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.
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.
Read more about creative process with Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles here and here.
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?
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.
Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles is finished and ready for her next adventure. It would be great if this quilt left a trail of rainbow sprinkles everywhere it went. Instead it just brings lots of color and brightness to a room.
It was fun to watch scraps from friends become something cohesive and lovely. Thank you again Lisa, Erika, and Lindsay for sharing your scraps. I would love to hear your thoughts below on the quilt and any of your scraps you recognize.
When it came time to pick the backing on this quilt, I was sure I was going to make a scrappy one to flow with the front. I wondered if I would have a vintage sheet that would work and began digging into that stash. I did find a sheet that could have worked if the blue was a little more aqua. While the vintage sheet would have worked, it didn’t feel right. I would have wanted to change it after quilting it. Instead I found this solid green sheet that coordinated with the greens on the front.
Remember the purple polka dot binding from Thistle Storm? I had so much of it left that it ended up being enough to bind this quilt. Everything on this quilt is either a scrap or stash item I had not used in awhile. Feels good to finally give some of these fabrics a new purpose and use.
As I finished the quilt top, I realized there were a few errors that I hoped to work out in the quilting. One or two were too big to ultimately just quilt closed. I had to go back and zig zag stitch over them. While it’s disappointing that this quilt isn’t perfect, it now has it’s own flare and design elements. After my IMQG meeting they couldn’t really see the issue. If a group of quilters can’t see it, then there is no use in stressing over it.
For the quilting, I went with wavy lines again. It’s a simple method that I want to keep building my skills on. The waves add a softness to the overall look.
Look at all the crinkles post wash. I want to take it on a picnic or snuggle under it on the couch. If you’re looking for a quilt to add color to a room, you can find this quilt here on Etsy.
You can read about the process of the quilt below.
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.
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.
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.
I used leftover yardage for the backing to create something pieced and scrappy.
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.
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.
This quilt is a good example of what happens when you just play and create. You can evaluate the design and make changes more easily. It all started with two charm packs and some ideas.
Originally, I had planned a disappearing nine patch pattern. It wasn’t right. Half square triangles seemed to fit the quilt better. The change was a better move, but the overall layout wasn’t working. I put the squares away for another day.
While stuck at home on a Saturday, I busted out the squares to try again. The idea to try arrows struck and well, I liked it.
Adding the light gray borders created an offset look. Yeah, this will do.
Upon basting the quilt it was apparent I had no clue where I was going with the quilting. An offset triangle seemed like a good starting point. I repeated the triangle a few times before I realized it sucked. You can read about my decision here.
My quilting specialty is straight lines. I should have stuck to that in the first place as straight lines were my first idea. After recently playing around with free motion quilting, I wanted to do something different. I didn’t need to do something different, I needed to listen to my gut and just create.
I named the quilt All The Way Up. Maybe it should be named All The Way Fed Up. In all seriousness this quilt reminded me creating isn’t easy. Going through the process to create an original design allows for growth. Growth is what you want when you’ve been stuck in a creative rut.
Here is the finished quilt. I love the arrows created with half square triangles. Below you get a detailed look at the straight line quilting.
I found this Dear Stella stripe at a local quilt shop a while back and had it in my stash. When I started looking for backing I dawned on me that I had it. The colors coordinate perfectly and the stripe is vertical.
If you don’t like where a project is going, it’s okay to grab the seam ripper and start over. It’s a lesson I had to remind myself of yesterday. Sunday afternoon I started quilting on the Kona HST quilt in my WIP pile.
I had been contemplating the quilting design and decided to just move forward with it. Starting with an offset triangle and following that design around. All was well until I had to change the bobbin. Something wasn’t right after I changed it. New thread? The tension is off? Fingers crossed it isn’t something more, like the timing.
Working on the quilted triangles I started to question my original idea. After taking a few hours away from the machine, I couldn’t shake that feeling that it wasn’t right.
Yesterday some frantic texts were shared with Rachael to get a second opinion. She agreed with my assessment. It’s okay, but not exactly right. Notice those evenly spaced horizontal lines? That’s where I want this design to go.
Last night I grabbed my trusty seam ripper and started busting up the stitches. The first row was painful. As I went on taking out the quilting became satisfying. Taking out what I didn’t feel was the right design is time consuming. Ultimately, I will be happier with the finished product. For now, this sits in my sewing space waiting for me to get home from work.
Do you have any projects that you’ve taken the seam ripper to? If so, how did you feel after?