Saturday, 15 April 2017

A quick update

In February I have announced the (older) fabrics I would be playing with in my RSC2017. (You can see them here.) I also said that I might add a few more along the way. Well, here's the latest addition.

Don't even know what to call this fabric, beside perfect for April, the multi-colored month.

One block got made in purple ...

and one block got a mistake.
The middle 4-Patch isn't standing up right. The white piece should be on top. I should pay more attention to my own tutorial, lol. (See tutorial for this block here)

Join Angela at Soscrappy to see all the lovely Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects.

Until next time ...


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Buckwheat Block Tutorial (photo heavy)

The Buckwheat block attracted much attention among the viewers, so I thought a little tutorial would be welcome.

White : (2) 2.5" squares and (3) 3" squares
Yellow:  (2) 3" squares

Color of the month: (2) 2.5" squares and (4) 3" squares (let's pretend it's green month)
Constant color: (5) 3" squares (mine is blue in this tutorial)

Sew the 2.5 squares into a 4 Patch. Press.

Then, with the color of the month 3" squares and the constant color 3" squares we need to make HSTs. Use the method you are comfortable with.  Trim down to 2.5" square. The last constant color square will be cut diagonally once.
Sew two HSTs together. Pay attention to the orientation of the color of the month (green). Yes, this is the tricky part that might force you to use your seam ripper. Fair warning. Two units with the color of the month facing right (bottom) and two units with the color of the month facing left (top).

On to the whites and yellows. Cut all squares diagonally once. Put one white square aside (two triangles). Keeping the same color on the right, sew them two by two on the short end. Press.

Now, we are ready to assemble the block.
Here we go.

To the HST units with the color of the month (green) facing right, add a constant color to the right and a white triangle to the left. Press. Add a white/yellow unit at the bottom. Remember, the green has to be facing right. The whites have to be side by side.
Make two units.

To the HST units with the color of the month facing left, add to the 4 Patch. But NOT on whichever side. Hold the 4 Patch on point with a white square on top. Then sew the HST units on top and at the bottom, making sure that the green doesn't touch the green. Press.

Then add a white/yellow unit to the HST units. Press.

Sew a triangle unit to both sides. Press.

Cut the dog's ears and pat yourself on the back. You are done. The block should measure 9" at this point.
Of course, you may use any colors you wish. You can use scraps for the corners. Anything goes.
So ...

Do not be reasonable.
Do not use sparsely.
Do enjoy.

I use white/yellow in the corner to create a calm pinwheel in the middle. It will be a welcome resting place for the eyes I think.

Until next time ...


P.S. If any parts of this tutorial is not clear, please let me know. Thanks.

Joining Angela for RSC 2017
Joining Cynthia for Oh Scraps!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Log Cabin Heart

Heeeeerrreee's the 

Log Cabin 


All quilted and bound. I so love this one. Thanks to Cécile, Patchwork Inspirations and Béa, Une aiguille dans une botte de foin,  for this nice, easy QAL. 

I used a log cabin cheatsheet fabric from Debbie Mum's collection. First time I use the corner triangles to hang a wall-hanging. 

I used pieces of fabric given to me by quilting friends. Even our sweet hostess, Cécile, is represented somewhere in these fabrics. 

I quilted it in the ditch, then decided to add a little more. Suebee's World gave me some pink thread that I used to draw some FMQ hearts. 

I wrote "heart" and "links" (Gosh, that would have been a good name for it but it's too late now) in the top corner blocks. I forgot to check for the corner triangles at the back and well, yes I did it! lol 

Today, I will unstitch, (sounds like my only chore for the entire weekend. See last post for more about that.) those corners blocks and redo the FMQ words. All the threads need to be buried too. 

This evening, I will attach the sweet label given to me by yet another quilting friend, Ruth from Country Log Cabin

Thanks to all of you, precious friends, who have participated in this lovely little quilt. 

After that, I will give some attention to the Ohio Star Shadow quilt. 

Not much progress was done on this one in March. I'll try to do better this month. 

Until next time .... look who came back! 

She's been around for the last two weeks. She's on my porch at 6:30 in the morning, lol.  She's my across the street neighbor's cat. She is very skittish and doesn't trust us much. Well, that was then. Now she has adopted us. 
Photo bomb, lol 

She even invited herself in ... for a very short visit. 


Joining Cécile at Patchwork Inspiration 
Joining Kathy at Kathy's Quilts

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Rip red or R.I.P. Red ?

March is gone and so is red. Really?

Last year, I worked on some framed 9 Patch block that I spotted on Lynn Dykstra's blog.

I thought the idea was perfect since I have some solids that haven't seen the sewing machine since this quilt, in 2004!

 So I did four and decided to add this project to the RSC2017.  As I was writing last Saturday's post, I realized that I haven't done any in red yet ... or aqua ...  or purple. Oops!

So this past week I got busy on these and started to cut solid red with some old pink dotted fabric. 

Since the "wanna be plaid" blue was out, I cut into that one too. It looks good in red. 

And one with whatever flower that is on black. 

Have you noticed my blooper? 

I didn't! Honestly!  I didn't notice anything wrong until I got to the final pressing of the blocks. Dang! In this layout, the solid colour is the one with the 5 pieces in the 9 Patch, not four!  I remember the first time I did these blocks, I did exactly the same mistake. I guess I haven't learned the lesson very well, lol. 

Angela announced the new color for April as multicolored and look, the two last blocks qualify for March AND April. Bonus!!

So, for April, I'll work on these in purple too as they will be accompanied with colourful fabrics. Won't do Aqua or Teal because I have none in the solid bin. 

But first, I have to unstitch those three rascals. 

Joining Angela for Rainbow Scrap Challenge
Joining Cynthia for Oh Scraps! 

Until next time .... rip, rip, rip, rip, rip, rip, rip .... 


April's Fool

Hehehe! There's no post! lol.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Last of Red?

Not quite. I have more blocks to do. Officially, I still have another week to work on red even if next Saturday is a

Meanwhile, I can show you these. 

Seven Sisters! No, that's not it. 
Seven Hourglass, yes that's it!! Some are leaning towards pink, some are leaning towards orange but they still read red. I need two more blocks and I'm having a hard time finding fabric that reads red. It can't be accompanied by other colors, can't have too much white or black and, of course be more red than pink or orange. That's limiting my choices. If next month's color is green, I'll be in an even bigger pickle than this. 

Hole in the Barn Door is not so fussy about its color. Basically anything goes. Did one more 9 Patch and much more to come. 

Before the end of the month, I need to have this one finished.  

The reveal for the Log Cabin QAL is April first. Still a lot do to on it. Yikes!

Until next time ... sew, sew, sew your seams, gently down the rows. 
                             merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a ... quilt!?  


Joining Angela for Rainbow Scrap Challenge 
Joining Cynthia for Oh Scraps!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Write Something Witty and Catchy

(That's what my brain told me to write in the title bar.) 😁

Two weeks ago, I have dusted off my 365 Challenge quilt and added the next border. Care to see?

The right side was done so I started to play with the blocks for the left side.

Then, it took too long, and I didn't have enough energy, or whatever, and blah blah blah  .... It took me two weeks to finally get it all together.

This is becoming a very heavy top with all those little pieces. I was afraid that its weight would damage the stitches so down it came and it got ....

its first snow bath. :^D  You might have noticed that there's a corner missing.

There's a good explanation for this. The light border is made of 72 blocks and I only have 71. (??) I have followed the sew along til the 30th of June, 2016. July starts with more 3" dark blocks. So! Where's the last light 6" block? Have I skipped a block somewhere? Have I made 72 blocks but one is lost in my sewing room? Or is the pattern done this way to give the followers a break from working with light fabric? 😕

I guess time will tell. I have pinned the three blocks to the top so I don't lose them too. (In my head, it will be easier to attach a quadrant than a single block. Does that make sense to you too? )

Notice the Buckwheat block on the corner. It's my inspiration for the RSC2017.

Snowflakes are still falling today. They are huge this afternoon. Anyone's in the mood to build snowmen?  ... Okay, in that case a snowgirl maybe?

These are the three blocks waiting patiently to become a foursome. :^D

In April, I would like to give this project some attention by making a few blocks. It has been simmering long enough.

Until next time ... I'll be shovelling.


Joining Sarah for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?  I love to see what others are stitching together.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Happy International Quilting Day!

Of course, I did a little bit of quilting today and some sewing too. I played with some reds. Surprising, isn't it? lol.

Did some Rails blocks for the 9 Patch Path quilt. They were part of the leaders/enders while I was sewing the Red Buckwheat.

Ooooohhh! I love how that one turned out. The one on the left is the one I did today and it is so bright but you can't really tell from this picture. Bad photographer. (Not paying her, lol) The one on the right is one I did as a tester at the beginning of January. So one raspberry red and one watermelon pink/red block.

But I am not done with red. There's more to come but it's not presentable yet. So I'll leave you with on last picture, for your information only.

On the last post, I showed the flannel I wanted to use as backing on the I-Spy quilt. It had a good, long soak in warm water "spiked" with Dawn soap.  When I emptied the blue tub, look what came out.

Don't have Purple Rain (Prince) but I have purple water in the bathtub! The baseballs remained white because of Dawn. Ask me how I know about Dawn. :^}  Now I am not scare of using it in my quilt.

Hope you will join me at Angela's place for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and see red ... projects. :^D

On Sunday, I'll be visiting Cynthia for Oh Scraps! See you then.

Until next time ... sew red.


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Found some more

When I looked high and low for some interesting fabric to add to the I-Spy quilt, I found some more purple that I hoarded, saved, ... forgot I had. :^D

Fantastic purple, lilac and a hot pink-purple fabric. It does look more purplish in person.

And I hadn't showed you all the aqua sewing from February, so here they are.

Aquamarine, sea foam green and "what's wrong with the pool water?" green.

On to the reds!
And that is just the beginning.
The background fabric is a flannel that I want to use for the backing of the I-Spy quilt. Unfortunately, it isn't big enough, so I have to keep looking for another fun piece. I will soak the baseball fabric in Dawn before attaching it to the quilt. Just in case. :^D

Joining Angela at Soscrappy for RSC
Joining Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday.

Until next time ... stay warm!