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.

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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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Monday, January 23, 2017

Ad Hoc Improv Quilts, 1/23

PLAY OF LIGHT:  Three wall hangings done in 1990, based on a block from a photo in a Michael James book.  It was just a photo, but I liked the assymetry and feeling of motion.  I used many fabrics such as velvet, tie dye and ribbons.  I machine quilted all of them in the ditch due to the variety of fabrics.

FIRELIGHT:  I was inspired to make this first wall hanging to use a piece of tie dyed fabric in warm shades.  I made it back in the late 60's when the kids were little.  Two other friends would show up, all of us with toddlers, and turn the back yard into an art studio for tie dye, batik, silk screening or whatever.
    The warm colors in the piece developed into the idea of a campfire at night.  I learned so much about color, using purples, teal, but no black or dull tones for the darkness.

 
The piece I began with is the slanting one in the center, with pinks and yellows.  I added small bits of satin for the sheen, plaids and dark purple velvet.  It does convey the image of sparks flying up into the darkness.


MOONLIGHT:  How do you convey moonlight?  By its reflection on water, snow, etc.  This is how I interpreted a snow scene at night, with shiny and sparkling fabrics in contrast to the deep purples and blues.  I never used black or grey in these quilts.  Even shadows are seen as color. There is a small bit of white satin to represent the moon.




SUNLIGHT:  This was a challenge to convey sunlight streaming down through the forest.  I tested and eliminated any greyed colors, using only true hues. For the leaves I found an pieces from an old 1960's silk sheath dress for $1.  Again I used Thai silk, velvets and added yellow ribbons for the rays of the sun. Purple was used in the shadows because it is the complement of yellow.  



I learned a great deal about color by doing these wall hangings and they are one of my favorite series.   It helped me to have the block structure to work within so that nothing was random, but chosen for its particular shape and placement.  

I'm very happy to be linking up with Ad Hoc Improv Quilter at Fret Not Yourself.  Please check out the fascinating things shared there.

Friday, January 20, 2017

RSC17 week 3

A FINAL FINISH

This week I feel great because I actually finished Sarah's Color Charm quilt, the "elephant" I wrestled with.   It ended up being 54 X 66 inches.  This is only a sneak peak, but when Sarah receives it we will get some good photos.



A NEW START

For the new Rainbow Scrap Challenge I've gotten busy using my purple scraps.  Last week I finished two Geese Migration purple blocks.  Today I managed, with the usual ripping, to finish my purple Folded Box block for the month.  


However, it is actually my second one.  The first one I tried was found at http://patchworksquare.com/ which is a complete list of patterns, many given in various sizes.  I found the Folded Box 12-inch version with excellent PDF of directions for three sizes.


So I wil be one month ahead when pink comes along.

There is only one more Saturday this month.  It seems to have flown by so fast.  I can't wait to see all the fun scrappy projects you have made.  I get some of my best ideas from you folks.  So keep coming to Rainbow Scrap Challenge at soscrappy  and



Friday, January 13, 2017

RSC17 week 2

WRESTLING WITH AN ELEPHANT 

All of a sudden January has arrived and besides lots of snow and freezing, Angela has stated our Rainbow Scrap Challenge year off with purple.  I'm amazed at how much purple I have in my stash.  The color is confusing, sometimes bluish and others on the maroon side.  The patterns I've chosen allow me to mix and match.

My main rainbow project this year is Geese Migration by Cynthia at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework .  It's 25 scrappy 10-inch blocks set on point, so there is plenty of room for a rainbow of colors.  I've started off with a lavender toned one and a darker purple.  It's just three columns of 2-1/2-inch squares paired with five flying geese.  She uses the flip triangle method for the geese,so easy.  



I'm very pleased with this start for 2017. 

I've also been working away on Sarah's Color Charms quilt, which got pinned this afternoon with the help of a friend.  We worked down in our club room with big tables for doing the job.  The only one who gets on the floor any more is Sarah.  I used Warm and White batting, bought off the 90-inch roll with my Hobby Lobby coupon.  
Here are two glimpses of the top.


 
Because I decided that the top was too small, I added three more rows across and two mor down the side.  Since the back was already in progress, I had to keep adding segments to make it match. 


I added the center strips and blocks, which made it work.  The Cotton and Steel fat quarters were purchased with a giveaway by Gotham from Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts, and the cute village scene was a piece I had in my stash.
  I bought some rolls of black and gray Bella strips by Moda on sale at Green Fairy Quilts.  I find that I really prefer them to the Kona strips because they are cut with a tiny pinked edge, so no fraying. The fabric itself seems slightly weightier and folds press out very easily.  Just passing that info?

I was so anxious to get this project quilted,  with a friend's help we got it pinned quickly.  I decided to quilt it with grey thread, switched to my machine's walking foot and dove right in.  Just horizontal and vertical lines, very simple.  My arms began aching and i soon felt like I was wrestling with an elephant!  But with the help of muscle rub and ibuprofen I finished half of it in two days, incredible for me.  Two more days should finish it and I can get my 1/4-inch foot back in use again and take the quilt to show and tell at our guild.  Hooray! Back to the rainbow again.

I'm so anxious to see what each of you is going to be doing for RSC17.  It surely will be colorful and perhaps some new creatures will come on the scene.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

"I Like" Thursdays, Jan. 12

WHAT DO I SEE IN ONE SPOT?

Last night my granddaughter and SIL helped me take down my Chrstmas decorations.  When I got up this morning, well closer to noon, the place seemed so bare.  Then I received LeAnna's blog and thought, "What is left here for me to like?"   I glanced at the,window and I could not help but see the light shining through the turquoise vase I bought at a recent estate sale.  


It was sitting on the floor near the window, so I snapped a photo with my iPad.  What else is in the photo?  It has some amazing twists and turnings, obviously a support for something.


Now you can see the entire structure of beautiful turned spindles and curving legs.  Looks like there is a shelf above that.  What is on the shelf?


Two of my favorite pottery pieces.  The smaller one was stashed there just for convenience during the decorating.  It's mid century modern style, so simple but with that surprising tilt of the opening.  The larger one I bought to use as a salad bowl, but it is too heavy for me to lift easily, so I just put it where I can see and enjoy it.  I like the contrast between them.  

Let's back up now so you can see the entire picture.


This is one of my earliest antique acquisitions.  When my darling and I were engaged we bought a small house a few months before our wedding.  An old couple were moving into a retirement center.  When the wife took us to see the garage this table was sitting there in the dust.  I told her how much I like it.  She said that if we liked it we could have it for free.

This table dates from around the Civil War period.  The top has some water stains, and another, not water, added by one of Chris's cats.  But I love all the turnings, especially the little pendant ones hanging off the drawer edges. It has served us well for over 50 years, including my little Christmas tree.  I have to decide what to put there next.  

Isn't it interesting how much we can see to appreciate if we take the time to look in just one spot?
I hope you keep your eyes open to what is right around you this week, as I will try to do.

Check Leeanna's blog, Not Afraid Of Color  , for more lovely things folks share on "I Like"  Thursdays.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

RSC17 week 1

MY RAINBOWS

Angela asked us if we would show some of our rainbow quilts this week.  In 2015, the first year I took part in Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I completed the flimsy for a balloon block quilt.  The frames for each block were made in the color of the month.  I have not got the backing finished yet.  It's still a WIP.


My granddaughter's 14th birthday was that July and she loved the Beattles and rainbows. So I rushed to get a quilt done for the birthday.  This is a rainbow zigzag design, which used lots of my Jellyroll scraps.  It was basically a rail fence pattern, very easy.  The back is bright yellow, her favorite color.
Here she is showing it at our Monona Quilters meeting.

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It went perfectly in her room with yellow walls and Beattles pillow.


This past year Angela gave us two colors to combine each month.  I chose to make the Twinkler star block in the combined colors.  It is still a flimsy, but I love it hanging on my bedroom wall.



Those are the three quilts which are strictly RSC rainbow quilts.  The rest of them are still in the WIPs stage or were mostly Project Linus quilts for charity.

This year I have a couple of rainbow plans in mind. I will have something to show next week in purple.  Hope you all have fun with Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year.

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