Scrap Bustin’

This year I decided to participate in several Block of the Month (BOM) type Quilt-a-longs (QALs). One of them you already know about, Build A Quilt, hosted by Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy or possibly more popularly known as The Midnight Quilter on YouTube. Her Build A Quilt started in November so we’re already 3 blocks in. You can see my first two blocks in this post. Here is January’s block.

Wendy, from Pieceful Thoughts encouraged me to join the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Patterns by Jen. You can read more about this challenge by clicking on either link in the previous sentence and FYI this challenge comes w/chances to win prizes! January’s color is purple, inspired by Eggplant. I usually opt to make larger blocks but for whatever reason, I went w/the 6″ version. I may change my mind depending on how “challenging” these 6″ blocks end up being. =) Here is my purple, 2021 Monthly Color Challenge block.

The next couple of BOMs/QALs are just an impromptu idea I pushed on a couple of friends in an attempt to reduce my scraps. The rules are to make one block a month and “sew/show & tell” on the 4th Saturday of each month. I adore scrappy quilts and I think making a couple of scrappy blocks a month is low pressure but at the same time extremely gratifying. This will also force me to use my fabric cutter to tame this ridiculousness into some semblance of order, which I already started on this past weekend.

My 1st impromptu, Scrap Bustin’ BOM/QAL is the Japanese X+ Block. I used this tutorial for these first couple of 8″ blocks. Of course I made 2 blocks; one light version and one dark version. I will continue to make two a month but I plan to try this tutorial next month which makes a 12.5″ block.

My 2nd, impromptu, Scrap Bustin’ BOM/QAL is Criss-Cross Stars by Lori Holt. These blocks are so much fun that I made 4 of them! Two with dark backgrounds and two with light backgrounds. My faves are the ones w/the dark backgrounds.

I’m making the block that finishes at 9″ because it calls for 2.5″ and 3.5″ squares. And I have these two handy dandy dies that cut multiples of each. If I turn the 2.5″ strips perpendicular, I can cut multiple 2.5″ squares.

By the way, my cutter is an AccuCut GrandeMARK2 which is identical to the AccuQuilt Studio 2 and made by the same company.

A long time ago I used to strip my “leftover” fabric into 1″, 1.5″, 2″, and 2.5″ strips. I really should’ve continued doing that. I also should’ve started cutting squares, rectangles, HSTS, triangles, tumblers, etc., after I got this amazing fabric cutter and dies, but with this scrap bustin’ mission ahead of me, I’m finally starting to cut and organize my scraps and will continue to do so in the between times.

Since the 3rd Saturday of every month is the day I pick up the monthly Build A Quilt block pattern, this is the day I have reserved for making my BOM/QAL blocks.

How are y’all starting off your quilty year?

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, God Bless You and Happy Stitchin’!

A Thread for Life

To Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 1:24-25 NIV

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Everything Goes Scrappy Trips

Long post alert. I hope y’all aren’t tired of my Everything Goes Scrappy Trips because I’m not ready to stop showing it off. *wink* I really enjoyed making this quilt…so much so that I made three! And they are all in this post.

I made my first few blocks on January 11, 2020.

I was telling someone that some of the blocks on their own were just blah, but when you put them together with a few more, it’s magical!

I finished it on May 23, 2020. Here it is in all of it’s scrappy glory! It finished at 96” x 108”.

I used a king size sheet + part of a twin size for the backing and binding. You can’t really see the quilting for the busyness of the quilt but it’s mostly a medium stipple. I say mostly because I started out trying do some things I wasn’t quite ready for.

The first few rows I attempted an orange peel…

Then I transitioned to an “X” in each square, and then some “lazy 8s” but I hated them all. Not so much that I picked them out but just enough to try something simpler.

I finally found a nice groove w/a medium stipple and that’s how I finished it. This is before washing it.

And this is after washing it. It’s hanging in the sun in this pic.

I originally ordered a king size package of Hobbs batting but it was so thin, I tore a couple of holes in just opening it up. I ended up using Warm and White since I had a huge 40 yd x 90″ roll. Originally I had chosen not to use it because I would’ve had to piece it together in order for it to be long enough and I just didn’t want to mess with that. What I ended up doing as I was coming the end of my main batting piece was butting up a couple of 18″ pieces and spray basting them on the backing while it was on the frame. And I was very pleased w/the outcome. I didn’t take any pics of that process.

Here are a few more pics of the quilt on my bed though.

And here it is hanging outside.

I DIY’d an outdoor quilt hanger to photograph my quilts. I will be sharing the quick process in a post soon. I honestly didn’t think this behemoth would fit but it did! You can see in this next pic that it touches the deck.

And here are a few pics of a smaller one I made.

And last but not least, a solids scrappy trips. My boy Wonton approves. I will finish it this weekend and I’ve chosen the perfect backing from my stash!

Thanks for stopping by and ogling my quilt. Until next time, Happy Stitchin’ & God Bless!

A Thread for Life

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1: 5-8

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