Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday - September winners!

Scraptastic Tuesday



My scrappy make for today was my 'ticket' block to go to Stitch Gathering; an annual quilty retreat in the fair city of Edinburgh.  I like to head North and reinvigorate my 'Scottishness' and this is the perfect excuse...



It uses up lots of scraps, some old, some a bit newer.  I used some apples prints by Aneela Hoey, some Karen Lewis Textiles for the house and a strip of fabric that Jo printed up with Spoonflower that is specially designed for Stitch Gathering 2016.  I'm calling it Apple Cottage!   They seem to have a bumper crop this year!

All the 'ticket' blocks being made this year are kindly being donated to Siblings Together!  I'm thrilled by that of course and hope there will be several volunteers to make quilts out of them.   If you feel inclined you are welcome to join in.  Any house block measuring 12" finished would be most welcome!  Just let me know if you would like to join in.

And now to Scraptastic matters....



A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes which have been awarded randomly among those of you who linked up as follows:
If you are a winner, congratulations, and watch for an email from me today or tomorrow to get you connected to your prize.

Please join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I next to link up your scrappy project or thoughts on taming your scrap mountain on the second Tuesday - October 11, 2016.




And if you are looking for some scrappy inspiration, visit the September links, they are awesome.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday - September Link Up



It's the second Tuesday of September, and the Scraptastic Tuesday monthly link is open.

I have put my scraptastic sampler top together and will write up about it soon but here is a photo:







So, now is the part where you share your scrappy projects, plans and ideas. First, our fantastic sponsors:




A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes which will be awarded randomly among those of you who link up.
  • Massdrop - Fabric Bundle to be announced

Please join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I by linking up a blog post or flickr or instagram photo sharing a scrappy project, in progress or finished, or your thoughts on dealing with your scrap mountain:
  • You don't have to have joined us before, everyone is welcome.
  • One link per person, and it will be your entry into the random draw for the prizes. It is the same link up here and at Leanne's blog - She Can Quilt - so you only need to link up on one of our blogs.
  • This link is to share with our community about using your scraps, please don't use it to advertise your own products or events.
  • You can link up from your blog, instagram or flickr, but you have to link up to be entered in the prize draw.
  • Please visit at least a few of the links, they are very inspiring, and leave comments too as everyone loves to connect.
  • Use the Scraptastic Tuesday button and invite your friends to join us too. Please share our button, or a link or the hashtag #scraptastictuesday in your linked post or photo.
  • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. We will announce the winners next Tuesday.
If you have trouble linking up, let me or Leanne know and we will get you sorted.




Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Scraptastic Sampler 2016 - Block 5 Odd Scraps Patchwork

Scraptastic Tuesday





Youngest starting at a new school today so I ama bit slow off the mark....

This is the last block in my quilt, appropriately called Odd Scraps Patchwork, is based on a five x five grid which will make the maths a little bit odd as five doesn't easily go into 12" does it?  But I love the block and it is back to squares and HSTs.  The making is not so very tricky, just an odd size.








Cutting Requirements for each block

Tip - Cutting an odd size
I added some masking tape to my 6 1/2" square ruler so I could easily trim to the odd size required for this block - you might like to do the same.  You can see that the masking tape is just a tiny bit less than one eighth in from the three inch line - 2 7/8".  

If you work out the maths then you will realise the block will actually be 11 7/8" finished size but this is the closest I can get to it and is what my EQ6 programme says is the correct rotary cutting size.  I hope you will think it is worth making with an extra bit of fuss!  Otherwise feel free to substitute another block - it would be a good idea to use one with a 3x3 or 4x4 grid.  I have a few suggestions which you can choose from...more about that in a later week!






Nine squares:  4 grey, 4 navy and 1 white squares cut 2 7/8".


For HSTs - made with sixteen 3 1/2" squares  eight purple, four grey, two turquoise and two white squares

Pair each grey, white and turqoise square with one of the purple squares. Make HSTs using your favourite method.  Each pair of squares will yield two HSTs.

Trim each HST to 2 7/8" with your marked ruler.




Arrange squares/HSTS as in block diagram above.



Stitch together in horizontal rows as below...



 





Press HST seams open to reduce bulk, other seams within the row in alternate directions - row 1 to the left, row 2 to the right etc.

To join rows, nest the seams together, pinning if necessary and stitch. When completed press.

Make three more blocks.

Here is one of mine...




In case you have chosen a different colourway here is a blank version of the whole quilt for you to download and play with your own colours.   


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Scraptastic Sampler 2016 - Block 4 Summer Winds





This block, Summer Winds, is based on a 6 x 6 grid, that means it can be divided into six equal parts across each row and down each column. 

This is a 12" finished quilt block (unfinished 12 1/2") so each small square/HST measures 2" finished (unfinished 2 1/2").  There are also rectangles and flying geese units measuring 4" x 2" (unfinished 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" ) and one large central square which is 4" (unfinished 4 1/2" square)

Cutting requirements for one block

Twelve 2 1/2" squares - 8 white and 4 pink squares
Twelve 3" squares - six purple and six grey squares
One 4 1/2" purple square
Eight 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles - four grey and four turquoise



Making all the corner units

For HSTs - made with twelve 3" squares: six purple and six grey squares.
Pair each purple with one of the grey squares and make HSTs using your favourite method.  Each pair of squares will yield two HSTs.
Trim each HST to 2 1/2" square.

Take 8 HSTs units and pair them to make four double HST units.



Take the remaining 4 HST units and join to the left of a 2 1/2" pink square. 



Tip : Make things easier for yourself and don't use a directional fabric!  I had to make mirrored corner units because I wanted those stripes on my fabric to go the same way.

 
Take one double HST unit and join with the HST/square unit as above.



 Repeat three more times.



Make middle units



For Flying Geese Unit - four 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles in turquoise and four in grey, eight 2 1/2" white squares.  

Draw a horizontal line from corner to corner on all the white squares. 




Line up one white square on the lefthand side of the turquoise rectangle as in photo, with the diagonal line starting at the top middle of the rectangle, going down to the lefthand bottom of the rectangle.  



Stitch along the line and trim 1/4" from your stitching line.  Press the seam open.   




Repeat with another white square in the other corner - see photo - with the diagonal line starting at the top middle of the rectangle, going down to the righthand bottom of the rectangle.  Stitch, trim and press as before. 

Repeat for the other three Flying Geese units.




Add a grey rectangle to each Flying Geese unit, see photo above

 

Arrange units as in block diagram below, with the purple 4 1/2" square in the middle.

Stitch together in horizontal rows ...

Press seams within the row in alternate directions - row 1 to the left, row 2 to the right etc.

To join rows, nest the seams together, pinning if necessary and stitch. When completed press.

Make three more blocks.

Here is one of mine....





In case you have chosen a different colourway here is a blank version of the whole quilt for you to download and play with your own colours.  



Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Scraptastic Sampler 2016 - Block 3 Kansas Star

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This block, Kansas Star, is based on a 3 x 3 grid - a glorified nine patch if you like.





Each ninth part is made from a square in a square block, like this one - which is the centre unit.


 


 Cutting requirements for each block

Nine 4 1/2" squares:  one pink; four purple; and four white
Thirty six 2 1/2" squares:  four white; sixteen grey; eight purple; and eight turquoise


How to make the square in a square unit

1 Centre unit - make one
Take the 4 1/2" pink square and four 2 1/2" white squares


 Draw a diagonal line on each of the small squares. With right sides together, line up the first white square in the top left corner.  The marked line should touch the edges of the bigger square, as in the photo.



Stitch along the line and trim away leaving a 1/4 "  seam allowance.




Repeat in the other four corners. 




2 Corner Unit - make four

Repeat the process in step 1, using a 4 1/2" purple squares, and four 2 1/2" grey
squares.





3 Middle Unit - make four 
Repeat the process in step 1 using a 4 1/2" white square, two 2 1/2" turquoise
 squares on the top and two 2 1/2" purple squares on the bottom of the bigger square. 






When all units are complete arrange as in the block diagram above.

Stitch together in horizontal rows as below...









Press seams within the row in alternate directions - row 1 to the left, row 2 to the right  or press seams open if preferred.

To join rows, line the seams up, pinning if necessary and stitch. When completed press.

Here is one of my blocks 





Make three more blocks.

In case you have chosen a different colourway here is a blank version of the whole quilt for you to download and play with your own colours.  






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