Scrap Organizing

Since I showed the Floral Fantasy the other day being glue basted in place I have had time to applique one part of a flower in place – it is a start! Next is the yellow part and the gray – on to the stem and the leaves and one out of eight will be done – this is going to take awhile!

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A book arrived yesterday – I actually do not care for most of the photos of quilts in this book Sad smile I don’t like the colors selected to make the quilts so I am glad they also show a computer photo of each quilt in solids so you can get a better idea of how you would want to make it.   The quilt on the cover is the main one that I do like!  I am linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today.

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A small batting arrived today for the Red and Black checkerboard table topper – I usually do not use this brand but it was on sale so I got it – right now I think I will machine quilt it – I hope to get the backing together this weekend – I need to piece it as I didn’t have one piece large enough.  Anyone use this batting for hand quilting? How do you like it?

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I have been trying to keep up with my scraps as I said I planned to – these were all left over from the applique border on Floral Fantasy – now I just need to put them in the boxes.

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More photos from the Gardens on Wednesday:

a Japanese Maple all leafed out – they have a lot of these here – I always say I’m going to get one and never have.

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Another little brook of water.

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I am not sure what this plant is – a very large bush or a small tree – covered with these balls of green – something like a “snowball” tree but green?

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Bamboo growing next to a pine tree – bamboo does grow here in Arkansas and you see it often.

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This one is a “peony” tulip – I didn’t know there was a variety that looked so much like the regular peonies – they are about half the size though.

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Thankfully there are plenty of benches along the way to sit and rest if you wish to and bathrooms on each end of the park.  A Café towards the front of the park with various sandwiches and ice cream.

I have enough photos of the park for a couple more days so will spread it out a little – off to quilt group this morning – I skipped last week for some reason although it escapes me know why I didn’t go – possibly I just didn’t feel like it.  We got up to 84 degrees yesterday and near the same today I think.  I doing some outside stuff today – spray washing the porch is my number one job today for the afternoon – one side is getting a little bit of green mossy like stuff growing on it from the winter and around the flower bed too – so the spray washer will be put into action – I do hope to quilt some too though so hope I have new progress on Patchwork of the Crosses to show – I skipped two days – I better crack the whip and get myself busy!

If any of you are having neck/shoulder pains and stiffness from quilting – you know how we all seem to hunch over our sewing – we create a lot of tension in our necks and shoulders from poor posture – well anyhow I mentioned last week that I was getting a upper body massage and it worked wonders – the next day I hurt a lot but that is because of all work she did on me – within two days I was feeling a lot better – I had another one yesterday and plan on another in two weeks.  It is amazing to me how much a neck/shoulder massage helped my upper body muscles.  If you have a lot of pain in those areas you might want to think about getting one.  I get a 30 minute $30.00 massage.  I think I might continue this for a couple months, once every two weeks and see how it works – if it gets rid of my pain it will be well worth it. (this is Arkansas prices – your area might be higher/lower).  The lady that I go to says that a lot of people will have a monthly or twice monthly massage on their upper body and that it really seems to help relax those muscles.  This person is licensed massage therapist and does not work at a beauty shop as some do – she has her own business.  I have heard that some really don’t know what they are doing – she does.

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http://cdn.craftsy.com/course/1161/41_beginning-machine-applique-1390528122957.pngA class on sale at Craftsy right now that might be fun for some of you that want to do applique but are afraid to start!  Fun with Fusible Applique with Debby Luttrell is $19.99 at Craftsy right now.

http://djiqd110ru30i.cloudfront.net/ecomm/product/3194/8241_riley-blake-chevron-squares-quilt-kit-1384217066138.jpgAlso Chevron Squares Quilt Kit is on sale for $79.99 – fabric included to make a quilt that is 66 x 66 inches.  This is made with Riley Blake fabric.

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Patches and Baking

by Karen on February 13, 2014

in Baking/cooking, quilts, Scrap Organizing

First the quilting – last night I took a break from the hexies and the applique – yes I have been working on the applique as well Smile just can’t tell because it all looks the same – I’m working the 3rd corner of the Floral Fantasy quilt sometimes and other times the hexies while the Olympics are on.  But – last night I changed it up a little bit and decided to quilt a little bit instead and put the little tv on above Mike’s area in the sewing room – it is to my right side when I am at the frame so I must listen while quilting and then turn when needed – I didn’t get done with a lot LOL.

Yesterday morning and almost every morning I try to make one Granny Block and work on the leaders and enders baby quilt (no name at the moment).  Here you see the Granny Block I made and 3 of the patches needed for the baby quilt Smile

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I don’t know if I ever showed the box that holds tons of white scrap fabric that resides up on the top shelf with the other scrap boxes – it is crammed!  I started to go through it and I will have plenty of white pieces to work into the baby quilt for all the 3 inch squares that I need – 72 of them at least if I counted right.  I had the iron out and spray starch and pressed and cut until I had them all done.  Then sadly to say all the scraps – the majority were put back into the box for another day!

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The wall is filling up!

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When I work on more than one project at a time like I was doing yesterday I pull my table out and extend the leaf that is on the back of the cutting table – this is actually a made for the kitchen island.  This is how much more room it gives me.

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The baking!  I posted a recipe on here four years ago – can’t believe it was that long ago! Oatmeal BreadI basically did the recipe the same way – except I doubled the granola to get rid of some that had been sitting around for awhile – I’m going through a tired of granola phase and seeing as I doubled that I cut the amount of oats.  I think I had something like 1.5 cups of granola and a half cup of oats.  As dough was raising I had a craving for cinnamon rolls – well this bread recipe isn’t what you would normally use for it – but what the heck – way not have a darker color bread for it.  I will say they are not as sweet as most – but they are good.

I cut the dough in half after the first raising and put one half in a loaf pan and rolled out the other half in a rectangle.   I spread it with butter, then sprinkled brown sugar on it, golden raisins and cinnamon.  Let rise again for the same amount of time as the bread – bake at the same time but leave the bread in the full length of time.  I didn’t measure for the rolls – just guessed at what I wanted by the way it looked.  They baked up in 25 minutes.  Recipe at the link in the previous paragraph.  You could do like sticky buns and melt butter in the pan put a good layer of brown sugar in it and place the buns in that and they would be much sweeter.

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The bread loaf

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The baked cinnamon rolls with some icing on them.

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As I try to make at least one Granny Square every day I continue to work on the little 4 patch blocks and I might have enough to start putting a baby quilt together.  I have not made a baby quilt in awhile and really need to get a stack put aside.  Using the pattern I showed you yesterday will be the one I make first.  I was going to lay them all out to see what I have and ran out of space on the cutting table – this is 36 x 24 inches Smile there is a little stack in the middle of the patches that I couldn’t fit – I do indeed  have enough to start baby quilt #1 and the way it looks by mixing up with background fabric I have enough for more than 1 right now.

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I did finish attaching this row of Diamonds are Forever on Monday night and it is ready to press before I start the next row.

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One more Granny Square finished – that gives me 8 more if I do 6 x 6 – I’m still thinking on it – the whole point is to use up scraps so I might go for queen size still.

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This much snow out here still to melt –I didn’t realize it until I posted this photo that I caught a bird in flight across the snow.  This snow will melt quickly as today is the last cold day predicated  in the weeks forecast – 60 maybe by the weekend!  I glanced out the window as I drove by the front area of the yard today as I was going to the fitness center and I actually saw more daffodils popping out of the ground – I will take a new photo of them as it warms up some more.

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I have not been putting in much time at the quilting frame since I took the Uncommon, Common Bride off of it – my fingertips were sore – the Olympics are giving me the break I needed I think.  I’m sure I will sit now and then though this week to work on it – but no new photos of Patchwork of the Crosses right now.

Run on over to Lee at Freshly Pieced and see all the works in progress going on

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I thought I would give an example of my scrap cutting for those that asked how I decide. Yesterday morning I put in my hour or so working on them and I am down to only the black fabric that was left in that stack! I am so glad to see an end in sight for those pieces (I won’t forget the scrap basket but not doing it now)  I have no patterns in mind when I cut my scraps.  I find that I develop the pattern in my head after I get started or after I see a pattern on line that I know will go with the sizes I cut.

Here is a fairly good size piece that I have but less than a fat quarter

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I squared up the ends and decided to cut three 2.5 inch strips out of it.  Now you see the piece left over – kind of odd ball size – but still has a lot of pieces in it.

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From that I got about 7 – 2 inch squares and I think that is 5 – 1.5 inch squares – very little was tossed.

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I have gotten so many scraps cut that I had to start another box of 5 inch charm pieces!!  They are a very good size to keep on hand – you can use them for patchwork or applique.  They make excellent baby quilts when mixed with white squares.

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I got started putting the 6 diagonal row together for Diamonds are Forever – it has been neglected lately as I work on the last area of quilting Uncommon, Common Bride which I will show tomorrow after I take it off the frame Smile yes it is finished!! Now to put Patchwork of the Crosses on the frame!  I am excited to work on that today although I’m sure I will be quilting it much slower than this one went.  It is a big quilt with tons of pieces I am really not sure how I am quilting it and will decide soon.

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The 2nd corner of the Floral Fantasy has been finished and this I the 3rd side – they all look the same so didn’t bother to take a photo of it – I will be putting in more hand work while the Olympics are on as I do watch a lot of the events for the winter games.

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I did get another Granny Block cut out but not sewed – I don’t even remember now why I didn’t get around to it – maybe because I actually got in some exercise yesterday?  Some of the orangey color fabric from the first photo got put in this block.

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Moda new free patterns available for quilts now!  I don’t know how many of you get newsletters and notices from Moda but I am on a mailing list of theirs and got the note yesterday that new free patterns are available at the link above.

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Patches and Patches

by Karen on February 4, 2014

in Common Bride, quilts, Scrap Organizing

I am going crazy with scraps of fabric.  I was down to about 1 yard of the Kona Cotton Snow that I am using for the Granny Squares so I set out to cut it all down so I would know how many squares I can make or if I will have to buy more.  I have enough white to make 39 squares – so I think I will make 36 squares and put sashing in between the blocks and then do a border of some more scraps in what design I do not know at this point.  It might not be queen size but it will be close to that in the end.    I rearranged the blocks on the wall once again so it would be 6 x 6 rows so I will know what I have.  This is still not the final arrangement – I will wait to change blocks around until they are all made – only one block made yesterday the last one in the 4th row.

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I have been spending  an hour or so a day trying to cut scraps – the last wire basket that I was working on plus what was not folded in among the fat quarters is laying on part of the quilting frame – I keep trying to work on them – so this scrap box of 2 1/2 inch strips is growing instead of decreasing – I keep adding more to it!!  Eventually I will go back through them and put them neatly in the box so they won’t be a wrinkled mess.  I have another box to fill if needed.

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All of these to cut still and then the big wicker basket.

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For my leaders and enders I already have 50 – 3 inch blocks put together – squared up and pressed.  This might not be the way some do this project, but I find after I sew so many 2 patches together I like to match them up with another two patch and they get tossed on the table to press and square as I make the Granny Blocks – two quilts done at the same time.  I do not know what pattern I will put these little blocks in.

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Uncommon, Common Bride is coming along – about half the last border is now finished and I sprayed the lines out so you could see it better.

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This much left to do.  It will be done this week!!

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We started out the day yesterday with having to call the repairman to fix our heater!  At least every other year we need this old unit fixed Smile at least he was able to come out quickly and it was a fairly inexpensive fix as those things go.  Glad we have a fireplace for back up – it was cold outside but nice and sunny.

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Just One of Those Days

by Karen on January 30, 2014

in Common Bride, quilts, Scrap Organizing

Nothing seemed to want to go right for sewing yesterday.  I was working on a Granny Block and it seemed to be going well until I started to put the rows together – something was off – it was either throw the block away or take the whole thing apart and re-measure the blocks!  Obviously my ruler slipped a little somewhere and kept on slipping LOL because it was more than one block that was off.

At first I was going to throw it away – do you do that? Or do you take it apart – I was in the process of crumpling it up in my hand getting ready to toss  – when I straightened it out and got the seam ripper Smile I just couldn’t toss it.

Unpicked, pressed, rows in one direction sewn – all looks like it will go back together right so this is where I pick back up on it today.  I just really liked the colors and couldn’t toss it!  (and yes I was off on more than one block – my hand was just not holding that ruler steady.)

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Yesterday morning went well though and I finally got all the fabric that was over the chair cut and put away in it’s boxes.  This is the 2 inch box – it is getting pretty full.  I haven’t any idea how many can fit in this box – I have not counted – nor well I!

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So is the 5 inch box! lets just say this box is going to either make several really big quilts or a whole lot of small ones!  This is what you can get if you save and cut your scraps.

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Now if you can’t quite see how many that is – here is a comparison – this package of charm squares on the right has 100 pieces in it – Fossil Ferns by Benartex – I got it on sale at Craftsy over the Black Friday sale in November – I have two big stacks  like the one here on the left side of the charm pieces that I cut – so maybe I have 500 charm’s (5 inch pieces) – more 400 of they are compressed together like the wrapped package?

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Working on this side of the Uncommon, Common Bride last night and ready to roll down today.

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I put some water on this area so you could see the quilting that I am doing better – the blue lines always takes away from the quilting doesn’t it.  The thread is a pink to brown variegated #944 King Tut.  I love King Tut variegated.  I rarely ever use plain color thread anymore for my quilting.

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