• Scrappy Summer 2018 – Fractured

    Okay, it is no longer summer here in Minnesota BUT I am still calling this my third and final Scrappy Summer 2018 – ‘Finish It’ quilt. This design started in 2014 with scraps leftover from when I made this ‘Triangle’ quilt.

    Scrappy Summer 2014 #5 – Triangles

    When I cut the triangles from strips of fabrics I moved the ruler over slightly to allow for a larger wedge. The photo is of a different size strip and a different ruler but you get the idea.

    Wedge

    The small rectangle units in the block were made using the wedges with a small grey insert. I put them together with a lot of grey background and offset the blocks to give it a different look. Just a small (36 x 54) wall hanging but I really like the look of ‘Fractured’.

    Scrappy Summer 2018 – Fractured

    What have you been working on?

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    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer 2018 – Madame Butterfly

    This summer’s challenge is to ‘FINISH IT’. Instead of designing another quilt, I am working on finishing some of my old designs/ideas that have been sitting in the time out box for way too long. The second one is called ‘Madame Butterfly’. The first one I completed was Lilac Strips .

    Back when it was all the rage, I purchased some oriental fabrics. Unfortunately, they sat on the shelf forever since I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them. Well, back in spring of 2014 I noticed a very cute pattern using hourglass blocks. The pattern reminded me of butterflies so I went on the hunt for the perfect butterfly block. I found the ‘Hope takes Flight’ free pattern by Kona. This inspired me to make these oversized blocks.

    Blocks

    My original idea for the layout included floating the blocks and adding sashing. Well, I didn’t like the look so I ended up putting the blocks and fabrics back on the shelf. Fast forward to 2018 when I pulled them out to try again. I changed the design and ended up with a smaller version. Madame Butterfly finishes at 44 x 50.

    Madame Butterfly

    I have decided to use these same fabrics for Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville 2018 Leader Ender Challenge. If you haven’t heard about her challenge you can get more information here.

    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer 2018 – Lilac Strips

    This summer’s challenge is to ‘FINISH IT’. I am wanting to finish some of my old designs/ideas that have been sitting in the time out box for way too long. The first one was ‘Lilac Strips’ using a Michael Miller focus print along with green, maroon, purple and black and white fabrics.

    Here are the original blocks I made back in 2011.

    Original blocks

    The layout is somewhat similar to my original idea but I made some changes to have the design take a more modern spin. I decided that I wanted the block size smaller and the columns off set. I replaced a few of the blocks, made a few more and added sashing and borders.

    Here is the finished quilt top (43 x 58)
     

    Lilac Strips

     
    Just snapped this photo of some coneflowers. Can you see the bees on the flower towards the bottom? Looks like they are enjoying the flowers also.
     

    Coneflowers

    My webmaster worked some magic and updated my blog. Layout is about the same but it has a fresher brighter look.

    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer 2018 kickoff

    It is Memorial Day here is the U.S. – when the nation takes time to honor the men and women who’ve lost their lives serving our country. We also want to thank all of the soldiers currently serving and their families for all of the sacrifices you are making while protecting our freedom.

    The Memorial day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and the kickoff of Micki’s Scrappy Summer challenge. This is where I normally pull together a large collection of fabrics and then challenge myself to use them to make a few small quilts. Once you get the fabrics chosen it is fun to just focus on playing with designs. You can look at the ‘My Quilts’ page and see the results of Scrappy Summer 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. This year I am mixing it up. Instead of making MORE quilts I decided to finish some of my old UFO’s (unfinished objects), WIP’s (work in progress) or FIT (finish IT) quilts. ‘Finish it’ is a term that my best girlfriend and quilting buddy Jane came up with. What a novel idea … finish quilts you have already started.

    The first project will be ‘Lilac Strips’. It started as an idea in 2009 but didn’t make much progress. It came back out to play again 2011 where I made some blocks. Although I didn’t finish ‘Lilac Strips’ it did inspire me to make ‘Red Sizzle’.

    Red Sizzle

    In 2013, I brought out the project box but was still stumped on a layout. Couldn’t figure out what I wanted so it went back on the shelf. This brings up to today. I say let’s ‘FINISH IT’. It might end up a smaller quilt than I originally thought but at least it would be done. Here are the blocks (so far).

    Lilac Strips

    The weather guy just mentioned that we have beat all records for Minnesota for the highest temperature for May 28th – 100 degrees (real temp). UGH !!

    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Micki