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.