Wednesday, December 15, 2010

No name calling at Christmas, but K.I.S.S. works for me!

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and I blog over at Scrapendipity Designs. have you ever heard of the 'KISS' method? This method is my ultimate favorite for all things quilty. If you haven't heard of it before, 'KISS' stands for 'Keep It Simple Stupid (or Silly if you don't want to call yourself names)'. It basically means don't make things more complicated than they need to be. I am all for this train of thinking.

Lately I have noticed that my scrap bins have become a little overstuffed. This is just some of my red and green.

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Now I know this may be small potatoes compared to some of you, but my sewing corner is small and so I just don't have room to store tons and tons of fabric, so my stash needs constant grooming. Today I decided to follow my own 'KISS' method and use up some of my red and greens.

First I pulled out this pretty fabric from my stash.

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I thought those little penguins would look great fussy cut. And guess what? I was right!

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To cut these, I literally just cut on the lines of each square, no measuring, no thought behind this.

Next up I grabbed a bunch of red and green scraps.

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And cut them into 2 inch strips. This was all the measuring that I did for this block. To attach the strips, I did not measure, I simply laid my center piece on a strip and trimmed it to size with my rotary cutter, then I sewed it down, ironed it open and did the same for the remaining sides. It was very easy, and kept this block super simple to make.

Here is a fun animation of how my strips went on.


And here is the final block.

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Now in the end my blocks will not be exactly all the same size since my center block was not cut to any certain size. I am sure they will be close, but if they are way off, I will just trim all my blocks to the same size as the smallest block. In the end I will have a pretty Christmas quilt and hopefully plenty of room left in my green and red bins, ready for refilling.

Thanks for letting me share my quick and simple idea here, please be sure to check me out at Scrapendipity Designs for more fun ideas!

Happy Quilting!
Rachel


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98 comments:

  1. Really love your idea of using those scraps!
    Great job and results.

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  2. I love Miss Rosies's pattern and would love to join this giveaway :)

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  3. Ashley your penguins are too cute!

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  4. I'm so glad to see that other quilters enjoy making simple quilts that don't take too much time. I slip one of those in every once in awhile to keep my motivation going...and sometimes they turn out better than the intricate, planned ones that I envision...
    Thanks, Rachel.

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  5. Rachel, your fussy cut penguins are going to make an adorable quilt! Good for you!! Love the animi-block ... pretty darn impressive!!

    MSamm ... love your blog as I follow along :)

    Hugs~

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  6. Love the little Penguins! What a great idea. So fun to be a follower of this blog and get all these wonderful ideas daily!

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  7. Rachel,
    Cute idea! You're inspiring me to play in the scrap bin.
    Best Wishes,
    Heather

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  8. I love simple and easy ideas! Thank you so much for sharing. Those penguins look so cute!
    And thank you so much for this great blog! I do so enjoy to read all those posts!

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  9. What a fantastic idea! Love those penguins!

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  10. Rachel, you are so inspiring! I love how simple your blocks seem in the creating and how eye catching they are when they came together! Thanks for the idea!

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  11. Hi Rachel
    I enjoy the creative way you decided to cut up the winter/holiday fabric. K.I.S.S. is a good way as you said to look at things even the nonquilty things in life. :) Very cute pattern and interview.

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  12. I love the penguins! What a great way to use your scraps, plus you'll have a cute Christmas quilt.

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  13. Those penguins are too cute! And that pattern looks fabulous - I love patterns that give more than one option.

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  14. Rachel - lovely little post (yes I took time to visit your blog-prayers for your losses). In Scouting we used KISMIF - keep it simple, make it fun - so KISS is a great work ethic. And your cute little penquin blocks show how you can make use of your scraps as well as stretch that sweet bit of fabric into a loved quilt.
    MSamm - very nice pattern, my scrappy heart jumped when I saw it. Holiday blessings to you both.

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  15. Those little penguins are so cute!

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  16. The penguins are sweet! I've got to warm up my sewing machine

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  17. Those penguins are adorable and it is such an awesome way of using up your bits and pieces.

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  18. I'm not good at keeping it simple, I tend to overthink thingsway to much. Should work on KISS. :)
    Your Christmas quilt is gonna be so cute!

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  19. Love the penguins!
    Great idea for using scraps - love K.I.S.S.
    I follow too

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  20. Rachel just love the wee animation you snuck in there - very cool. And what a quick way to use up those overflowing scraps. Thanks for the help. Ciao

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  21. Good Morning Rachel. Of course I would be over the top excited about the animation...very cool addition...( must be the geek in me) lol..And let me say how could we not love how easy this looks with fussy cutting...I knew those bold prints have a purpose somewhere...Are you still working on this quilt? nice to see it completed.... blessings

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  22. I like how Rachel used the scraps. I would love to win this pattern. thank you for the chance.

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  23. Simple is good! Haven't you ever heard of "simple elegance"? It's my motto! When things get to fussy, they seem to lose their charm. Bravo on a fun tutorial!

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  24. Rachel, great way to use scraps! I'll have to remember to KISS myself often!

    Linda
    http://eatsleepquilt.blogspot.com

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  25. Rachel, loved the little slide show on how the block came together..great idea! Miss Rosie(Carrie)..what a talented gal...love the new pattern. Been a long time follower..I'm here everyday :)

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  26. Cute penguins & a great simple idea!

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  27. I love and made several miss Rosie's patterns.
    Hope to win this one. I am a follower.

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  28. I love fussy cutting!! I made a similar table topper for Christmas last year using gingerbread men. I am going to have to learn how you did that animation!!! That is so awesome!!! Think how cool it would be to watch a whole quilt put together that way, it makes me smile just thinking about it!

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  29. I operate my whole life on the KISS method, and it certainly is a stress reliever! Great post. I like your style!

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  30. Oh, P.S., I already am a follower!!

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  31. Great post, and I love your "animated" block - how did you do that??? So smart, and easy to see how your block went together!!

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  32. I would love to win one of those patterns. I like all of her patterns.
    I'm a follower
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  33. Cute penguins!
    Love the pattern, thanks for the giveaway :0)

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  34. Loved the penquin fabric. Now I know what I can do with fabric like that. Great post. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. Thank you for the great idea for using scraps. The pattern is great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  36. Thanks for a fun and easy way to use up scraps! I love Miss Rosie patterns - thanks for a chance to win one.

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  37. Love the penquins... The red and green strings would also looked good on them...

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  38. Love the animation. Perhaps a tutorial on that would be nice:) Merry Christmas

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  39. I love your little blocks! They're so adorable!!!!


    Those patterns look amazing...but can someone like me figure it out?!?!? I'm so new and it looks so challenging...I better get busy learning!

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  40. Thanks for the idea for a little Christmas qullt, Rachel........how in the world did you do that little animation? I love it !

    Cool pattern, looking like pavement !

    I hope I win a copy !
    biking underscore dot at yahoo dot com

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  41. Keeping things simple is what I need right now. The kids are pulling me every which direction and I just need a minute to slow down and sew!
    thanks for the inspiration

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  42. How cute is that Rachel! And I loved your animated scene. :) I think I have a similar print that I need to try this with. blessings, marlene

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  43. Love the penguins, especially when animated! :)

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  44. I love your penguins! They are cute! Carries patterns are very nice too, and I would rather love to be entered into the drawing to win them :)

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  45. Love the penguin blocks! and love Miss Rosie too...

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  46. Love this new pattern. Love Schnibbles, too!
    I have a golden retriever who is coming home from the hospital today. Two back legs had torn ACL's.
    Mary Malone
    maruandruss@wi.rr.com

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  47. KISS always works for me ;-) Please enter me in That gorgeous giveaway!

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  48. Thanks for reminding us to Keep It Simple..I need that reminder every now and then. Cute penguin squares, I'd love to see this quilt finished! :) Thanks for the giveaway Madame Sam. :)

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  49. I am in love with the little penguins! Thanks for the tutorial. The picture with all the scraps put me in a scrappy mood.
    I would love to own a Schnibbles pattern and the giveaway pattern is gorgeous. Two patterns in one and they are squares. There is something about square quilts they are always so pretty.

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  50. i love the pattern and reading the interview

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  51. What a very cute block! Thanks for sharing.

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  52. I make many of my blocks just like that!! Easy, peasy! Love the animation...I'm impressed! I think I'm already a follower but if not I'm coming over ASAP!!
    Gmama Jane

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  53. There's something about penguins that just make a person smile! Love your idea for using up those pesky scraps and your animation was cute. Thanks for sharing!

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  54. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to comment on this blog or on Rachel's, but I'm a follower and love Carrie's patterns! dsb448@att.net

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  55. SEW much inspiration at this blog...Rachel...glad you joined in!

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  56. The penguin fabric is so cute and is quite similar to the christmas wrapping paper I am using. Your animated tutorial was great and a very easy way to clean out the scrap stash. Love the giveaway, thanks for a chance to win. Now I'm off to "follow" your blog.

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  57. Great quilt. I love the penguins. I follow your blog.

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  58. You're right -- you can make really pretty quilts using very simple methods. Love the little snowmen. And anything by Miss Rosie is a good thing!

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  59. I love the KISS method - especially this time of year! The block is adorable.

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  60. Ashley, your penguins are so cute! I love that! Great way to use the fabric.

    I would love to be in the giveaway. I am also a follower.

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  61. This pattern looks like a lovely and simple pattern! I would love to give it a try!

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  62. I wish I had that many red and green scraps! Thre is a pattern I want to make but still need many more reds and greens.
    Carrie is one of my favorites, would love to win this pattern.

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  63. Love all the many ideas to Manicure my Stash! Now to just get 'er done - lol!

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  64. Love the cute little penguins:-) and the animation was way too cool! Nice simple idea!

    Those patterns are lovely! The colors look like they are floating!!!

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  65. the patterns look great and should be wonderful to use up the scraps. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  66. Love those patterns, and the little penguins. Just too cute.

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  67. Wow thanks for the chance to win.
    Hope you have a great day. :o}
    Regena

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  68. Loving the penguins! And, what's not to love about Miss Rosie's patterns - think I have just the fat quarter pack for it. Thank you.

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  69. I love the border on Miss Rosies quilt pattern. Love those little penquins too! thanks for all the inspiration!

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  70. Rachel, Thanks for the penguins - and how to keep quilting no stress. Would love to win a Carrie pattern to make - haven't made one (yet). I am a follower - Marcia W.

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  71. I love the penguins and this quilt is going to be adorable - can't wait to see the results!! I am a dedicated follower.

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  72. Wow!! Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments. The pattern offered up is one of my faves!!

    Many have asked how I made the animation. I use Photoshop Elements (which can be bought at a fraction of the price of full blown Photoshop). You take a pic of each step, add the pictures to one file in Photoshop Elements, with each picture as it's own layer, then you go to File --> Save for Web. In that screen you choose 'gif' and check 'animate'. At the bottom there is a choice for how long a wait you want between pictures. Save and you're done! The file needs to be uploaded to the web as a .gif file, so it can't be uploaded to flickr, I believe photobucket will support it though. I just uploaded the file to my own servers to post here though.

    Thanks again everyone for the warm words!

    Cheers!
    Rachel

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  73. Rachel, Cute little block..love quick and easy for child's quilts. Really drawn to scrappy quilts with many pieces so a quick block idea is handy for those last minute baby quilts. I have just bequn learning to follow blogs..really enjoying yours.
    QuiltinGram

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  74. How cute. I love those little penguins and that block would be so simple for any fun print. Thanks for the idea!

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  75. This is wonderful! I just unearthed some prints from my stash recently that would work perfectly for the centers of those blocks!

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  76. This is such a great idea. I love fussy cutting. Great post. Thanks for sharing it with us. Hugs Ariane

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  77. Thanks for sharing your quilt with us! Love Miss Rosie patterns!

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  78. Great idea! Love the peeking penguin (not to be confused with Peking Duck) I'm a follower.

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  79. The penquins are just down right adorable!

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  80. Follower, reader, fan - Great idea!

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  81. Rachel, cute quilt and your idea rocks. Seems like you decided to do a quilt and you did it. I think I put to much thought into some of my quilts. I like the KISS method. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  82. Love your penguins! What a great idea for using up scraps!

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  83. I like your adventurousness. To just start cutting and sewing sounds so free and liberating. I don't think I have that much courage! And those penguins are too cute!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  84. Those penguins are adorable and I love to improvise too. KISS is a good thing to remember going into the holiday season too! Thanks for sharing.

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  85. Those fussy cut penguins are so cute. I have a snowman fabric that I think this will work with. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Sandy A

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  87. I LOVE the animation. Can you tell me how you did that. I'd love to use it for blocks on my blog. At my club we each make a block to go towards charity quilt each month. This would be great for sewing directs on my blog. Excuse the deleted comment above, there were too many typos!

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