Super Zoom!

A late report (but better late than never) on our Live Online PopUp class on Saturday 17th October.  This started out as a real class scheduled for March this year, postponed to July, then again to October.  Around September we decided that we would adapt to Zoom rather than keep moving the date and being disappointed. And it worked really well – we had two main demo sessions with a break after each and a short summary at the end when everyone waved blocks around.  Live online classes are the next best thing to the live in person classes that we’ve become so used to over the years, but we appreciate that not everyone wants to make the transition or deal with technology!

Here are Kate & Jane’s first blocks forwarded to us during the class –

And Speedy Helen sent these pics of her FINISHED (as in quilted and bound) quilt on Tuesday –

complete with pieced back!

Thanks to everyone who was with us on screen on Saturday, and particular thanks to our pal Judi Mendelssohn who had been volunteered ( by us ) to help us keep things heading in the right direction.

Happy stitching!

Scrappy Sunday

Another Sunday and a little more scrappiness from the Overseas Office.  Limited progress on these dinky hexagon stars –

but lots of scraps available to make more progress.

Looking for something else entirely in archive files we came across this photo –

this was one of the very first quilts Barbara made.  Before we understood about quilting!  Measurements and templates made more by guesstimate than precision and mathematics, machine pieced with enthusiasm but absolutely no skill or consistency, backed with cheap curtain lining, top composed entirely of furnishing fabric (heavy cotton) offcuts and scraps.  It’s a wonder that any seams met – and if you look closely, most of them don’t!

But it’s still holding together after all these years – a great testament to scraps and enthusiasm.

Scrappy Sunday Doodles

The October EQ Doodles are up and its time to look at scrappy versions. But first here’s the Rolling Crosses block with some colour – the original block could look like this

or if you swap the colours of the inner triangles you get windmills instead of crosses.

Put into quilts they would look like these.

But what happens when we make them from scraps? First of all are sixteen blocks and each is different

Suppose we make the outer triangles the same colour? You then get pinwheels forming where the four blocks meet. The dark version

looks quite different from the light version.

If you want to have a go at making this block you can download templates for a 6inch block or for a 12 inch block. And if you just fancy a spot of colouring-in then you can download a quilt to colour.

Scrappy Sunday

We can’t believe it’s more than 12months since we started this series of Scrappy posts.  Barbara was looking through her photos from the past year and was quite surprised at the number of scrappy projects she has started, worked on and taught during that time.  We thought we’d share just a few of them – absolutely no prizes for guessing which ones remain at the “begun” stage!

Plenty of autumn and winter stitching in store!

Scrappy Sunday

Another Sunday and another scrappy idea for using up those strips. This is the classic Chinese Coins quilt – rows of strips sometimes separated by plain rows as here (or you could use a print)

or sometimes just rows of strips. The strips can be all the same width as above or you can use strips of different widths as in this example.

Whichever one you choose to make they are really quick and easy – join strips of the same length (you choose) together until you have a strip the length you want your quilt to be, Make more strips – as many as you want and either sew them together or sew them to alternate plain strips until the quilt is the width you want.

All you have to do then is quilt it! If you’ve used plain strips then you can treat it as a ‘strippy’ quilt and stitch a different border-type design in each strip or if its lots of strips, as in the second example, you can use an allover pattern or treat it as a wholecloth quilt and quilt it from the plain ‘back’.

Scrappy Sunday

At the Overseas Office more scrap sorting and folding has taken place and it has now been determined that there are sufficient scraps stowed away to make several quilt tops, many bags, hundreds of cushions (possible exaggeration there?)  and no new fabric is needed.  Of course, as we all know, there is a difference between “need” and “want” ….  But, for now, Barbara is still finding plenty of scrappy project inspiration from the freshly-organised scraps – you may remember these from an earlier post –

Sorting scraps has led on to sorting the basket stuffed with project bags.  This simple little 4patch piece was put together probably four years ago (not that anyone is counting).  Time to get this out of its bag and quilted then rummage back in the scraps for a binding.  Lots more quilting to be added but it’s looking good so far –

Somehow simple always seems to work really well when pulling together a wide variety of scraps.  Scroll back to see some of our earlier scrappy posts on squares and –

happy stitching!

Scrappy Sunday – EQ Doodle

Its time to look at our September EQ Doodle and magically turn it from greyscale to glorious scrappy technicolor. Our block this month is Drunkards’ Pinwheel (download the templates to make 3inch units here) which in colour could look like this

Or you could use different shades of the same colours

or you could use lots of colour (or scraps!)

And then put them into quilts

You can download a quilt to colour here – print it out, chop it up, re-arrange it, colour it in, have fun playing with ideas and no fabric will be harmed!

Scrappy Sunday – stars again!

 

A few more bags of small scraps have surfaced at the Overseas Office –

– so there may be more sorting, smoothing and re-packing to come.

We started Scrappy Sunday posts almost a year ago and, during this time, we feel we have barely scratched the surface of “Scrappy”.  Barbara has come to realise that almost everything she has made over the past decade has had a scrappy starting point.  And it certainly is the case that sorting and sifting scraps can often lead to a new scrappy project – look lower left in the picture above.  It’s another hexagon/diamond star – EPP this time – which just might be the first of many. 

No plan at this stage for the many, yet to be made, star blocks.  Maybe a variation on the setting of some earlier scrappy star blocks which are a little smaller scale.  The diamonds in this piece measure 1 1/4inches along the side, the newer diamonds are 1 1/2 inches along the side.

Scrap sorting beckons – happy scrappy stitching!

Scrappy Sunday – Stars

Trawling through photos of quilts looking for inspiration for a scrappy post I came across this little quilt.

Hig pig stars

I’d called it Higgledy-Piggledy Stars many years ago before computers got too smart. But now? Spellcheck really doesn’t like that name – perhaps we should just call it Wonky Stars instead. But whatever its called, it is a great way to use up scraps. This one is a 9-patch with smaller 4-patch stars in the cornerstones of the border.

wonky star 4 scraps

You can make each block with scraps of the same colour – as I have in my quilt

wonky star yellow scraps

Or you can make them with different scraps.

wonky star scraps

You could use different prints, but similar colour, backgrounds as in my quilt.

wonky star scraps2

At the moment the pattern for this little quilt is available as a Free Pattern in the Meadowside Designs Payhip Shop – along with several others – if you fancied giving it a go.

Scrappy Sunday – scrap reduction?

An almost momentous event this week at the Overseas Office – various bags of scraps were emptied onto the worktable with the aim of sorting and reducing the heaps and making them more manageable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resisting the urge to press everything   -!! – Barbara spent a happy hour or so straightening and sorting ALL this jumble into categories.

Category 1 – Far too small to be of any use to anyone.

Category 1a – Small weird shapes, 1inch or more

Category 2 – Very narrow strips, any length

Category 3 – Less narrow strips, any length

Category 4 – Slightly wider strips, any length

Category 5 – Wider strips and chunks

Category 1 is covered by scissors, Category 1a is to the right, Categories 2 – 5 middle and above.

Categories 1 and 1a have been combined and are off to a good home with another quilter who collects improbably tiny scraps.  The rest have fitted neatly into one medium ziplock bag –

Overall result of this sorting and organising is that it makes room for more fabric! It may be time for a little online retail therapy…..