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Scrap{Bee} Blocks

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In 15 years of quilting, I've amassed quite the scrap collection. It's time to do something with these little gquilty offshoots. As I mentioned in my goals this year, I'm on a Scrap Bin Mission in 2013. I'll be looking for and sharing different ways to organize scraps and fun projects that use them throughout the year.

To kick off the mission of scrappy madness goodness, I'm going to share with you the blocks I've received from my Don't Worry {Bee} Happy bee mates.

Back in November, I showed you my test block...

Basically, I sent each bee mate some scraps in one colour, some strips of neutrals, as well as these instructions.
I got this block back from Katie...

From Elyse...
 From Alisha...
 From Heather...
 From Chelsea...
From Charlotte...

Thank you bee mates -- your blocks are even better than I had anticipated!
To their blocks, I've added...
In addition to three more blocks still to come from bee mates, I will make several more blocks in other colou…

Works in Progress Wednesday - The Procraftination Edition

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Yes, I'm procrastinating, or procraftinating as I saw recently on an e-card; doing crafty things instead of what I'm supposed to be doing. Except...can you procraftinate from finishing another craft project?

I've been holding off from quilting Su{Brrr}nova and Seeing The Forest For The Trees because I was waiting for the machine insert for my new Gidget table. Santa brought me the table for Christmas, but the insert just arrived on Monday. Woo hoo! I've been adjusting my work set up and getting used to the table. Hopefully this will mean fewer shoulder/neck issues when I'm free motion quilting. No more excuses to get at those quilts now, right?

So how have I been procraftinating?

New Projects:

Something New Sampler: I am having sooo much fun with this quiltalong! On Monday, I shared these blocks:

This week's blocks are Sashiko and Reverse Appliqué. I'm already done mine and loving them both. I never understood what was the big deal about Sashiko before. Now I…

Modern Block Monday - Rainbow Brights

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Usually I show you blocks that I'm making for my Modern Block Sampler, however, I'm going to show you some modern blocks that I've made for other purposes today.

Here are my first three blocks from the Something New Sampler. They measure 7.5 by 14.5" unfinished.
Anybody else thinking Rainbow Bright here? ;) I'm loving this project so far. It's always fun to try a new technique in a small, easily-managed block or project. Two more blocks are up this week -- Sashiko with Jess @ The Elven Garden and Reverse Appliqué with Lindsay @ Lindsay Sews.

I'm also going to give you a sneak peek of the trapunto block that I designed for the sampler. I'll be providing a tutorial on trapunto for this block on next Monday, February 4th. Yes, trapunto isn't just for traditional heirloom quilts. It can give great punch to a modern design too.

And last but not least, is this fun block that I made for Katie, the Queen Bee genius behind our Don't Worry {Bee} Happy ga…

TGIFF! - Wee Spy - Canadian Style

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Now that this little puppy has made it safely to its new home, I can share my second commissioned Wee Spy quilt with you.

It's made for a new little girl born in sunny Burbank, California. It's loaded with a good dose of Canadiana for its new Canadian-American owner. A girl's got to know her roots, eh? :)

I've made many of these Wee Spy quilts over the last seven years, but each is unique just like the baby for whom it's intended. 48 different novelty fabrics in 6" squares arranged randomly, surrounded by a 3" border that coordinates with the backing.

I make the Wee Spy quilts gender neutral so they can be passed down or around, but sometimes I'll include a few fabrics geared towards the family (ie. boats for a family that enjoys sailing, music notes/instruments when I know the dad is a musician, etc.). This quilt has some Canada fireworks, hockey equipment, Christmas moose, and plenty of maple leafs...and an American flag. :)


They measure ~ 40" b…

Seeing The Forest For The Trees - A Work in Progress

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Seeing The Forest For The Trees top and back are together and I couldn't be more pleased! Before we get to that though, I wanted to share a quick tip about getting different sized blocks to a consistent, but unusual size.

With this piecing style, you can imagine that the finished blocks were all different sizes. I got them all roughly to 9"-9.5" by 13.9"ish for playing with the layout. However, before I pieced the top, I needed to make sure they were all a consistent size. I could have trimmed them to 8.5" by 13.5" but I wanted to maximize the size of the tree blocks, even if it's only by .25" or even .3" -- it adds up over a number of blocks!

I tried putting tape guides on my 12.5" by 12.5" ruler, but the height of my block is larger than that.

I found the smallest block, which was 8.85" by 13.8". I put masking tape on my cutting board to the size of 8.75" by 13.75", and used the cutting lines of the mat to trim…

The Answer Is...

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I trust no one lost sleep last night over my question yesterday? ;) For the Facebook How Many Squares? puzzle, the answer is 40 squares of different sizes. However, with the way I laid out my version of Tabatha's block that I shared yesterday, I realized that there were more squares in my block. Whoops! I found 56 yesterday, but today I could only find 54. Here is my chicken scratch solution:


If you find any more, let me know!

A question that came up from a number of you is what the heck is ringette? Ringette is an team sport for girls played on ice. It was invented in 1963 by Sam Jacks in North Bay, Ontario. I've been playing it since I was four and I love it. It's not rough like hockey, lacrosse or football, but it doesn't pretend that girls are delicate little flowers either.

Ringette is well established in Ottawa and has a big adult league for all skill levels. I even play in the summer here (it's awesome coming out of a cold arena into the hot air and vice ver…

Modern Block Monday - How Many Squares?

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First, I want to say a big thank you to the wonderful members of the Richmond Area Quilt Guild for giving me such a warm welcome Wednesday night. I had a blast with you!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I was away at a ringette tournament in Montreal this past weekend -- without the family, which felt very weird. Four games in two days has left me very stiff and sore today. We did well in the round robin games, but got walloped, both figuratively and literally, in the semi-finals. It's been a long time since I've played a game that was that rough and out-of-control so I'm very thankful that I'm just sore and not injured. It felt a little more like roller derby than ringette. LOL!

Welcome back to Modern Block Monday! It may not always be on a Monday from now on, but it is for today. When Tabatha at Bending Pins showed me her How Many Squares? Puzzle Block, I knew I had to give it a go. It's based on the viral How Many Squares Puzzle that's been circulatin…

Works in Progress Wednesday - The Early Edition

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First WIP post of 2013! I'm posting this early because any non-child time tomorrow will be spent prepping for my lecture at the Richmond Area Quilt Guild tomorrow night. Very excited, but nervous too.

So what have I been up to since my last report? A lot!

New Projects:

Scrappy Trip Along: I took a sip of the Scrappy Trip Along Kool-Aid last week and I'm hooked. Did another 'test block' to see if this is what I'll ask my bee mates to make for the Simply Solids Carmine group (so my colour!). I suspect that I may 'test' this block some more. ;)


Completed Projects:

Commissioned Wee Spy: Started and completed. Will share photos once the quilt arrives in sunny Burbank, California.


Current Projects: 

Su{Brrr}nova: Top complete and I love, love, love it! More details here.


Seeing the Forest for the Trees Quilt: It's back on the design wall this week and I can't thank you all enough for your feedback yesterday. I tried out Debbie's idea of flipping the trees so…