Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sweets for the Sweet

heart quilt block: QuiltBee
I made a sweet little heart block to celebrate Valentine's Day - just love those corals, hot pinks and oranges. It will be added to my pile of Kitchen Sink blocks.

heart quilt block: QuiltBee
It's about 6" square and I think that it will find its way into a backing some day.

Linzerheart cookies QuiltBee
The Official Cookie Tester will enjoy a few sweet treats today as well. Happy Valentine's Day!....M

Friday, February 09, 2018

Omigosh Redux

Omigosh nine patch blocks: QuiltBee
Still not much stitching happening on this end but I do believe that my cold is finally breaking so hopefully by the end of the weekend things will be back to normal. I was off today so I went down and halfheartedly moved a few pieces of fabric around in the sewing room, but that was it. Not very productive. I did, however, notice my Omigosh blocks so here's an update on where that project is going.

I've got all of three nine-patch blocks sewn - that's 142 squares together now ­čśĆ. Lined up they would measure 5 x 15" finished - ha!

Omigosh nine patch and churn dash blocks: QuiltBee
Earlier I had mentioned that I was planning a few changes to the original design which is very scrappy. The longer that I looked at it the more I wanted a little more structure to mine. I also wanted to simplify it a bit, so my Churn Dash blocks are all going to be in shades of beige and brown.

The idea came from the Edyta Sitar-inspired Basket of Scraps runner that I made a while back (ahem, not quite finished). Those browns really set off all of the tiny squares in the basket beautifully and once I hit upon the idea of using the same scheme for this project there was no turning back.

Omigosh nine patch and churn dash blocks: QuiltBeeI'm also simplifying the Churn Dash blocks - there will be no tiny four-patches on point in the cream blocks, just a scrappy collection of creams and neutrals. I toyed with totally mixing the creams throughout the blocks so that all four corners were different too but it was easier just to make them all the same and I think adds a little subtle structure as well.

This photo is a little on the dark side (not the Star Wars kind of 'dark side', but dark) but the overall feel of the blocks together is very warm and almost caramelized. So anyway, that's the plan, at least for now....M

Monday, February 05, 2018

Strong Headwinds

Anna Levens quilt: QuiltBeeA head cold doesn't make for great thinking skills or much motivation so things have been pretty quiet on the stitching front as of late. Occasionally I've picked up Anna Levens and added a hexie here and there, but it hardly makes for stellar updates.

Waiting for the drugs to work their magic and my mojo to return....M

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Stuck in My Scrap Basket

Most sane people would cut the 1" strips for the Omigosh nine-patch strip sets from yardage to move things along and see some real progress, but to me, this is the perfect excuse to use up all of the teenie, tiny scraps that I save.

I have weeded through my largest scrap basket - a real catch-all - finally pitching anything that I couldn't get even a single one-inch square from and pressing the bits that remained. Once I'm through with it I will move on to other baskets of scraps that I've sorted by colour and finally supplement it with yardage, but I've got a ways to go.

The tiniest of pieces are being trimmed into 1" squares/strips. It's such a kick to give those little scraps that I just couldn't part with a purpose. They are the last lovely bits of some of my favourite fabrics and some day they will be a quilt. Yay!

A few unexpected treasures have also been unearthed, like these strips of a fruit print that mom used in a quilt - just wide enough.

It was all too much for one of my rotary cutters though, who gave up the ghost...

fabric strips for Omigosh quilt: QuiltBee
You wouldn't think that it would be worth the effort but after just a little sorting and pressing I've cut two nice little piles of cream and coloured strips and a small collection of 1" blocks. It would have been so easy to just pitch the works but then I wouldn't have all of this, would I? I am so thrilled to finally have that basket dealt with and now I'm keen to see how many two-inch nine-patches this makes.....M