Archive for August, 2012

Self Made Pre-Cuts stacking up

August 29, 2012

I don’t know if I’m bragging  here, but I’ve never bought a pack of jelly rolls or charm squares in my life. I’ve admired the pretty colors, the over coordination of a particular line of fabric and hated the pinked edges.

I make my own pre-cuts and have amassed boxes and boxes of them. I’m a Bonnie Hunter fan and like her scrappy style. I’ve come to like a large number of Kim Brackett’s designs too – but you don’t need to go and buy overpriced pre-cuts.

I’m also justifying these home made pre-cuts as a first step in conquering the scraps- so they are stacked in a different studio  place and no longer qualify for the dreaded scrap category.

I’m reorganizing  and studying the scrap pile and seeing what I can get done with the one week remaining in this self-challenge. That and the fact that best friend Becky will be in Powell River this week-end and I want her to be able to at least find a chair so we can chat.

So let me just stand up and declare that the boxes of charm squares, bricks, braids, 2.5 inch strips with the pattern book are NO LONGER SCRAPS!!! They are fall projects ready to rumble!


Is it that time already?

August 23, 2012

Checking calendar………., nope , there’s really only 2 weeks left in August and then we begin Fall activities. I have also checked my goal for the string block marathon, and find I’ve fallen behind. I did not take into account that there would be all this lovely gardening weather in the evenings that would keep me from the sewing room.

I have received my new shiny copy of String Fling by Bonnie Hunter. She does not show new shapes of foundations on which to sew strings, BUT she does show the use of straight or diagonal pieced blocks  incorporated  into piecing of larger blocks and gives a whole new view of how to used scrappy bits.

She’s used some extremely tiny scraps, to make small blocks of 5-7 inches. I like the look of almost all her patterns and so will simply enlarge to suit my own size blocks.

Bonnie has also renewed my commitment to try a full size pineapple quilt. I’ve done pineapple blocks for many years, but never more that 9-16 blocks in wall hangings. Now’s the time to do a whole bed quilt.

I do not like to use a foundation of fabric or paper for pineapple blocks, but instead use starch and lots of squareing up after each full round is sewn to each block. We’ll see how I feel after a full quilt size, won’t we?

So now I have:

– a full box of 2 inch strips for pineapples

-a full box of 2.5 inch strips for several jelly roll patterns, as well as cutting for braids, and cutting for 4patches to go in a friendship quilt.

-many more strings to add to my latest pile of earth tones for a renewed attack on string blocks. I hope to have a good pile completed for show and tell at our first fall guild meeting.

We’re supposedly getting some rain in the next week, so I will find the time to  include some photos in the next post and bring you all up to date.