Finished Scrappy Trees

Scrappy Trees Quilt

I finally got the Scrappy Trees quilt top finished!  The blocks are so big in this quilt I thought it would be boring to have plain triangles finish it off.  I was inspired by Bonnie Hunter’s new book ” String Fling” where she adds lots of string pieced blocks to her quilts.  She makes the blocks and then cuts them up and puts them back together in new ways.  The hardest part was trying to figure out what size to make the blocks so I could cut them up and sew them back together.  There was some trial & error.

After I added the string-pieced triangles in neutral background colors, I wanted to add some color so I pieced scraps into a border using the same techniques as the leaves on the trees.  The outside border is a brown print that pulls it all together.  Now I just have to quilt it.  Thinking about how I want to do that.  In the meantime, I’m putting it away for a while to work on something new.

Some Green for March

Batik Circles quilt

Here’s a little green quilt I made with left-over pieces from a larger quilt.  This one just makes me think of St. Patrick’s Day and spring. The big quilt had big circles and then these smaller circles.  I had some pieces left from cutting the big circles so I was able to make a lot more of the smaller circles and actually I had enough to make a whole new quilt!

More Kansas City Star blocks

The March block of the month from the Kansas City Star 2013 quilt was in my newspaper this morning so I did a little catch up.  It’s a rainy Sunday and good for doing some sewing.  I got the block for last month done and the block for this month also.  Since a lot of my red scraps seem to be Christmas-y, I think this quilt will make a nice Christmas quilt.  Not sure when they will give the instructions for the middle sashing blocks but I’m thinking I’ll add some green fabric in to make it even more Christmas-y.

Kansas City Star blocks for Feb. & Mar

Here’s all three blocks so far – very red & white & pretty.  You can also see that my cutting mat still hasn’t gone back to it’s flat shape after the movers folded it and shoved it into a box.  I think it may never be the same(sad face here).  It’s all the little things from moving that make you insane!  They didn’t lose any of my fabric though so I’m doing my best to get rid of that.

Spring Quilt

OK so I’ve been lazy lately and haven’t been doing much sewing or blogging!  Spring is starting to show it’s face here in the Midwest so I thought I would share a quilt that I finished last year.  This quilt is very spring-y!  The pattern is called “Swoon” and I saw it somewhere on the internet and tracked it down on Thimbleblossoms.com.  I just loved the big blocks and the simple design plus I thought it might be a quick and easy summer project.  The pattern calls for 18 fat quarters and I had a bundle of 16 fat quarters that I had recently purchased and needed something to do with them.

I bought this fabric at the Arts & crafts center on post in Stuttgart where we were stationed.  The fabric line is called “Hideaway” and it’s from Moda.  I liked it because it reminded me of Germany and I thought it would make a nice souvenir of my time there.  I fussy cut some of the pieces for the center of the stars so you can really see the cuckoo clocks and little villages.

Fussy-cut fabric stars.

The quilt does look easy and simple but I figured each of these blocks contained something like 50 pieces.  It went together quick though and I’m really happy with the finished quilt.  My pictures are not good so you can’t tell that I used left-over strips of fabric pieced together for the binding.

Swoon quilt