Thursday, July 28, 2011

Scrap Basket Mystery Step 3

Any body still out there? Have you done enough HSTs to last a lifetime? Well, there's just a few more and then we're done with them...promise. See, get the tricky part over first.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Scrap Basket Mystery Step 2

So how is everybody doing? Without giving away too much above the jump, it's a bit more of the same. That's the bad news. The good news is we are getting the more involved parts over early, so things will get easier as we go along.

There is a quote I love...

 "If you have to eat a frog . . . don't stare at it too long. If you have to eat three ... don't start with the little one" ~ Randy Pausch
Just so you know, we didn't start with the small frog...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Scrap Basket Mystery Step 1

So here we go...
I'm going to keep the clue hidden behind a jump break so if you don't want to see the clue yet, you don't have to. To see the clue, just click on the words "show me the clue" and it should appear.

There will be a quick description of each step and a suggested technique, but feel free to use whatever tools and techniques you want. The usual stuff applies, unless otherwise noted:

  • All seam allowances are 1/4"
  • Fabrics are sewn right sides together
  • Use a neutral thread and 10-12 stitches per inch.
Please don't hesitate to ask questions if something doesn't make sense. The instructions can also be found in a PDF file at The Crafty Unicorn Classes

Friday, July 08, 2011

New Goodies

The mailman brought me a squishy package on Thursday. New samples from Sew Batik! It's a new design called Packed Daisy.

Great colors and wonderful fabric, as always, from them. And it is 108" wide so there's no piecing for a backing!  
And there are more tempting samples coming soon.
Three words...




 Ooooh the possibilities! 
OK, now back to work...

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Anyone up for a mystery?

The Summer Scrap Basket Mystery.

Yep, I've talked about it for months, so here it is, a 12-step program for compulsive fabric matchers.

First, some basic information:

• The center of the quilt (before borders) is approximately. 64 X 76. That makes it a throw/twin size before borders. Depending on borders, it can easily be a full/queen size and if you get really crazy, you can add more blocks and super-size it to a king.

• This is designed to be a scrap quilt. Yardage estimates are given, but as they say, “your mileage may vary”. Using many different fabrics will make any later additions blend in just fine. How many fabrics you ask...This is definitely the time for "more is better"

• Scraps are great, all you need is to be able to get a 3 ½” square out of it.

• You will need lights and darks. The lights should be very light (think cappuccino...white. cream, beige) and the darks should be medium to dark and should have lots of contrast with the lights. These are the primary fabrics for your quilt
A great assortment of Lights

If you wanted to focus on a single clor, this group would work.

This is my pile of darks
Yes, there are some "dificult to love" fabrics in there, but don't they deserve a home too? 

• For those of you who must have some control, there are two accent fabrics. This is the place to feature two controlled colors in the quilt. (You could even be radical and use some of those colors that “they” say never to use in a quilt.) Scraps are still fine; just contain them to similar shades of the same colors. For example, several dark blues as your control fabric and a group of medium yellow/golds as the accent.

• Border fabrics are NOT included in the fabric list. Once the center is done, you can decide what color or colors would be best. There will be some options and suggestions.

• Basic steps will be posted as as a note on The Crafty Unicorn Quilting facebook page starting Thursday July 14. Detailed instructions will be in a PDF files on the "classes" page of Other information and pictures will be posted here on the blog. I will do my best to make the access easy, but by choice, so you can peek as much or as little as you want to. That may keep pictures off of Facebook, I'm still working that out.

• Please feel free to ask questions on either the blog (through the comments), on Facebook, or email me directly at

Fabric requirements:
Darks- 3 yards
Lights- 3 ½ yards
Control (darker)- 1 yard
Accent (medium to dark)- 1 yard

Regular quilting stuff
Easy Angle ruler (optional)
Square-up rulers

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!