Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 11}

Buzzard's-RoostSince I’m apparently having the cold that never ends, I’ve only got one block for you this week: Buzzard’s Roost. First, I was going to make this block mostly pink with the mint for the flying geese, but in my distracted cutting, I cut the squares/rectangles reversed. So, I recut the center square in mint and I think it’s a happy mistake now because I love that mint print so much.

Block 21

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

Buzzard’s Roost: I sewed slightly to the outside of the drawn line on the 2 1/2″ squares. Then, when I trimmed and pressed them they turned out more square without any excess. I will be doing this from now on.

I know this is a short post, but it’s better than nothing! Maybe I’ll even have 3 blocks next week…

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 10}

Right-and-LeftI really love this print from Bliss, so I was glad to find a little bit different quilt block that also utilized larger pieces, but in a different way than most of the blocks I’ve done before, this one is called Right and Left.

WindowsI seem to be drawn towards paisley this week, and the Windows block is no exception. Since my quilt looks mainly blue, red, and pink, but has some other colors, I am working on broadening it out. I don’t want to get to the end and find there are two green blocks!

Block 19 and 20Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Right and Left: I cut my quarter square triangle (QST) blocks  to 5 1/2″ and then sewed them. Then, I marked the center of each side of the larger square and put the QST seam there, then trimmed the whole block down.

Windows: Again, I cut the QST blocks to 5 1/2″. When you cut them this way, it actually makes two of the hourglass center blocks, so I just sewed up the extra one and will make a pincushion or something. I’m sure you could figure out how not cut without making the extra block, but EQ7 wasn’t helping me and I just wanted to get it done without making a mistake.

week-10-blocksHere are the last two weeks of blocks, you can see all the older blocks here. It is funny just to see these four on my design wall, since the others are put away for now. Maybe someday I’ll have a space large enough to put more than a few blocks on the wall! But, this works great for now. And, we’re almost 1/4 of the way done {the finished, queen sized qulit, should have 85 blocks!}. Yay, I cannot believe this is really coming together. Maybe it will be finished before we move next year!

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.

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!!

 

Quilt Goals for 2015

Ruby-and-Miss-Kate-Jelly-RollsFor the past several months I’ve been participating in a Facebook group run by Angie of Gnome Angel, Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts, and some others. It’s a group for quilting bloggers and instagram users to grow their blogs, business, and themselves, through the support and encouragement of others. Every month the admins are working on putting together a list of blog prompts, and I’m just now getting down to writing my first post! The prompt is quilting goals for 2015, what you want to make, learn, and conquer.

I thought about this for a while, and thought about setting some lofty learning goals, but then I realized, along with my “focus” theme for the year, I really just want to make quilts. I love quilts, but I find I’m generally drawn to smaller projects that have a more immediate result. But, every time I snuggle under Silas’s quilt for reading or chatting, I realize I really want to make quilts for all the beds. So, that is the goal for 2015!

Cluck Cluck Sew Shortcake CoverI’ll be making the Shortcake Quilt by Cluck, Cluck, Sew for Norah’s twin bed {the kids have bunk beds now!} using Ruby and Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille  for Moda {maybe a little Bliss too, since Norah’s baby quilts are made with Bliss and Ruby}.

Lydia-Plus-QuiltI will finish up Lydia’s Plus Quilt for her toddler bed {she’s still sleeping in the crib, so hopefully I can finish this before we turn it into a toddler bed!}.

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Week-3I’ll also at least make great progress on my Simple Scrappy Sampler for my bed.

Low-Volume-Scrappy-StarAnd, if I get really motivated and successful, maybe I’ll get to my Low Volume Scrappy Stars for the spare room…but that may be more of a pipe dream for the year!

So, there’s my quilt goal list for the year. While I may not be learning any new quilting skills, perseverance will probably be a lesson I’ll really be learning. What are your quilting goals for the year?

Wee Wander Quilt {Top}

I was working on this quilt trying to get it finished before someone turned 1 year old, but did not finish!! I had fun with this cute line of fabric. It is Wee Wander by Sarah Jane. It is a really sweet palette of colors. The bees and the jars are my favorite, my brothers’ and I would collect bees and butterflies and put them in jars when we played outside in our yard growing up. Such fond memories!!

WeeWander1

I think the little girl in the top center is such a cute little accident, well not completely. I saw that she was in there and was turned sideways so I turned her around and I am glad that I did.

WeeWander-3

I made sure to take a picture of the whole quilt top before it was completed. It is the Trip Around the World pattern by Bonnie of Quiltville. Although it is not scrappy, I do love it. I also cut my squares 4 inches rather than the usual 2.5 inches. I think because of the print size it should  show a little more than if it were a smaller print.  And it also made for a quicker project. There are 12 blocks that make up this top. I did not use some of the larger scale prints because I did not want to lose the beautiful picture. I am sure they will be made into something else, (possibly a pillowcase). But now that I am looking at it, I am thinking about trading the top right block with the bottom right block to even the colors out a little more. Hmm!!

Wee-Wander-wbacking

I love this grey dot that I am going to use for the backing. I hope to have it finished soon but with the holidays so close, I am not really going to try to finish before Christmas.

Now to get into full swing of Christmas sewing. I bought some cute new fabric and I am excited to get sewing with that. I would love to hear what you are sewing or making right now, Christmas related or not!!

Have a great week and I LOVE this time of the year!!