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Mystery Monday Finale

Having hunted out your units we look at putting them together this week. The version shown on the worksheet isn’t the only possibility and Chris has played around with her units turning them this way and that

before deciding on one, sewing it all together and adding a couple of borders.

Then there is the matter of quilting. In the ditch? Something a little more adventurous? In the end it was a mixture of the two. The birds in the border fabric were traced and turned into quilting stencils and stitched in various bits of the quilt. A variegated thread was used to stitch in the ditch around some more prominent parts of the design and a wiggly line was quilted in the borders –

And the finished quilt – (which possibly needs more quilting in the border . . . . one day)

We hope we will get to see photos of your finished Mystery Quilts – email them or post on Instagram and tag us!

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Scrappy Sundays – Stars

Is it too soon to mention December 25th? Chris has been rummaging in the cupboards of C&B Towers and come across a set of table mats made some (oh dear – just done the sums!) 30 years ago for parents’ Ruby Wedding and for Christmas that year – parents got married at Christmas (foolish time of year according to mother many years later).

Enough rambling – today’s theme for Scrappy Sundays is Stars and quite fortuitously several of those mats feature star blocks. There’s loads of star patterns out there and what better for using up scraps than a few star blocks? And if you can use up scrap Christmas fabrics and decorate your table too?!

These were just simple 12 inch blocks quilted in the ditch and bound. They’ve been washed every year too – and still they have gravy stains.

But you could make a slightly more sophisticated style – border a block on two sides for instance and add a bit of fancy quilting before binding.

So why not give it a go? There’s plenty of time – for next year!

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Scrappy Sunday

Does a part Jelly Roll count as scraps?  We’re not entirely sure but we think, in these weird times, that maybe it does.  After all it’s just 2 1/2inch strips, not yardage or fat quarters ….  So, if we can agree on that, Barbara is delighted to report that her scrap stash at the Overseas Office just expanded!  Tucked away in a project bag for a Dresden Plate class and now transferred and ready for use –

There’s one Begun scrappy project which will be a perfect fit for these –

or maybe they’ll come in handy for this Begun scrappy project –

Or maybe just wade in and start a completely new scrappy project?  We’ll let you know what happens!

 

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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’.

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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!

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Scrappy Doodle Sunday

Its July so a new EQ Doodle has magically appeared on the EQ Doodles page. This month we look at a simple on-point Autograph block. You can make these as ordered or not as you wish, keep the centre strip plain white for autographs, or just mix up the colours and have fun with it all.

onpoint autograph scrappy block

Over on the Doodles page we have kept our ideas to greyscale but here on the scrappy post we can go a little mad with colour. In these examples we have kept the background triangles the same colour,  but used different prints; you could try mixing these colours up too and make other designs where the blocks meet.

onpoint autugraph scrappy quilt aonpoint autograph scrappy quilt b

Download a colouring sheet here to play with. The easiest way to make this block is not to worry about the finished size but to worry about the size of the strips – especially if they are to have autographs scrawled on them. Cut strips to a suitable width, join three together and then cut into squares. Add setting triangles to the four corners to turn the strip square on point – you can download an information sheet about how to do that here.

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Scrappy Doodle Sunday

Our June Doodle is the Devil’s Puzzle block.

Devils puzzle block colours

Lots of opportunity for colours and scrappiness here.

june scrappy a

or

june scrappy b

Look at the Doodles page for more greyscale design options.

Download a quilt to colour and then if you fancy making it you can download the rotary cutting instructions for a 9 inch block and the (brief) instructions to make a block.

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Scrappy Sundays – Squares

One thing it is easy to cut scraps into is squares. But the same size squares, or different size squares?

Same size squares can be joined into 4-patch blocks

4patch block

Different size squares (one set twice the size of the other) will make Double 4-Patch blocks.

double 4patch block

These Double blocks can make quite interesting quilts when done as light, dark and bright scraps and the blocks rotated. These are just 4 blocks by 4.

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What happens if we add alternate 4-patch blocks to these? Again this is 4 blocks by 4.

4 by 4 quilta4 by 4 quiltb4 by 4 quiltc

But if we add extra (smaller) blocks – 7 by 7 say –

7 by 7 quilta7 by 7 quiltb7 by 7 quiltc

Or 12 by 12 even – if those little squares are now 2 inches and the blocks are 8 inches you have a giant quilt of 96 inches square.

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More scraps next week!

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Scrappy Sundays – Strips

More strips this week, and more stars too. You can use your scrap strips to make two Eight-Point star blocks – Cross Roads

Cross Roads a

and Liberty Star.

Liberty Star a

These have strips of equal width within the star points but you could join random strips together and just cut the star diamonds from those.

Cross Roads g

Liberty Star f

If you want to have a play then you can download the templates for a 12 inch block here.

See you next week for more scrappiness.

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Scrappy Sunday

A rather mundane, but hugely practical, interpretation of our scrappy theme today.  Meet “Grandma’s Red Bag” – hastily made from leftover strips and chunks of fabric about six years ago and much-travelled since then.  It has seen use as an overnight bag, shopping bag, travel tote, sewing bag but it’s most important function is to carry treats, comics and silly gifts for Barbara’s two grandsons.

This was very satisfying (and easy) to make and has held up well to hard use.  It might be time to use up some more strips and scraps and make another……

Before Christmas Barbara received a stunningly smart quilters bag from one of her students.  To call this bag scrappy probably does it an injustice – several different fabrics  may have been used but they have been carefully chosen and the overall effect is very handsome. It holds an amazing amount of “stuff” as you can see and has already travelled many miles.  Thank you Pat B!!

And that’s it for our scrappiness today!  Back to gathering up and organising all the scraps that have taken over in our sewing spaces during the recent festivities.

Happy stitching!