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 I have been so busy sewing lately that I have let my resolve to blog slide a bit.  But no more, I am back.

I received some new fabric from Ink and Spindle and I have been busy making it into bags, as well as participating in the Patchwork Craft Show over the Memorial Day weekend.    So I have been busy.

As part of my plan to reduce use up the fabric I have on hand, instead of constantly adding to it, I have been finishing up some half made quilts as well.  I am actually starting to reach the point where I simply do not have enough fabric to finish off items.  And it feels good.  I no longer feel like I am drowning in fabric, or wastefully hoarding materials instead of turning it into usable goods.  I have also been able to sell some fabric that I no longer needed.  It is a wonderful feeling to send a package of fabric off to a new home, where it will hopefully be turned into something that is loved and needed.

Here are a few quilts I have recently completed.

I am so happy with how this one turned out.  The graduation of color on the spiral looks amazing.  And my husband, who has not yet loved a design enough to have it on our bed feels that this may be ‘the one’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

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Quilt With Me, Scrappy Lattice Quilt

As it often happens, I was inspired by several separate sources today.  Heres what happened.

As I am finishing the organization of my studio I am finding that one of the hardest things is deciding how small a scrap of fabric is too small to save.  I do use up small pieces in my applique projects, but I am ending up with a giant bag of fabric scraps that are too small for my new organizer boxes, but feel too big to toss.

I am also finishing a quilt repair today.  This quilt was brought to me by a local man.  He inherited it from his grandmother and it needed a few tears patched.  (Luckily it’s a crazy quilt, so the patches blend right in.)   I admired the way the seemingly disparate fabrics all worked together, this level of scrap quilting is something I have been a bit nervous about trying.

Thirdly,  I was looking at the blog of  Elizabeth Hartman, an amazing modern quilt designer, and my eye was caught by the photo in the banner, not so much the quilt, but the lattice pattern of shadow across the surface.  It reminded me of the lattice I have in my own back yard, and so I went out a photographed it.

These three sources have inspired me to make a scrappy lattice quilt.  I would love for any other scrap hoarder to join me. 

This is going to be a long-term project.  Heres the plan.  Every time you cut fabric, or find some scraps squirreled away, cut some 2 1/2″ squares.  These are going to be the holes of the lattice.  Don’t worry about the colours too much.  You will notice that you seem favour certain colours and tones anyway, so it should sort itself out. 

I intend to sew blocks as I get enough squares to form one, to make a sort of journal quilt, showing the different moods I pass though as a quilter.  So I need to make sure I have enough fabric for the lattice itself (otherwise known as sashing).  I want a soft marbled tan, to give the look of aged painted lattice.  So I am hand dyeing my own organic cotton.  I figure I will need about 3.5  yards for a queen.  (All the seams will eat up a lot of fabric).  Of course if you plan on making some pillows, or a throw quilt you will need less.  I plan on adding a border,binding and backing in a different fabric. 

If you want a custom hand dye too, I would love to make it for you.  Use the coupon code LATTICEQUILT to get 40% off!  (the color I plan on using is the marbled tan in the first image).  Otherwise buy an appropriate amount of yardage, or use some neutrals you have on hand.

So let’s get cutting!  To make one 23″ block you will  need 49 scrap squares and 14″ of solid / hand dye cut into 2″ strips.  A 14″ block will need 16 scrap squares and 6″ of solid.

I am setting the goal of a block per month, and completing this quilt by the end of the year.  If you want to join me, let me know in the comments.  I am happy to help you calculate yardage.

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One patch Quilt

I have been moving along with my project of one stash quilt per week, in fact this week I will probably exceed it. 

My 13 year old niece has been visiting, and I offered to make a quilt with her, she was suprisingly excited,  and chose a simple graphic pattern from the free ones available on the artgallery fabric site.  She loved  diving into my stash and picking out some fabrics.  I got to teach her how to use a sewing machine, and she did most of the piecing herself.

Unfortunately I was slow in getting the quilting done, so I was still wrapping it up when her mother arrived to pick her up, so no picture of the finished quilt, just this of the work in progress.

I finished it with a white border, and verigated blue to green to yellow binding.

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