Friday, January 22, 2016

another week, a bit of progress...

yay, me! I figured out the tabs at the top! I posted the info/back story about my RSC14 projects. (all completed, yay again!) click on over if you want to see.... ( so far the RSC14 tab is the only one that's done. the others are still a work in progress... i'll get to them as soon as I can!)


I'm still having fun with my suitcase of squares- (it's a vintage suitcase that was my mothers, and is FULL of 3" squares that I've cut from my stash/scraps, and sorted into colors.) I've never made a granny square block, and thought that this would be the perfect year to do some! I'm using the creams/tans left over from last year's 16 patches. I made 4 blue grannies- and I promise this year I won't go overboard, and try to use up every. single. pretty. fabric.
 
and actually, since I've been using these squares for a couple years now, the choices of colors that have 8 squares (for the outer ring) is getting slimmer and slimmer. so I guess that's a good thing, right? ha!
 

here are my 4 patches from last year- I didn't have a solid plan of where I was going with these. then inspiration struck (BAM):

I'm teaching an encore Scrap Happy class at our LQS in Feb/March and the shop owner wanted me to do a quilt from one of Bonnie Hunter's books- Adventures with Leaders and Enders.  I started making the zig-zag 9 patch on the cover, and then got distracted with the other quilt on the cover....

I realized that I could use my RSC15 4 patches, and make the bow tie blocks. (her squares are the ridiculous size of 1" finished!!!) being the reasonable person I am, (I hate twiddly sewing) I decided that my 2½" finished squares would work just fine...
 
I have to say, though, that after assembling this block, I decided that the white plaid is too thin/flimsy, so I'll replace those 8 blocks, and use a better fabric for the remaining 15 blocks.
 
click on over the Angela's and see what everyone else is sewing and creating! maybe you'll be inspired!

20 comments:

Cathy said...

And a lot of good progress it is!

Julierose said...

Nice choice of block patterns for the RSC 16; I didn't join in this year,[but am following] as I have just too many projects to finish up already. Hugs from snow-stormy CT Julierose

katie z. said...

Your blocks are simply wonderful.

Ellen said...

Your blocks look great...I really love the pieced bowties!

gayle said...

Those projects look like fun! Can't wait to see more of them. 8)
Are the sashed bowties blocks going to be sashed as well?

scraphappy said...

I must admit that I got sidetracked with all your tabs. So many great quilts all chronicled there! Love your bigger bowtie version. Once an inspiration strikes, it is fun to follow it through.

Angie said...

This week's blocks look great! It was also fun to re-visit lots of previous RSC projects in one place - good idea!

Quiltdivajulie said...

LOVE those moments when ideas from different sources collide and become something special!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats! on figuring our the tabs across the top (now please share the into with me, as I've NOT been able to do so.) Getting sidetracked can be a good thing... your resulting quilt will be awesome! I didn't recognize the BH beauty. Way to make it your own by changing up the sizing!!

Cathy said...

Lovely bow tie blocks!!! The grannies are nice, too, but I would be at a loss as to how to use/connect them (yes, I'm still that inexperienced!).

PaulaB quilts said...

The bow ties are a great use of those blocks, so colorful. Keep up the good work!

Marly said...

Nice Granny squares; I've never made any either, so maybe I'll be doing that sometime soon too. Your bow ties are great: clever you using four patches like that; they certainly make the blocks more interesting than usual.

Sally T said...

I look forward to seeing the sashed bow-tie come together.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love granny squares! What a great idea for RSC blocks!

Kaja said...

You are making good progress; I love the idea of your suitcase full of squares!

PeggyinNO said...

Wow, you have been very busy!!! I love how you made the bow tie blocks! What a great idea!
Since I am new to this challenge, I loved seeing what you did in 2014! Love that color wheel. Every sewing room needs one of those!!!

Kate said...

Love your granny blocks, that's one on my to do list. The bow ties look great, lots of color in each one.

Ivani said...

beautiful granny blocks for January and the bow tie seems to be a lot of fun.

LA Paylor said...

Hi Jennifer, those blocks look great to me, but I know about the feel of fabric. My grandmother used all kinds of fabrics and I loved her quilts. I keep to the better cottons if possible but people give me scraps, like your magical suitcase almost, and sometimes I'll press a block and that smell of poly rises up, ewwww. It probably will last thru armegeddon. LeeAnna

Deb A said...

Congrats on figuring out the tabs! Your 2014 quilts are loads of rainbow fun. Great plan for those 4 patches. Bow ties are always fun.

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