Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Scrappy Rainbow Unicorn Sprinkles

Thanks for coming over to my blog from the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  I’m Tisha of Quiltytherapy.  Sewing is my therapy and the only creative outlet I’m good at.  Unless stick figures can be a creative outlet, ha!  Making quilts from scraps and my stash is what I strive for.  Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles is a combination of scraps and pieces from my stash.

Scrappy unicorn rainbow sprinkles by quiltytherapy #scrapquilt #paperpiecing #modernquilt

It’s hard to truly have a favorite quilt, but this one is in the top 10 that I have created.  It is still for sale on Etsy here.

The center blocks are paper pieced using scraps from my guild members.  Center triangles are trimmings from Lindsay’s quilt she made during our Winter Retreat.  Erika and Lisa brought bins of scraps that they let us raid.  I had pulled some scraps together in this color palette before the retreat but their generousity rounded out my collection.

While I wanted to make the entire quilt out of the blocks, they started to look too similar.  In my stash was a bolt of Kona Robin’s Egg blue that really brought it all together.

 

Look for a tutorial on paper piecing these scrappy blocks to make your own version.

This was the second time I ever quilted the organic wavy lines.  It created so much crinkle once it was washed.  The purple polka dot binding is perfection.  As I noted in my original post about this quilt, I hope it leaves behind a trail of rainbow sprinkles wherever this quilt goes.

Scrappy unicorn rainbow sprinkles by quiltytherapy #scrapquilt #paperpiecing #modernquilt


Read more about creative process with Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles here and here.

 

Easy Baby Quilt with Solid Strips

Need an easy baby quilt?  Dig into your scraps and let’s get started.

Easy Scrap Strip Baby Quilt by quiltytherapy #scrapquilt #stripquilt #babyquilt #scrapbusterquilt

If you have been a reader for a while, you may know that I keep my scraps in tubs until it’s time to sort them.  Well, my solids are kept separate and they were getting out of hand.  The drawer could no longer even be stuffed close.  It was time to make something again.

Inspiration

Nothing was really speaking to me, so I headed to my Modern Quilting Inspiration Pinterest board for ideas.

An older quilt from Red Pepper Quilts caught my attention.  Rita’s version can be found here.  This is a step by step guide on how to create my version.

 

Design

Tip:  Without different hues and saturation, the quilt could run together.

Off to the scrap bin I went to start gathering strips to make my version.  I was able to collect many strips and have the variety of colors/saturations I desired.  However, I didn’t have many long strips like the inspiration quilt.

Based on my scraps I could create strips in 2 inch width to get the most from my pull of fabrics.  The lengths would be 5, 7, and 9 inches.  Feel free to create based on what you have in your scraps.

Each size stack was sorted yet again by color.  Orange, yellow, blue, green, brown, black, neutrals, and gray.  Sorting will help when piecing.  I wanted to avoid having too may of the same color right by each other.

Piecing

Grab randomly from each pile and begin piecing two strips together of the same size.  Rows include 28 strips, or 14 pairs, to make a baby quilt size.  Piece all 5 inch strips first.  Starch and press the seams all going one direction.  Next the 7 inch strips.  Starch and press the seams all going the same direction.  Finally, the 9 inch strip set.   Sew and press in the same manner.   Nestle the seams of the 5 inch row and 7 inch row together, pin if needed.  Sew the rows together.  The outcome is randomly placed colors without overthinking the process.

My version goes in this order:  5 inch, 7 inch, 9 inch, 5 inch, 7 inch, and 9 inch.  If you wanted a little larger baby quilt, you could throw another 5 inch row after the last 9 inch row.

I starched the top and pressed my row seams open.  The backing is a blue print I picked up a few months ago when a local quilt shop was closing out their inventory.  With this size quilt, I only needed a yard of the fabric.

Quilting and Binding

The quilt is randomly pieced, but I knew for the quilting exactly what I wanted.  Straight lines in a light gray horizontally in the middle of each row.  A few lines in the middle 5 inch strip vertically.  In your version quilt as desired.

The secondary shapes created with colors being close together was an unintended effect.  They could have been moved, but then the random process is lost.  That was more important to me as I just wanted to create.

Finally, I grabbed Corn Yellow Kona Solid I have had forever to create the binding.  The binding was 2.5 inch double fold and completely machine bound.

Final Thoughts

Love all the crinkles in this quilt after it was washed.  Wonder what the rows would look like in an ombre?

This quilt is currently on the way to a new home.  Check out my other quilts using just solids below.  The solids scrap bin is still too full.


Linking up with Oh Scrap! and Finish it Up Friday

Quilting is more fun than Housework

 

Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild – Quilt Show

The Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild is filled with talented quilters.  The range of work is impressive and stunning.  On Sunday, August 20th, IMQG hosted their 2nd Annual Quilt Show.  We rent the giant pavilion at Broad Ripple Park and hang our quilts.  It’s a free show that is open to the public.

Sunday’s weather was gorgeous.  I was going to post pictures of all the quilts, but one side of the show didn’t photograph as well.  The sun was shining bright and provided an interesting reflection in my pictures.  The goal is promote modern quilting and introduce people to the idea.

One mom on the playground nearby noted, “I didn’t know what modern quilting was.  The quilts are amazing.  Wait, you made one?  Awesome!”

Attendees were asked to pick their favorite for a People’s Choice Award.  As of today, the winner has not been announced. This quilt won my vote.  So much detail and who doesn’t love a giraffe?

Take a look at the work of my talented friends.

 

 

 

Does your guild host a show?

Favorite Things This Week

We were able to sneak away for the weekend and enjoy some family time.  We had lots of fun, maybe too much fun.  P is in his second week of school and is asking for homework.  The older kids in after school care are required to spend some time on homework.  It’s been an adjustment for our family, but overall it’s been a positive experience.

This week my favorites are based on our family.

Indiana University

I teased a couple of these photos on Instagram earlier this week.  IU has a special place in my heart.  Rob and I met here 12 years ago in grad school.  The campus is stunning and one of my favorite places to visit.  I think we need a weekend away there soon.  Hmm, I will get on that.  These are some pictures from stopping by on Sunday afternoon.

sample gates, indiana university, IU landmarks, campus landmarks

Rosewell House Indiana University

P wasn’t really into the idea of going to college.  He cries every time we bring it up.  Maybe in 14 years we can drop him off here and he can experience the wonderful campus himself.

 

Sewing and Quilting

I am all for actually using your quilts.  We take quilts to the park, vacations, and use them daily on our couch and beds.  I hate thinking about a quilt not being loved and just laying around all folded up.  USE THE QUILTS.  This gem went to soccer practice this week.  It now has grass and snot on it.  Yes snot because sometimes your kid needs to blow his nose.

 

It’s now in the laundry basket awaiting a good wash.  Earlier this week I opened up Bloglovin and saw this post from Suzy Quilts.  She’s offering tips and suggestions to wash your quilts.  For stains like grass on this quilt I will dab a bit of Dawn on the stain.  Just the blue kind.

How to Wash and Care for a Quilt…The Right Way!

Last week I commented that about the Improv Stripe QAL happening.  I felt like crap one night and didn’t really want to do anything.  I decided to sort through my solid scraps and strings.  There should be enough for a baby girl quilt.  My scraps have been divided by warms, cools, and neutrals.

Pincushions have become a fad over on Instagram.  Search the hashtag #pinnieparade to find your favorite.  Do you make pincushions?  I have not before, but considering giving it a go.

Upcoming Weekend

We will be kid free this weekend.  Part of me just wants to stay home and sew all weekend.  What are you weekend plans?

Halloween: Spooky Ghost Pumpkin Quilt

It is time to start planning my Halloween decorations.  Halloween may trump Christmas in my house as a favorite holiday.  Seriously, the kid is wearing a Halloween shirt and pirate pants in July.

Since P is still little, we prefer spooky over scary.  As we acquire new decorations, I let him set the boundaries on what he’s comfortable with.  He has created an idea of a Spooky Ghost Pumpkin.  We have no idea what that is, but try to run with that.  If you have any ideas, please share.

With decor in mind, I turn to Pinterest.  Maybe I should add more ideas to my Halloween board?  Do you have any family fun activities you like for Halloween?

This year I will be adding a quilt to the decorations.  My wonderful bee mates of the Blossom Heart Bees made blocks for this quilt last year, using the Tic Tac Toe block.  My theme was Halloween in orange, lime green, purple, and teal for the X’s.  Also black with white prints for the corners.  The blocks turned out great and better than I would have imagined.  My bee mates had some good prints in their stashes.  P loved getting them in the mail.

A few more are needed to finish the top.  From my stash I pulled more green, purple, and teal to balance out the top.  Even a fun zombie print.

 

There are a couple more blocks in the works then I can layout the top as I want.  It’s going to need some balance from all the orange.

 

P was excited each time a new block arrived.  He realized they were for him and gasped with excitement.  Hopefully he’s still as excited about the quilt as I finish it.  Maybe we can watch scary movies and snuggle on the couch under it?


Links

The rocket above is from Amazon, best money we have spent on a toy.  He loves it and exploring how to make the rocket go faster, higher and aiming at things.  Great gift for a four year old.

Check out #tictactoeblock on Instagram for other versions.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

 

Meet Thistle Storm

You have seen this quilt before called April Showers.

 

The quilt came out of the dryer and demanded a new, more fierce name.  Thistle Storm was born and so did our adventures together.

 

P enjoys the quilt

In typical quilt blog fashion, I put Thistle Storm on the fence out back.  She, yes it’s a girl quilt, started laughing.  It was more of a mocking.  “Really?” she said, “Just the fence.  Come on. I deserve way better photos than this.”  “Fine,” I replied and began scouting locations.

My husband works at a beautiful old estate turned event venue here in Indy.  Maybe their grounds would have some good photo opportunities.  We ventured over on a Friday afternoon and started with a normal quilt photo.  Thanks hubby for holding it up.  We walked along a pathway, but Thistle Storm became tired and wanted to rest on the bench.

After a brief rest she noticed the brook ahead and wanted to climb on the rocks.  “Does this bush make me look fabulous?,” she asked.  “It’s not your best pose, but we can make it work,” I replied.

We finished our photoshoot on these lovely brick stairs.  She stretched out and enjoyed the sun for a few minutes.  “I could just lay here all day and watch the clouds,” she noted.  This is my favorite pose from the session.  Once we were done she bunched herself up and rode home in the front seat.  She was excited to see her photos.

Photo editing would have to wait until after my run.  Thistle Storm is the laziest quilt around.  She laid on the couch binge watching The Great British Bake Off on Netflix as I was sweating my ass off.  She shrieked in horror when we pulled up to daycare to pick up P.  “Please don’t let sticky fingers get on me,” she pleaded.  P was unimpressed with her antics.

Since this quilt is so lazy, she needs to find a new home.  Below is a bit more about the specifics on the Thistle Storm and how she can come stay at your house.

Quilt Layout

Kona Thistle is the light purple feature.  Notice the detail in the purple floral print?  It also has thistles which is no coincidence.  In an ah-ha moment at the quilt shop I knew it felt right.  I adore the purple to gray transition, a different version of Icy Waters from what I have seen.

Backing

I used leftover yardage for the backing to create something pieced and scrappy.

Quilting

Why did I wait so long to quilt this?  I was scared of making waves and that it would look terrible.  After trying one, it wasn’t horrible.  The rest turned out well.  There are a couple of hiccups in the quilting, but I’m okay with that.  Wavy lines may become a new go to for me.

Binding

White and lavender polka dots had been in stash for years, YEARS!  As I was piecing the top, I remembered this print buried in my fabric cart.  Rather than the 1.5 inch strips I normally use, I cut this at 2.5 inches.  It was therapeutic to press yards of binding.  There is some left over and now I need something to bind in this great print.

Of course I went with machine binding.

You find the quilt on Etsy and is ready to head to a new home.