ScrappyTripAroundTheWorld: Design Wall Update


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Any clue why this block is called Scrappy? I didn’t use scraps. I had to cut fresh 2 1/2″ strips from stash. I guess because it “looks” scrappy.

Anyhoo, I have been accumulating blocks since I first showed them to you up on my design wall the beginning of February. (On the bottom left)

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I had been making them on and off in between my other projects. After finishing the Crossroads to Jericho quilt top, my attention turned to Scrappy Trip Around The World (STATW).

When I first started making these blocks, the process seemed easy enough. Cut the strips, sew them together, press, sew one side to create a tube, trim the top for a clean straight edge, cut into six 2 1/2″ sections. Whew!! I am tired just typing that.

HERE ARE THE STEPS IN PHOTOS.

Cut and sew together six strips. 2 1/2″ by 15″

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Press with seams in opposite directions.

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Sew one side to form the tube.

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Cut tube into six sections of 2 1/2″ each.

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But wait!! Not finished. Next comes the fun part. Getting out the thread ripper and removing the seams you just sewed. Yep, you have to “undo” the seams to create those pretty columns. I prepared a few at a time so they would be ready to sew back together when the urge hit me. Pinning to match up the seams was sooo time consuming but I preferred it instead of ending up with unabutted (is that a word, 😀 ) seams.

MORE PHOTOS OF THE STEPS.

Ripping out seams to form strips.

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The first time I did this, I was so confused and ripped out the wrong seams. It was a head-scratcher. Until I figured out the trick. The trick is this. Whatever fabric is on the BOTTOM is the fabric you rip the seam for next. It is like you are going bottom to top.

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Ripping done. All six strips lined up with the burgundy fabric going diagonally down the center.

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Each seam pinned before sewing columns together.

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And done… perfectly abutted.

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I pressed the blocks so I could see them all nice and flat up on my design wall.

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Not happy with the “pink” sections. They stand out too much. Thinking about pulling them and making a little quilt with just them. Right now the blocks measure 76″ by 76″. Six across and six down.

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One thing… I am so glad I decided to used a burgundy color for the centers. Easier to see the diamond pattern.

BTW, in case you are wondering… I am happily bonding with my new sewing machine. Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700 QCP.

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It seems to sew quieter and is much faster than my old one. I had to dial the speed down. Couple things I have to get used to. The Up and Down Needle Setting won’t stay engaged. I am constantly pressing one or the other. My old Janome had a selection on the screen and when I selected it, that setting overrode the button I pressed on the machine. Does that make sense? So.. not happy with that and also it is awkward having to reach all the way to the back of the machine to lift up the Foot Lifter. My old one was on the side. Closer to me. Oh well.

But so far, those are two things I am adjusting too. Still reading. Still learning. The main reason I got it was for quilting. (Well, actually hubby “got” it. He paid for it. He was tired of me complaining I did not have enough quilting space. 😀 What a guy!!) It has three separate quilting feet. Loving that. Going to try them out today or tomorrow. Wish me luck!!


Have you jumped on the STATW bandwagon? How many blocks did you make? Do tell…

Go here if you would like to make your own STATW.

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/scrappy-trips-around-world.html

Crossroads Quilt Top, Leaders and Enders Quilt Blocks and Charity Pillowcases


It’s been awhile since my last post. But I am still here. Alive and kicking.

Want to see what I have been working on?

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I finished the quilt top for my Crossroads to Jericho blocks near the end of February. Nine rows across and eight rows down. 72 blocks. Each block is 9″ square. I ended up with 20 extras and could probably make the quilt top wider or longer. But for now, I think I will leave it as is. 78″ by 70″.

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It wasn’t until I was sewing Rows 3 and 4 together that I figured out an easier way to get the points to line up correctly. It isn’t perfect but I am happy with how it turned out. Here are a couple closeups.

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And in between making that quilt top, I made all of these blocks.

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I am calling them my Leaders and Enders scrappy quilt blocks because that is how they were made. Sewing this way slows you down a bit but time I have. I wasn’t in a rush. There are 56 blocks up on my design wall. Ready for me to sew together.

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Each block measures 10″ square. Most are Log Cabin or my version of the Log Cabin. I let the fabric speak to me and placed it where I thought it looked best.

These are my favorites.

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The BEST PART… I now have my scraps totally under control. I started off with a handful of each color (except brown, saving them for later). I thought about cutting and trimming each scrap, Scrap Management, and doing what the “experts” say to do. But then I would still be cutting and trimming. I decided to Grab and Sew working from a huge pile of scraps plunked down right in the center of my work table. I even used my stash when I ran out of longer strips for the last round (10″ strip). That felt really great. Scraps and Stash. Even selvages were used for several blocks.

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Did I use up all of my scraps? Nope. Still have lots left. But I did take the time to somewhat organize what was left by size. Long strips, squares/rectangles/odd shapes. And bits. LOTS of bits. A huge bag full of them. Tiny pieces 1 1/2″ or smaller. I couldn’t part with them. I will use them for smaller projects like doll quilts.


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I also made my charity pillowcases the L and E way. In between everything else. Hubby said it looked like a tornado had hit my sewing room. I have to admit, I had stuff everywhere but it was organized stuff. I knew where everything was. Originally I was setting aside two or three days a month to make the pillowcases. But sewing them as enders has worked out great.

Don’t you love these fabrics!! Bright. Bold. I made 22 for February and already have seven started for March.

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Sorry I didn’t do a February roundup to show you what I made. I didn’t make a lot of stuff. Mostly I worked on Crossroads to Jericho blocks, Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks and my BOM blocks. Oh, and I made a heart themed mug rug for a swap in one of my quilt groups. I will post photos on my sidebar.

Hope you have been crafting and doing what you love. Did you miss me? 😀


Linking up to…

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/mini-sunday-morning.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2013/03/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-little-designing.html

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/link-finish-friday-58.html

http://aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/03/really-random-thursday-31413.html

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2013/03/we-did-it-wednesday_12.html

http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/03/linky-tuesday_12.html

Crossroads To Jericho: On My Own


And now a few words from the Design Wall… 😀

Last time you saw me, I was hanging around with three of my good UFO’s friends. I am on the top right and my name, so I am told, is Crossroads to Jericho.

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I was little three weeks ago, only six blocks.

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But look at me now!! Happy to report, I am big enough to require my own space. I am 8 rows wide and 8 rows long. Each block is 9 1/4″.

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Nothing much to do so I will just hang here until my owner decides to stitch all 64 of my parts together. She might even decide to make me wider and longer. I am told there is a process called quilting. Hmmm. Wonder what that is? 😀 I will probably get folded, all nice and neatly. And stored away somewhere.

Well, so long for now. Maybe I will see you again around November. Take care.

I Made A Quilt Design Wall

Here’s what Quilt #2 looks like now. 14 more blocks completed.

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I bought 4 yards of white flannel to make a design wall but it isn’t long enough. Will have to buy more. For now, I am using batting.

This batch of blocks turned out better than the first eight. I am figuring out what works best for me.

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At first I was putting the strip on the bottom so I could watch what the seams were doing as I sewed over them. But when going over the “bump”, the presser foot seemed to skip a stitch. And made the seams crooked. So.. I switched and put the strip on top before sewing. Problem solved.

This will be the center.

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I want this quilt to be larger than my first one, so I am thinking I will need about 30-40 more blocks. The unfinished block measures 9 1/2″.

And I still have to “quilt” my first quilt top. Going to work on it today.