A Different Sort Of Patchwork

This is a shot of my current patchwork project.

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Any guesses?

A Crochet Scarf

Sometimes I like to try a little crochet, just to break things up.  Plus, my quilting isn’t particularly portable.  So, with scarfs being all the rage and me having a bag of needlepoint yarn, I decided to try my hand at a scarf.

I could sort of see it in my mind as I started…

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Just a batch of flowers in all different colors.

I used THIS tutorial for the flowers and just joined them up as I went along.

The scarf is planned as a gift for a very fashionable collegue who is leaving the school this spring.  I hope she likes it!

My Parents’ Acquaintance’s Boyfriend’s Mother’s Stash

We spent the last several days, our spring break, with my parents.  While there my mother said, “I have something to show you, but I don’t want you to be overwhelmed.”

She took me upstairs and showed me about 10 large plastic totes.  Full.  Of.  Fabric.

“That’s not all.”

So, we went to the shed where there were six more large plastic totes.  Full. Of.  Fabric.

Not to mention the totes of patterns, notions and gadgets.

“Where did this come from?”  I asked.  Overwhelmed.

“Well, we met this woman and went to visit her a time or two.  And she introduced us to her boyfriend.  In the course of conversation he mentioned that his mother had recently died, and she was a quilter.  When we said that our daughter is a quilter, he said that he had some things of hers that he would like to have go to a good home.  So we brought it here.  Two truckloads.”

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WOW!  I sorted through a small portion of it and brought home this much. For now.

All kinds of fabric.  Large pieces for backs, one that happens to  be perfect for the Calico Rose quilt I am working on right now.  Fat quarters.  Scraps.  And 6  unfinished projects that I should be able to complete fairly easily for charitable purposes.

Not all the fabric will even come here, let alone stay here.  It is too much.  I don’t believe that “she who dies with the most fabric wins.”  But, I am grateful for my parent’s acquaintance’s boyfriend’s mother’s stash.  I will put a good portion of it to good use.

 

Spring Dress

Sewing for Daughter is fun, but sewing for GRAND-daughter is really, really fun!

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In the big pile of junk was some trim.

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And that led to a sketch.

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And that made a dress!

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With a flower.

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All that was purchased was one of the four shades of ribbon on the skirt. 52-cents. Happy Spring!

 

 

TUTORIAL: Growing Up Odd Quilt

One, three, five, seven, nine…all those numbers are in there.  I guess we all grow up a little odd one way or another, but this quilt is just full of odd numbers.  Hopefully, it will be a charming sort of odd that you will enjoy as much as I have.

GROWING UP ODD

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90″ x 90″

MATERIALS

Approximately 2500 2″ squares cut from all the scraps you can find.  The exact number is 2425, but who’s counting?

3-1/4 yards background fabric

backing (7 yards)

batting (at least 100″ square)

binding (3/4 yard, if you use 2-1/4″ width)

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

Well, by the time you get to this point you will already have done the hard part and cut all those little squares.  By the way, you have just saved 6-3/4 yards of fabric from waste.  Don’t you feel thrifty and clever?!

Background fabric–

1. to build the blocks you need 75 2″x5″ rectangles, 25 2″x2″ squares, 50 2″x11″ rectangles.

2. to build the sashing you need 40 2″x17″ rectangles, 16 2″x2″ squares.

3. to build the borders you need 2 2″x87-1/2″ rectangles (made using  2″ WOF, joined), and 2 2″x90-1/2″ rectangles (made using  2″  WOF, joined).

CONSTRUCTION

1. Using the 2″ scrap squares, build 75 9-patches.

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2. Using the 2″ scrap squares, build 25 blocks 3-by-7 (21 squares each).

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3. Using the 2″ scrap squares, build 25 bocks 7-by-7 (49 squares each).

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4. Assemble into larger blocks.  You need 3 9-patches, 1 3-by-7 patch, 1 7-by-7 patch.  Also, background fabric:  3 2″x5″ rectangles, 1 2″x2″ square, 2 2″x11″ rectangles.  Lay out as shown.

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I assemble the row of 9 patches first, then the sashing row, then the larger blocks with sashing.  Then sew my three “rows” together.  Press.  A lot. You won’t regret it.

5. Repeat step four a total of 25 times.

6. Lay out the assembled blocks.  I rotated each block 90-degrees right compared to the one next to it.  It gives is a sort of cobblestone look.  I like the variation. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule.   Just play around until you like the look of it.

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7. While that rests and you make adjustments every time you walk by, make the sashing between the blocks.  You will use 5 2″x17″ rectangles and 16 2″ squares.  Alternate the rectangles and squares.  Repeat four times to create the strips that will go between the rows.

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8. Using the remainder of the 2″x17″ rectangles, assemble the block rows.  Each row will alternate five blocks and four rectangles.  More pressing!

9.  Sew the rows and strips together to make the body of the quilt.

10.  Add the border by attaching the 2″x87-1/2″ rectangles to the sides and the 2″x90-1/2″ rectangles to the top and bottom and pressing a lot more.  You have an assembled top.

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8. Sandwich, quilt, bind and label as desired.

NOTE: I was in such a rush to share this with you that I haven’t completed those steps yet, but will update once the job is complete.

9. Ta-dah!  You have completed a Growing Up Odd Quilt.  Yay you!

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GROWING UP ODD GALLERY

…your beautiful creation HERE!

That Is Odd

Well, here is a quick look at my latest postage stamp quilt called Growing Up Odd.

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There are a lot of odd numbers “hidden” in the quilt. Can you spot 1,3,5,7,9? What about 11? What about 25?

Tutorial coming soon.

Get those 2″ squares ready. This one takes almost 2,500 of them. Now that is a scrap-using success!

TUTORIAL: Spangle Quilt

SPANGLE BABY QUILT

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41″ x 41″

This scrappy baby quilt has a bold scale and plenty of eye appeal.  Use a charm pack or raid the scrap bin.  You will be happy with the results either way.

MATERIALS

64 2-1/2″ scrappy squares

16 5″ squares

OR

one charm pack

1-5/8 yard background material

1-1/4 yard for back

1/3 yard for binding

batting

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

If using a charm pack:  Sort out 16 squares with good contrast and cut them into 64 2-1/2″ charms.  Sort out an additional 16 squares that will be used to make Half Square Triangles (HST).  You will have 10 squares left over.  Hmm…maybe incorporate them into the back?  Or, go ahead and cut them into 2-1/2″ charms and add them to your stash.

If using scrap:  Sort out 64 2-1/2″ squares or cut from scrap.  Sort out or cut from scrap 16 5″ squares.

From your background fabric cut–

2 3-1/2″ x 41″

2 3-1/2″ x 35″

1 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ square

4 3-1/2″ x 16″

16 4-1/2″ squares

16 5″ squares

CONSTRUCTION

1. Using the 2-1/2″ squares, create 4 16-patch blocks.

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2. Using the 16 5″ colored squares and the 16 5″ background squares, create 32 half square triangles.  There are many ways of doing this.  You can find my preferred method HERE.

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3. Square up the HST blocks to 4-1/2″.

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4. Using one 16-patch, 8 HST and 4 4-1/2″ background squares, lay out a star block as shown below.  You might want to lay out all blocks so you have a chance to balance colors and move things around.

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5.  Assemble star block by sewing together the two HST on each of the sides, then attaching them to the 16-patch block.  Next, sew together the corners and HST blocks on the top and bottom.  Attach them to the center.  Press.  A lot.

Repeat a total of four times.  Wow!  Look at what you have already accomplished.  Your top just needs assembly now.

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6. Lay out the four blocks using the 4 3-1/2″ x 16″ background pieces and the 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ background square in the very center.  Assemble. Press.

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7. Attach the two 3-1/2″ x 35″ background pieces to the sides.  Press. Attach the two 3-1/2″ x 41″ background pieces to the top and bottom.  Press.

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8. Sandwich, quilt, bind and label as desired.

NOTE: I was in such a rush to share this with you that I haven’t completed those steps yet, but will update once the job is complete.

9. Ta-dah!  You have completed a Spangle  Baby Quilt.  Yay you!

SPANGLE BABY GALLERY

…your beautiful creation HERE!