Thursday, April 07, 2016

Classic & Heirloom Quilts Book Sew Along

A rich history is always in fashion, especially for quilts! 
Betsy Chutchian's first book with It's Sew Emma combines 1800's inspiration with current sensibilities for eight opulent quilts.

I was invited to participate in a book sew along for 
Classic Heirloom Quilts and It's Sew Emma and the Fat Quarter Shop.
Of course, I didn't stick with traditional civil war colors. 
I promptly rummaged through my newly organized 1.5" strips
 and went to town.

Each quilt offers three size options of mini, lap and queen,
 and some can be made from modern-day precuts.

The book has 8 great classic quilts and I chose the Stepping Out Mini.

{ obligatory cute cat photo on a pile of fabric}

As you know I have been sorting my scraps and strips. 
This little quilt was a perfect way to use some of them.

I built it brick by brick.
This is not a beginner quilt.
The pattern clearly states the number of pieces for each option.
I found I needed to count the number in each strip and piece it diagonally.

Once the center is trimmed it will be all bias edges.
 I recommend attaching the borders and 
THEN trimming the 'ears' away from the sides, 
top and bottom to control the bias.

The result is a beauty of a mini. I can't wait to quilt it....

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Gingham giveaway winner!

The winner of the small gingham bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop is
I have sent you an email Rosa. Congrats! and thank you to all that commented.

Friday, March 18, 2016

HUGE Sale for National Quilting Day!

That's right 50% off regular prices in my etsy shop
55% off the prices in the clearance section. No coupon needed. 
From now until March 19, 2016 at midnight Central Standard Time. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Celebrate National Quilting Month with a Giveaway

There are so many good things to celebrate during March this year.
For our family, there are 2 big girl birthdays - 9 and 15! 
St. Patrick's Days, National Quilting Day and Easter!
It's an action packed month for sure. 
The weather in Minnesota has been unseasonably warm, however, cold and snow are headed our way once again. 
I don't know about you but I need a little spring. 
If fabric is the only way I can get it then I'll take it :)
Sew in celebration of National Quilting month......
I have an awesome giveaway for my readers this week.
The Fat Quarter Shop has offered a
for one of my followers in celebration of National Quilting Month!

What a perfect time to get a little gingham to add to a quilt project?
I love the Riley Blake ginghams
 and have used them in several of my 

blocks from the Farm Girl Vintage book by Lori Holt.

Want to win the bundle? Here's how you can get entries!
1. Leave a comment on my blog with an accurate
 email address linked account 
or leave a comment with an email in this form abc at yahoo dot com etc.

2. Follow me on instagram 

3. repost about the giveaway on instagram with tag #spunsugarginghamsgiveaway

I will announce a winner on March 20, 2016!

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Tackling my scraps and scrap bins....

Yep tackling my scraps....
It's going to be a long haul I believe. 
I have loads of scraps after quilting for more than 20 years. 
I decided that I would give my best effort to clear out what I don't think I will use in the next couple of years -okay 10 years lol ;)
I started with my 1.5" strip bin. My cat Porkchop thought the container was just for him...

 These pictures are taken on different days even! 
He would go there immediately after I opened the box.
 Silly kitty!

Once I finished my strip bin, I went on to my boxes that were sorted by color. 
When I dumped out the stayed in a cube because it was packed so tight!

I cut out half of it. 
I have big scrap bags listed by color on instagram. 
If they don't sell on the #thegreatfabricdestash then I will put them on etsy.
 I am just charging a couple dollars over the shipping costs.
 I just want them to go to a good home.

Once I finished my boxes by color, I started on my zip lock bags that have accumulated. 
I would put low volume strips or just 1930's in a bag to 'sort' later. 
Well later has come and it's time to tackle them.

Sorry for the blurry picture. I just wanted to show yet another shoe box size of strips.

And of course, the cat in the containers meant for strip sorting.

I've now begun to sort my strip size and color. This has taken me a couple of weeks. 
I won't lie, it gets a bit boring at times when I decide to iron and trim the wonky strips to 'size'. 
But I think it will be worth it in the end. 
 I'd like to be able to just pick out a bunch of precut 2.5" squares and just sew.
 Or use them for a leaders and enders project. 
This is just the beginning.