Tuesday, February 18, 2014

W.I.P. Wednesday

A lot of my sharing has been via Instagram these days but today I thought I'd pop in here at the old blog and show a few projects I've been working on that have me very excited!  I dumped out the scrap bin in the last few weeks and decided to do some scrappy improv.  First up, a rainbow block mini quilt, made using the crazy piecing technique from the book 'Quilting Modern.'


This was a LOT of work for me and I'm sure I over-thought a lot of it (straight, symmetrical stuff is what comes natural to me!!) but can I say how thrilled I am with how it turned out.  It's about 27" square and at this point I'm not sure what it will become, but for now it hangs on my design wall and makes me happy.  :)

Realizing that the rainbow blocks in no way depleted the scrap bin I jumped into another project, this time adding to the scraps bits of light neutral solids that I have, not enough for large projects and I don't remember what shades they are anyways so might as well use them up!

 
The picture was taken yesterday and I'm now up to about 30 blocks - these are small and quick, and will finish at about 4" square.  I'm using a tutorial by Faith @ Fresh Lemons called Butterfly Strands.  I was introduced to this tutorial through my bee this month and I love it!  Fast and fun.  :)  Another 'make me happy' project for these dreary winter days.

Looking forward to seeing what the rest of you have up this week!

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced



20 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

These are both great projects Heather! I love seeing everyone 'sewing from their stash'! I started a scrap project today too- mindless piecing at the moment, but hopefully I'll have something to show soon!

bnh123 said...

I love the rainbow quilt! It's gorgeous and such a great way to use scraps. I've bookmarked it for a future project.

QuarterMileQuilts said...

Loving the improv blocks. I've been trying to sew my scraps lately too and am impressed with your scrap collection.
Best, Kate

Debbie said...

Very cool! I need to sew through my scrap basket too!

madfabriholic said...

I love BOTH of these projects. Improv doesn't come naturally to me at all, but I've been really inspired by blogland lately!

Amanda said...

Those improv blocks are lovely. I can't wait to see how you finish that one up!

Andrea Turner said...

Both of your projects look amazing! I love your improvisational piecing, and your stripped quilts make me want to try that tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing!

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

Gotta love some scrappy improv! Great looking work. Always makes me feel accomplished to use up some of that scrap stash. All that frugality usually sends me off to the fabric store for a treat! :)

Kat said...

Very pretty! Great way to use up your scraps!

CityHouseStudio said...

Such beautiful projects, Heather! Now I want to go raid my scrap bins and start sewing a rainbow scrappy quilt!

Shauna said...

love both quilts, great colors, but I really love the second one, just screams my name

Denise said...

Your rainbow blocks remind me of the graphics that have been used at the Olympics! So pretty!

Izzy said...

Love, love the improv blocks. I so need to start sewing with my scraps! :-)

Carla said...

Nice to see you back here Heather. I miss people blogging : )
I really like both your scrappy projects. I've been using scraps up too. It feels good!

Erica said...

I am convinced that I have infinite scraps and no matter what I will do I will never be able to put a dent in them. I love how your projects are going!

Poppyprint said...

I adore your rainbow mini!!!

Annabella said...

I might just go and order Quilting Modern right now as I love everything that everyone is inspired to make from it. Great stuff!

Leslie said...

i have had rainbows on the brain lately so the rainbow quilt you have here really caught my eye. i love it

Patti said...

Great stash busting projects, Heather! I just signed up for Instagram, but haven't added any photos yet! Not so sure I need another social media forum to add photos to! LOL!

nicole said...

I thought i had left a comment on this post, i seem to be going brain dead in my old age!
I love those butterfly strand blocks! I may need to give them a go! And your improv blocks are fantastic! Definitely a happy little bit of awesome to be hanging up in your sewing space!