Saturday, February 16, 2019

nothing says I LOVE YOU like a rainbow!

with 2 little girls still at home Valentine's Day can kind of be a big deal...

we try to make it special for them, and what's more special than a rainbow quilt from mom? i had the brainstorm a couple weeks ago to save and gift these quilts to them for Valentine's Day.

needless to say, both A (with the 9 patch kona indigo quilt) and B (with the Kona RSC16 column-along) were thrilled. 

both quilts have been used *almost* constantly since Thursday morning, and that's a great thing! i'm thrilled, too, to spread the love and quilts to my 2 youngest daughters!

go see what everyone else is stitching up this chilly February Saturday!

edited to add: the RSCsquared quilt was also #1 on my UFO list from Judy's blog. linking up to join in the fun! (I've actually made a bit of progress on some other UFOs, too, but just haven't caught up with the blogging of them...) 

Saturday, February 09, 2019

adding some cheer to the drear...

some sewing time this week (after my taxes were done *insert happy dance*!!!)

6 16 patch "rail fences" were added to my stack...

and also a total of 14 9 patches, too. (all blocks made from 3" squares).

an equal amount of light and dark 9 patches. although this layout doesn't look too great with only the yellows, i can tell i'm going to really like this quilt as it moves further along...

go see all the other yellow sunshine blocks over at Angie's! also: follow me on instagram @ jlcap69.  (i post more frequently over there) and: i still have some red scraps i'd love to share! just give me a holler... 

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Show me the {Kona} LOVE!

I'm excited with Angie's choice of yellow for such a dreary (and cold!) month! and yellow works well for a short month, too, as i don't have a lot of yellow in my stash. (but maybe I say that every month...)

I laid out *all* my yellow 3" squares for the picture above, and got 81. with all the lonely (only 1 of) squares, i'll have nearly 100 different yellows to work with. 

on a different note- it's *weird* how the cheddars, which are clearly in the yellow camp, can so quickly dessert and head over to the orange side- making the division of colors a bit stressful for monochromatic quilters like me... 

this week is all about the Konas- Kona Cotton Solids, that is!

my RSC16 column-along is DONE! like: quilted, bound (in indigo), washed and nice and crinkly done!

i made 2 of these RSC16 column-alongs. one was gifted to my oldest daughter, M and her husband K last Christmas.  i made 2 of these because I was sure I would love it too much to part with it- and I was right. This quilt is the smaller of the 2- it finished at about 56" square. 

when I first completed it this week, I wasn't too happy with how it turned out. I had done a poor & lazy job of pressing the top upon completion, and it wasn't laying as flat as it should have been. however, i determinedly and courageously (and carefully) pressed on, and managed to finish quilting loopys on the top with no wrinkles or puckers. 

the stripe fabric is a Moda/Jen Kingwell fabric that i had purchased awhile back with this quilt in mind. i pieced it so the pink was not twice in the back. after a round of washing and drying, the quilt is officially finished, and i'm pleased with the small amount of shrinkage. not only did it improve my quilting, now instead of being of the frame of mind "finished is better than perfect", i'm very happy with how it turned out with no regrets. 

the weather here in northern PA has been absolutely frigid this week (literally!) and it was too cold and windy to go outside to take a picture...  but: 

i finished my Kona 16 patch from RSC18 into a top! the sun did come out and contribute some cheeriness to the colors as we were taking this picture, but still- the picture doesn't do this quilt justice. 

this 16 patch kona/indigo is the big sister to the kona/9 patch that i also pieced during RSC18. (all squares are 3")

this quilt top seems to be glowing! i used indigo for the alternate blocks, and arranged the colors into rows. this top finished at 80" X 100". i plan to use it on my bed, and there is plenty of overhang on the sides to allow sharing with a cover hog. *ahem*.  as the weather improves, i'll take a better photo. 


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