Sunday, October 15, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--October--Pink

This month's challenge color is pink.

Once again, I made some diagonal blocks all pink and others half pink/half neutral. I also made some all pink straight-set blocks.

I've been thinking of how I will put this year's blocks together. I worked up a couple of ideas on EQ7 which I am still refining.

This one has arcs (like a rainbow!) of colors. I like it, but I'm not sure about it.

This one is straight-set--I'm thinking I like is better than the first. I would need to add a border to the top like the one I have indicated on the bottom.

More thinking is in order!

I am enjoying the challenge--thanks to soscrappy for hosting it.

I am linking to Scrap Happy Saturday Parade of Pink.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

My Leader and Ender Projects

Each year Bonnie Hunter has a Leader and Ender challenge. This year, her project is a Checkerboard Rail Fence

While I may make her project down the line, right now I'm focusing on my own Rail Fence version. I'm doing a two-rail block (color + neutral) with 2"x 3.5"rectangles. These simple units stack up quickly alongside the other projects I'm working on. My goal is to see how many donation quilts I can make with the year's challenge.

So far, I have two finished tops.

They look very much the same even though the mix of scraps is different in each.

They do have different backing/binding fabrics, so I can keep track of how many of them I wind up with!

I also tried different techniques of quilting to see if one was preferable. One has a stairstep pattern of quilting, whereas the other has a simple SITD around the squares.

I have one more stairstep top that I think I will FMQ. I also have a completed windmill top (same units, just set differently) to finish.

I'm thinking I might mix it up a bit when I cut my next pieces--perhaps all bright solids with black? We'll see--right now, I'm having fun with these.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 129 at The Quilting Room with Mel .

Monday, September 18, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival--Twirl Around

I'm excited to be a part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival (Fall 2017) at Amy's Creative Side.

Twirl Around is a Bonnie Hunter design from her latest book Addicted to Scraps. I changed the colors from pink and green to rust and green.

Thanks to Amy for hosting the Festival!

Blogger's Quilt Festival--Stringing Beads

I'm excited to be a part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival (Fall 2017) at Amy's Creative Side.

Stringing Beads is an original design. I love string quilts, and I tried to think of a new way to make one. This is the result.

Instructions for this quilt can be found HERE.

Thanks to Amy for hosting the Festival!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--September--Orange

A new month--a new color. I enjoyed the neutral month; I used neutrals in several different projects. Now--on to orange (Just about the exact opposite of neutral!).

I'm continuing with the string blocks using the month's color. Here is a sampling of the orange blocks.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this quilt comes together!

I'm linking with Scrap Happy Saturday--Hurricane EditionOh Scrap!, and Fiber Tuesday 126 at the Quilting Room with Mel. Stay safe, everyone.

Sapphire Stars--Surprise Clue

Kevin the Quilter surprised us this week with another clue in his Sapphire Stars (Ruby Stars, in my case) mystery.

Here are my units.

"Up on the Housetop" units

Hello there!

Little bitty stitch-and-flip squares--but I did it! Yay me!

Thanks, Kevin--I'm having fun playing along. This clue and links to previous clues can be found HERE.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sapphire Stars--Clue #3

I made units for Clue #3 of Kevin the Quilter's Mystery Sapphire Stars.

Kevin used more different fabrics than I did, but I got a good mix, I think. Note: The reds are darker than they appear in the photos.

And especially for Kevin--


I'm looking forward to the next clue--Thanks, Kevin.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--August--Neutral

Since I've been using neutral strings in my monthly rainbow blocks, I'm using this month for neutral scraps in other projects.

My Leader & Ender project this year is a two rail fence--I want to make an Attic Stairs quilt (or five!).
Attic Stairs--Click Image for Link

I've got LOTS of blocks already, so I'm thinking I'll just keep making them and see how many donation quilts I wind up with. I'm using scrappy color/scrappy neutral pairs.

One of a gazillion!

I've also been working on a "What if I...?" quilt. When I was making Stringing Beads, I thought, "What if I used triangles instead of trapezoids in the middle of the blocks?" "Okay, what if I offset the blocks?" "Hmmm, how about if I control the colors?" I was designing a new quilt before I even finished the first one!

Individual blocks

Here is what I have thus far:

I'm thinking of calling it Boxes of Strings. I'm going to consider borders--not sure yet how I will finish it.

So, neutral strings, neutral L & Es, and the Sapphire Stars Mystery from Kevin the Quilter includes neutrals in this clue (Clue #3)--I'm keeping up with the challenge!

I'm linking with Scrap Happy Saturday at soscrappy who is hosting the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and Fiber Tuesday 125 at The Quilting Room with Mel .

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Feeling Grateful

Cheryl at Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting is making quilts from the pattern I created! 

String Crossroads
String Crossroads

I feel like a proud mama--Thanks, Cheryl!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sapphire Stars--Clue 2

I have finished the second clue of Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery.

Here is a picture of a sampling of Clue 1 and Clue 2--I look forward to seeing what comes next!

As you can see, mine is Ruby Stars rather than Sapphire!

Thanks, Kevin, for the fun.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 121 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--July--Blue

I'm continuing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge--I have really enjoyed making these blocks each month (though my scrap collection is no smaller than when I began!).

My July blocks are blue--not my favorite color, but I do have quite a bit of blue variety.

I'm looking forward to assembling this quilt--it is the first rainbow-themed one I have done.

In other news--I finished the quilt from the April multi-colored blocks. I didn't want to use them in my rainbow quilt, so I invented a way to use them on their own.

This is Stringing Beads, a quilt of my own design.

You can read about the process HERE.

Thanks again to soscrappy for this great challenge!

I'm linking with Scrap Happy Saturday at soscrappy .

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sapphire Stars

I am joining a mystery hosted by Kevin the Quilter called Sapphire Stars. I love mysteries!

As you can see from the instructions for Clue #1, Kevin begins with blues (makes sense, right? SAPPHIRE stars). Since blue is not a favorite for me, I chose to go with red--I'll probably substitute blue where he uses red later in the mystery.

I had a lot of trouble with the concept of light red. I didn't want pink, or salmon, or coral--so I wasn't sure how to determine the lightest shade. In thinking about it, I believe the problem for me was that since red is my favorite color, I always go for the rich shades in bright or dark. I searched through some scraps from a friend and some collections of fat quarters, and I found some that I think add a bit of contrast--I just hope the difference in shades isn't too subtle to show up well in the quilt.

Here are a few of my blocks:

You KNEW there would be a sock monkey!

A few of these need a little trim, but, all in all, they went together well.

The beginning of a scrap quilt is the hardest--with only a few fabrics, you wonder if this will work out. Once I get lots more fabrics playing together, I know I'll be pleased with the results.

Thanks, Kevin, for hosting this mystery online--I look forward to the next clues.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Little Camper

My nephew and his wife are expecting a baby boy this summer, so, of course, I had to make a quilt.

Flannel Little Camper Quilt

The pattern is Tiny Turning Twenty by Tricia Cribbs. The fabrics are so cute that I had to take several close-ups.

The Little Camper

A Tent in the Woods

This block teaches a lesson: Never leave your food container on the ground--it attracts bears!

Green flannel back with a striped insert

I'm looking forward to meeting this young man when he arrives!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 117 at The Quilting Room with Mel .

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Silly Cats

This quilt has arrived in its new home, so I can post about it!

Not only are my nephew and his wife expecting a baby this summer, but so are my niece and her husband! This is my baby quilt summer.

Flannel Silly Cats

This is a simple nine patch with unpieced alternate blocks patterned with grinning felines.

Nine patches and goofy kitties

The back is pink flannel with a vertical insert of rainbow dots.

I love flannel--warm and snuggly--perfect for comfort.

Welcome to the world, little one!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 118 at The Quilting Room with Mel .

Monday, June 19, 2017

Last Pinwheel Quilt For A While--I Promise!

Here is the last of four pinwheel quilts for donation.

You can see the other three HERE.

Pinwheels 65" x 75"

Pinwheels (detail)

Pinwheels (backing and binding detail)

I love pinwheel blocks, but I'm ready to work with something else for a while!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stringing Beads--An Original Design

I love making string quilts. When I came up with this design, I decided to combine it with the April Multicolor Rainbow Scrap Challenge from soscrappy.

You can find previous posts about this quilt HERE (Part 1) and HERE (Part 2).

Without further ado, here is Stringing Beads:

Stringing Beads 68" x 75"

Stringing Beads (detail)

Stringing Beads (quilting detail)

Stringing Beads (backing detail)

I have no idea why the color went wonky in the last photo!

This is the most densely quilted piece I have ever made, but I like the effect. I am glad to have this one done. The quilting took a long time, (I'm not usually one who uses quilting for effect--it is my least favorite part of the process, and it is the one I am the least confident about.) but I'm glad I did it.

It is nice to see an idea become reality! Thanks, soscrappy, for spurring me to create.

For basic instructions on how I made this quilt, look HERE, or click the link on the right sidebar of the blog labeled "Stringing Beads Instructions."

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 116 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction UFO Progress.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--June--Yellow & May--Green

With the flooding cleanup in May, I fell behind in my photography of my RSC blocks. This month (June) is yellow and last month was green. I decided to wait to photograph and post them both at the same time.

Here is a sample of my sunny June blocks:

While yellow is not my favorite color, these make me smile. (Of course, Big Bird, ruby slippers, and a French hen help!)

Here is a sample of my May blocks:

I love all the shades of green included here. I've used a lot of green this year, so the scraps were handy:

Green hourglasses for En Provence

En Provence

Green squares and green and neutral HSTs for Twirl Around

Twirl Around

I'm getting ready to quilt the top I made for April's multicolor challenge. I'm calling it "Stringing Beads":

Stringing Beads

I am enjoying this year-long challenge. Thanks to soscrappy for hosting it.

I'm linking to ScrapHappy Saturday at soscrappy.