Friday, 29 November 2013

Building Blocks Doll quilt : Scraps 101


Is anyone else inspired by the colours of their kids' lego blocks?  A couple of lego towers Ruby had left lying on the carpet gave me the inspiration for a quilt so I thought I'd try it out using the brown bag technique. 

I took some of the small blocks, matched them to solid scraps from my scrap stash then put the lego blocks in a brown bag and drew them out at random to make two towers, one taller than the other.  I wanted the quilt towers to be the size of the real towers, so the scraps are quite small - they were 1 3/4 inch x 1 and 1/4 inch before piecing.  The background white is scrap pieces left over from Ruby's quilt.

Front and back have two towers, vertical towers on the front and horizontal on the back.  I quilted around the towers (front and back), then added quilted towers of varying length in the negative space.

Front (left) and Back (right)
Good view of the quilted towers
If I make one like this again I'd have more towers and have them stacked at angles like in the photo at the top of this post, to make it a bit more interesting.  This is project 5 of my Scraps 101 series.

Linking up to:
Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Made By You Mondays at Skip To My Lou 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Gift cards: Scraps 101

I made these gift cards by folding an A5 piece of cardstock in half, adding a small dab of glue to each scrap and then machine sewing a row of stitching. The bunting cards are project 2 of Scraps 101; the washing line cards are project 3.

The next two cards use corrugated cardboard for the bird shape and scrap fabric feathers which are pushed into the cardboard or glued onto the body - the key to these is the direction of the corrugations in the cardboard.  This idea is from "Recycling Things to Make and Do" - these two are project 4 of Scraps 101.

Linking up to:
Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Monday, 25 November 2013

Grocery bag holder: Scraps 101

Thanks to everyone who took a guess on my last post - it was such a fun way to do a giveaway that you can expect more take-a-guess-and-win type giveaways here in the future.  We had two people guess what it was - the winner is Deborah Gun, check your email Deborah!

This grocery bag holder with a scrappy strip adds a splash of colour and personality to my pantry.  This is project 1 of my new Scraps 101 Series.

To make one of your own, here's an add on to Craftiness is Not Optional's tutorial.  Check out that tutorial for what you need, then find some scraps of varying widths (mine were 1 - 2 inches wide) and 2 and half inches long.

Sew your scraps together to form a scrappy strip 22 inches long and 2 and a half inches wide.

Measure 2 inches from the long edge of your main fabric and pin your scrappy strip lengthways, 2 inches from the edge all the way down, right sides together.  Sew scrap to main fabric using a 1/4 inch seam, then press scrap strip so that the unsewn edge now sits flush with the edge of your main fabric.  You could baste it down an eighth of an inch from the raw edge, or just pin it like I did and treat it like one layer of fabric.

Now go back to Jess's tutorial and continue on from the start.  Instead of cotton tape I used a scrap piece measuring 2 inches x 7.5 inches, which I folded right sides together along the long edge, then turned right side out.  The main fabric of my holder was a thin polyester white fabric I found in an op shop (someone else's scraps), I'm glad I've found a way to put some of it to good use.

See you back here in a few days for some more scrappy goodness!

Linking up to:
Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest 

Friday, 22 November 2013

A Finish with a Twist - Scraps 101 and a GIVEAWAY!

Here's a Friday Finish with a twist - I'm not going to tell you what I've finished, I want YOU to tell ME what I've finished!  Everyone who takes a guess by leaving a comment on this post will go in the draw for a charm pack of Kensington by Emily Taylor Design:

Want to win me?  Go ahead - have a guess!

I'm launching a new series here on the blog, inspired by Crazy Mom Quilts' 101 Scraps project, which I'm calling ... Scraps 101.  I'm setting myself a challenge to make 101 things using scraps and I want to keep you entertained and maybe even inspired along the way.  There'll be some giveaways (starting with this one), some guest posts, a linky party and lots of scrappy goodness. There will be something for everyone: ideas you haven't seen, ideas you probably have seen, some quirky projects, some ugly projects, some pretty projects.  There might even be ... a quilt.  Gasp!  I know, I know, a quilt made with scraps?  How do I come up with these ideas?

This is my first project which I'll share with you on Monday.  In the meantime, why not take a guess at what it is?  Here's a clue:  It is useful around the home, I've made one before and I have blogged about it sometime since June this year. 

What am I?
This is open to everyone, all correct entries will go in the draw to win the Kensington Charm Pack, if noone guesses correctly then everyone will be in the draw, we'll randomly draw a winner on Monday NZ time.  Good luck!

Linking up to:
Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
TGIFF hosted this week at Never Too Hot to Stitch

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