Friday, November 17, 2017

RSC17 week 46


This week sets some kind of record for me, start to finish of a flimsie.  I told you last week about my large bin stuffed with batiks and waiting to be used.  There were so many strips that it was overstuffed.
Now you see how much I have emptied the bin.  

There were so many strips that I had no use for, or so I thought.  After tackling these unwanted strips I turned them into this 50 X 60 top, finished except for borders.
I added one little spark of orange to each strip, which makes quite a difference.  If you know me, you know I can't make dull quilts. I had to add those bright touchs.  Many of you liked them very much.

I decided on an inner orange batiks border and a wider subtle one.  Here is how it looks with the orange border added.  

I've been saving a precious two yards of 108" wide batik which I bought in 2008 from Sew Batik at Quilt Expo here in Madison WI.  I'm showing you this before I even remove the string tie and cut off a few 4-inch strips.  There is still time for a few more pets.

Tomorrow I will attach those final strips and it will be off to Kat at Covered In Love, her wonderful charity for grieving families.

I have also found time to add a pair of evergreen trees to my neighborhood.  The one on the right is a Christmas tree with stars and ball ornaments from a charm square.  I used my Tri-Recs rulers to make them.  

Time is really flying this month, as it always does with holidays coming.  I wish all my USA friends a very blessed Thanksgiving Day, and to you other dear friends abroad a special time of relaxation.  

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Friday, November 10, 2017

RSC17 week 45


This week I was getting tired of making little trees with tiny flip triangles.  I looked through my stash to find something to reduce some of my ever-encroaching fabric.  I also wanted to start a new quilt for Covered In Love.  

I have a big bin full of batiks, mostly jelly roll strips in muted colors.  They've been sitting around for years.  So I dug into them and decided to make blocks. I fold the strip into four and measure this folded piece at 10-1/2 inches, and trim off the excess at the end with the selvages and one fold.  With my scissors I also cut through the other looped end and have four equal strips.  No rotary cutting needed.  Then I chain pieced pairs of these strips.  

To make about a 60 X 60 inch top I needed 15 strips of five pairs,  (I know that's only 50 inches, but there will be borders.)   I felt that these pieces with a lot of brown could use a spark of orange, so I've been inserting narrow strips of bright orange batik randomly.  I also staggered the blocks like bricks.

This went together so quickly that I finished one third of the top in no time.  I'm very happy with it.  There are so many prints and colors it reminds me of an Impressionist painting.   

So that's my contribution to RSC17 November brown and darks.  I'll be checking out your exciting posts for more new ideas.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Covered In Love, 11/9

I'm starting a new quilt for Covered In Love this week.  I love bright colors, but have a big bin full of batiks, mostly jelly roll strips in muted colors.  So I dug into them and decided to make blocks. I fold the strip into four and cut off the extra selvage, leaving 10 1/2 inches.  With my scores I cut through the folded end and has four equal strips.  No rotary cutting needed.  Then I chain piece pairs of these strips.

The strips laid out look  like a sample below.

I'm planning on about a 60 X 60 or longer top.  At the rate this is going, it will probably be finished next week.  My bin is now at least one-third empty and the top is looking good already.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

RSC17 week 43


It's been a nice month for pink, but I'm looking forward to finishing some of this year's WIPs.  Here is my final  pink block, a Churn Dash to pair up with my Folded Box blocks, as an RSC18 project.

Speaking of finishes, I was surprised to see my Tossed Salad quilt on Kat & Cat's post yesterday.  It has been so nicely quilted, with a colorful backing made from donations by Sandra.  It will be joining her Kat's Covered In Love charity quilts for grieving families.

I'm really excited about a new squirrel project which hopped across my path from Jayne at Twiggy and Opal.  She posted a tutorial for her X block, 16 inches and really easy to make.  That evening I pulled out a charm pack of Kaffe Fassett cool colors, which I could not resist buying on sale recently.  What? Again?  This is the first block I pieced.

I changed my construction method to make it entirely with charm squares, including Toscana in coordinating colors and Bella white.  These are the last three blocks that are pieced.

All in all, it has been an unexpectedly productive month for me, partly because I have a squirrel to thank.

I hope you have also had a scrappy productive week, at least a week full of good things.  We seem to find those good things in unexpected times and places.  
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Friday, October 20, 2017

RSC week 42


This has been a very nice week for me with a few surprises.  First, my daughter, who is a nurse, stopped by yesterday and brought me a Subway sandwich, yum yum.  Then, when I was showing her the three Project Linus quilts I had finished for Monday's guild charity collection, she asked if she could give one to a special friend.  This is a young woman with a debilitating condition, getting weaker all the time.  Beth is part of her support group.  She and her mother both love quilts.  Of course, I was thrilled to give my quilt to a person who is sick and will appreciate it.  

She will be getting my Mile a Minute quilt, with Beth proudly showing it off.

Today I received a post from Kat at   She posted photos of a top I donated to her charity Covered In Love.  She had it finished and it will be donated to the family of a terminally ill patient at the hospital in Texas where Kat works.  I was delighted to see the backing and quilting done by Meloney, another volunteer.  Here is my photo of the blocks in progress.

As for pink, I did also manage to finish my two pink Geese Migration blocks.

The week flew by and that's all I got done in quilting The Rainbow quilt and piecing the geese.  I am looking forward to seeing all of your scrappy doings at
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Covered In Love, 10/18


This week I finished another Project Linus quilt, Rainbow.  This, plus the two I showed you on 9/26, will make three Project Linus quilts for our Monona Quilters charity quilt collection next Monday.  All of the quilts will go to a number of local charities, including the University Hospital in Madison WI.  

This started out being a crayon quilt.  I finished all the colored strips but had not added the crayon tips.  It looked great as a rainbow and the size was just right.

For the backing I already had a fleece blanket bought on sale, perfect for the theme.

Doesn't this make a perfect Project Linus quilt?

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Friday, October 13, 2017

RSC17 week 41


Last week I pieced together my rainbow of strips which I decided not to make into a crayon quilt.  The strips made a colorful 40 X 40 inch top.  I used a fleece crib blanket for the backing and the binding.  
I finally finished it yesterday.

This will be one of my three Project Linus quilts which will be collected by our Monona Quilters guild in another week.

For pink this month I've made a Folded Box block.  Now I have a total of eight at 12 inches each.  My idea is to alternate them with Kona steel gray blocks for a modern setting.

  But for a top I will need about eight more blocks.   So I am going to make Churn Dash blocks in similar colors to add to the mix.  Maybe it will be for RSC18.  At least I have the plan made in advance.  
It's satisfying to finish my projects this year, probably for the first year I've been in Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  This also keeps me looking for new ideas and new ways of doing things better by linking up with all of you talented people.  

Hope you all have a chance to work on some finishes this week, or at least make some progress on those WIPs.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

RSC17 week 40


It's about time.  Pink is finally here.  Strangely, I don't have much of a pink stash to choose from right now.  I just used quite a bit on my girl's row quilt.  However, I must admit I did supplement my stash with a number of precuts, namely, an I Spy layer cake with lots of princess squares.  And I have been watching Smiles from Kate and drooling over her Alison Glass fabrics.  I dipped my toe in and ordered a charm pack, which just arrived.  Talk about brilliant colors, they really glow.  

Enough about buying fabrics.  My first pink project was two little houses to finish off my neighborhood.

I had to put the cat in one doorway.  This was followed by screeching and jumping from my pink monkeys bought at Quilt Expo.  So one of them literally swung from my ceiling fan and dropped into the other house (maybe a slight exaggeration).  

I'm very happy with the pair of them.  This did solve the jealousy problem for now.  

My main project now is our guild charity collection in two weeks.  I have two Project Linus quilts finished, but could not pass up the chance to add one more.   My crayon quilt without the points became a rainbow strip quilt instead,  I made the pink row and finished piecing the strips last night.  Although each strip had twenty 2.5 X 5 inch pieces, there was as much as two inches difference in width when I measured them.  I fiddled around until they all ended at 40 inches.  That included removing a piece from the longest row.   

Last week I had bought the cutest rainbow themed fleece blanket to back it.  They were on sale again at a lower price, $3.80 this week, so my daughter kindly bought me five more really cute kid fleeces.  I also ordered five crib size poly batting a from Connecting Threads during their 30% off sale.  So I have no excuse not to complete many more Project Linus quilts.  

I'm thankful for this productive week and hope you all had a chance to get some good pink projects underway.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

RSC17 week 39


With orange ending and pink beginning, I felt like trying a new block this week.  I've seen it many times, but don't know the name, except that it is a star block.  I like the version with a central focus fabric.  I opened a brand new charm pack with lovely prints and found a floral in a peach tone.  What better time to use it than as a bridge between orange and pink.

If  anyone knows the name of the block, please let me know.  I have made it 8.5 inches unfinished.  That is one of my standardCynthia sizes so it can be combined with other blocks.  

To finish my orange blocks I made my two Geese Migration pieces.   I realized that what I've been doing with these every month is using the two blocks as a study in values.  I'm not sure what  had in mind when she first made these blocks, but they have turned out that way for me.  

Here is the light orange block.

The first fabric I choose is the solid sky triangle solid color, this one in pale orange.  Then I make the geese progressing from lightest to maximum dark.  I do the same for the 2.5 inch squares in each row.  You can see the value in tone, as well as I could make it.  For the darker block I've tried to do the same thing.

This practice in tonal values is always a challenge.  Adding prints into the mix makes it more complicated, but it's just a matter of trial and error until I step back and squint, which shows it up better.  Give that a try on these two blocks side by side.

I hope it helps others who may have a hard time getting the concept to work in their projects.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Covered In Love, 9/26

Last week I finished two Project Linus quilts.

The first one is a Mile a Minute quilt, with a fleece backing.

The other one is a row quilt for a girl, in pink and purple, also with a,fleece backing.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

RSC17 week 38


For two weeks I have been using my walking foot for stitching, quilting and binding two quilts.  Finally they are FINISHED.  I was so happy today to reinstall my trusty 1/4-inch foot and get back to piecing again!

Here in Wisconsin we are in the middle of another heat wave, hopefully the leftover of the summer.  So the best thing to do on days like this is to get working on more piecing.   I was finally able to put together my orange Folded Box block, which sure is nice and bright. 

I think one more in pink will complete my set for the rainbow.  They are 12-inch blocks and will make a nice lap quilt. I haven't taken the whole group out to check on them, don't know if I will use sashing or not.  That will take some very pleasant planning, and I love to plan projects.

I had a lovely long chat on Messenger with Kate of Smiles with Kate.  She has the cutest Northern England accent and had just returned from a vacation getaway in Scotland.  No outside contact for an entire week.  What a lovely thought!

Since the quilt I just finished is mostly pink, I'm going to give you a peek at the backing/binding and a bit of quilting.  The finish can wait until October, when it will be collected for Project Linus.  

One  more week of orange and I have  the two Geese Migration blocks to get done and whatever else comes along.  I did attempt to enter my Summer quilt of Kaffe Fassett precuts in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  However, my notorious difficulties with linking up caused the poor Linky to reject me over and over.  So here is the best photo of my favorite quilt on my double bed.

Happy bright and sunny orange days to all of you this week.  

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Summer, my Kaffe Fassett quilt

I made this quilt for my own use, as a light weight summer quilt. I clloected many precuts of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and used the to make this Summer quilt.

Each block is about 16 inches, made up of a layer cake floral, two 5x10 inch companion pieces and a contrasting 5-inch square.  The sashing is from a jelly roll in reds.  The backing is a light blue and white floral from Connecting Threads.  It was machine quilted in red by Sue Volbrecht of Quilted Memories.

Here it is on my full size bed.  The batting is Dream light weight cotton and I bound it in red.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

RSC17 week 37


I've been very busy this week with quilting, but not with orange.  So I'll show you my bit of orange now.   In preparation for making my orange Folded Box  I did pick out my fabric choices today. This is how they compare with my blue Folded Box.

Getting down to business, I  recently got a friend to help me pin my Mile a Minute quilt.  I used a purchased fleece blanket for backing/batting.  I took for granted that the blanket was 50x60 inches, as stated on the label.  Bad mistake.  It was a couple of inches less in both directions and was just barely large enough for the flimsy.  Lesson learned.  I stitched the perimeter to secure it, which helped, and the quilting itself went like a dream with my faithful walking foot.  But the binding was really tough to do.  So I still hate binding.  But the entire job got done this week.

This Mile a Minute method has become a favorite, especially the chain piecing of scrap to scrap.  My other favorite is a row quilt, which I've used for a number of Project Linus quilts.  With one more fleece blanket left I decided to leave the walking foot in place and finish my charming pink and purple girl's row quilt.  My friend and I measured the fleece first this time.  We had room to spare for the top, but to be sure, I trimmed both the width and length a bit.  

After a follow up dental visit today I got a tall guy in our building to hold up both quilts for photos, so this is the pinned row quilt with ample fleece on all sides. 

One sweet moment happened this weekend, when my granddaughter and her visiting exchange student from Japan came over to visit.  This charming girl was delighted when she saw the Japanese dolls on the row top. I told her about the amazing quilting that is done in Japan.  We all had a really special visit.  

As soon as I get this second fleece quilt finished I will put my quarter-inch foot back and continue with orange.  But it is so satisfying to see these Project Linus quilts finished in time for our October charity quilt collection.  

A few of the trees are starting to get fall color.  I hope that will be an encouraging sight to many of you who have been shocked and saddened by the storms.  As expressed by officials in disaster areas, Please qdo help the victims by sending money, not quilts, which may end up in waste piles.  Our postage cost alone can purchase needed supplies in bulk.  Please send your donation to a charity you trust.  

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Friday, September 8, 2017

RSC week 36


This month the color is perfect for the season, especially the cooling days and nights.  I do sympathize with the folks in the Pacific Northwest who have been months without rain, very high temps and tragic wildfires.

So now it's back to RSC17 projects.   The first one I made is my orange crayon body.  I've been putting off doing the tips until the end.  However, after three years with Angela and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge I finally have made my first actual RAINBOW!

When I laid out the rows it was so thrilling to see my pieced strips have finally become a rainbow. Now  I am having second thoughts about the crayon pattern with the points and strips of white between each row.  

I've always loved the stained glass effect that black adds to the colors, so I could substitute black for the white strips or, on the other hand, leave off the points entirely so the quilt becomes a pure rainbow with no points to distract from that image.  However, I definitely will not try to curve the strips into a true rainbow shape.  It's the colors that count, after all.

I was fortunate to attend Quilt Expo here in Madison yesterday.  Most of our time was taken up viewing the exhibit of about 300 quilts, all done by very talented quilters.  I spent a bit of time trying out a fancy Pfaff machine, so very impressive.  But my only purchases were a pack of my favorite needles and  a fat quarter of the cutest monkey fabric ever.  Our door-to-door bus picked us up at 2:30, which was an enjoyable time there without being exhausting.  Here are my sweet monkeys:

My second RSC17 project was my two houses, which have a definite African vibe.

It's a good start to a fruitful month for me, and I  wish the same for all of you, especially those affected by stormy weather.

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