Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sundays are for Scraps

In an ongoing effort to reduce the enormous bin of scraps, I try to spend an hour every Sunday afternoon cutting scraps into usable sizes and shapes.  I use the "Scrap Therapy" theory -- cutting 5" squares, 2 1/2" strips and squares, and 3 1/2" squares.  If there's enough, I cut a 1 1/2" strip for a future Log Cabin quilt.  After spending an hour cutting, I reward myself by making a scrap quilt!  This week's quilt is called "Scrappy Thirties," calling on an overwhelming collection of 30s reproduction fabrics.  The design is from one of my favorite books, "Scrap Basket Sensations" by Kim Brackett.  It's called "Summer Daze" in the book, but since I added enough blocks for an extra row to make it twin-bed size, I get to rename it, right?  The challenge was deciding on borders -- should they be green:

or red:

or blue?

Blue won, with a red inner border. 
I love these fabrics -- and really, I'm making a dent in the collection.  This year I've made enough quilts to empty one whole bin of 30s fabrics!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday Stash

Today is Small Business Saturday -- you know what that means!  Quilt shops count, and so do etsy shops.  One of my favorite etsy shops is owned by Randi in nearby Canon City (that's pronounced Can-yon for you non-Coloradoans).  And look what I scored this week:

A fat quarter bundle of "Outfoxed" by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics.  I'm thinking this just screams "Baby Quilt," don't you?  I've ordered yardage of the large print for a border, and also some new fat quarter patterns.  Stay tuned.  Here is the link to Randi's shop -- Fresh Squeezed Fabrics.  She is having a big sale this weekend, and her service is lightning fast -- my order often arrives the next day!

Friday, November 25, 2011

It's Strip Club Friday!

Call it Black Friday, Buy-Nothing Day -- whatever you like.  But really, it's Strip Club Day at High Country Quilts!  Here is our project for this afternoon, a really easy, quick design using Kate Spain's "Flurry" fabrics. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WIP Wednesday

This might turn out the be WIP-the-rest-of-the-month!  It's a 2006 Moda University project called "Country Lanes" made from "Picket Fence" by Chloe's Closet.  It's a killer -- all those quarter-square triangles have to match the touching fabrics.  I'm half finished -- stay tuned for the complete top.

OK I give . . . .

Here's the link to EllynAnne's blog . . .  really, go there and see what National Tie One On Day is all about!

Tie One On!

It's National Tie One On Day -- an Apron of course!  Click over there on the "National Tie One On Day" icon and go to EllynAnne's site to learn all about it.  Here is a photo of the apron I made this year.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Post the First

The 49th quilt for 2011:  Butter Charm and Jelly, pattern by Legacy Patterns (  The pattern calls for the same borders on the top and bottom as are on the sides, but since this is a lap quilt, I left them off.  I think it would make an excellent baby quilt -- it's fast, easy, and uses charm squares and a jelly roll.  I even did the quilting myself!  It will go in the mail tomorrow to make it to Idaho for my mother's 92nd (!) birthday next month.