Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wonky Log Cabins

I went a little crazy with wonky log cabin blocks today.  I started this block thinking is was going to be for my mug rug but ended up just making a 12.5 inch block for one of my charity quilts instead.  The fabric just was not perfect.

I tried a difference angle for my next try.  I used texty fabric and gray fabric.  I liked it much better.  I wish I had hand sewn the binding on the back though.  I just don't do machine binding very well.  Practice makes perfect.  This is for my scrap swap.  I have lots of fun scraps.

I have a couple more mug rugs that I am working on.  Going to try a different tactic for the binding.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Taming my Scraps

I finally could not stand my overflowing scrap bucket any longer.  I got as far as ironing every fabric and sorting by modern scraps, traditional scraps and strings.  There was a lot of fabric in my scrap bucket. It seems to be able to replicate itself and create more scraps.  Ha.  I have it tamed for now anyway.

I did not realize how much grey and texty fabric I had in the scrap bucket.  I forgot I made a quilt for my oldest son out it and had lots leftover.  I am going to have a separate plastic box just for my grey fabric.  I think I got carried away with purchases.

You can catch a glimpse of my new Olfa Splash rotary cutter in the right top corner.  I love it.  It is the best rotary cutter that I have used.  So comfortable.

Hopefully I can get back to my Tula Pink City Sampler blocks this week.  I have been trying to get my bee blocks done.  I think I need to up my hexie sewing skills.  I always seem to be sewing the wrong sides together.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bottled Rainbow and Wonky Log Cabin

I got my scraps out to work on my Bottled Rainbow QAG blocks.  I had not touched them for a couple of years.  I saw someone had finally finished their quilt on Stitched in Color on Flickr.  I decided to get out some blocks and play.

My favorite is the yellow.  I have five done in total.  It is a fun use of scraps.  I did not realize that I had so many yellow scraps.  It is very bright and colorful.  I hope to have all sixteen blocks done by the end of the year.  It should make a fun charity quilt for my friend's charity.

Bottled Rainbow QAG from QAL Stiched in Color

While I had my scraps out I did a pink wonky log cabin block.  Now that I have my scraps organized by color again it should be easy to make some more wonky log cabin blocks in a rainbow of colors.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Quilting with a Modern Aesthetic

I decided to take off in another direction with some of my quilts.  I would like to explore more "modern" quilting.  I enjoy making slabs of fabric out of scraps and creating blocks.  I enjoy making traditional blocks made with modern fabrics.  I enjoy making "wonky" blocks. This venue will give me a chance to explore my "modern" side.

Wonky Log Cabin

I participated in one of Madame Samm's blog hops.  I made this cute wonky log cabin blocks and did a tutorial.  That was great fun and the first time I ever attempted a tutorial.

Improv Block

I made this when I was practicing for the QuiltCon Block Challenge.  I bound it and gave it to my sister for a mini-quilt hanging.  She had commented that it looked like a Mondrian painting.

Wonky Stars Quilt

I made this from a tutorial by verykerryberry QAL.  It was my first time with wonky stars.  I was inspired by a quilt that I found on Pinterest which had a link back to the QAL.  The actual tutorial for the wonky stars is from Silly BooDilly.  

As I add more "modern" quilts to my pile, I will keep on posting.