Scrap Happy April Envelop Blocks

This April, the quilt guild I belong to is celebrating its 7th anniversary. I don’t always take part in the monthly block lottery (this month is a 6.5″ envelop block). But being that it will be a festive meeting and that I have many, many, many fabric scraps 😀 I decided to participate. I made two to double my gambling chances!

Alison Glass, Kaffe Fasset, Kona, Riley Blake . . . I save the tiniest scraps. Perfect sized scraps for this block’s measurements and a Scrap Happy project. Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun.  Maybe I will win the lottery and get to sew a really nice quilt made from guild member blocks.

Wish me luck! – – Joanne

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Burnout Meet Sásta

A recent tidying up of my sew/craft room found containers, baggies, boxes… of quilt UFO projects. This begs a question: Why do I lose enthusiasm towards some projects?

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My latest completed UFO project, one I once looked forward to, had become a chore. It wasn’t turning out how I envisioned. I was simply tired of it.  I found excuses to work on other projects. I even started to work on a new quilt made from the scraps of this quilt (Huh?).

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Scrap Happy Scrap Purging

This blew my mind: According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in 2015, 10.5 million tons of textile waste (mostly discarded clothes) ended up in U.S. landfills. While I know it is a drop in the bucket; in a teensy way I am doing my part for recycling and reusing textiles. 

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Favorite 2018 Projects

Over margaritas, quilty friends and I were discussing favorite projects from this past year. I have a few, two of my favorite were an auction package for my school and the Go Teal it on the Mountain. Yesterday, I created a pillow casing from an old feed sack (zipper and all!) and placed a fat feather pillow inside.

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Perfect for snuggling up for holiday break TV binge-watching. 🙂 Anyhoo, here are a few of my favorite projects from 2018:

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I have two unfinished quilts that I hope to work on next week – didn’t quite get them done in time for 2018. Ah, well. So? I hope to hear about some of your own favorites that you’ve worked on in 2018.

Regardless, Happy 2019! May this year bring you and your’s health and happiness.

Have a good 2019! – – Joanne

Scrap Happy Roundabout 2

Between bringing my mother to her weekly outpatient visits, school holiday events and home life shenanigans not much sewing happening this month. However, I did get to play a little with my Scrap Happy project from last month (creating a new quilt block using strip scraps and the block trimmings). Scrap Happy is a fun reuse-recycle-reduce activity (hosted by Kate and Gun ) to help one use up scraps of anything from past projects.

DECEMBER SCRAP HAPPY PROJECT

I’ve cut last month’s project block into quarters. The quarters were then flipped (solid center pointing out) and sewn back together. Lining up the seams was not a priority. 😀

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Turn these scraps into 1 block

 

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I rather like this look…might even vary it a little. I’ve only had the chance to make a few.

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Hopefully, during the school holiday break I’ll be able to work on this project. 

Have a good week! — Joanne

Be sure to visit these other posts to see what others have made for their Scrap Happy projects: KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohannaJon, HayleyDawnGwen and Connie

 

 

Teal Holly Leaves Runner

The quilt guild annual retreat was coming up and I needed a quick  – and easy – Christmas gift idea for my guild advent gift. I found a free table runner pattern online at Carol’s Quilts. Not only do I like the “nontraditional” look; I was able to incorporate teal scraps from an ovarian cancer quilt fundraiser (Go Teal it on the Mountain) block sponsored by Kate from Tall Tales From Chiconia‘s. 

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I used the teal scraps for the holly leaves, low volume squares for the background and added red jumbo rickrack and berry fabric. I adhered and quickly sewed around each raw edge applique several times using black thread and free-quilted down each side edge in cream thread. Honestly, I’m not sure if I like the back or front more? teal-christmas-runner-1.jpg

Regardless, I hope my Advent Partner likes it. 🙂

Have a good week!! – – Joanne