Saturday, October 13, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

I love the end of the year.  Finishing is always so much fun!  I have a few straight setting options for your consideration.  I did mine is a straight set with lattice strips and multicolor cornerstones.  What are your plans?

Straight setting options:
5 inch blocks
1.5 inch unfinished units = 5 inch finished blocks
30 blocks
Straight set 5 x 6 with 1 inch sashing and 1.5 inch border: finished size = 33.75 by 39.75
Cut 49 sashing strips 5.5 by 1.5 inches.
Cut 20 cornerstones 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches

7.5 inch blocks
2 inch unfinished units = 7.5 inch finished blocks
straight set 5 x 6 with 1.5 inch sashing and 2 inch border: finished size = 49.25 by 58.25
Cut 49 sashing strips 8 by 2 inches.
Cut 20 cornerstones 2 inches by 2 inches
10 inch blocks
2.5 inch unfinished units = 10 inch finished blocks
straight set 5 x 6 with 1.5 inch sashing and 2 inch border: finished size =  61.75 by 73.25
Cut 49 sashing strips 10.5 by 2 inches.
Cut 20 cornerstones 2 inches by 2 inches

15 inch blocks
3.5 inch unfinished units = 15 inch finished blocks
straight set 4 x 5 with 1.5 inch sashing and 2 inch border: finished size = 70.25 by 86.75

Cut 31 sashing strips 15.5 by 2 inches.

Cut 12 cornerstones 2 inches by 2 inches

Anna is home from college this week and we have a family wedding coming up in North Carolina.  The hurricane was far away from our side of the state and we never saw more than a windy day out of it. It is horrible to see the devastation that it has caused.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

I love new months.  New Colors are so much fun.  This is the last official month of the Squared Away Sampler blocks.  Mari has directions posted for the last block and I'll be back soon with PDF files to share and save.  I'll have options for finishing off your blocks soon.  I set mine straight with two-inch lattice strips and bright cornerstones.  It will be fun to see how other people want to finish theirs.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

New Month and New Color

A new month is always an exciting time here at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  It means time to roll out a new color.  For October it is going to be dark and sage green.  We will have the last squared away block on Saturday which will leave us all plenty of time to finish up the quilts before the end of the year.  

Saturday, September 29, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - Winding Down Blue

It is starting to look like fall as we wrap up the dark blue month.  Even though I could work for a lot longer and not be out of blue, it will be nice to shift to a new color on Monday.  I hope you have all been able to make a dent.  the linky tool is below. 


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Saturday, September 22, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

There is just one more blue Saturday after today.  I hope you are all making a dent.  Blue seems to be the color that just keeps giving.  Every time I did into my blue bin I am surprised at how much is there.
 I spent last weekend digging in to find dark blues to turn into hexies.  After there were plenty of those, I moved onto the teal blue to make sure there were plenty to spare.  I'll be taking these with me to a working trip to Jacksonville next week to work on state test editing.  Plenty of hand work should keep me busy in the evenings. 

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

Just back from 5 miles on the beach.  I am sandy and sweaty and wet.  Off to shower and will check back in soon.  Hopefully you are all finding sewing time these days.  I keep thinking that things will slow down soon.  Someday it will I'm sure. 


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Saturday, September 8, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

I'm off for a run this morning.  10 miles, but I'll check back in.  Hopefully everyone is getting a start on blue.  Blue is one of those colors that just keeps going on and on.  I'm happy to have two months to try to make a dent.  I think it is a soothing color.   Maybe its the sky?  It could be about the ocean.  In any case.  I'm glad to have another chance to make a dent in the blue bin of scraps. 


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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Quilters Meet and Greet

Welcome to the quilters meet and greet.

Hi, I'm Angela and I am a scrap quilter.  I've been a scrap quilter for as long as I can remember.  Almost every quilt that I make is scrappy.  I'm not sure where all the scraps come from as I never seem to make non scrappy quilts. I keep working to use up all my scraps, and while I use them all up, I just seem to keep making more.  
Trying to be more systematic about using up scraps, I decided to start the Rainbow Scrap Challenge several years ago.  By choosing one color each month on which to focus, the goal was to encourage more people to use more scraps.  
 I usually have several quilts going at any one time.  I love to work with simple units which can be reused in different ways.  These 9 patches were made each month for several years of the RSC.  One year I set them on point with framed black and white corners.
 On another year I framed the same blocks and alternated them with stars.  Mai Tai Sunrise was the result.
For the past several years, I have also designed blocks for a monthly quilt along.  This one is my favorite so far.  Different 6 inch blocks serve as the center for Sawtooth stars with alternating chain blocks.  
 I really enjoy this one too.  It is just random 6 inch blocks, but it was lots of fun working to come up with new blocks and tutorials each month.
A special thanks to Benita for hosting this quilter's meet and greet.  Be sure to visit her blog for more details.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Upkeep on Sunday

Hurray for three day weekends!   It is already Sunday and I would usually be worried already about catching up on school work.  Instead I spent the morning sewing this quilt top together.  The postage stamp stars were put together over time as part of the rainbow scrap challenge.  I have several quilts worth.  I think a nice wide border will finish this off and then some loop de loops for quilting. 
I'm blocked out of the sewing room for a bit as Kurt is trying to fix a window.  It is supposed to move up and down on some sort of spring, and one day when I went to open it up, the spring just popped right out.  He has his engineers problem solving face on right now as he is researching window repair options. 
While I wait for that to get all fixed up, I think that I will work on some maintenance of my own.  My poor blog has been sadly neglected lately as the school year has steam rolled right over me.  Just when you think all the balls are flying along in the air, one of them will drop and demand attention again.  Somehow I haven't been getting any e-mail notifications on comments, and the tabs are all out of date. 
That will leave tomorrow open for school work.  We had quite a time with textbooks last year due to funding cuts and my AP Biology class did not make the list.  We made due with cast offs from dual enrollment as they get new books whenever they are available.  So this summer I switched everything over and made support materials to go with the "new to us" books.  Then last week I got notice that funding had become available and we will get new books after all.  So now I'm back to the drawing board and need to shift again to get everything correlated with the newer books that should come in soon.  Good news of course to be getting new books, just a bit more work to make it all line up.  Hopefully a nice long holiday Monday will let me make a big dent.  

Saturday, September 1, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

It is a new month, which means that it is time to put away your oranges and get out your dark blues and/or dark neutrals.  It also means that there is a new block for squared away.  Just one more block to go.
Here is a link to the tutorial from Mari
Here is a link to the PDF file for the September block


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