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The Summer Scrap Elimination 2023: Week 6

It's the final week, my lovely Summer Scrappers and I hope you have enjoyed what we have had to offer you this summer.

In our final project this summer I am continuing a series of projects I have planned. Last summer we did a Cosmopolitan cocktail project and this year, I've created a effervescent cocktail project for you that I felt like spoke to the advent of the "mixology" movement. So here is the write up for "Mixology"! I hope you enjoy it and if you're back from previous years, you can add it to your cocktail quilt collection!

Cutting for 1 Block (unfinished size 20 1/2" x 30 1/2"):

Background 4 ½” x 8 ½” (2)

4 ½” x 1 ½” (2)

4 ½” x 2 ½” (2)

5 ½” x 1 ½” (2)

1 ½” x 1 ½” (2)

2 ½” x 20 ½” (1)

16 ½” x 20 ½” (1)

Glass Color

Light 12 ½” x 8 ½”

Medium 12 ½” x 1 ½” (2)

Dark 2 ½” x 12 ½” (1)

Circles Finish Sizes 1"(5) 2” (4) 4” (2)

Half Circles Sizes 2” (1) 4” (1)

Step 1:

I prepped all of my circles first and with the two half circles I made them a little too large so I could trim down the flat side to 1/4" to fit them onto the base of the top portion of the project.

Depending on your applique method you may wish to line your bubbles. To use the freeze paper starch method that I like to use for my hand applique, take a look at my circle video.

Step 2:

Position your applique pieces, making sure that the two half circles are at the bottom of the piece (lining up their flat raw edge with the bottom of the 16 ½” x 20 ½” background rectangle), so they will appear to be popping out of the cocktail glass.

Use your preferred applique method to stitch your circles into place. Mine are done by hand, but machine stitching is great as well!

You can see here, how I laid out all of my pieces (I'll walk you through this glass construction).

The goal of my initial layout was to make sure my glass fabrics worked well together and that my circles and half circles lined up well with the cocktail glass.

Step 3:

Let's start with the 12 ½” x 8 ½” piece of the glass fabric and the two 4 ½” x 8 ½” pieces of background fabric.

Stitch the background pieces to both sides of the glass fabric, and press toward the glass fabric. This section will now measure 20 ½” x 8 ½”.

Step 4:

Using the two 5 ½” x 1 ½” rectangles of background and one of the 12 ½” x 1 ½” of medium glass fabric, start to create the base of the glass.

Position the two rectangles of background a little inward from the edge of the glass fabric as shown here and use that alignment to draw a diagonal line oriented as you see in the photo.

Step 5:

Move the background rectangles out to the edge of the glass base and stitch on the drawn lines. Trim away the excess material and press toward the background fabric.

Step 6:

Using the 1 ½” x 1 ½” squares of background and the 2 ½” x 12 ½” rectangle of darker glass fabric, complete the base of the glass.

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the background squares. Position them on both sides of the top of the glass fabric rectangle. Stitch on the drawn lines, trim and press away from the background. This section will now measure 1 ½” x 20 ½”.

Step 7:

Add both of the 4 ½” x 2 ½” background rectangles to both sides of the glass base you just set up in Step 6. Press away from the added background rectangle.

This section will now measure 2 ½” x 20 ½”.

Step 8:

Using the two 4 ½” x 1 ½” rectangles of background and the final 1 ½” x 12 ½” rectangle of glass fabric, create the rim of the glass by stitching the two background pieces to both sides of the glass fabric and pressing toward the background fabric.

This section will now measure 1 ½” x 20 ½” and we are ready to assemble the glass.

Step 9:

Begin stitching the rows of the glass together as shown here. Add the 2 ½” x 20 ½” background rectangle to the base.

Let the pressing arrows in this image guide you to getting the flattest outcome. It's also reasonable to press these seams open.

Step 10:

Stitch the last seam of the glass and press toward the base to complete the cocktail glass.

The glass construction will now measure 20 ½” x 14 ½”.

Step 11:

Stitch the applique section to the top of the glass and press toward the glass section. This will complete the project and give you a wall hanging or over sized block measuring 20 ½” x 30 ½” when unfinished.

I just love this look and I'm looking forward to quilting Mixology. Perhaps I will try to make it look like it has a little dry ice "smoke" spiling over the edges.

I hope you enjoy this project and all of the fun ideas we have had for you this summer, but don't stop here. We have one more guest designer for you, bringing you a fun final project of the Summer Scrap Elimination!

Last week we had a cue intro to improv with Tammy Silvers and this week I hope you will enjoy checking out Kathy Bruckman with Kathy's Kwilts and More. Kathy is a professional seamstress with a passion for quilting and it shows.

Kathy and I are two designers that loathe to leave behind our left overs and we both want you to have the best ways to keep your scrap piles under control and your machine humming along while you produce beautiful new quilted items. Checkout what she has to offer you this week on her blog.

Finally, how about a little extra fun with the Summer Scrap Elimination this year? You got it!

1. Keep track of the Scrap Projects you create with both my blogs and those of the guest designers.

2. Post any project you complete (it doesn't have to be quilted, but it does have to be a completed top.

3. Tag me @SwanAmity on Instagram or Swan Amity Studios on Facebook. Be sure to also tag the guest designer if your project is from one of their blogs.

4. This opportunity to get in on the prizes lasts until the END OF SUMMER! So you have until midnight on Labor Day to post one of your projects and tag me to get your name in the jar! The drawing is scheduled for Tuesday September 5th.

When I see your tagged post I will comment and add your name to the drawing for a prize pack of new batik fabrics, a brand new rotary cutter from Quilters Select, and a mystery package of patterns to play with! This prize pack will include beautiful fat quarters from my last two signature lines from Island Batik. We'll also be drawing two additional names and those winners will also receive fabric packs and fun products to keep you stitching happy all year long!

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