Monday, August 19, 2013

Unstructured Squares

Hello all! I hope that you have had a great couple of weeks. School has started and I am trying to adjusted to the more structured days. The day's structure means that I really need to have unstructured evenings, and unstructured quilts. I have had the need to use some scraps, but more than that I have had the need just to play with my Accuquilt. Thus has come about a block that I really like!

I started by pulling out all of my blue and purple fabric scraps. At this point there was no idea of blocks or anything---I was just looking at size of scrap. 

I then chose my dies and went to work. This is what I had:

And that was ALL I had. So I started playing. Even though I cut up all of my scraps, I decided to add a few  fat quarters in the end. I had a lot of squares and rectangles! But, it was so much fun, very freeing. I put together 9" blocks (oh, did I say how perfect they were?) Place 5 across and 5 down, making a 45" top in an afternoon. Not too bad! (And it really could have been bigger with the number of squares/rectangles I cut.) The center:

I am still thinking about borders, but they will come.

Rectangle 3.5 x 6.5"(#55005)
Square 3.5" (#55006)
Fabric scraps to fit the dies or Fat Quarters (note: the more variation, the better!)

A variety of fabrics works really well! You will need a minimum of
(75) 3.5" squares
(75) 3.5 x 6.5" rectangles.
For a larger quilt cut more!

I threw (literally) the rectangles into a one bag and the squares into a second. 
When laying out the block I would pull from the appropriate bag and place the piece in my block. 
My only rule was that no fabric could be duplicated in the same block.

Here is the arrangement:

Sewing the blocks was a bit more structured. Please refer to the diagram immediately above.
1) A1 to A2 
2) A1/A2 unit to A3
3) A1/A2/A3 to A4
4) A5 to A6
5) A1/A2/A3/A4 to A5/A6

Continue until all blocks are completed.

When laying out the quilt, twist and turn the blocks trying to keep the same colors separate. 
Stitch row by row.
Add borders. 

It has been fun visiting with you! Can't wait to do it again.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Paper Scraps in a Short!

Good Monday! Kinda sad that this is the last Monday of summer break, but that is OK. I am looking forward to a great school year and great kids!

Before that.... I had to make a couple of quickie birthday cards last week. With little time, I dove into my new Myscrapchick Card Collection II. They have outdone themselves with this one! Each card is prettier than the one before it. The best part, they are ready to go!

The cards measure 5 x 5, but are adjustable. Each of the elements works for print and cut if that is your desire. 
The card on your left is for our cousin. 
The picture is from Vintage Workshop
The papers are Lettering Delights Chocolate Chip Cookie and Generation.
I highlighted the water with Copic Spika pens.

The card on your right is for a friend:
Papers from Lettering Delights (collection name forgotten)
The lamb is from Lettering Delight's Sheep Shape Year.
Embellished with I-Rock heat set gems and, silk flowers and ribbon. 


The two cards took less than an hour, including inking and embellishment. Check out this set of cards and be prepared for those days when your time is short, too!