Wednesday, February 12, 2020

THE 3 "S's - SMAGASBORG - STRIPPING - SCRAPS and a small tutorial.


I have actually been so busy with my mother, in and out of the ER and hospital that when I put this little post together I was amazed at how much I have actually done.


I have actually completed this Autumn Village (that is what I am calling it) here is only three of the four rows.  It is actually Winter Village by Laundry Basket Quilts.  I purchased the pattern at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

I haven't shown you the completed top because I don't like the picture I took and right now I am getting it ready for quilting....YEAH me.



Have you ever seen such a mess?


I am trying to get rid of my Island Batik Scraps by stripping it.  I have been saving my Brookshire  and CVS circulars and cutting them down to 8 1/2" squares.  That is as big as I can get from the papers.

Then I just sew strips and more strips.



After the square is done I cut it in half on the diagonal.



Here is how I put them together.  Although I have decided that I like using two blocks to make the one block instead of just randomnly  using the half squares.  If that makes sense?



Here is the block sewn together,  11 1/2" square.

This should give you an idea of what it will look like when I sew them all together.  I think I am going to love it and the best part...getting rid of all those scraps.  Do you think I can?



Don't ask me why I did this but I have joined the "Words to Grow By" BOM  I saw it on Moose Stash Quilting

I just couldn't help myself!!


I still need to blanket stitch around the items but in time.  You all know how I love to blanket stitch....  haven't done enough of it lately.

Cold and rainy here, you drive around and see water everywhere.  The grass has turned green which means spring is just around the corner.

I have also been hitting the internet and getting all kinds of goodies in the mail....Ummm Ummmm good...  When I have time, I will pull out my goodies and share with you.



14 comments:

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I'm very partial to house quilts and I love your Winter Village--looking forward to seeing it finished! I've been tempted to do some string piecing too and I can relate to the state of your sewing room!

QuiltShopGal said...

Oh my what pretty projects. I love your fabrics and colors. All so cheerful. So sorry your mom has been visiting ER more than anyone should have to endure. Big hug.

Needled Mom said...

Sorry to hear about your mom, Barb. Those are hard days.

Great idea to do with your scraps. It is going to be a great quilt. Love the Autumn houses too.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Oh, Barb - I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom - I hope she is doing well. Your Autumn Village looks lovely - I'm looking forward to seeing the completed top. Your strippy squares are a great way to bust your scraps - and the blocks look GREAT! Using two blocks to make one block makes sense to me - and I think it gives it a more "planned" look - if that makes sense - LOL. Have fun with your "Words" - the first block is SO cute! And you can't beat getting goodies in the mail - ;))

Annie said...

Hey Barb, I love your Autumn Village. Hmm...can’t decide which house I’d like to live in. :-) Your strips of Island Batik scraps looks awesome too. I do believe you will get through a good amount of scraps with that project. And that BOM is adorable too. Stitching is good therapy.

Gene Black said...

I like the use of two blocks to make one - I think it makes the design more obvious and it just looks good.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Sorry your mom has been having health issues. I sure hope that is under control now. I like those houses. Some sort of scrappy house quilt is somewhere in my future. Seems I always have something to put off doing large projects.
xx, Carol

KaHolly said...

I hope your mom is doing better now! It is amazing how, when we keep plugging along, a little at a time, it all adds up!

Barbara said...

I love your village, autumn or winter makes no matter! The colors work anytime of year. Yes, I’ve seen such a mess! About two years ago after some recovery from my hand surgery, I discovered I could cut and machine sew for short periods of time. So I started making strip-pieced 5” blocks to feel creative and ended up with 55 of them. I knew I wasn’t going to make anything bigger, so I gave the whole pile to a friend at my guild who is always making charity quilts. She fashioned a couple stoles out of them with pockets no less, and donated them to a nursing home. They were perfect! I love the look of the diagonal cut blocks assembled, they are very versatile, and especially lovely with IB fabrics! I love your BOM block, but then I love everything with those fabrics!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Love this post. I'm always looking for ways to use up my scraps. Great idea. That BOM is adorable. You are going to have so much fun with it. Looking forward to seeing more.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I was convinced to buy that kit for Winter Village. I cut it out, but never started to sew it. On my UFO list. Love the string blocks, I have lots of strings too. Someday I will make a string quilt.

Snoodles said...

Love the houses, but the strip blocks are my favorite! Gorgeous! Hope your mom is doing better....

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Sorry to hear about your Mom. Hope she will be well soon.

Vicki in MN said...

I like your strip block! I will have to try that with some of my scraps. Thanks for the idea:)