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Scrap Attack

The fourth of July in our area was a rainy day so I used it as an opportunity to work on a few fall projects.

Fall is my favorite season and orange/black is my favorite fall color combination. I focused my efforts on making projects using my scraps in orange and black.

I’m on a log cabin kick right now so I created a table runner.  My log cabin blocks finish at 8 inches; I cut the strips to size before sewing making it easy to chain piece each block. After completing a round I used my log cabin trim tool to square up each block. Once all of the blocks were finished I tried several layouts but liked this one best.

orange black log cabin

orange black log cabin

orange black log cabin backing

orange black log cabin backing

Last year I won a copy of the April/May 2017 edition of McCall’s Quick Quilts from one of my favorite pattern designers Abigail Dolinger. I used her pattern from the magazine “Travel Plans” to create these scrappy orange/black his and her place mats.

travel plans his

travel plans his

travel plans her

travel plans her

travel plans backing

travel plans backing

Another pattern “Charmville” also created by Aby is one of my all time favorites.  This time I used the pattern to create mug rugs for us.  Charmville was published in the February/March 2014 edition of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

Charmville mug rugs

Charmville mug rugs

Aby has lots of tutorials and great posts about ways to use your scraps.  You can find her at abyquilts.wordpress.com

Not bad for one day….still have lots more scraps!

Joining Linky Tuesday with Connie at Freemotion By The River.

Happy Sewing!

Another UFO Finish – Yay!!

Happy Monday!

I’ve been sewing like a mad woman this past week. We will be traveling again so I wanted to get a few items finished to stay on track fulfilling my 2018 goals.

According to my records I started this bed runner project in 2016, found it 2017 before our move, and found it again last month. The pattern is “Spinwheel Bedrunner” by Tricia Lynn Maloney, which I found in the magazine “Annie’s Quilting With Pre-cuts”. The pattern uses half lengths of 20 jelly roll strips, so I was able to make a matching wall hanging with the scraps.

I used Sumatra Batiks  by Blank Quilting, which is beautiful collection of prints.  I used Kona Cotton in black as the background fabric. It was the first time I combined a quilting cotton with a batik – it was a match made in heaven.

The picture below is the actual spinwheel block – it’s a funky pinwheel! Very easy to construct.

batik spinwheel block

batik spinwheel block

My bedrunner measures 16 x 90 inches and definitely adds some color to one of our very plain guest bedrooms.

batik bedset

Batik bedset

I used the scraps to create a strip pieced heart wall hanging. I used the Tender Hearts tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company to create the wall hanging. I’m not sure what I did wrong with the center block so I added the cornerstones to make it fit 🙂  Or should I say it was a design choice?

batik hearts cu

Batik Hearts WH

Linking up with main crush Monday with Beth at cookingupquilts – be sure to stop by to see what other creative minds are making!

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

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