Thursday, April 26, 2018

Finish It Up Friday- a first for me!

RSC16 and RSC17 found me making crumb blocks every month. since I wasn't also making crumb quilts, I ended up with quite a stack of crumb blocks. inspiration hit last week, and i decided that absolutely nothing else would do but to make some *rainbow* crumb quilts for the littles that always seem to be here at our house!

196+ crumb blocks for the 4 quilts, and not even a dent in the pile! the crumb blocks finish at 6" and after washing and drying all these quilts, they finish at 40" square.

although each quilt does not have specific child that it belongs to, I did have someone in mind for a couple of them. the above quilt will be for my youngest grandson, L, when he comes over. it's the same colors as his baby quilt.

this purple/yellow/pink quilt was pieced with my granddaughter, E in mind. it's also the same colors as her baby quilt.

the two rainbow quilts weren't anything in particular- just looking to make a colorful and rainbow snuggly quilt for some of my favorite short people! ( I linked to my inspirations for these in my previous post. )

the backings, clockwise: cream cows, stashed from an MCC Relief Sale 5+ years ago, Moda Chunks- one of my favorite fabrics, a wild red/orange/white black fabric and the Winnie-the-Pooh fabric that is E's.

and the "best part" of these 4 quilts? all backings were from stash! 2 of the battings were frankenbatting. and all the bindings were from my 2½" strip bins. yay, me!

one last shot: Daisy the donkey with the little dolly quilt that I made for granddaughter E. she's just getting to the age where she likes to play with dolls (E, not Daisy!) and I wanted her to  have a special quilt, too. Daisy was not too pleased with the quilt on her back, tho....
linking up to Finish It Up Friday, and RSC18 on Saturday. thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 20, 2018

STOP hoarding and START sewing, the quilter says to herself...

I've been plugging away at my RSC18 projects. I guess I'm a slow learner, since I'm just now realizing I have ALOT of projects started, and I'm not too good at getting them finished....
the soothing and mindless sewing is a good thing, but then at some point I need to buckle down and get some of those blocks sewn together!

this week I did 12 of my kona indigo 9 patches. 11 colors, 12 blocks. I think I might have done papaya twice....

canary, curry, yarrow, school bus 🚌, buttercup, daffodil, banana 🍌, papaya, butter, maize, corn yellow

between watching the 3 littles 3X a week (our family babysits 3 little girls- ages 5,3 and 1) and grandchildren who visit very regularly, I was realizing that we didn't really have enough small quilts for naps, snuggling, floor time, ect...
"didn't really have enough small quilts"
can you even believe I just typed that?!

I have a HUGE stack of the crumb blocks- a RSC project from 2016 and 2017. ( I did crumb blocks other years, too, but used them all. or most.)

the above 2 rainbow quilts were based on patterns/photos I found here and here. I've had them pinned for awhile; glad to finally get something up on my design wall!

I chose a 7X7 layout for these quilts so I could choose a backing without having to piece it. they're nice and small for the littles to use, and not too heavy or bulky. (the crumb blocks will finish at 6")
the purple and yellow quilt above is for my granddaughter to use. she and her family live across the country, but it will be here for her whenever she comes. I did rearrange the  color columns, and they look much tidier now.

although the pictures show the quilts just laid out on the wall, as of this typing, they are all sewn together, pressed and have backings picked out. 2 are even quilted! I'm anxious to get them done and washed so we can start using them!
plus, with the changing weather (although we DID have snow 3 TIMES this week!!!) it's time for me to be making some spring dresses for my little (or really, medium sized) girls! they've also requested some nightgowns.

believe it or not, the above photo is AFTER I used nearly 200 crumb blocks for the 4 quilts! and the black/brown/grey/cream crumb blocks aren't even pictured!
I'm thinking of making another crumb quilt, similar to what's pictured here.
anyway, if I want to get these quilts done, I guess I'd better get off the computer, and up to the sewing room! thanks for stopping by, and I hope to have the quilts done and ready to show off next week. meanwhile, click on over to Angela, the hostess (with the mostest!) of RSC18 and see what every one else is working on.

Friday, April 13, 2018

in which...after a long absence...all of a sudden...BAM!'s green and yellow...and SPRING!

life, the seasons and the quilting just roll right along, whether we're ready to stop and take (or post!) pictures or not!

it's been a loooooooong winter: as recently as just over a week ago, we had 4" of snow. (it was gone by lunch time, but still. still!) suddenly, it seems as if it's finally decided to be spring! it's Friday evening as I post this, and even more recently as Tuesday night, it was 24° degrees, with a skim of ice on B's little pond outside the kitchen window.

today was mid-70s, with tomorrow promising to be high 70s. so in the space of 1 (1!) day we've gone from it's entirely too cold to plant anything to there is a list of a minimum of 9 crops that need to be planted in the next week. we'll see how much of that actually happens, as we haven't even begun to till, plow or spray...

my eclectic and bohemian 9 patches are coming along nicely: 17 more to add to the pile..

Growing Up Odd is shaping up, too. I added 11 more blocks for the yellow and green. not entirely sure if i'll have too much, or not enough, of one color and/or size, I've already decided that if that happens, i'll deconstruct a few blocks and use those squares in the borders.

my Squared Away BOM is all caught up.  I'm liking that so far, too, and enjoying working with some triangles for a change. (late night, bad lighting, poor picture. sorry!)
and don't worry: I'm taking lots (and lots!) of time to hug, kiss and snuggle that new little grandbaby! the newborn stage is my favorite... (and maybe even more so now, because I'm the grandma, and I get to sleep through the night, no matter what!)


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