Saturday, January 24, 2015

the blue- it was so many!

another year of RSC has started, and I'm looking forward to using EVEN MORE of my scraps. I'm happy that January was blue- I!!!
I've been inspired by Julie over at Me and My Quilts. she's so organized, and has several projects going at one time. so this year I'm taking a page out of her book, and doing the same. hopefully I can use some more of my fabric- there is so much still to be used! and so many possibilities- how many quilts are in my fabric baskets, just waiting to be thought of and used?
I've made myself a check-off list for each month. one of the first things that I'll do is go through each color of fabric drawer that is that month's color. I'll sort the fabric to donate, keep (larger pieces) and cut into my scrap "system" (3" squares, 2½" strips and crumbs)
I'm glad that January is also a longer month (and slow for us, too, as it's still too early AND cold to start in the high tunnel, greenhouse or gardens!) seems like there was SO MUCH BLUE! in my drawer. it's taken me this long this month to even get a dent into those squares!

I'm continuing with the Split 4 patches. this year I'll only do 6-12 of each color. I picked out my most favorite blues, or the scraps with the most meaning. I still have the black, grey, brown and orange S4P from last year. I'll wait until inspiration hits me to decide on a final layout.

I'm also planning on making a Good Night Irene quilt this year. (or at least getting a good start on one!) I've seen them called by a different name. anybody know the other names for this quilt?
I think with some Kona white (again!) and laying out the quilt before sewing it together, I should be able to make all the colors travel and blend quite nicely.

these 9 patches are inspired by a quilt that I found here. last year when I made my 9 patch blocks, I sorted them fairly particularly according to color, and I was very happy how that turned out. this year I'll continue to do that. last year I made 16 patch blocks, and 9 patches with a Kona white center. I don't have that many of each color this year (see- I did make SOME progress!) so I've chosen to do these scrappy 9 patches. there are 5 of the COM, 3 Kona white squares, and a scrappy black square.
hopefully this week I can get to my crumbs and strips! I'll be making Angela's RSC Sampler, so I need to get "caught up" on that before I fall behind! I'm planning on making a scrappy zig zag quilt (or two) with my 2½" strips, (can't find the pattern right now...) And also an X/strippy quilt.  last year even though I made HUNDREDS of crumb blocks, I didn't use the smaller strips so much, so hopefully the X quilt can make use of all.those.strips!
holy smokes!!! 6 quilts in the making for RSC15! I better get off the computer and start sewing!

find all the rest of the blue inspiration here!

Monday, December 22, 2014

i'm actually caught up! how amazing is that?

despite all that's going on around here, I'm keeping up with Bonnie's Grand Illusion Mystery quilt. hopefully this week we'll use more of the greens.

here's a few blocks up on my design wall- I'm totally baffled as to how these will go together! the different sizes of the green and neutrals has thrown me off. it's obviously too early to guess...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

all sewn up!

my 7 (seven!) RSC14 quilts are finally done. funny thing, though- I still have LOTS and LOTS of crumb blocks left! how did that happen? i'll be making a couple more quilts to get them used up- and then i'll be ready to start fresh for RSC15.
Rainbow Rows (42" X 54") I just used the crumb blocks, stacked according to color and value. Kona White in between the rows.
2 Stars ((42" X 51½") I used the crumb blocks again, making HSTs with the Kona White. the second star was an afterthought- since I still had SO MANY crumb blocks left over. I wanted to use the rainbow colors again, but in much, much duller tones.
(Modified) Bottled Rainbows (45 X 52") I used Rachel's bottled rainbow color chart. lovelovelove this one. with some of my leftover crumb blocks, I plan on making a small table topper. (for me. to keep)

Baby Soduku. (39 X 51") my own original design. I did a couple others with 9 colors, all the same, and I liked those much better. this is a bit muddled. but still fun, since I chose some of my favorite fabrics from my 3" suitcase.

Neutral Squares. (48"sq.) the inspiration was taken from Cheryl and AmandaJeans's book Sunday Morning Quilts.  that book was definitely the inspiration for me to start sorting and using my scraps. I was lucky to stumble upon RSC14- that gave me a direction and more inspiration for those scraps. and now the rest is history!
Color Wheel (42"sq.) made from a pattern purchased from Rachel. I plan to hang this finished quilt in the sewing room. (I made it a bit bigger than the pattern, and that 1" sure made a difference! i'll trim it down, and bind it in a dark color- I know that will make it look better) despite the curved seams (the wheel is pieced, not appliqued) this quilt was very easy to make.
Stacked Nines (45 X 53") despite the 9 patches being a late addition to my RSC14 piecing, and a frantic scramble to catch up with all the colors (didn't start these until September!) this is my favorite quilt. I'm tempted to keep it!
i have a special give-away planned with all these quilts (to my children!) the next time we're all together. with one son in the Navy and about to be deployed, another son (and his wife) stationed across the country, I don't even know when that will be! but that should give me plenty of time to get them all finished. i do plan on quilting them myself- i bought some Kona White and a roll of Warm and Natural. (all 50% off at  Joann's!)
i can't wait for RSC15 to start- i already have some ideas of what I'd like to do. i still have SO MANY scraps! the pile never seems to get any smaller!
lots more quilts and inspiration over at angela's blog: so scrappy. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

slow and steady...

Christmas is less than 2 weeks away, and it was a busy week for us. a special sewing day at church, the little girls had their piano recital last night, the church cookie sale is this morning and tomorrow night is the church Christmas Program. Phew! not much time for sewing this week...

I did piece my Neutrals quilt for RSC14. the inspiration comes from Cheryl and Amanda's book Sunday Morning Quilts. lovelovelove that book!

the 7th (planned) RSC14 quilt is up on the design wall- almost done, but no time to sew it together this week. there are still LOTS of rainbow crumb blocks left over- I guess i'll be making a few more quilts than I originally planned!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery, clue #2

I'm enjoying that the mystery this year is easier (and bigger!) than last year. phew!
clue #1- all done, half pressed.
clue #2- half done, all pressed.
I'm good with that for this week.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

exciting to see RSC14 coming together!

busy week here- 3 more RSC quilts done! I'm so tickled with how they're turning out- and happy to share them with you. the first one is a modified Bottled Rainbows- (45" X 52")  using my crumb blocks. (and Kona white. I'm such a Kona junkie! (or is it a Kona snob?)

next is my Color Wheel (42" sq.)- lovelovelove this one, too! the pattern is from Rachael at Stitched in Color. I bought the pattern from her a few months back, and finally got it together. each wedge of the wheel is 2 of my crumb blocks sewn together, and then trimmed using the pattern piece. I'm not sure how i'll quilt this one yet, but when I'm done, i'll probably trim it down an inch or so (seems just a tiny bit too big) and it also needs a dark binding. I plan to hang this one in my sewing room.

the last finish for this week is the Twinkling Stars. (42" X 52½") again I used my crumb blocks, pairing them with a Kona white square, and making a HST. when the first star was pieced, I thought it would be interesting to do another star, but this time using much duller colors.
the only "problem" with this quilt is I'm not sure how I'll quilt it. (I'm trying to avoid getting this series of quilts custom quilted.) kind of hard on the budget! I'm thinking maybe some double straight lines on each diagonal of the star point, but not sure how i'll do the lower left hand corner...

thanks for stopping by. it's great to see all the quilts that are getting done. click over to so scrappy to see some more rainbow goodness!

Monday, December 01, 2014

it's a grand adventure ~ Grand Illusion!

I'm making good progress on clue #1 of the Grand Illusion Mystery. happy with the fabric choices and combinations so far....
see all the other GI quilts over at Bonnie's blog. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

sneak preview of some RSC goodness...

I pulled out all my (6½") crumb blocks- I needed to gather/audition 16 colors for the Color Wheel quilt that I want to make for in the sewing room.

I'm excited at how it's turning out so far!

now it's on to RSC14 quilt #4- these crumb blocks will be sashed with the Kona white. the "map" for the layout is from Rachel's blog and more specifically, the Bottled Rainbows quilt along.

I'm not sure that this can "technically" be included in my series of RSC14 quilts, but they are the crumb blocks that I made this year. I plan on making a quilt loosely based on Cheryl and Amanda's quilt in Sunday Morning Quilts. (and actually, it's really fitting that I make one of their quilts, since it was after buying this book that I was inspired and motivated to organize all my scraps and crumbs, and start using them instead of hoarding them!)
SO: that's 5 RSC14 quilts so far. I plan on making 7 of these quilts (all finishing somewhere around the 40" X 50" size, give or take...) I'd like to give one of the RSC14 quilts to each of my children (saving the Color Wheel quilt for myself). the next time all 6 are together and home (4 are grown, 2 are married, and 2 live on the west coast) I'll think of some fun way to distribute the quilts to each one of them. even though it will be quite awhile until they're all together again, i guess i should get busy!
PS: if any of my children just happen to read this post, and just happen to mention which quilt they like the most, it might just happen that you'll get the quilt you like the best...  just sayin'

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