I had so many scraps from my Christmas quilt, I decided to use up a few and do a basket.  I used Noodle-Heads – Divided Basket Pattern.  Previously I had made a few of these and they were quick to make.  Of course, those were made with fat quarter pieces.  This one I used 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 scraps, so it took me a bit longer to put together.

 

I really love this red and gray Christmas fabric.  You can see the quilt here.

What was I thinking when I cut out the lining.  Obviously, I wasn’t thinking.  Of course it was the last piece of this cute red snowflake print.  So off to find something that would work.  Found a gray and it was the winner.

This turned out very cute and a bonus is it fit in the Ikea Expedit cubby.  But I’m not keeping it, it is being gifted with the quilt.

Used my last label, better get my butt in gear and reorder.

 

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Ems Scrap Bag – Moving It Forward Monday

Love Laugh Quilt – Monday Making

Elm Street Quilts – Bag It

 

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As most of you know, I started quilting about 2 years ago.  Very basic patterns and sending out my first few quilts to a longarmer.  I grew past the longarmer or as you could say my pocketbook said if you want to keep making quilts at this pace, you better figure out how to do this quilting yourself.

On to my quilty friends.  I was “chosen” to be part of the 2017 New Quilt Blogger Hop and we started in April 2017.  I met some wonderful folks through that group.  One dear lady, Something Rose Made, and I had similar blog learning experiences and quickly became the problem children.

Over the course of time, we commented on each others posts and she had some beautiful scrappy quilts.  I mentioned that I didn’t really have a stash, but one day I would be make some scrappy quilts.

Several weeks ago, Rose asked for my address so she could send me some of her scraps.  I was thrilled.  After she returned from vacation, she send me a box.

AHHHHHH!  Yesterday I received a box of “scraps” by Rose’s definition.  By my definition it was beautiful FQs and many strips and pieces.

 

The first fabric I bought that was a collection was a jelly roll of by Me and My Sisters Design, Dot Dot Dash.  I have bought every collection by the girls since then.  So I was thrilled to see these FQ’s.  I have no idea and I have a hundred ideas of what I might do.  But we know that making quilting decisions is not quick for me.

Then there are all these wonderful stripes of low volume.  Of course, you guessed it I don’t really have any low volume fabric.

She also included several fun prints and my first Cotton & Steel fabrics.  These may make it to my favorite list.  But I think my favorite fun print is the bowling score sheet print.

 

There were also a few little projects and a beautiful angel pin that Rose made.  It is beautiful and I need to find the right place at my machine.  Maybe she can keep me on the right track as I continue my quilting fun.

Rose I can’t thank you enough for your kindness.  May your day be full of joy and laughter.

 

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I have made 3 Sew Together Bags by Sew Demented.  Can we say lots of zippers.  Here are links to My FirstSecond and Third bags.

I have a small group of girlfriends from high school (that was a long time ago, 1974) and we try to get together at least once a year.  It was time for a get together and I always like to take a little something to share, so it was time to make a few more Sew Together Bags.  Only five of us will be getting together this time and we are headed to one of the girls place in Northern Michigan sitting on a great lake (not one of the GREAT Lakes, but still a great lake).

Thankfully I have some zippers in  my stash from Zipit Zippers.  And I my first two bags made are just hanging around the house waiting for a home.  I only need to make two more bags.  Just need to find some fabric that goes with my zippers.

Here is the fabric I ended up using.

 

Now that I have made a few bags, it doesn’t take to long to get one finished.  I have looked many places for tips on making these bags.  The printed directions are directions and for someone like me (sometimes pattern reading challenged) pictures help.   The Quiilt Barn- Sew Together Bag Sew Along  is the best.  Her pictures and breakdown of each step makes this bag easy.

Here are the finished bags.

I still need to work on my binding sewing by machine.

Here are the four bags that made the trip.

I also brought each a book, The Girls from Ames, it is about a group of girls from Ames and their friendship over 40 years.

We had a great weekend.

I am linking up with

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or Not Friday

Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Whoop! Whoop!

Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish It Up Friday

 

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It is late in the month and I hadn’t even started my OMG for July.  So this morning I got started.  Decided on a NoodeHead – Wide Open Zipper Bag

This appeared to be such an easy pattern and my sister had bought some cute fabric, wanting a few bags.  Off I go to do my bags.

She had bought the material when we were down in Shipshewanna, IN last month.  It is very cute and they vendor had added the vinyl to the fabric.

 

 

Here is my bag.  It was a bit bulky in the lining, since I lined it with vinyl fabric too.  Too much bulk for the inside seams, along with the interfacing.  Maybe I should have tried without the interfacing.

I am modifying my July OMG from 3 bags to 1.  I need to decide if I want to use the remaining vinyl fabric for bags or thread catchers or something else.

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts – OMG

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I had a very slow May in getting things accomplished and June is starting out slow too.  I need to pick up the pace.  Anyone who has followed me knows I like to start and finish a project, before I move to the next one.  I’ll give a little when it is blocks for swaps, charities and bees.  I can squeeze those in with my current project.

Currently, I have three, yes three projects in the works.

I think the last few projects are giving me lessons to learn and not much progress.

First up was Purple Diamonds.

 

I was loving how this was turning out, until the wash and the seam pop.  

I have been pondering the fix and not wanting to jump in until I have thought it through.  Don’t want to fix one mistake with another.  So this is on hold for now.

Lesson #1 be sure the 1/4″ seam is accurate.  Check both sides of the block.

 

Second Project is June OMG.

I started to put together some charity baby quilts with the blocks.  First up looks cute until I look at the sides, which don’t match up.  So I am off to do some investigation, which I am sure will involve a seam ripper.

 

Lesson #2, measure each block after it is completed.  Measure each block after it is ironed.  Measure each block before you put on sashing.  Another words, be sure your block is exact.

 

Third up is my Bee Hive Lily Pad June block.  It is another paper pieced block.  Blossom Hearts Quilts – Busy Block

 

I have it completed, but a few of the pieces have loose edges at the seam.  I am thinking that I didn’t sew all the way to the 6 1/2″ edge of the block.  Today I will be correcting that block.

Lesson #3 on paper piecing sew to the outer edge of the block.

 

In my heart today I would like to start a new project, but my head won’t let me.  I need to get this block done and work on my June OMG, then I can start something new.

 

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Quilt Fabrication – MidWeek Makers

Mama Spark – WIP with Friends

Sew Fresh Quilts – Let’s Bee Social

 

 

 

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