Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday May Link Up

Scraptastic Tuesday

It's the second Tuesday of the month, and time for the Scraptastic Tuesday link up hosted by Nicky - Mrs. Sew and Sow and me.

Courthouse steps in progress

I spent some time this last weekend working on my magenta and navy courthouse steps quilt. I started this quilt with a bundle of fat quarters from Fabric Spark, and as the quilt grew I had to start looking for more fabrics to use and turned to my scraps.

I purposely did not plan out the layout or colour placement of this quilt. I wanted to try for an asymmetrical sort of arrangement in a very symmetrical traditional pattern. As each block is added, I decide then what colours and fabrics to use next. 

Courthouse Step block

My courthouse steps blocks start with a 2" cut square and 2" strips cut at 5", 8", 11" and 14". The blocks are 14" square unfinished, which is an odd size perhaps but I like the proportions. 

I realized as I was making this quilt that I could start planning another and start cutting strips from my scraps and new purchases as I used those fabrics for other projects. I know the idea of organizing scraps into cut strips is well recommended but I have resisted as I did not think I would ever use them. But now I see if I have a scrappy project in mind, I could organize my scraps with that in mind. 

Courthouse Steps

Here is where the quilt top is now, it is 4 x 4 blocks or about 54" square give or take. I want it to be bigger and am just debating if I make it 5 x 5 blocks or 4 x 6 blocks.

Now, its time for you to link up and share your scrappy projects to inspire us all.

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Please join Nicky from Mrs. Sew and Sow and I by linking up a blog post or flickr or instagram photo sharing a scrappy project, in progress or finished, or your thoughts on dealing with your scrap mountain:
  • You don't have to have joined us before, everyone is welcome.
  • One link per person, and it will be your entry into the random draw for the prizes. It is the same link up here and at Nicky's blog - Mrs. Sew and Sow - so you only need to link up on one of our blogs.
  • Please visit at least a few of the links, they are very inspiring, and leave comments too as everyone loves to connect. 
  • Use the Scraptastic Tuesday button if you like (code is on the sidebar) and invite your friends to join us too. 
  • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. We will announce the winners next Tuesday.
  • If you have trouble linking up let me or Nicky know and we will get you sorted.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us this month.




Debbie said...

I don't think I've ever made courthouse steps ... yours is so striking!

dutchcomfort said...

I’m smitten with your courthouse step blocks! Today I made a digital paper piecing template for a 6,25" finished little block.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Definitely bigger! Love the way this is coming together.

Susan said...

Pink is such a happy colour! These blocks are really glowing Leanne, and quite different from some of your other recent makes! Keep going, it would make a great statement on a bed! (Can't get that linky to work yet-waiting for my computer to be upgraded! Ugh!)

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Bigger is better! It's going to a fun quilt!

Ioleen said...

Bigger. This is looking great.

Carla said...

Lots and lots of stitching in those blocks. Looking great

Tina Craig said...

I love these courthouse steps! I am with you in terms of having a project in mind before chopping up scraps into certain sizes. When I started sorting my scraps, it was so overwhelming to see how much was there. I started feeling better about it when I started to identify projects and make plans for each bin.

Ann said...

Courthouse steps is such a good pattern. It looks so different with repeated fabrics in the steps. Good idea to precut scraps for an identified project. Thanks for hosting the linky party

sisterview.com said...

So pretty!

audrey said...

Wow! Love how this is coming together!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I don't think I could handle the asymmetry, I would keep trying to evenly distribute the colours. I like keeping 2.5" strips and squares, they're very handy.

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

It's going to be a fabulous quilt!

Enny said...

Just added courthouse steps to my bucket list. This is gorgeous!

Sandra W said...

More from me. As if I haven't said enough.
In addition to my above comments--try it on point.