Friday, 30 September 2016

Finish - Along Quarter Three - Link up those finishes!

Finish A Long 2016

What?  It is the end of another quarter....Q3 of the 2016 FAL!?  When did that happen??  When I wasn't looking I guess.  I hope this event isn't taking you by surprise and that you have your project completed....

 The 2016 FAL is now global - a community of bloggers across the world are jointly hosting the FAL. Our hosts are:
It's time to link up the projects on your 2016 Q3 FAL list that you finished. First, a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors: 

For the 2016 FAL, we also will feature a tutorial week. Here is the schedule so you can visit them all: 

The 2016 Q3 link for your finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs - you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on each blog. Link-up "rules"
  • Add one link for each finish. If you want to link a round up post of all your finishes, use that link to enter one of your finishes and then link the rest of your finishes separately. Please, only one link per finish, as your link is an entry into the randomly drawn prize draws.
  • Please use the 2016 FAL button or the hashtag #2016FAL
  • Please ensure that the photo or blog post you link up contains a link or reference back to your original list so that we can verify your entry (make sure it is from the appropriate quarter)
  • Please become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others and comment. We all need encouragement so let's applaud each other. The 2016 FAL Facebook page is here and follow us on Instagram @finishlong and tag your photos #2016fal and #falq2yourname (substitute your name - this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your lists.
  • Our hosts will also link their finishes to share in the community, but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.
The Q3 Finishes link will stay open from now through October 7, 2016 - link up your finishes early and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don't miss out. The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings. We will post the winners on each hosts' blog. 

Start making your Q4 FAL lists as the Q4 list link opens on October 8.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday - September winners!

Scraptastic Tuesday

My scrappy make for today was my 'ticket' block to go to Stitch Gathering; an annual quilty retreat in the fair city of Edinburgh.  I like to head North and reinvigorate my 'Scottishness' and this is the perfect excuse...

It uses up lots of scraps, some old, some a bit newer.  I used some apples prints by Aneela Hoey, some Karen Lewis Textiles for the house and a strip of fabric that Jo printed up with Spoonflower that is specially designed for Stitch Gathering 2016.  I'm calling it Apple Cottage!   They seem to have a bumper crop this year!

All the 'ticket' blocks being made this year are kindly being donated to Siblings Together!  I'm thrilled by that of course and hope there will be several volunteers to make quilts out of them.   If you feel inclined you are welcome to join in.  Any house block measuring 12" finished would be most welcome!  Just let me know if you would like to join in.

And now to Scraptastic matters....

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes which have been awarded randomly among those of you who linked up as follows:
If you are a winner, congratulations, and watch for an email from me today or tomorrow to get you connected to your prize.

Please join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I next to link up your scrappy project or thoughts on taming your scrap mountain on the second Tuesday - October 11, 2016.

And if you are looking for some scrappy inspiration, visit the September links, they are awesome.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday - September Link Up

It's the second Tuesday of September, and the Scraptastic Tuesday monthly link is open.

I have put my scraptastic sampler top together and will write up about it soon but here is a photo:

So, now is the part where you share your scrappy projects, plans and ideas. First, our fantastic sponsors:

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes which will be awarded randomly among those of you who link up.
  • Massdrop - Fabric Bundle to be announced

Please join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I by linking up a blog post or flickr or instagram photo sharing a scrappy project, in progress or finished, or your thoughts on dealing with your scrap mountain:
  • You don't have to have joined us before, everyone is welcome.
  • One link per person, and it will be your entry into the random draw for the prizes. It is the same link up here and at Leanne's blog - She Can Quilt - so you only need to link up on one of our blogs.
  • This link is to share with our community about using your scraps, please don't use it to advertise your own products or events.
  • You can link up from your blog, instagram or flickr, but you have to link up to be entered in the prize draw.
  • Please visit at least a few of the links, they are very inspiring, and leave comments too as everyone loves to connect.
  • Use the Scraptastic Tuesday button and invite your friends to join us too. Please share our button, or a link or the hashtag #scraptastictuesday in your linked post or photo.
  • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. We will announce the winners next Tuesday.
If you have trouble linking up, let me or Leanne know and we will get you sorted.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Scraptastic Sampler 2016 - Block 5 Odd Scraps Patchwork

Scraptastic Tuesday

Youngest starting at a new school today so I ama bit slow off the mark....

This is the last block in my quilt, appropriately called Odd Scraps Patchwork, is based on a five x five grid which will make the maths a little bit odd as five doesn't easily go into 12" does it?  But I love the block and it is back to squares and HSTs.  The making is not so very tricky, just an odd size.

Cutting Requirements for each block

Tip - Cutting an odd size
I added some masking tape to my 6 1/2" square ruler so I could easily trim to the odd size required for this block - you might like to do the same.  You can see that the masking tape is just a tiny bit less than one eighth in from the three inch line - 2 7/8".  

If you work out the maths then you will realise the block will actually be 11 7/8" finished size but this is the closest I can get to it and is what my EQ6 programme says is the correct rotary cutting size.  I hope you will think it is worth making with an extra bit of fuss!  Otherwise feel free to substitute another block - it would be a good idea to use one with a 3x3 or 4x4 grid.  I have a few suggestions which you can choose from...more about that in a later week!

Nine squares:  4 grey, 4 navy and 1 white squares cut 2 7/8".

For HSTs - made with sixteen 3 1/2" squares  eight purple, four grey, two turquoise and two white squares

Pair each grey, white and turqoise square with one of the purple squares. Make HSTs using your favourite method.  Each pair of squares will yield two HSTs.

Trim each HST to 2 7/8" with your marked ruler.

Arrange squares/HSTS as in block diagram above.

Stitch together in horizontal rows as below...


Press HST seams open to reduce bulk, other seams within the row in alternate directions - row 1 to the left, row 2 to the right etc.

To join rows, nest the seams together, pinning if necessary and stitch. When completed press.

Make three more blocks.

Here is one of mine...

In case you have chosen a different colourway here is a blank version of the whole quilt for you to download and play with your own colours.   


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