Fight the Chaos Fridays

On Your “Mark”…

Egad! (Did your mom ever say that?)  Where was I last month?!  I forgot to post any projects.  Oh, that’s right, sister was here and we were PLANNING big projects.  More on that later.

Grandma’s button tins..part of the plan.

But as of this weekend, SUMMER is officially here and I’m ready for it.  We got much needed rain and the grass is green, the frost is gone and the flowers are gorgeous. So I’m taking my book to the gazebo, iced tea in hand, and start it off right.

Quilts are ready on the swing

Oh wait, I need to share the project that goes along with summer reads.

I’m making a concerted effort to keep using the scraps we cut up last year.  This is a perfect project for that.  Also great for the grand-kids that come to visit.  A nice hostess gift for those you might visit this year. Best part of it…only takes 5 minutes!  I timed myself from the first minute to the last.  Literally made 2 in ten minutes! Ok, Ok, you’re asking, “What is it?”  A bookmark!

Supply list:

1 strip 2 1/2″ x 17″  (ish)  less length for a paperback

1 hair band (small size is best)

1 button

It took me longer to choose the button than to make the whole thing!  I LOVE buttons.

Wooden button is for me. 🙂

I pressed the strip in half (so I had a crease line to follow) Unfold and bring raw edges of long sides to the middle.

Raw edges meet in the middle

Now fold in half again.  Press.

Black and white one is for sister.

Stitch along the two-fold edge.  Place hair tie on one end and double fold over.  Stitch several times to hold in place.

 

 

Double fold to enclose raw edge of opposite end. Securely attach button.  DONE!  I left the extra length on the black one.  I think a row of buttons would look cute and give some ease for larger books.

What are you reading?

Where is your favorite spot for a good summer read?  Mountains?  Beach? Pool?

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Layer cakes in HD versus HC

DH at rest during calving season

My very own DH (dear hubby) has been out with the new baby calves that are coming fast and furiously, even in the COLD weather.  It is necessary to check them every couple of hours all through the night.  He slides in occasionally to thaw out and cat-nap in front of the large screen HD television.  Sitting along side one night, I mentioned I was working on an HC quilt.  He “kindly” let me know that I probably meant HD.  I clarified by saying that the HC made it HD.  He finally opened both eyes, just so he could raise an eyebrow.

I said that high contrast quilts make for high definition.  He thought that was about as funny as stepping on one of my pins.  But I just attributed his lack of humor to lack of sleep.

Let’s talk about HC quilts which are best for all those 10″ squares we pre-cut from the scrap pile last year. I usually like high contrast quilts anyway but they seem especially important with scrap quilts.  Here are some tips to get you sewing.

  • In these ideas it is best to use a light piece and a dark piece, saving the mediums for later.  I know that it may all seem relative to what fabric is laid next to it.  But if you question, “Is this a medium?”, then that’s the one you want to leave out.  Think gray scale and then go to either end.
  • Use an assortment but keep them coordinated within the block.  Say, a light pink and a dark pink.  A tan and a chocolate brown.  You get the picture?  In high definition?
  • As mentioned before, these scraps may not always  be straight of grain so square it up early and often!
  • It won’t take long to have enough for a LARGE quilt, so know what your end goal is.  Place mats can wait for the smaller squares.

Sew Along #2

There’s probably a real name for this one (criss-cross, cross over, King’s X, ric-rac) but I just liked it for the 10″ squares.  SO FAST!

Layer 2-10″ squares (a light & a dark) with the light on top. (The Martelli yellow board is a great cutting mat but looks a little weird with these colors in HD!) 

1 light & 1 dark; light on top

Make 3 – 2 1/2″ cuts vertically. I just pealed the first layer back so you could see the direction.

Cut both layers one time

Make 1 – 2 1/2″ cut horizontally through both layers.  My Martelli skinny-mini ruler is covering what I’m cutting in the above photo.  Remove the light strips and layer or line up to cut one more 2 1/2″ section. Sorry, I switched blocks as I forgot to photo the other one at this stage.

Cut 4 light, longer strips once more

Do a layout according to finished block and assembly line sew into strip sections of the block.  The scrappy blocks are so different you won’t mix them up.  But remember you are going to have TWO finished blocks from each fabric pair.

When you begin to join the strips together remember that there are more vertical seams (taking up the seam allowances) that there are horizontal seams, so your block will NOT be square.

1 from the top & 1 from the bottom

Here’s the part about trim early and often.  Start your seams at the point of the pins in the photo leaving the excess in a trimming spot.  One is at the top and one is at the bottom. Sorry the yellow pin is so hard to see, but the excess purple isn’t hard to see.

Trim then join center

Trim each pair of strips to 8 1/2″ then join the center seam.  Re-square entire clock.

Square it up!

Here’s a completed version but her method involved complete yardages of fabric.

Now there’s some high contrast that even sleep deprived hubby can see in high definition.  I have one more option for you. It’s even faster!  You don’t even have to change the channel.  My inspiration came from here

Criss-cross

and you can find a youtube video here.

 

Here’s option #2:

Chose 2-10″ squares, one light and one dark. Layer together.

1 light & 1 dark

Lay opposing corners on the 45 degree angel line of your cutting mat. Cut 1″ away from that 45 degree line on both sides.

45 degree angle

Should come out looking like this (the lighter one is on the bottom, but the order doesn’t matter).

Do the switcheroo

Fold each piece in half to find center and mark with a pin, or iron, or finger press (remember they are bias cuts so don’t stretch).

Find your centers

Sew the LIGHT center strip to the two DARK triangles and the DARK center strip to the two LIGHT triangles. Square each of the inserted corners to 9 1/2″

Square it up!

Ta-Da!  You will be finished with either of these two quilts before the next blog post comes out.

2 for work of 1

Which is your favorite? I can see them put together in cross over pattern or the first option set on point or…and I’ll be thinking about those medium tones that felt so left out of the HC quilts.  Or maybe moving on to those strips that are left in the drawer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sew, Sew, Sew to the end…

For whatever reason, the tune is STUCK in my head! “Lou, Lou, skip to my Lou”  You’re welcome, now it’s stuck in yours, too!  I decided to change the words to fit this blog post AND what needs to be happening in my sewing room.

During 2017’s challenge to Fight the Chaos  I cut an awful lot of strips & squares, but now my cutting table is clear.  So now what to do, Lou?  “Sew, Sew, Sew to the end.”

Greens cut and ready to sew

 

Print out of cutting measurements HERE

Throughout 2018 we will present several projects (not all quilts) that will deal with some of the scraps from last year’s cutting spree. At least start to deal with them.

A few tips before we begin:

  • Not all strips are on the straight of grain, square up as needed
  • It is about color value, not color matching
  • Use one neutral to draw it all together
  • Use it up, wear it out, or give it away (If you are looking for a place to donate beautiful, small quilts, type “YES quilts” into the search box. Sisters At Heart donates these to a pregnancy resource center for women in the middle of difficult circumstances.)
  • Patterns and ideas will be free to download for a limited time

2018 Sew Along #1

We begin with some 1930s reproduction strips.  I had some left over from the PS Project we did called “Pocket Place Mat“. I think they might be multiplying under my table in the basket where I have them stored.

Pocket place mat from vintage linens

My daughter had requested some when she saw that idea so I got busy and did a few more.  After I did her six mats, I began to wonder why didn’t I have my own!

She chose all round vintage pieces

So I did a couple for hubby and me.  Mine are all in blues to go with the kitchen and my crocheted pieces.  I left the pockets off as hubby said he didn’t want his silverware hidden.  He doesn’t have much design style.  🙂

Two for Tea

So, get out those strips and let’s get sewin’. Next month we’ll do 10″ squares.

Sew, Sew, sew to the end

Sew, Sew, sew to the end

Sew to the end, my Darlin’

 

Lost my thread

Now what’ll I do

Lost my thread

Now what’ll I do

Sew to the end, my Darlin’

 

I’ll find a prettier piece

Better than stripes

I’ll find a prettier piece

Better than dots

Sew to the end, my Darlin’

 

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Fight the Chaos Friday – December edition

Can you believe it? We are at our last month of this year-long challenge!

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You can get your December print-out HERE.

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Fight the Chaos Friday – November edition

Here is the list for November.

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You can get your free print-out HERE.

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Fight the Chaos Friday – October edition

We are almost to the end of the Fight the Chaos Challenge  – stay the course! We are going to make it!

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You can print your copy HERE!

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Fight the Chaos Friday – September edition

The fight continues!

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You’ve come to the right place! Print your free list HERE!

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Fight the Chaos Friday- August edition

We are over half way there, my friend! Keep it going!

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You will find your free printable for this next month HERE.

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Fight the Chaos Friday – July edition

 

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You’ve come to the right place! Print your free list HERE!

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Fight the Chaos Friday – June edition

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You will find your free printable HERE.

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