Saturday, March 28, 2015

RSC15 week 13, more goldens

At last we have golden sunshine and March, which gave us one last lion roar, is going out like a lamb.  My yellow balloon blocks are getting anxious to have some new ones to join them.  So I have spent some of this week working on my boy quilt for Project Linus.  I added the 1-1/2 inch black sashing, which really makes them snap.  The rest will not take long and spring is getting me out of my rut and ready to move on.

Friday, March 20, 2015

RSC15 week 12, goldens

Back-to-front Linus quilts...that's how I design them.  I first buy 50 x 60 fleece blankets with colorful themes.  I've been lucky to get them at a great sale price, $2.88 each, and have several on hand.  I also look for sales of pre-cuts online, because I can't get to stores very often.

The challenge for me, and the part I like best, is choosing the pattern and colors to go with the fleece backing.  I often make up my own pattern, which has to fit within the backing size. 

For this one, number six, I found two lively compatible charm packs which bring out the colors and action I wanted.  The key for me is using large enough pieces to show off the fabric pictures.   This time the four patch does it and all 20 squares are done.  I am thinking of using black sashing.  A border will depend on the overall size.  

The due date for Monona Quilters charity colection is the end of May and I expect to have two quilts to hand in.

Another surprise in the mail today, this darling mug rug made especially for me by a dear friend in WA.  It just shouts "spring" to me. How did she know about yellow for March?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

RSC15 week-11

What could be lovelier than these mini daffodils!  My son and daughter started getting them for me a few years ago.  So on this first day of sunshine and 50's, my living room is now glowing as well.  They are my very favorite flower, especially now that we are living in the upper Midwest.
You also can see my granddaughter's sunny smile and the only piece of quilting that my mother ever made, this cathedral window pillow done in the 80's. It all really says "happiness" to me.

This really inspired me to get my yellow blocks done for today to add to my Linus quilt.  I really love the three colors together, and am excited about getting more colors in it. See below.  I took the pic in daylight, which really is the only way for me to get true color.  The pink block no longer looks orange!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Yellow box, part two

But look what the mailman left me, just a few minutes after the yellow box fell, (courtesy of my handy Visa card)!  Another box with 25 fat quarters of Michael Miller, Just My Type, from Fat Quarter Shop, a steal of a deal at $1.00 apiece! Frustration all gone, praise the Lord!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

RSC15 week 10

I am NOT getting much done with yellow so far.  This morning I pulled out my entire STASH, no scraps in it, just some strips.  Had the box all set up for a photo, and along came Popper.

She naturally hopped over to see what was going on is my entire stash of yellow.

I ask you, does she even look guilty?

I really do plan to get my blocks done soon, I promise.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Vintage 30's dollhouse bed quilts

These are the tiniest quilts I have ever seen.  Don't recall where I got them, probably about 20 years ago.  Some dear person made this Trip Around the World pair for a lucky girl with a dollhouse.  They even have fussy cut peach flowers in the green squares.  The front and back were stitched right sides together and turned, so no binding was needed.
They are the highlight of my antique doll quilt collection.  I hope these whet your appetite for the rest of them, which I will be showing every few weeks or so.

RSC15 Last pink, Linus quilt

I've been working on this Linus quilt for some time, but just added the pink border and realized that it counts toward my February pinks!  Better late than never.  On to yellow now!