Friday, June 23, 2017

RSC17 week 25

A START AND A FINISH

With yellow winding down and all my yellow projects done, I needed something new to add to this month's stack of completed yellows.  I've been planning to do something entirely in solids for quite a while, but squirrels have come along and sidetracked me.  Not this time!

Ever since making those lovely but difficult Twinkler star blocks I've wanted an easier method.  Someplace in Quilty Blogland I found out about the Creative Grids Strippy Star ruler and finally bought one on line (with a fabric sale purchase, of course) a few weeks ago.  What color is better for a star.than yellow?  Dipping into my solid precuts, I made my first Strippy Star yesterday.


This was very easy to make and is 12-1/2 inches unfinished.  I was inspired by Mari's wonderful star quilt project.  The ruler can be used for almost any size block and I like the look of scattered stars of different sizes.  I would plan to make them in different sizes, all solids using the RSC17 colors.  So now I have one more project to reward myself with an emoji every month.

You've seen my WIP, my so-called Tossed Salad quilt top for the Covered In Love charity project run by Kat at katandcatquilts.blogspot.com.  It got finished in record time and I will show it on Monday at my guild.  


These are the pieces I have disliked for a long time, finally together and surrounded by a lovely old piece of blue floral.  That was what it needed to give it some life.  It measures about 50x60 inches.


I'm so pleased that it will go to a great cause, for hospital patients near death and their families.  I pray that it will speak of love and comfort to some family and their loved one.

Meanwhile, this week I've resurrected another UFO project to work on for Covered In Love.  I'm anxious to find out the color for July.  So far this has been a good summer here.  I wish you all a good stitching week.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Covered In Love, 6/21

A FINE FINISH

I just finished sewing the borders on the quilt, which I had been calling Tossed Salad.  In about one week I turned a bunch of old strips and about 100 neutral 4-patch blocks into a quilt that I'm happy to donate to Covered In Love.  


My granddaughter stopped by just now and kindly held the quilt for a quick photo.  It will finish about 50x60 inches.  All the fabrics were from my stash.  The sashing fabric was bought for a dress many years ago, but has been used in several quilts. 

I'm going to show it at our quilt group next Monday and then send it along to you, Kat.  I'm really delighted that all these unloved fabrics will give some comfort to people in need.

Linking up with Covered In Love  at  katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

Friday, June 16, 2017

RSC17 week 24

 STILL YELLOW

This week I worked on my final yellow blocks, two yellow Geese Migration blocks.  They were difficult to find varieties of yellow to fill the blocks.  The light and dark are not very different.


I really enjoy making these blocks each month.  They will make a great rainbow.  

The latest project that popped into my head was to use some scrappy pieces hanging around for too long.  I had a container stuffed full of 2-inch repro strips and about 100 4-patch blocks in neutrals.



These reminded me of wilted salad and soggy crackers.

I decided to make 7-1/2 inch blocks using both pieces.  I also had a large piece of navy with little flowers, plenty for sashing and borders.  I got so excited about this project that I finished the 30 blocks in three days.  Sarah came to lay them out on my apt hallway design floor.  Not a bad use for the, tossed salad and crackers.


There are some yellows in there and I'm pleased that the collection looks softly colorful.  This first,sample shows the added sashing.


This 50x60 top will go to Covered In Love at Kat and Cats for donation to dying patients and their family at the large hospital in Texas where she is a  nurse.  She has local volunteers who will quilt it.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Posted 6/12

TOSSED SALAD

This is what was hanging around in my studio and getting very tired looking.


No, it is not edible, never was.  These 2-inch strips were from a friend who could no longer sew.  She loved repros; I do not.  I used a few pieces in my AHIQ challenge two, but what to do with these?  

I was also constantly being nagged by about 100 little neutral 4-patch blocks.  They were rejected for the challenge top.  Two nights ago a flash of inspiration hit.  Why not combine them for a charity quilt?  These are the poor rejects, about seven months old.  They remind me of soggy crqckers.


And voila!  The combination of wilted greens and soggy crackers came alive and have a purpose.


I was so excited that in less than 24 hours I have made 17 of the 25 squares I plan to use.  I have a nice dark blue with little flowers, enough for sashing and border.  I'll keep you  posted. I just had to let you know I can work with repros after all.
Take a look at other fun projects at
 Covered in Love at katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

RSC 17 week 23

 GOLDEN DAYS

Despite having a large yellow stash, it was hard to come up with a decent mix of 20 yellow strips for my crayon block.  These show my progress with the crayons so far.  I will do the tips at the end.


I took two projects to show and tell at my guild meeting this week.  The Bananas quilt is finished and I gave it to a friend whose dad called her his little monkey, so it means a lot to her.


This week I completed the Folded Box in yellow.

Ever since I saw this block posted by Julie in GA at quiltandcostumes.blogspot.com I have  been obsessed with the way the Folded Box block has a 3-D effect if done in the right choice of fabrics.  I love working with color and this block is really a challenge.  You can't tell if the 3-D effect works until you lay out the cut pieces.

There must be contrast with light, medium and dark pieces.  Some colors are a real challenge, such as red and also yellow, our color for June at RSC.  Both of those colors have a very narrow range from light to dark.  Here is my yellow block for this month.  I make them at 12 inches finished.


I was not sure if I could do this without getting the dark pieces into brown. However, the paisley print I found mixes the two shades to appear as dark gold.  It is definitely not brown.  For the light pieces I chose the brightest light yellow I could find to stand out as the main color.  And the batik is just on the edge between yellow and orange.  


For these Folded Box blocks  done so far, I use the pattern found in patchworksquares.com in the 12-inch category, but called Folded Corners.  It has a good GIF pattern in different sizes.

I've been enjoying lovely weather this week, but tomorrow they say a week of high 80s is coming, so I should get more stitching done.  Thank God for AC!  I hope all of you friends have a productive week.  For weekend fun check out the doings at
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Needle and Thread Thursday, 6/8

I LOVE THIS BLOCK

Ever since I saw this block posted by Julie in GA at quiltandcostumes.blogspot.com I have  been obsessed with the way the Folded Box block has a 3-D effect if done in the right choice of fabrics.  I love working with color and this block is really fun to work with.  You can't tell if the 3-D effect works until you lay out the cut pieces.

There must be contrast with light, medium and dark pieces.  Some colors are a real challenge, such as red and also yellow, the color for June at Rainbow Scrap Challenge at    http://superscrappy.blogspot.com .  Both of those colors have a very narrow range from light to dark.  Here is my yellow block for this month.  I make them at 12 inches finished.


I was not sure if I could do this without getting the dark pieces into brown. However, the paisley print I found mixes the two shades to appear as dark gold.  It is definitely not brown.  For the light pieces I chose the brightest light yellow I could find to stand out as the main color.  And the batik is just on the edge between yellow and orange.  


These Folded Box blocks are truly a WIP because I do one a month until I have a rainbow at the end of the year.  I use the pattern found in patchwork squares.com in the 12-inch category, but called Folded Corners.  It has a good GIF pattern.

I'm linking up today with Needle and Thread at myquiltinfatuation.com.

Friday, June 2, 2017

RSC17 week 22

HELLO YELLOW

Junemhas,just arrived and yellow is here.  So soon.  In fact, I just changed my calendar and ripped off June along with,May.  That's a little too fast for such a lovely month to be gone.  What about all those,dads and grads and weddings?  It needs to be a nice long month to squeeze it all in.

At least I was able to find a large yellow stash.  However, yellow is like red, with a very narrow range between light and dark. Right away I find myself having to choose the golds and even browns to create some contrast.  I thinking some lime yellows might find,their way into my blocks.  But that's okay with me.  We do whatever it takes to get the effect we want in our work.

All that to say that,the only yellows I have to,show are two little houses.



See what I mean about the brown and gold?  It's already in there.


This little house is more cheerful and someone in there likes flowers.

The last post I,had asked,your help to decide what sashing to use.  The great majority voted for the black and/or the lime.  That was like a lightbulb in my mind.  Use both!  It fits perfectly in with my theme, which I can't reveal just yet because of the Ad Hoc Improv Quilts Challenge reveal. Here is a,sneak preview of how I have combined them.


I'm having some problems with my new iPad, so I will finish and hopefully get it published.  I wish you all a fun week stitching.

Please check out Rainbow Scrap Challenge at superscrappy.blogspot.com and Oh Scrap at
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