Friday, February 17, 2017

Teal - Now That's More Like It

February's color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge hosted by So Scrappy is Teal.   It just so happens that teal is one of my favorite colors so that makes me happy.  (It beats purple, anyway.)  I decided to make pinwheel blocks for a baby or toddler quilt depending on how many blocks I can get from my scraps and stash.  

Half-square-triangles turned into components......

.....which turned into blocks. 














I thought I had 60 blocks made using 12 different fabrics. 

Then I counted them again to decide on a layout, but there were only 58.   I guess I'm even worse at the dreaded math than I thought.  Now I can't even count!   Anyway, I made a few more blocks, using 15 fabrics in addition to the background.

The next decision will be sashing or no sashing.  I can't think about that right now.  I'll think about that tomorrow. 

I'm linking up with the rest of the bloggers involved in this challenge over at So Scrappy Saturday.  Then I'll take a look at their blogs.  You should too!

I'm also linking up with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.

One more thing.  Remember I said that teal is one of my favorite colors?  I really meant it! 








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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Scrappy Finishes

It's amazing how much you can accomplish when you actually spend time in your sewing room every day.  Two of the three projects I determined to complete before the end of this month are already finished.  

"Strings Around the Block" .....





and "Craving Color" .....


 ..... are made completely from my stash, leftovers, and scraps.

Another quilt I made from what I had on hand is this one made from Valentine's Day fabrics.  Some were left over from pillowcases and some from a fabric swap.




These quilts will go to Choose Life of North Alabama, a charity whose purpose is to provide training in life skills for young women facing pregnancy related decisions.   



I'm hoping to make several more for this cause before the end of the year.  If I keep sewing every day I should be able to do that!

I am linking up with "Can I Get a Whoop Whoop!" at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and "Sew Some Love" at Kat & Cat Quilts.  Check out these blogs for some other quilty projects.







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Sunday, February 5, 2017

All Kinds of Progress

I've made a lot of progress on three of the projects I shared with you in this post.   The baby quilt I've decided to call "Strings Around the Block" is actually quilted .....
























..... and the binding is ready to be stitched down.



















"Craving Color" is also quilted .....

























(even though there was a little collateral damage when I took my eyes off the bobbin while I was binding it!  There was no way to salvedge that thread.)

























..... and the binding is partially stitched down.   I may get both of the bindings finished during the Super Bowl game this evening.  (Fingers crossed!)




















As for the Old Wedding Quilt, I finished putting it back together .....  



















..... and it is ready to be basted.


















I set goals to finish these three quilts by the end of February.  What has helped me get so much done is another one of my goals - getting out to my sewing room for at least 20 minutes a day.  I must admit that "20 minutes" often turns into more, but one of the reasons for the goal is to bring me joy.  It's working!  


Saturday, January 14, 2017

What Is It With Purple?

Purple is not my favorite color.  It's pretty far down on the list, in fact.  In the last two years I've made three quilts for people whose favorite color is purple.  First, it was Gloria's violets, then it was Esther's stack and whack, and finally, it was Shawn's Triforce.   I've been so happy having a break from purple!  Until now.  I decided to participate this year in So Scrappy's 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Each month she chooses a color and challenges her readers to use that color in a project.  January's color is ---- sigh ---- purple. 


My basket of strings didn't yield much.  Even all the way down to the bottom.  


I decided to make string blocks with leftover purple scraps from my stash and a small print.  I keep a copy of the Yellow Pages in a bottom drawer in my Sewing Room for such a time as this.  It makes a good foundation.


  



I didn't want to start a new project just to have it become a UFO, but sewing strips onto paper goes pretty fast.  
























Pulling the paper off, not so much.  It gives me something to do while watching a Hallmark Christmas movie way after Christmas, though.


I have 16 blocks made ......























...... so far.  And the rest of the month to play with purple.  (Oh, joy!)

I am linking up with Scrap Happy Saturday.   You may want to look at some of the other purple projects being worked on this month.