Monday, 14 March 2016

Digging into the precuts.

Every so often at the meeting I am asked how I cut up/store my fabrics when they are smaller than a f1/4 or f1/8th.
  Usually the bits land in a drawer until I find time to cut them up into usable  pieces. The pieces that I use most often are 2.5" strips and 5" squares.  After that if there is fabric left I will cut it into 2" and 1.5" strips.  If I have scrappy quilts on the go I will also cut pieces to use with those, then when I want to work on them I pull out the container and I have pieces cut and ready to stitch :).
Karen came across a great scrappy pattern that one of the gals had at sew day the other day.  I thought it would be a great retreat project so I figured out what I needed and went to my bins.  I had tons of 2" strips already cut so the only thing I needed was 3 7/8" squares .  Into my drawer of bits that
 I hadn't cut yet, and voila, tons of fabric to cut up into usable pieces for an awesome scrap quilt.
Its handy to have some sort of system in your sewing room to help make your quilting as fun as it should be. 
All of these strips were already precut in my 2" bin.  So far all I have had to cut are the squares.
How do you store the little bits that are left over? 
Happy Quilting Friends :)

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Happy Saturday

Just a friendly reminder that this Wednesday is Club.  Bring along all your Show and Tell to share with the group.
We will be getting back to our Build a Quilt this month and be talking about Cutting and Measuring.  Bring along your favorite rulers to share with the group as well as any tips you have for cutting or measuring.  
Check out the Sew Days Page as I have added all the upcoming Sew Dates.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Working on a WIP
Today I was cleaning the office, since I could barely move in there since Christmas!!
  I keep all of my quilting books and magazines in there as well as some WIP's (I have run out of space in my sewing room!).
  Any how as I was cleaning up I came across a BOM quilt that I started in 2011 I believe.  It is the Coxcomb Medallion quilt by Susan Garman.  As always I was gung hoo at the beginning and slowly started to fade around month 7 and haven't even touched it in a few years!!

I did finish the center applique and a few of the borders before I started fading and I really love how it looks.
I have decided that this will be one of the many UFO's that I work on this year and I plan to make great efforts to finish it (I am sure my friend Theresa M. will make me stick with it)!!  My plan is to work on the blocks at retreats this year.  I like having small projects all  cut and ready to go and this would be perfect!!  One of the borders is all 6" finished blocks, another is random 3" finished blocks and the final border is Flying Geese....224 to be exact!!
I know many of you have been doing an awesome job completing some of your WIP's and that fantastic!!  Are you keeping track of how many you have completed so far?  Do you start a new project when you finish an older one??
Club starts back up on January the 27th at 7pm.
  See you all there, and don't forget to bring your show and tell and any great quilty Christmas gifts you may have received.
Happy Stitching everyone :)