"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Friday, June 23, 2017

New Scrap Projects Coming

A couple of new scrap projects are in the works.  The first will have me making progress on a quilt from these blocks.   They started with a couple of scrap bags ($1 each) that I bought last summer.  The pink stripe was in one and scraps of coordinating greens were in the second.  I added several greens from my stash that were in the same color family and the same intensity of green.

I'm piecing them on top of precut papers for string piecing so the blocks will be 10" unfinished.  Still need to decide what color I'm going to use for the triangles that I need to finish off these blocks.

The  remaining 2 types of blocks needed for the design that I'm planning on making will also be pieced on the same paper so that I can get all of the colors / fabrics to line up as shown in this sketch of the final design.  Once I've got the diagonal striped blocks done then I'll measure where the seams fall so that I can figure everything out.  And yes that type A personality is coming through there.  =)  

Color key here -

  •  The pink in the sketch is the pink stripe shown above.  Finished width in block is 4 inches.
  • The light yellow will be the scrappy, assorted medium grey-greens that I'm currently working with.  Fabric is cut at 2 1/2 inches wide.
  • The light green in the sketch is still to be decided.  Probably either a cream tonal or a very light grey-green.  Haven't decided.  I know I've got creams or something in that range that would work in my stash.....the green I might or might not have.

The second scrappy project will have me cutting 3 1/2 inch squares for a while.  I still need to decide what color(s) in my scraps though that I want to work on for these pups.  I know I have large quantities of greens and purples, along with lots left in the pinks.   Will have to think about it and decide.  I plan to start cutting for this one this weekend so I can start sewing things together next week in the mornings.  Need to count how many squares I need first though before cutting to make sure I get enough done.

Stay tuned for how these projects go.  

What kind of scrappy projects are you working on?


1. All my needs are always supplied, although not always as or when I think they should be!

2. Hot, humid day today to be followed with cooler weather tomorrow (and thunderstorms and rain...lol).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tote is finished

Finished off the owl tote Wednesday afternoon.    This will be going to my niece who will start teaching middle school social studies in September after graduating in May.  I'll also be picking up a gift card to go with it so that she can buy some school supplies if needed.  I used McCall's pattern number 4851 to make the bag.   It was an easy pattern, I'll most likely use it again at some point.

Inside of the bag.  both sides have a pocket like this.  One side has it stitched down the middle dividing into two sections.


1. the one this is intended for has a teaching job for next year- yeah!

2. And I'm still employed.


Finished the quilt top for swan quilt yesterday and have it ready for basting.

Some stats for the quilt -
Fabrics -

  • 6 different background fabrics were used.
  • Each block has 2 different fabrics in it.  Black Kona was used in 2 or 3 of the blocks as the coordinate.  So there are approximately 80 different fabrics used for the swans.
  • 56 different fabrics were used in the border alone
  • Most of the fabrics in the swans and border were out of my stash of scraps and did not make a dent in the scraps!
  • A solid color binding will be used on the quilt, but I'm not sure what color at this time
  • Final size is 65" by 75"

I also finished the next bear block.  This is Susan who is trying to untangle her thread as she sews the binding down on her quilt.

I might add a wee bow on her head, but not sure of that.


1. At this point I still have a job (was almost laid off this week)

2. Stitches in my gum come out today.  =)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pink Strings and Hat Boxes

As I was looking for pink scraps for the cat quilt I just finished the top for, I made the decision that I was not going to put the multitude of strips (partial and full width) back into the bag of scraps.   There just isn't any room for them!

pink strip setsSo I started sewing them together in lengths of 10-12 inches for the most part depending on the size strips I was working with.  Width varied from about 4 inches to  almost full width (~38").    The pic to the right shows the strip sets that I ended up with.

I've since cut them into 3.5 inch wide strips that I'll use to make blocks from....and ended up with 36 strips.  The left over uneven ends will be combined with more strips and then I'll use the resulting yardage to make applique hearts from it.

On Saturday I received these two hatbox blocks from Kate in Australia.  She had made them for a quilt that she has been working on for herself and they didn't fit with the rest of her blocks.   So she was kind enough to send them to me.

I think they will be lovely with whatever I do with the string strips sets.  And also think I need to make two more to give me at least 40 blocks for a quilt.  The only problem being I don't have any of the fabric Kate used for the window sashing.  So it would have to be something similar.  Since this is a scrappy quilt anyway, do you guys (my readers that is!) think that would be ok or should I see if I can find a close match to the grey polka dots?

I'm still thinking about how I want to make the blocks from the strip sets at this point so it will be a while before this quilt will be finished.

1. For being able to take scraps that are not real usable on their own and make something from them that will bring joy to someone else.

2. For lower humidity than yesterday!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekend Progress

Made progress on several fronts this weekend.......

First I finished up the 6" block that I needed to make with fabric I received for free from Michael Miller while at IQCon back in February.  The company is collecting 6 inch finished blocks to make quilts for charity.  Will be interesting to see what they make with them.

Next up was getting the swans together into a top.  Fabrics have been cut for the pieced border (cut 3" by 5.5" in size).  Fabrics are in the same range of colors, but not necessarily the same prints (altho some of them are).  Next up for that quilt is piecing the border.  That will commence this evening after I get home from work.  Binding will be a solid color but I'm not sure what at this point.

And finally, I finished off this quilt top.  Final size is 41" by 52".  Nice for a lap quilt or a kids quilt.   Not sure what I'll be doing with it.

1. safety in driving to work in rush hour traffic

2. For God's provision of all my needs.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Progress on the cats

Decided that I didn't like the cat quilt without the heart  Because of the way the space at the bottom where the tails and background fabrics were coming together.

So I went digging in the scrap stash to see what I could find.   And found the remains of a FQ that I'd picked up somewhere on one of my scrap foraging purchases.  About 1/4th it was missing, but what was left was just right to cut what was needed for the heart.    And to not put squares (or waste the pink and blue HST's) back into that stuffed bag of scraps I added two columns of squares on either to make the quilt larger.

It will be finished with a blue row on the top and bottom of the quilt the same width of the squares.  Still thinking about a final border or not....have a potential buyer possibly for it, so might do that.  If I donate it then I won't put a final border onto it.

Here is a close up of the fabric I'm using in the heart.  The dark pink in it worked perfectly with the others in the quilt.  And the black background helps it to stand out against the darker pink as well.

 Will start sewing it together this weekend in between sewing the origami swans together and pulling scraps to cut up for the border on that quilt.

1.  Payday.......'nuf said.....

2. A heat index of 106 degrees doesn't seem so bad when temps in Phoenix are forecast to reach 119 and 120 degrees over the weekend.