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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!

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I offered to test a block / make blocks for a group quilt for a designer that I appreciate.  Her style is fun, bright, and whimsical.  I’m smitten.

So…I picked out some bright fabrics.  Blue, Orange, Yellow, and Pink.  Though I could have dug through my scrap bin.  (But it still scares me, and I’m still working on taming it via color sorting.)  You can cut the whole block out of 4 half WOF jelly roll strips (yup, leftover binding strips!)!  And a background fabric.  Sew a few seams and you’re done.  As we say out here, easy peasey lemon squeezy.

You know who you are.

Please hurry up!  (OK, so I still have to get my blocks to the post office, but, still…finish already!  I need to see your setting options before I go crazy making blocks!)

This un-named designer is also sponsoring a quilt-a-long – Drop and Give Me 20.   Comment on her blog, and commit to 20 minutes…or more…of quilting every day in the shortest month of the year!  Just think what can be done in 20 minutes of dedicated sewing every day.  For me, my biggest failing is to plan to quilt, then go and play with fabrics or watch some show instead of actually putting foot to foot pedal and sewing.  I’m in!

For today, even though it’s still January, my 20 minutes is going to be making my 2nd block for Quilt in a Day’s block-of-the-month club.  Now that I finally have the rickrack I need, I just need to cut and sew so I can put the fabrics safely away until it’s time to sew February’s block.

 

I have occasionally tested patterns and quilts for a few quilt designers.  It lets me try out new patterns, see how other designers think and write, and lets me edit something other than my own writing.

I was quite surprised to get an email out of the blue for someone I’d tested for before, almost a year ago.  Three of us took up the challenge, and a challenge it was because she needed edits and a finished quilt top in a week.  All zigging and zagging aside (see my post on Murphy’s Law!) I got it done in 6 days.

While I can’t show you the whole quilt (yet!), below is a super close-up of part of the middle.  The multicolor yellow print does have sequin-y things on it…your eyes are not decieving you. 

I like this pattern – I think it’s really flexible…it can be made in loads of sizes, colors, and from any type of fabric – charm packs, layer cakes, jelly rolls, FQs.  Just add a yard of this and a yard of that to all those scraps and watch it come together!

Sometimes things just don’t go as planned. As I mentioned, I got asked to test a pattern for a clever designer. Somehow she zigged and something zagged and I’m quite confused! So I’ve got a perfectly clean sewing space, a bunch of half-pieced blocks, a deadline of next Monday, and can’t work on it!

Well, there is a silver lining. Since I’m not likely to get my clarifications tonight, I’m going to work on American Girl quilts instead. I should be able to get at least one set done tonight.

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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!

You can find my quilts, doll clothes, and patterns on Etsy.