Saturday, May 6, 2017

Green May

Here in the Salt Lake Valley, May is always green. Beautiful, saturated, achingly beautiful green. Most of the trees and foliage are as happy as I am (they told me so) that we are now having warm weather. Last week it snowed; this week it’s been as high as 84 degrees. The outdoors matches perfectly with our Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for May, which Angela at So Scrappy selected as green. I’m linking up to our weekly Scrappy Saturday, and I hope you’ll join us there for some fresh spring scrappy sewing!

This week I did two crayons, since the crayon quilt calls for both a light and a dark green.  Also, the selvage quilt I’m doing needs a green column and a light green (or grellow) column, so I did two of those as well.


The two green crayons are already sewn together but the two green columns are just pinned for now.

Then I worked on my green strips, and did 4 blocks (8.5” unfinished) each of dark greens and light greens.


Next week I plan to work on the green “shelf” of the bookcase, which will be five 12.5” blocks of green books. And after that all the rest, as the scraps decrease in size.

I’ve also been working on a flag quilt (Stars and Stripes by Camille Roskelley) that I started last year at a Lori Holt retreat. We all did a signature block for Lori, one for ourselves and one for Cathy from Tasmania who visited the US for six weeks. Anyway, I finished up all the blocks - a snap with chain piecing.


They’re all on my design board for now, but not yet trimmed or arranged as I want. I’m waiting for some blue sashing fabric that I ordered to arrive. I did go to a local quilt store and bought two yards, but it was too aqua (like is shown in the pattern), and I didn’t like it. The blue I ordered online is a more blue-blue, if that makes sense. It’s a Kona from my color card, so I hope the real fabric will look alright once it’s sashed. Hard to envision from a small swatch.

My favorite flag block of the bunch
This week I managed to get a lot of outdoor chores done, like sweeping the garage, setting up the patio furniture and hanging some flower pots in front. Bruce went back to work, and while I do miss him during the day, it’s rather nice to do what I want when I want. And the cats are good company, when they’re awake.

Darla and Alfalfa

Another local quilt store had a Kaffe Fassett fabric sale this week in conjunction with the UQSM show - Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace - the only AQS quilt show in Utah. Not sure if I’m going to the quilt show this year, but I definitely scooped up some great cuts of Kaffe fabrics. I will not show them here yet. You’re welcome.  Paula B has been a bad influence on me with her lovely summer Kaffe quilt she’s making. And Sally, you too!  I might show them sometime, but at least I’m giving you a warning!!

Cathy maroon

16 comments :

Deb A said...

Isn't it nice when we have the house all to ourselves? I am enjoying my 2 hours this morning (well, the pets are here but they don't talk back too much!). Love your stars and stripes quilt and such pretty shades of green you got to play with.

Nell's Quilts said...

Green crayons and selvage edges plus green - such fun projects to work on. Isn't it nice to have the house to yourself and putter around doing what you love.

LA Paylor said...

I think you need to turn that cat photo into an art quilt. Crop it, tweak the content a bit. Don't know your experience level with going from photo to pattern but you can print it to paper, trace the lines, blow them up to desired size, use them as patterns. A bit of prisma color pencil for shading, or tsunieko inks, and you've got a winner!

PaulaB quilts said...

Green is so perfect for this month. Emerald is the birthstone. Don't blame me for you KF splurge. You know you will love those fabrics. Did I tell you that they magically multiply? I have just as much as when I started the quilt. Mu daughter and I are going to a nearby botanical garden today, my birthday. The tulips are in full bloom here, so I can't wait. Have a great week.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Great crayon blocks. Where did you get the pattern? I know a couple of grandkids that I could make a crayon quilt.

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Your crayons are cute!! Enjoy the nice warm weather

Ariane said...

All of your blocks look great!! You have a great collection of green fabric!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love your dark green sets of blocks contrasted with the light green ones, Cathy! So pretty! The flag quilt is a lot of fun, and this is the perfect time to be working on it so it's ready for decorating for the 4th of July! Glad Bruce is back to work, for his sake, too. After something major like he's been through, it's good for everyone to get back to normal! :)

Pamela Arbour said...

You really got a lot done this week. Your greens are beautiful!

Cathy Tomm said...

you got lots of green done this week. I love your idea of the crayons and also your selvages.

Edith said...

Cathy, you've been busy, love all your green scrappy projects - and love the kitties.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Love, love, LOVE all of the Springy GREEN scraps you've used this week!! Best of luck getting the scrap quilt together.

Sally Trude said...

Molly thinks Alfie and Darla are faking being asleep...she thinks you should check under the cushions for illegal activity. And I'm so happy you are warm again and Bruce is well and you can enjoy the green.

Ivani said...

I love your green blocks for this week specially the String blocks ♥ Beautiful greens.

Cathy said...

Wow! So much luscious green sewn into blocks already? Congrats.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your studio assistants look so comfie! I'm looking forward to seeing your crayon quilt when it's complete. It looks like such fun and definitely something that a little child would absolutely love.