Scrap Happy Blocks

>> Sunday, April 6, 2014

I'm back at university this month. This block was made before I left. Another one using my fat quarter basket block and some scraps from Scott Hansen. All of the blues except the base of the basket blue were from Scott. 

Here's my two basket blocks together - notice I changed up the handle in each. I'm thinking this might be a slow brewing quilt - scrap baskets! You could make some too. 

Link to Fat Quarter Basket Block

I spent yesterday night reacquainting myself with my Christmas scraps. I knew I wanted to make a star with this fun polka dot print! 
This is the third block in the Threads of Memory quilt blocks being put out monthly by Barbara Brackman. 

Link to this block - New Garden Star for Catherine White Coffin

With Joy,

Sarah Vee


Bliss and Joy

>> Saturday, March 22, 2014

In no particular order today to get you Inspired and into your quilting space!

February UFO finished

I finally just finished this top! It's been quilted for awhile, and I may still add some little embellishments (buttons and such), but for now I'm happy that I can look at it in my quilting space.
It was the top that inspired my Follow Your Bliss Makealong.

This photo inspired my blog post title today - Bliss and Joy. I like how they look (and feel) together :)
Joy is still a work in progress. . . 

This photo does not do the quilt justice. The blue 'quilting lines' are actually signatures on the quilt and the quilting lines are around them.
This is quite a beautiful, detailed piece of mixed fibres and dimensional pieces that bring the viewer in closer to see how they were affixed to the quilt top.
I saw this quilt up close and personal during the March Break. The binding is made up of several of the fabrics that are in the quilt.

THIS weekend I got inspired and added a little bit to my stash at a local stash sale! 
The first time for this event and the place was packed (for a little town and even a moderate sized one!)
All those zippers were $3! I'm hoping some, if not all of the rainbow of fabrics are cotton. They're in the washer right now:)

This bag full of buttons filled a small mason jar. Lots of happiness in here:)

This was one event leading up to my little towns fiber arts festival in october.
Espanola Fiber Arts Festival.

This was THE find that got me started spending! I love the pattern and the colours.

It's not cotton. It feels like burlap almost. My first thought was to make a carpet bag with it. We'll see what I come up with!

AND. because I still have LOTS of snow and have wanted to dye fabric for years, check out this tempting tutorial on snow dyeing!
Check out her beautiful results here - snow dyed fabrics!

Take some time to enjoy quilting this week!

Sarah Vee


February Threads of Memory Block

>> Friday, March 14, 2014

February's Threads of Memory Block is Mercer County Star for Susan Lowe Wattles.

You can find the history and block instructions at Civil War Quilts blog of Barbara Brackman.

This block is much brighter than my first one! I really loved putting together these vibrant fabrics.

Here our my first two blocks together. Notice how the bottom star looks bigger than the top one - the result of using dark fabrics for the star.

I'm ready and waiting for the next block!

With Joy,

Sarah Vee


Weekend Viewing Pleasure

>> Sunday, March 9, 2014

This weekend to start off the March Break, our library is having a book sale. This time we managed to get to the sale on the 2nd day and scored lots of great science books for my husband's classroom library. I also got this book! One of the first colour books I looked at when I started quilting many years ago. Now I own my own copy :)

I also took a few minutes to play and make one of my basket blocks using some of the scraps I won from Scott at Blue Nickel Studios. The peach background colour is from my stash - the rest was pieced from his scraps. 

You can make your own basket block using my instructions found here:
Basket Block for Layer Cake Quilt Along.

I know it's over, but it's never too late to start an alphabet quilt! Free letter blocks from Moda designers! I suggest starting at Pat Sloan's blog post - from there you can follow links to all of the designers and their letters.

This is a mini quilt Lisa Bonegan of Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop made using the letters! If only I had time to make one just like it!
Link to Lisa's blog post - Spell it With Fabric. . . Moda Blog Hop

Here's a Canadian project you can support. Brandy Lynn Maslowski has written a quilting story about a little girl who discovers quilting at a quilt retreat. A fun book idea! A great way to share quilting with the next generation.  For just a $1 you can help this book get published.  Click this link to see more details - blow a kiss to support Kristy's Quilt.
Here's the link to visit Brandy Lynn's blog - she's also the host of the Canadian Quilt Podcast.
Brandy Lynn Maslowski's blog - Explore Fibre.

With Joy,

Sarah Vee



>> Friday, March 7, 2014

Yikes! Sorry it took so long, but I'm here to announce the winner of my Belated Birthday giveaway!

Congratulations to Caroline who picked my scrap strings as her prize. I'll be getting them out the door now that it's March Break and I have a few days to step away from school work.

Thanks to everyone for celebrating with me and leaving such nice comments!

I received a wonderfully-wrapped prize package myself!

I won this wonderful spool of variegated grey Aurifil thread from Scott at Blue Nickel Studios!

He sent along some fun scraps to play with too! This was from his 12 Days of Colour over the holidays. You can see his finished blocks at this post - and I would recommend going back through the posts to see how the same block looks made up in different fabrics each day. A great way to learn about fabric and colour choices!

I'll be back more this coming week! Promise!

Sarah Vee

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