Category: Oh Scrap

Surrounded QAL- Week 3- 9-patches

How did you do on your four patches? Did you get them all done? I know it is a crazy time of year to try and tackle one more project, right? Just do what you can each week.

What is a 9-Patch?
9 squares joined together to make one block or section of a block.

For this quilt, we will be making
2 different sizes
and
styles of 9- patches.

This week is a simple basic 9-patch where all the squares are the same size. Next week will be a combination of different sizes.

If you have time and want to keep sewing, go ahead and put together your 4-patches and 9- patches into units as shown in the picture. You will need 4 per block.

I don’t have any tips on making the 9-patches but wanted to share the design boards that I use all the time. (shown above)

These design boards come ready-made in variety of sizes but I use a ton of these so I make my own from left over batting. They aren’t as pretty but they work just the same.

Shown above a variety of boards I use. The black one is the back side of one of my boards. The 2 with trim are ones I have bought.

Foam core board is available at most craft/art stores in assorted sizes. I also use the boards that are sold for science experiments which is easily assessable at many stores. Cut the foam board to your desired size and using spray adhesive, coat the batting and board  following directions on the label. I wait to trim the batting to size until after I have glued it to the board. Flip over the board with batting on the bottom and using a rotary cutter you can trim the batting to the exact size of the board. 14″ is a good size for me. It fits nicely in the sewing space I have and works well with any 12″ block.

These come in so handy to stack up pieces to sew together.I don’t use a board for each block but instead use one board and stack the sections to chain sew. Plus I can put them away quickly without disrupting the pieces if I need to work on something else or the grandkids want to sew.

I can’t wait to see your progress.

Be sure and share using #ohscrapchristmasqal.

See you next week- Wednesday October 27- Center Blocks

-Modalissa

Each  post will go live at 6:00 pm central.
-Wednesday Nov. 3rd – Side bars
-Wednesday, Nov. 10th – Assemble Blocks
Break for Thanksgiving
-Wednesday, Dec. 1st – Sashing
-Wednesday Dec. 8th – Assemble Quilt top

 

Surrounded QAL- Week 2- 4- patches

WEEK 2 of  #OhScrapChristmasQAL

Wednesday, October 13th- 4 patches

Whew! that was a lot of cutting, right?

Last week when I mentioned cutting the biggest pieces for the quilt out first, we are going to do the opposite when it comes to sewing. Begin strip piecing lights and darks together. Sew, Sew, Sew. This is somewhat mindless sewing while binge watching your favorite show or listening to an audible book. This part seems like it will never end but just keep sewing.

GENERAL TIP: I like setting my seams by pressing the strips right after I sew them. This seems to help keep everything nice and straight before pressing the seams to the dark side. The picture below is charm packs, cut and chain pieced together. Use you favorite way to press, but for this project I pressed everything to the dark side to make the seams nest nicely. I put together a few videos to explain these tips.

 

 

 

I stacked up sections right sides together with darks opposing and sub cut into the size needed for 4 patches. This gave me sets to sew, already paired up and could chain sew them. The combinations can be as scrappy as you choose.

 

 

 

-Save any leftovers of strips or 4 patch sections for possible use later.

-Wednesday, October 20th- 9 patches
-Wednesday, October 27th – Center Blocks
-Wednesday Nov. 3rd – Side bars
-Wednesday, Nov. 10th – Assemble Blocks
Break for Thanksgiving
-Wednesday, Dec. 1st – Sashing
-Wednesday Dec. 8th – Assemble Quilt top

Use the hashtag #OhScrapChristmasQAL so I can follow along.

Enjoy!! ( sorry my videos are sideways!)

Surrounded Christmas QAL- Week 1- Cutting

Welcome! Hope you are here to join the Surrounded Christmas QAL. This is week 1 and the goal is to get your entire quilt cut out.

You will need Oh Scrap book available at quilt stores now for the actual measurements.

Today ‘s post is about yardages and cutting for the SURROUNDED QAL.

The original quilt used light sashing so the yardages from the book will vary some if you want dark sashing like I used in my version.

IF using a Fat quarter bundle, cut your sashing pieces first ( Listed under fabrics A in the book- qty 49) This is always a good rule of thumb when cutting fabrics, start with the largest cuts first in case of a mis cut. It is always easier to replace a small piece of yardage than to have to replace fabrics for bigger cuts. Most patterns/books are written this way but always pay attention to this..

Then cut your 80 block rectangles ( also listed under A).
On some of the blocks I cut 4 of the same so they would match especially on the fabrics that would add a bit of pop. This was also where I used some fabrics that I just had small bits.

Shown above where the aqua fabric is

 

Everything else is pretty much exactly like the book says regarding if it is a dark or a light.

I always cut extra. I don’t know if it is a character flaw or what, but I like to have options.

Keep your pieces together, labeling them by the size. Some of the same size pieces are used throughout and some pieces are almost the same size so it is easy to get then mixed up!

I did not subcut strips into squares for four patches and nine patches. Instead I strip-pieced and then subcut. Do whatever you are comfortable with. Next week we will start sewing 4 patches and I wanted to show you that I even cut strips from charm packs or scraps for this. Next week we will start sewing 4 patches.

 

GENERAL TIP: Sorting through scraps does add some time to the process. Anytime I straighten up fabrics, i don’t just cut a sliver to straighten the edge, I go ahead and cut at least 1 1/2″, sometimes 2 1/2″ depending on much fabric I have. Once I finish cutting any project I go ahead and submit the remaining fabric into “scraps” and sort them by size. I tend to do this the most with lights. I use lots of lights.

Use the hashtag #OhScrapChristmasQAL so I can follow along.

Hope you join me!

-modalissa

Time to Hustle – Quiltalong

On my “must make” list has always been a Christmas version of SURROUNDED from my book, OH, Scrap!

When I saw Hustle & Bustle by Basic Grey, I knew this fabric line was perfect for this project. There are enough big scale iconic fabrics to use for sashing and a nice range of greens and reds to be able to easily mix additional holiday lines.

The quilt takes a total of almost 10 yds which is what is in a Moda Fat Quarter bundle of 40 prints, but I wanted more variety so I added Christmas Morning by Lella Boutique and a few other bits and pieces that you will see along the QAL. Start gathering your fabrics!

I could say we are going to have to Hustle to get this done by Christmas 2021, but there is  no hurry. Just get started!!

Or if you have already started this quilt and need a QAL to help motivate you to finish, this is the time.

What about making this quilt in Red White and Blue? A combination of your
Minick and Simpson fabrics would be yummy. Just get started!

So here is the plan. You will need Oh Scrap book available at quilt stores now for the actual measurements. Each week I will share tips and what I did to make this quilt.

Each  post will go live at 6:00 pm central.

– Wednesday, October 6th-  Yardages and cutting
-Wednesday, October 13th- 4 patches
-Wednesday, October 20th- 9 patches
-Wednesday, October 27th – Center Blocks
-Wednesday Nov. 3rd – Side bars
-Wednesday, Nov. 10th – Assemble Blocks
Break for Thanksgiving
-Wednesday, Dec. 1st – Sashing
-Wednesday Dec. 8th – Assemble Quilt top

Remember this is a scrap quilt so any fabrics can be used.

Use the hashtag #OhScrapChristmasQAL so I can follow along.

Hope you join me!

SIDE NOTE! The global supply chain has been tough this past year and has created an overall upheaval is deliveries. This is tough especially for the  independent quilt retailers.  Be sure and support your favorite quilt or specialty retailers  during this holiday season.

 

-Modalissa

 

 

 

 

Izzy Squared- baby quilt

 

The fun of making scrap quilts is that I sew bits and pieces together and let the plan develop as I go. I always ask my quilting friends, “Do you cut out the entire quilt before you get started, or do you cut some pieces and test your color choices before you cut the entire quilt?”

I think I have always done the latter and maybe that is because of my love of scraps quilts.

And because of this I often have some leftovers in quilting, not in cooking. I added more squares and had enough pieces from my Izzy Squared quilt (large version) to make a baby quilt.

  

Thought this would be a good time to talk value which is basically one word for light, medium or dark. If you haven’t read Oh Scrap yet, the book is full of color coordinated quilts that push the envelope a little bit in the study of value and fabric placement.

Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about all of these blocks, they are scraps so by definition anything is acceptable. So i am going to share some value tips from some of the blocks. The best way to study color is to look at things in black and white. Crazy, right?

In the above picture, look at the grayscale block. What do you see? Look how strong the royal blue block stands out. It is definitely considered a dark. The fabric has very little design in it so also reads as a solid. The other fabric in this example is the red corner square in the bottom right corner. Dark and reads as a solid so it is a strong selection.

When I mentioned leftovers sometimes start my quilts, sometimes they help me finish. I was about out of reds for the centers and came across this tiny 4 patch that I trimmed to just the right size for my center square. I love the quirky little block.

 

These two pictures are not side by side so  you may have to scroll back and forth to see the differences. I have shown the grayscale version above. Look at the bottom middle block, notice how the square in the left hand corner disappears?

Here is the color version of the sweet little aqua fabric that is just perfect for this block. It also reads as a solid but would be considered a light. When studying value, you also have to take into consideration the background fabric. This little aqua square is close in value but different enough in color to work.

Shown here is a larger section of the quilt showing the difference in the values of lights and darks makes you eye explore all the colors. I love the block that is just the 5 red squares.

When asked if I have a favorite version of these blocks, it is like asking if I have a favorite child. I love them all for different reasons! I am always surprised how each block turns out!! Love, love, love.

 


Then once your quilt top is complete, the quilting is always the icing on top. Maggi Honeyman quilted this quilt for me with an all over design. When studying color, pattern and values keep in mind that quilting does add another layer of art by defining or minimizing some of your fabric choices.

I used one of Bonnie and Camille’s 108″ wide quilt backs from Moda. (leftovers from another quilt back). The backing is so soft and almost silky feeling which will be yummy once it is washed and wrapped around a little one.

Shown below is the larger version of this color way of Izzy Squared quilt. To read more about it, go here.

Ask for Oh Scrap book at your favorite quilt or specialty store for patterns and more color tips.

Enjoy!

-modalissa

Oh Scrap- It’s QuiltJane

Hop Hop Hop on over to my friend way across the pond. Jane Davidson of Quiltjane.

My mom always taught me that you can read people by their eyes. I am reminded of this every time I see Jane. Her eyes, her sweet smile and her gentle spirit drew me to her the first time I met her. I also think she was handing out the famous snack of Aussie’s, Tim Tam Bars.

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Oh Scrap – Teresa Silva

Today’s Stop on the Oh Scrap blog hop is

Teresa Silva of Quilting is my Bliss.

Teresa quilted the Splendid Scraps quilt shown above.

Teresa Silva, Maggi Honeyman,  Natalia Bonner, and Abby Latimer are the magic makers-machine quilters that brought my quilt tops to life., Thank you for that!

Both Teresa and Natalia have quilting books that overflow with inspiration.

The real artistry in the quilt world is the quilting. The stitching of the quilt top, batting and backing, the quilt sandwich that is secured together with the finest of stitches and design.

Funny Story:

in the late 1980’s Gary and I went to the Texas State Fair for some Fletcher’s corny dogs. Gary had his corny dog and I came home with a Gammil Quilting machine. I was going to save so much money by quilting my own quilt tops and maybe even quilt for other people. What a joke!!

This was before there was any classes, training or support on how to use such a gigantic piece of furniture. Once the machine jammed and I called around looking for help with no luck. The guy at the sew and vac said he had never worked on that kind of machine but bring it in and he would see what he could do. At this point, a few months had passed and I was so pregnant that even if the machine worked I wouldn’t be able to reach the handles.

It is State Fair time again, we tracked back to the state fair with a 5 yr old, 3 yr old and a 6 month baby. Headed directly to the Gammill booth for some direction.They were so kind and bought it back from me for exactly what I had paid for it the year before. They would pick it up from my house on their way out from the show. I needed the bedroom now for baby #3 and who was going to have time to quilt with 3 kids under 6?

We all paid a visit to Fletcher’s Corny dog stand and came home with corny dogs, great memories and a pocketful of $$.

The above story conveys how much I think the quilting makes the quilt and that is not a talent that is in my wheelhouse.

March 16th- Pat Sloan

March 17th- Corey Yoder

March 18th- Barbara Brackman

March 19th-Alison Dale of Fabric Expressions

March 20th- Melissa Corry

March 21st- Carrie Nelson of Moda Fabrics

March 22nd- Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life

March 23rd-Kimberly at The Fat Quarter Shop

TODAYS STOP

March 24th – Teresa Silva- Quilting is my Bliss

March 25th- Jane Davidson – QuiltJane

March 26th- Martingale Publishing

-Modalissa

 

 

Oh Scrap- Sherri McConnell

One of my favorite people in the whole world is the featured person on the Oh Scrap blog hop today- Sherri Mc Connell.  

Sherri  from A Quilting Life is not only a prolific blogger and  pattern designer , now she along with her daughter Chelsi are also fabric designers for Moda.

Sherri is a huge fan of American Jane fabrics and made my Burgoynne Surrounded quilt when it was introduced in the first American Patchwork and Quilting quilt-a-long series. This quilt changed my life which is why I included it in Oh Scrap and tell you more about that in the book.

Today on her blog, she talks about making this quilt which is included in Oh Scrap and has also been re- featured in APQ’s Best quilts issue on newsstands now.

I hope you are not tired of listening to talk talk talk via the blog but I am so honored and humbled by the people that I have had the opportunity to meet in my quilting life that I want to talk about them.

I have also had the opportunity to meet Sherri’s husband and he is also the nicest guy. He actually glows with pride when he talks about Sherri and Chelsi

I am lucky to be able to work in the same industry that is also my hobby- quilting!!

Time now to hop on over to see what Sherri has to say.- Enjoy!!

March 16th- Pat Sloan
March 17th- Corey Yoder
March 18th- Barbara Brackman
March 19th-Alison Dale of Fabric Expressions
March 20th- Melissa Corry
March 21st- Carrie Nelson of Moda Fabrics

TODAY’S STOP on the HOP!!
March 22nd- Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life 
March 23rd-Kimberly at The Fat Quarter Shop
March 24th – Teresa Silva- Quilting is my Bliss
March 25th- Jane Davidson – QuiltJane
March 26th- Martingale Publishing

 

Stephanie Woodward of Tomball Texas is the winner of the Friendship Blues fabrics.

 

Thanks for following along,

 

-modalissa

Oh Scrap – Carrie Nelson


Today’s stop on the Oh Scrap blog hop is Carrie Nelson at Moda Fabrics.

I have so much to say today so please bare with me!! or is it bear with me?This quilt is called Izzy Squared. I believe the official name is Granny Squares but my grands call me Izzy.
My niece couldn’t say Lissa so she called me Izzy, and now that nickname follows me, hence the name of the quilt. The diversity of this quilt is so great that I included instructions for 3 different sizes in the book including the king version shown here.

My daughter lives on a farm and this quilt was just calling to be photographed on her white fence, but Buddy thought the photo shoot was all about him. ( thank you Jillian)

I love their red barn so I used red centers and red corner squares. pop! pop!

I can’t wait to get it quilted with 108″ red/white buffalo check on the back. yum! yum!

My daughter actually sent me a text when she sent the pictures and said, ” I think I may want to start sewing again.” (insert chin drop to the floor) She hasn’t sewn since she was 8 years old and made a quilt in Jackie Galubenski’s quilt class. She did win a ribbon at the Dallas Quilt show.  Incredible!

The stop today is at the Moda blog, so this is a perfect opportunity for me to thank a few people for believing in me.

I owe everything to Mark Dunn and Cheryl Freydberg for believing in me. Hiring me and allowing creative freedom to constantly say, What if??

Would you hire this?

I want to also thank Carrie Nelson for helping me out when I got all tongue tied. She has become the voice of Moda/United Notions and shares her brilliance with all of us and encourages me daily.

So many people from work offered to help, remember the majority of this time I was recouping after surgery and couldn’t drive. I jokingly called it house arrest. Susan Stiff, Tammy Vonderschmitt, Chelair Etter, Holly Hickman, Debbie Outlaw, Debbie Duckworth would bind, press, stitch or rip if I needed them. Just knowing such friends are also people you work with is what makes my job so joyful.

This crew is a great scrappy bunch!! I love each and every one of them especially John Atkins!! He is the one flirting with the nun!


Oh Scrap was born.

The baby size version of Izzy Squared made the cover. Red centers but print sashings give the two quilts a complete different look.

Start collecting Moda Mini Charms, throw them all up in the air and magically you will have mini charming quilt.

Share your version of any of these quilts by sharing them online using #ohscrap or #modalissa. I can’t wait to see what you create.

Hop on over to the Moda Cutting Table to be entertained by our Carrie Nelson. If she says anything nice about me, it probably isn’t true.

March 16th- Pat Sloan

March 17th- Corey Yoder

March 18th- Barbara Brackman

March 19th-Alison Dale of Fabric Expressions

March 20th- Melissa Corry

TODAY’S STOP ON THE BLOG HOP

March 21st- Carrie Nelson of Moda Fabrics

March 22nd- Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life

March 23rd-Kimberly at The Fat Quarter Shop

March 24th – Teresa Silva- Quilting is my Bliss

March 25th- Jane Davidson – QuiltJane

March 26th- Martingale Publishing

Enjoy,

-modules