New Scrap Quilt Project

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I’ve been staring longingly at all my fabrics.  I know I can’t take it all with me.  In fact, the latest on the move front is that I can probably only mail a small box of sewing stuff.  I have to be very smart about how I do this.  I wonder if I can use it all up before next month?

I came up with a plan to cut up as much as I can into a quilt kit.  I’ve been wanting to make the Sister’s Choice quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville website for a long time.  Someone posted a photo of their finished Sister’s Choice with black sashing between the blocks and I loved it.  I may not use black fabric for the sashing but I like the look of the Sister’s Choice blocks set with sashing.

I spent a week cutting all my light/neutral fabric scraps into 2 1/2″ squares and 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles.   I estimated having about 42 blocks in my quilt so I think I have enough of these pieces.  Then the pattern recommends having the star points all the same fabric or at least the same color so I cut these 2 1/2″ blocks out of dark blue fabrics since I had a lot of that color.

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The inside of the “stars” are scrappy 9-patch blocks out of 2 different color fabrics.  I’ve just been pulling fabrics out that look good together and cutting them into 2 1/2″ x 11″ strips with one extra 2 1/2″ block.

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Here’s what the finished block looks like.

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I love that all the background fabrics are different but they still read as light background.  They’ll definitely give the quilt lots of depth and interest.

I cut enough of the color fabrics to make 12 blocks and it hasn’t even made a dent in my stash.  At least maybe I can use pieces of all my fabrics so I have something to remember it with.  I think I should call this quilt “2016 Move-A Fabric Memorial” instead of Sister’s Choice!

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Look how pretty these blocks are!  I really believe that the quilts I create manage to tell the stories of my life.  This one will be forever linked to this move and this place in my life.

If you’re interested in making this quilt with me, the pattern is free on Bonnie Hunter’s website – Quiltville.  You’ll find lots of free patterns there but just scroll down until you see the Sister’s Choice pattern.  I’m planning to add a  1″ or 1 1/2″ finished sashing  in one color to the blocks and probably scrappy setting blocks to go along with them so I’m adjusting the pattern a little.

Now back to cutting and packing.

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Italy!

 

You might remember the flags of the world quilt I started last fall for my daughter and then decided to re-size the blocks.

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Well, I’ve added the Italian flag to the pile.

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Because …we are moving to Italy.

This was bound to happen as soon as I organized my sewing stuff and got everything unpacked.  All my fabrics are color coordinated in their own little cubbies. (Big sigh.)

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I also no longer have my sewing machine that works on 110 or 220 voltage.

However, I cannot turn down an adventure so I guess I’m taking my quilting self on the road and I’ll continue to share my quilting adventures!

A Quilty Roadtrip

20160223_140321We’ve been having some nice weather here in Missouri so a friend and I took a road trip to Hamilton to visit Missouri Star Quilt Co.  All I can say is “Wow”!  This place has changed.  You might remember that I made the trip here from Kansas City about 3 years ago.  They just had this store (above) and we couldn’t find anyplace to eat lunch.

The original store is now closed and undergoing renovations to become the quilting welcome center.  But don’t worry, there are 11 other quilt shops to look through!

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The shops are all super cutesy and the fabrics in each one are themed.  There’s the flower shop with all flowery fabrics, the holiday shop, the baby shop, primitives, civil war reproduction, 1930’s reproduction, etc., etc…  Basically there’s any kind of fabric you could want and some you didn’t even know you wanted.

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Quilters have taken over this town – but in a good way.  There are murals on the downtown buildings.  The one opposite this is a railroad mural so the town’s history is being celebrated too.

Missouri Star has their own restaurant now called “Blue Sage”.  We didn’t eat there this time but had an excellent burger at “J’s Burger Dive” which was quick and got us back to fabric shopping in no time.

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This whole block of stores have been taken over by the Missouri Star fabric shops (even upstairs).  The Penney’s store at the end of the street is where you can find fabric solids.  I’ve never seen such a rainbow of fabric solids – it was beautiful.  The ladies working there told us this was the 500th store that J.C. Penney opened and where he retired from.  He had a farm outside of town.

I have to mention that the shops include one called “Man’s Land” which is a manly place with recliners and pool tables and sports on the TV.  A place to park your husband while you go shopping!  These people are geniuses.