Postage Checkerboard Scrappy Boy Quilt

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Creating a scrap quilt allows me to combine a variety of fabrics in a cohesive way.  Keeping a simple design makes it easy to sew and quilt.  More importantly, it can build your confidence as you start playing with your scraps.  Postage checkerboard scrappy boy quilt is a wonderful way to use scraps quickly.

Look for a tutorial coming in August 2018.

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This was a quilt I started over Memorial Day weekend in my raceday create-a-thon.  My scraps are two inch squares.  To piece the postage stamp blocks, I went to my random pulling method.

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For each block I tried to avoid same color combinations.  The random method does help with that.  This isn’t for every quilter, but can be a fun exercise.  You should try it some time.

Kona Ash is the gray surrounding the smaller blocks.  They are also two inches.  I had envisioned quilting with an orange peel design, much like this quilt.  Instead I went with a quick free motion quilting.  Looking at the finished quilt, the blocks stand out more than the quilting.

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The quilting hides in the blocks and sashing.  Look at how the colors are balanced and framed in gray.  While pulling fabrics I found these two fabrics for the backing.

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I had just enough to make the backing.  Same goes for the yellow binding.  I love how it sometimes just works out.  This quilt is heading to meet it’s new owner, Henry.  He was born a few weeks early and it currently doing well.

This is baby quilt 11/40 for the yearlong goal.

Girl’s Plus Quilt – Fantasia

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Fantasia fabric has been cut into charms and sitting my my stash for some time.  Since creating this quilt in 2015, I knew I wanted to make a smaller version.

Digging around for scraps before the IMQG retreat this winter, I found the remaining charm squares.  They were added to the mountain of stuff I was taking just in case I wanted a simple project.  A simple project is a great way to get the creative juices flowing and help you accomplish a bit more.

Saturday night of the retreat I laid the blocks out in about 15 minutes.  The top came together in under and hour.  A plus quilt is one of my favorite patterns.  Mostly because I can use charm squares in something more than just a patchwork top.

fantasia plus quilt top

Somehow the Kona Mint goes with this color palette.  It’s out of my element for sure, but it’s a fun touch.  Again I kept the quilting simple.

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No crazy machine troubles this time.  The backing is pieced with left over bits of the fabric line.

The binding is a Kona solid.  Soft green and a bold pink are an interesting combination.  The blues are a great accent color.

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This quilt is looking for a new home.  Are you interested?  It’s for sale on my Facebook page for $75 plus shipping.  Buying a handmade quilt is a wonderful gift.  I add a personalized touch of the babies name if you know it.

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You can still find some Fantasia in shops.  One of my favorite shops, StitchStashDiva, still has some available here.

This is baby quilt 10/40 toward my 2018 goal.

Sparkling Seaglass – A Scrappy Baby Boy Quilt

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Have you ever been stuck when it comes to naming something?  Over the last few weeks, giving this quilt the best name has evaded me.  Thank you to my wonderful Facebook followers for some suggestions.  One suggestion was seaglass.  I added the sparkling since the background fabric is silver metallic dots on white.  Plus, it truly sparkled in this picture.

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Shout out to Nicole at Modern Handcraft for sharing her scraps from the IMQG retreat this winter.  While I’m not sure what project the blue scraps are from, but there was enough to spark an idea.  She had these castoff triangles that I wanted to pair with the same background fabric all over.

kona blue triangle scraps

I was able to pick up the white with metallic silver dots, the metallic silver crosshatch, yellow and orange solids also at the retreat.  The blues needed something else to complete the look.  So why use the yellow and orange solid too.

The triangles were trimmed to three inches.  

Time to chop up the dots for background fabric.

Conveniently, I had a sew day planned for race day here in Indy.  Hubby rode out to the Indy 500 and P was away at the lake.  Look how cute these trimmings are.

I had everything cut out before the race.  Did you know in Central Indiana the race is blacked out for the live broadcast? We can watch a taped version usually around 6pm after the race.  It’s been this way my entire life.  Growing up we listened on the radio to the race every year.  So I turned on P’s Lighting McQueen radio to listen to sew.

During the race I was able to get all the triangles pieced and another quilt top started.  Now it was time to trim and sort.

Some of the colors were so close together, it was hard to tell.  Piecing the rows went smoothly.  The piecing was done with the random method I have done before.  It can be challenging to not overthink this part of the process

Beautiful rows were sewn together and a top was suddenly finished.  Take a look at this picture?  I think it’s stunning.

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The backing is a Robert Kaufman light gray crosshatch on white.  I kept the quilting simple with straight lines on the rows.  However, my machine decided to be a royal pain in the ass.  It was just in for service and I’m dealing with this crap??  UGH!  The stitching was ripped out multiple times.

Finally something worked and this quilt got finished.  I was able to photograph as the sun started to set, giving this warm glow.

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My favorite detail in this quilt is in the binding.  I ran out of the silver metallic crosshatch with three inches to go.  Scraps of the blue solids were added to make up the length.  It’s the perfect touch on this quilt.

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This is baby quilt 9/40 in my yearlong goal.

Summer Bucket List for Porter

School is out and P is excited for summer break.  We have camps planned most weeks and an epic vacation.  Woohoo!

P will start Kindergarten this fall.  I want this summer to be magical and full of fun.  I asked him for a Bucket List of what he wants to do.  It’s amazing what he thinks of.  See his list below.

five year old summer bucket lis

Seriously?  Try skateboarding kid?  This momma is worried but with the right gear I would feel more comfortable.  Most of this bucket list is on the agenda for the summer already.

I got the idea from a podcast I listen to, Shailey & Katie.  Katie did this with her daughter to save sanity and make sure they have time to do everything.  Rob and I also made a list of things we want to do.  It’s a summer of adventure, family, and fun.

Can’t wait to share our adventures with you as we travel across the country.  We are hitting Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, and New York City.  Scheduling everything was like playing planes, trains, and automobiles.

My Friend Has Cancer: Here’s How You Can Help

Our friend Scott has been battling a rare cancer over the last couple of years.  He’s pretty awesome and his next treatment is expensive.  Traveling to Switzerland to receive treatment is cheaper than staying in the U.S.  Currently the treatment is approved for every type of this specific cancer, except his.

So, they have started a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for his treatment.  He needs three in total.  By the time he has to undergo number two and three, they are hoping the FDA has approved it for his specific cancer.  Until then they have to travel internationally for his best care.

With stock leftover from my Growler Girls days I want to help raise some money for Scott and Anne. You can support Scott & Anne by purchasing any of my bags listed here:

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  • Insulated growler bags are $15 or $20.  These insulated bags will keep cold items cold for up to six hours.  They are not waterproof.  Some bags used reclaimed seat belts.  The printed bags were made in partnership with a local printing company.  They hold one growler or two bottles of wine.
  • Doublers, $5, hold two growlers and are not insulated.  These are made from repurposed grain bags from local breweries.  I use one for all my boxing gear and wet stuff in the summer.  Super easy to rinse out.
  • I will ship anywhere in the US for cost.  That’s additional so all the proceeds can go to Scott and Anne.

Seriously, Anne is a saint.

Help my friends Scott and Anne so we can have more shenanigans with them.  Okay they weren’t here with us, but we were celebrating Scott’s birthday while he was stuck at home.

Help fund Scott’s treatment and have a beverage too.


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Dear JoAnn Fabric:

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Dear JoAnn Fabric:

Thank you for being a crafty resource.  Your hours, coupons, and stock make it easy to create anything you want at almost any time.

However, there is a challenge with shopping in your store.  The cutting counter can be the worst experience of the store.  It’s not your staff, it’s the set up.  Sometimes I just need a yard of a Kona Solid for a project I need to complete this weekend.  The larger store I visit has long lines at the cutting counter, so they implemented the ticket/number system.

Great!  Efficiency, until it’s not.  Standing in line to get one yard cut should not take more than 10 minutes.  It’s absolutely not worth my time.  One a weekend there should be 3-4 staff members at the cutting counter to help customers.  It’s centrally located and gets many questions not related to cutting foam, ribbon, or fabrics.

Here are some suggestions to help improve the customer’s experience:

  • An express cutting counter for those that only need under three yards.  They can cut it themselves and scan the barcodes for the cutting ticket.  Cashiers can help QC that they cut one yard and didn’t actually cut three.
  • On weekends or during coupon promotions have a staff member available at the cutting counter for those that have extra questions.  Speeds up the line for those that know exactly what they need and offers those with questions a person to talk it over with.
  • One line for the upholstery fabric.  This could go with the suggestion above.  In my observations, these customers may have more questions on the math, how many yards they need, and even what/how to make something.

The negative experience at the cutting counter has caused me to avoid the store at times.  I know I’m not the only one that feels that way.  After posting on Instagram about my experience a few people commented similar things.  Those couple of extra people does cost the store in overhead, but can truly be beneficial to the bottom line with increased sales from jaded customers like myself.

Yes, I submitted this to corporate.