Saturday, November 21, 2015

2015 RSC November Lime Green Week 3, Two RSC Charity Baby Quilts Finished

This week after sewing a scrappy lime green 8.5" Eye of God block, I realized I had enough RSC blocks to make a charity baby quilt. Here they are sashed with 2.5" strips. The orange inner border is 1.5" strips. The outer blue border is 2.5" strips.

The backing is a line green fun print, the binding a coordinating colorful strip print. It's quilted with a loose free motion meander and finished at 38" square.

Last year I thought I would make 12 of these dog blocks in RSC colors for a large quilt. After four blocks I lost interest in making them and they sat in the orphan block box. Last week I sashed them with 2.5" strips for a charity baby quilt.

The backing is a blue swirl print. It's quilted with a loose free motion meander and bound with a coordinating light blue print. It finished at 42" square.
This year I've been making Happy Scrappy House blocks and 16-patch blocks in RSC colors. I'll continue making them next year until I have enough for quilts.
It's been another great RSC year and I look forward to playing with my colorful scraps next year. Thank you Angela for hosting another successful RSC year.
To see what others made this week go here.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

2015 RSC November Light Green Week 2, Nifty Thrifty Quilt Finish

After playing with my green scraps this week I'll add four Happy Scrappy Houses to my collection. The free pattern for this block can be found on Bonnie Hunter's blog, under the Free Patterns tab.
Also pictured are four 8.5" patriotic string blocks that will be donated at my guild's November meeting. I made 11 Tiny Zipper Pouches this week and have already gifted 6 of them. The remaining 5 are pictured. They are made with super hero and Star Wars prints. When filled with gum, hard candy, chap stick, etc, they make nice gifts. I used the video clip found here.
A green cotton knitted dishcloth made it into the picture. To see what others made with their green scraps so here.

Nifty Thrifty is finished. The neutrals, sashings, sashings blocks and outer orange border was cut from deconstructed thrift store men's shirts. The dark units within the blocks were cut from woven fabrics gifted from my Texas friend. Thank you for sharing your woven stash.

This picture shows the backing that was made from purchased blue and tan woven plaid yardage. The binding is also purchased woven plaid, a darker blue than the backing. Nifty Thrifty was quilted with a free motion meander using my domestic sewing machine. I chose a light brown cotton thread for both the top stitching and in the bobbin. After a go in the washer and dryer it finished at 63" x 75". Yes. It is a very soft quilt. I plan to enter this quilt in next year's quilt show to show the possibilities of making quilts with deconstructed thrift store shirts and woven fabrics. The Nifty Thrift Quilt pattern can be found in Bonnie Hunter's book, Scraps and Shirttails.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims in France at the hands of Islamic Terrorists.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

2015 RSC November Light Green Week One, Nifty Thrifty Quilt Progress

My goodness how this year has flown. Already into November, Christmas a little over a month away. Not much time left if one is trying to sew Christmas gifts.
This month's RSC color is light, limey green. I love this color. Four 16 patch blocks will be added to my 16 patch collection. Such versatile blocks. So many possibilities. Three cotton knitted dishcloths made during last month are in the picture.
To see what others made with lime green go here.

Nifty Thrifty is sandwiched with batting and a woven fabric backing, pin based and ready to quilt using my domestic sewing machine. The orange border is only 3" wide. The pattern shows a 5" border, but the orange shirt I used was a Medium and I didn't feel there was enough fabric in it for a border wider than 3".  I usually buy XL, XXL and XXXL thrift store shirts. I think I liked the color of the shirt so much I forget to look at the size. I also ran out of the dark brown shirt I was using to cut the 2.5" squares used in the sashing. It was supposed to extend into the inner scrappy border. I had some pale striped yellow shirt fabric that I used in the sashing so I used it instead. Just a few of the challenges when using shirts to make quilts.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

2015 RSC October Brown Week 5, Let's Book It Project

This is the last week of October, a month of playing with shades of brown fabrics. This month I finished a brown themed quilt made with deconstructed thrift store men's shirts and woven yardage. Pictures were in last week's post. It was a Let's Book It project from last month.
During the last two weeks of this month, I have been working on another Let's Book It project, another Bonnie Hunter quilt pattern. This one is called Nifty Thrifty and is from her "Scraps and Shirttails" book.  Again, I'm using fabrics from deconstructed thrift store men's shirts and woven yardage. Another brown themed quilt. Hopefully I'll finish this one during November.

My plans are to cut the outer border from the men's shirt under the book. The pattern calls for 5" borders, but I may change that to either a 3" or 4" border if I see I don't have enough of the shirt fabric.
I ran out of the dark shirt fabric I was using in the sashing and will need to improvise the inner border. I'm auditioning a yellow square in the first picture. Seems to look okay.
To see what others made with brown fabrics this week, go here.
I'm also linking this post to Sharon Vrooman's October Let's Book It post.

Here is another cute video clip I found a few weeks ago.

Friday, October 23, 2015

2015 RSC October Brown Week 4, Everything Bag in Shirt Fabric, Scrap Quilt Challenge Aurifil Threads WIN

Week 4 of the RSC and I'll add a brown crumb hot pad/pot holder and a 8.5" Eye of God block to my collections.
I'm getting a head start on my Let's Book It project with four blocks made with men's shirt fabric. You may recognize them as a Bonnie Hunter block. More about these blocks next week.
To see what other's make with their brown fabrics, go here Saturday morning.

Using strips, linings and straps cut from deconstructed men's shirts, I made another Everything Bag. I'm pleased with how it turned out and plan to start using it right away.

Yesterday THIS came in the mail! I entered Fabrics N Quilts "Scrap Quilt Challenge" this year and won a beautiful collection of bright Aurifil Threads in the drawing! Yah! Thank you Fabrics N Quilts and Aurifil for hosting and sponsoring this Scrap Quilt Challenge for a fifth year. I love these threads. I also look forward to using the small package of Sweet Dreams Stuffing to stuff a child's toy. Thank you Sweet Dreams.

Finally. Found this cute video clip a few weeks ago.

Friday, October 16, 2015

2015 RSC October Brown Week 3 Hopscotch Butterscotch Finished

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color this month is brown. Happily I can post pictures of my finished quilt, Hopscotch Butterscotch, this week. I used deconstructed men's shirts and some woven yardage, lots of browns, orange, some blue, some green, guy friendly colors and prints. Every piece of fabric was either a plaid or a check.
To see what others made with brown fabric go here Saturday morning.

And there's a picture of the backing, a woven plaid.
The Hopscotch Butterscotch pattern is in Bonnie Hunter's "Adventures with Leaders & Enders." It's quilted with a free motion meander. The pictures above were taken before it was washed. After a go in the washer and dryer Hopscotch finished at 56" x 68".

Saturday, October 10, 2015

2015 RSC October Brown Week 2, Pooh Charity Baby Quilt, Hopscotch Progress

These four brown Happy Scrappy House blocks will be added to my RSC collection. I plan for all the colorful houses in this fun RSC quilt to be occupied. To see what others made with their brown fabrics go here.

These red/white/blue patriotic 8.5" blocks are ready to donate at the next guild meeting.

This little Pooh print backed strip quilt is finished. I bought the yard of Pooh fabric I used for the backing in a clearance bin a couple years ago.

The front is strips of fabric from my 2.5" scrappy strip collection that blend with the Pooh print backing. Two of the strips are the same Pooh print as the backing. I found them in a box of scraps at a quilt show.
Most quilt shows have boxes of scraps for sale. All the scraps one can stuff in a plastic baggie for a few dollars. I enjoy searching those boxes for treasure! Bits of novelty prints. Discarded strips of fabric.
This little quilt was quilted with horizontal wavy lines using my machine's walking foot. It finished at 36" x 42". The binding is yellow print with teeny tiny butterflies that kinda look like tiny bees. Any hoo.  This quilt went together easily, was fun, fast, and is ready to donate at the next guild meeting.

Hopscotch Butterscotch progress report ... Hopscotch is ready to sandwich with batting and a backing to be quilted.
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