Saturday, 5 November 2016

Scrappy weekend

Each month Angela gives a colour for scrap using, and some suggestions for blocks to make with that colour. This year I've been making Bear Paws instead of Angela's row quilt. One month  I misread the instructions and made extra pink blocks instead of red. Silly me! This week I made a set of red paws so now I've caught up for now:

although I'm not sure how I'll pair them up with some of these:

I've decided to continue with these blocks next year until I have enough for a lap quilt. Incidently those 2" b/w HSTs make very good leaders and enders!

I also sent off two blocks for a charity quilt:

both are gloriously scrappy: a mixture of  civil war and 1930's reproduction, and some modern pieces as well. They're not trimmed because the only measurement given was 26cm square, but no mention of  whether that was the finished or unfinished size, nor of whether the width of the seam allowance  was to be 0.5 or 0.75cm, both of which are common here. Whoever has the task of joining the donated blocks will have to decide that one for herself. I do have a question though for those of you using metric measurements: how wide do you make your seam allowance (when you're not using 0.25", that is!)

I'm linking to 
RSC16  and toQuilting is more fun than Housework  
so go and visit them and see more beautiful scrappy creations

Happy sewing



Sally Hurley said...

Those charity blocks are so cheery! I've been loving your bear claw blocks - they will make a beautiful quilt.

Vireya said...

I use 0.75cm seam allowance. It is the measurement that was marked on the first patchwork ruler I purchased, which was an Australian one, but Omnigrid metric rulers also use .75 On top of that, it is easy to sew with the width of the standard foot on my Elna machine. The foot is 1.5cm across, so with the needle exactly centred I'm getting the correct seam width when I run the foot along the cut edge of the fabric.

0.75 also makes triangle cutting calculation easy - for squares add 1.5cm, for half-square triangles add 2.5, and for quarter-square triangles add 3.5cm. I don't know what the equivalent would be if you used .5cm. I found this 1.5, 2.5, 3.5 easy to remember. I have trouble with the inch equivalents - have to look them up every time I am forced to use quarter inches!

The Joyful Quilter said...

You'll figure out how to pair up those ravishing red Paws! Those String blocks look like fun. I, too, enjoy making donation blocks. It feels good to help others.

Scrap and quilts said...

Maybe the answer to the red paws will be found in next year colour of the month? Your donation blocks are awesome. Gloriously scrappy is right. Great job! ;^)

gayle said...

I'm so in love with those bear paws! Your black and white prints just add so much depth to the blocks.
Love those strings, too!

Mystic Quilter said...

I love your charity string blocks, this pattern has been on my list for around two years, you've inspired to get busy next year.
Bears Paw is a wonderful pattern and I like your colours.

Christine Barnsley said...

Beautiful bear paw blocks Marly... they look lovely in the red. The charity blocks are colourful and fun! I can't help you with the metric seam allowances... I work in inches! Have a nice weekend! Christine x

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Those Bear Paw blocks are so vibrant with the black and white edge bits setting them off. I also like how your Floating blocks are coming along. It is interesting how it all comes together in the end and I'm sure will look quite chic!

Alison said...

I love those bear paws and can't wait to see your quilt come together!

Kaja said...

I still love your Bear Paws and am glad you're going to keep going and get enough for a quilt.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Your bear paw quilt is going to be stunning! I love that block. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Vicki in MN said...

Your bear paw looks are so pretty, that will make a gorgeous scrap quilt!