Scraps and Hexies

Handful of Scraps, quilts

I think I love scrap quilts best – I might get a bundle of fabric – fat quarters– but when you start to chop it all up it ends up being a scrap quilt – especially when you start to pull other fabric down from the shelves to go with it.  I love lots of different colors in my quilts especially mixed with white for an old fashioned look.

I showed some fabric that I was going to start to cut up for another baby quilt – somehow it is evolving to something larger.  There is a small quilt that I made a few years back that could be a baby quilt but I use it off and on for a table cover.  I love it and told myself for some time now that I should make a big quilt with the same pattern – I thought about making a rail fence pattern that I mentioned yesterday but then I remembered that little quilt and thought maybe it was time with this very hot summer to have another machine piecing top to take up some time.  I have plenty of hand work but nothing at the machine since I finished the baby quilt on the weekend.

This is the small quilt – I will make the bigger quilt almost the same but the size will be different – this small quilt the rectangles are 4 x 2 on the big one they will be 6 x 2 (as I had already been cutting with the rail fence in mind)  the smaller white squares will be 3 x 2 instead of  2 inch squares.  Same type of layout. (I am talking finished measurements)

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What I have cut out right now – and now that I know I will be making it larger I will start to pull more out of the fat quarter shelves and the scrap bins.  The white will be from the next sale from Craftsy – I will need to check their next sale and see what they have and stock up.  I have varied shades of white but most on the shelf do not look like enough for a large quilt as some are marked for projects in progress (Love Entwined being one in a creamy pale almost yellow type of color I keep telling myself to not touch that bolt in case I decide to finish that quilt) and others look like there are a couple yards or so on the bolts.  I could go with a variety of white/cream colors instead and I will look and see what I have before I think of ordering more.

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More pressed and ready to cut.

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Plenty stuffed in these boxes to use I won’t even have to touch the scrap bins!  These folded on the shelves in the boxes are fat quarters and smaller bits.  Much easier to go through then the scrap bins that are packed tight.  As it is some of those boxes are packed pretty tight with folded pieces – most are not a complete fat quarter but have a piece cut off of them that was used in other scrap quilts.

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More Handful of Scraps pinned to the wall.  I like to pin it back to the wall every now and then to make sure I am not duplicating neutrals too much and to make sure the layout is right – I am working on the part above the brown/blue hexie flower – up to the yellow hexie flower on the left in several big pieces not connected yet.   Working on a Hexie quilt reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle.

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I was almost ready to let the garden die out when I saw I finally had some new tomatoes growing, still a few peppers on the pepper plants too.  My onions look like they got too much water though from some of the storms and really do not look well, I’m trying to decide if I should pull them out and use as green onions now or let them go and then only to find out later that they rotted.  The sweet potatoes look pathetic compared to the plants of last year the deer really chewed up a lot of the leaves – are the potatoes growing in the soil or not – guess I will find out in the fall –  I will leave them be for now – the only things that still look good are the herbs and flowers!  Either too much rain or not enough – such has this summer been.  Cooler than usual at the beginning of summer and then extreme heat in July.

The AccuQuilt sale continues through to the end of the month.

AccuQuilt GO! Sale

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Pressing & Quilting

Wagon's West (dresden plates)

Not much going on here I was extremely busy yesterday with things around the house, exercise, grocery’s etc.  I didn’t get around to sewing.  I did press a stack of fat quarters & particle f.q.’s – I think these will be used for a rail fence – another baby or couch size to keep on hand.  Something easy to make by machine.  I think most of these are Bonnie & Camilla, Riley Blake most do not have a name on that portion of salvage that I have.  I think they will go really well together for a small quilt.  Yes I am trying to use up some of my stash.

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Wagons’ West – on to the middle block in this row.  I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts today and My Quilt Infatuation.

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Cataract surgery can not be scheduled until the middle of August – there schedule is just too busy – I will have to be patient and wait.

Christmas in July sale at AccuQuilt

AccuQuilt GO! Sale

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Not a Lot Done

Handful of Scraps, Wagon's West (dresden plates)

Yesterday was one of those busy – had to go some place – kind of days and little got done.  Another eye appointment this one to get the cataract taken care of that grew very quickly since I had the retina eye surgery in February.  Evidently that is one of those things that can happen with that kind of surgery is that if you have a cataract it can grow very quickly after surgery.  So yesterday it was sit and wait at the Cataract Eye Surgeon’s office for all the test and stuff to get prepared for it.  Only one eye needs to be taken care of so it will not be one of those things were you no longer need glasses.  I will still need them but the right eye will be improved – not perfect as they have to “balance” out I was told.  Now they need to get in touch with my insurance and then set up the appointment for me to come back.  Hopefully in a couple weeks– then I will need new glasses too unless I could magically wear my old glasses and have them right – wouldn’t that be great!  You know with the Chinese years – year of the donkey, the monkey whatever? I think I will refer to 2016 as the “Year of the Eye” have had one thing after another should never forget this huh.  Having trouble with your eyes and being a quilter sure makes you appreciate eye sight a lot more – you really wonder how you would manage if you lost your sight or most of it.

I did get a little work on hexies done before we left for the afternoon – not a lot but some –  Handful of Scraps – the area above the brown/blue hexie flower on the right is where I am working – a lot of neutrals to go.  I am linking to Quilt Story:Fabric Tuesday today and Esther’s Quilt Blog.

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the area of Wagons West that I worked on Sunday night and continued on Monday night as the dilating of the eyes was finally clearing up.    On the frame it measures 56 x 70 so I will need to be careful with this one so it doesn’t shrink up too much – this one too has wool batting in it.  I think after washing in cold water I will let it dry about 15 minutes in the dryer and then air dry it – I don’t want it to shrink too much – for some reason I was thinking it was larger – but no it will be lap size or wall hanging size!  The main reason I have used wool lately is because I got it on a good sale awhile back and so I thought I would try it.  I have a king size for the next quilt on the frame so I guess I will need to be careful with that one too but I did do over size (105″ square) on that one to allow for some shrinkage.

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I had so many comments the last couple of days – thanks for all the kudo’s on the baby quilt – I love it and love how it turned out and so glad you all think so too.  Also was asked what quilt goes on the hand quilting frame next – the Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier – a very big quilt and will be on the frame for 4 to 6 months at minimum.

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Butterfly Parade

quilts, Wagon's West (dresden plates)

I got done with the binding on Butterfly Parade and washed and dried yesterday.  I love the way it turned out.  There was a little more shrinkage then I expected – but I did use wool batting and I didn’t want to have to be careful about washing and drying as who knows who will get this quilt eventually and I want that person to feel comfortable about laundering it.  So let the shrinkage happen now!  The finish size is 41 x 45 inches (before wash/dry it was 45×51).  This little quilt only took about 3 or 4 hours to machine quilt and it took way more than that to piece – always does doesn’t it.  I think I worked on it for about a month several times a week – I didn’t keep track of time. It is nice and soft and cuddly and has a zillion little pieces of fabric in it!

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Plain cream color for the back – I think it was either a bella snow or kona cotton – they look pretty much identical.

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Wagon’s West was rolled down and work on the final row of blocks begins.  I am linking to Em’s Scrapbag: Moving it Forward today and Patchwork Times and Cooking Up Quilts, MCM#30.

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Lots of Wool

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I received a package yesterday from Pam in Illinois.  Several weeks ago I asked if anyone had some 100% wool from skirts or blazers or whatever that they didn’t want so I could start a repurposed felted wool stash for applique – we have little of that kind of thing in the “Goodwill” type stores here in the upper south – in my particular area anyhow – Pam got in touch with me and said I could have some of her stash as she had tons of it.  She has found lots of wool up there in the chilly north at the used clothing shops that she has felted.  She shares it with her mom and had plenty on the shelves.  I didn’t expect so much!!  Thank you Pam very much for getting my wool stash started – I have enough to work with for a very long time now –all kinds of colors – the bags have small pieces and some of those large pieces are quite large!!  I see wall hangings and table runners and things in my vision now!!

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See how big some of those pieces are!!  All I can say is WOW – quilters sure come through for other quilters don’t they.   Pam I don’t know how you got it all in that box – I unpacked it all to drool over it and see the wonderful colors and couldn’t get it back in the box – I need to clear a shelf or get another clear plastic box out that I can see through now to look at it.

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I decided to make a scrap binding for the Butterfly Parade and leave the quilting as I showed it yesterday.  I am using scrap pieces from the Patchwork of the Crosses quilt that I made several years ago as the fabric kind of went with this quilt.

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I am done with the hand stitching on two sides and will continue working on this binding for Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts  I am also linking to Quilting is More Fun Than Housework and Podunk Pretties and Tweety Loves Quilting.

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Mama Deer and the twins were back to eat last night – they weren’t in the garden this time – not much left in it for them to enjoy!  This area is very close to the house and I took the photos through the window.

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Quilting, Hand & Machine

Handful of Scraps, quilts, Wagon's West (dresden plates)

I think I am done with the quilting for Butterfly Parade – I could possibly put in more, I’m going to look at it for a day or two and see if I feel like it.   I do like it as it is right now though so I probably won’t and just move on the binding.

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The back – rectangles instead of squares – something different.  If I do more quilting it would be to make those rectangles in to squares but it really isn’t necessary is it.  The rectangles measure 1.25 x 2.75 so that should be enough – I am using wool batting and it said 3 inches apart is needed.  For those that use wool do you think I should put in one more line?  I have’t used it much.

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Wagon’s West was rolled down the other day and I got more done up to the sashing on the last row of blocks, I’m about half way across that  2nd to the last row right now.

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And one more hexie flower finished for Handful of Scraps.  I had been working on it here and there over the last couple days.  Somehow I counted wrong and had more hexies basted for this one then I needed – 4 more of the brownish color and 2 more of the light blue – I will incorporate them into another block later on.  I have a lot of neutral hexies prepped right now so I think next I will attach the section on the top that is pinned to the wall and then start the next big neutral area to the right where the orange diamond and the new hexie flower are.  Right now the widest parts are about 32 inches x 34 inches.

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Storms did come through Arkansas on Thursday late afternoon in my area, the wind was horrible the trees were swaying this way and that but nothing broke.  All the trees and their branches are still there.  Our area had the bad wind for about 15 to 20 minutes, very dark, but very little rain.  Power went out in numerous areas around us but not on our road.  Off to the east in the Little Rock area about an hour later (yes it moved that fast for 85 miles) a tornado was sighted, lots of power outages and tree damage but it sure missed our small area once again – knock wood!

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