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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017

Here are all my lamp blocks sewn together.  And yes all the fabrics are my scraps.  I'm crazy about scraps.  People give me their scraps because they know I love them so much.  I have quite a button collection too and it's time I used more of them.   The buttons are already sewn on and I will quilt around them.  I can handle that.  lol.  This was a free pattern from:

I may put a border on it. 

Growing Up QAL

I have sewn all my blocks together now.   I will put the extra one on the back.
This quilt has really "grown" on me as I was putting sashings and sewing blocks into rows.  I have a border fabric cut out and I'm picking out backing. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Art with Fabric Blog Hop by Alida

My choice of artwork to interpret into fabric for this blog hop is the White Stag Sign in Portland Oregon.   The White Stag Garment company went out of business and the city of Portland acquired the sign in 2010 and put "Portland Oregon" on the sign in neon lights.   The sign is easily seen when you travel over the Burnside Bridge towards the downtown area. 
(More information can be read about it here:

I have always admired the sign.  I used navy blue fabric to represent the night time view of the sign.  I sketched out the design on paper :

 I just kept drawing until it looked about right and then used a black marker to finish the sketch.
I used a tracing wheel and dressmakers carbon paper to transfer the design onto the cloth.  It was a little hard to see so I went over the dots it made with a white pencil and that made it easier to see.
Then a little testing on a piece of fabric with iron on batting applied to the back of it.  Deciding the length and width of the zigzag I wanted to use.  I used machine embroidery thread for the zig zag and also in the bobbin. 
I put the backing fabric on and quilted the piece by outlining most of the lettering.  I also put some straight line quilting on the sign sort of resembling the framework of the sign.  A little bit of wavy line quilting in the sky area.   After quilting it I decided to finish the edges by the facing method.  I haven't done that before but have wanted to try it.  I though it was a better finish for a cloth art work piece.  This picture shows the facing ready to be hand stitched.  (these fabrics are navy, not black)

Here is the list of artists that are scheduled for my same day.

Thank you so much to Alida at  for this fun challenge.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

PLAY. An Improv QAL from Elm Street Quilts

This was a really fun quilt along.  Here are pictures of my blocks and the finished quilt.  The quilt is 50x65".

It was nice to have the freedom to make the blocks whatever size we wanted.   Then a challenge at the end to make them all fit together.    I have done a little bit of improv piecing before but this qal gave the opportunity to really get creative with just a few guidelines.

This is the quilt back.  I had this fabric in my stash.  It was in two pieces so I added a green strip to make it long enough.   

I did improv quilting too.  Most of the quilting is regular machine stitching.  I also included some Big Stitch hand quilting.  I have been wanting to do that and this was my opportunity.   There is some Sashiko stitching on some of the blocks.  

a bit of Free Motion stitching/quilting for the words "Scraps" and Improv.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April block. multi color

For Rainbow scrap challenge 2017.  April rainbow rain showers bring rainbow (lamp) over fresh blooming flowers!   Spring has sprung.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

RSC 16 top completed

I got all my rows sewn together a few days ago.  Now to pick out backing.

Saturday, January 21, 2017


Finished sewing the blocks into rows and now sewing the rows together.  Only 2 more to sew on and the RSC16 top will be done.   I will work on it this evening and hope to pick out backing for it.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

January block for RSC17

The January color is purple.  I have decided to make lamps for each month.  Maybe I will put scrappy purple fabric blocks between the lamp blocks.  I am still deciding.
Here is the link to the scrap challenge.

This block isn't real scrappy but I am using my larger scraps out of my scrap bins.  (yes, bins and bags)  The pattern is a free one online that I have had saved for years.  I will find the link for it and post it here , when I do find it.  It is from

NOTE:  I found the link online for this pattern: