Thursday, June 21, 2018

New under my needle

I've missed having a small hand-quilting project. It's been almost a month since I finished the orphan quilt block my mom made. I've had an idea squeaking around in my brain, so I decided today (quite randomly) that I'd do something with it. 

All improv and all fun, it's going quite well. It was meant to be a small wall hanging, so it didn't take a great deal of time to put together. I just cut pieces with my scissors and stitched or raw edge applique things on. I even have a small reverse-applique piece (not shown).

Tonight I brought the top and my little basket of tools in to stitch while we watched a movie. I can see small changes already. This one might be fast. Enjoy the sneak peek!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pin It Weekly #247

Bible Verses About Faith: where there is hope, there is faith where there is faith miracles heppenHello Pinners!
I have some interesting news--apparently there are a couple of people who visit my Pinterest board. Check it out--

284.8k monthly viewers

That's what Pinterest counts, anyway. Well, they don't count it in red, I did little color thingy. But the numbers are all Pinterest bean counters. (I don't think I can count that high. I'd look away for a second and forget what I was doing. Ha)

What are they looking at? Well, that's interesting, too. According to the activity button info, Sunday Quilt Inspiration is having a bigger effect than Blogger seems to think.  

So I don't know what to think. It's confusing and I really don't want to try to figure it out, anyway. Let's just say, I'm happy that someone, somewhere, somehow knows what's going on. Chances are those people are much more interested in numbers that belong to other people. But who knows, right?

I'm just going to do what I like doing: pinning and blogging and maybe even a little posting on Instagram, just for a change now and again. 

Ohio Quilt Barn Backdrop

Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: Pin It Weekly #170

mum likes it but in a bigger version of the pattern:

Tee-shirt blanc bicolore imprimé des lettres
Isn't this funny?

The following pins are from Laura Shiplett's "fabric crafts board. I really like some of the ideas. Look at the little doll sleeping bags!
sleeping bags for bears, dolls, etc.

Patchwork n Play.: W.W.W.W.

Cute Pillow, I want this.

DIY pouch sewing tutorials

Hanging Wall Pocket for a workshop by Rebekah L. Smith

Wow, I have never seen this technique for sewing perfect circles before...can't wait to try! Easy Circle Quilt Blocks - on HGTV

Have a great week!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Saturday Sewing

Image result for vortex quilt amandajean nybergI've started a new quilt top. It's somewhat like  AmandaJean's "Vortex" quilt. However, I've made other quilts that use only scraps in them.

It's just a matter of sewing lots of scraps together. I tend to make sheets about the same size then sew those together to make larger sheets. "Murky Waters" is a good example of my process.

"Murky Waters" Mary Marcotte 2016 A scrap quilt in beige, tans, browns like the water in the bayous near my Louisiana home. www.fleurdelisquilts.blogspot.comWhat I have under my needle will be more colorful since I'm using scraps from every bucket in the closet.

Most of the scraps are some were cut into 2½" strips. Those too small to be a strip turned into blocks. I have lots of strips! My plan is to use any extra 2½" strips for binding once the quilt is finished.

I'm stopping right here to define/explain my process and define scrap, slip, sheet and script. Those are the words I use in this process. First I sew small pieces together. I just keep sewing and sewing small pieces. Generally I try to match the sizes of two pieces but I might sew two small pieces to a larger piece without cutting anything--that comes later. 

When I have (about 25? 46? 97? I don't know) enough to be tired of this process, I take the whole thing and go to the iron. Press open to the darker side. Snip them apart and trim really jagged edges with scissors, take them all back to the machine. Now I sew them into slips of fabric. A slip is a small piece of joined scraps. Imagine that you tear a piece of paper to write a note. That's the size of a slip.

Okay so we have lots of slips, go to the iron and press, snip, trim using the iron and scissors. Important note: from this point onward, I look at the number of seams and press away from the side that has the most seams. The idea is to reduce bulkiness. 

I start joining slips into sheets. If two pieces are close in size, I may add a long scrap to the smaller one, then come back to sew them together later. It's not a big deal if they don't match up perfectly. Sew, sew, sew. Sew some more. Use up all the scraps and slips if possible. (It never is, but we can hope.)

By now you have the routine: sew scraps into slips. Sew slips into sheets. Sew sheets into scripts. (See what I did there? All writing words from an English teacher.) But I add a step at the end. After pressing the sheets, I take them all to the cutting table and cut one edge using my ruler and rotary blade. A square edge makes sewing sheets together much easier. I try to avoid having parallel seams on the edges as they can get sewn into the seam and cause bulkiness. 

Okay, so we have scripts. Hopefully many of them. I press and trim, then cut all four sides of a script into get squares and/or rectangles of uniform sizes. Sometimes "uniform size" means only two will match. Finished scripts go on the design wall so I can look at how they will fit together. Once there enough for a quilt, sew them together and there's a top.

So far, I have quite a few nice sheets. It's going to take many more sheets to get the queen size that I'm dreaming of. It's one of those I-don't-have-any-idea-why quilts. I think it's just to get back into the quilting groove. 

So on Friday I started sewing scraps together, just to be able to sew. On Saturday I started making sheets about 10" x 10"--give or take. Then had an idea for how to use them. On Sunday I woke up to another idea that I liked better. So I ripped out a few seams and started over. It's Tuesday and I don't like the pattern or the colors. However, I've got to stop this wishy-washy business and do something. To that end, I'm just going to keep sewing more scraps and slips and sheets and scripts. Something's bound to happen. Right?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Quilt Inspiration:

Love batiks? They are such pretty, fun fabrics. I had a love affair with batiks for a while. 

paisley fabricBatik Fabric. Gorgeous colours.  I like the more subtle batiks, where it stays within the same color family.LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!  Bali Batik Fabric Palm Fronds by PearTreeRoad, via Flickr

Bali Batik Fabric Midnight Jungle | via PearTreeRoad blue aqua teal turquoise goldTeal batik    LOVE this one!!!very cool Batik from Lunn Designs. available in 2 colorways

traditional batik "look" , the dye moves through the cracks in the wax creating vein-like linesTotally Tropical Batik Fabric Seaweed - AloeBeautifully simple batik.  Love this ...would love to bees and hives.

sunflower quilt pink yellow | Batik Fabric- Sunflower Yellow on Pink | A Celebration QuiltBatiks for ChristmasHoffman batik Oak leaves

Batik quilts? Wow, there are so many! Here a few that I found in about six seconds! (Okay, maybe minutes.) Enjoy.

Exuberant Color: Colorwash quilts- 2.5 x 4.5 batik scraps

Batik Quilted Table Runner.  Well, Mom, this might have turned me on to batiks!

Oregon Batik Waterfall By Bear Creek Quilting Company Batik Quilt Pattern Books Batik Quilt Patterns For Beginners Free Batik Strip Quilt Patterns

Baby Girl Modern Batik Quilt, Baby Girl Quilt Blanket, Variety of Colours Baby Quilt, Pink Yellow Orange Nursery Bedding, Toddler Lap Quilt

Love the floating border with matching bindingGorgeous lap and throw quilt pattern. Here & Square Quilt Pattern QCD-032 by The Quilting Cupboard - Ann Kisro. Check out more of our quilt patterns. Subscribe to our mailing list for updates on new patterns and sales!

Batik Quilt & SHAM PDF Pattern/Tutorial drunkard path block.

Free Batik Quilt Patterns | Painter's Palette.Use my leftover H2O Row Quilts

Vintage Inspired - A Remake Of Winding WaysHere is the final installment of the Island Batik April Challenge. My Winding Ways quilt remake includes these modern elements: • A diagonally bisection to emphasize the two fabric • An overlapping square...

Look for these and more on my "heart, quilts" Pinterest board. Have a great week! 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Pin It Weekly #246

Others are having Blogger issues with their comments. I'm having problems getting Blogger to load on the computer. Other sites load like normal, but Blogger takes about three times longer. It reminds me of the early years of internet when we had to dial up and listen to those crazy noises. Remember those days?
Pendleton Serrado Reversible Twin/Throw Blanket
Pinning lately? Here's what's happening in my little Pinterest world. Late, of course!  
. | by blempgorf

Sometimes Crafter // AGF Stitched Blithe Quilt

Nine Patch Stretch Quilt Pattern Download DP141200D | Keepsake Quilting

Topsy Turvy, Mandie Manzano

Fluer de lei

Native Feather Vector Set of feathers vector
Fleur de Lis

Big, bright and modern! This quilt will add color and style to any bedroom. Big blocks of colors are brought together in this contemporary design. You can order it in a variety of colors, or you can make a request and Ill design something just for you. This quilt has a finished size of