When you get an itch, scratch it!

You’ve all heard that old saying, “When you get an itch, scratch it!”  Well, I have an itch.  I just feel like making a scrappy quilt.  The color blue pops into my  mind… and one of my grandsons could use a new quilt.  So today I decided that the scrappy quilt itch needs scratched!

I thought for SURE I had a ton of blue fabric in my basement stash bin.  It turns out I don’t have as much as I thought!  I have about 3/4 of a bolt of solid blue fabric that dates back to the dawn of man (almost).  That will work as the back.  But I want the front to be scrappy, so I pulled out as many different blue fabrics as I could find that weren’t all flowery (remember, this is for a boy).  They are now in my washing machine.  I do need to get myself to a fabric store and buy several yards of plain white fabric, though.  I spotted this design on Pinterest, and it seems like a great way to use up some of what I have.  But you know, I will certainly also look for additional blue prints to add to the mix.  You know you would do the same, right?Fischers.Quilt.jpg

I’m not sure if my quilt will end up looking just like this one… I am still pondering that.  Time will tell.  I have a lot of ironing to do before I can use my fabric.  And I need to make the two templates.  I think I will hand piece the top, as it will give me something to do in the evening while watching television.

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Stay tuned for future updates!  And if you’re working on a scrappy quilt, why don’t you share it with others?  If you’re a member of the Celebrate Hand Quilting Group on Facebook, post your scrappy quilt-in-progress.  

 

How Do You Organize Your Fabrics?

We are all a little different… Some of us are totally unorganized, some of us are messy, many of us have good intentions but never seem to reach them… yes, all a little different.

In thinking ahead, within the next half-year or so, I will have a space in my home that will be dedicated to quilting, so I’m searching for that perfect plan that will keep me on-task and organized. So what do YOU do to keep yourself organized? Do you arrange your fabrics by color? Are they on shelves, in boxes, in bins, or in garbage bags spread throughout the area?storage.jpg

I’ve been all over Pinterest searching for the perfect plan. I have yet to decide. I kind of like this combination of a cutting and storage area, Saved from QuiltWoman.com.

What have YOU done? Leave a comment here on my blog and describe your sewing area. Let’s see if we can problem-solve this together!

Do You Hate Sewing Labels?

One thing about quilting that I really dislike is deciding on how to create a label.  Labels are important on quilts; they usually tell who made the quilt and when.  They can also include additional information, such as who will or has received the quilt, what the occasion was, and so much more.

I wonder why I haven’t created labels like this in such a long time?  They sure are easier (for me at least).

Here are the labels on my Tumbling Blocks quilt.  You will be able to know what year I made it by looking above.  And below, you can see my first and last name!

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I enjoyed making this little quilt.  When I was working on it, my boys were so young!  I used cotton fabric and Mountain Mist Poly batting.  It sure made hand quilting easy, I remember that!  My stitches have not been this tiny for a very long time.  I wonder why? Is it the batting I’m using now, or is it my age?  What kind of labels do YOU enjoy using?  I think I will the label for my next quilt the same way and compare now… to then.