Saturday, September 7, 2019

Purple Patchwork

September means purple scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. As usual, I start with my selvages and work on some 4-patch blocks. I made four of them and sewed them into this 16-patch.

Since I only plan to sew 9 of these, the purple block completes what I need for this project. With the blocks measuring 16" each, this project would be 48x48".  I'd like it to be a bit larger, however, so I plan to add some colorful sashing. But it's a project that will wait until next month to get the finishing underway. I look forward to auditioning fabrics and playing with possibilities.

Next up, selvage tumblers. This month I sewed the purple row, naturally. When added to the previous rows, they look like this. Sorry about this horrible picture -  this d*** new computer won't let me edit it. Still in the learning curve with all the new technology.  There will be at least two more rows to add - I'm thinking a gray/black row and a brown row. Then the sides will get trimmed, perhaps a border added, and it can go into the donation pile. Another project for the autumn....

I have big sewing plans for this month, so in an effort to make my way through the purple scraps by mid-month, I continued on with 10 Cracker blocks.

And that gives me the last of the 80 blocks I need for a quilt. I put some of them up on the design board to get a feel for how it will look.  The blocks will finish at about 7.25" each, and when set 8x10 will yield a quilt about 58x72".

And finally, there were 8 Anvil blocks to sew up.  That gives me 72 blocks at 8" each (finished).

Again, here's a sample of some of the blocks on the design wall. I'm not sure if these are going to be randomly placed or grouped by color.  I'll play with these - you guessed it - next month (or quarter) as I begin finishing all of this year's RSC quilts.

My goal for the coming week is to baste and quilt 2 kids quilts (already sewn by others) for Quilts for Kids and to work on my purple International Sisters blocks, my Alternate 9-Patch blocks and my Garlic Knot blocks. There's also a bi-annual quilt show here in Salt Lake that my friend Bonnae and I are attending. Cousin Kim was going to go with us, but family plans intervened. I plan to take some pictures and share them soon.

In the garden, we are being inundated (no complaints) with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and spaghetti squash. I also have to find time to dig up all the carrots and potatoes and prepare them for storage. But first I'll be making big batches of chili (tomatoes, onions, peppers) and stew (potatoes, carrots, onions).

Bruce is doing well and we have a follow-up appointment on Monday with the orthopedic surgeon and an appointment the week after with the oncology surgeon. Then it's just a matter of quarterly follow-ups. For this month, Bruce can't lift anything heavier than 10 pounds with his right hand, but he's regained a lot of use and dexterity. Although he can't use the hand to write yet, he can eat with his right hand and he's started doing some light chores around the house. Yesterday he changed the water filter in the refrigerator and grilled some pork loins.

And in between all of this, I'm glued to my latest read (a Greg Iles book, Turning Angel) and hate putting it down to sleep, eat, sew, etc. I love/hate when that happens, hehehe!


  1. Your blocks look great all together - almost enough to convince me to start a new project. (No, Katie, you do not need another project!) And I'm very glad to hear your hubby is doing well. I hope the continued doctor appointments bring good news and he continues to regain use of his hand.

  2. I love that selvage quilt--so neat...(a whole lot of fabrics went into that for sure heh heh--just between us ;))) )
    lovely projects...many coming together for you...Happy that Bruce's medical issues are beginning to resolve...good news...hugs, Julierose

  3. You have been busy! Love all the different purple blocks you have made. There are some pretty quilts coming along!

  4. You have so many great block ideas, Cathy - I love seeing them all! Sounds like Bruce's recovery is going according to plan, and I'm so happy for you both about that. Your garden results are sounding amazing, too!

  5. Glad to hear Bruce is healing and regaining use of his hand/arm. You are doing an amazing job of balancing health issues, the garden and quilting. And reading!! I almost forgot.
    xx, Carol

  6. Wow, Bruce is now doing more around the house than I am. And what a great idea to make chili...

    This is a great time of year seeing the rainbow quilts come alive with all the colors. The cracker quilt is now my favorite and I'm going to have to make one...

  7. I love the anvil blocks! They look so happy together.

  8. You put me to shame. You get so much done and everything looks colorful and crazy. Yay for Bruce.

  9. Its likea mini quilt show all in one blog post! Love everything you are working on

  10. Your piles of blocks are growing taller and taller! Kinda fun to be in the home stretch for these RSC projects, isn't it? Have fun at the show!

  11. What lovely PURPLE additions to your various RSC block collections!

  12. The big layouts of your anvils and crackers are really colorful and especially the way they are facing in different directions. Enjoy all that food from your garden as long as you can.

  13. The anvil blocks all mixed together make me so happy! I pinned it to my Pinterest board so I remember to try those! Glad to hear you are harvesting a great crop and hubby is improving. Sometimes I just have to sit with a book until it's finished. Everything else will still be waiting when you are done. LOL


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