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I was able to get in the tester’s pool for Kickin’ Stash back in January.  Beth over at EvaPaige Quilt Designs always has great ideas for new quilts, but I think this one takes the cake.

Kickin’ Stash is great for everything…from jelly rolls to layer cakes to fat quarters to scraps.  Real scraps.  Like those that have been collecting in my scrap bin for years.  Earlier this year I undertook the daunting task of sorting my scraps by color.  They may take up more space now, but at least I can see what I have!

Pink and blue are the biggest bags, so after stumbling across a 2 yard piece of an orphaned fabric with pink doodled flowers on it I decided to tackle the pinks.  (An orphan fabric is one that was bought specifically for a project, then not used for that project.  My blog, my definitions!)  I knew I didn’t have enough background to finish Kickin’ Stash to the pattern, so I figured I’d sew and cut until I ran out of fabric.  Which was after the first border.  Which is OK, because I have a quilt top that’s big enough for a toddler, fewer pink scraps, and one less piece of yardage in my collection.

I think this is going to stay a top for a little while longer.  I’ve got things going on, and it’s chilly outside (my pinning table is in the garage, and we’re going through a chilly couple of weeks), and I have a few other sewing projects to prep and/or outright finish before then.

AccuQuilt giveaways seem to be slowly making a re-emergence, though 2 in 2 weeks isn’t necessarily a trend – First Lady of the House is having one that closes later this week.  Have you seen the new zoo animals?  Elephants and Lions and Giraffes, oh my!

Linking this up to Scrap Attack

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Instead of a science fair, my daughter’s school has an Invention Convention whre the kids are encouraged to come up with an invention that solves a problem.  You see everything here that a kid can come up with.  This year my daugher participated, with her Super Small Guard Robot, “Sarge”, the ultimate in home defense.  So we’ve spent a lot of family time this week discussing Sarge – what he looks like, what he does, how to communicate this to others.  And then made a poster and model for her to share at school.  Sarge is the size of a tennis ball, runs around on 6 legs, has solar panels for power, an antenna for communication, a speaker for warning, and an eye to spot bad guys.  He was created from a decorative deck knob (body), 6 restaurant kids cup straws (legs), one googly eye (eye), a snip of pipe cleaner (antenna), markers, and enough silver spray paint that my garage still reeks of it.

I have been working on a few things.  So what’s my Work in Progress?  Probably the Kickin’ Stash quilt, because I’d like to get the top done in time for the Scrap Attack linky party at stitchedincolor.

Kickin’ Stash is coming along.  The blocks are pieced together, and I will probably have this top finished over the weekend.  Another quilt without a cause, just an exercise in stash reduction and true excitement over .  A true scrap quilt – the border was bought 2 years ago for a baby quilt (the babies turned 2 last November) and 80% of the pinks came from my scrap bin.  The rest came from already-cut-into pieces from my stash.

Other than that, here’s the list:

  • Twister – the top is done.
  • English Paper Piecing – long term project, making progress!
  • Dresden Plates – blocks are done, need to sash.
  • 2 BOM blocks – a bit of a struggle of my fabric vs the patterns.
  • Bricks and Blocks 2 – made one, loved it and let it go to its intended home, so I’m making another.  Fabrics are collected.
  • Embroidery – a labor of love.

I’m a bit overwhelmed!  I haven’t actually listed all my current WIPs in one place in a while… (note the word current…)

And, it’s been quite a dry spell, but there is a giveaway for an AccuQuilt over at Annies Ruby Slipperz – hop on over for a chance to win!

I’m not a notion junkie.  I kind of surprised myself when I bought both of the twister rulers when my LQS had them on sale earlier this year.  But I knew I wanted to make another twister quilt and remembered what a pain it was to use the freezer paper template. And iron it on, and cut it out, and do it again, and again, and again.

I LOVE this ruler!  I was surprised to pull the rulers out of their packages and see that they had grippers on the bottom of them.  Those four little feet rock my world!  You have to cut all the way around the ruler without moving it.  You have to cut apart your quilt top.  Rotating that much yardage is hard.  Cutting around all four sides of something is hard.  But with these little feet, when I let go of the ruler so that I can move to make the last two cuts, it stays put!

I do have to admit that I have misplaced my directions for the large Twister ruler.  (I’m sure I’ll find them someday!)  So I went back to my Square Dance book, looking for advice on how wide to cut the outer borders.  Following the design guidelines for the Square Dance pattern, my outer border is probably 1/4″ narrower than it needs to be – I’m losing the outside corner every time I cut a block.  It’s OK, though, I’ll just trim the whole outside of the quilt down by a bit after I’ve sewn all the blocks together.

I’m lovin’ it up on my design wall – where it needs to stay until I sew it together.  It is a two colored twister, but each of those whites is a different white-on-white print and I would not want to have to match up every white pinwheel again if they got jumbled.

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I made a Square Dance quilt a long time ago, using brightly colored 6″ squares and a fun print border.  I’ve posted about it before – because while Twister quilts are popular, there aren’t many Square Dance books still around.

I got the Twister rulers, in both sizes, a month or so ago when they were on sale at my LQS.  I knew I was going to make another of these quilts some day.

Well, some day is now.  I was casting about in my quilt room for my next project.  Usually I’ve planned one or two ahead, but right now the decks are clear – charity cobblestones is done and gone, my Quiltlet is finished, and I’m not ready to quilt my kaliedoscope quilt yet.  Kickin’ Stash is in progress, but that’s a Featherweight project.

My eyes landed on a patchwork-y print without a plan, and I decided right then that this was going to be a Twister quilt.  At first I thought I’d mix it up with green, then I decided on white, with a black border.  Keeping it simple.  Wouldn’t you know it, I had just enough of the print to make 20 10″ squares, and I only needed 18 squares.   Sweet!  Then I went and picked out some random white-on-white prints from my stash to set with the print.  This is good – because a 5×7 set of 10″ blocks, with a 5″ plain black border all around, cut with the big twister ruler, should give me a quilt that’s 45×60 – a good size for just about anything.

The blocks are all set together after a night and an afternoon of cutting and sewing.  Tonight I’ll add the black border, then I’ll be ready for cutting!

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It ineviteably happens.  Scraps.  We piece, and top, and quilt, and out of these things scraps happen.

Well, Beth over at EvaPaige Quilt Designs has the solution, and it all started with this:

Her new pattern, called Kickin’ Stash ( how great of a name is that?) is it!  It takes scraps – as small as 1.5″ wide – and lets you use them up and make an amazing quilt!  (For those easily intimidated, note that there are no seams to match up except for the center.)

This pattern is so hot off the presses that Beth doesn’t even have copies of it yet!  However, she has placed it for sale on patternspot.com.  You can find it HERE.  Click through, it will be worth it – you can see three different colorways – brights, falls, and purples.  I shamelessly borrowed the photo below from EPQD’s blog – it’s the ‘before quilting’ picture of one of her quilts.  The photos on patternspot are much better – this quilt looks fantastic!

Let me share a little something with you.  The cover quilt?  On her pattern?  (A tiny bit of it is shown in the blog hop button below.)  She didn’t piece the blocks.  Nope, they’re from a block exchange.  40 people each made 4 blocks.  Out of scraps and a bit of background.  Isn’t that a great idea for a block exchange?  Or for a group to make one block per person and then assemble them as a group quilt?  Or for comfort blocks?  Or, if you turn the colors around and have a colored background and white bars, an unusual signature quilt.

I love this pattern.  I can imagine it in any color – so join the fun, hop around, and grab a couple yards of background, an overflowing scrap basket, and get to cutting!

Beth has organized a blog hop to celebrate the release of her newest pattern.  You can find those of us participating at:

Monday 3/12 – Deb (You’re here now!)  www.aspenhill.wordpress.com

Tues 3/13 – Kelli www.thatlookslikeitneedsstitches.blogspot.com

Wednesday 3/14 – Anna www.westthirdstreetdesigns.blogspot.com

Thurs 3/15 – Marianne www.hillsidequiltworks.com

Friday 3/16 – Linda www.thepatchworkpearl.blogspot.com

Saturday 3/17 – Terri www.purplemoosedesigns.com/weblog

And, of course, let’s not forget the official blog of EvaPaige Quilt Designs over at at Quilting Hottie Heaven.  Hop on over there and congratulate her on being a cover girl, will you?  But, by all means, don’t enter the giveaway she’s having over there that closes on Friday…you just might win something!

Even though I don’t have the pattern yet, I’ve cut 12 blocks from my pink scraps and am in the middle of sewing the last piece onto each quarter block.  My sewing machine is calling me!

Thanks for stopping by!

A quiltlet is a baby quilt.  Tiny.  Small.  Some might even call it a potholder.

What is it’s purpose?  To join together with other quiltlets to make a bigger quilt.  One of my guilds has a quiltlet quilt.  All members have been asked to make a quiltlet – an 8.5″ block, bound, with apron strings for tying it to other member’s quiltlets.

Seems simple, right?  To make an 8″ block that represents you.  It could be anything – a traditional block, an invented block, applique, representational, abstract, and any color under the rainbow.  As long as it finishes to 8.5″ square, and has strings, anything goes.

Only it’s not so simple.  I thought of so many great ideas.  Only to find that they were 9″ blocks.  Or 14″.  I wanted a star, but not a sawtooth star, and bright colors.  In order to make sure that I had mine in before next month’s quilt show, I invited some friends over to my house for a quiltlet sewing day.  I had two weeks to figure this out, and figured it out at 9pm the night before.

I made it of 2″ finished equilateral triangles.  Bright greens with a blue star floating in the center.  I love it!  I was sad to have to give it up at the meeting, so I made another one, which is right now just a block.

I figured something out that I never knew.  I cut this using specialty rulers.  I knew I had an equilateral triangle ruler because it’s purple.  But I recently won a stash giveaway and in there was a trirecs ruler.  At first glance they’re the same ruler.  A trirecs ruler is designed to make ‘peaky and spike’ or ‘triangle in a square’ blocks.  Fortunately, I only cut about 6 pieces before I realized what I was doing.

If you’re in the area, look for my block on the quiltlet banner in April!

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Welcome to Aspen Hill! I'm Deb. Quilter, lover of fabric. Fan of completed projects. Quilt Pattern Designer. My blog is my space where I get to share quilting, sewing, and other creative pursuits. Come back often!

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