Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hands2Help - Guidance From An Expert!!

Hi, all!

Sunday has rolled around once again, and that means it's time for a little Hands2Help action!  This week we have another great guest blogger - Sharon from Vrooman's Quilts.

"The Airing of the Quilts" at Sharon's house in 2014

Sharon's was one of the very first blogs I started following, and I'm so glad I found it - she is the most prolific scrap quilter I know!  She's always working on beautiful blocks, sharing her storage tips, and creating beautiful quilts, all from scraps.  She's my hero - especially since I started on my own scrap odyssey!  She's got some great tips and ideas for us today - so I'll turn the blog over to her!


Thank you Sarah for inviting me to guest host one of the Hands2Help posts.  I'm Sharon and blog over at Vrooman's Quilts .  I love to play with many techniques and styles of quilting, but my passion is SCRAPS.  I have developed my own system of fabric/scrap storage using a modified version of Bonnie Hunter's.  BUT I will never tell anyone how to cut down to a specific style.  You have to define yourself as a quilter and how you use your fabrics.

I am here today to discuss 'management' of scraps.  In other words - USE THEM.  You can't cut down or store them in any kind of system if you don't know how you are going to use them.  Do some research of basic blocks, beginner blocks, blocks that use a specific unit, blocks that use a specific technique.  File them or print them off and use them to form your system.

I love how Sarah has used the very basic 9-patch this year to showcase some stunning quilts by pairing them with another block or varying the setting to give it another look. I love playing with basic blocks and working with blocks that use squares  (a huge part of my storage system), but did you know that the 9-patch can be made using different techniques?


Using single scrap squares either mixed scrappy, planned scrappy, or left overs from a project.  You can sew them single piecing or use the web method.


Great way to use up those left over jelly roll strips, strings, and left over binding pieces.  If you need a tutorial or math chart - Good One HERE 


If you are like me, you have an over flowing tub of strings meant for string blocks.  Two strips together, math is easy.  Mine here are 2" strips and I need four sets plus one single - 2 x 5 + 10"  plus 1/2 wiggle, but that strip set was long so no worries.  Lay them out as shown, piece the 'twosies' in a row, add the single to that one 'twosie' and add to the side.


And yes, you can make two 9-patch blocks using two squares.  Easy math and great way to use up those left over layer cakes or your larger scraps.  Rather than do up a mosaic, HERE is a great tutorial

Remember, scrap management isn't just 'how do I store them' - it really is about using them.  Thank you for visiting today.


Thank you, Sharon, for a fabulous and truly helpful post!  Just a reminder, if you use scraps to make your quilt, it's like getting a free quilt - and giving those quilts to charity makes it so much sweeter!  

Be sure to come back next week when we'll have another great guest blogger!  I really enjoy seeing what others like to share with us - things I would never thing of sometimes, and always interesting.  And if any of you are interested in trying a guest post, keep it in mind for next year - I'm always looking for interested parties!



Saturday, April 30, 2016

Paducah Recap!!

Hi, all!

Well, one week ago today I was in Paducah, KY at the AQS Quilt Show!  Quilt City, USA is quite the place during quilt week - definitely a bucket list experience if you've never been.  We did some antiquing - where this jumped into the back of my car to come home with me...

...and of course, I had to get some strawberry shortcake, a Paducah tradition!  Mmm, so yummy!

I got to meet a blog friend, Jan Ochterbeck, in real life as she was there promoting her new book, Cut and Shuffle Quilts.  What fun!

And I had a chance to snap a picture of Lara Buccella's new book, Crafted Applique, on the AQS store racks.  I'll be doing a review of Lara's book on May 13th - be sure to catch it, as she's got a neat new technique for applique that you're going to love!  Had a great conversation with one of the staff members about how they publish their books, too.  What a treat!

And oh, the quilt-y eye candy!!  There was so much to see, and I remembered to take pics of a few of my favorites...

This gorgeous quilt was made up of one-inch squares!!!

I love this quilt - the left corner is made up of wonky nine-patch blocks and the quilting was amazing!

This quilt is one of Christa Watson's quilts - what a great use of scraps!!  I had fun spying out scrappy quilts this year - looking for inspiration for the Wednesday blogposts!

I love the colors and the flow of the leaves this quilt.  The quilting was pretty amazing, too, but hard to photograph!

And this one has to be my all-time favorite!  I've always wanted to make a Storm At Sea, but this one just takes my breath away!!

The one thing I noticed as I looked through the quilts was how many of them were appliqued.  I don't know if that's a trend or if it just happened to be what made it through the jurying process, but it was interesting to see...

 Then there was the shopping!  With so many vendors to choose from, it would be easy to spend a fortune, but I tried to be a little frugal.  I did find these adorable name tags for the dresses I make my grandkids - they came from our friend Shannon at Fabrics N Quilts!

I found this really cute pattern for a Christmas tree wall hanging - I'm thinking it might look great made with those left-over green strips from my March project!  Time will tell...

And in one shop, we found this great wall hanging!  If you don't know, our church's quilt ministry is named Piece*Love*Quilt, so this just HAD to come home with us!  I'll finish it up and we'll hang it on the door to our "sweatshop"!

And of course, no trip to Paducah would be complete without at least one stop at Hancock's of Paducah!  I found some cute fabrics...

The rocket ship fabric will be for a dress for Emmy, who LOVES rockets.  The Basic Grey prints just spoke to me, and I'm sure I'll find a project for them.  I think the Kaffe Fassett prints and those two Kona pieces will work together nicely for a quilt someday in the future, too!

And then I saw this!  Oh. my. goodness....  These are sold by a gentleman who makes great die-cut metal barn quilts to hang on your house, inside or outside.  The company name is Classic Metal Company, and you can see their website here.  I have one hanging by my front door, and I also have a ruler rack that I love!  So this had to come home with me too...

And then I had a great idea!  I talked to the man who owns the company, and he agreed to become a sponsor for Hands2Help 2016, which means that we now have a beautiful metal barn quilt  that will be going to one lucky participant in this year's Hands2Help Challenge!  Woohoo!!!  Be sure to check out his site and keep it in mind when you need to give a quilt-y gift (or when you want to get one!) because these things are awesome!!!


So that's my recap of our Paducah weekend!  So much to see and do, and I always forget to take pictures as I go - sorry about that!  As I said, this is definitely a bucket list experience - I hope you'll get to go someday too - and if you do, be sure to let me know you'll be there, and maybe we can meet up IRL!!



Friday, April 29, 2016

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Whole Lotta Quilting Going On...

Hi, all!

Welcome to Friday!!  It's time for us to get our whoop whoop on again - I hope you're ready!  Remember, as always, it doesn't have to be a finish (good thing, because I haven't finished much this week!) but just something you are doing a little happy dance about!  Let's get started...


It's been a busy week for me - a lot of this has been going on...

...resulting in this stack of five quilts ready for binding.  They will be part of my big secret project (more on that to come soon!)

Tomorrow's task? A whole lotta binding...

I also finished this pretty orange peel top this week - I wish I'd had time to quilt it, but I guess that will have to wait a little longer!  

And when I was in Paducah last week, I went to a fabulous antique store and found this beauty...

 Isn't she gorgeous?  I was trying to talk myself out of buying her, and then my daughter texted me "But it's Mommom green!"  You see, my grandmother (Mommom) loved that particular shade of green - she painted almost everything in her house that color, including her refrigerator!  Well, that was the kick in the seat of the pants I needed - and so she came home with me.  I think I'll call her Jade!

She's a model 185J, made in St. John's, Quebec, Canada in 1954 - I wonder if that means I'll get the urge for a double double when I'm working on her?

And in honor of her pretty color, I decided to celebrate spring and sandal weather and paint my toenails jade green too!  

 So - - - can I get a whoop whoop??


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?

What's making you do a little happy dance?

Share - because we want to dance right along with you -
And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight -

Hope to see you there!