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How to sort and cut scraps for nine-patch blocks

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SORTING & CUTTING YOUR SCRAPS FOR 9-PATCH BLOCKS A year ago, I posted a tutorial for sorting fabric scraps. I decided to supplement that post with a quick tutorial for cutting fabric scrap squares for 9-patch blocks. Because of their versatility, 9-patch blocks are great for making scrap quilts. Below are only a few 9-patch blocks you can make with scraps. YOU WILL NEED A good assortment of quilt cotton fabric scraps Iron and ironing board Rotary cutter (have fresh blades available) 6" x 12" and/or 8" x 8" quilt ruler 4. Before cutting squares, stack several pieces and line up the top right corner.  INSTRUCTIONS 1. Separate your scraps into individual colours: yellow, orange, purple, red, etc. This is a very important step. You don't want to have to sort little 2-inch squares by colour, trust me! 2. Sort scraps by size. 3. Press all the scraps before cutting. A quick way to do this is to layer about 4 to 6 pieces and steam press. 4. Before cutting squares,

Improv Quilting: The modern scrap quilt

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One of my favourite piecing techniques is Improv. I come from a fine arts and design background so I love to go off the beaten path. I enjoy the freedom Improv provides. I believe it's quilting for the soul. There are no real rules for Improv quilting. You are basically piecing scraps together in a free-form way. The results are stunning. The textures and all the combined colours can result in a true work of art. My piece Summer Aspen below was submitted for a new wing at a local hospital. The theme for the submissions was trees. I chose the Aspen tree because I love how Aspen leaves rustle in the wind. Unfortunately, the piece wasn't chosen but I ended up with a very nice quilt for my home. SUMMER ASPEN by Monica Curry The strips I used for the tree trunks in  Summer Aspen  were cut from fabric that was printed from a  linocut  I made. I wanted each strip to look like an actual Aspen tree. I liked how this quilt turned out and it hung in my office for a coup

Tips for Sorting Your Fabric Scraps: Part 1

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Well, another new year has begun. All the Christmas decorations are put away, the turkey leftovers are eaten, and life has fallen back into a regular routine. This is the time of year that I like to tidy my studio and get it ready for the days ahead. It's also the perfect time to purge some of my scrap fabrics and get them ready for scrap quilts. When I first started sorting scraps, I wasn't quite sure what to do with them. I now follow a few simple rules I learned along the way. TIPS FOR SORTING FABRIC SCRAPS  1. Have a scrap fabric basket under your sewing table at all times. 2. I consider anything smaller than a Fat Eighth (9" x 21") a scrap. 3. Cut scraps in various sized squares. I cut an assortment of squares for nine-patch blocks in the following sizes: 5", 2¾",  2", and 1½".  4. You'll be amazed at how fast your square supply grows. Keep your squares in a storage container. 5. Keep leftover fabric strips to use fo

Postage stamp doll quilt

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I love postage stamp quilts; they're great stash busters. I made this doll quilt for my grandniece, Abby, who just had a new baby brother. I made her mom my Precious Bundle pinwheel quilt for the new arrival, and my sister and I thought it would be nice to make a quilt for Abby's baby doll as well. To make this quilt, I used a great piecing technique I found at  So Resourceful,  a blog with some great sewing posts. This technique makes piecing all those little squares a breeze. See the tutorial  HERE

Quilted doggy desk mat for my fluffy butt

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My little Pomeranian Sophie is my shadow. She's with me everywhere I go around the house, but I've been spending a lot more time at my computer lately. Initially, she wanted to sit on my lap while I worked (she's a lap dog, after all), but I wouldn't get anything done that way. So, I plunked her on the desk. Now she sleeps there while I'm working, so I decided to make her a small quilted mat for the desktop. Awhile back, I picked up some cute fabric from with foxes on it. The fabric line is  Good Natured  by Riley Blake. My husband always says Sophie reminds him of a fox, so I made her a quilted "desk mat" with it. This mat would be great for your feline friend as well. I noticed the new mat was a bit slippy at first, so I put a piece of anti-slip mesh under it and that worked great. I think the little foxes in the birch trees are adorable. Sophie fast asleep on her new blankie.

Checkerboard Scrap Mini Quilt

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This stash buster is well suited for beginners or anyone who might need a quick gift. You can use the combination of light and dark fabrics or mix it up with a variety of scraps as shown in the photo. Instructions are given for light/dark checkerboard. This pattern would be perfect for a young quilter's first project. Checkerboard Scrap Mini Quilt Download HERE

Free-form quilting art quilt

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This quilt, Happy Hour , was created for the Manitoba Crafts Council 2013 annual members' For the Love of Craft art show. I enjoyed making this art quilt. It was inspired by Rayna Gillman's book Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts . I named it Happy Hour because the polka-dots reminded me of Leonard Cohen's song Closing Time. There's a line in the song that goes "and the men they dance on the polka-dots." I was humming that tune much of the time I was finishing up the quilt, and I couldn't get that line out of my head. One of the most enjoyable things about free-form quilting is that it keeps you thinking outside the box. There's no real plan, which means all kinds of cool things can happen.

Sewing machine cover from an old art quilt

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I made a sewing machine cover with an old art quilt that hung in our office. I had been trying out improv aka free form quilting for the first time and created this mini quilt Summer Aspen . I love the colours but grew tired of it on the wall. I used Rayna Gillman's book Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts to make this quilt art. This book guides you along very well and has beautiful examples of some of Ryana's pieces. At first, I thought it might look nice as a bag, but I changed my mind about that and decided to turn it into a sewing machine cover. I love how it turned out.

Crazy quilt pillows with video tutorial

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I made these crazy quilt block pillows for our couch, and they really inject a bit of character into the room. I love crazy quilts but lack the patience and time for all that embroidery. So, now I use the fancy stitches on my sewing machine instead. My little Singer has the best decorative stitches, so I use that machine for crazy quilt blocks. Below is a great tutorial by Fons & Porter for creating crazy blocks. (FYI: The quilt in the left background inspired my denim scrap quilt beach blanket. )

Denim quilt made with scrap fabric

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Denim scrap quilt made with denim and cotton upholstery fabric scraps.