Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Scrap Challenge


I have been working on my scraps and think it is time to have our very first challenge..
Are you interested?

Here are the rules!

Must have scraps
A quilt no larger than 24" X 24"( So we have something to post at the end of the month)
And since it is February.. How about a quilt that has a message of "Love"
It can be as simple color red.. But more importantly something you LOVE..
Leave a comment.

Are you in?

Here is the progress on my cleaning.
I found lots of strings in my scrap bins.
Some I had been saving on purpose for other quilt and some that I was not aware I had! 
It was time to put them in a quilt top. 
I cut them on a slant and into Approximately nine inches long.
Made blocks that were Nine inches square. 
Approximately of course!
Divided them in half square triangles. 
I am getting good at eye balling the sizes.
And sewed them back again in to squares!

If you make this quilt, make sure the diagonal cut is reversed for half of the nine inch squares.
If you post it on your blog, please link it back to here!

As you can see, I have not squared them off. 
My brain is still whispering.. 
So I will wait until I hear it clearly!

 And here is the progress on my other Scrap quilt.

Hope you are having some fun with your basket of scraps.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Scrappy Play

I am definitely in the mood for cleaning. Today I decided to clean up more of my scraps. 
This is what I came up with.

Lots of little pieces sewed up in long strips with sparks of half square triangles and sticks laying here and there. It is going to be my Bee Block for 15 Minutes Bee.

Although, it is hardly a block you can sew up in 15 minutes, I learned a lot in the process. Can you imagine making an entire quilt using only bits and pieces? The larges size of a square or a rectangle is 3" long. The longest strip is 4" X 1.5". That would take forever to make a bed size quilt. 

Anna Williams and Rosie Lee Tompkins have done that. 

With my 15 minutes bee players, I will have one of these.. A bed size quilt!!! I am so excited!

 Maker unknown
From the book, Accidentally on Purpose by Eli Leon

I wish I had a better picture of this quilt. It is really difficult to take a picture of a glossy page of a book.

But, you get the picture!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Update on the weekend cleaning!

If my mama was here and I was 10 she would ask, "Is this what you call cleaning?"
I have made more mess in the room. But isn't it what happens every time you clean?
This is how my cleaning goes...
First, I loose something..
I decide to find that something..
While I am looking, I find some things I had forgotten..
I get very excited!
I loose track of what I was looking for because I thought of something new!
I think, I am on to something!

So, the cleaning can wait.. There are better things to do.. I call it Summer Dreams.. Hot and exciting, fun and fabulous! My super scrappy fun in some what organized way!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Queensland Blue

This is the result of taking part in Rainbow Scrap Challenge which started in January this year.  I didn't have a particular home in mind for this quilt until I started seeing all the tragic footage of the floods in Queensland and then it became obvious that the quilt should be named "Queensland Blue" (which is actually the name of a really popular pumpkin variety in OZ).  I knew I had to do something with the quilt to raise funds for the flood victims and then the Queensland Flood Appeal Auctions came about and that made things easy for me!  This used up so many scraps, ending up about 63" square.  I think I might have to make another one!

Happy Stitching,


Friday, January 14, 2011

A Tisket a Tasket

The border on the quilt called Blue Basket of Happiness is finished! I am happy with the way it turned out. Now the quilting begins...
I will take a better picture when it is quilted.
This was a lot of fun to make. Thanks Sujata for giving me that little push!

Did I say....

I could not focus?

That is exactly right!
I am still cleaning my sewing room.. 
Sort of...
For those of you who know my quilt Ferris Wheel ,
know how it all began..

You can check it out here

The new quilt is following it's path. 
The only difference, I am using the scraps from the Ferris Wheel to make this new quilt. 

The process began with the same intention.... 

Trying to CLEAN my sewing room. 

It is easy to get distracted or inspired! How ever you look at it. 

My sewing room is still a mess but a new quilt is evolving.

I had  leftovers from the wheel quilt and decided to sew them up first. 
I think I have a pretty good idea on what is coming next..
You must stay tuned. 

I am so excited!!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Back in 2005 a nice lady had brought this to the shop. I don't remember her name or any other details but thought of sharing it today. 
What are you working on these days? 

I am cleaning my sewing room. Too much clutter and I can not focus. 

May be all the strings and scraps reminded me of this picture and there might be another string quilt on the horizon.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Lots (!) of Progress

Yesterday was a snow day ~ so I played in the studio!

Come see how Bits & Pieces is progressing!!!