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. https://www.pinterest.com/quiltwomancom/quilts/ Subscribe to our mailing list for updates on new patterns and sales! http://visitor.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001nInsvTYVCuDEFMt6NnF5AZm5OdNtzij2ua4k-qgFIzX6B22GyGeBWSrTG2Of_W0RDlB-QaVpNqTrhbz9y39jbLrD2dlEPkoHf_P3E6E5nBNVQNAEUs-xVA%3D%3D

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

Free Batik Quilt Patterns | AllPeopleQuilt.com 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

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Pendleton Serrado Reversible Twin/Throw Blanket
Pinning lately? Here's what's happening in my little Pinterest world. Late, of course!  
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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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Milly is loading up! ~~ Finishes!

Today's finishes mean that Milly has gotten three dresses and several pair of shorts in less than a week. It seems that almost every time she shows up for a couple of hours, I get the urge to sew a little dress. 

She's not complaining, though. Well, when she's done with the waiting, she can whine a little but nothing too bad. 

This crazy loud daisy fabric been sitting around for a couple of years. I've cut into it several times to toss a few scraps into some colorful quilt or other, but I keep finding these the big pieces. Even after cutting Mill's dress out, I still have enough to make a pair of shorts. Maybe I'll just chop it to bits and add it to a quilt kit. Let's see what happens then.

Yesterday I got pretty enthusiastic with the cleaning and emptied another box of fabric. There are only two options--on a shelf (where I can see it) or in a box for donating. Occasionally I do put something aside to make shorts or a dress, but even those are rare. I'm determined to get my studio into a clean enough condition that I can find stuff and get work done.

The other thing that I got enthusiastic about was recovering this little binder. It holds my favorite recipes, mostly those written by the person I got it from, and a few recipes that I want to try eventually. (In some cases it's been years, but who's keeping track, right?)

The original binder

Front cover
Inside front cover in pretty stripes
I discovered this little piece of decorator fabric that I really like because of the soft colors, and added two other pieces that were hanging around (and almost match) to use as the inside covers. 

Back cover (same fabric goes from front) edge to back edge
I like the way it turned out. Plus it was fast and easy. I used Mrs. Bertha's suggestions from last Monday's guild meeting. I think I'll write a tutorial and include the tips Mrs. Bertha gave us. Look for that by the end of the week. 

Inside back cover

And here are a few more pics of Milly dancing in her new dress with her favorite toy--a cheap little plastic slinky. Goodness knows where it came from.

Link Ups!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Sea Glass

my pot of succulents and sea glass
Several weeks ago, I discovered a few 
bags of sea glass in the studio. I used them to decorate a pot of succulents. After doing so, I realized how much I love the colors. 

The light blue/green is my favorite and I've decided to use it in our bedroom and bathroom. We'll be quite some time before getting to the stage of choosing paint and accessories, but I think I have my colors already.

a close up

To that end, sea glass has been on my brain. Of course, I've been thinking about how I could use these particular colors in bedding and such. I will need a new quilt, after all. 

I did a little research on sea glass and found this quote from Wikipedia:

Sea glass and beach glass are similar but come from two different types of water. "Sea glass" is physically and chemically weathered glass found on beaches along bodies of salt water. These weathering processes produce natural frosted glass.[1]"Genuine sea glass" can be collected as a hobby and is used for decoration, most commonly in jewelry. "Beach glass" comes from fresh water and in most cases has a different pH balance and a less frosted appearance than sea glass. Sea glass takes 30 to 40 years, and sometimes as much as 100 years, to acquire its characteristic texture and shape.[2] Sometimes also colloquially referred to as "Drift glass" from the long-shore drift process that forms the smooth edges. In practice, the two terms are used interchangeably.

seaglass---just walk along the water and find it.  fun, free, and beautiful.

Sea glass, it turns out, comes in all colors, though some colors are quite rare depending on when and where the glass was created. 

Blue Seaglass! by ChynneStarr
The frosted appearance comes from the salt in the sea. Therefore, the glass found on the beaches of the Great Lakes and other fresh water bodies is appropriately called beach glass. Today glass can be tumbled to give it the appearance of sea glass, but it is called tumbled glass.
How to drill sea glass.  A useful pice of knowledge, since you can make everything from earrings, bracelets and necklaces to mobiles, and wind-chimes, and whatever else you fancy.

My use of the term sea glass is interchangeable with all three. I'm mostly interested in the frosted light blues and greens like the one on the left. 

Ann Sacks Beautiful Seaglass Mosaic Tile in Chrysalis!

Division quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

sea glass quilt by Hi.C., via Flickr

tia curtis quilts: Seaglass Quilt


Beachglass quilt top by Anne@surelynotanotherproject (mianni2010), via Flickr

seaglass art quilt aqua teal turquoise

SALE Ombre half square triangle quilt gender neutral seaglass

Seaglass 108

Sea Glass, Railroad Crossing quilt pattern

April Winners and NTT!

Pattern from Robert Kaufman for Jennifer Sampou's new line, Continuum and Kona Solids. Awesome!!

Have a great week!