Saturday, October 29, 2016

Scary Scrappy Saturday

Whether or not you enjoy Halloween, I hope you have at least been enjoying a wonderful autumn season here in the northern hemisphere. As for Halloween - well, I love the season but am not too fond of the day. It will be 10 years ago this Halloween that my mother died. She hated Halloween, and her 78th birthday would have been on that November 4 in 2006. So those 5 days from Oct 31 - Nov 31 are always ironic and bittersweet for me now with Halloween, Day of the Dead, All Souls Day and her birthday.

But anyway, let’s talk about sewing and quilting and fun stuff.


I finished all my yellow 16-patch blocks with the four black and white center squares. Four of them were done in darker tones, and the rest were either light/bright or mixed.

And then, of course, there was a yellow litter of cats. This will be in the third and final kitty quilt. I still have green, purple and pink litters to make.




Collage above shows my one Dresden and four string blocks on top. Along the bottom there are the 8 RSC blocks, the litter of kitties above (one mama and 12 kittens), then one yellow crayon block and the 10 16-patch blocks.  Oh, I did three yellow improvs, too, but forgot to add them into my collage. So, this month my total is 40, but I did make 3 yellow vintage sheet blocks back in August (which I didn’t count) when I pieced that top, so there are really 43. Not bad considering I was also doing other-color kitties, the Cozy Christmas blocks, and pieced Magic Carpet for my son.

It keeps me off the streets!

Why not come and visit us over at Angela’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge?

Cathy maroon

12 comments :

Ariane said...

Wow! You got a lot of blocks done this month. They all look great!!

LA Paylor said...

first off, the mother Halloween thing... wow, a lot to think about.
The blocks are awesome sunny exciting ones. Terrific job, and now the hard work of putting it together.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I'm sorry about your mom, and the connection to this time of year. It's so hard to lose our parents! I love all the sunny yellow sewing you've been doing. I keep seeing string blocks every where, and think they must be trying to tell me something! Maybe I will just go and make some this afterrnoon! :) xo

Judy said...

Do you have a pattern for making a cat quilt? I really like them and I have tons of scraps. Thank you, Judy

sunny said...

Holy cow! That's a lot of blocks. So sorry about your mom and the memories. When my mother passed in early December in 2007, we were all hoping that it wouldn't be on my nephew's birthday, so he wouldn't have to live with that memory. Looking at all those happy yellow blocks should make you happy!!

Kat Scribner said...

You've got at least as many RSC projects in the works this year as I do. I'm having trouble keeping up with myself, tho I love to toss in quick little projects in between big projects. Great progress. Do you have a plan in place for their finale?

Sally Trude said...

In our family, the day of dread is Feb. 29, so at least it only comes around every four years. But on a happy note...YELLOW! You are making amazing progress on all of your projects.

Kate said...

Beautiful golden blocks up on your design wall! I've always liked Halloween, the kids have such fun with it. Sorry it has such difficult memories for you.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I have never ever seen any yellow that I thought was pretty until these kitties!!
xx, Carol

PaulaB quilts said...

I'm sorry this is such a sad time for you. I lost a very dear friend on October 30 many years ago, the same sadness around the date. I have never liked Halloween as an adult. When we were little there were none of the ghoulish and monster things like today. So yellow is the most cheerful way to forget all that. After all, it is about harvest time, a time of thanks. Hope your house is coming along on schedule. Have a fun week!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I've never been a fan of Halloween either and must admit to being hugely relieved when our boys left home and I didn't have to worry about it any more. I'm so sorry that you have bad memories of the time of year. At least you can look at your bright yellow kitties and feel some cheer.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Sunshine LOVE!!! All of your YELLOW blocks look great!