Scrapitude Update!

********First I want to apologize if you’ve received any empty or double posts from me.  I recently decided to migrate the website/blog over to WordPress & let’s just say it’s been a bit of an adventure!  I *think* I’ve got the bugs worked out, but you never know!**********

Things are actually settling down so I’m starting to be able to do some sewing!  I’m still not at a point where I can give a lot of attention to projects, so mindless sewing is what I’m craving.  Luckily there’s that mystery quilt Sandy is hosting I’ve been able to work on in small bits.

I started talking about it back before I moved & honestly wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep up with the clues.  Surprisingly I haven’t done too badly so either this is really an easy project or I’m doing a good job at procrastinating all the other stuff I’ve supposed to do!

But have I told you why I was drawn to this mystery quilt?  For the record, I’m not a mystery quilt fan.  I’m a control freak & there’s no/little control in mystery quilts.  That’s supposed to be the “fun” part of participating in them.  I don’t get it.  I have done a few, & regretted it.  In fact during packing I found one that needs to be quilted but there’s a huge mistake in it where I turned a block & I’m not happy with the overall look & honestly I just need to meander the dang thing & give it away & move on.  So that’s how I feel about mystery quilts.

Now I love scrap quilts!  The kind of quilts where you can put Christmas fabric next to baby fabric & it all works out in the end b/c it’s a hodge podge; where you can add in pieces of your favorite fabric & your “ugly” fabric & it all looks great in the end.  They’re also just so incredibly efficient!  No eliminating a block b/c it doesn’t go with the rest of the quilt, no need to visit 20 quilt shops to find that perfect shade of red.  You just use what you have & move on!

So I decided to join this mystery quilt since it was truly scrappy & being led by Sandy, I knew it would be a low pressure group.  The collecting & cutting of scraps went fairly quickly since I’ve started a scrap cutting “system.”  (I use that term liberally, it is a system & they are cut scraps, but I’m a little more inclusive about my sizes than many of the systems out there, but honestly that’s a whole other post.)  Everything used in this project came from stash, even the background fabric- it feels great to truly be using what I have & helping it move on to live it’s life in a quilt rather than sitting in a box in my studio!

Step 1 was fun.
4-patch pieces
Simple 4-patches where I used my seam twisting trick.  It was a nice break in between packing, decluttering, experiences the joy of morning sickness & wrapping up my life in Omaha. (Seriously, what the heck was I thinking taking on this project?)

Step 2 was released when we just got to our new home, so I didn’t get around it to until this past week.
pieced triangles
These went very quickly & I appreciated how Charlotte (the mystery quilt designer) had us assemble the triangles in ways that weren’t so obvious from the initial cutting directions.

So now I’m all caught up with clues & have to admit that I’m anxiously awaiting the next clue which should be released any day now!

4 thoughts on “Scrapitude Update!

  1. I love the look of the new blog/old blog(?), I am so glad I switched over to WordPress. I hope you will like it, too.

    You explained exactly how I feel about mystery quilts. Know you are not alone in feeling out of control. I can’t say yet, if I am enjoying this process, but I am not hating it either. I am using fewer scraps than I thought, but trying to use scraps. The background are, mostly, not coming out of scraps.
    Take care.

    1. Thanks! It’s still a work in progress- I’ve got ideas, I just need to figure out how to execute them! Good luck on the remainder of Scrapitude- I don’t think we have many more clues remaining….

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