Friday, February 16, 2018

snatches of time and squares...

even though I've only been regularly blogging about the RSC for the last few years, it's hard to come up with a title every week. maybe I try to be too clever? anyway... hope the title isn't too dumb sounding...

I finished my 3 Wishing Rings, picking the purples that I #1- really liked and #2- had enough of.

I've enjoyed piecing these blocks- and I love how they're a bit different from what I normally do.

I pulled all the purples out of my suitcase of squares, and after rounding up a few stray purple pieces, I had 84 unique purples for my Growing Up Odd quilt!

quite a few of the purples were the only one, but I had enough variety/volume to make 3 blocks for my GUO quilt- a 7X7 block in purples (with lots of value variation) a 3X7 in lavenders and 1 9 patch in the redy-purple.

this weekend, my two youngest daughters talked me into a "Winter Gathering" party with a few friends from Sunday School- complete with a craft, a buffet (with several choices of snacks and tea!) and LOTS of decorating involving no less than 50 paper snowflakes. I'm definitely not the Hostess with the Mostest, but they're so excited, and their friends are too- I'll have to let you know how it went!
meanwhile, click on over to so scrappy to see what everyone else is piecing this wintery week!

Friday, February 09, 2018

that's the ticket....

I have some other sewing responsibilities that I'm working on, so only a few 9 patches to show for right now.

I'm not sure how I'm doing it, but I think I'm achieving the eclectic AND bohemian look...

I think it has more to do with how the fabrics are combined, rather than what fabrics are chosen.

I'm thinking that I'd like to combine my RSC18 9 patches into 2 baby quilts when they're all done. I have 2 cribs for the babies that we care for- one up and one down, so 2 should be just the ticket!

make sure you go see what everyone else is doing.

Friday, February 02, 2018

purple: she is such a fickle color...

I would have said that I didn't have many purples in my stash...

I would have been wrong. I counted 81 unique purples (not all are pictured; some of them there was only one square)
but purple? she's so fickle... it seems as if she more often than not, can't decide if she wants to be brown, pink, red or blue...

I've pieced my 9 patch kona solids for the month- 12 blocks in lupine, nightfall, thistle, morning glory, berry, cerise, regal, plum and ??? as ever, kona indigo is the background.
I have a few other projects I'm working on, but happy to spend some time in the sewing room playing with my fabric.  see what everyone else has been creating here.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

well, that's odd... and Just One More!

a bit of sewing this week- not much, but whatever happens, the 3" squares never seem to get any less...
a new project for me for RSC18 is the Growing Up Odd quilt, found over at Deanna's blog, Wedding Dress Blue.

I've lots and lots of blues, so there were 5 blocks made this month.

 I've even made myself a high-tech scrawled drawing to color and count as I piece along. this will be a large quilt when it's done, (aren't they all?!) but I'm excited to see all those squares playing nicely together...

last year for RSC17 I made the low volume plus blocks in each color of the month. (3" squares again still) I laid this out on the living room floor this morning (this is not the final layout. the girls have already switched a few squares around...) and I'm 1 square short for a 5X6 layout!
I have an idea for that 30th square: I want to do it the opposite of all the others: a colored plus, with the low volume background. these blocks have been stalled for a couple months now, and I'm wondering if anyone can help a poor quilter out? (ha!)
I'm envisioning my plus for the final block to be a dark fabric, with rainbows. maybe the arc of the rainbow on a blue background? or rainbow striped fabric? it needs to read as a dark, or at the least a medium to work. I don't have any of that in my stash. does anybody have a rainbow-esque fabric that will work? I need just 5 3" squares.
I'd be grateful and appreciative if anyone is willing to share some squares. I'll park my address here for a couple days (you guys are the only ones who read my blog anyway...) and then I'll take it down.
thanks in advance! and be sure to click on over and see all the other scrappy goodness going on this week.

Friday, January 19, 2018

UFOs: 2018: in which the blogger is off to a great start!

I'm participating in the UFO Challenge that Judy is hosting over at Patchwork Times. despite this being my 4th year participating, I still have some pesky UFOs lurking around!
January got off to a good start, with #10 being the number of our UFO to work on. to say I was disappointed would be accurate:

it would be fair, and again, totally accurate to say that this is my least loved UFO on the 2018 list.. but like my granny always says: "eat a bullfrog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse can happen to you all day long...."
so, that's what I did! since this schoolhouse (paper pieced) quilt kit from Connecting Threads has been on my UFO list for 4 years now, it's obvious that it wasn't getting  done unless I MADE myself do it!
I made an executive decision, too: since the fabrics are super ugly, it didn't really make sense to me to make a quilt that is so time consuming when I hated the fabrics right from the very start! I saw a nice (and easy!) quilt over at Wedding Dress Blue, and thought that would be just the ticket!
( I can't find the original pattern to link to; sorry! I guess it's a good thing I printed it out!)

this quilt finishes at a nice size of 48" X 60". there were 20 (?) FQs in the pattern pack from CT, and this quilt pattern works best with 15. some of the fabric was dated 2008 on the selvedge, so it's good that it's used up- and I'm happy to get it moving on to somewhere where it will be loved and used.

I really enjoyed making the Sidewalk Pattern quilt, so it occurred to me to dig out use another Connecting Threads kit that I had purchased (12 FQs & pattern, $13). I was interested to see how much more I would like this quilt with some brighter fabrics. and yes, I like it much better! (the blue cast is from the snow; it's much brighter in person)
i'll definitely be making some more of these.

I also finished #6 on my UFO list- it was just a matter of sewing down the binding on the back of this quilt.

I pieced this quilt 4 years ago, and it was hand-quilted by a dear friend over a year ago, so it was definitely time to get it done!
it didn't' really take too long to finish either, which always makes me wonder why it took me so long in the first place?

it's a twin size, and the kona yellow is papaya. the browns/tans/blacks/creams/grey is a kona jelly roll that my son gifted to me Christmas 2013. I don't think it's available anymore- I think the jelly roll was called Old Film. (or something like that...)
this quilt is another favorite (but i say that about lots of my quilts!) and I'm glad to finally have it done! thanks, Judy!

RSC18- rolling right along...

it was a cold and snowy week here, but lots of sewing happened, so it's all good!

last week I forgot to mention that the tutorial I'm using for my #holidaypatchworkforest blocks is from Amy, over at Diary of a Quilter. 16 more blocks were added to my forest this week, making them the final of the blue blocks that I 'll be doing for RSC18.


despite this being my 5th (!!!) year of RSCing from my suitcase of squares, it never seems to get any emptier. rather, it just gets fuller and fuller- to the point that it won't even close anymore!

( I can save you the bother of clicking through and scrolling to find out more about my suitcase of squares: I cut all my scraps into 3" squares, and then store them in a vintage suitcase that belonged to my mother.)

I've pieced dozens of quilts (really!) from that suitcase... some fabrics are used up now- especially the favorites, but they've been replaced with some newer favorites, and gifted and shared fabrics. so the quilting goes on...

the nice thing about using the consistent size to piece {most} of my RSC blocks is that they're all interchangeable, and it makes using up orphan blocks fairly easy. (even if not terribly attractive.)
these blocks for the RSC18 Squared Away BOM will finish at 12½" inches. it was nice to actually sew with some triangles- I've done squares for so long, that it was a nice change. I tried to play nicely with all the other playground folks, and stuck to light blues, and a contrast for the + in the middle. I'm happy with these blocks, and I look forward to seeing what else Angie and Mari come up with for the rest of this quilt...

Saturday, January 13, 2018

icy blues... to match the weather outside!

the weather here in northern PA has continued to be rather wacky: yesterday it was 56°. today it's snowy and icy, with a low forecasted for tomorrow night of -5°!

all the better to sew with, my dear!

a bit of RSC sewing for me this week:

I've finally started on my holiday patchwork forest quilt. I'm trying to be a good RSCer, and stick to blues. the blocks are easy and fun, and I'm lliking them so far.

I'm a bit worried about my eclectic and bohemian look, though. not sure I can pull that off. but i'll persist, and as I add in more colors, it should be fine. (right?!)
I've been "studying" the #holidaypatchworkforest quilts on instagram, {how can blogger NOT EVEN KNOW the word instagram?!} and I know what I like (the bright, scrappy and a bit crazy ones) but I'm not sure that I'm headed in the right direction. pinks, yellows, oranges and aqua seem to make some beautiful quilts that I'm drawn to. many of the HPF quilts don't seem to have purple in them. did I miss the memo about purple? I like purple- I don't love it or hate it, but it seems to be conspicuously missing in many of the quilts...

a RSC finish for me this week: my granny square quilt. (and double yay- it's already at the long-arm quilter in the queue for a donation quilt. ) it turned out ok- I don't love it as much as I thought I would, but it's just fine. it turned out to be about 90" square.

the dolly quilt is not a RSC project, but it is blue (and all from stash!) I planned on doing Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt this year- On Ringo Lake. I completed clue one in a timely manner. then the triangles and geese started flying faster and faster and I realized I would never catch up. so rather then relegating 50 cute little 9 patches to the UFO pile, I finished them into a dolly quilt. all the littles at my house have been playing with it all week long, wrapping up dolls and cats, too.
click on over to Angie's for more RSC blue goodies!
i'm also linking up to Bonnie- click on over there for some beautiful On Ringo Lake quilts! 

Saturday, January 06, 2018

off to a blue, chilly start!

it's still colder than blue blazes here in northern PA, but that's ok- the RSC color of the month is blue! (we're looking forward to a heat wave on Thursday- the temp is supposed to go above 40°!)

I didn't venture into the sewing room (it's upstairs, and no direct heat) until later in the week, but I had plenty to keep me busy downstairs.

my LQS gave me a big (BIG) bag of scraps- a hodgepodge of odds and ends. combined with my stash of small pieces, it took me several evenings of cutting and sorting to get them all pressed and cut into the 3" squares.

usually I cut the colors month by month, but this year I thought it would be better to see what colors and fabrics I have, rather than drag it out all year. it was fun to have the colorful infusion of fabrics from the quilt shop-it will make for some interesting piecing throughout the year.
( I am friends with the shop owner, but she knows that my friend Karen and I do a great deal of quilting for MCC quilt auctions, so that's why the fabric was passed along to me...)

this year one of my projects for RSC18 is 9 patches- above is my first installment of blue. as I was picking the color to complement the 5 blues, I purposely picked a color/combination that I would normally not choose. I'm pleased with the eclectic, bohemian look of these 9 patches.
I made 16 (only 1 more than I intended!) for a 90" square quilt at the end of the year.

my "beloved" kona cotton solids are back again this year- only this time in a 9 patch. I've used the kona indigo, splitting the 9 patches {fairly} evenly between the 5 indigo patches and 4 indigo patches. the colors are cloud, stratosphere, robins egg, Dresden, denim, nightfall, regal, and ???
click on over to visit Angie at soscrappy to see what everyone else is doing, and to welcome some new RSCers.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

looking ahead {with excitment!} to RSC18!

2017 just flew by, and now it's time to look ahead to all the possibilities of RSC18! this will be my 5th year RSCing, and I'm just as excited as I was in RSC14!

as I'm sure you've probably heard on the news, the whole east coast is locked in a cold snap. as in Cold. Snap. like single digits! we've not been above freezing for over a week, and nothing above 26 is in the 10 day forecast. YIKES!
but: {secretly} that's ok with me. I like the slower pace of winter-time, and the chance to get some things done. (I don't make this unpopular announcement with hubby- we heat our house with wood, and the yucky weather does make lots of things harder around the farm)
in looking ahead to RSC18, here's what i have in mind:
  • last year I LOVED the indigo/kona solids 16 patch that I did. (to be sewn together soon. very soon) so this year i'll be doing indigo/kona solids again, but in 9 patches.
  • just last night I heard about a new BOM: over at Academic Quilters. I never quite got around to her BOM with my UFO last year, but I'm excited about this one: it uses squares! much of my scraps I cut into 3" squares, and the suitcase is overflowing again, so this should be perfect!
  • I'd like to make some more 9 patches with the 3" squares from my suitcase. this year, I want to focus less on the "rainbow-y" look, and I'm going to be shooting for more of an "eclectic bohemian" look. (lots of bloggers seem to do that effortlessly, especially Ashley and Rachel) I've nothing against rainbows, but I want a different looking quilt this year.
  • something new for me this year: (so new, I haven't even sewn a test block!) The Holiday Patchwork Forest. I've seen these quilts floating around on pinterest and instagram but didn't' really take note of them until i saw Carol's bright and cheery quilt, definitely not done in Christmas colors. of course, a quick instagram search brings up thousands more possibilities! I'll be narrowing down my color palette, and getting started on this for RSC18.
  • I have a few random UFOs floating around, which I may combine with my RSC18 sewing.... we'll see.
at any rate, I've lots of sewing to keep me busy, and out of trouble, for the coming months ahead. I've really enjoyed the community of quilters that I pal around with for RSC and the UFO challenges. thanks for being part of that community, and thanks for stopping by! make sure you click on over to Angie's to see what everyone else is doing- you never know when inspiration will strike!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

buckle up, 'cause here comes 2018!

I'm participating in the UFO "Challenge" with Judy at Patchwork Times. it's pretty loosey-goosey and no pressure, but it's still good to have the accountability and camaraderie of other quilters. this is at least my 4th year participating in a UFO challenge. despite getting 8 of my 12 UFOs done last year, there are still a few UFOs lurking about...
#1: BOM started from a LQS several years ago. the blocks are all done- 16 blocks at 15" each. I have the sashing fabrics all picked out. I'd like to get this to the flimsy stage, and will pass it along as a MCC quilt for one of the auctions.

#2: technically not a UFO, but still a bunch of possibilities here. I'll use all {some} of these strips for a quick donation quilt or two...

#3- Amanda Jean hosted a QAL this summer with this quilt. ( I have the book) and despite pulling and petting my fabric choices, I wasn't able to participate. I'd like to make mine with low volume strings, and perhaps red/teal for the alternate blocks.

#4- this was on last year's UFO list; a holdover from RSC16. I'd like to get it done- maybe in time for Christmas 2018?

#5- a low volume Rail Fence. I pieced this awhile ago- maybe 2014? I really, really like it- time to get it quilted (myself) and in use, rather than in the closet!

#6- a Bonnie Hunter scrappy nine patch for MCC. all the blocks are done; I've lots of background fabric. time to get it sewn into a quilt!

#7- this quilt was pieced from Kona solids in January of 2014- after receiving a book from my daughter- Jelly Roll to Heirloom (or something like that) for Christmas. this picture is not current- it's quilted (by hand, by a dear friend) and just needs the binding sewn down.

#8- this RSC17 quilt is a recent completion and Rainbow Squares was not chosen in the Great Quilt Gifting of 2017. (secretly, I'm glad. I really, really like this one!) I plan to quilt it myself. (sadly, no long arm quilting is in the foreseeable budget...)

#9- again- can a picture in a book technically be called a UFO? not sure, but I like this quilt, and I'd like to make a similar one with the 3" squares from my suitcase, but with prints. we'll see. I feel like Growing Up Odd would make another good use of my 3" squares...

#10- this kit was an impulsive (but economical) buy from connecting threads a few years ago. it was #10 on my 2017 UFO list as well. I love the schoolhouse block, and would like to make a quilt from them, but I don't really like the colors. maybe it's time to use the fabric for a different quilt, and make this pattern in colors I really like?

#11- another hangover from the 2017 UFOs. I've definitely fallen out of love with this quilt- it's a BOM from a quilt guild that I belonged to in the late 1990s! it's time to do something with these blocks- even a orphan adoption is better than sitting in my drawer!
so there we have it- 11 quilty projects to keep me busy throughout the New Year! thanks for stopping by!


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