Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Scraptacularity

To borrow a word from Completely Cauchy, Scraptacularity it is.  Last night I had a gloriously relaxing time improv piecing a set of blocks from citrus-inspired scraps.

oh those seams

I used my tiniest scraps, my fabric "crumbs", which really do go a long way if you can figure out a way to use them.  This time, someone else figured it out for me. Thank-you very much!  Or two someones?

Love at do. Good Stitches, June

Jacey asked the Love circle of do. Good Stitches to make scrappy improv blocks with as many scraps as we'd like in greens, yellows and oranges for this month's charity quilt.  She linked us over to Sara's cool quilt, which reminded me of a tutorial I'd been wanting to try.

Scraptacularity tutorial by Completely Cauchy

I followed the tutorial at Completely Cauchy for sewing with bias scraps.  Instead of using paper as my foundation, I used some muslin scraps so that Jacey wouldn't get stuck pulling out paper.  It's a really easy method of sewing that gives you just tons of freedom to use random scraps.  I was actually looking for triangles, instead of avoiding them!

for Jacey

My blocks finished around 9" square and the other at 11".  They're off this week to Jacey, along with a do. Good tag.  (Quilters for do. Good Stitches can order these tags here.  Maybe talk to your host about pitching in to order one yard to share amongst your circle!).   Now I'm thinking about doing some more crumb piecing and maybe making them into journal covers.  Journal covers for the craft show that I can't stop thinking about?

Maybe.

P.S.  Reporting a good morning today, possibly as a result of a new boundary I'm testing - no turning on the computer until after lunch.  Thanks for your support yesterday!

P.S.S.  If you're an active Flickr user who enjoys working in a modern quilting style, please consider joining do. Good Stitches!  You can register for the wait list right here.   I launch new circles just as soon as we have enough volunteers!

20 comments:

  1. I LOVE them, Rachel! Oh, I think they will work perfectly! Thank you, and I appreciate the tag, too! I was wondering how that would work! I'm looking forward to putting this quilt together.

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  2. WOW, AWESOME, love the color mix

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  3. Oh I love your scraps. And the photography is really great. I'm always trying to save my little scraps, but can't find a great container for them, or I guess something that would keep them organized. Any advice?
    Also the no computer before lunch rule: GREAT idea. I hope you succeed!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. When I was starting out, I liked keeping my scraps in large canning jars, sorted by color. Then I had to use small baskets and then drawers. But, yes, jars were an affordable start!

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  4. Your scraps looks beautiful all sewn together! I love putting scraps together. You never know just how it will look when you finish!

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  5. I had to laugh while reading your PS - I've just decided to try the opposite of your new boundry, and do my blogging in the early morning. These late nights on the computer are killing me! :) good luck to you with your new approach :)

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  6. Wow , I've never seem sush lovely scraps.I will have to get my out,see what I can do..xx

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  7. I love scraps, hopefully I'll make something similiar one day.

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  8. I find that if I don't turn on my computer until later in the day, I get so much more done. Same thing with turning the tv on, even though I use it as background noise.

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  9. oh, hooray! what a juicy block. i love those colors.

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  10. I saw that tutorial a while back. I've made a load of 5" blocks up..some nice and neatly trimmed others waiting to be trimmed up (must add to list)
    Love the colour combo on your blocks =D

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  11. Adore those colors together... so fresh and perfect for summer!

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  12. It looks beautiful. Love the colors. Oh, also love your new boundary. Just realized today I need to figure out my computer time as I spent 4 hrs today on it (only did minor housework and 2 loads of wash during, so I am really concerned!!!!!).

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    1. I tend to have the most energy in the morning, so it's a good fit for me. Today I even mopped floors. But, well, it means now I have lots of computer work to do!

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  13. I am excited to make my first blocks for wish do.Good this month, next month I'm quilter and I'm thinking of doing a stamps quilt, we shall see!

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  14. I really like these colors and the pattern to your scrap block is great. I have a huge bin that I'm getting ready to get started on.

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  15. I really love what you did with these...great job with putting the colors together!

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  16. such beautiful blocks. jacey has an eye for good stuff! ;) i need to order some do.good labels. thanks for the reminder! xoxo

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  17. I was trying that scrapularity tutorial for some blocks as well, but was wondering - when you overlap more than 1/4", did you pull away the overlapped fabric from the paper to cut off your quarter inch seams when necessary? You seams look pretty good, but in a few places where mine overlapped, I ended up cutting off the back stitching from a two previous pieces. I don't know if that's an issue or not. It looked as though she overlapped pretty generously in the tutorial in places.

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    1. I did not pull out the paper to trim seam allowances, but I did trim them if necessary before stitching so that none would be really huge!

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