Saturday, February 11, 2017

Feeling the Teal

This was another productive week with teal (aqua, sea green, green-blue, turquoise, etc) me as I follow along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge’s monthly color. It’s really a great way for me to systematically clean out my scrap stash, although it seems scraps have some unusual reproductive properties, don’t you agree?

My first project for the week was to get my two teal/aqua bookcase blocks done. They will be on a blue shelf, so the remaining three blocks on that shelf are reserved for regular blues ranging from dark (navy) to light (sky) blues.


You might notice some repeat titles from last month, but that’s how it goes with scraps and selvages, LOL!  I need to do some clean-up stitching (or thread picking) around the owl. But I love that he selected the most appropriate book on which to land!





And the “Treasures of the East” title is a nod to the system of Arabic numbers we use. Clever, eh? You will note there are several titles by Tamara Kate - Nature Walk, Birds and the Bees and Helen’s Garden. I love, love, love her fabrics for Michael Miller.

Next up are the two Geese Migration blocks from the pattern by Cynthia Brunz. This time I put more effort into the shading from light to dark.


And this month there were 20 4” bow-tie blocks, although I’m not ruling out the possibility of more until I have finished everything except my crumb slab(s). Bow-Ties are very addicting!


Next are the 13 Plus blocks I finished. They measure 6.5” unfinished.


And I finally got the top for my brother-in-law’s quilt sewn into a flimsy.  May have a 2” black border all the way around. The backing is the bright blue and sashing will be blue (if there is enough left over; I haven’t measured yet) or black. No rush on this right now because our Arizona trip is postponed for awhile.


My hubby had the MRI done on his right forearm, site of the previous cancer and surgeries. They will give him the results and a surgery date next week. Then we will have a better idea of what we are facing. If there is a week or two before surgery, we may scoot out for a week’s vacation to see the family in Arizona. Otherwise, we may be postponing it until after surgery/radiation/whatever.

This week I was also able to stitch these columns of my 2016 RSC 16-patches together into a 72x80” flimsy. I am in love with this bright quilt!  I`m hoping that I might have the time/inclination to baste both of these flimsies this week and perhaps begin quilting one of them.


My only Supervisor of late has been Darla. She just prefers to hang out with me and sleep wherever she can find a comfortable place, as long as it’s nearby. Alfie prefers to sleep in Bruce’s recliner during the day.  At night, however, they will sleep anywhere - they are Equal Opportunity Nappers.


A few nights ago, we were drifting off to sleep around midnight (yep, we were up late that night) and we heard the cats running and playing. Then it turned into hissing and yowling and lots of anger and screaming.  I found them in the study and Alfie had Darla pinned under the desk (which is a first; she ALWAYS “cleans his clock”). It is the first time they have ever fought with each other (beyond just hissing or play fighting), and it really bothered me. I took them each one by one (when I could outsmart them and finally catch them) and clipped their nails. They didn’t get any verbal reprimands, because...... well, they are cats. All they would hear is “blahblahblah Alfie” and “blahblahblah Darla”.  Anyway, they calmed down right away, and darned if this wasn’t the scene five minutes later:


In the morning, they were curled up together in our bed, and harmony was restored. But I had lots of fur to sweep up!!  Kids.......

Cathy maroon

19 comments :

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Good morning Cathy. The more I see your bookcase quilt, the more I want to make one!! I just love how you "find" the names for the books. I'll keep your husband in my prayers that that MRI had no bad juju.
xx, Carol

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

What great projects that you have going on!

Barb Neiwert said...

You have lots of great scrappy projects going on right now. I love them all! Our quilt guild is bringing Cynthia Brunz to Idaho this spring to teach her Geese Migration class. I love how the scrappy colors flow together - your blocks are awesome! And best wishes for your husband's surgery and prognosis.

Edith said...

Cathy, so many pretty quilty bits here, my goodness you are busy. Love the bookshelves and how you've arranged the flying geese.

Karen said...

Lots of awesome rainbow projects. I will be praying for good test results for your husband. Hugs.

The Joyful Quilter said...

You really swam through and ocean of AQUA scraps this week!! Glad you were able to sort out TWO flimsies. I absolutely LOVE your Rainbow 16-Patch Columns!! It was nice of you to give that nod to Angela's design for the 2016 RSC Quilt.

Alice said...

Wow! You have been really busy this week. Everything looks amazing! Prayers for good news on your husbands MRI.

Jo said...

Love the book case idea. It's going to be great

Nell's Quilts said...

The book case is coming along nicely. Some interesting titles there. Great projects in the works. That blue white and black quilt looks great. Doesn't it feel good to have a flimsy all put together waiting for batting, backing and quilting? Hope all goes well for your husband.

Sally Trude said...

The owl is wonderful and a hoot. And gosh, the rainbow is amazing. Molly is so sorry that you have such naughty cats. There is never any fighting here...just the occasional need for Molly to discipline Buddy.

Betty C said...

Nice work. All of it.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Cathy, I love everything you're working on! A beautiful sea of blue-green! Your 16 patch rainbow flimsy is wonderful, and I hope you have a chance to get it basted and started quilting. I'm going on 3 flimsies that need to be basted. ;(. My least favorite part of the process. Hope you have good news for Bruce this week.

PaulaB quilts said...

I love your teal books. Had not noticed the titles before. The owl is so appropriate sitting so wisely there. The other blocks are really piling up and you are doing a great job. I pray your husband's arm treatment will be timely and successful.

claudia said...

My boys (brothers) do that. It hasn't escalated much beyond the hissing and little bits of growls, but I am sure that one day it will come to the big fight. Thanks for mentioning clipping their knives, I mean nails. As soon as my daughter comes next time I will have her help me with that!
You've gotten a lot of sewing done! I'm loving your teals!
The quilt for your brother is wonderful as is the RSC 2016 16 patch quilt! Love all the colors!

Angie said...

I always enjoy seeing all the wonderful color you've been playing with! Alfie and Darla look too adorable to have been seriously fighting - wonder what that was about?!

Deb A said...

So much teal goodness happening in your sewing room! Love that bookcase - so fun to see the titles and that owl is perfect! Hope the tests come back ok. Silly cats... mine occasionally do that and it is so strange that after a few minutes they are back to 'normal'.

Cherie in St Louis said...

You have a good range of sea greens! I love your bookshelf, can't wait to see the whole bookcase ;-)

Rachel said...

Wow! Nice work on so many projects! I really like your book piles! That scholarly owl is so cute!

Renee said...

These are all fabulous! I love the bookshelf blocks. We've heard cats fighting outside and that has been disturbing. I can only imagine how hard it was to find yours fighting. I hope things remain peaceful for you!