Friday, August 15, 2014

I Love Fabric Scraps!

Especially, if they are blue tiny print fabrics.  Yes, I love fabric scraps!

I bought several bags of fabric scraps from a friend through a fabric destash group on facebook.  They had belonged to her Mother.  I also bought several yards of her fabric too, but I seemed to be most excited about the scraps bags, but as you can see, I don't think Toby was.  He was sleeping and enjoying the sunshine.  I think he is just happy to have me around sorting scraps.

First, I very carefully opened each bag and looked for straight pins.  I only found three pins.

I found old fabric sticker tags and tape on a few and a button. I was told the bags hadn't been opened in several years.  I am sure her Mother saved them, thinking she would use them for something one day.  Just like we all do. Well they came to a good home. I love scraps!
Next, I put all the little scraps in a pillow case.

Tied it up with a big knot.

Washed and dried the pillowcase full of fabric scraps.  

I did not dried it completely.  I like the scraps to be a little damp when I sort them out.  It is easier to flatten them out as I sort.

It may look like a mess to you, but not to me! I sorted it while watching TV one evening.

It is almost like a puzzle.  I sorted the fabric pieces into piles of similar colors.  It covered my whole table.

Here's a closer look at the blues.

After it was all sorted, I cut the pieces into 2 inch squares and 1 1/4 inch squares to use for little 4 patch blocks that end up being 2 inch squares when sewn together.

I laid them out on the table to see how they would look together.  It's scrappy, but I moved them around a bit.  There are, of course, duplicates of many of them and I did not want them together.  It is not all 30's reproduction.  There are some from the 60s and even the 70's. It did not matter to me as I selected all my favorite ones.

I started to sew them together. First in groups of 2 and then in 4 patches of both the tiny ones and the 2 inch squares. I had about ten little 4 patch blocks.

Here's an up close photo of the 4 patch blocks.  See how I worked the little 4 patch blocks into the larger ones.

When I put them together, I kept moving them around and I had already pressed seams in different directions, so I had to move some of the seams to press the other way.  This made the back of the quilt --- not so pretty or not perfect.  That is OK.  It was more important to get the prints in a nice scrappy balance.

I was so excited that it was completed and ready to quilt.  I took a photo with a dinner plate on it --- Pretending like it was done! 

It is four - 4 patch blocks across and  five - 4 patch blocks down.  That is a total of twenty - 4 patch blocks.  Or 80 total squares measuring 1 1/2 inch finished squares including the little tiny 4 patch blocks! I love it!

I free style quilted it on my long arm quilting machine with a small meandering with little tiny hearts. I selected a soft blue thread for the quilting and the binding.

Here's an up close photo of the all machine embroidery stitched binding.  The quilted piece to the left is my table topper that I quilted with small meandering and tiny leaves.

Here's an up close photo of where I stitched my name and the year --- Marcia 2014. It hard to see with all the prints.

I love it with my new blue plate from a local resale shop.

If you look up close at the quilting, you can see the tiny hearts in between the meandering.

You can see it better on the backside of the placemat.

The placemat measures 16 inches by 12 inches.

A full view of the backside of the placemat.

I could use it on either side.

I love it! I know my friend's Mother would be happy to know, I used a few of the blues scraps to display on my table. I plan to cut the rest of the scraps into 2 inch and 1 1/4 inch squares to make more placemats --- someday.  For now, I will just have one special placemat to enjoy on my table.

Looks great with this plate too!

And this old one too.  I don't have matching plates.  I love to have a variety of plates. It makes my table look like a patchwork quilt.

I had breakfast on my new placemat this morning.

And lunch on it too.

I have another blog, where I post photos of pretty food, on pretty plates, on pretty placemats. I named it:  Lunch Looks Like a Quilt to Me!  It's just for fun!

I know it is Friday, but this post is going to be tagged - Sunday's Scraps.  If you click on the tags at the bottom of this post, it will take you to all my posts tagged Sunday's Scraps - but it will start with this post, then keep scrolling and clicking next post.

Do you buy scrap bags and what do you make with them?



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

There are Three Winners of the PDF Downloadable Quilt Patterns

I have emailed the three winners,

Sew Darn Quilt

They can choose the PDF Downloadable Quilt Pattern of their choice from My Craftsy Store. (Value $8.00)

I currently have 23 Patterns in My Craftsy Store. Ranging in prices from Free to $8.00.  I am working on more Quilt Patterns and Quilt Blocks to upload.  I recently shared this quilt on my blog and I am working on completing that pattern to upload, yet in August. I am working on a couple samples to give you several options. You will LOVE the versatility of this Quilt Pattern!

One of my "Free" Quilt Blocks was Number One in the Top Twenty Free Patterns! I got so excited about being in the Top Twenty, I took photos of my computer screen.

It's will always be a Free Pattern.  You can hop over and download it. Crazee Patch Paper Pieced Heart.

When you make it to Number One you are a Featured Pattern Designer.  I took a photo of that too!

And My Denim Quilt Block Pattern was featured in the Top Twenty Quilt Patterns also.  It sells for Only $1.00. 

Toby and Gabby Love my Denim Quilt!

I took photos My Craftsy Store to share too.

Congratulations to the Winners and thanks everyone for entering!

I hosted my Giveaway here for the Pets on Quilts Show and now hop over and place your votes.  Click Here.  

Lily Pad Quilting is hosting and has incredible Prizes for the voters and the winners.  I sponsored the event with 3 more PDF Downloadable Quilt Patterns over there too!



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Getting Up Close with My Quilting - Special Area Quilting

My customers bring me the COOLEST QUILTS! 

Special Area Quilting:
Single Bubbles as the background/filler quilting.
Two Color Loopy Bubbles in a chain for the colorful border.
Wiggle/Wavy Lines with a Swirl on the top for the tulips.  I changed the thread colors for each tulip color.
And Paisley Swirly Quilting on the outside border.

A couple photos of the backside of the quilt.

I love the backside too!

Rolled it up before I mailed it.

Looks so cool rolled up too!

My customer used Jelly Roll Strips to create this quilt.  It is from the book Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott.

I love this quilt!  
I picked out fabrics with my Mom to make one for our donation quilt for next year.

The book shows a photo of a lite blue print background. We purchased Kona Solids to go with the blue print. See the small quilt on the left page.