Scrap Happy Maple Leaf Rag Quilt

It is the 15th of the month which means it is time to link up with Kate @ Tall Tales from Chiconia on her  Scrap Happy Link up party:).   I really would not get anything done on this quilt if it weren’t for this party.  Thank you again Kate!  She is so nice

This month I sewed a few of my pieced blocks together.  I gathered my strip triangles and my crazy pieced winged triangles and took a deep breath to get started.

I laid the quilt out and started placing the pieces into octagonal shapes.  I started sewing, taking care to leave the final edge of the seams open so I could get the angles to make squares.  Yes, it was and is tricky!

Even with my careful planning, I managed to sew a striped piece to the wrong wing and sewed it all together without noticing.  Ugh!

I had to take out my good friend, Triagan, the seam ripper, and un-sew that whole section.  Oh well,  these things do happen.  Sewing, un-sewing, it’s all part of the process:). 

Here is another pretty octagon that I laid out and then pinned together in hopes of not getting lost this time.

Whew!  It worked better that way:).  I am so excited to see this quilt come together.  It is definitely scrappy happy:)  Look at that uber scrappy star between the octagons–AMAZING !

The pattern can be found in the book Material Obsession 2 by Kathy Doughty.  It definitely isn’t for a beginner quilter, it is tricky to be sure. But I think it is worth the time and effort. I love the kaleidoscopic effect of all of these little scraps:)

I hope your day is SWEET with creative projects!  Thank you for stopping by:) 

Until tomorrow,

 If you have a moment or two, you might want to go check out what the other Scrap Happy participants are sewing together.



It’s an Early “Scrap-Happy” Day! 

The months just seem to fly by!  Here it is, April Scrap-Happy time again.  I need to post this project a day early because tomorrow is the 2nd Saturday of the month, and I will be hosting the Fantastic Bake Along.  Blueberry muffins, Yumm!!

But I really am so glad for this little Scrap Happy nudge from Kate @Tall Tales From Chiconia to help me get a few stitches in on my Maple Leaf Rag Quilt.  

Really, this quilt would just sit in the box for who knows how long if it wasn’t for this fantastic link party:). 

Now before I get ahead of myself, I am making the Maple Leaf Rag Quilt from the book “Material Obsession 2” 

I love so many of the patterns in this book.  They are not so simple that they can be done in a day or two.  They take sweet time and become a part of your life.  A good quilt is like that.

Well, enough already!  Here is my scrappy report–  last month I worked on the kaleidoscopes and was able to knock out quite a few of them.  I do believe I need to make more though. 

This month I worked on the crazy fabric.  When I say crazy fabric, I mean you just add little scrap pieces in any crazy way at all to make a large crazy piece of fabric.

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself…. you start with a bunch of scrapsI like to cut odd shapes from 2-3″ in wacky anglesI piece them together or use left over cut strips and re-sew them back together in any wonky way that they fit.  If I get too many straight lines going, I cut the crazy fabric and start adding new pieces.  

It is a crazy, somewhat messy way to sew, but when you get a fairly large fabric piece, it will look like this

Fun!  Next I made a template from the book out of thick clear plastic, but I wish it was acrylic.  Oh well, it’s tricky, but it works.

I cut a stack of these , but still need more. Small steps, small steps.

I used my less than quality scrap fabric as a foundation by tracing the template and then sewing the crazy fabric to the foundation 

I’m definitely in deep with no light at the end of the tunnel yet.  It’s going to be a while:). Here is what the kaliedescopes look like when things get pieced together.  

Do you see how the crazy fabric blocks all go together?

Now that is what I call “Scrap-Happy!”

Scrap-Happy March–Maple Leaf Rag Quilt

It’s that Scrap Happy time again:). I always look forward to linking up with Kate and Gun on their monthly Scrap Happy challenge.  I love to see how everyone is using their scraps and making beautiful things.

I really feel Scrap happy today because my Maple Leaf Rag quilt is FINALLY feeling like I might have it under control. The last time I posted about my progress it was a five steps backward day.  But that day of preparation has set the groundwork for the rest of the quilt.  Yea!!

I opened my Maple Leaf Rag scrap box, and there were my nice and orderly 1.5″ strips that were all cut to the right length this time.

It was a breeze to sew them into strip groups of six.  I just listened to a book a cranked these puppies out:)

A quick press at the ironing board, and I had 10 long, beautiful strips in no time. I hope that will be enough, but I can always sew more if needed.

I was able to get two full sets of 8 triangles from each strip.  I cut one direction, and then flipped my wedge ruler and cut the other.   Easy!

I have enough for 22 webs.  Next month I will work on the crazy patches so I can start sewing them all together.  I just love it!

This quilt is going to be SWEET!  Thank you Kate for giving me a deadline each month to keep the project going:)


Each month Kate from talltalesfromchiconia hosts a scrap challenge called Scrap-happy.  I am glad to be a joining in:). It is a good thing too, because I have had  this scrappy little Maple Leaf Rag quilt waiting in a box for several years now!

I must admit that this quilt  really got the best of me today.  I now remember why I put it in the box for later.  I had cut the strips to 1.5″ before and had piled them in the box.

I thought how nice I was to myself for having these ready to go .  I jumped right in and started sewing strips together .  Easy right?

I cut the sewn together strips into wedges.  I needed 8 going one direction and 8 going the other.  –Oh, now I remember!  These strips, all of them, are not long enough! Every single one of them in the box.  Ugh! I could only cut 7 one way and six another.  But to make matters worse, for some reason my brain went crazy and I cut two of them too small!

I had to hunt around for more fabric scraps and as you can see on the yellow, for some of them I had to just make do.  Really?!

Oh well, get-r done.   Next I sewed them to the foundation piece

I sewed everything in place and stepped back to take a look and admire my work–I don’t like it.  The center is like a big black dot and the outer edge gets lost.  I am going to have to take it all out.  I wanted to put a sad face here, but this is a scrap-HAPPY post:)

So as is sometimes the case, I stepped back, took a deep breath and started again.  But this time I started with my scraps.  A big pile of unorganized scraps just isn’t going to do it for this quilt.  It is a tough one.

I measured the length I need for each strip and then started cutting and organizing.  It is so nice to see the neatly cut strips that really will work in my quilt.  I now know that I am quite a bit short.  But at least I know how much fabric in scraps I need for each strip.

It took me a while to get here, but now I can say that it really has been a SCRAP-HAPPY day!  I feel like I am gaining control of this quilt and my scraps.  SWEET!!


I have also linked up with another fun scrappy group called Scraptastic Tuesday.  You can never have too much scrappy goodness:)!


I am  very excited to join Kate @talltalesfromchiconia with her monthly “scrap-happy” challenge.  I have a box of brightly colored scraps that I have been wanting to make into a Maple Leaf rag quilt.  I think that this is going to be my scrap-happy project for the next year or so.  I’m so glad to have a monthly deadline:)

This is a scrap quilt to the max!   I sew these scrappy strips together in strings of six and use a kaleidoscope ruler to cut them into wedges.The filler blocks are sewn crazy block style (anyway at all just adding more scraps at any angle until the piece  is large enough to cut the desired shape) then I cut it into the diamond type shape and sew it  down to a  foundation piece which is also a scrap. 

I promise, I will make a tutorial one of these months with more details on the method.  Until then, I will just post these pretty pictures and try to envision how totally SWEET  this quilt is going to be when it is all finished!

Thank you Kate for the motivation:)