Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler - Week # 13

The Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along, hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell is now at week thirteen!  (for the free download to make this or the previous blocks, visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog).
Sewcial Bee Sampler Block 13 - Flying Geese
This block was the opportunity I was waiting for to dive into a favourite combination of mine - red/aqua/pink! Add in the array of low volume fabrics (24 for this block!) and my scrap loving heart just beats faster.😉

I'm continuing to make a collage each week to see how my blocks look together and to help me keep a good mix of colours in my quilt.  I'm aiming for a rainbow of colour, mixed with as many low volume fabrics for the backgrounds as possible.  It's exciting to see the spectrum of my scrap stash and I look forward to each new block and the chance to be creative in my fabric combinations.

Pop over to Maureen's blog and Sharon's blog  for all the details in joining this fun,  sew-at-your-own-pace, virtual sew along! If you're on Instagram, you can find all the inspiring blocks that are being made shared under the tag #sewcialbeesampler - although I will warn you, it will be even harder to resist joining in, once you see so many beautiful versions. ;o)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sneak Peek...

What a fun way to start the week! Today is the start of a two week blog tour for the book, No Scrap Left Behind, written by my inspiring, sweet friend Amanda Jean Nyberg ( Crazy Mom Quilts). 

You don't want to miss out on the fun projects being shared each day or your chance to win a free copy of  No Scrap Left Behind - there will be a book giveaway at each stop on the tour!

I'm looking forward to sharing my version of one of the quilts in the book, one week from today. Until then, let's check out all the scrappy inspiration from Amanda Jean and the lovely bloggers that have made projects from her new book!

Monday, April 24th Mary Kolb
Tuesday, April 25, Lee Monroe
Wednesday, April 26, Sandi Hazlewood
Thursday, April 27, Bernie Kringel
Friday, April 28, Erin Cox
Monday, May 1, Katherine Greaves
Tuesday, May 2, Tracy Mooney
Wednesday, May 3, Cheryl Arkison
Thursday, May 4, Debbie Jeske
Friday, May 5, Amy Smart

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Even the littlest bits

Remember that tiny block I made using scraps?

I've turned that sweet bit of patchwork into a wee pincushion, complete with a touch of ric rac.

I love how even the tiniest bits of fabric can make something sweet and useful.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler - Week #12

Right Angle is the block for this week of the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along, hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell.   Week 12 means we are halfway through the blocks for our quilt in this sew along! (for the free download to make this block, visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog). My version is tweaked a little - I substituted some flying geese for a few of the half square triangle units in the block design. This meant that I didn't have as many seams and it kept the larger orange print fabric in one piece.
Block 12 of 25 is Right Angle

This sew along has been a wonderful opportunity to dive into my scrap stash to make each block one-of-a-kind.  I'm happy mixing colours and prints to my hearts content! Although it's not just the colours that delight me - the chance to incorporate so many low volume fabrics also excites my creative juices.  I started collecting low volume fabrics a few years back, being inspired by the low volume creations of Jolene at Blue Elephant Stitches, Svetlana at SOTAK Handmade and Stina at Kviltstina. It has taken some time to curate a healthy stash of low volume fabrics, and it helped to participate in an online swap of low volume fabrics (cut into 10" squares, some of which I have never used until this sew along). I am always on the lookout for "just right" low volume fabrics because I know that they can make a huge difference in a scrappy patchwork project. This block is a good example of the impact a variety of low volume prints can make (wish I'd bought yards and yards of that strawberry print by Heather Ross and that I had more than a 10" square of the hipster eyeglass print ;o).

Blocks 1 - 12 for the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along!

That's one more colourful block added to the rainbow mix!  I'm already looking forward to the next one. ;o)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler - Week # 11

Can you believe it? This is week eleven in the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along, hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell!  Four Square  is the block for this week (for the free download to make this block, visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog).
Four Square - block 11 in the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along
I love that the design of this block allowed me to use up some scrappy strips in my stash, along with some small squares.  I would like to say that I'm making a huge dent in my scrap stash, but we all know that isn't the case. ;o)  However, I am having the best time finding just the "right" (or right now?) treasured bits to combine for each block.  The hardest part is making only one version... there is a part of me that wants to try so many more versions and colour combinations for the blocks each week.  That's why I love being a part of the sew along - I get to experience (second hand) all kinds of fun alternate versions of the blocks, without making any more than my usual one block/week. ;o)

Here's my up to date collage of blocks 1-11, in all their colourful, scrap happy goodness.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler - Week #10

 This is week ten in the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along, hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell!  Butterfly Crossing is the block for this week (for the free download to make this block, visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog).

This block is one that takes a bit more work to make, but I found it to be a wonderful design for using lots of scraps. I used 34 different, low volume scraps for the block itself, PLUS another four low volume fabrics for the borders and there are 18 different blue scraps for the butterflies! It makes me all kinds of happy seeing so many favourite pieces tossed together like this!

 I'll be adding Butterfly Crossing, to this colourful mix of blocks made for weeks 1-9.   There are fifteen more blocks to make in this sampler before we finish and I am getting so excited to see the blocks together!

Blocks 1-9 in the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along

Thinking about joining the sew along?  It's not too late!  The blocks are great skill builders and Maureen and Sharon are doing a wonderful job of inspiring and cheering us all on.  You will find lots of  helpful tips, too!  Instructions for each block are well written, so it's beginner friendly and for those of us with a bit of experience, we are certainly free to play a bit with things (as I have been doing by making extra pieces several of my in my scrappy versions ;o). Sew along at your own pace, so even if the timing isn't the best for joining in and stitching a block a week; know that you can always download the PDF for each block so you have the information when you are ready to start sewing.

 Pop over to Maureen's blog and Sharon's blog  for all the details!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tiny Patchwork

I tend to hang on to even the tiniest bits of fabric, not always knowing what I will end up making from those scraps, but trusting I will come up with an idea at some point. 

Today, as I was sewing up a version of my Terrific Tulip block for a project, I needed some leader/enders. I keep a little dish of triangles trimmed from HST units on my cutting table and decided to stitch them together as my leader/enders.  Pretty soon, I had a little collection sewn up and couldn't resist turning them into a tiny patchwork block by combining them with some handpicked 1.5" squares in my stash.

The results?  Too cute for words!  The next step will be deciding whether to turn this block into a pincushion or maybe a zipper pouch. ;o)
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