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


simple twin sized scrappy quilt made with Denyse Schmidt's Stonington fabric

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.

simple twin sized scrappy quilt made with Denyse Schmidt's Stonington fabric

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!)

simple twin sized scrappy quilt made with Denyse Schmidt's Stonington fabric

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!

simple twin sized scrappy quilt made with Denyse Schmidt's Stonington fabric

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

Year of scrappy triangles a free weekly foundation paper pieced 6" quilt block pattern.
Year of scrappy triangles a free weekly foundation paper pieced 6" quilt block pattern.
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!
Year of scrappy triangles a free weekly foundation paper pieced 6" quilt block pattern.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Diamond Star Quilt Finish

scrap quilt diamond English paper pieced blocks appliquéd onto a black background

Guess who finished a quilt?

scrap quilt diamond English paper pieced blocks appliquéd onto a black background
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!

scrap quilt diamond English paper pieced blocks appliquéd onto a black background

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

scrap quilt diamond English paper pieced blocks appliquéd onto a black background

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.

scrap quilt diamond English paper pieced blocks appliquéd onto a black background

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

scrap quilt diamond English paper pieced blocks appliquéd onto a black background

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.

scrap quilt diamond English paper pieced blocks appliquéd onto a black background



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. :)


scrap quilt diamond English paper pieced blocks appliquéd onto a black background

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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Block 11 - Year of Scrappy Triangles

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Year of Scrappy Triangles, one year of free weekly foundation paper piecing quilt patterns. A great scrap buster!
Hello everyone! We've made some big changes technology wise at our house this month. We switched from a PC to a Mac and upgraded from EQ7 to EQ8. Needless to say, there has been some frustration, head banging, swearing learning in the process. I think I have most things figured out now, but for the life of me, I can't figure out where EQ8 is saving my pdfs of the Scrappy Triangle templates. So, for now, I just have the outline of the block on the pattern without the seam allowance around it. You will need to trim the block 1/4" outside the square. Do not trim on the line or the block will be too small. I have written trimming instructions on the pattern too, so hopefully there won't be any confusion.  

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The triangles and strips in this block create a fun secondary pinwheel pattern. I think it would be even more striking if the strips were significantly darker than the small triangles. Play around with it, they go together quickly!

free foundation paper pieced template year of scrappy triangles
I can't believe that our next block (the simplest of the year) will be the day after Christmas. This month has flown!

Stay safe in your travels! I wish you and your families all of the best.
Leila

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Block 10 - Year of Scrappy Triangles and Giveaway Winner

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I had a dream Sunday night that I had woken up and it was Wednesday morning. Then I realized I had forgotten to post the Scrappy Triangle template on Tuesday! No!!! I thought it was funny (once I realized it was Monday morning). My subconscious is thinking about you and trying to keep me on track. :)


fat quarters of tula pink fabricfirst 9 blocks from a  year of scrappy triangles foundation paper pieced blocks free


The foundation paper pieced pattern is at the end of this post, but before we get to that, I need to pick our giveaway winner...drumroll... It is Linda! (@flourishingpalms)  Thanks to everyone who entered. There were so many great sets of blocks! Hop over to #yearofscrappytriangles on Instagram to check them out.

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This week's block is divided into simple thirds. I don't know about you, but I am feeling a bit busy right now during the Christmas season, so I figured that we could take it easy over here for the next few weeks with some very simple paper pieced Scrappy Triangles. After all, these paper pieced blocks are supposed to be a fun break, not just another thing on our to-do lists.

So, without further ado, here is Block 10! Enjoy and have a great holiday season!free foundation paper pieced quilt block 6" quilt blocks free paper piecing for a year

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Block 9 - Year of Half Square Triangles and a Giveaway!


 Hello! Welcome to week 9 of the Year of Scrappy Triangles! This week I used Gingham Girl scraps, provided by Amy Smart of a Diary of a Quilter, for my foundation paper pieced blocks. I had such fun playing with these fabrics! Those cute florals and strawberries remind me of fabrics from my childhood. (sigh..)


I was also really impressed with how well they play with the other fabrics. They look awesome with the other scrappy triangles I have made. They were meant to be together! (You can go to this page to find links for the other block's free foundation patterns shown here.)


I also used Gingham Girls to make more low-volume scrappy blocks. So, so cute!


 Here they are with some of the other low-volume Scrappy Triangles I have made. A match made in heaven. :) To make this week's block, click below to download the pattern.


Now for the giveaway! I would love to see all the blocks you have made and give you a bit of incentive to catch up. It's not even too late to start from scratch! The blocks go together quickly, and are so fun to make, that it would be fairly simple to make them in an afternoon. 


To be entered to win this fat quarter bundle of fabric, post a picture of your 9 Scrappy Triangle blocks on Instagram. Tag me @sewnbyleila and use the hashtags #yearofscrappytriangles and #yearoscrappytrianglesgiveaway. Not on Instagram? Post a picture of your 9 blocks on my Facebook page to be entered. I can't wait to see what you have made!

The Giveaway will be open through Tuesday, Dec 12th.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Year of Scrappy Triangles - Block 8, Some Quilt Math, and Layout Options


Hello, it's Tuesday again and time for another Scrappy Triangle! This triangle was inspired by all of the 2 1/2" charms I got as freebies at Quilt Market last spring. Each block uses 4 charms, so the charms won't be going anywhere fast, but every little bit helps.


I was doing some math over Thanksgiving break, and I thought I would share some of it with you. To make a Queen sized quilt that fits our bed (90 x 96) I will need 240 blocks which averages to 4.62 blocks each week - 4 or 5 blocks. The three blocks a week I've been making isn't going to cut it, so I am going to up the number of blocks I make for the next few weeks to 6. (I'm also choosing easier patterns during the Christmas season so we don't get overwhelmed.)

Here are the numbers for different quilt sizes:
Queen (90" x 96"): 240 blocks,  4.62 blocks per week
Twin (66" x 84"):    154 blocks,  2.96 blocks per week
Throw (54" x 60"):   90 blocks,  1.73 blocks per week
Baby (36" x 36"):     36 blocks,    .69 blocks per week
         (42" x 42"):     49 blocks,    .94 blocks per week



Of course, this assumes that the quilt is made entirely out of Scrappy Triangles. If you throw in some un-pieced squares, it will significantly reduce the number of blocks you need. For example, this 24" jumbo block only uses six Scrappy Triangles. Make 9 of these blocks, and you would have a 72" x 72" quilt that used only 54 scrappy triangles and 72 4-patches. Not too shabby. There are tons of options!

And to help us all stay on track, I am going to have a giveaway next week for everyone who has finished the first 9 blocks, so keep those blocks coming! And check out everyone's Scrappy Triangles on Instagram with the hashtag #yearofscrappytriangles.