Something from Nothing

After all these years of refining my skills and investing in a fantastic array of beautiful fabrics... I still love ugly scrappy quilts. I love to make 'something from nothing'

Several years ago after making this favorite quilt of mine

I made a couple of dozen 12" improv pieced squares to make another pieced quilt back like that one. But in the end this week I decided to add some solid fabric to slightly enhance the ugly blocks. I am not sure if it'll be a quilt back or front but I am glad it is not just a pile of ugly blocks taking up space in my studio anymore!

If it ends up a quilt top rather than back I imagine it quilted in green thread and bound with a green scrappy binding to help that green star pop.

Retro Love Quilt Planning

I made this 9 patch variation block in high school textiles and design class at Narrabri High School in NSW Australia sometime between 1985 and 1989!

Recently I decided I want to make a whole quilt of them!

I already had this fabric leftover that I bought from Wooden Spools to use once before with some retro fabrics for a charity quilt that i finished a couple of years ago.

And I have started hoarding fabrics that I think look retro enough to really blend well with my 1980s florals! I found this fat quarter bundle at Wooden Spools this week YAHOO, so perfect!

And all this as well during my last two visits

So I have plenty of retro florals and I have decided to make this quilt double sided.
Side two will probably be a slight pattern variation just for fun!

I couldn't imagine how this quilt layout would look and was too lazy to do an EQ layout. So I just googled images of nine patch quilts and found this pattern on Craftsy, I don't need a pattern to make this but I did enjoy se…

Hexstargon Quilt Block Pattern

My Pentagonal Star quilt block is my most popular so I got to thinking and decided to design a hexagon based star block! So here it is my Hexstargon 

The pattern is now for sale in my Craftsy store

I also created a couple of quilt layout diagrams to give buyers ideas for layout:

Simplified & Smaller

I have added a 6" simplified version of my Pentagonal Star quilt block to my Craftsy store!

I am starting a new scrap quilt with this size block, so once the pattern was organized I added it to Craftsy as well.

I made four of these 4 inch versions recently and loved them so much I decided to try another size!

It is great in many colors and uses quite small scrap pieces.

Photography Fun

It's Instagram Quiltfest time again during March! Amy's Creative Side challenges the quilters of Instagram to upload a quilty picture a day all month long to address each days prompt word! It's fun and always inspires great photos.

So I spent some time Tuesday morning taking photos of various elements in my sewing studio, these are just a sampling.

It's such a colorful space, I'm so lucky to have 😍

And I finally got my new prescription glasses, it'll be sooo much easier to thread a needle!

March - Rainbow Scrap Challenge

So Scrappy ( nominated green as this months RSC color!!! Yahoo I was really hoping for green :)

I have tons of green squares pre-cut. I sorted them and pulled all the light/bright ones. Then started assembling almost hashtag blocks

I also started the layout for my green heart block to go with the valentines heart I made last month!

And I added 3 green almost hashtag blocks to my design wall (just one green one left to make) I just need one more color! And I can start to assemble this quilt top with sashing and borders.

Adventurously Epic Sampler Pattern Test

Yesterday I pattern tested block 63 of my Adventurously Epic Sampler

It is never too late to join the fun