Saturday, March 12, 2016

Purple 2.5


This week I worked on the purple 2.5 scraps. 
First I start looking in the scraps for two long pieces for my two Interlocking Chain blocks.  These are 14 inch blocks. 

I usually find two pieces long enough for these in my scrap box but really had to scrape this time.  The one darker fabric on the left is probably more brown with bits of purple but I think it works with that lighter scrap which is brownish purple also. 



Then I look for pieces for my snakes.  I put the template on these going the long way on the scrap because the pieces are a teensy tiny bit longer than 2.5 but the width is not. 

I'm using brown backgrounds. These are snakes in the dirt...not snakes in the grass. 
Pattern is from Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration. 



Then I cut 2.5 squares for some six inch Twinklers. I've been making these the last couple of years and have enough for a layout 10 x 13.  I won't be using scraps for these anymore. 


Instead I'll replace the Twinkler project with Sprouts.   Last week Kathy of Kathy's Quilts  posted about her Sprouts and I decided that would be a great replacement for Twinklers.  So, I made two.   I also make 2.5 HSTs and make 8 inch Depression Blocks. I've been making them for the last couple of years also as scraps permit.  Maybe I should count them. 

Also, I found those wonky hsts in the scrap bag so made a wonky Broken Dishes block with them and the four patch fabrics were already sewn together so I just cut and made a couple of HSTs.  Those will go in the Kitchen Sink pile. 


Then - any small 2.5 pieces that are about Triangle size get sewn together into one long strip. I dig out some neutral pieces and then follow the tutorial on Molly Flanders blog.    I'm hoping I'll have enough triangles at the end of the year for one big Pyramid Quilt. 


The rest of the really small 2.5 pieces get sewn into strips. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with these but didn't want to throw them back into the scraps. 


For now there's only a couple of purple pieces left in the 2.5 scraps. 




And speaking of purple I found an elf out back sitting in a crocus patch. You never know where you will find that sneaky elf.  Truth be told I've even found him sitting on my bed!

The color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is purple with yellow for accent.
 If you have scraps join in each ScrapHappy Saturday and show them off. If not, check out what everyone else is doing with their scraps in case you ever get some. 

For more scrappy goodness check out Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework. 

26 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

Lovely blends of purples . . . and don't you just LOVE finding crocus blooming in the spring!

LA Paylor said...

the one you call snakes interests me. I hand quilted a top made something like this, left by my grandmother. She hand pieced the top, for my father in the 40's. I love all the little scraps in mine, plus she used lots of red. Very unlike her. She called the pattern Sidewalks of new york, so it must have been in a newspaper or pattern of the time.
LeeAnna

Sally T said...

You do have quite a bit of purple, maybe just not enough for all the projects. And yes, I'm getting ready to carry on your twinkler project once I wrangle up enough white (in very low supply relatively speaking).

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Looking at all your different blocks and projects just makes me want to go and sew! I liked Kathy's sprouts blocks last week, too, and think I will make some of those one of these days. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Cathy said...

Your projects are all so interesting. I’ve added Twinklers to my 2017 list, but it’s a long list and who knows how that will sort out. My purple scraps will outlast me this month, that’s for certain. Beautiful crocuses!

Kaja said...

We have crocuses too - spring really is on the way. I love the sprouts.

gayle said...

I love all your blocks so much! Those sprouts are really trying hard to call my name, but I'm continuing to ignore them. Though it's getting harder...

Alison said...

WOW! So much progress on so many things! I really like those snake blocks -- they look like a good option for really using up those little pieces.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Wow!!! TONS of PURPLE goodness coming out of your sewing room!!

PaulaB quilts said...

The purple snakes look great on the mud colors. A very interesting combo. Thanks for showing us the crocus patch. It made my day, too grey here.

Nell's Quilts said...

So.so many purple projects in the works. Each one lovely.

sophie said...

I am in awe of your productivity. I love the snakes in the dirt and the new triangles project.

Mystic Quilter said...

Heaps of purples in this post and those wonderful Snakes are growing! I love crocus but sadly they don't like the head and humidity of our place.

Barb said...

I want to make that snake trail quilt for my son who loves snakes. (Yes, I know.) For those snake blocks did you make your own plastic templates for the block? I just have that thin stuff from the fabric store. The book instructions say to trace the templates on the fabric and cut them out with a scissors. Is that what you are doing? I'd sure love a thick template that I could use a rotary cutter with instead of tracing and snipping! Thanks for any advice you can provide before I start this project.

Vic in NH said...

The garden elf looks as happy as I feel to see the croci!

Dasha said...

Your scrap piecing this week is awesome. So much done! Cute little elf with the purple crocuses

Peggyinno said...

You have been very busy! Love the snake in the dirt blocks! Sure looks like you Used up all your purple scraps!!

Angie said...

Your purple scrap bin was definitely full of inspiration! All the blocks look great, but I was especially taken with the Interlocking Chains and the Snakes.

Vicki in MN said...

I love all your purple awesome scrappiness!! Awww the crocus-it's spring!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Cathy.... I LOVE all your purples!! And your ending picture made me smile!!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I always enjoy seeing all your pretty blocks. I especially like them in purple. Thanks for sharing them with Oh Scrap!

SandraC said...

I love all your projects, and the fact that you have as much going on as me! I almost got swayed to start a Sprouts, but have held off

Cherie in St Louis said...

I love the interlocking chain blocks...they are going to make an amazing quilt! By the way, your bunny blocks are adorable :)

Ivani said...

Beautiful and great variety of blocks. Love all those purple. The elf/crocus picture is so cute. Have a great week.

sewyouquilt2 said...

love your purples. I too am sewing up my small scraps into strips. I am thinking of making a birch tree quilt with them. for now they are playing nicely while they wait their fate

Ellen said...

Wow Cathy...you are always so productive and have so many great projects on the go! Even though we are still having cold temps the birds are telling me it is Spring here too. :)