Another Scrap-Happy Quilting Adventure (+ A Super Quick One-Day Giveaway)

This quilting thing? It’s utter madness. I’m not alone, though; I know you share this insanity. You finish a quilt, give it away, and in that pause between taking a deep, refreshing breath and re-committing to getting the house in order, you blow off your good intentions and turn on the sewing machine.

Yup, I did that within hours of the end of my recent holiday. I’d been eyeing another scrap-happy project, a Blue Underground Studios pattern called “Sticks and Bricks” published in the April 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, and I succumbed. Mind you, I do have a deadline for a magazine project-like thing plus a super-secret pattern in development. What the heck, go big or do housework. I’m opting for a BIG pile of quilts!

Quilt-J:  Another Scrappy Quilt in the Making--A Blue Underground Studios Pattern
Ready for the first draft layout–I’m a little scared of the dark blocks.

I’ll post a picture when I ‘m done, but the Blue Underground Studios version is so pretty, I reserve the right to “forget” to post if I don’t like my result.

As I mentioned in my Tuesday post, I delivered a colorful scrappy quilt to my sister-in-law Laurence when we met up in Los Angeles recently for her daughter’s (my niece/god-daughter’s) bridal shower. Our hostess (and newest extended-family member as mother-of-the-groom) has the perfect setting for styled quilt photography so we staged an impromptu al fresco photo shoot.

Quilt-J:  Romance Shot of Laurence's Scrappy Quilt
I did NOT plan this photo shoot–it was kismet: the colors, the furniture, the sunny day.
Thanks to Marla!

Here’s a closer look at the quilt. One of my favorite long-armers, Elaine Beattie, machine quilted the top in a curvy water-drop motif.

Quilt-J:  Detail of Laurence's Scrappy QuiltScreen shot 2013-05-15 at 8.11.07 PMHere’s a look at the quilt back with it’s faced binding and accent triangles in the corners.

Just to update, the latest issue of The Quilt Life (June 2013) has an excellent explanation of faced bindings done by Ricky Tims with how-to photos and a primer for doing the triangles as well. I touched on faced bindings in a recent post and promised to tell you then when the magazine was available on newsstands.

Quilt-J:  Back Side of Laurence's Scrappy Quilt

Giveaway Details Here

Oh yes, about that super, super-quick giveaway . . . leave me a comment TODAY and I will  award a copy of Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott at the end of the day and notify the winner Saturday morning. How’s that for insane fun?

Here’s your question:  What do you do: drop everything to quilt or clean your house first, then quilt?

p.s.  Hey Ginabeth, you’ve got a prize to claim from the Verna Mosquera giveaway!  Email us seehowwesew@gmail.com.

p.p.s.  May 18, 2013:  Here’s the name of the Lintott book giveaway winner:  Donna from Texas.  Congrats!

Happy quilting!

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76 thoughts on “Another Scrap-Happy Quilting Adventure (+ A Super Quick One-Day Giveaway)

  1. Just a “lick and a promise” for cleaning –enough to satisfy!
    Then, off to the quilting.
    Your e-mails brighten my day! Thank you!

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  2. I would love to sign up for your fabrics but I really don’t know how to do much on the computer. But in reply to your question: Years ago my cousin with 9 children said 100 years ago no one will remember if your house was clean. I use that motto to quilt by. Thank you, Carol Brader bradercarol@yahoo.com

    ________________________________

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  3. Clean my house? I’m a dedacated quilter! I found a super lady to who likes to clean houses. Now she is happy and so am I.

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  4. My wish is the cleaning would do it self, so I sccumb to cleaning that’s why I have so many UFO’s. I need to change my ways and quilt first. I will continue to try to quilt first.

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    1. It’s called “Sticks and Bricks” by Blue Underground Studios. Go back into the post so you can click the links to the APQ magazine that carried the pattern. It’s a downloadable pattern at APQ.

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      1. Oh, sorry, I forgot you shied two quilts here. The one I was asking about was the scrappy quilt you gifted, the one in the al fresco photo. Did that design come from the Lintott book?

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  5. I have to admit I have cleaning ladies–but they don’t touch my sewing room except the floor and I can hardly wait until they finish so I can go back into “my space”. I LOVE your scrap quilt. Would you mind sharing the pattern and the fabrics. Thanks for all your advice.

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  6. To clean or sew is the ultimate conundrum for me!!! I am learning to let go and say the heck with cleaning and do something that I enjoy! The house can wait.

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  7. Quilting comes first in this house.When I’m quilting I am where I am at that moment the sewing machine – I don’t think about my (messy) house.

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  8. I jump right into quilting, sometimes before I change from PJs! I am trying to turn a new leaf and do the dishes and sweep the floor BEFORE I start quilting; sometimes it works and sometimes the project is yelling louder and I go to the machine and just don’t look a the sink or the floor!!

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  9. I clean first, otherwise Mom yells and I don’t enjoy the quilting – or worse yet, waits until I go to work and then goes in and cleans my sewing stuff, and I can’t find ANYTHING.

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  10. When the fur balls tumble I have to clean the house so quilting gets put on the back burner. One day I had quilt friends over to play. The sun was shining into the house, to my embarrassment the fur balls showed there ugly heads. We all laughed but now I’ve made the vacuum my best friend the sewing machine is a close second.
    My two shaggy black dogs sure do shed.

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  11. I try to keep a clean, tidy house so that I do not feel guilty sewing at least one hour a day. However, I’ve recently moved so cleaning the house has taken priority. The sewing machine sits waiting…..

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  12. I use to make sure everything was clean . . . now I’m lost in my quilting projects, the dust is gathering and there is fabric and projects in every room! I love it :-)!!

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  13. Drop everything to quilt!!!! Come on was there really any doubt!!! Lol!!! But when I have sat there so long and need a change of position I go complete something on my check list of chores!!

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  14. I am a little past 60 years old and I know by now that the house cleaning will always be there. When my machine calls, I go.

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    1. Hello All,

      I’ve had the best time reading the comments–some great giggles in the bunch. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Yes, I know it’s a silly question. When quilting calls, we do indeed drop everything. But I’m so jealous of those of you who have husbands who clean so you can quilt!

      Jennifer

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  15. It’s probably half and half for me quilting vs cleaning. There are times I can live with some disorder and then there are times that cleaning has to take precedence so I can concentrate on the quilting and it feels good to have it clean and is not so distracting. Decluttering also helps:)
    I missed the last post and I’m fascinated by the facing idea. I will definitely need the magazine. Thanks for the tip! I’m in love with your quilt that is a gift for your sister-in-law. It’s so fresh and bright and I would absolutely love to win the Jelly Roll Quilts book!
    LauraT

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  16. Monday morning is cleaning day — husband vacuums and picks up, I dust and clean the bathrooms. Easy peasy…with no pets, no kids the house stays pretty clean all week. I can quilt the entire week. Yeah!
    Love your scrapy quilts. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Me again. I clicked before saying – always quilt unless visiters are arriving soon and the house is a complete mess wherein housework must come first.

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  18. Clean the house, you have to be kidding!!!!! Once and a while though, I will have to clean in my sewing room first, so that I can find an area to work.

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  19. Ha! If I cleaned the house and did all the other jobs first, I’d never get to the quilting. Housework can wait! I’ve waited a lifetime for quilting days.

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  20. The quilt you made is beautiful, so modern and colorful.

    As far as cleaning, that only comes first if I am expecting company. Otherwise, quilting.

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  21. I sent the whole day yesterday in my sewing room, never got out of my sweats. My favorite day this week! Love the quilt for your sister!

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  22. I’m with the person whose standards are considerably different than in earlier years — dust will ALWAYS be there but the ability to quilt? Maybe not!

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  23. I am a procrastinator. I would rather quilt than clean anyday-anything to avoid cleaning, but I confess I try to do some of both.

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  24. That is a beautiful quilt. I would much rather sew than clean! Would love to make a jelly roll quilt from one of the patterns in the book.

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  25. As a general rule, I’ll clean a little, quilt a little…. However, the past three weeks I really wanted to finish the quilt for my son/daughter-in-law that I started before their wedding. Their 5th (yes, 5th!) anniversary was this past Thursday, so I put everything else on hold, and sewed for hours every day. I STILL didn’t get it done until a week ago, but it’s DONE!!! 22 hours just to hand-sew the binding on this past week, ’cause it’s huge, but it’s DONE!!!! Now I suppose I’ll have to finally do the dishes in the sink when I get home from work today, since I’m leaving on a retreat this afternoon! 🙂 🙂 DH probably wouldn’t appreciate not being able to get to the coffeepot while I’m away! 🙂

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  26. I have to clean thearea around where I am working (kitchen, laundry room, bathroom) before I can quilt. The rest of the house can stay a mess! As loong as I can see the clean rooms around me, I am okay. 😛

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  27. I’m all for insane fun! Love the quilt…and it really did look great with all the coordinating furniture, pillows & rug. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. I loved the serendipity photo shoot, absolutely perfect! Congrats too to the long arm quilter, she really put the finishing touches to your lovely quilt.
    Chris Porter- currently somewhere in France!

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  29. Beautiful quilt – I love the backing. My sewing machine “calls” my name – I never hear from the vacuum.

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  30. I’m not sure i can participate in this giveaway, because i’m from abroad, but I’ll give it a try! 🙂 Although I love my sewing machine, I prefer to clean first, so I can sew with tranquility and joy!

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  31. Usually…let the dust pile up. This time, though, I did a spot of cleaning to get ready for our 50 th Anniversary guests. Today, however , back to the sewing machine!

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  32. I usually clean first so I can enjoy the sewing, but my standards for the house have changed over the years. The dust will always be there, so let it wait until it’s worth the trouble.

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