ScrapHappy October

More ScrapHappiness, more pastels again, and this time I’ve made a serious dent in the green pile!

Once again, it’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host  ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

This month I made scrappy blocks in pale green and pale red, and I really like how they look. The red especially contrasts very well with the strong red of my earlier scrappy block.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month?

Either email me at the address on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at):

Usually has a scrappy post:

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)
Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)
Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)
Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)
Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)
Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)
Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)
Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)
Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)
Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)
Susan: https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Cathy: http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com (in English only)
Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)
Tracy: https://itsatsweetsday.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Jill: http://nicepieceofwork.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Jan: http://thesnailofhappiness.com/ (in English only)
Karen: https://mewithptsd.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Moira: http://quiltedsnail.blogspot.com/ (in English only)
Sandra: https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Linda: http://kokaquilts.blogspot.co.nz/ (in English only)

See you again, same time next month!

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ST&D, postcard 3

This is my final postcard, and I thought I’d do something a bit different.

I had some lovely greeny-aqua fabric with images of the Eiffel Tower on it in white. But it was just too bright and too aqua for this quilt, except perhaps in small quantities, where the print would be lost. So I played that old, old quilter’s trick, and turned it over. Using the back has toned down the colour beautifully and given it a textured, vintage feel. The idea of using this Eiffel Tower print led me to the remnants of a piece of very beautiful fabric given to me by Lynn at Tialys. I found a section which was large enough to become the front of my ‘Un Souvenir de Paris’ postcard. It’s not very teal-y but it plays nicely with the background, and I blanket-stitched it on with a peacock green thread to add definition between the postcard and the background. One of my remaining stamp transfers toned well with the butterfly in the corner, so that was stitched onto the back, together with a fabric air mail sticker from a piece of fabric generously donated by Margaret of The Crafty Creek.

I also want to let the whole Ovarian Cancer quilt group know that I had a phone conversation the other day with the Director of Fundraising for Ovarian Cancer Australia, during which she told me that our quilts are incredibly popular at their fundraising events, that they raise hundreds of dollars when the quilts are offered at the live auctions, and please don’t stop making and sending them!

So, ladies, huge congratulations on your efforts, and while you’re still happy to make blocks, we’ll be able to make excellent use of them 🙂

 

ST&D: A couple of corners

Squishy season has arrived, I’d say…

Today I received these beauties, two of the four corner blocks for Signed, Tealed & Delivered. Don’t you absolutely love that wonderful cream background fabric, with its line illustrations of postcards? It was an inspired choice, I feel. Thank you so very much, Sue, they’re really lovely, and now that they’re here, I can start laying out the blocks on my design wall. Of course, I’ll be tweaking things endlessly right up to the last moment, but I do love to watch the quilt top growing as the blocks come in.

Next week is my last opportunity to get my final postcard block done before we go away, so I’d better start thinking. I’ve been diverted from it by starting to put together curtains for Miz Lizzie the caravan; two pairs done, two more to go. She’s in the workshop right now, having her fridge serviced, so I can’t put them up and admire them yet. Soon – early next week, probably.

I must remember to sort out a travel sewing kit for the trip. It’ll have to be small, space is tight enough on the motorbike as it is. Hmm. Maybe hand quilting one of my hatbox blocks….

Oh, and the new steam iron is great! That ceramic sole plate is a bit of a game changer…

 

ST&D: another squishy!

I do love getting those nice fat envelopes in the mail.

On Friday, it was this lovely envelope block for Signed, Tealed & Delivered from Carla. She has the most enviable fabric collection – those gorgeous cats on the envelope lining fabric make me smile!

I’m going to try and get my last postcard block done this week – and don’t forget, if you’ve agreed to make a block or two but are running out of time or life is dishing up a large serve of busy, let me know and I’ll fill in for you.

That’s seven blocks up on the design wall now, and I know more are on their way 🙂 We’re looking good!

Bee, Myself and I #19

And the quilt goes on…

The first two blocks of the second line down are quilted. I’ve had some other things on the go (a rather larger hand quilting job, you’ll recall!), so I didn’t manage the same number of blocks this time as I did last time, but I’m still doing OK. Here are the completed blocks 6 and 7.

The only tricky part is ensuring that the quilting on the body of the hatbox is roughly the same on all the blocks. The two blocks shown here have very different patterns, so I’ve had to be selective about which bits I pick out with quilting.

The easiest way to see if you’re getting it right is to look at the back; without the distraction of the block design, you can tell if the quilting is evenly distributed and not too dense.

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button a fair way down in the left hand column.

Hopefully next time I’ll have a few more to show.

 

 

Beginning with Bonnard

One of my sisters had a landmark birthday yesterday.

It turns out that she’d love a quilt, but hadn’t quite liked to ask, and it wasn’t until I asked if she’d be interested in having one to add to the peaceful décor of her new apartment that I discovered this. We talked a lot about size and the sort of colours she likes, and whether she uses Pinterest for mood boards (she doesn’t, but it’s not for everyone…). She’s also not keen on modern prints. We ended our conversation and both went away to have a think. Next morning, she sent me this, as a guide to the colours and mood she’s after:

Well, as we all know, I do love a bit of blue and green and lilac, so it’s no great hardship for me to make a quilt that references this lovely Bonnard painting. I had a blissful hour or two rootling in my stash*, with the following result:

There’s not a graphic modern print among them, so we’re ahead already. Yes, they’re all batiks, but they blend so wonderfully, and I love the contrast of the warm colours across the top. I’m hoping this effect will enable me to create a soft, watery, leafy effect, with dashes of brilliant brightness here and there.

My sister still has to consider and edit this selection, but I think the bones are there. And in case you’re wondering, the quilt really has named itself. It’s going to be called Bonnard. I think it’s probably also going to be hand quilted, but that’s a long way down the track still. Not quite such an intimidating job as the last one, as this quilt will be only about 60 inches or 1.5m square. Perfect sofa-snoozing size.

*In case you’re wondering, this isn’t folded yardage but individual 2½ inch strips, with maybe two or three exceptions. My stash really isn’t very impressive!

There’s no rush with this one, no deadline, so I can afford lots of thinking time. Having said that, it’ll probably go really quickly!

 

If anyone’s interested, there’s an amazing video of the sale of this painting at Christie’s auction house in London in 2011. It realised a staggering GB£6,400,000, and the auction process is really entertaining 🙂

ST&D: the ribbon and the stamp

And another two! I’m enjoying making these so much that I’m having a hard time keeping up with my own ideas 🙂

Every quilt I make for OCA has the teal ribbon on it somewhere, and here’s where it’s going on this quilt. I wanted to make use of the stamps on the brown paper backing, and thought a parcel of some sort would be the way to go. And then, of course, it needed a ribbon round it, and what better way to finish off than with a teal ribbon bow?

Once of the planned central blocks was a large representation of a stamp. Originally I was going to do something with appliqué, but having achieved some success with the small transfers, I went for it with a bigger one. Australia Post issued a series of ‘Australian Road Trip’ illustrated stamps in 2012, and this is the one for the Great Barrier Reef, right there on my doorstep. It was too good to miss 🙂 The bright colours called for a darker surround and gave me an excuse to use this floral fabric which I’ve been hoarding for a while.

I have one more postcard block to go and then I’ve made the 5 blocks I committed to. If anyone in the Ovarian Cancer group is finding themselves short of time and can’t managed the block(s) they’ve offered to make, just let me know, as I have plenty of time (and inspiration!) and can very easily make more.

While I’m thinking about postal issues, we’re off on a motorbike road trip on 14 October, returning on 29 October. Anyone who’s posted anything in the last couple of days can be reasonably assured it will be delivered before we go, but can I ask anyone planning to mail anything soon to hold off for about 3 weeks, so that your lovely squishy doesn’t languish in the depths of the post office while our mail is held? Anything posted after 20th October should be fine.

That’s enough postal stuff for today. Now, will it be hand quilting, or a spot of embroidery….?