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.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Where to Start.....

I am more than happy to be starting a New Year.  Last year was not what I had hoped it would be as far as completing quilty goals went.  I did have seven finishes last year.  I did use up some of my stash.  I even did some serious organizing of scraps.  I did not, however, sew every day.  I even went months at a time without getting anything done at all.  For the first time ever I ended the year with more UFO's than when the year started.  And I really neglected my blog. 

I realize we are already into the second week of 2017, but I am starting in on my New Year goals now.  Last week I cleaned up my sewing room so I'm ready. At the end of 2016 it looked like this .....

..... and now it looks like this.

I've rounded up the three most recent projects added to the UFO list.  The goal is to complete them by the end of next month.  (Fingers crossed!)  This one is already basted .....

..... and even the binding is made.

This top is ready to baste.  It's the most recent UFO on my list.  I talked about it in this post.

I was given a bunch of completed blocks and asked to make them into a charity quilt.  I put them together last June, and it's ready to be basted.  This blue fabric will be perfect for the backing!

My basket of strings and scraps is about as full as it can get so another goal is to make some quilt tops from them.

First up, though, I need to finish the Old Wedding Quilt project which I blogged about in this post, and in this post, and again in this post.  It's been waiting on my ironing surface long enough.
I'm worn out just thinking about finishing all these projects in the next few months.  Since one of my other quilty goals is to blog more often, I'm planning on keeping you up to date on the progress.  Really!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Craving Color!

As much as I have been enjoying working on the Old Wedding Quilt I find myself hungry for color lately so I've set it aside to play a little bit.  I had just enough fabric left over from Eloise's baby quilt last year to cut out seven squares.  Some time ago I started playing with them, pulling coordinating fabrics, and making the squares into log cabin style blocks.  Then I got frustrated because I didn't have enough pink to add strips to all the blocks, and I put it away.  

In the meantime I cleaned up my sewing room and found a lot of this same pink in a bag I had never unpacked after getting home from a retreat.  Oops!  So the other day I started playing again.  I thought the block was looking pretty good.

When I laid them out on my design wall I wasn't exactly thrilled.  I don't like working with an odd number of blocks, it's hard to get a decent layout.

I found this beautiful batik in my stash and decided it would be the perfect alternate block.

But, as seems to be the norm lately when working from my stash, I didn't have quite enough.  Time to play some more.  Winging it not only pushes you to be creative, it ends up changing the whole look of the quilt.  Now my blocks look like this.

Since I don't have enough of that cool dotted batik to use AS an alternate block I decided to use it IN an alternate block.  I came up with this one.

Guess what, though?  I'm pretty sure that I don't have enough of the yellow either.   Aarrgghh!   This batik might make a nice alternate block.

Well, that was enough color therapy for this week.  (Actually, I just had other things in my life that had to be done, and that was all the TIME I had for color therapy this week!)   We'll see what happens when I get a little time to play some more.  This may turn into something yet.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Old Wedding Quilt - It's Coming Along

Taking apart the old wedding quilt ended up being a lot of fun.  I've never ripped out that much on a single project before.  It was kind of relaxing, actually, just sitting and ripping and not having to think much, almost therapeutic.   Watching the stack of unusable pieces grow was NOT therapeutic, however.   I was beginning to wonder if anything would be left.

(Just look at how badly worn some of these blocks are.)

Once it was deconstructed, though, I ended up with plenty to use.  These are just some of the blocks that needed a new piece inserted.  There were also quite a few blocks that remained intact.

The original wedding quilt had been pieced by hand.  I can't figure out what kind of thread the maker used.  It's heavier than sewing or quilting thread, but not as heavy as perle cotton or crochet thread.  

I don't want the updated quilt to look too different from the original so I decided to use hand-quilting thread to sew it back together.

Finally, with all the blocks finished, I started adding the sashing pieces.

All the rows are ready now, and I'm starting to add the vertical sashing.  

Before you know it I'll have a completed top.  Then, it will be time to move on to the next set of decisions that has to be made - what kind of batting to use, what fabric to back it with, how to re-quilt it.   Such fun!