Friday, March 24, 2017

RSC17 week 12

A MIXED BAG

The main thing occupying my time and thoughts for a few days was an overnight hospital procedure.  It went better than expected and I'm glad to be home.  But I've been tired as a result so very little stitching was done.  

However, I received an unexpected and truly generous surprise.  For Cynthia's Orphan Block event I offered 18 of my HST blocks from Blossom Heart Quilts excellent tutorials. They will be going to some generous person tomorrow.  I got a lot of good experience at doing the blocks, but I'm not up to turning them into one or two quilts.  I did not realize Cynthia had a drawing for the participants until she sent me an email.  Not only had I won the drawing, but she gave me extra fabric for my Kaffe Fassett quilt project.

The prize included the latest issues of Quilty and 100 Blocks, along with two mini charm packs, perfect  for Project Linus projects.  Cynthia has a project published in both magazines.


She very generously sent me large pieces of three gorgeous fabrics of my color choice.  These will be a real help to round out the pieces for my 30 blocks (none were made this week).  


The one bit of RSC17 sewing I got done at the last minute was my pair of red 6-inch houses.  They are such fun to make.


So here I am glad this week is over, feeling fine and looking forward to April and some flowers, any flowers, PLEASE.  

I'm wishing the blessing of spring flowers for all of you this week. 

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Friday, March 17, 2017

RSC17 week 11

I HATE RED!!

It sounds crazy to say that and it's really about the values of red compared to other colors.  I wanted to do another Folded Box block for March to go with the others.


See the strong contrast here that gives it a 3-D effect?  You can do that with lots of colors, but not with red.  On this color chart sample you see instantly that all the other colors have a range from light to dark, but look at red.  Blah, nada, only ONE value.  


So I can't make a Folded Box this month.  I will have to substitute the pink one I made last year as a sample, which turned out very well.  That's the end of my rant about red.
  I did make two red Geese Migration blocks, one using more rosy red to get some variety.



SUMMER QUILT

I'm making great progress on these blocks, have18 out of 30 finished.  Some folks said they would like to see more of them at once, so here is a selection.  The blocks are super simple with only five seams in the 12.5 inch block.  Most blocks have red/orange/lavender to join up for sashing and the outer ones will have a gorgeous red print for the entire border.

 





I love these Kaffe Fassett fabrics and can't wait to use it on my own bed.  Perhaps it will be so bright I won't be able to get to sleep!  

Happy Quilt Appreciation Day to all of you.  I hope we all are able to enjoy spring very soon.  We have lots of birds, but no flowers yet.  

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Orphan Adoption Event

In 2016 I participated in the Modern HST Sampler for nine months, producing 18 blocks, each 12.5 inches unfinished.  That was as far as I was able to go due to family events.  They were done following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge two colors a month, so the colors are varied, but can be grouped into smaller units.






These are typical blocks of the group.  

I would like to offer them to anyone in the US who wants them, to make for charity or not, your choice.  
With this large size and some sashing one or two quilts can be made easily, and if you have a longarm it could be an easy project.

I live in Madison  WI area and will split the shipping costs for anyone in the US.  The winner will be chosen by random number drawing.  I will keep this open until Saturday, March 25. The drawing will be held on Sunday, March 26 and shipped after we agree on these points.  

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Friday, March 10, 2017

RSC17 week 10

NEW HOUSES

This week I got so excited when I read a post from Nell about some improv houses made the stack-and-whack  way.  She directed me to The Stash Bee, June Hive 9 tutorial.  Starting with four different 10-in squares, the cutting is done freehand.  In no time I had made a set of four wonky houses, which I love, love, love. 


Last night I made another set in reds for March RSC.


They finish at 8.5 inches square, which is a size I've used for 16-patch and improv blocks last year.  I plan on combining them with some blocks like that.  These don't replace my 6.5-inch houses to go with my little boats.  Why do these projects keep mutiplying so fast?  

I also made my March crayon strip.  I'm including some rosy colors as well, not really pink.



On Monday I took my Farm Boy quilt to show at Monona Quilters.  Everyone liked the double-sided Project Linus quilt, especially here in Wisconsin with so many children living on or acquainted with farms.  



I also volunteered to make a neonatal flannel blanket that is already precut.  

My stack of Kaffe Fassett blocks for my Summer quilt is now up to 14 of the 30 needed.  This is the one I made this morning after pondering the choices overnight.  I love the roses, but the companion fabrics were harder to decide on.  When you get it right, it just sings to you.


Meanwhile I am in charge of our senior complex second Show and Tell Quilt Event.  Folks bring their family quilts and tell us the stories about them.  The one three years ago was a big success and the population here has changed, so there will be other quilts and stories.  My goal is to make people aware of the treasures they have and be able to pass them along to their families.

I hope each of you is able to make someone aware of our quilt gems this month.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sew Some Love, 3/8

FARM BOY QUILT

This is a donation to Project Linus through my local quilt guild, Monona Quilters in WI.  I've been donating to Project Linus for three years. The guild has two charity collections a year, donating to many local charities such as the VA hospital, half way houses, NICU units at the UW Madison Childerns Hospital and others. They collected about 300 quilts last year from about 40-50 members.

This is the front, using a charm pack, Apple Hill Farm from RJR fabrics, plus jelly roll strips.  It is about 43 inches square.


The back is farm scene yardage from my stash, plus some jelly roll strips .


This is also going to the UW Madison hospital and will surely delight some child living in this farm country, who loves tractors and farm animals.  

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Friday, March 3, 2017

RSC17 week 9

BUSY IN BETWEEN

This week has been a mishmash of different projects.  I officially finished my teal blocks, so I decided to work on some bigger projects.  

I now have 12 of my Kaffe Fasset squares done for my Summer quilt.  One pic did not turn out well, but here are the other two new ones.  And look at the featured colors in them.  RED!  Well, it is an accent color,  but the amount varies in each block.  None of my pics show the true intense colors that KF combines. 



Each one seems to be my favorite for different reasons.  On the first I really was awed by the purple and red large block, along with the intense turquoise.  In the second, I was delighted that the red polka dot strip fit in so well.  

I have also been working on the Ad Hoc Improv Quilts quarterly challenge run by Ann and Kaja.  The first challenge is to use the Chinese coins pattern in an improv way.  Here is what I'm working on, a wall hanging which is only partly finished  but has special meaning for me.  I'm challenging myself to work with the dark colors.   


You can check out the Ad Hoc Improv Quilter at Ann's blog, Fret Not Yourself, or at Sew Slowly with Kaja.

The main thing I've been busy with is quilting my Farm Boy quilt.  Once I switch to my walking foot for that, it is too much trouble with screws and shaking hands to put it on and off.  I'm doing the binding but am not finished, so I will save that for Angela's finishing Linky.

What is RED saying to you?  I've been saving stash for a veteran's quilt and this would be a good month to work on that. 

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Monday, February 27, 2017

AHIQ Challenge, 2/27

AN OLD IDEA RENEWED

In January I had no idea what to do for the Chinese coin challenge.  I love working with  bright colors and have made a lot of Project Linus kids quilts.  I decided to challenge myself by working with neutrals.  

For convenience I turned over a narrow framed canvas to the back side.  This provided a rough surface, non-slip, and a rim to hold the pieces when I move it around.  It was my design tray for the coins.  I planned to do just a wall hanging size.  The first set of strips in neutrals stayed untouched for a few days.  I was so bored with it and totally uninspired.

I decided to do black and white mixed prints, which made it more interesting but still it sat there.  So I tried out a soft teal strip of Grunge down the center.  


Nothing was stitched together yet.  It just sat and stared back at me now, for about two weeks.  That was January.

One day I recalled another challenge I was planning to do about six years ago.  It was making a small wall hanging for a very worthy charity. The pieces were then auctioned off.  I had an inspiration for a theme and collected fabrics to make it.  Just as I was going to start cutting them, the group announced they were discontinuing the auctions because they had met their fundraising goal. Wonderful for them, but I was left with an idea and nowhere to go with it.

The coin stack now became the basis for my original idea, but in a totally different form.  I had been given a pile of dull colored strips from someone who had been doing retro quilts.  The challenge now became to use these dull fabrics to express my vision. 

Here was the first layout on the tray.


At last I was on the way, began to fill it in and actually started piecing it after only six weeks of nothing.
Here is the basis of the project. I finished piecing this so far.  I have some more borders to add before quilting and binding, but now I'm on a roll.


Do you have any ideas about the theme I am working on?  I'll let you know at the end of the challenge. See you at the end of March.

I'm very happy to be linking up with Ad Hoc Improv Quilter at Ann's blog, Fret Not Yourself.  Please check out the fascinating things shared there by really talented people.



Friday, February 24, 2017

RSC17 week 8

  SOME FOR RSC AND LOTS FOR ME

One of my RSC17 iprojects is to make is little houses.  I've  looked and looked for an easy pattern in the size I can use with other blocks.  February came along and still no house plans.  I was looking through my WIPs pile and saw my collection of small sailboats, 6.5 inches square. I made a small fleet of them last year.

One of the boats happened to be upside down and, voila!  The hull turned into a roof.


Here was the plan for my own little house!   It's very simple, made with 2.5 inch strips and two flip triangles.  Since it was already aqua month, I quickly made two scrappy aqua houses.



Because they were so easy I made two purple ones for January also.


I don't know how many I will make each month.  I might make a row quilt with the boats and the houses.  Another WIP but not until the fall.

My really exciting project is a quilt for myself.  I've been using the one I made for my son Chris, but it is has poly batting and will be too warm for summer.  The one I've been using is a Lone Star quilt from the 1930's, practically in shreds by now.  In fact I don't dare wash it for fear of ripping it entirely.  

  You all know how I love color.  I've been buying Kaffe Fasset precuts on sale for a long time with no plans, just loving his use of color.  Now I have plenty to make a full size quilt.  I want to feature the large florals and even the geometric ones.  So I designed a 16-inch block using precuts and only five seams.  I've been making a block every day because I'm so excited about putting the fabrics together. It's a challenge because he uses no neutrals except in a very minor role.  So brightness of the hues matched up is Important.  All the blocks have the same color placement so it is not a random thing.

Made by 🌟Collage
Here are four more I've finished.

And one more, probably my favorite until the next one.


You can see the orange border on two sides, the yellow charm square in the upper right, the 10" square and the two 5x10 blocks to blend in.  I only need 30 blocks and am working on the tenth already.  It is such a satisfying project that I just can't stop doing it.  If my apartment neighbors were deaf I would be stitching all night long.

I am going to treat myself for my May birthday to getting it long armed using Dream thin cotton batting and I'll have the hottest quilt in town.  

Best wishes to all of you using your aqua scraps for a few more days.  Please join me in checking out the other fun posts at
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Monday, February 13, 2017

RSC17 week 7


A HANDY TIP, A TOP AND BACK

Due to lack of space I don't have a design wall or a floor to leave things on.  So I'm passing along my idea for a design tray, which is very handy.  In the photo below you see a bright painting done by sweet Sarah, laying on its side.  I keep it there below my work table to help hide the "stuff" under the table, boxes of fabric, my cutting mat and large rulers, etc.  
When I turn it over it is a nice big tray for arranging block pieces.  The surface is rough so they don't slip and can even stand upright without falling off.  Here I'm testing the layout for my crayon block of 2 by 5 inch strips.  It is also very lightweight and can be easily moved or put on the table when I do piecing, so the pieces stay in order.  So if you have an unused stretched canvas or find an old one at a thrift store, I'm sure you will find it very useful.

Below is the finished crayon strip for February.  I'll do the points when I finish all the strips.  By the way, a blogger, don't remember who, mentioned an app for grouping photos.  I got Collage free for my iPad and like using it for a connected group like this.


My latest flimsy and back finish for my Project Linus Farm Boy quilt.  I showed you the top two weeks ago.


I was lucky to find this scenic farm fabric in my stash.  By adding the aqua and brick red strips it matches the front size and the sides will be trimmed to match.  It took only 15 minutes to make it!  




This is not due until May so I'm starting on a couple of other things, one for RSC17 and one for myself.

I read that poly batting is better for kids quilts because it dries fast in the dryer and is durable.  I was lucky to find a roll of it hiding behind some boxes today.  Hooray for free or forgotten things.  No need for Hobby Lobby this time.  

I'm really enjoying our spell of warm weather up to 60, hopefully the end of winter here.  I wish all of you dear friends a fun week whatever you are doing.  Just keep stitching!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

RSC17 week 6

WATER COLORS EVERYWHERE 

This week was really fun for me working with aqua, since it is my favorite color.  Last week I just barely got any done at all, but here is the finished block.  A couple of smart quilters knew which block I had shown partially finished.


Now you all know it, the Folded Box block, my current favorite.

I got busy with my Geese Migration blocks for February and worked out a really streamlined process.  I cut all the pieces first, then arranged and rearranged both blocks before any stitching.  It was very easy to piece them.  For the flip triangles I folded and pressed the blocks on the diagonal, very easy and accurate to stitch on the rectangles.

Here are the lighter aqua and the darker turquoise blocks.  The shades and tints were much easier to place than the January purple blocks.



I'm also working on finishing a couple more Project Linus quilts, plenty to keep me busy.  One is my top made of my RSC16 16-patch blocks. I added another block to finish the square and need to make it a bit bigger by adding more 4-patches or borders.  


I found a bright red and white child's print in my stash for the backing, perfect for this I Spy quilt.

The temperature hit 40 degrees today and I went grocery shopping, a lovely end to the week.  I'm anxious to see what all the rest of you did with this lovely color this week.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

MSQ Linky, February 2017

Thank you, Alyce, for giving us this chance to practice HST techniques.  I learned a great deal and feel more confident making them now.  Due to family circumstances I was unable to complete the entire set, but did complete twenty blocks.  Instead of a large quilt, I'm planning to use them for three or four smaller projects.


These are in better lighting and grouped by color.  

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I'm already more confident and have jumped right into more HST projects.  Thanks again, Alyce.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

RSC17 week 5

   A 3-DAY TOP AND 1/3 OF A BLOCK

It began with a lull between purple and blue-green.  I suddenly remembered that our Monona Quilters charity quilt collection is in May and I had nothing planned for donation.  Then I came across a charm pack which I had essentially gotten for no cost, with a baby quilt in mind, Apple Hill Farm from RJR Fabrics.  It is cute and as colorful as a rainbow.

The easiest and fastest way I have found is to make a row quilt.  I found some strips with other toy vehicles for a boy.  Now I have lots of tractors, cows, pigs and apple trees.  I needed something bright to blend all these together.  Here is the result.


Now began the piecing.  Fortunately all the strips came out to about 42 inches across and the math (ugh) showed that the length would be the same.


I had enough charms and seven toy strips, three for the top and four for binding.  I had to cut the green  fabric and did not trust my rotary blade.  The pattern happens to be 2-1/2 inches wide, so I cut  it with my sharpest scissors, eight strips with plenty left over.  I pieced the whole top, finishing late last night.  I'm calling it Farm Boy. 


Yes, it was worth the aching arms and neck I awoke with today.  I've been gathering my blue-green and have a big supply.  This morning I was able to cut my block pieces, but other things took up my time, like getting photos of my Farm Boy quilt and making a casserole for a few days of healthy eating.  I should not, MUST NOT live on chocolate alone.  

As for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, the entire result before I started this post was all you see here, 1/3 of my block.  Do you recognize it?  


So that is the total of my week five quilting.  I hope to get more done with my favorite color next week after a little rest, while checking your posts and Pinterest for more ideas.  I'm dying to see what all of you have done this week.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

RSC17 week 4

PURPLES AND A BRIGHT FINISH

My list of purple projects has grown a bit this week.  First, I have a heap of purple 4-patch blocks I'm not using.  So I thought about adding something to perk them up.  I call it Sparks.  It's just little flip triangles added here and there before piecing a larger block.


I like the way it turned out, but I'm not sure if I will continue it as a rainbow project.

Another Project Linus quilt I'm working on is Color Me, with a rainbow of crayons.  Here is my purple crayon strip without the tip.


These two Geese Migration and one Folded Box   complete my purple projects this month, the first time I've ever met the deadline.



Now  for the finish I promised last week.  Beth and Sarah came over to pick up Sarah's new quilt and take some good photos.  Her iPhone takes much sharper pics than my iPad.  My building hallway worked pretty well for the lighting.  I call it Color Charms.


The back was a real improv job because I enlarged the front.  So extra strips and charms had to make the back equal in size.  The top has an extra gray strip and the bottom has an added black strip.  At least we can tell up from down now.


Sarah was delighted with it and the timing was perfect.  The quilt blocks were laid out last summer by Sarah and her exchange student from France.  This week they found out that another girl from France will be arriving next week, so the quilt will be on their guest room bed for her three week visit.  

It's not exactly an RSC 16 finish, but it definitely has enough rainbow colors to qualify!

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