Friday, April 19, 2019

Fabric Storage

Now that both kids are gone from the house, very little of their stuff remains - woohoo! To not wade through clothes, shoes, and other stuff scattered on the floor and chairs throughout two rooms is heaven!

And in the process of cleaning out, several under bed boxes were freed up, one of which I quickly laid claim to for a growing stash of gray fabrics.


gray fabric bin

What is this particular box? It's a clear Sterilite under bed box, 6 1/2" tall, with square corners and a latching lid system. These are found where storage supplies are sold, for around $8.


Steirlite under bed box

The other boxes had curved ends, no locking handles, and where a bit smaller, not good candidates for fabric storage.

So, why do I like these boxes so much? For me, they are the perfect way to store fabric! Here's 7 reasons why these under bed boxes are great for fabric:

1.  clear, so you can see what's in it

2.  keeps fabric organized, by theme or color

3.  big enough to store several yards of fabric, but won't become so heavy that it's impossible to lift or move

4.  allows fabric to be stored out of sunlight, which can cause huge damage to a stash

5.  latching covers cuts down on dust collection

6.  easily stacks - I have 4 groups stacked with 3 or more

7.  when properly folded, fabric is stored on edge, meaning it doesn't get crushed by the weight of other pieces on top. This also makes each piece easily visible, like going through a file folder. 

So, just what is properly folded fabric? Fabric that is folded to have a 6" dimension on one edge. Since I buy mostly 1 yard cuts, I'll show that one first, followed by larger cuts.

Fold the 1 yard in half, fold to fold, and selvage to selvage.


1 yard of fabric folded in half

As the fold lines show, fold on a third,


1 yard of fabric folded in one third

then a third again.


1 yard of fabric folded on a second third

Fold in the opposite direction by a third,


1 yard of fabric folded on a third in opposite direction

and once again, which is the final fold.


1 yard of fabric folded on a second third

This piece measures approximately 8" wide by up to 6" tall, a perfect height for the box.

A 2 yard (or more) cut is handled a bit differently, just because there's so much fabric to fold. Start again by folding the 2 yards into a piece approximately a half yard tall.


2 plus yards folded to a half yard size

Instead of thirds, fold it in half,


2 plus yards folded in half again

then in half again in the opposite direction.


2 plus yards folded in half again in the opposite direction

And fold once more, in the opposite direction, which is the final fold.


2 plus yards folded in half again in the opposite direction

This piece is a bit wider, around 10", but the height comes in around 6", again a perfect height for the box. Here's the two pieces, end to end, showing they're equal in height for the box.


1 yard and 2 yard fabric cuts folded for a six inch edge

And now they go into the box, on edge, easily seen, accessible, dust-free, not crushed by weight, etc, etc. The two pieces folded for the demo can be seen at the white arrows.


1 yard and 2 yard fabric cuts placed in the box

Now, not only am I happy with a de-cluttered house, but all of my grays are together, not in several shoe boxes, a drawer, or mixed in with the black/whites - hooray! Hmm, looks like I have a bit more room in this one, don't you think??

Happy Quilting this weekend!




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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Midweek Makers #171

Welcome to Midweek Makers! At the moment, all I have to share is the fabric pull for a diamond project in the Be a Diamond Blog Hop
April 22 - 26, hosted by Just Let Me Quilt.


fabric pull

I'm hoping these come together for what I want to make, otherwise, I may be shopping.

At last week's Midweek Makers, there are a couple fun projects that deserve attention, with no major theme grouping them together - I just really liked them!

From Chris Knits Sews, there was a fantastic lesson demonstrated on selecting a color palette,

                                     


and at Sew with Sparkles, this handy zippered pouch for a binder, with free tutorial,

                                    


and at Quilting and Learning, this really pretty free motion floral scene.

                                    

Well done everyone! And now it's your turn - link up the projects your working on this week!
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Quilt Highlights and a New Project

I'd like to welcome all of my new followers via Bloglovin' - thank you for visiting! Hitting the 800 follower milestone is a big deal for me, as I don't spend a ton of time on social media - I have too many quilts to make! And my goodness - that's certainly been the case recently. Four quilts in the last four weeks, even with one of those weeks spent in Japan! 

Seafarer - pattern to come mid-May


Seafarer by QuiltFabrication




You Got This!


You Got This! Sew Emoji


Crumb Jumble baby quilt in blue


Crumb Jumble in blue


Crumb Jumble Pink


Crumb Jumble Pink

















Do I even dare mention that I quilted Cindy's version of my Fright Night pattern with spooky spiderwebs? Yep, I've been busy!

spider web quilting on Fright Night by QuiltFabrication

So what's next? Why a diamond quilt for the Be A Diamond Blog HopApril 22 thru April 26, hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.

With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July just around the corner, I'm thinking a red/white/blue color scheme - my favorite! I've got a rough sketch on graph paper, and now it's time to see if it's sew-able. Sorry, no sneak peeks, in case it doesn't work. Thank goodness I'm on the last day of the hop!

But I will give you a sneak peek of all the participants in the Be A Diamond Hop. There's sure to be lots of eye candy - my favorite!


April 22

April 23

April 24

April 25

April 26


Hoping to have more to show on Wednesday's Midweek Maker's - stay tuned!



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Friday, April 12, 2019

Crumb Jumble Pink

It certainly has been a very exciting week, what with hopping around to see all of Bonnie K Hunter's quilts from her String Frenzy book (affiliate link). And as promised, I'm showing off Crumb Jumble Pink,

Crumb Jumble Pink baby quilt

the girl's version of the Crumb Jumble baby quilt in blue from Monday.


Crumb Jumble baby quilt

I didn't set out to make two quilts. Turns out I miscalculated the number of blocks needed to make a baby quilt size. 


crumb blocks

I had all of these done, then started laying them out, and realized that 16 crumb blocks were all that I needed. Oops! With 14 blocks left in my hand, I just had to make 2 more for 16 and thus 2 baby quilts - one can never make enough baby quilts!!

These blocks really looked good with the blue background, but I didn't want two quilts exactly the same. Background color auditions ensued, cause whatever I chose, it needed to be strong to go with the blocks. My first thought was yellow, but there was plenty of that in the sashing cornerstones, which would get lost. 

Hmm, could do green, but I wasn't feeling it. Purple? Not really a first choice color for me. Aqua? Makes for another boy-leaning quilt. All right, pink. But it needs to be a strong pink to work with all the bright bits in the blocks - pastel pink just won't do here.

Rummaging through the stash, I found a perfect raspberry pink. The backside that is!


front and back of pink fabric in Crumb Jumble Pink quilt

The lower half of that picture shows the small black circle print on the pink. The upper half shows the backside, on the quilt top front, with a slight bit of circle print showing through. You wouldn't know it though unless I told you - yep, the secret is out!

This is not the first time I've done that - the solid looking blue blocks in the boy Crumb Jumble are really the backside of this print!


actual blue print used in Crumb Jumble

Just more creative ways to use up the stash!!!

The crumb blocks in the pink version are just as cute, and I found a very fun small print to work as the border.


Crumb blocks and border

Plus the frogs on the back makes this one a super fun quilt!


Crumb Jumble Pink with frog backing


Lucky kid that gets this one!


Crumb Jumble Pink and frog backing

Monday's book tour also featured a giveaway of a String Frenzy e-book from C&T Publishing - I'm happy to announce that the winner from my drawing is DJ! Congrats!



I hope these quilts have inspired you to dive into those scraps of yours - they really can make beautiful quilts!

Happy Quilting!




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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Midweek Makers #170

Wow! Here we are again for another Midweek Makers - #170! How about that? I suppose that works out to over 3 years of linky party fun - so let's get started with #170!

I think I'm finally recovered from jet lag though it took about 5 days. My head is finally clearing, and the energy is coming back - it's nice to be able to really focus on my projects. Now I'm playing catch-up big time! I still haven't had a chance to visit everyone from the last two Midweek Makers, or from the blog hops - there's a lot of beautiful quilts I'm missing!

I do have an update on the girls version of the Crumb Jumble quilt - it's at least on the frame, though a couple customer quilts took precedence before it. There will be more on this one later.


Crumb Jumble quilt girl version

Looking at last week's party, the first thing that struck me were quilts that had stars or looked like they had stars. Those would be:

from Quilts, etc,

                                 IMG_7701

from Anja Quilts,

                                    

from Grace and Peace Quilting,

                                  

and from Storied Quilts.

                                  

And what have you been up to this week? Come show us!
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Monday, April 8, 2019

Crumb Jumble Baby Quilt

Welcome to my day of sharing for the String Frenzy (affiliate linkbook tour - a baby size version of Crumb Jumble!

Crumb Jumble Baby quilt

Did I say book tour? And did I mention a giveaway?

String Frenzy by Bonnie K Hunter

Yes, that's right! For all of you Quiltville Mystery fans who make up her mystery quilts each year - this book is for you! It's a scrap buster's heaven! Check out all the other participants on the tour:

               4/5: C&T Publishing at ctpub.com/blog

             4/6: Pat Sloan at ilovetomakequilts.com
             4/7: Sandra Clemons at makeitblossomdesigns.com
             4/8: Susan Arnold at quiltfabrication.com
             4/9: Bernie Kringel at needleandfoot.com
             4/10: Bonnie Hunter at quiltville.blogspot.com

I chose the Crumb Jumble pattern in Bonnie K. Hunter's book, String Frenzy (affiliate link), because it's a great pattern for busting some my bright scraps for a baby!

scraps and crumb blocks

Those little crumb blocks on the right, went on to become pretty blocks,

Crumb Jumble quilt blocks

and when set on point and alternated with a solid block,
the result is a pretty awesome baby quilt!

Crumb Jumble baby quilt

Can't you just see a little one rolling around on this while in the park with Mom and Dad? And there will be fun things to find too: a cat, a frog,

Crumb Jumble quilt with a cat and frog

and a butterfly too!

Crumb Jumble quilt with a butterfly

The backside is just as fun, with the sun, the stars, and the moon.

Crumb Jumble quilt backside

The original Crumb Jumble pattern in String Frenzy (affiliate linkis for a 72" x 84" quilt, which being my usual self, I resized for a baby quilt. Turns out, I over-estimated the number of blocks, and so will have two baby quilts instead of one. Once I get the second one together, I'll show it off too - it's going to be a girl's version.

And if you've gotten this far, there's a giveaway for an e-book copy of String Frenzy - just leave a comment below to enter to win! I'll draw at random on April 11 - be sure I have your email address for C&T to send it along. And for a second chance to win an e-book, hop on over to this C&T Publishing site to enter to win!

Happy String Quilting!

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