What are your plans for the weekend? Use misterlinky below to share your rainbow scrap progress.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Design Wall Monday. Darn job keeps getting in the way of my sewing! Just 5 more days of school though, so sewing time should be plentiful in the near future. Yesterday I worked on the OMG blocks. I didn't actually complete any new blocks, but there are lots of pieces in the pipeline. I decided to go ahead and put everything up on the wall to see where I need to focus my energies. So far nothing in the red or blue area has made it all the way to the wall. That goes on the list for today.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
This is all that was left at the end: A swimsuit coverup, shorts, flip flops, goggles, and a bikini top.
So today will be a quiet day. I am sure that sewing will be in there somewhere. The t-shirt quilt got picked up yesterday just in time for graduation on Wednesday. I think with the money I will buy some more fabric. I've used up so many scraps lately, that having something new would be really nice. Best of all, it is a long weekend, which means more time to sew.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Just 5 more school days, so I am thinking that I will have more sewing time very soon. I got a burst of end of year energy after AP and EOC testing finished. Updating lesson plans and web sites has been a priority in the evenings lately, but I can sense that shift will occur soon.
Believe it or not, there is still one more week of green to enjoy, so go ahead and share your progress so far, but don't panic if things aren't all wrapped up quite yet.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Use the easy angle ruler with the 2.5 inch strips layered right sides together. Cut 4 HST units. While you still have your background strip handy, cut one extra 2.5 inch square.
tutorial for those is found here. This is the last of the green blocks for this month. Lighter shades will come out to play later though, so don't worry if you aren't out quite yet.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
This block will need a combination of 3.5 and 2 inch strips. The darker green strip is 3.5 inches. The lighter green is 2 inches. Add to that a 2 inch strip of background and you will be ready to go.
Start with the darker green. Use the easy angle ruler to cut 4 HST units. The sizing on these is always easy to figure out. For whatever size square you are making, just cut strips the same size as the unfinished unit.
Next you will deal with the 2 inch strips. Figuring out the strip size for quarter square triangle units is a little bit trickier, but when using the companion angle ruler, they have given us some help. This time you are dealing with the finished size of the square you will be making. Because our subunits are 3.5 inches unfinished, that means 3 inches finished. Looking at the ruler, just find the large number along the edge that matches your finished block size. Notice that the three along the edge is on the same line as the 2 with an arrow in the middle? That means that to make a 3 inch finished block with quarter square triangles, you will need to use 2 inch strips. You can layer your green and background together if you are feeling bold, or cut each color separately. Either way, you will need four triangles of each color.
Here are your pieces ready to sew:
4 large triangles in dark green
4 small triangles in lighter green
4 small triangles in background color
For those of you who do not use specialty rulers, it is easy enough to cut these units from squares. For the smaller quarter square triangle, just cut a square 4.25 inches and then cut it into quarters from corner to corner along each diagonal. For the larger half square triangle unit, you will need two squares which are 3 7/8 inches, cut in half along the diagonal. There is a complete tutorial and sizing chart here.
There is also a method of sewing from corner to corner of uncut squares, but it yields two mirror image units which would result in your pinwheels spinning in opposite directions. Here is a link to a youtube video which explains how it works.
Start with the small triangles, layer them right sides together and sew along the short side of the triangle. Make sure all the triangles go through the machine in exactly the same arrangement. I did mine with the green on top. If you do some with the green on top and some with the background on top, the final block won't come together quite right. Trim dog ears and press the seams toward the green fabric.
Your pieced units should be exactly the same size as your large green triangles. Place them right sides together and sew along the long side of the triangle.
Here are your four finished subunits. Arrange them so that the long seams all point to the middle and the dark triangles rotate in a pinwheel fashion. If you have sewn your light green triangles consistently, they should look like they make a square on point behind the dark greens.
Here is your finished sampler block. Notice how using two different shades of green gives it a dimensional feel?tutorial found here. This is a three block month, so be sure to check back for the last sampler block and directions for alternate blocks.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
First though, I did the drawing for the fabric giveaway for May, and Heather is the lucky winner. She blogs at Peachy Pages and wasn't sure she had enough green scraps to work with for two months. Congratulations Heather, if you will send me your snail mail via e-mail, I'll pop off to the post office with some beautiful hand dyes by Vicki Welsh that might someday yield scraps to add to your green collection.
As for everyone else, misterlinky is below ready for us all to share our progress with the darker or brighter side of green.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
It was nice to have plenty of sewing time this weekend, because today I am in Houston with Anna at ISWEEEP which is The International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, and Environment) Project Olympiad. Quite a name, but it is an environmental themed science fair and Anna got a bid during our local science fair. She is so very excited. We will have field trips to a science museum and the space center while we are there, and while the judging is going on today I will be on a walking tour of the city. I did bring along my orange peels though, so maybe I will get a bit of handwork done on the plane. How are your dark and bright greens coming along? Use misterlinky to share with us all.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
School is starting to calm down a bit. AP testing is just days away and EOCs will not be far behind. Anna and I will head off to Houston next week for ISWEEEP, an international environmental science fair. She is so very excited. We will be there for her birthday actually, so I've promised that we will find a cake to share with the other science fair people. Then June will take us to upstate New York for the Genius Olympiad and August is for Costa Rica. Thankfully July is wide open though. I am looking forward to summer vacation. So many quilts to finish and so few days to sew! One day at a time though, and today will be Lacrosse for Sydney and time to play with some green scraps.
Use misterlinky below to share your own May plans with us all.
hand dyed fabric by Vicki Welsh. I've already cut into mine to make the first sampler block of the month posted yesterday. There will be three dark green blocks this month, so be sure to check back often.
Friday, May 1, 2015
The smaller 6 inch version of the block will need 2 inch strips for the star points. Use green strips together with the easy angle ruler to cut 8 triangles for the star points.tutorial found here.
Next, add the larger star points using the Sawtooth Star tutorial found here.