Pretty in Pink - Finished!

A finish made entirely of scraps and stash! That has to be my favorite kind.

This quilt was inspired by my overflowing pink scrap bin, and Jasmine's Reverse Stars. I chose 3" finished squares because that was the size of the Kona scrap I had leftover from the chevron top.


In retrospect, I probably would have made less hearts. They ended up being a little hard to space out on the top, and they're a bit more overwhelming than I was going for. Plus, I could have used more pink scraps!


I quilted the pink portions in loose loops, then tighter-but-not-really-matchstick in the hearts.


The binding is also scrappy - lots of 2.5" strips!

Definitely something I would do again - I can close the top of the pink scrap bin now! And since it was all pink, I could just ignore the fact that some of the fabrics were glaringly bright.


Quilt Details
Fabric: scraps, Kona Bone
Backing: unknown pink remnant
Binding: scraps
Size: 45" square
Pattern: reverse hearts - similar to this block

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Weekly Progress - Striped Table Runners

Y'all. I have a new addiction.

And it's not a TV show.

Or Benedict Cumberbatch.

{CC....still a PITA!}

I took a class on these striped table runners, because my mom bought the witch fabric a while ago and asked for one. I bought the pattern in Oklahoma, but finally committed to the class here, because I wanted someone to hold my hand for the first few cuts.

They are so easy, once someone holds your hand through the first few cuts! A yard and a half yields two long runners and one hexagon one, with only a little bit of excess fabric.

I may have a problem. But at least it's a quick project!

Finished

Reverse Hearts top - ready to quilt!

Quilting

I feathered all the blocks of Chunky Log Cabin, but ran out of time before I got to the borders. Back on Wednesday this week.

Unquilting

I have been picking out the quilting in Skorca for a while now. I originally quilted it at home with my walking foot, and it was terrible. Not in an "oh, I think it's terrible but it's really kind of okay" - really, terrible. 

It was well pinned, but see that bubble behind Skipper? The quilt kept shifting and stretching over and over with each line, and it kept getting worse. My stitches were awful - I'd hit a massive seam and stop, then have large jumps when the walking foot finally made it through. There's puckers all over the back.

I made it about halfway across the top and quit last year out of frustration. I honestly think Bonnie Hunter's patterns can't be quilted at home with a walking foot - there's just too many seams and bias edges.

Enter the long arm late last year, and suddenly Skorca is a viable project again. I'm down to one episode of Downton Abbey of stitch picking to go, and the plan is to get it quilted and bound for the Dude's birthday. Only two years late!


Piecing

Weekly Churn Dash - the border from Flirt, because I love Flirt so very much and I would make every churn dash this month from it if it hadn't been a jelly roll.


Spin Cycle is moving along well. Once all the square-in-square blocks are done, each block goes together quickly.


I'm debating using the dark blue from Happy Go Lucky. I like it...but I think it's way out of the color scheme, and would be distracting. I don't need it - I have plenty of fabric to finish without it - but...I really love those puff balls! Thoughts?

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Weekly Progress - TV Binges

This week, I watched every episode of Downton Abbey and Sherlock.

Oh, right, quilts.

Um, thanks to the binging of DA and Sherlock, I finished off two quilts this week.

{Oh, and actually watching DA did nothing to cure me of my desire for the fabric. I even want Edith's colorway now. Oh, Edith. And watching Sherlock did nothing to cure me of my desire for Benedict Cumberbatch. Though who needs a cure for that? Yum.}

QUILTS. Um, yes. That's what this post is about.

Finished

Vera Bradley - just a sneak peek. The binding is on, and I'm busy burying the quilting tails. Full post on Friday.


Piecing

Weekly Churn Dash - a favorite pink scrap from Bad Romance. Look, it's an adorable birdie in the top left HST!

And all four of the pinks.

And I looked through my notes on last year's RSC, decided on the number of blocks I want, and made the remaining pinks. 

Mostly because I knew I needed more beige Dimples to set this one, and I need it for Cat Tails, and I need it for something else but I need to find my notes on that after I remember what THAT is, so I can put in one order. 


Finishing old projects sucks when you can't find your notes.


Almost finished piecing the top for Reverse Hearts.

And since I'm almost done with Hearts, and I finished a commissioned quilt and a baby quilt and a UFO this month... {Oh, yeah, I pieced the back for Chunky Log Cabin and I'm quilting it today. Freehand feathers within the zig-zags. I'm terrified!}

Anyway, with all those finishes, it was time to start something fun for me. This is Spin Cycle by Cluck Cluck Sew and it's wonderful. The instructions are clear, it goes together rather quickly, and the blocks are adorable. Mine is from hoarded Bonnie and Camille fabrics.


Oh, and it's prettier than the picture. These were all taken late afternoon during a snowfall, so the lighting was terrible. But the snow is pretty!


And I organized my batting - very big chunks, chunks, strips, skinny strips, and a bag of too-small bits. The skinny strips are being chopped into rag quilt size. The scraps are going to be scissored into pillow stuffing size.

But when you share the sewing room with the playroom, and you clear the floor of project boxes and batting scraps, something else begins to take over...

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Weekly Progress - BOMs and UFOs

This week was a mixture of finishing and some block work. I'm still trying to settle on a good day to do my monthly BOMs...first Monday seems obvious, but...it just hasn't happened the first couple of months.

BOM
This is the 13th 12" block for the Fat Quarter Stars. I made the hourglasses before and decided not to use them because there wasn't any of the background fabric. I'm still not sure...but it's a block. And I found my list, so I can go ahead with the 9" blocks while I ponder this one.

Quilt Doodle Row-Along - I shrank the house block down to 10" to fit my plan. I think it will need a button wreath of some sort on the door!

And my weekly churn dash - it's really much brighter than the photograph! This was used as part of a dress for my niece, and it's just a very cheerful pink.

Finishes

The wind was disagreeable for getting a good picture, but the Vera Bradley quilt is pieced. I'm backing-hunting and quilting this week!

And since I was on a roll, I put the borders on the Chunky Log Cabin. When I finished the top, I swore I was going to keep going until it was done...in November...2012... But I already have the backing, so this time, I swear, it's high on the quilting list.

Piecing
I prepped the binding for Four Patch Frenzy, so that will get done this week.

And finally, the Reverse Heart project. It's been a leader/ender, so progress is slow, but slicing willy-nilly through my pink scraps has been fun.

I also stole back a storage table from the office and emptied two boxes of UFOs. Sure, technically it's just moving them from one holding place to another, but it's open wire bins. I can see them a lot better {and feel guilty} and they're separated out into their levels of done-ness. And I don't have to go digging through boxes trying to decide what to do next. So hopefully that will help move some projects to the done pile in the near future.

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