Yellow might seem like a bit of a bright and happy color for such a dreary month, but I am hoping that it will bring a little warmth to us all.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
This one will be set straight. We are alternating straight and diagonal, hoping to end up with an equal number of both at the end of the year.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
As promised, I worked up a tutorial for the fabric scrap boxes. Please let me know if anything is unclear or if you need any additional pictures.
Gather together your scraps. I'm working with yellow this time, but choose your color and then gather together everything that you think might work. Leftover triangles, odd ends from strip sets, orphan block, anything goes! In addition to the crumbs and strings, you will also need a few larger bits for lining. Don't worry about choosing your prettiest scraps for these, they won't show.
1. Square up your quilted crumb fabrics: 2 rectangles 7.5 by 10.5 and two squares 7.5 by 7.5.
2. Cut your lining fabrics to the same sizes : 2 rectangles 7.5 by 10.5 and two squares 7.5 by 7.5
3. Cut two rectangles for the bottom inside and outside, they are also 7.5 by 10.5.
4. Cut one extra piece for the handle, it is 6 by 7.5
5. One piece of firm cardboard or foam board which is cut 7 by 10 inches.
A note on sizes. This pattern can easily be modified to make a box in any size. I looked at the shelf where I wanted the boxes to go and figured out what I thought would work there. I've made smaller cubes before and they seemed too small to hold a decent amount of scraps. Though they work great for notions and supplies. Make something that will work in your space to hold the things you want to put in them.
Fold the sewn edge out of the way and line up the next edge, making sure that the raw edges are lined up and the corner not bunched under the sewing line.
Here is your finished box. It is right side in, but you can see how the corners work.
Repeat the above procedure for the lining fabric.
Sew the two ends to the two sides and sew those together to make a tube. Don't forget to stop sewing a quarter of and inch before you get to the bottom. This will be somewhat flimsier than the outside, but the sewing is the same.
Finally, sew the bottom inside to the sides of the lining fabric. This works exactly the same as the outside bottom with one important exception. Leave a large gap (at least 7 inches) along one long edge to insert the cardboard base and to turn the whole box right side out again in the end
Now the moment of truth! Turn the whole thing right side out by pulling everything out through the long gap that you left in the lining. Poke out the corners to make them pointy and trim away excess bulk if you need to. Press the top to make a nice crease where the inside meets the outside. Stitch along the top edge about a quarter of an inch from the edge to add some stability and shape.
Oh Scrap! and Slow Stitching Sunday.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
An InLinkz Link-up
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
It is so cold here that I had to turn on the heater! It makes me just want to curl up in bed and stay put. I felt that way every day of winter when we lived up north. Kurt is in DC and it was hovering around 0 when he landed. Brrr! Glad that it is him and not me.
I think that all the links are up to date on the RSC19 Tiny Tuesday Sampler blocks. There is one scheduled for the morning, but the PDF is available on the RSC19 Sampler tab right now.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Let us know about your plans and progress as the red month moves closer to the end. The linky tool is below,
An InLinkz Link-up
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Sunday, January 13, 2019
All the others were stacked awkwardly in the master bedroom closet. It was hard to know what was there or to get to it at all. I tried rolling them, we'll see if that makes it easier to access particular quilts. The corner closet organizer isn't the ideal arrangement, but at least there is plenty of space. So the master closet is done, along with the space under the sinks. That leaves the drawers and the linen closet. Slowly, I will get to it all. The girls needed to go shopping this afternoon and I was ready to rest by the time we finished all the running around.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
I hope you are all off to a great start with RSC19. I know I've been spending some time sorting and organizing, I'm sure I'm not alone in my preoccupation with having things tidy at the start of a new year.
An InLinkz Link-up
There has been some sewing too of course. As soon as all the scraps were organized it was time to put some of them into blocks. The 2.5-inch squares went into scrappy sprouts blocks. I really like how they came together. This block has been on my list for quite a while now. I think that I will need about 5 of each color to have enough for a nice sized quilt by the end of the year. Then the 2-inch squares went into some 9 patches which I framed in alternating black and white. Each color will make a column of 10 blocks and 8 colors should be enough for a quilt. I might combine orange and yellow. I never seem to have much orange on hand. I'm just starting on the strings, so that might be my project for the afternoon. We have been looking at condos and townhouses on the beach and are meeting with a realtor after lunch. It is starting to sink in that we will have only one child left in the house when school starts again next fall. Where did the time all go?Be sure to check out the second Tiny Tuesday block. It is applique. Don't be afraid to try it. They are just scraps after all. Everything that seems hard now will be easier with practice. I'll try to introduce several methods of applique prep this year. You just never know what you might end up enjoying. There is an ongoing list on the RSC19 Sampler tab in case you are looking for a specific block.
An InLinkz Link-up
Thursday, January 10, 2019
I've been on a bit of an organizational spree lately. There was the pantry, then the spice cabinet. Yesterday was the closet in the master bedroom. This usually happens to me around this time of year. Obviously the sewing room could not be left out of all the fun.
There were also these partial blocks which I wanted to use for something interesting.
I decided to reconfigure them into the beginnings of a Double Irish Chain.
School is finally back in session again and I'm afraid that the sewing will slow considerably. It will be as big of an adjustment to me as to the kids to have to do work again.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
I'm trying to work in some applique blocks this year. I know that not everyone likes applique, but we will start with something nice and easy. Just a circle. There are A LOT of ways to do applique. I'll show you a few options as we work through the first simple blocks, but you should feel free to use the technique of your choice.
Here is your finished circle. Block #2. If you are adding the setting fabric now, use the directions for a diagonal setting located on the RSC19 Sampler tab. I'm still waiting for my background fabric to show up, so I'll catch up to that part soon.