Friday, July 24, 2015

2015 RSC July Red Week 4, A RSC Quilt Top

This is not a very good picture of my finished quilt top, but it's ready batting for a backing. I started making these 8.5" blocks midway through last year's RSC and needed 48 for a nice little quilt. The blocks are sashed with Kona white 2" strips and 2" cornerstone squares. The 3" green border pulls together and calms the scrappy blocks. I have a yellow print for the backing. Hopefully I'll quilt and bind this quilt top this week and post pictures of the finished quilt next week. I also have a few red project in progress that I'll finish and show next week, too.
To see what others made with their red scraps, go here Saturday morning.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

2015 RSC July Red Week 3, Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches, Peanut Dolls

Every month I make some 8.5" blocks in that RSC month's color. Earlier this month I made there red ones and this week I make three red, white and blue ones to add my collection. I have some 8.5" blocks that I made and didn't use last year. Those blocks and the 8.5" blocks I've made this year should be enough to made a quilt top that I can start putting together this week. The two scrappy string blocks in the picture will become a pot holder this week. A dark red cotton knitted dishcloth made it into the picture.

Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches make nice little gifts. I try to have some on hand for quick gifts at all times. Because I had only one left, it seemed a good time to stock up. Most of the pouches in the picture are made from scraps of Marvel fabric. All of them have red in them so I felt they fit nicely into this RSC red theme month. The Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch YouTube video tutorial is here. They are fun to sew.

I've wanted to make some Peanut Dolls ever since I saw this tutorial. I didn't have felt for the faces and used some light green quilting cotton instead. When I cut the circles for the faces, I cut two circles for each face and cut them a little larger than the pattern piece to allow for a seam. With the right sides together, I sewed a quarter inch seam around the circle, cut a small slit in the back and turned the circle right side out. I did the same for the hair. After I embroidered eyes and smiles, I stitched the faces onto body pieces and finished the dolls like the tutorial suggested. They finish at about 8.5" long.
I understand that peanut dolls are nice for babies and toddlers to cuddle. In this tutorial they are called Hospital Peanut Dolls. I'm taking these two dolls to quilt guild meeting for their thoughts. I feel the dolls will hold together after a go in the washer and dryer. I think the dolls are super cute and wonder if a baby or toddler would like to cuddle these.
This, my weekly post, is a little late. It's been a busy week, cutting scraps into usable units, cutting tumblers, organizing my sewing area, life, To see what others made with their red scraps this week, go here.

Friday, July 10, 2015

2015 RSC July Red Week 2, a Reversible Tote and a Zipper Pouch Wristlet

July's RSC color is red. Clearly the tote and wristlet pictured is PINK and PURPLE. This week I made and turned two blocks made with red crumbs into a red pot holder. That red pot holder was in a group picture I posted Wednesday when I blogged my RSC mid-year progress. Oh my! It was fun visiting everyone's mid-year progress blog posts when we linked up on SoScrappy's Mid-Year Progress post Wednesday. So many great colorful projects in progress this year. I was both impressed and inspired.
Still, I wanted to post and link up something Saturday. The child tote and zipper pouch wristlet in the picture was made this week with a fat quarter of cute novelty fabric gift from a fellow blogger. The tote was made with two 10" x 11" pieces of novelty print, two 10" x 11" pieces of lining fabric, two 10" x 11" pieces of fusible fleece, two 4" x 22" pieces of fabric for the handles, two 1" x 22" pieces of fleece" for the handles, a 2.5" x 8" piece of fabric for a button loop and a couple pink flower buttons. The tote is reversible so I sewed a button on the inside as well as the outside. I cut 1 1/8" squares from the bottom corners of each piece of novelty print, lining, and fleece to square the bottom of the tote.
The zipper pouch wristlet was made using this YouTube video clip. I used the measurements in the video. I added fusible fleece on the backs of the novelty print pieces and a 1" x 12" piece of fleece inside the wristlet fabric. The fleece made it more difficult to sew, but it gave the pouch more body and structure.
The tote and the wristlet will be donated to go in our guild's Boutique open during our annual quilt show. Money raised in the Boutique will go toward supplies to make charity quilts.
To see what others made with red scraps this week, go here Saturday morning.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

2015 RSC Mid-Year Progress

This year I'm making an effort to use up those scrappy bits of fabric, crumbs and trimmings, that have collected in the bottoms of my scrap boxes through the years. This picture of pot holder/hot pads made with crumbs is incomplete as I've given some of them away and some were donated to sale in our guild's Boutique during our annual quilt show in September.
Five scrappy batik mug rugs are pictured in the bottom row. Again, that collection is incomplete as I've given some of them away.

I need twelve of these 12.5" blocks to make a small quilt.

Some of the 8.5" blocks in the picture were left over from last year. I need 48 blocks to sash for a quilt. Or I could pull fewer blocks for small donation quilts. A stack of colorful 8.5" blocks is most versatile.
Earlier this year, I turned my collection of RSC cocoa mug blocks into a quilt. I also turned my collection of  RSC 5" tumblers cut from scraps during 2013 into a quilt.
To see the mid-year progress of others, go here.
Thank you, Angela, for hosting the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

These four 8.5" red, white and blue blocks are ready to turn in during our guild's July meeting.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

2015 RSC July Red Week 1 and Two "Super Females" Reversable Tote Bags

I love RED. This RSC month is going to be fun. I'll add one 12.5" block and three 8.5" blocks to my collections. I'll post some mid-year progress pictures next week. To see what others made with their red scraps go here.

Three nieces are visiting us a few weeks this summer. Two of them like to sew and they each made reversible tote bags. Pictured is the tote made by the youngest girl. The DC super hero print, Super Girl, Bat Woman and Wonder Women, and the patriotic lining fabric came from Walmart. We used two pieces of outer fabric cut 13.5" x 12", two pieces of lining fabric cut 13.5" x 12", two pieces of fusible fleece cut 13.5" x 12", two pieces of fabric for the handles cut 22" x 4" and two pieces of fleece cut 1" x 22" to go inside the handles. 1.5" squares cut from the bottom corners of the outer fabric, lining fabric and the fleece gave the bags square bottoms.
The girls did a great job! Careful cutting, consistent seam widths. They did all the sewing and the cutting after I showed them how to use the rotary cutter and healing mat. I'm very proud of the girls and their reversible tote bags. Next time we'll add pockets!

Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 RSC June Light Blue Week 4, Doll Quilt and "Let's Book It" Baby Quilt From Men's Shirts

This was the last RSC week using light blue scraps and I have a little to show today. The two crumb blocks I made last week are now a pot holder. A cotton knitted dish cloth made it into the picture. I'm working through partial balls of yarn.
Something new. I used a light blue men's shirt pocket in the back of a pot holder. I slipped a remote control in the pocket to show that is a functional pocket. A few family members suggested I make some pot holders with pockets in the backs to slip their hands into while using the padded side to hold or retrieve hot trays from the oven. This pot holder was made with scraps created when I was cutting up men's shirts for the charity baby quilt shown later in this post. The idea to use a man's shirt pocket on one side of a pot holder came from "The Scrappy Quilter's post." Until I saw this post, I was going to toss the pocket into the trash bin. Mother wants the pocket pot holder in the picture so it will go to her.
To see what others made with their blue scraps go here Saturday morning.

Earlier this week I pieced four 8.5" red, white, blue blocks to donate during our monthly guild meeting. That was Tuesday. Guild members turn them into Home Town Hero Quilts.

My plastic tub of 2" scrappy squares was looking lonely so I pulled 121 of them to make the center of this DOLL quilt to sell in the boutique we set up at our annual guild quilt show. Money raised helps buy supplies to make charity quilts. I turned it in Tuesday, too.

It's time to work on a "Let's Book It" project. I have several pattern books and patterns as well as loads of saved links for all kinds of quilty things on my computer. This month I went to my computer "Favorites File" and found this saved link to a baby quilt posted in 2013 by the Fat Quarter Shop. Kimberly used jelly roll strips to make her baby quilt, but I thought it would be a good pattern to use to make my first quilt using fabrics from deconstructed cotton men's shirts.
Previously I bought some cotton men's shirts at the local Goodwill Store and deconstructed them ... but ... have been reluctant to cut into them further. This seemed like a good opportunity. The quilt pictured above required 108 pieces of fabric cut into 2.5" x 6.5" rectangles.

The backing is yellow with teeny tiny white butterflies. They have two black dots on their wings. The binding was cut for the back piece of a green men's shirt. It's quilted with a loose free motion meander using cream cotton thread. After a go in the washer and dryer, it finished at about 35" square. It will be a charity quilt.
The pot holder in the picture was made with skinny trimmings created while cutting the pieces for the baby quilt top. This is the front of the light blue men's pocket pot holder shown in the first picture.

Friday, June 19, 2015

2015 RSC June Light Blue Week 3, RSC Tumbler Quilt Finished, Child Tote Bag

Not a lot of scrappy light blue activity to show for the week. The two crumb blocks I made last week are now a pot holder. Working from my crumb collection, I made two more 8.5" crumb blocks. They will become a pot holder this week. A cotton knitted dishcloth made it into the picture.
To see what others made with their scraps, go here Saturday morning.

I finally sewed together the 5" tumbler units I cut from scraps during the 2013 RSC. They are now a quilt with a medium blue border.

I pieced the backing with fabric from stash and a row of string blocks made with strips from my bin of 1.5" strips. It's quilted with a loose free motion meander. The binding is a purple print. After a go in the washer and dryer it finished at 58" x 84.5".
Bonnie Hunter announced on Facebook that the 2015 Ender Leader Challenge will be tumblers. I'll be making another tumbler quilt this year.

This week I made a child size tote with some Laura Burch prints.

For the pattern I took a sheet of copy paper and cut 2" x 2" squares from two corners. Using the pattern, I cut two pieces of outer bag fabric, two pieces of lining fabric and two pieces of batting. I also cut two piece of medium weight fusible interfacing which I have already fused to the outer bag pieces. I cut two rectangle pieces 18" x 4" for the handles. (I trimmed the two pieces in the picture.) I added a piece of batting, 1" x 18" to each handle to give them more body. An interior pocket is optional, but I wanted one for this little bag. That's the square of blue fabric laying on one piece of the lining. Actually it's folded in half in the picture. The 2.5" x 8" rectangle will be the loop. I was going to use the red button in the picture, but felt a pink one looked better.

There is a close up showing the loop and button closure. There are so many ways to make totes. Lots of YouTube tutorial video clips. At least three ways to make boxed bottoms. I'll be making more totes in more sizes. 
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