Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 8}

Postage-Stamp-1Thanks to those who provided feedback on the Simple Scrappy Sampler Quilt blocks last week. I had no idea any more of you were sewing along, because it usually just feels like I’m sending these projects out into the internet void. I have always tried not to worry too much if no one commented on a post, but, in all seriousness, there is no way for me to gauge participation in something like this without feedback. When I look at the page views, all I see is that people looked at the blocks, and that is not enough for me to keep creating these tutorials. But, since a few more of you did say you’re making them, I’ll extend my tutorials out a couple more weeks as a trial. If I see more blocks {if you don’t blog or Instagram, e-mail me!} I’ll keep it going.

And, I worked with some April Showers this week, but I didn’t have big enough pieces to make any specific block pattern, so I decided to do a Postage Stamp block using a bunch of different prints.

New-Album-II-1The next block is the New Album II. I really wanted to showcase this pretty red print, and this one seemed like a great option. I love how it is a variation on the Uneven Nine Patch from two weeks ago, but looks so very different.

Block-15-and-16Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Postage Stamp: Press a lot to keep those squares perfect, a couple of mine got a little wonky…

New Album II: I cut the 2 7/8″ squares to 3 1/8″. That way I could trim the center square to exactly 4 1/2″, with all the points in the right place. I was pretty pleased that the points turned out on the first try!

Blocks

Here are this week’s and last week’s blocks together. As I mentioned last week, I’m not going to photograph all the blocks together each time, so they don’t get handled too much and fray or anything! Though, my mini design wall is full with 16 blocks, so I’m going to try to get one good photo of all 16 and then put them away and start fresh.

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal. I’m planning to give a couple more weeks worth of tutorials, if interest continues to increase!

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 7}

Homeward-BoundHonestly, I feel kind of shocked to be back with two more Simple Scrappy Sampler Quilt blocks! I decided to go with one simple and one more complex block again this week, because that seems to be the best way for me to get some variety {I often feel tempted to go with only simple! So, my first block, Homeward Bound, is just like last week’s block, except the HST are arranged differently. But, to make it look strikingly different, I used all lighter colors. I was a little worried it would be too light, but I think I love it!

SpoolsI also made this Spools block. It was a little rough to sew {I’m not great with tiny pieces}. Some of my points don’t exactly line up, I even took them out a couple times, but still had the same result, so I am just going to be okay with it. I love the way the fabrics look and the contrast of the pink and navy. This may be my current favorite for the whole quilt.

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Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Homeward Bound: I cut my squares 5″ and then drew a line down the middle and sewed on either side, then trimmed…they were perfect {not too large like last week}.

Spools: This one has a lot of little pieces. The 1 1/2″ squares are sewn on the ends of the 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles and then trimmed to make the tops and bottoms of the spools. Just take your time on this one, but other than that, there isn’t much trickiness to it.

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Here are this week’s and last week’s blocks together. As I mentioned last week, I’m not going to photograph all the blocks together each time, so they don’t get handled too much and fray or anything!

I hope you are enjoying these blocks. Since I haven’t been receiving much feedback, I’m considering just making blocks and posting my photos. Making the PDFs and the block cutting directions is very time consuming, so, if no one is making them {which is fine}, I think I’ll just skip the directions. I’ll do one more week for sure, so anyone making them will have 16 blocks, but then it will just be photos going forward. So, please let me know your thoughts!

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal. I’m already looking forward to next week’s blocks!

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 6}

Scrappy-Sampler-Block-11Now that {almost} all the patterns are written, all my children have had birthdays, and the holidays have flown by, I feel like it’s about time I settle in and finish some things. One major to-do is keep working away on my Simple Scrappy Sampler Quilt, so this weekend, I made a couple more simple blocks. If you’re new here, last summer I started a series of simple 8″ quilt blocks to make a sampler for my bed. While I’m not very good about posting weekly {my last blocks were in October}, I’m determined to finish this one eventually {this year?!}!

The first block this week is Broken Dishes, which only took a few half square triangles to sew up. I used a favorite floral from Marmalade and the red swirl from Vintage Modern, both lines by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.

Scrappy-Sampler-Block-12Since I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things, I went for another simple block with the Uneven Nine Patch. Since I added the navy block last time I sewed, I thought I’d better add some more navy right away, so I used this floral from Picnic and Fairgrounds by Denyse Schmidt for Fabric Traditions (sold at JoAnn Fabrics in the US).

Block 11 and 12Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Broken Dishes: I cut my squares 5 1/4″ and then drew a line down the middle and sewed on either side, then trimmed…they were too large and I trimmed a lot off! Next time I think I’d just cut them at a hair over 5″!

Uneven Nine Patch: This one is pretty self-explanatory. Just sew the rows and press toward the dark! Everything lined up so easy!

Scrappy-Sampler-12And then there were twelve! I know this shot isn’t great, but I don’t want to handle the blocks too many times, I am worried they’ll get all frayed…especially since this is going to take me a while to finish. But, I’m definitely glad I added the navy!

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal. I’m already looking forward to next week’s blocks!

Log Cabin Quilt Blocks

These are my log cabin quilt blocks that I received from the ladies in the Sew Sweet Bee and I am ready to finish and sew them into a quilt. That will make one less w.i.p. and another great quilt to have in my home.Sewsweetbee-1The photos are not that wonderful but the blocks really are special. I love that each and every block has fabric that is not in my collection, but came from someone who made them for me. I have decided that I think this quilt needs to be larger so I will be adding several more blocks to make it the size that I would like it to be. I have started 7 but now that I have thought about it more, I have decided to go even larger. I will show updated pictures as soon as I have made  more blocks.

Sewsweebee-2I am playing with the layout to decide which one I like better. It is a little hard to tell but I have laid them out in two different patterns.

Sewsweetbee-3I really do think this is the pattern that I like the best, the top photo is the same layout and you can see it a little better in it. I just need to do some rearranging after I make the additional blocks, that is the fun part.

Aqua-stashI always enjoy searching through my fabric stash to see what I have that I can use. No trip to the quilt shop this time!!

What are you sewing on these Winter days? It sure does seem to be perfect weather for sewing! Although, I will say I am so looking forward to Spring!!

 

Last Bee Blocks {Union Jack}

Good Morning! It’s Friday and the start of a nice long weekend. I did not accomplish very much sewing this week, not really feeling very well. But, I am so glad to be back to normal now.

A couple of things that I made are these two “Union Jack” blocks. They are for the lovely Rhonda of quilter in the gap for the Modern Stitching Bee. By the way they are very late!

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This is the first one and was very much a trial for me. I really dreaded making it. But once I decided I had to make it or tell Rhonda I had chickened out and couldn’t, I decided to really just give it the best shot I could. I also got a lot of encouragement from my daughter, Jennie, Rhonda and lot of lovelies on instagram. And just like many others said, it really wasn’t that hard. Hehe, so easy to say now that they are finished.

After I made this one I did think it could have used a different color in it and maybe it would have been a little more interesting. But saying that, I really do love these two blue fabrics. Rhonda also gave me her approval, so that is really all that matters, since it is for her.

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Next was to make a second one. I really like Pam Kitty Morning fabrics and thought this would be a good combo. I am super pleased with it. Kind of like Valentine colors, I do love them. It did get easier after the first one, it’s because I used a great tutorial that Molli Sparkles has on his blog. It is really a super tutorial and that is why I added the link. I am sure I could not have done it without it. If you have ever considered making one just use his tutorial, it’s the best. I am now dreaming of a quilt with these blocks, it would be so lovely!!

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Here are the two blocks side by side, totally different but the same.

The Modern Stitching Bee is no longer running. I only belonged to it for one year and really enjoyed it. A little sad it is over though.

I hope you have a great Friday and a super weekend.