Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A small doll quilt made with strings

This little doll quilt was made from green strings that were 1 1/2" wide. I joined the lot of them end to end to make a very long string. Then folded it back on itself three different times and sewed the long side each time to end up with a strata that was 8 1/2" wide. This was then cut into three equal pieces which were then resewn to make the rectangle shape. A very relaxing way to put a small top together.

Check out the String Thing Along for more string quilt ideas. Joanne

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Double the laughs with Double Slice

No pictures today to protect the identities of the "guilty" parties. What a day we had at Scrapbag Quilters yesterday! We got a good start right at 9:00. I had two sample quilts to show the pattern. I posted pictures of these a couple of weeks ago. I explained how to do the block, showed it with a sample and handed out written and pictorial instructions. All I can say is then let the fun begin. By the end of the afternoon we were giggling something fierce and suggesting that "mistake" was variation 10. We doubled the salary of our presser when we doubled her responsibilities and added quality control to her title.
All in good fun and we finished the day with 5 good size quilt tops either assembled or almost assembled. Mine is to the blocks stage but I had other things to do so did not get as much sewing in as I had thought I might.
Next month we are having a finish up day where we will work on kits that have been made for other times and not yet completed. Joanne

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Beginning to see a little red

I have spent a lot of time with red fabric this month. These are the sample blocks for the Community Outreach afternoon we had earlier this week. I cut up miles of red fabric and more miles of white fabric. The fabric was then subcut into 5" squares and 2 1/2" strips. On outreach afternoon. A couple of sewers made HST with red and white. Another person made red and white four patches. We had a couple of people pressing, then some others squaring blocks. As the afternoon wore on we were able to assemble 10 blocks and have the makings ready for another 18. If I make a few more 4 Patches we probably could make at least 8 more blocks. I will take these to Scrap Bag quilters on Wednesday so the rest of the group can see what we accomplished in a short afternoon of work. Joanne

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Yet another interesting looking BOM

I think I should not sit down at the computer any more. There are so many interesting things going on out there and I want to do them all. I have had a flu bug this week that has kept me in bed so nothing new to report on the sewing front. Maybe early next week. Joanne

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Double slice-large and small

These are the two double slice samples for the next Scrapbag Quilters day. The small one was made with charm squares and the large one with layer cake size pieces. The pattern was found at the Missouri Star Quilt Company blog and they had made a YouTube video to show the process. I made my own layer cake from scraps and put the sample together. I am ready almost two weeks early.

Yesterday was the Kincardine Sunset Quilt Guild meeting. I drove down. It was a great meeting with lots going on and what a spectalular day for a drive. Weather is threatening a big change for today. I see more indoor quilting time on my horizon. Joanne

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sew Scraps Along a new scrap quilt along

Pleasant Home is having another Sew Scraps Along. She is featuring inspirational posts and tutorials. Today was the first tutorial. What a scrap buster! I am looking forward to what else she has instore. I spent a few hours yesterday taming my red scraps. Well not all my red scraps but a laundry baskets worth. I soaked them first and then set some of the "bleeders" with salt. Then lightly dried them, pressed them all and then cut them into 5" strips, 2 1/2" strips, 1 1/2" strips and a few 2" strips. I want to make a scrappy red and white Jacob's Ladder and that will use the 5" and the 2 1/2" strips. I might do another mini lasagna with the 1 1/2" or save them until I have another colour to put with them. Joanne