Sunday, August 14, 2016

PVQA August 2016 BOM- another Scrap Buster!

  “Scrappy Two-For-one”                                                          10“ unfinished

This is a real scrap buster!  Get out your scrap bag and look for Bright / Kid fabrics in strips ranging in width from 1.5” to 3” and 21” long (1/2 of a width of fabric or use the whole width and you will get 4 blocks per strippy set!).  Bright solids, dots, stripes, checks and other bright graphix will also work.
If you don’t have any of these kinds of scraps then cut a number of strips in a variety of widths from 1.5” to 3.5” and 21” long. Enough to add up to a strippy unit 10.5” wide when sewn together.  
 Sew / Cut
1- Sew all your strips together starting and ending with strips that are at least 2.5” wide.  Press all seams in one direction.
 2- Cut two 10.5” squares from your strippy unit made in step -1.

 3- Place the two squares right sides together matching up the strips.  Mark a line with a pencil down the middle of the matched squares.  Pin along the line in a few places. Sew a ¼” seam on each side of the line.
 4- Cut the squares apart on the pencil line and press the center seams open.

Here you can see how the two strips look different because the length of each strip reverses from one corner to the opposite corner!  Thus the name "Two-For-One"!
 Trim to 10".
These are fun and easy blocks.  You can sew up a whole mess of these in no time!  And it makes a fabulous kid's quilt!
Have a great week!
Cheers, CW

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Latest Quirky Old Quilt

While at the Sister's show I happened upon this String Quilt at one of the local Antique shops located on the main drag in Sister's.  A humble quilt top to be sure, but full of interesting details!
Right off you can see that the center rows were probably made at the same time while bottom and top rows were added on at some later date.
Here's the back side.
It was clearly foundation pieced on to newsprint, but unfortunately the paper has been torn out leaving only unidentifiable remnants.
The blocks are mostly machine pieced but here and there were some hand sewn strips.
The lavender flowered fabric is a rayon.  This is the add-on row at the top.  The rayon sashing is probably the main reason the top row is so wonky!  
The fabrics are mostly '30's, 40's maybe reaching into the 50's.  The striped and dotted shirtings make it difficult to say because they were so widely used over a long period of time?!
But this tan floral fab (only one piece in the lower right) is like that kid's game asking "guess which one does not belong?"
Did the maker reach deep into their granny's scrap bag to the 1800's for that scrap or is it some random 30's reproduction?
I don't know but it's fun to speculate!
Have a great week!
Cheers, Claire W.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pondering more Orphan Blocks

Here's another mess of Orphan blocks from that large stash that I was given in June.  In the search for UNITY in any design there has to be something that pulls everything together.  All the parts need to have some commonality.  It can be achieved in a variety of ways: color, tone, theme etc. I've always maitained that you can mix any BRIGHTS with any other BRIGHTS.  One Bright in a bunch of soft colors shouts; but, throw it in with a whole bunch of it's own kind and you have a loud party.  Well that's the idea behind this grouping. Now I just have to figure out the geometry of it all, how can I get them to fit together?!  
Stay tuned.
While the above grouping presents a big challenge some blocks just say "put me together fool!"
These six blocks came with a little extra fabric to make the corner stones and I had the yellow for the sashing in my stash and Debbie D. gave me the batik for the border and ta da, instant top!
It could be a cake mix?! 
Fun and easy and just the right size for a Vets lap quilt! 
I don't have much patience for making the same block over and over but give me a bunch blocks that go together and I can finish the top in a jiffy!
Just one of many reasons I feel so lucky to have been gifted all those orphan blocks!
Have a great weekend!
Cheers, Claire W.