Meandering Through Fresh Pines

I made this small quilt top from scrap bags I purchased on eBay. The fabric is Pine Fresh by Sandy Gervais for Moda. I randomly created blocks from the various strips with no accounting for width. I tried not to put two strips of the same color together. When the pieces were too similar or had too much black I cut the blocks and started over adding to them to lighten them up.

This morning I put this on the frame.

I am doing a meandering loopty loop with no real rhyme or reason.

It is turning out really nice. So far I am more than pleased with the results.

What are you working on these days?

Pine Fresh Scrap Bag Quilt

I took a chance and purchased a scrap bag bundle off of ebay. The pattern set is Pine Fresh by Sandy Gervais for Moda.

I color sorted the strips into green, yellow, red and black.

Then I randomly began sewing the strips together in whatever way they came to hand. I made blocks at least 15 inches by 15 inches. If the colors where too matching or the black strips too over powering I cut them into fourths and then made less heavy blocks.

In just a few hours I had pieced a quilt top large enough for a full sized bed.

I will work on a border design with the remaining scrap strips and try to come up with something to really showcase the the random loveliness of the Christmas designs in the fabrics.

I would love seeing your own scrap quilts if you care to share in the comments.

Painted Quilts

If you follow this blog on Facebook then you know my mother and sister spent seven days here over the course of two weeks. We did little else but sleep, eat and quilt. They brought with them the quilt tops they wanted longarmed and in the course of seven days I was able to longarm all seven quilts for them. Let’s say when they left for home my arms were tired, I wasn’t in the mood to cut quilt blocks but I was in the mood to be creative. With my birthday coming up in this next week I decided to give myself a gift that I have wanted to do for several years.

I started with three scraps of wood left over from the bathroom makeover. Each was given two coats of primer.

Then one by one I started painting. I used sample paints and odd colors from the paints incorrectly pigmented at various paint stores. Mostly I had primary type colors in various shades that compliment one another.

This sawtooth star is a variation identified in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Blocks as the Star of Virginia. It will hang on my big barn that I can see outside of my kitchen windows.

This block is known as the Georgia block from the fifty states series of quilt blocks. It will hang on the road side of our smaller barn.

This block is a variation of a Le Moyne Star and will hang on the door side of our tobacco barn.

Each block will hang under the eves of the roof and will be protected from most rain. Just to be on the safe side they all have 2 coats of marine spar varnish helping to make them waterproof.

Happy Birthday to me! Hopefully this week I will get someone to help me hang them!

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