Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pink Gets the Pink Slip

This is the final Saturday for pink for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I must confess to having plenty of pink left over, even as the days of the month run out..... but that’s OK. It was still a productive month.

This week I worked on my improv blocks, using up my collection of HSTs and smallish pieces of pink ranging back years.  While our kitchen ceiling was being painted by my cousin’s husband yesterday (in preparation for me to do the walls over the next 2 weeks sometime), I sewed like the wind. The result was 17 - 8.5” (unfinished) blocks.


I had so many strings that I decided to try a string block (8.5”). It was so quick and easy that I think it will be one of my projects for next year’s RSC. But coming from a crazy quilting background (yes I am crazy, but here I am referring to the random patchwork of Victorian Crazy Quilting that is done on a fabric foundation), I am using a muslin base instead of paper. If paper dulls scissors, how can it not dull sewing machine needles? The idea of sewing on it is like fingers on a chalkboard to me. But I digress....


So, this month I finished up with a total of 92 blocks, which ties with Green May for the number of blocks sewn.


The blocks included 2 mama cats, 24 kittens, 17 improv blocks, 2 Dresdens, 10 16-patch blocks, 24 RSC sampler blocks and 12 rail fence vintage sheet blocks.... plus the one string block. Not bad, considering my only other activities all month were apricots and sleeping.

Actually, I did finish quilting my cousin’s quilt. It’s back home with her now for binding and washing. She promised to bring it to our sewing day tomorrow so we could take pictures.

Today and tomorrow I will work on my Notting Hill quilt blocks. I plan to finish the final four (2 for July, 2 for August) so I can begin putting that puppy together. My goal this month is to finish both the Aria and Notting Hill quilts. I would also like to complete an RSC top, but that will depend on what August’s color is.....

Why not join us over at So Scrappy to see all the lovely pinkness that awaits us there?

Cathy maroon

14 comments :

Kate said...

Wow, you really went to town with the pink scrappy blocks. Love your kittens and your Dresden Plate blocks.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Such perfectly PINK progress during the month of July! Since the month isn't truly over, I am waiting for next week's post to do my RSC wrap up. Who knows?! I may be inspired to make a few more blocks. We'll see...

gayle said...

Oh my goodness! You've got so much done here that I need to sit down! July was a busy (and pretty!) month for you!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love all your pink blocks! The string blocks really are perfect for RSC blocks - good idea! I've only made string blocks on muslin myself, but I've done lots of paper piecing and sewing on the paper isn't really too bothersome. Somehow, you hardly feel it!

Vicki in MN said...

Wowzers that used up a whole of of pink didn't it! I love seeing all your different projects.
I see you live in Utah-what part? We were just in Moab last month, gorgeous!

Kathy S. said...

Cute title to your post. You really had a productive pink month! Your blocks are fabulous. Happy sewing!

Angie said...

What fun to see all your pink blocks together! You will have some wonderful RSC quilts when you're done. I'm with you, I really prefer to make my string blocks on muslin. It makes the finished quilt slightly heavier, but it helps keep the blocks from getting mis-shapen AND you don't have to pull all the paper off!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It was a productive month indeed! Now I am off to see your apricots:)

katie z. said...

Your pink collection is spectacular!

Ivani said...

great pink collection of pink blocks. I love string quilts, and your pink block is so pretty. Oh yeah the paper uses to bild the needle, you are right. Waiting for next month colour.
Have a great week Cathy!
Ivani

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

My last quilt block lesson was stitching on paper. I'm pretty sure that it won't be one of the techniques I'll use in the future. The pink quilt top is so appealing. I have to admit it would be hard for me to find pink in my fabric stash unless it has hearts or lips on it.

Thanks for blogging your progress each month. I like the idea of string blocks sewn to fabric.
xx, Carol

Pamela Arbour said...

Wow! You have some impressive pinks!

PaulaB quilts said...

Kathy you outdid yourself this month with pinks. Love the improvs, especially with the flying geese and HSTs, plus the darker rose. And what would our month be without pink kitties!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

*Only* 92 blocks? Really? I really hope, for your sake, that the colour for August doesn't happen to be apricot (ducking and running now.....)