Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bit by Bit

Still plugging along on the hummingbird blocks.  24 now complete, 172 more to go.  Yes you read the right.  The plan is for a 70 x70 quilt.  That means 14 blocks x 14 blocks.  It's a little more time consuming when using odd size scraps.  So I'm reconsidering using my white yardage instead of scrap white.
 In the spirit of no scrap left behind I've been tossing the bits into this tin.
 Now I just need a plan.  Well looky here what I found.  Little Bits patterns by Cindi Edgerton.  A couple of years ago one of the local quilt shops was going out of business.  When that happens you buy things you wouldn't normally buy at great prices.  I really wanted to make one of the two at the very top.  But my pieces were too small.  So I settled for the one circled.  Appropriately named Itty Bitty Square on Square.
 These little patterns come with great instructions that tell you what size to cut your fabric.  So I just tossed this aside since I'm working with odd shaped scraps.  
 The finished test block is 2.5 unfinished.  Holy Moly!  That was fun!  So much fun that I don't think I need to make anymore of these for awhile, it may be sensory overload(wink).
 If that wasn't enough to make you think I'm crazy, take a look at my leaders and enders project.  I've no idea what to do with them but it lets me say "I have a leaders and enders project".  You know every good quilter has one so they don't waste thread.  Guess that makes me a SUPER DUPER green quilter with no wasted fabric either.  So tell me how small is to small when it comes to scrap fabric?    

~ Lea Anne ~

Today's freebie 
http://thecraftyquilter.com/2014/04/patchwork-peter-rabbit-tutorial/

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Little Shady

Finding just the right scrap white for my Hummingbird blocks has become a test of will.  They are such small pieces of white that cutting into the white yardage just doesn't seem right.  So let the digging begin.
UGGG!  It's a shameful site.  These are my two boxes of rarely used scraps. Literally exploding out of the box.  The only way to get them to close is to sit on the lids.  Not going to win any quilty organization awards anytime soon.  On the positive side of things I did find some bright scraps that could be put in my other scrap stash that I use more often.  And I might just have enough white-white for this current project.  White-White?  I've found that snow white is more like coffee creamer, white has a touch of gray, like a piece of paper.  And then there's the white that looks like it's been dipped in dingy dishwater.  All are very pretty when by themselves but when you put them side by side the color difference is very noticeable.  If needed I'll use the dingier whites to avoid making more white scraps.
 So here's my pile of white-white and a binding that I've lost twice.  Hopefully the binding will work for this quilt. 
Speaking of white it's snowing here right now!  What!  The weatherman said this is the fist April in 13 yrs that it has snowed and stuck to the ground.  
Today is also Linky Tueday over at Freemotionbytheriver.  Head on over and link up or just enjoy!

~ Lea Anne ~

Today's freebie is an Appliqued Raindrop pillow tutorial by Ashley at Make it and Love it Blog.
http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2014/04/raindrop-pillow-tutorial-a-great-project-for-spring.html#respond


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Taking it easy

Well we had a beautiful weekend here in Podunk.  Tons of sunshine!  So most of my time was spent playing around in the yard, moving some flowers and weeding.  Being the graceful lady that I am, I also managed to find a hole to put my foot in, twisting my knee.  Nothing serious, it's just a little hitch in the giddy up.  You know how it is with these older model of knees, sometimes they just need a couple of days to recoop.  So today I'm taking it easy and playing around with these Hummingbird blocks.  Using this tutorial for paperless paper piecing.  
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! 

~ Lea Anne ~

today's freebie
http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.ca/2014/04/guest-post-at-sew-can-she.html



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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Did you hear me?

Yesterday afternoon I was totally sidetracked when this came in the mail. SQEEEEEEL!  Bev you're the best, Thank you so much!  The rest of the day I played with ideas for this panel.  I know that it's supposed to be a quick fun banner project, but I like to explore my options before doing the norm.  The last time I was in one of our local quilt shops they still had a few bolts of this Delighted fabric line. Maybe a shopping trip is order.  Until then I need to decide which new pattern to make first.  

~ Lea Anne ~

Today's freebie is a nice tutorial for a pretty spring tulip quilt
http://runnstitch.blogspot.com/2014/03/spring-tulip-quilt-tutorial.html

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Knick knack patty whack.....

This has been put off for far too long.  I've had this fabric for years and have been waiting for just the right idea.  Don't you find it easier to work on projects when you love the fabric?  You can see more of this one here.
My eyes needed a break from the intense tiny stitches.  Well it's beautiful day to be outside, so I took a little stroll with my camera.  I didn't get to far....This is my baby...Lobo.  It's been so nice having him here since gramps passed.  Pretty sure gramps thinks we spoil him, but I've no kids at home and no grandkids close, so Lobo gets all my old lady lovins!  He knows if he looks at me like this I'll cave...
Never have I seen a dog that loves dog treats as much as Lobo.  Homemade dog biscuts at that! That's real chicken, ham, and beef stock mix with scraps of meat, put it all in blender, add some flour and eggs...and you got dog bone heaven! Spoiled rotten!  I've even considered getting one of those dog bone cookie cutters.  You can't help but want to spoil him.  Gramps did the best he could taking care of him, but he was old and would forget to feed him for days.  I think the only thing that kept the dog from death is being and outside dog and being able to hunt.  He's been a blessing and make us both smile and laugh everyday.  

~ Lea Anne ~

Fabric basket from 2.5 strips/jelly roll tutorial
http://terryatkinson.typepad.com/atkinsondesigns/2014/02/woven-fabric-basket.html



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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jelly Bean Twist

Sometimes the best quilt ideas come from playing around.  Meet Jelly Bean Twist! Don't look to close or you'll find my 4 patch error. 
Coming up with quilt names can be a chore sometimes.  Before officially naming a quilt I'll google the name to see if any other quilter has used the name.  It took 3 tries to not step on anyones toes.  Why Jelly Bean Twist?  Simple... the blocks sorta looked like they were spinning, twisting, or twirling.   The colorful applique looks like beads, petals, or jelly beans.  As soon as the thought Jelly Bean Twist popped in my brain I started singing the song Peppermint Twist, replacing Peppermint Twist with Jelly Bean Twist.  Such a happy song!  I'm sure some of my blogland friends remember this!  If not here's it is.  I dare you not to dance!  
Free motion work around the Jelly Beans,  And that wiggle stitch is one of those fancy stitches on my domestic sewing machine.   You can tell I'm out of practice with DSM quilting.  The wiggle varies due to drag on the quilt.  
 I often get comments on my quilts telling me not to worry about mistakes.  Believe me I don't!  However I do like to point them out.  Why?  Because I also get comments from quilters wishing they could quilt like me.  Believe me I'm no Pro.   As bloggers we can hide these mistakes.  But I think it's helpful to others to see that all is not perfect.  Sure some quilts get more attention to detail. And some are just for fun and those little UH-OH's can be left as character.  
 Last week I talked about my favorite 100wt thread.  Here it is again.  It really is great.  It blends in with just about any color.  Look at the bottom of the red gingham, there's a few tiny stitches on the red that just melt right into the fabric.
That 100 wt thread blends in around the oval shapes.  Each petal shape has two quilting lines.  One is a very visible echo and the other is right next to the petal.
Love this threads blending powers!
  After spraying with water I still have blue lines....hopefully soaking will take them out.  They are under the fusible webbing, lets hope it's not one of those hard lessons learned.  
The backing is another oldy from the stash.  VIP fabric bought from an estate sale.

~ Lea Anne ~

http://www.junetailor.com/Creativity%20Center/CreativityCenter_ProjectSheets_BunnyQuilt.htm


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Planning and designing

Edited post to add to linky part over at Patchouli Moon Studio.  This is a  new linky party called Weekend link Party.  You can link up anything you've created, old or new or a work in progress.
At the end of everyday I make an unofficial list in my mind of the next days plan.  Small bits of housekeeping, yard work and the obvious large portion of the day dedicated to quilting.  Boring you with the details of non quilty chores seems pointless since they weren't accomplished.  I'm sure this has never happened to you.  The quilting plan was to organize this box of bags into plastic storage containers and then do some longarm work.
 Among the many bags were 2 bags of test blocks, wing clippings, you know things you can't bare to throw out, with the intentions of someday using.  This is where things get a little fuzzy, I'm not exactly how it came to be but before I knew it I was playing that old familiar tune "Lets get Scrap Happy"
Eenie, Meanie, Minie, Moe...grab some scraps then go sew!
 AWE...cute but it still is lacking....

 Humm.... the scraps produced from squaring up still have some life left in them.   Since they are already out of the box I might as well use them.
There wasn't enough from the new scrap pieces to make all the petal shapes.  A quick dig into the box and a few hours later we have this.  
 So much more fun than laundry.  So I guess the best way to design a quilt is to have a long list of boring chores, inspiration will creep in and before you know it you've got yourself a quilt.
 Whats left of the selected scraps are now in the "Burn Pile".   No I don't plan on burning them.  Its the Eleanor Burns pile.  You see when I first started quilting I  watched Eleanor toss those scraps over her shoulder and I'd laugh.  I picked up this nasty habit of tossing the unsewable bits to the floor.  It still makes me giggle as I toss them over my shoulder and say "just get rid of it"  The ones in the green circle are still sewable how did they get on the floor?  
 Well it's another day with another plan and these little left overs aren't in it.  But that doesn't mean anything around here!  I'm headed over to Linky Tuesday at FreeMotionbytheRiver, there's always lots of pretty distractions, come on over and join in!

~ Lea Anne ~

free pattern of the day
http://www.red-brolly.com/girls-own-stitching-club-free-easter-sampler-pattern-pattern/

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