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 have.so.much.blue!!!
 
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!

14 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

Blue . . . lovely . . .

Scrappy quilter said...

Great use of your blues.

Mari said...

Very cute blocks, even without words!

Nell's Quilts said...

Neat!!!!

katie z. said...

Happy, happy, happy!

Terri said...

Love the pictures! You've got quite a blue menagerie there.
Hugs

Karen said...

Lots of lovely blue blocks. Disappearing 4 patch are one of my favorites.

Cathy said...

Cute, cute, cute.

Sheila said...

Love your blue fabrics and blocks.

make.share.give said...

I was loving those nine-patch blocks so I clicked on the link. Imagine my surprise! My little quilt! Thanks for the sweet shout-out :)

LA Paylor said...

is your four patch the disappearing four patch from misouri quilt works?
I want to do some.
LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Linda said...

Nice blocks. I especially like the disappearing 9 patch.

Kate said...

Lots of pretty blue blocks to go with your plans for 2015.

scraphappy said...

So many great blue projects in the works. I think the Goodnight Irene quilt is an Oklahoma Crossroads pattern. So glad to hear that you are getting a handle on your scraps. It is always a great sign when you start to "run out" of bits and pieces.

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