If I make this quilt according to the pattern in the magazine, there are a total of 50 large blocks and I think 8 partial blocks needed. If you consider that each block takes 4 smaller block units that means a whole lot of 2.5"squares and hsts.  I didn't follow the pattern instructions from the magazine to cut my hsts because I think there would have been too much waste. I used my own process and this includes the use of my easy angle ruler. This ruler is so easy to use and convenient for cutting hsts from my 2.5" strips. I think it is one of my most important tools!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Prepping Dear Jane

This past week I had intended on getting a Dear Jane block made but I just didn't seem to find the time to get it done.

It really does require a bit of time and effort to make the templates out of freezer paper, trace them onto the chosen fabric, cut them out and then stitch it all together.

So, I spent some time this morning getting some Dear Jane blocks prepped and ready to be stitched.

I hope that doing this prep work will allow me to pull out a block at will and work on it as the mood strikes.

I now have two blocks completely ready to sew and I have four that still need a bit more work to get them to the ready stage. I hope to work at that over the next day or two and, who knows, I may even get a block completed. :)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Nine Patch in a Square

In 2016 I started making Nine Patch in a Square blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Angela had posted a tutorial on the process here and I thought it would be fun to join in.

I got a total of two months worth of blocks done, blue and brown, and then I fell off the wagon. Well, I have decided that this year I will try to get the rest of the blocks made and turned into a finished quilt.

I went digging into my bin of 2" squares looking for purple and I found these 4 patches.

They were extras that I had saved from making Bonnie Hunter's En Provence quilt and they made a nice start to this month's blocks.

I currently have no ideas or plans for a layout other than alternating the light and dark frames. :)

These are all of the blocks I have made so far and I can see that it really does need some lighter and brighter colours added. Of course, that will happen over the next few months as long as I don't fall off the wagon again. :)

Linking up with other participants in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.