Scrappy Solids Strip Quilt

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My solids bins was overflowing with strips. Earlier in 2021 I decided it was time to really tackle some of my scraps.  The solids bin had not been used in a few projects.  So why not create a scrappy solids strip quilt. For the longest time I have admired solid strip quilts that I’ve seen.

Rather than tackle everything all at once, I started just sewing one morning for 20 minutes or so.  I did sort my colors from the grays and whites in my solid scrap bin.  This part went quickly.

scrappy strings

Soon there was enough to look at making blocks.  Time for some starch and a hot iron.  I sewed the strips into rectangles and then pressed.  It was satisfying to see the blocks start to add up.

stack of strip blocks

All of these blocks had to be trimmed.  This was a bit of improv sewing on my end.  There wasn’t really a size I had in mind either.  Some were long, some were wide.  I love that there was no plan.

trimmed blocks

On a weekend without the boys I set out to make the top.  For some reason, I thought this would only take a few hours.  The sewing Gods laughed at me and this top took forever.  I had it all laid out among the legos on the floor and made it almost impossible to enter the room.  So, I had to finish the top so the boys could play in there.

scrappy quilt top

I needed a few more blocks to round out the top.  As I put it together I realized it was not big enough for a baby quilt.  Honestly, the photo above barely put a dent in my solids bin of scraps.  I busted out a few more blocks.  To make my original version I would have needed probably another 40-50 blocks.  Sometimes you have to know when to just stop in a project.  There will be more solid scraps that I can play and work with later.

I quickly basted this quilt with some yardage in my stash.  I did have to add a solid piece on the side to make sure it was just wide enough.  For quilting, I went with free motion in loops.  I wanted the quilting to fade into the design and this actually worked.

 

Finishing the Quilt

Forty minutes later it’s done and ready to be trimmed.  This took some work to make sure the quilt was even on all sides.  Slightly challenging considering there wasn’t a set size for the blocks.  Let’s just say I improv trimmed as well.

For the binding, I had a blue solid fat quarter that I used.  Once bound I quickly washed it.

Tip – always throw a Shout Color Catcher into your quilts the first time you wash them. 

Here’s an important step when you’re dealing with a scrap quilt, all the extra little threads.  I find the more you use and play with the fabric, the more it frays.  Those little frays love to come through on the top.  This is why I always wash a scrappy quilt before giving it to someone.  I can trim all of those little threads and make it a non-issue.

We have had some crazy winds here making quilt photographs almost impossible.  We had a day without a ton of wind…so out to the fence I went.

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The backing was just perfect and used many of the colors from the front.

This quilt doesn’t have a home yet, but feels good to make some room in my solid’s bin.  I should have made it bigger, but I was ready to move on to the next project.

Postage Stamp Checkerboard Quilt Version 2

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After creating this quilt, there were quite a few of scraps already sorted.  They just called out “make me into a quilt.”  They are so demanding, right?

Postage Checkerboard Scrappy Boy Quilt

Over Labor Day weekend I took these to the lake and started sewing.  Are you surprised?  I take my machine everywhere.  The hum of the machine in nature was quite refreshing.  I did some early afternoon sewing, most people were out on the water and our area gets pretty quite.

Once I got home, I pressed the small squares with seams open and began adding 2″ Kona Ash strips.  Why is it every time I go to type ASH, I type AS*?  Adding those strips takes no time and creates an interesting look.

Once P was in bed I could lay out the quilt in the house and piece the rows.  My process involves piecing all the rows, then pressing.  I also don’t press the seams between rows until the top is finished.  From my stash I chose a blue backing that I had picked a while back.

For the binding I had a large scrap of a Robert Kaufman print that was a wide back.  White bindings are scary on a baby quilt, but sometimes it just works.  Quilting is my go to all over loops.

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Time to refresh my scraps and maybe mix them up a bit.  The scrap bin is overflowing.  Anyone up for a scrap swap?


This is quilt 15/40 in my 2018 baby quilt 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.

straight line quilting

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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Background

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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Quilting

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.

Scraps from a cleaning day – quilt inspiration

Cleaning the sewing room can unearth from great finds.  Maybe it’s that lost fabric or a project that you have stuffed away.  Well, while I was cleaning my sewing room in February I found some gems.


My tall table housed a number of projects I had forgotten.  I took the discarded half square triangles from this project and threw them into a baggy.  Apparently I had pulled out the yellow, orange, green, and aqua ones for a quilt that did not happen.  Well, I decided to change that.

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I decided to make 16 patch blocks with the left over half square triangles.  Within the blocks I didn’t want a repeat of color in the row or column.  Each block was laid out before piecing to ensure I could do it.  The blocks were tiny once finished.

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What do to next?

It needed something more to become a quilt.  There were enough blocks to put four of the blocks together to be one larger block.  The effort was made to not have same prints or colors side by side.  There’s one it’s not right, but it’s not an issue.  Design element right?

I took these blocks to the quilt retreat, not sure the entire layout or design.  I grabbed some Kona Capri solid I had in the back room just in case I could use it.  It’s bright and could add an interesting color to this quilt.  Why not?

Check back later this week to see the rest of the process.  I’m curious to know your answer to the question below.

What have you found while cleaning out your sewing space?

My Crazy Sewing Goal for 2018

When I started planning for 2018, I knew immediately what I wanted my word to be.  Confidence, the one area I was really struggling with personally and professionally.

However, writing out my other goals for 2018 haven’t been as easy.  March seems like a good time to share what I’ve been pondering over the last few months.  What could I do this year that would really challenge me and encourage some stash management?

I had been aiming for one baby quilt per week during 2018.  Then life hit and I realized that goal wasn’t realistic.  Funny, I found this post below right about the time I was rethinking the goal.

I fell off the wagon

My new goal is 40 baby quilts in 2018.  Allows some flexibility with life, but more importantly challenges me to use what I have.  Bring on the scraps and stash to make this goal happen.

Also, if you’re drowning in scraps I will gladly take them.  Hint hint.

Gorgeous Grannies made for #5 out of 40.  I have a few more in the works.

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