Friday, September 6, 2019

 Hello All!

If you're keeping up with my Scrap Quilt Challenge for 2019 you probable noticed that I haven't posted a scrap quilt for August. I have a quilt started but not finished. I also have a quilt started for September.  It's really difficult to stick to the challenge when there are so many other sewing projects I like doing. So that you know I've at least been sewing this summer I thought I'd show a few of the projects I've stitched.

I'm not just a quilter, I also sew garments. I've been collecting patterns from a few Indie Designers. I started with collecting 100 Acts of Sewing patterns and that put me on the path of other designers.   I stitched 2 Aprons, 1 Dress, 2 skirts and a top. My latest Apron was Debby Brown's Reversible Cross-Back Cutie Apron Pattern. Click here to see her pattern for purchase. She also has kits available. this Apron is the most comfortable to wear and was very easy to sew.  I use one side for cooking and the other for sewing.  I used fabric from my stash but the pattern is made to use Cutie Packs. Cuties are 16 - Fat 1/8 pre-cuts. Check out the home of Cuties Packs at The Quilt Basket located in New York.

I've been stitching up samples for upcoming releases for Grab 'N Go Kits, my wool felt product line. I have also been working on my new products and patterns.  Stay tuned for new product releases and expanded product exciting!

I promise I will get back to stitching my scrap quilts. I won't let this challenge get the better of me!
What have you been stitching this summer? I'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment or email me at

Enjoy the last few days of summer.

Reversible Cross-Back Cutie Apron by Debby Brown

Elizabeth Shannon Apron by Ellen Mason Designs

Ruby by RAE Sewing Patterns

Child's Apron and Boys Tool Belt - No Pattern - I made them for the Jersey Grandkids

100 Acts of Sewing Skirt No. 1

Ruby Dress as a top - I used a white knit and the top yoke is made to match my skirt

100 Acts of Sewing Skirt No. 1 - I added side-seam pockets and changed to A-line to a straight skirt

Monday, June 24, 2019

July Scrap Quilt

I am posting my July Scrap quilt a few days early because I will be out of town for a few days. G.M. and I are going to the Vermont Quilt Festival! We will be making a few stops tomorrow before getting to our hotel. Wednesday and Thursday we have classes and then it will be a slow ride home Friday with a few more stops as we travel through Vermont, my favorite state in New England.

So about the scrap quilt for July. I made this quilt using scrap strings and foundation fabric that partially shows on the front of the block.  It was a fun quilt to make but the challenge came when I joined the blocks into rows. I have a lot of bulk in the centers of the Spider Web block.  I spun the seams to eliminate some of the bulk but it is going to be tricky to machine quilt around those "lumps". 

Here is a single block
 My scrap quilt for August is made using string from my Batik bucket. I am sewing small strip sets, then using a template to cut my shapes. I don't want to give too much of it away but it is going to be a quilt you will want to make using scraps or using your stash. It's that fabulous!  I will be working on it at July sewcation and hope to have it done by the time sewcation ends. That will leave 4 quilts left to make to meet my challenge of 1 quilt a month. I am starting to run out of ideas so if you have a favorite scrap quilt let me know what it is. 

I better get packing for Vermont!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Ta-da! My Scrap Quilt for June 2019

Made from my Batik scrape, I call it "Pineapple....NOT". It almost looks like the Pineapple log cabin block but this quilt was made using Deb Tucker's technique sheet -  Geese On The Edge.
This challenge is one of my better ideas. At first I thought I was a bit crazy thinking I would be able to make 12 quilts in one year but as I go along each month it feels like I just might do it.

For July I'm making a Spider Web String Quilt and for August I'm planning another string quilt using Batik strings. That will leave September, October, November and December. I'm going to have to see what else I can make from my scraps.

What are "strings"?
Strings are strips of fabric in varying widths from 3/4" to 2". String can also be selvege edges from your fabric. I started to include the selveges in a few of my blocks for my July quilt. They give the quilt a little pop of fun.

What is a string quilt? 
 String quilts start with a foundation since stitching thin strips together would be difficult. String blocks can be stitched with a paper foundation that is removed after stitching. Or muslin can be used as the foundation for string blocks but the fabric would remain as part of the quilt. Fabric foundation can be used in string blocks where some of the fabric shows as part of the block front. There are so many ways to make a string quilt. I'll put together a quick video showing some of my string quilts and some of the basics of stitching a string block. I'll let you know when it is posted. Until then keep stitching those scrap quilts!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Scrap Quilt Challenge for May 2019

As I'm getting ready to blog to you about my June scrap quilt I realize I didn't reveal the quilt for May. I really thought I did but... Here it is! I created this quilt inspired by Bonie Hunter's Scrappy Mountain Majesties. I used the Batik fabric samples I mentioned in my last blog post. Those along with my scrap stash of Batiks, I made this month's quilt. Visit Bonnie's site and see how many different layouts you can create for this one block. Another one of my favorites is Weed Wacker.

While I had the Batik scrap buckets out I stared to plan for my next scrap quilt. The quilt for June uses one of Deb Tucker's Technique Sheets along with the Wing Clipper and Tucker Trimmer tools.
I'll post the finished quilt in a few days.

How have you been doing with your scrap quilts? Have you done any quilts using up your scraps or your stash? Last week I was at a retreat with my girls out in Woodstock Connecticut. It was fabulous. My quilt for July uses strings. Lots of fabric string. I'm almost finished with the blocks and the buckets still look as full of strings as they did when I started.
For August I'm going to do a string quilt using my Batik strings. I'm getting ahead of myself....
Stringing along in Woodstock CT

Spider Web String Block

Monday, April 29, 2019

That's a lotta wool!
Well I'm finally done moving my Grab 'N Go Kits operation to my home.  I had a little help with getting everything moved in. I'm so grateful to my littles for all their help.  The husband is priceless too. My longarm is setup at full size and ready for my first quilt. I'm going to get some of these scrap challenge quilts done and get the binding attached.

My April Scrap Quilt Challenge is ready for viewing. Take a look.

April Scrap Quilt Challenge

Last month my quilt was made using 2-inch strips cut from my many orphan fat quarters.  I got a bit carried away cutting and had (still have) lots of strips left after a couple of quilts. I did this quilt using the Jellyroll Race technique.  I miscalculated the number of strips to use and I had a large section left over. It measured 27" x 40'ish". My friend said make a bag! so I did! I layered some batting and lining fabric and added some simple machine quilting. Then I added straps, sewed up the sides and boxed out the bottom. To cover the seams on the inside I added binding. Done! I was very surprised to learn the my new bag holds 2 plastic project boxes perfectly. Love it!

May's quilt is made using Batik scraps. Here's some of the fabric I started with. These are sample cards fabric companies use to show shop owners what the latest fabric designs for ordering. I didn't order these fabric by the bolt but I did use these samples in my quilt. You'll have to wait until next month to see what I did with them.  After getting all my Batik scraps together for May's scrap quilt starting June's easy.  I'll show you that quilt soon.

Batik Fabric Samples
That's all for now. Keep stitching!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

March 2019 Scrap Quilt Challenge Reveal

For March I used what I call "Orphaned Fat Quarters". These are fat quarters that where part of a bundle but for one reason or another they didn't make it into the project that all the other bundle mates did. I cut 2 inch strips from the fat quarters then cut them 10-1/2" long. I randomly selected 3 strips to sew together for each block. The I stitched a black strip of fabric along the top of each strip set.
The rows are off-set by the width on the black strip, 2 inch cut. Filler black fabric was added to the top or bottom of the rows to make them even. I finished off the quilt top with a black border. I have seen similar quilts and always like how the quilt uses lots of different fabrics and still looks great.
By using measurements to get the most out of my fat quarters I was able to use up a good amount of orphaned fats.
I got a little carried away with cutting 2 inch strips so my quilt for April is going to use all those strips left over after this quilt.

Project Progress Report
If you've been at any of my sewcations recently you know that I've been working ahead on my 2019 Scrap Quilt Challenge. I knew that my schedule was going to get a bit crazy and I didn't want to fall behind so I have quilts done for April, May and June! I REALLY want to show you all of them but I have to hold off on those reveals. I have to tell you that I am so happy with the 6 quilts I've made to date. My July quilt is going to be a string quilt. I'm using brights, what else! I've made a bunch of string quilts in the past so it was hard to pick what style of string blocks to use but I settled on one I think you'll want to try.
For the 2019 Scrap Challenge I invited you all to participate in the challenge. A few of you have decided to give it a go. I showed you Sherrie's first scrap quilt last time. She finished her top for February. I included a photo for you to see. She made this quilt using leftover fabric from her sister-in-laws quilt she finished a year or so ago. The colors are timeless and the design is perfect don't you think!
Margrit started a string quilt using her leftover Kaffe Fassett strings she collected from her previous projects. This style of string quilt uses the foundation fabric as part of the block design. Strings are fun to work with. Give it try! 
 Margrit's String Quilt

 Sherrie's February Scrap Quilt Challenge

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

2019 Scrap Challenge


Here is a scrap quilt made be Sherrie A. for January.  Sherri made this Batik scrap quilt for the first of her 2019 scrap quilts. I really like how it turned out. For Sherrie this is a big success as she is more of a "planner" for her quilts but she went outside her comfort zone and just grabbed any scrap squares from her Batik scraps and put them together to make each 4-Patch block. It's a little difficult to see but each 4-Patch has a black fabric flange around it to border the blocks. Then she added a second block border of Batik fabric. 


Good for you Sherrie!

Sherrie is nearly finished with her second scrap quilt for her personal challenge to use up her fabrics. Her scraps are larger pieces left from projects she has finished.  She tells me that one of her plans for a scrap quilt or two is to use her Christmas fabric.  Sherrie made Christmas Tree skirts for her family using a number of QuiltWorx patterns.  She has a ton of left over fabric she plans to use.  

At last sewcation Sherrie planned a quilt to use her Oriental Print fabrics. I can't wait to see what she makes next!

Nice work Sherrie!