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Scrappy Quilt I'd Like to Try

Holy cow, I like this one from Pinterest (Russian sewist). Do you save photos of quilts you'd like to try? This one would be great for reducing my scrap bin overflow. 95% of my scraps are 2.5" wide strips. Smaller strips I give to my friend Jerry, the rug guy. This Russian artist's quilt I like the variety of color and pattern, "fits me to a T". (Where did that expression come from, I'd like to know). The Light and dark cornerstones are deliberate--and that is something that peaks my interest. I especially like the skinny sashing, even though its medium to light value is almost LOST. Above, is one of my quilts. Simple, fun to make. Designing quilts on the fly . . . my design idea here was to join Four (10.5") scrappy strip blocks with a light color sashing and orange corner stone. I couldn't decided in the first place if I wanted orange corner stones or turquoise corner stones . . . . so I framed the quadrant block in a dark blue small paisley print accented with turquoise corner stones. Other Bits: A couple years ago I was waiting, waiting, waiting, for Anita Solomon Grossman to come out with her simple cuts technique for "her Wonky Star" block, but it never materialized online. I experimented on my own to build her wonky star block (trying to think it through like Anita would). That experiment resulted in 8 wonky star blocks sitting in my scrap bin, (4) red stars on a teal background and (4) teal stars on a red background. Having no better use for them, I threw them into this quilt for interest.

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Little Blue Lake Quilt

Do you ever wonder how many quilts you can sew from your stash? I ponder this question a lot. My stash isn't huge but it was beginning to feel out of control. It was time to sew a scrappy quilt and use the fabrics at the bottom of my bins - you know the ones that are destined to be forgotten forever. My fabric bins are sorted by colour and my original plan was to grab the blue bin and sew something but on a family drive inspiration struck! Instead I grabbed the blue, teal and aqua bins and sewed the quilt I'm calling my Little Blue Lake Quilt: My very first scrappy string quilt! And why haven't I tried one of these before? OMG this was one of the most enjoyable quilts I've ever sewn and I love every square inch of it. These fabrics may never have seen the light of day but now they are all together in a new quilt for our summer picnics. I'm going to share all the quilt information etc. including the template I used, but first let me tell you more about my inspiration: Little Blue Lake is located in northeast Tasmania about 2 hours from our home. The vivid colour of this lake is the result of mining that took place in this area. The high mineral content, mainly tin, gives this lake its distinctive blue colour. Its a peaceful, picturesque spot to visit and while its the perfect picnic location, its not suitable for swimming as the water is toxic due to the heavy metals. Its also a great place for gem hunters as smokey quartz, topaz and amethyst are found abundantly. I wanted to recreate this same serenity your feel at the lake, in my new quilt. My brain really struggles with scrappy. I'm more of a sew one block at a time kinda gal who deliberately places fabrics and blocks in a scrappy order. I even buy new fabrics (that I like) instead of using fabrics that I've fallen out of love with, to control the end result. I also struggle with the thought of random sized strips, so I decided for this quilt I needed to make a compromise. I drafted a template for the blocks to keep the strings equal in width but I just let go and sewed fabrics together randomly...yes, totally random! Some of the fabrics appear once or twice throughout the quilt and others can be found more regularly, depending on the cut I had in my stash. These fabrics now have a new forever home; some were from old projects, some were those "what was I thinking" fabrics but together they look amazing! I decided to sew my blocks on paper because I thought muslin might add extra bulk to the light weight summer quilt I wanted to make. I settled on 7" blocks (finished) set in a 10 x 10 grid (100 blocks) making my quilt finish at around 70" square; the perfect size picnic quilt for us. Laying out the blocks was traumatic ;) No matter how many times I moved them around I still had the same fabrics laying close together. After hours of reshuffling and trying to position them evenly throughout the quilt, I stopped and just sewed them all together. In the end it turned out OK. Because there was a lot of movement in the strips, I did leave the paper on the blocks until they were all sewn into the quilt top. Removing them was time consuming but worth the extra effort. I quilted my Little Blue Lake Quilt with some serpentine stitching spaced at 1/2" intervals. It perfectly replicates the ripples you see on the lake when there's a gentle breeze, and once its washed its going to crinkle up beautifully. I always use a silky embroidery thread for quilting and although its hard to see in photos, it reflects the light and glistens against the fabrics like the light twinkling on the surface of the lake. The backing and binding fabric also came from my stash, so technically this quilt was a freebie :) I love the backing fabric, its absolutely perfect for this quilt and super pretty as well. It is light but hopefully it wont get too dirty as we drag it around over summer. I did chose a darker binding fabric and I think it creates the perfect frame for all of those gorgeous colours. If you're looking for something scrappy and you haven't tried a string quilt before then this might be perfect pattern for you. Grab your fabric bins and sew! I've made up a file which includes the 7" template I used and also a template with the centre white strip only, in case you prefer sewing random sized strings. You can download the free file HERE. If you're looking for a tutorial on string quilts then I suggest you start at Bonnie's blog HERE. I love love love our new picnic quilt. I enjoyed ever step of the process and there's always a sense of satisfaction when you use the last of a fabric and see it shine in a new quilt. I'm so glad I sewed with wild abandon and allowed the fabrics to play together by themselves. Maybe I can do scrappy after all :) Inspiration can strike anywhere and at anytime, and my Little Blue Lake Quilt will always be a special reminder of that family road trip. Summer picnics just got a whole lot prettier :) Happy quilting :)

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Inspi(RED) is a Finished Quilt!

Inspi(RED) is my quilt for the early 2019 RED challenge and it is finally finished. There's a complete post for this one on my blog with more photos and links to the project's back story. Come on over and visit! Quiltdivajulie

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Introducing crazy quilt block 8 - Pintangle

I would like to introduce block 8 in the I dropped the Button Box quilt . I hope people will enjoy seeing it in more detail over the next week or so. Fabric content: How I managed a small block like this with 9 pieces of fabric on it I am not sure but …

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Untitled | Jessica Gamez

Explore Jessica's Quilting Studio's photos on Flickr. Jessica's Quilting Studio has uploaded 7594 photos to Flickr.

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Block Construction

Welcome to week 3 of the Scrap Basket Quilt Along! It's finally cutting and sewing time! I apologize that I'm posting so late in the day. I was away on a quilt retreat all weekend (yay!) and I spent most of the day driving home. The good news is I had time to make my blocks for the quilt along over the weekend. It was FUN! (AND the perfect retreat project.) For today's installment of the quilt along, I will show you two simple ways to make a rail fence block. First, gather your fabrics based on the color scheme you chose last week. I've added a few more navy fabrics to my stack and I'm much happier with it. Sometimes you need to tweak as you go along...and that's ok! Fabric requirements and cutting: If you are using yardage, you will need 3.75 yards. Or 15 fat quarters. Cut 99 strips 2.5" x 21" from various colors, prints and solids. If you are using scraps, cut 297 pieces that measure 2.5" x 6.5". To construct a block from scraps: Layout 3 scraps that measure 2.5" x 6.5" each. Sew strips together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seams toward the dark fabrics. The block should measure 6.5" square. Make 99 blocks. To make blocks from yardage: Layout 3 strips 21" x 2.5". Sew the strips together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Tip: Make sure that your stitch length is dialed down, so your stitches are on the short side. All sewing machines are different, but on my JUKI I have it set on one click less than #2 stitch length. You will be cutting the strip sets apart and if your stitches are too large, the pieces will start to separate during layout and construction. That is the number one reason why I hated strip piecing for years. Split seams are a huge pain in the hinder, and they should be avoided at all costs! :) A short stitch length helps a LOT. Press the strip set well. They are prone to curving, so I find it best to hold the strip down on one end (with the iron) and gently tug with the other hand, pulling the strip set taut. Press from left to right. Use a bit of spray starch if desired. Trim the strip set into 3 6.5" squares. Set the scraps aside or discard. Make 33 strip sets. Cut into 99 blocks. I did a combination of both techniques for my blocks, because I used some yardage and some scraps. Next week we will lay out the quilt and talk about construction and quilting. If you are on a roll and you want to work ahead, the layout is 9 blocks across by 11 blocks down. If you have any questions, I'll try to answer them in the comments. Otherwise, have fun making your quilt blocks! (I had so much fun making these, I'm kind of considering making another!!!) Happy Monday to you!

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Crazed Diamonds: Show and Tell Friday - Clever Chameleon Quilting

Crazed Diamonds quilt is finished and hanging at the 2019 Royal Adelaide Show. See my exhibits and lots of other amazing creations from this year's show.

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