Monday, March 29, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
It seems that all I’ve done this week is layer up finished quilt tops, quilt them and bind/label them. Seriously, we had a lot of wet weather (no complaints about the snow or rain or slush - we need the moisture), so it was the ideal week for me to stay indoors and finish working on my green scraps.
Last weekend, Cousin Kim and I basted three quilts - (1) her Christmas quilt, which I have yet to do the quilting on, (2) my Stay At Home Round Robin quilt, which took For.Ev.Er. to quilt, and will be shown on Monday when I do a special blog post to link up to the finishing post at Quilting Gail’s blog, and (3) the Ballerina quilt (later in this post). And then on Thursday I basted up two more green quilts and got them quilted. Without further ado, let’s get started.
The Ballerina quilt, made with fabric sent to me by Angie (almost every last inch of which was used on the quilt top) measures 40x45.5”. I knew that if I cut up the pieces, I’d have to supplement them with something and nothing in my stash worked. So, simple it is!
I have to show you this t-shirt I ordered for Bruce that arrived this week. We love it! (If the Bruce on the t-shirt had one less arm, it would match my Bruce perfectly. It really is an eerie likeness!)
Bruce said to tell you that Alfie doesn’t really drink coffee - unless it’s when we’re not looking.
This weekend I’ll be working on quilting Kim’s Christmas quilt and sewing together this wall hanging for Harambe Humanitarian. The purple fabric (African) was given to me by Sally a couple years ago. I’ve used lots of it to make International Sister dresses and there was enough to do setting triangles for this wall hanging and two more.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Welcome Spring! And to all of you visiting my blog. Oh my goodness, my joints are sure loving the sunshine and warmer weather. I’m still a creaky old broad, but it’s nice to get out and walk and not have everything hurt. Heck, it’s nice to just get out of bed and not have everything hurt! LOL
So, as the title mentions, I finally finished Beachcomber. This is a Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) quilt that I began in March 2019 and finished the blocks and flimsy in October 2020. I basted it earlier this month (finally) and got it quilted this week. I am so happy to have this off my plate.
I quilted this tighter than I usually do with lots of close, medium-sized loops. I wanted to add a lot of texture since there is so much white area (more than I generally like). I don’t have pictures from after laundering it, but it is yummy and texture-ful. If that’s not a word, it should be.
And then I did all my waffle blocks. Again, I don’t know whether there are twelve 5.5” blocks here or three 10.5” blocks. I’m sewing them into fours like this (not yet trimmed), so I’ll probably count them as three blocks. I do know that there are others sewing these waffle blocks who are planning a different setting (scattered colors) so they are counting each 5.5” block as one. The four-blocks-as-one style will be easier to assemble in the long run, and more mindless, so it’s more my style, hehe. Probably not as pretty as the rainbow settings will be, though.
I’ll get it all finished up during the week for presentation next week (you have been warned!) Cousin Kim is coming over on Sunday for a Basting Fest. We’re going to baste (sandwich) one of her 4-year-old UFO’s - a Christmas quilt top that she sewed together last week. And then we’ll do my Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR) quilt, and any green quilt tops (2 or 3) that are ready. My goal is to get my four quilts quilted before month-end, and Kim’s shortly thereafter.
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Friday, March 5, 2021
Well, this week saw some warmer weather across the US, a rocket that blew up after landing, some short-sighted governors opening up their states and ending mask mandates prematurely (have they never heard of Spring Break?), and crocuses popping up all over. The first and last of that list is what we’ve enjoyed the most as we have begun taking longer and more regular walks around the neighborhood. And some evenings we even forget to turn on the gas fireplace. Those are sure signs of spring in my book!
For eyes that are starved for green, many of us are thrilled that Angela chose green for March in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I’ll be working in all my green scraps to make green versions of blocks that will eventually become rainbow (all-color) quilts. So, first I started with blocks left over from last year.
For these half-nine blocks, I only needed two colors of blocks to finish up - green and orange. So, this month I made the eight green blocks. They aren’t sewn into the two big squares, just plopped up on the flannel of the design wall. I haven’t decided on the final setting of these versatile blocks.
When we get to orange, I’ll sew those and then the blocks will be ready to sew into a quilt. Next I sewed a mama cat 12” block. You may not be able to tell from this picture (wink), but this Momcat is pregnant! Yep, her five kittens will be
delivered sewn by next week, so stay tuned!
The other green blocks for this week were three green Spring Stars.
Two of them are for my collection of Spring Stars that will go into a 20-block RSC star quilt. The third one (bottom one in picture above) is the 11th of 12 blocks needed to finish this former BOM quilt. I felt it needed a true green. Anyway, I started these blocks in 2019 at a local quilt shop, but the class got cancelled due to Covid and I’m just finishing them up on my own. I’ve got one block left to do, but am undecided between orange or blue for the final block. Here are the 11 blocks up on the design wall (this isn’t the final layout).
So, what color should I use for the final block?
I’m even open to another color. But right now I’m leaning toward orange.
This week was also the final week for the Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR). The hostess Gail called for Pinwheels for the final round. I’m linking up to this week’s Linky party.
There was no way I was going to do pinwheels all the way around this quilt. It would’ve been too busy. What it needed was a border. So first I added a 1” red stop border all the way around, and it then measured 44.5x58.5”.
Then came the final 4.5” green border and four pinwheel cornerstones. I know it looks wonky, but that’s just the way it’s partially pinned/partially hanging from the design board. The design board doesn’t go down far enough, so I can’t pin the bottom portion into the wall.
It measures 53x67’. Now we have until March 29 to finish up. There will be a Linky party then for everyone who participated to show their final quilts/wall hangings. I have finished piecing the backing from some leftover red checked fabric and some green and navy scraps from the top. Stay tuned.
And since I’ve become the creative repository of scraps from our Salt Lake chapter of Quilts for Kids, I’ve been using the RSC color of the month to pick out scraps and projects that match that color and sew up a few quilts. This month after going through everything, I’ve come up with five hopeful kid quilts to make; (1) green/blue frog scraps, (2) green/gold/brown Flower Fairy panels from Angie, (3 & 4) some seahorse border print fabric to make into 2 quilts, and (5) hopefully a miscellaneous scrappy Green Thang.
The frogs grabbed me first. The focal fabric was a piece measuring about 13” x 22” - not enough for a quilt on its own, but with a little help from scrap “friends", this is what I came up with.
The central frog panel was surrounded by a 1” yellow border to echo the yellow in the frogs’ chests (seen better in the closeup, below). After that came a 3.5” green foliage (“swampy”?) print, then mixed 4.5” squares of remaining frog print, a blue and green batik, more swamp foliage and darker green cornerstones. Next were two side strips to widen the top a bit. These were sewn from 2.5x4.5” scraps, and there were just enough to do those two strips! Finally I added a 4.5” outer border of light blue polka dots. It really is light blue - not as dark as the picture makes it appear.