Friday, February 26, 2021

By Jove


 "I Think I've Got It!"

Wonky Stars and Four Patches!

Yellow and Gray ... two of my favorite colors! 

I have been stuck here on my ...

Last Border ~ # 3 ~ Flying Geese

for twenty days and twenty nights.

 Three weeks behind and the last border to be announce on Monday.

This was in part due to prioritizing my Stripes Blog Hop Quilt

and, quite frankly, the "Checkerboard" border unexpectedly gave me trouble.

Not the sewing, of course, as a checkerboard is one of the easiest units to sew.

Size of units, color or units, placement of units all frustrated me.

I have and sewn a set aside many pieces

 and will probably use them for one or more pillow covers. 

Finally, I put it on my design wall and stared at it 

and fidgeted with it 

long enough that my creative quilty muse took pity.

Now, I am happily sewing!

~~~

Interesting Reading Find of the Day: 

Flat Felled Seams

I read this on 

The Creative Blog @ Art Gallery Fabrics 

Have you heard of this?  

Have you tried this technique?

I would love to learn more about this.

I may try it on woven or Essex Linen which have a greater tendency to ravel.

~~~

I have been trying not to see the border choice for this week 

so I can keep the mystery element of the challenge as intact as possible.

So if you do not see me on your blogs or IG feeds, you will know why.

May you have a happy, quilty weekend! 



Thursday, February 25, 2021

I Like Thursday ~ Week #86 ~ Hope Sings


This is "All a Twitter" fabric from Hoffman International.

I bought two yards of the large bird print a couple of years ago at a quilt show.
The text print is actually part of a panel that has seven other prints,
some of which are visible in the folds at the top of the photo.
This is one of my fabric treasures. 



I have a book of Emily Dickenson poems somewhere  with this quote.
 I got the book at the
when I was a teenager and thought myself a poet.

I pulled this fabric out because I am thinking that I really need to sew something with it.
If I leave it near my sewing machine, perhaps my quilty muse will speak. 




I have been re-reading Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
because I came across it when I was cleaning out an old cupboard.
It is what sent me in search of the bird fabric.
I actually read this book when it first came out although I was only ten years old,
because my mother had a copy and I heard her talking about it.
It was a very adult book for me at the time so it had a big impact
 on my growing thoughts about the environment.

It was my mother who taught me to feed the birds.
"Feed the birds and you will never go hungry,"
 was something she learned from my great grandmother 
that she passed down to me. 

There is a bird in this bush.

I heard a robin singing as these bushes are right outside my sewing machine window

so I thought I would go out to see if he would like to pose for a picture.

He did not.

Mr. Robin flew out of the bush in a flash and zoomed away over the fence.

I did see him so I am calling this my first robin sighting of the year.

The first time I heard him was the day of our last big snow.

I am thinking he flew north early as the temperatures in the south have been colder.

It is not common to have robins here in February but it does happen,

even when spring weather is weeks away.

Here is an interesting video about American Robins: 

5 Loveable Things About American Robins 

These guys had no problem posing ... as long as I did not interrupt their lunch.

So this shall have to do for my bird photo this week ... 

... unless I count this Dove as bird.

Why not?

Mr Scrapatch gave me a bag of these and I keep them in a jar

 and have one at night when I am getting ready for sleep.

~

I am thankful for today and for my blogging friends, the

I Like Thursday Bloggers @ Not Afraid of Color

Thanks for sharing with me.

Have a Happy Thursday! 



Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week # 7

 


Time for Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 7



My quilty kitty and I are happy this week to have a finished project

 to show this week.

Completing this quilt on time for the Show Your Stripes Blog Hop 

has kept me busy for the last week

so now I need to catch up on a few WIPs,


like my  SAHRR, which is stuck at Week 3,

as it is now Week 5 and the last border will be next Monday.

 This is what I have on my sewing table today.

I am working on the checkerboard border. 


Yesterday, I made more masks for Mr. Scrapatch to wear to work,

like I have done every month now for a year. 

Green for March! 

Early on we determined he needed masks with neck straps 

so they do not get tangled up in his over the ear hearing aides. 

Click on the this link:

3 Layer Masks with Neck Straps

for how I make these masks.

What are you working on this week?

Please share! 


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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Show Your Stripes Blog Hop ~ My Day



Here is My Showing My Stripes Quilt! 
My quilt measures 64" square to the outside curves 
of my scalloped binding. 
The blocks, which are my version of the traditional Grandmother's Fan Block,
measure 12.5" unfinished.

When I joined the

I already pulled the small fat quarter bundle from my stash for another project
and realized the stripe fabric was perfect for a quilt that features stripes.


I love this quilt and have enjoyed every part of the making ...





My stripe fabric and color palette came from this gift fat quarter bundle.
I chose to use this stripe for both the binding and in the blocks.


I like the dramatic contrast with the soft florals and pastels.
When I was cutting fan blades for fat quarters and scraps,
I knew I wanted to feature the stripe in the center ... 


... and in the binding.

I had to do some searching to find a yard of the stripe fabric online
 to have enough for my binding.  This stripe fabric is 

 Shortcake Fabric by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

it was the perfect finishing fabric for my scrappy pink, white and cream fabrics. 


It took my finished quilt outside to catch a few photos in natural light.
It will be snowing again here soon. 


I love the combination or creams and white and pinks and reds.


I love the dramatic play between the strip and the soft florals. 


I loved the curve so much I decided early on to make a scalloped binding.


I will be posting a mini tutorial on how I cut and sewed the binding soon.


I love everything about this quilt and have enjoyed sharing it with you today.

Please visit all the lovely stripers of the day,

the projects are all amazing and sew inspiring and creative! 

Tuesday, February 23rd

Life in the Scrapatch (you are here)

Thanks to the lovely 

Carla @ Creatin' in the Sticks 

for hosting this fun blog hop.

It is a cold rain outside now and I am enjoying my lovely new quilt
 inside where it is warm. 


My quilty kitty and will also be showing this project for my 

 Curves QAL Started Here 

so I will be posting more photos of how I made my quilt on my blog soon. 

Maestro says thank you for visiting us!

Time for a cat nap on quilt. 

<3 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Binding My Quilt

 


Today, I am slowly stitching my binding to the back of my quilt. 

Of course, I have a lot of kitty help with this.

Katniss is snoopervising.

Nutmeg thought my beewax thread conditioner was a toy 

so I put it tried to put it away in the little tin. 

Nutmeg is helping me by taking it back out. 

With such good help, I hope to be done soon.


Linking up tonight with 


Slow Stitching Sunday @ Kathy's Quilts

Are you Slow Stitching Today? 



Saturday, February 20, 2021

Sneak Peek & Time to Bind


 Quilt Binding Strips Cut! 

This mean that the quilting is done.

Ah! That wonderful feeling when the quilt is off the frame.


Kitties say,  "Sneak Peek only!"

Maestro is laying under my quilting frame on a scrap piece of batting,

which is scrap because the playful kitties ripped a hole in it

 when it was still on the roll on the batting bar under my table. 

Katniss is on her favorite winter perch un the shelf over the radiator.

~

To calculate my binding, 

I have been using this free online calculator for many, many years:


Binding Calculator @ Quilter's Paradise

If you have never visited this site

Click Here for Quilter's Paradise Free Calculators

where they have many useful aides, even a Project Cost Calculator.

They also have a free quilt design software:


Free Quilt Design Software from Quilter's Paradise,

I have never used the design software as I have Electric Quilt

so I do not have any advice or opinion to share.

If you have used this I would be interested in hearing about your experiences. 

~

Do you use any other free online quilting aides?

I am always interested in learning new things. 


My  Binding Baby is well dressed and ready to help me bind the quilt. 

Happy Quilting! 



Friday, February 19, 2021

Quilting



Quilting ... quilting ... quilting ... 


When I take a computer break I find more projects I would like to sew.

Like this free block challenge from Riley Blake Designs ... 



RBD Block Challenge ~ Fabric Requirements Here

RBD Block Challenge ~ Free Blocks


For inspiration and information join 

I have sew many projects in the works,

 I really should not even think about adding any more.

I shall have fun following along and saving the patterns.

Back to quilting ... 



Thursday, February 18, 2021

I Like Thursday Week # 85 ~ Elevating



I am quilting.


Word For the Day: 

el·e·vate
/ˈeləˌvāt/
verb
  1. 1) raise or lift (something) up to a higher position.
  2.       2) raise to a more important or impressive level.




I am trying to elevate my quilting skills.

I do hand guided free motion without rulers or other aides,
guided only by my muse.

I do not aim for perfection, which I know is not achievable. 

I aim only to do what makes me happy.

I accept the bumps along the way as part of my quilting life.

I am happy.

~

Song For the Day
(one of all time favorites)



This is a good song to quilt by.

~
I am linking up with the elevating posts from the

I Like Thursday Bloggers @ Not Afraid of Color

Thanks for sharing with me.

Have a Happy Thursday! 




Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 6

 


Welcome to Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 6 



 Time to quilt.

This is the first quilt that I have done on my long arm this year.

I have a large stack of tops to quilt.

Over the winter holidays, my quilting room became a bit of a storage area

for hiding gifts and tucking away furniture to make room for the tree.

It took me longer than usual to clean up the area 

I need to get back into a routine where I piece and stitch and quilt.

This quilt is for a blog hop, so it is a priority.

I hope to have a finished project to show next week. 

It  feels good to be quilting again 

although I need to build up my quilting muscles 

so I have better control of my free motion.

~

What are you working on this week?

Please show and tell.

Thank you for joining my circle of quilty friends. 

This linky party will be open all week until next Tuesday.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter