Saturday, October 15, 2016

Put on Your Sunglasses and Come On, Come On Get Happy


For this month's star I didn't have enough yellow miscellaneous sized scraps to cut for the triangles so I mixed it up with the accent color of orange.  But I usually use the accent color for the background so I threw in some red for the background on this one.  

These blocks finish at 18 3/4 inches so after I make two more I will be ready to assemble (as opposed to ready to rumble). 


After I finish this one I'm going to make another with my civil war repro scraps.  These are easier to make than they look. 



From my 2.5 inch yellow and neutral scraps I made some pyramid units following the tutorial on Molly Flanders blog.  I need to see how many of these little guys I have because I'm ready for a BIG pyramid quilt.  They get assembled on the diagonal so I'm not even sure I know how many of these I need for a big quilt.  




Snakes. I have all of the colors of the rainbow made now (except the red ones that are half assembled) so I need to see what kind of rainbow snake layout looks good and go from there as far as what I still need to make.  I usually cut these from the bigger "crumb bag" scraps but sometimes from 2.5 inch scraps width wise because they are a little big longer than 2.5 inches but about 2.5 inches wide.  I'm using the pattern and templates from the book Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration.   And for the background I've been using different browns that look a little like the dirt where a snake that is not a snake in the grass might be found. 


THEN...


I found a shoe box of 3.5 inch scraps. I usually don't have many of those for some reason. But I do see a variety of colors in that box so I decided one of my RSC projects for next year will be little 3 inch snowballs with neutral 1.5 inch corners because I also have a whole lot of...


...bright 3 inch nine patches to mix in with those snowballs some day.  I've been swapping 29Ps for a long time so have quite the stash of them despite making two quilts with them already. (The darker 39Ps I have set aside for my neutral/dark Jack's Chain quilt which is a UFO I work on from time to time). 


And I've been watching Sally and Inspector Molly make a bow tie quilt and was inspired to make a few blocks (larger than Sally's) from the newly found 3.5 inch yellow and neutral scraps.  I like the vintage look of a simple block and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge keeps me making a few each month so I don't get bored making enough for a quilt all at one time.  (I like BIG quilts).  So mark this as another RSC project for next year. 

(I feel a little itchy after looking at these.) 


And speaking of simple blocks...here's another project for next year...3 inch rails from the 1.5 inch scrap box. 

Ok. that leaves 2.5 inch scraps for next year's projects (also leaves 4.5 inch scraps but I haven't gotten that far yet) so...


...I love HSTs in a quilt and I've been eyeing Lady of the Lake quilts for a long time so decided to try four  10 inch Lady of the Lake blocks in this month's RSC colors.  And that used up most of my yellow 2.5 inch scraps  These are pretty wild but mixed up with other colors of blocks they should be fine. So...with 2.5 scraps I'll be making some Lady of the Lake blocks next year.. Can't wait. 





Oh, and I don't want to forget to make a Tall Ship in each of the colors of the rainbow (using 2.5 inch scraps for the sails). 

I belong to an online "birthday club".  Each year everyone in the group chooses a block in colors of their choice and we all make the block and sent it to the birthday girl in her birthday month.   This month the birthday girl picked the Tall Ship block with sky or sea background colors, brown hull and scrappy sails.  I had my orange 2.5 scraps out so made the HSTs sails for her block plus a few extra for my block.   Twelve of these will make a nice little quilt and I have the perfect backing in my stash set aside for it. 


And finally...this month's Block Lotto block is a six inch fan block but when you put four of them together you get a Sunflower.  (I might have to make a few of these to go with my Sprout blocks). 

Well, that sure used a lot of yellow and orange scraps.  I didn't even realize I used that much yellow and orange. 

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19 comments:

Kate said...

Wow! You did an amazing job of using up your yellow scraps. You are going to have some very fun scrap quilts next year.

gayle said...

Wow wow wow!!! I love all these blocks so much! Those lady of the lake blocks are practically making me swoon...
Watching you next year will be even more fun than this year has been - and that's saying a lot!

Julierose said...

Oh such lovely quilts these will be--I love that little Dresden and the thousand pyramids and Lady of the Lake...etc etc, well, you get the idea great workings...hugs, Julierose

LA Paylor said...

the second bed quilt I ever quilted was a top of snakes from my granny. She called it sidewalks of new york, a pattern from the 40's.

Ariane said...

Wow! You have so many amazing blocks to share. Love them all!!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your yellow and orange blocks are a wonderful quilter's smorgasbord! I enjoy seeing them all, and getting ideas for blocks I might try!

Julie in GA said...

It is always amazing to me how much you get done with your scraps! So many beautiful blocks, and you have made a great start on next year's RSC quilts.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Lots of lovely YELLOW projects and some ORANGE ones, too? Go, you!!!

Maryse said...

Happy indeed, I love it all!

Kat Scribner said...

OMGosh, you got so much piecing done! Really love the contrast in the dresden. I would not have put red and yellow together, love how it works.

Cathy said...

Oh my! What grrrrreat blocks you have this week! (The better to RSC with, as the Big Bad Wolf would say). Thanks to you and Sally, bow ties are on my short list for next year, and I am totally smitten with your Lady of the Lake blocks. We always seem to have HSTs laying around, don't we? Great job. I hope your DH is continuing to heal well! xo

PaulaB quilts said...

Can't believe you have all your scraps planned out for next year! All your blocks are going to be fun to see in the different colors. Keep up the good work!.

Ann said...

So many lovely designs this much. I especially like Lady of the Lake in your chosen yellows. Great job!

Vic in NH said...

Great post!

Deb A said...

What a glorious array of yellow scraps you have! lots of wonderful projects... especially love that sunflower! Glad to know I am not the only one with a block making addiction with this challenge =)

Judy said...

I love that Tall Ship block. May have to try it on. This was a very inspirational post.

Linda said...

Goodness, I am astounded at how many and also how many DIFFERENT blocks you have used in your scrap blocks. I particularly love the Sunflower block and Tall Ships . I think I've lost count of how many Scrap Quilts you are currently working on!

Sally Trude said...

That is quite an amazing collection of blocks. One of these days you're going to have to show us how you keep track of all of your projects...from bits to tops to quilts. Phenomenal.

Lisa said...

Wow stars, wow snakes, wow triangles. Wow!!! You've really embraced yellow.