Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Covered In Love, 10/18

RAINBOW QUILT

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

A RAINBOW FINISH

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

THINKING PINK

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

PEACHY

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

NO MORE WALKING FOOT

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.



I'm linking up with www.amyscreativeside.com  for Bloggers Quilt Festival

Friday, September 15, 2017

RSC17 week 37

A TOUCH OF ORANGE

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

ORANGE AT LAST

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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Friday, September 1, 2017

RSC week 35

WORKING BACKWARDS

This week was another profitable scrappy quilting time for me.  It began when I found two fleece blankets to use as backing for Project Linus quilts.  They had hidden behind piles of fabric for a couple of years.  Last week I made a Mile a Minute top to be used with the silly one.  Purple penguins go with anything, so it is pinned and ready to quilt.



That left the other fleece and I determined to use it right away.  Here it is with a few of the fabrics I chose for the top. 



I think the easiest top to make is a row quilt with no seams to match.  The pieces I chose had to be, for the most part, the full width of fabric.  I also joined a chain of charms for one row and in another I used some orphan 4-patch blocks.  It's a girl quilt which will have the nice rosy fleece for backing.  



I was delayed a bit due to some dental work  but got it finished in a day.   I paired up two strips at a time and then measured the length.  I just did that until it was long enough, about 52 inches.  So this is my girl's pink, blue and purple top ready to be pinned.  



I did not have a chance to even sort through and locate my orange bits for September's challenge.  That will officially begin tomorrow and I'll be back to making my usual monthly rainbow blocks.

The weather has definitely cooled off here, such a delight.  I do pray especially for the folks in Texas who survived Katrina only to have this second devastation.  So much loss!  And so many kind people doing what they can to help.  

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Friday, August 25, 2017

RSC17 week 34

LAST NEUTRALS 

I confess I did only two projects involving neutrals this month,  but one is a finished flimsy.   It's been an exciting week for me, making and completing this Mile a Minute quilt top.  I loved every minute of it, putting all my scraps together and making a huge dent in my scrap box.

Since I follow RSC17 every month I've been in the habit of pulling pieces for each color in turn, then storing them away again.  But the little bits and odd color combinations were always hanging around forgotten.  So those pesky ones are exactly what I used.  And, as they say, if you cut fabric small enough it will fit right in.   

Here are close ups of a few of my favorite blocks.


This block includes snails, a car and some really wacky shapes.



My bananas have the spotlight here.



Some fruit and an upside down lacy heart - you can't catch every mistake. 




Today I finished the sashing.  It is a thrill to use some of these unwanted neutral strips.  My friend cut them with her Go cutter, but did the entire batch of fabric by mistake.  And I almost never use 2-inch strips.  They worked perfectly here and the border will be the same.

For the backing I will be using a fleece with penguins and purple.  What could be better than that?  This will be for Project Linus at our Monona Quilters twice yearly charity quilt day.  They are a phenomenal group of motivated people.  Our collection in May brought in over 200, all for a variety of local charities.  My next one will be a row quilt for a little girl.  I already have the fleece and fabrics waiting.   

I hope you have all had a good scrappy week or other fun times.  Take a look at the scrappy projects I link with:
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Friday, August 18, 2017

RSC17 week 33

FIRST NEUTRALS

Another week of lovely weather spurred me on to make loads of progress on my Mile a Minute quilt, but I did not quite get to the neutral sashing.  So here it is post writing time and no neutrals yet after almost three weeks of August gone.  Does it seem like I'm avoiding them?  You could say that.

Meanwhile, on Monday I had a visit from a friend in our Monona Quilters guild.  She is doing a lot of experimenting with techniques and brought some of her small quilts to show me some examples. She is now trying dying her fabric.  However, I've been there, done that back in the hippie era near San Francisco.  My friend and I had a lovely visit and I learned a lot with the hands-on session.  She also recommended Fabrico markers for writing on fabric.  I ordered a set and am happy with them.

Now, desperate to contribute something for Angela this week, I quickly pieced two neutral houses.


See, I can do neutrals and they turned out better than I expected.  That's all, folks.


Now back to my scrappy progress.  I've almost finished the 25 blocks at 8.5 inches each, a good size, with  sashing added, for a Project Linus quilt.  I am going to back it with one of the fleece blankets that I bought on sale a couple of years ago.  I found two of them hiding in my closet and will use the one with cute penguins on it.

Here is a sample of the finished blocks, all that I could fit on my design floor.  They are really fun, a combination of randomness with some color coordination.  



I'm looking forward to  seeing what all of you have been doing this week with your scraps.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Midweek Makers, 8/16

FUN WITH FABRIC

This week I got sidetracked by a squirrel.  Just when I had my WIPs plan all laid out.  I came across the Mile a Minute quilt tutorial by Edith at inchbyinchquilting.blogspot.ca.   My plans flew out the window and I gathered all my little scraps.  To make a baby quilt I need 25 blocks at 8.5 inches, one of my standard sizes.  

After piecing together small bits for the 25 blocks, I became impatient to see RESULTS.


I chose four of them randomly and went to work, using  a sort of log cabin technique, and finished them at  8.5 inches.  Needless to say, they are very colorful.  They do need sashing and I just happen to have a big pile of 2-inch neutral strips.  When I was needing strips I asked my friend, who has a Go cutter, to cut some.  She went ahead and cut up all the fabric I gave her, enough for many neutral Strippy projects.  Here is how the blocks and sashing will look.


Since then I haven't been able to stop working on these blocks.  I'm chain piecing the rest of the strips.  They are in various stages of completion, most nearing the finish.  But today I have six finished blocks to share.


The weather has been delightful this week, energizing me to keep up the pace.  I should finish the blocks by the end of the week and get going on the sashiing.
For the backing I have a cute piece of fleece to make it nice and cuddly.  

 Our Monona Quilters next charity quilt collection is in October, so I will have this unexpected Project Linus quilt to contribute. 

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Friday, August 11, 2017

RSC17 week 32

A BIT OF NEUTRAL

This week I got sidetracked by a squirrel.  Just when I had my WIPs plan all laid out.  I came across the Mile a Minute quilt tutorial by Edith at inchbyinchquilting.blogspot.ca.   My plans for neutrals flew out the window and I gathered all my little scraps.  To make a baby quilt I need 25 blocks at 8.5 inches, one of my standard sizes.  

After piecing together small bits for the 25 blocks, I became impatient to see RESULTS.


I chose four of them randomly and went to work, using  a sort of log cabin technique, and finished them at  8.5 inches.  Needless to say, they are very colorful.  They do need sashing and I just happen to have a big pile of 2-inch neutral strips.  When I was needing strips I asked my friend, who has a Go cutter, to cut some.  She went ahead and cut up all the fabric I gave her, enough for many neutral Strippy projects.  Here is how the blocks and sashing will look.



That's all the neutrals I have done so far, and those are just laid on my design floor.  However, I'm looking forward to Monday, when a talented friend from our Monona Quilters will bring me some samples of her small study pieces.  I plan to make some small ones myself in neutral minimal style and she can show me the technical details.  

The weather has been delightful this week, energizing me to get my latest WIP finished.  I added borders to my Fence Rail Stars top and enlarged the bunny backing with leftover blocks. 




Now I just have to dig into my batting to find pieces to use for the 42-inch square quilt.  And work on 21 more MaM blocks. Our guild's next charity quilt collection is in October, so I will have at least two Project Linus quilts to contribute.

I hope the rest of you friends have more ideas for neutrals this week.  The blocks I've been doing monthly don't seem to work for neutrals.  I guess I will have to rely on you and the squirrels for more ideas.  

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Friday, August 4, 2017

RSC week 31

IN BETWEEN

This week has been one of catching up on a couple of projects and reshuffling my stash again.  Last week i decided to make a Friendship Star block.  It turned out to be a frustrating time for  me. How hard can it be to make one small star?  I found out!  I had the most beautiful jelly roll strip in royal blue so that was my choice of technique.  There are a number of ways to cut the HSTs.  I used my Easy Angle ruler to cut all the triangles.  A wornout rotary blade was no help.  I had to rip at least three times to get the star sewn together when it ended up backwards.  


I had two goals for the star, doing something with blue and making more stars for my patriotic star quilt.  With time on my hands, I used the Magic Eight technique, my favorite HST technique.  It worked well, but I had cut two large squares of a different blue.  So I ended up with four more stars, two with red centers.  They are all six inches.



I've been poking along with my Fence Rail Stars quilt.  


Now I'm adding extra blocks to the bunny backing.  Fortunately I am able to make good use of the blocks that I cut too short.  Here is the first part of it just finished.




For the new neutrals color I'm at a disadvantage, never having worked with them much.  I really had to dig everywhere to come up with what I hope will work.  These scrappy blocks for my improv quilt are really the only neutrals I've done.



I'm looking forward to see how you friends work with the neutrals.  Hopefully by next week I'll be able to produce something neutral.  I know some of you are gifted that way.  We will see what this color junkie can produce.  

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