Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Block 19 - Year of Scrappy Triangles

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Hello! Here is the paper piecing pattern for Block 19 of a Year of Scrappy Triangles. This scrappy half square triangle focuses on using up all the narrow strips that haunt the bottom of scrap baskets. Well, at least mine. I could have made 20 of these blocks, no problem.

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This block also has a great secondary design. The great thing about paper piecing is that you can get those narrow strips to match up every single time. Brilliant!



Next week, we will have a Scrappy Triangle link-up and giveaway! You will be able to post a picture of your 20 Scrappy Triangle blocks and everyone who links a picture of all 20 blocks will be entered to win this cute fat quarter fabric bundle. If you have fallen a bit behind - or want to start! - now is the time to catch up. It sounds a bit overwhelming, and if they were 'real' quilt blocks, it would be a lot of work, but these blocks really do go together quickly. You could start now and have them done in two weeks without too much trouble. Grab a friend, grab your scraps, and get sewing!


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PS - New to foundation paper piecing? Totally intimidated and can't wrap your mind around it? Been there! But it wasn't that bad once I gave it a go. To get you on your way, I wrote the 'Ultimate Guide to Foundation Paper Piecing'. Clear, step-by-step instructions. You can totally do it and Scrappy Triangles are a great place to start. They are simple, fast, and a great way to practice paper piecing.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Block 18 - Year of Scrappy Triangles


 This foundation paper pieced scrappy triangle is super fast, especially if you have a couple of 5" charms leftover from other projects. Just cut them in half and you are good to go! I made myself stop at six blocks, but I really wanted to keep going and use up all of the 5" squares in my scrap basket.


It was especially fun to use the cute charms I had been saving for something 'special'. Now my Japanese dog print and aqua Tula Pink charms have been made into something I can enjoy.


The secondary pattern made by four of the blocks is also really fun. So many options! I can't wait to see what you make. You can post pictures on Instagram and see what others are making with the #yearofscrappytriagles.

I plan to have a linkup and giveaway here on the blog when we hit Block 20. I'll have some cute fabric for a lucky person who has completed all 20 blocks! So don't put them off!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Block 17 - Year of Scrappy Triangles

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I'm not going to lie, this week's block in a Year of Scrappy Triangles is a killer. It's not hard, it just takes longer than usual. There are tons of little strips in this log-cabin inspired Scrappy Triangle! But, on the bright side, I got to use up a ton of narrow strips. And that is kind of how it goes. The smaller the pieces, the longer it is going to take to make.

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I didn't overthink fabric placement in these blocks. I just grabbed small scraps and sewed them on. But, if you do pay attention to placement there are a lot of fun things you can do with this block. Here are a few ideas, but really, the sky is the limit!

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I can't wait to see what you make! 


Click here for links to the other blocks in A Year of Scrappy Triangles.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Block 16 - Year of Scrappy Triangles

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Hello! It's time for another Scrappy Triangle pattern!

If you are new to the Year of Scrappy Triangles, every Tuesday I post a foundation paper pieced pattern for a 6" Scrappy Triangle. The triangles are fast, fun, and a great way to use scraps. I hope you will join in! To find links to the first 15 blocks, go here. To see the blocks that other people have been making search with the #yearofscrappytriangles on Instagram.

Not sure about foundation paper piecing? Think sewing quilt blocks on the back of paper is weird? I hear you. I put off learning to foundation paper piece for years because the process was so intimidating, but it didn't end up being as bad as I thought. I actually liked it! If you want to give it a try, or need some extra tips, I've written The Ultimate Guide to Foundation Paper Piecing. Check it out. You'll be foundation paper piecing like a pro in no time.

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But on to Block 16. This week's block is made with 1 3/4" wide strips of all lengths. It's a great way to use all those extra narrow strips. Got narrower strips? Me too! There is a block coming up that uses 1 1/4" strips, so hold on to those.

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I like the secondary designs made by placing 4 of the same block together. This one looks woven!


Share pictures of your blocks on Instagram with the #yearofscrappytriangles.

*If you are having a hard time getting the block to print to the correct size, disable the "Fit to Size" option and check the scale. My computer likes to print at 93%. (Don't ask me why I would want anything printed at 93%, but it thinks I do.) If that doesn't do it, download the pdf to your computer and print from the downloaded version. I don't know why this makes a difference, but often it does. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Year of Scrappy Triangles - Block 15



Hello! Today I am in sunny California - a nice change from below freezing temperatures. I've been to see the zoo in San Deigo and wandered around town and the beach. Any other must dos while I'm here?


This week's block is a simplified variation of Block 9. While I am using scraps for the pieced parts of the block, I find I keep buying a fat quarters here and there that I think would be good backgrounds. The text and aqua chevron prints are recent purchases.  sigh.  At least they were bought for a purpose and not just to sit in my stash. But really I have actually been pretty restrained with buying fabric just to "have on hand". Well, except for the new Heather Ross fabric I just preordered here... At least I know I'm not alone in my fabric love!

Here's to making more beautiful things with the fabric we have! And here is the Block 15 template to get you on your way.  (Don't forget to check and see all of the great #yearofscrappytriangles blocks on Instagram!)


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Block 14 - Year of Scrappy Triangles

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Hi! This week we have a cute block that reminds me of lightning. It is a lot like the Bonus Block, except tipped on it's side. I think you will have fun making it!

 (The Bonus Block pattern is available as a Thank You for signing up for my monthly newsletter. You can sign up here.)

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If you have missed any of the other blocks, you can find links to them all at the bottom of the first Year of Scrappy Triangles post.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Block 13 - Year of Scrappy Triangles


 Happy New Year! A new year, a new block, a new start on all things Quilty!

This week I took some of my larger scraps and cut them up to make these blocks. It was a good way to make a lot of blocks quickly. The squirrels weren't technically scraps, but I had to have them in the quilt. I think they are the cutest things ever! I didn't want the blocks to be too matchy-matchy in the final quilt, so I varied the large 'background' triangles.

It has been fun to see all of the different variations you have been making on Instagram. Have fun with this block too!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Denyse Schmidt Quarter Square Triangle Quilt - My Last Finish of 2017


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Last week I finished my final quilt for 2017. I started it last fall after I won a layer cake of Denyse Schmidt's Stonington line of fabric. As luck would have it, I had recently bought a stack of DS fat quarters on sale at my local quilt shop and this quilt was born.

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I made eighty 8" finished quarter square triangles from the fabrics. I was planning on just sewing them together randomly, but when I laid the blocks out it was a bit too crazy. My daughter and I rearranged the blocks until we came up with this. A few stripes of color going vertically and horizontally. I think it gives just the right amount of structure to the crazy. (Love the yellows!)

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Some of the fabrics I absolutely love and others I wouldn't have bought (they came in the layer cake), but they all work well together. And they work with the couple of Cotton and Steel prints I threw in too!

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A new favorite finish and a new quilt holder in training!
Happy New Year!

Quilt Stats:
Material: Various Denyse Schmidt lines and a couple of Cotton and Steel prints
Binding: Scrappy. Finished with a utility zig zag.
Size: 64" x 80"

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Block 12 - Year of Scrappy Triangles

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Hello! I hope you all had a great Christmas! It snowed here, just enough to go sledding on our neighbor's hill, so I am switching out my usual blocks-on-the-deck picture for a blocks-on-the-floor picture instead.

I figured we could all use a break from the crazy of vacations, family, and kids, so I choose the simplest of blocks this week. Just three strips of fabric. A quick fun finish for this holiday season.


Next week it will be a new year and a new block! See you then!
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Friday, December 22, 2017

Diamond Star Quilt Finish

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Guess who finished a quilt?

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Love the text print border!

 This one was a long time in the making. Well, not a long time to make, but a long time to finish. The piecing went together pretty quickly considering the blocks were English paper pieced.


I started it June 2012 while I was pregnant with my now 5 year old. I cut my own card stock templates with a rotary cutter and ruler and just started hand piecing. My first star was all one color, but then I switched to bi-colored stars. Much better!

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I made the blocks up pretty quickly. I tried to stick with a loose polka dot theme for the bright fabrics. 

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Then I hemmed and hawed over what color to put between them. I initially wanted to use a bright aqua floral, but decided that it was a bit too crazy. So I chose a tone on tone black.

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One of my 2013 goals was to finish it.  I didn't quite make it. (understatement)

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From that point on it keeps popping up on my blog, usually in Work in Progress or Finish Along Goal posts. This is a picture from May 2014 when it showed up as a FAL goal. I was in the process of appliquéing the borders on (if you look carefully, you can see the pins).

I mentioned in that post that it had been sitting for awhile, and it was going to sit a lot longer. I finished appliquéing on the borders in 2015 but I didn't get it basted until Spring 2017. Then it sat around for six months while I debated how to quilt it. I wanted to do something super fancy, perfect, and quilt show worthy, but in the end I opted for just getting it done.

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You can see the quilting better on the back. The diamond area is criss crossed with straight line quilting and the borders are covered in swirls. I am planning on adding some bright chunky hand quilting around the blocks, but for now it is finished!

5 1/2 years later. :)


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I have been thinking about why I put quilts away and don't work on them and it always has something to do with hitting some sort of snag. Blocks don't fit right, or I can't figure out how to quilt it, or I don't want to baste or bind it. I really don't like basting and binding....

I think I just need to plow on through. The problems usually aren't as big of a deal as I think they are and when I push through, I get a pretty quilt!

And I get to pass something off my Q4 FAL Goals!

Quilt Stats
Started: June 2012
Finished: December 2017
Size: 58" x 76"
Techniques: English paper piecing and applique (100% hand pieced!)
Machine quilted and bound