Saturday, December 14, 2013

A wonderful year of Scrappy Colors

And here we are at the end of our year of using up scraps.  It has been such a wonderful feeling to get many of my very old scraps used up.  Looking forward to what next year has to bring. 

We still have lots of snow even tho it's warmed up some.  Looks like we'll get some more cold before it's over.  As I keep telling the hubby, "It's still winter."

I'm so happy with the way the umbrellas have turned out.  Had to pick a color for the 12th block and decided to balance the quilt with a gold.  
I had planned to use a rainbow stripe for the sashing but my daughter suggested a blue with raindrops.   Didn't find any raindrops but did find this batik that looked like water puddles.  Thank you, daughter, for the suggestion, it was a great idea.

I'm going to wait to quilt it for awhile.  Have too many other quilt tops that need to be quilted.

Jump over to Scraphappy Saturday to see what projects others have been working on.  See ya next year.

Have a wonderful Christmas
                                  and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

ScrapHappy Rainbow Roundup

Brrr Brrr!  It has been a very cold week since Wednesday.  We haven't been above 0* for the last 3 days and have set record cold temps for each of those 3 days.  Wonderful time to stay indoors and get lots of quilting done.

With no color designated for the month of December I had to decide what color the last block should be.  I decided a light yellow-green would be great, balancing the bright yellow, light blue, and pick blocks.

Then came the choice of sashing.  That was harder because there's so many colors in the Danish Delight blocks.  I picked a floral with a good array of pastel, rainbow colors.  I'm not sure it was the best choice but if I quilt it heavily it should let the blocks show up a little better.

I'm waiting for a special material to finish the umbrella's.  Should be able to pick it up tomorrow and will work on it this week.  Also, I have to decide what color the 12th block will be.

This year has been fun and I'm looking forward to next years scrappy challenge.   To see what others have done with all these colors go to ScrapHappy Rainbow Roundup 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday Brown

It took me awhile to get going on the Novembers Browns.  Not because I don't like's a very nice color and fits this time of year perfectly.  It just seems I've been soo busy with other things.  I know, that's just an excuse, but sometimes it works very well.

I really like the way this turned out.  There were a lot of good prints to choose from and it was hard to narrow it down to just eight fabrics.  Getting real excited about putting it all together. 

Jump on over to ScrapHappy Saturday to see what others have done with their browns.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday Shadow Play

Where has the year gone?  It's the last Saturday of October and next Sunday week we'll get to change our clocks back to normal time.  I think my body's clock has already adjusted to that time.

I gathered up a lot of different Halloween fabrics and made this cute Halloween quilt.

Not too many blacks in it but had to add it for the seasonal aspect of it.  It was easy to make.  I might try it in a more planned color theme next time so it looks more like it's woven.

This was the pattern we made for Octobers Project Linus quilt.  I'd been saving up these music theme fabrics and threw in a red solid and a white solid for contrast.   The sashing is a piano key boarder from some Elvis material someone didn't want and gave to PL.  It was a perfect fit for this piece.

Hop on over to Soscrappy to see the other shadowy projects.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday Shadow Play

Ooooo, it's the month of witches and goblins and scarecrows and black cats.   In the Rainbow Scrap Challenge our color is blacks and greys.  At first you might think that would be a dreary quilt color, but I've made some really cute black and white quilts over the years, as in these two. Both of these quilts are from scraps found in the Project Linus boxes of donated fabrics. 
Dear Hubby acting as holder.

And here is the umbrella in black and grey.  I was surprised at the amount of different blacks and greys I had in my scrap bin because it's not a color I would use naturally. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday Baby Blue

I thought August was a busy month!  September took off at a run.  I'm still waiting for life to slow down, and I don't have any children at home that are starting school.  But I did pick up my 20 year old granddaughter from the train station this week (the reason for the business) and even tho she's living with my mom I still have to take her around town to find a job as mom doesn't drive any more and doesn't have a car.  It's going to be nice to get to know this granddaughter better as she's lived a long ways away for many years and we've only gotten to see each other once a year, at best.

Searching for baby blues in my scraps was not an easy job.  Blues not being my favorite color I just don't have a lot of it.  And, since the graduates all seemed to want blue quilts, the blues are going fast.

 I thought I'd give you a teaser look of what the whole quilt will look like.  I've been looking at different quilting designs in anticipation of quilting it.  Of course the design will include some kind of rain drops.  I'm thinking of sashing it with a rainbow material, if I can find the right piece.  I bought one piece the other day but I think it is too bold.

To get other quilter's take on the blues hop on over to SoScrappy.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday Baby Blue

Here it is the last Saturday of September and we've had some cold rainy weather and I started the first wood fire in the stove.  It seems way to early for that but as it's our main source of heat and I don't like to be cold there's not much choice.

I wanted to do something quick and simple for my scrappy baby blue quilt so I chose a pattern from Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting web site called Anni by Heather Jones. Her quilt was 68" square.  I made mine about half that size.

This was very simple and it went together very quickly, fitting all my requirements.

After I had three sides of the borders on I realized two of the panels were going the opposite direction form the original pattern.   Oh well!  I think it's a pattern that can have a few different looks.  I didn't really want it to be just like hers anyway.  :)     I'm calling it Baby Blue Annie.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday Red

Boy, can you believe this is the last Saturday of August?  And I can't say I've gotten much done in the red department.   It was a busy month.  Took a much needed vacation to see both daughters and the grandchildren.  The oldest one was suppose to come home with me (she's 20) but she had something to finish up after I left so she'll have to come at a later date.

Getting my red scrap box out was fun.  I think this is a wonderful idea because my scrap boxes get cleaned out and all the small stuff gets cut into squares and put in the appropriate size box of squares.  I use a similar storage system as Ann Weins from Sweetgrass Creative Designs so it's nice to get all the small squares put together.

Every square is a different material and I wasn't sure I'd have enough pieces.  There are some pieces that I've had since forever.....small flower prints from the 1980's,  It feels really good to us them and know they won't look too out of place with the other, more modern pieces.

For more red scrap projects jump on over to Scraphappy Saturday.
Also linking to Barbara's Cat Patches for the August NewFO Linky Party.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday Red

Boy, am I slow this month.  It's been a very busy month all ready and had to squeeze time in to get my umbrella block done.

I have one red print that is as old as the hills.  See it to the right of the handle?  There's lots more of it yet.  Maybe if I keep using it some day it will be all gone.

Check out more red scrappy quilts at ScrapHappy Saturday.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday, Teal Quilt

It's the last Saturday of July and our time to play with teal has come to an end.  It has been a fun color to work with, I just wish I'd had a better selection of teals.  Note to self:  start working with teals in more quilts so you can have more scraps of this color.  Haha.

Most of these prints are from clothes I made for my girls when they were younger.  Others it's hard to know where they came from .....they just seem to BE in my scraps.

Check out the ScrapHappy Saturday cite for more teal creations.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday Teal

I love this color choice.  And this is about all I had in 1 1/2" strips.  Teal isn't a color I've made much from so my choices are slim.  Did find enough for a baby quilt to make later this month but it was slim pickins.   

Jump on over to  ScrapHappy Saturday  to see what others have done with this lovely color.

Friday, June 28, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday - Yellow

This is the last Saturday for the color yellow.  And I actually got my yellow quilt done.  I choose this  Baby Mobil by Kat Conklin Designs and drafted my own pattern.  Looking back at it I didn't make it quite like hers so that makes mine unique, right?  I thought the black "frames" would bring out the yellow more then it did and the muslin background helped to wash out the  yellows.

The bottom picture was taken outside after the sun went down behind the mountain at the back of our house.  Really needs some sunshine to bring out the colors.  You can see the colors a little better when the picture was taken indoors.   

When cutting out my scraps there was an Easter egg print (top right) and a pumpkin print (bottom left) in the yellow scrap box.....oh well, might just as well add them.

I took a class from called "Creative Quilt Backs by Elizabeth Hartman.  She has some wonderful ideas and since the fabric I choose wasn't wide enough, an I had plenty of yellow 5" squares cut I created a fancy back.  I think I like the back better then the front.  

Saturday, June 8, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday Challenge - Yellow

June is finally here and the sun came out and there is summer.  Perfect for the June color choice of yellow for the Rainbow Challenge over at SoScrappy.  Yellow is one of my favorite colors but it's not a color that stands alone well.  And I don't have very many scraps even being one of the favorites.  

I'm starting to get anxious to quilt this quilt....I can just see the raindrops on the umbrellas.   I think this yellow one will need the quilting so it will stand out from the background more.  Looking forward to getting all 12 of them done....half way there.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday - Bountifully Bright Blue

Continuing the Bright Blue theme for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge with a quilt top that I really like.
I wasn't sure I'd have enough of the white with the blue flowers, had to cut two pieces on the bias instead of the straight of grain, but when I sewed them all together I couldn't tell when I put them in. 

I thought I'd never get done piecing the 17 nine-patches but they really didn't take that long.  My blue scrap box is really starting to look empty.  I might have to switch it with the green boxes soon.  I have lots of green scraps left. 

 I was too late in getting the green quilt done so I thought I'd add it today.  I just did a simple decorative stitch around the four patches.  When it was done it had a nice puffy look to it.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Scraphappy Saturday Challenge - Bright Blue

For this month of scrappin our hostess chose blue but then divided the blues into three different categories.......bright blue, pastel blue, and turquoise blue.  Diving into my blue scraps and trying to divide them up was a challenge in itself.  My blue scraps are really dwindling.  For some reason, since I'm not a blue person, a few years ago I had more blues then you could shake a stick at and now, after a few blue themed quilts for graduations, I find the scraps are disappearing at an alarming rate.  Which is a good thing, I think, as most of them are 20 to 30 years old.

I tried a lot of different scraps before I found the perfect 8 (not that it's perfect perfect).  This is a very fast block to make now that I've made 5 of them.

Linking up with Soscrappy.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Scraphappy Saturday Challenge - Green

Woo, it's been a busy month!  My granddaughter competed in the state Geography Bee the first of the month and of course I had to go watch her.  It was a wonderful experience and we are very proud of her finish; 11th out of 100 students.  Boy, some of the questions they were expected to know!  I sure didn't know them.  And then I got to spend five days with her and her brother while mom and dad went to Idaho to look for a place to live.  Not happy about the move but they have to do what they have to do.  Anyway, I enjoyed the week with the grandkids.

So, all that to explain why I'm so far behind in my green month.  Making the umbrella this time in green I just am not as enthralled with it as I am with the earlier colors, especially the orange.  Maybe it's having used the greyer greens and not the bright yellow-greens, which I don't seem to have any of.

The contrast between the background and the green just isn't strong enough to make the green stand out, I think, but it will fit in with the others just as well.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Scraphappy Saturday - Orange Oddments

Another, and last, Saturday for Orange.  I just loved doing this quilt and it's so nice not having to match colors, just pick the next orange piece up and make sure it isn't the same as the one you're putting it next to.  

When thinking of a name for this quilt, I had to go to the "O's" in the dictionary.  Just couldn't come up with a descriptive word that started with an "O".  When I came to oddments the definition fit perfect:  a remnant.  I used a lot of remnants of pieces of orange to make this quilt.

This is one of my favorites, so far, though I'm not real happy with the boarder.  It's just too light and doesn't frame the quilt like I prefer.  Heading to the store to find something that is a better frame, and will do for the backing.

Hop on over to soscrappy and see what others have done with orange.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Scraphappy Saturday - Orange

 It's March and the new color for Scraphappy Saturday  is ORANGE.  I just love orange and was really looking forward to this color.  What a surprise when I started looking at my orange scraps and found out I didn't have very many. 

 And the grading from light to dark just wasn't very good.  My light oranges almost look more pink then orange but put next to pink they are definitely orange.   Also, the difference between yellow-orange and red-orange seemed to be miles apart.  I had a very orange piece that just didn't go with these. 
 I really love the brightness of this umbrella.  So cheery.  It would be so much fun to run thru a gentle rain flourishing this bright orange umbrella.  Can't you just see the rain drops dancing on top of it?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Scrap Happy Saturday - Purples

Before quilting
Having only this last Saturday in February it was a push to get my purple quilt done.  And it still isn't completely finished.  As someone mentioned when she was making her daughter a purple quilt I didn't have a lot of purples to choose from.  I must not have used a lot of purples in the past.

I chose Leah Day's butterfly feathers to quilt in each block.  The only trouble is her block is only 4 inches square.  Mine is 12 inches square.  I think it looks as close to hers as I can get but as I was quilting the "feathers" they reminded me of fingers and fingernails.  :)

So far I have 7 blocks done.
Not too bad when each block took half an hour to quilt, and a full bobbin!

 EDITED 3/2/2013

This is the finished quilt.  What a spectrum of purples.  I'm calling it "Passionately Purple

Monday, February 11, 2013

Scrap Happy Saturday - Purple

I found this adorable umbrella quilted wall hanging by Nanette Merrill at One of a Kind from Friends Hive
and I thought it would be perfect as a rainbow quilt like she'd done hers only with 12 blocks instead of the four she made.   I had to draft my own pattern but that was no problem.  And since I decided to do this quilt for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at soscrappy I had to catch up and make the pink umbrella, also.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

ScrapHappy Saturday - Pink

Decided to participate in the Rainbow Challenge over on SoScrappy's blog.   Pink is not a color I use very much in quilts so planning a complete quilt in pink was different.  I started out thinking I would be able to use each fabric just once but soon found out I didn't have that many different fabrics.  I'm not sure what the pattern is but it's similar to a lot I've seen on Pinterest.  I love the white with the pink, it gives it such a fresh look.  This is a small quilt, just right for some lucky baby girl.

 In my stash there was this cute gingham check that had embroidered roses on it.....just had to add a couple of strips of it to the quilt.

Love the challenge of focusing on one color.  I'm looking forward to each month and a new color to work with.

Linking up with SoScrappy.  Take a gander and see what others are doing.

EDITED Feb 22, 2013
I finally got the quilt done.  I added a border to it and it makes it more finished.  I have a terrible time deciding how to quilt my quilts.  So, as this is for Project Linus, I quilted the Project Linus heart.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out.