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.
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?
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?).
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.
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?
It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun. I’ve completed my state/hometown blocks for the swap initiated by two friends. Paper piecing has really intrigued me. Participating in Scrap Happy has done what I’d hope: encourage me to learn more about quilting. So, now I am on the search for a local quilt paper piecing class.
OCTOBER SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE
I was determined to include fields, forests, waterways — all the way to the coastline of Virginia Beach. Last SH post, I’d figured out the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. I added prints and solids for the Piedmont’s rolling hills and sandy coastline. I thought the batiks worked rather well for the waterways. Eh. That pesky top, left corner, again…
It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun. I’m posting a wee bit early as we may lose electric power due to outlying effects of Hurricane Florence. One of my quilty friends came up with the idea of a “state/home town” quilt block swap. While I admire appliqué and paper piecing; I am not in the least bit comfortable with my own lack of expertise. So I put it off. For two years. 😛 The other day I got to thinking…what a great way to use up scraps and participate in ScrapHappy!
SEPTEMBER SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE
Virginia, one of the original thirteen colonies, has it all: The Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountain Range, and loads of history. My hometown is in Virginia Beach.
I have a vague idea for my design, I’m starting with the Blue Ridge Mountain Range and working my way toward the coast.
My dear friend celebrated a birthday and I gifted her with a quilt that I started for her two years ago. Finally. I rarely name quilts, but this one I titled: “Wanderer.” (She’ll get it).
It’s not the best image (too sunny and hot to fiddle with a camera). But, I’m happy with how it turned out. My very first ‘original design.’ Well, go me. 😀 I guess I could have also titled this quilt: “At Last!” Regardless, Happy Birthday DiHi!