Sunday, June 17, 2018

It's a Finish! Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas
(Christmas themed Happy Blocks)
58.5 x 65

Most of these blocks were from a long ago swap.  

These Happy Blocks have four inch centers and two inch sides. 

 I pieced together some batting and quilted it with red thread in vertical lines at irregular intervals. (Notice I didn't say straight lines.) I wanted to use green thread because the backing is green but didn't have any and I'm all about using what I have on hand if possible.  
The binding was a long ago thrift store purchase  of about two yards. It still had the .95 cent price tag on it. 
 Now I have three Christmas lap quilts.  And I have three grandchildren.  So when they set up their own households they can draw straws for a Christmas quilt of their choice.  Until then I'll put them out at Christmas time.  When the two older granddaughters were younger they would sleep on the floor on a pile of quilts of their choosing when they came to visit and stay overnight.  In December they always chose the two Christmas quilts to cover up with. 

And the reason I wanted to quilt with green thread was because this is the backing. I had to do some creative piecing to get what I had to fit.  I guess the red thread doesn't look too bad. It kind of blends in with the vertical lines of the fabric. The whole thing looks kind of like wrapping paper. 

This goes toward my own Holiday Cheer Challenge - an effort to use all my holiday fabrics and to finish up all those holiday themed UFOs. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Just A Few 3.5 Inch Scraps

Two Bow Ties and Nine Snowballs

Anything between blue and green like aqua, turquoise or teal is the color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  This week I dug into the 3.5 inch scrap bin and only found a few scraps in that colorway.   

Sunday, June 10, 2018

It's a Finish! Wandering Geese

It's a Finish! 
Wandering Geese
80 x 80

 I started making Flying Geese from 4.5 inch scraps in 2016.  I made a few each month with the body in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) color of the month.  If the color was a primary color I used a secondary color for the wings and vice versa. 
I kept making scrappy Flying Geese part way through 2017. I was never really sure what I was going to do with the Flying Geese when I started making them since my intent was really to use up scraps. A couple of blog readers commented that Flying Geese make nice star points.  And so that's how the Flying Geese wandered into some Stars. 

 I love that quite a variety of novelty fabrics play so well together and that I used up most of my bright 4.5 inch scraps. 

I quilted it on my DSM with some loops and stars. 
I made a scrappy binding. 

And I had a big piece of colorful sale fabric in my stash that I used for the backing. 


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Digging Into the 2.5 Inch Scraps

 This month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month is anything in between blue and green like aqua or teal or turquoise. 

I dug into the 2.5 inch scraps this week and made two 8 inch Depression Blocks.
 I used 2.5 inch scraps for the centers and 1.5 inch scraps for the sides and ended up with some cute little four inch Happy Blocks. 
And combined with some other colors and some six inch HST centers I made three 10 inch Crazy Lady of the Lake blocks.   That makes 65 blocks and my target is 81. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Summer Reading

This month's Block Lotto block is a book block designed by Nann who blogs at With Strings Attached. 

They are quick and easy to make. My biggest problem is that I am sorely lacking in light/medium low volume blues required for the background.  I found a little piece enough for three blocks in with my patriotic fabrics and that's about all I can find.  So I have three for the drawing. 

Nann asked me to test the pattern and so I used gray for the background so I think I will make one myself with gray backgrounds.  I still haven't put away the school themed fabrics I had out when I made a school of fish quilt top so I guess I see some school books in my future. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

It's a Finish!

It's a Finish!
40 x 60

A donation quilt made from orphan blocks, scrap pieces and parts.

 Old Log Cabin orphans
I made them in order to participate in a swap but found out my 1/4 inch seam must not have been very accurate at that time because they didn't measure up.  So I didn't participate in the swap and threw the blocks in the orphan box. 

String Block orphans left over from the late 80s when I made a few of those Quilts in a Day quilts for the older kids. 

HSTs in blue from the Parts Department.

I only found a few Flying Geese in blue in the Parts Department so had to make most of them for this quilt. I used blue scraps found in the 4.5 inch scrap bin. 

I pieced the batting, pieced together a couple of leftover backing pieces from other quilts for the back and had enough blues and grays in the leftover binding box to use for the binding. 

I quilted it with vertical serpentine stitches with light gray thread on top and neutral thread in the bobbin so I could use up the ends of a few spools of machine quilting thread.  

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Not Quite Blue, Not Quite Green 1.5 Inch Scrap Edition

Aqua/Teal/Turquoise and everything else in between blue and green is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month.   This week I used 1.5 inch scraps. 

3 inch Nine Patches

One  6x14 Whatchamacallit 

Sixteen 3 inch Rail Fence

After making my RSC blocks the rest of this size scrap has been going into the Spider Web UFO project box. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

June OMG (One Monthly Goal)

I'm working on a FreeSpirit pattern by Denyse Schmidt called Garden Mosaic (I'm calling my quilt Fractured Rainbows).  It calls for 2048 - two inch HSTs.  So far within two months I've made 427 toward that goal.  I'm going to up my game. My June goal is to make at least 400 - two inch HSTs.  That means that on June 30 I should hopefully have at least 827 HSTs. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

What Happened To Those Pink Crumbs?

 It seems like I've been sewing up pink crumbs all month long.  I define crumbs basically as any scrap less than a 12 inch square.  A lot of the pieces are very small and a lot of the pieces have curves or angles.  I define chunks basically as any scrap greater than a 12 inch square but less than a fat quarter.  I've been making blocks each month using crumbs in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month.    At the beginning of next year I'll see how many donation quilts I can make from the blocks. 

And so...
I made two heart centered twelve inch slabs.

 I made 18 eight inch crumb stars.  For these I've been using chunk scraps in complementary colors. If I have no chunks I pull from stash. 

 And from Cathy's Confectionery Company...12 eight inch Crumby Yummy Candies. 

Twelve little itty bitty nitty gritty fishes swimming in the deep blue sea. 

 14 ten inch Mendota blocks (5 inch centers with 4 inch and 2.5 inch sides). If the center is a primary color I've been framing with a primary color and if the center is a secondary color I've been framing with a secondary color. Again, I first use scrap chunks to frame if I have them and if not I pull from stash. 
 I ended up with a little mixture of four inch blocks.  (I THINK that pink calico in the four patch is left over from a sundress I made my daughter when she was about 4 years old.  She will be forty-two in July.) 

Four nine inch blocks.  (The fabric with the little girls in the nine patch is left over from aprons I made the granddaughters when they were about six years old.  They will be fourteen later this year. I also gave them Easy Bake Ovens that year. If I remember correctly it  was the last year the ovens used a light bulb for a heat source. ) 

And finally... a 12 inch block, a 10 inch block and a 6 inch block. 

Gosh that was fun. 
I see in June I'll be working with aqua/teal/turquoise scraps. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

It's a Flimsy! Salsa Dancing

Salsa Dancing
72 x 90
It's a flimsy!

When finished it will replace the tattered quilt my hubby keeps on the back of his recliner and evidently uses frequently.  He loves salsa and grows most of the ingredients for it - peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, onions.   I had most of those ingredients in my stash as well as a few chips. 

I finished the blocks and assembled the top.  
At the end of the month I'll link up to Elm Street Quilts OMG.

I thought I should try to get my goal accomplished since I'll be gone for a week. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Pink 2.5 Inch Scraps and Then Some

This week I dug into the 2.5 inch pink scraps.   

I made two 10 inch Lady of the Lake blocks.  The centers are six inch so I used some larger scraps for those. 

I also sewed together pink 2.5 inch bits and pieces usually less than a 2.5 inch square. The strips will probably be used later in the year in a Chinese Coin quilt or as a border. 

 Two 8 inch Depression Blocks. 
I've been making these for years. 

And I made some mini Happy Blocks.  They have 2.5 inch centers and I raided the 1.5 inch scraps for the sides.  I've been making these for years too. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Adding a Row

I am participating in a round robin. To begin with we could send off a center medallion or a row.  BrendaLou sent me a row of butterflies and posies. I added some liberated butterflies and kitties which aren't as liberated but are free spirited.    A tutorial for the kitties can be found on the tutorial page of Sally's blog The Objects of Design. 

The row I sent off, which will be a donation quilt when it comes back to me and is finished, is above. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

It's a Finish!

a donation quilt 
40 x 60

It's made from some lotto blocks and orphans. 

I've had the four blocks I used as the center medallion since probably the late '80s.  I made a couple of "Quilt in a Day" twin sized quilts for my oldest kids some time back then. I know I made them before I even owned a rotary cutter.  Anyway, these blocks were left over and it was finally time to dust them off and put them to use. 

I pieced the batting and used a serpentine stitch for quilting. 
I had enough of a green floral to use for binding. I am feeling better these days about how my machine stitched binding looks.  
I pieced a green backing from pieces left over from backing larger quilts.