Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I May Have a Scrap Problem... Some Inspiration!

Hi, all!

It's time for another scrappy post, but today I am driving to Savannah, GA for QuiltCon 2017 - I'm so excited! - so I'm just going to share some inspiration with you today.  

First of all, I want to be sure you have a chance to see this fabulous post by Kat of Kat & Cat Quilts.  If you don't know Kat already, she is the brains behind Covered In Love, which was one of our Hands2Help charities last year.  She is also, by choice, a scrappy quilter, and she has a great idea for using up some of those precious small scraps that we hoard...

Bookmarks!  What a great idea!  Her technique is very simple and you can read all about it here.

And here are some pretties I've seen on Pinterest this week - lovely quilts one and all!

Isn't this a cool way to do a charm quilt?  I love the focus point the white squares give this one...

And I have long wanted to do a bookshelf quilt, but wasn't willing to commit to the "realistic" look - and yet I really love the way this one looks!  Less realism, but still gets its point across! And oh, the color!!

I love the background color in these next two - grays can make all those beautiful scraps really POP!

And this one just makes me smile!  You can make this using either four mini-charm packs, or by cutting one regular charm pack in to quarters - a great way to use up that random charm pack you've got sitting in your stash!  

You can find the links for all of these quilts and more on my "Oh Scrap!" Pinterest page - click here to go there!

So - - - do you feel inspired now?  I'm thinking about taking my sewing machine with me to Savannah - wonder if I'll have time to do any sewing???



Monday, February 20, 2017

Make-A-List Monday - An Easy Week!

Hi, all!

It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my home town.... how many of you remember that wonderful opening line?  Garrison Keillor is one of my favorites, and his stories of Lake Wobegon felt like visiting my crazy family!  Well, it's been a quiet week here, too - recuperating from an icky cold is no fun!  So let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Quilt and bind the next quilt in the Stunning Stars series.
Done!  I really love this one!

2.  Clean up the house for a LuLaRoe pop-up party here this coming Saturday morning.
Done!  It took almost all my energy, but the house looks decent again... and we had a fun party!  Oh, and I made a new curtain to cover the closet in my guest room (that's been needed for months now!)

3.  Quilt more of the quilts for Stash Builder Box.
Done!  I have four quilts ready to go to Amanda - not as many as I wanted to get to, but at least these are completely finished and ready for gifting...

4.  Pull together my class supplies for QuiltCon!
Done!  I have four lovely piles on my sewing table that I need to get into project bags, but at least they are pulled and ready!

5.  Write the tutorial for the next Stunning Stars quilt.
Done!  The quilt is named "Supernova", and you can read the tutorial here.

6.  Prepare my blogposts for next week (while I'm at QuiltCon!)
In progress!  I've got them started, just need to take some pics to finish them out...

7.  Finalize the charities and sponsor requests for Hands2Help.
Done!  You can read about the charities by clicking on the Hands2Help page under the header picture, and boy do we have some good sponsors lined up!  Plenty of room for more, if you have any suggestions, though!

8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We gave away a few quilts this week...

This quilt went to a woman recovering from surgery...

...and this one went to a gentleman who just moved into a nursing home.

And this quilt went to another brand new baby in our church!

I also did more than a little cooking, but I think the best of the week was this pot of chicken noodle soup!

I made it in my Instant Pot using this recipe, and wow is it amazing!  My husband said it was a miracle cure...  I have to say, it is a really easy recipe and gives you a wonderful chicken broth at the end.  I added a bag of frozen mixed veggies after cooking the noodles, but that's the only change I made in the recipe.

So that's how my week went - not too bad, all in all but I didn't have very high expectations!  And this week will be even easier because.... (drum roll) ... very early Wednesday morning I'll be leaving for QuiltCon East in Savannah, GA!  I'm so excited - I have classes with Angela Walters, Christa Watson and Christina Cameli, plus I've got a whole day free to meet up with people I only know through blogs.  How exciting!  So no list for me this week - I won't be back  until late Sunday night, and don't really have time to do much but pull my supplies together and pack between now and Wednesday morning!  The grandkids are keeping me busy Monday and Tuesday mornings while my daughter works, so there's not much time for anything extra.  But I get to play with the kids!  So it's all good.

So now the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stunning Stars #4 - "Supernova"!

Hi, all!

It's time for another quilt in the Stunning Stars Quilt Along - and this week's quilt is my husband's favorite!  He laid claim to it before it was even finished, and there's no higher compliment in my book.  So here it is - - - Supernova!

This is a super-simple quilt - made up of half square triangles!  
The layout and color variation is what creates all the movement in this quilt.

I quilted it with radiating lines from the focal star through the diamonds to increase the "starriness" of this quilt.

Once again, I dug through my stash for this quilt.  The top was made using leftovers from the oranges I used for Emmalyn's 2016 annual quilt, and the back utilizes a great Brandon Mably print and some gray and white polkadots.  Both those pieces had been sitting in my stash for quite a while!  So this is another one for the Sew My Stash 2017 challenge!

It was awfully windy the day I took these pictures, but at least there was sunshine to show off those beautiful bright oranges!!

I can see this quilt done scrappy, or in rainbow shades radiating out from the focal star, or shading from light to dark in a single color.  So many possibilities!!  

So - - - are you ready to make one of your own?  Here's how!


A Stunning Stars Quilt-Along Quilt

This is a very simple one-block quilt; its secret lies in the layout.

Finished size:  approximately 60” x 60”


2 yards of background fabric

2 yards (or equivalent) of print fabric; this could be yardage, fat quarters, or scraps.  There are 50 diamond shapes in the quilt, so you could use up to 50 different fabrics.


From the background fabric, cut fifty 7” squares.

Take your print fabrics and choose one that will become the focal star.  From that fabric, cut four 7” squares.  From the remainder of your print fabrics, cut forty-six 7” squares for a total of 50 squares.


Take your background squares and draw a line from one corner diagonally across the square on the back of the fabric. Pair one background square with one print square,  right sides together.

Using the traditional method, make your half-square triangles (HSTs).   You will have 50 sets of two matching HSTs.  Trim your HSTs to 6.5” square.  Don’t skip this step - it will make your quilt go together faster and look better!

Locate your eight focal star HSTs to start your layout.


To get a similar look to the finished quilt shown above, use the diagram below to lay out your blocks.  (NOTE: The quilt above has more blocks than this quilt tutorial calls for.  Don’t use the finished quilt as your layout guide!)  

Start with the focal point star in the lower right quadrant, and work out from the star.  Step back often and check to see that your diamonds are going the right direction!  Fill in the gaps at the upper right and lower left edges with half diamonds, splitting up some of your pairs for the purpose.  Assemble the quilt top.  Quilt as desired! 


If you make your own version of "Supernova", I'd love to see it!  If you share on Instagram, tag me (@fabricaddictquilts) and use the hashtag #stunningstars!

And if you've missed the three earlier Stunning Stars quilt, here are links to those...

Inspired yet?