Friday, March 19, 2021

it just goes on and on my friends... the fabric that never ends...

use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without...

that's a saying that a very good (and old) friend told me years and years ago. there's definitely some wisdom in that! 

well, in regards to the pink fabric i'm going to write about today, i've definitely accomplished the first part of this saying!

about 15+ years ago, i bought a bunch of (Civil War-esque) fabrics for making quilts to sell at a local shop. (the selling of quilts has never been a giant success for me. usually i end up giving my quilts as gifts, or donating them to MCC...) 

i must have bought a ridiculous amount, because the above quilt, made for my oldest daughter, M, was about the third or so out of that particular grouping of fabrics. 

the time stamp on the photo is correct. now M is a mama to 3 littles, and A is almost 15! (you can see the pink fabric i'm referring to in the upper left corner of the picture) 

this pinwheel quilt doesn't have the particular pink fabric in it, but there are a bunch of the other Civil War-esque fabrics from that grouping. this quilt was finished and sold to a gas guy during the big gas boom here in our county about 8 years ago or so...

i was still in possession of many of these fabrics, and decided to make a flying geese quilt, using the Eleanor Burns method and ruler. i will say: Easy. Peasy. if you shy away from triangles (like me), then this is definitely the technique for you!

you can see the pink feather fabric second from the left in this grouping. 

this LARGE flying geese quilt was the result...

and was gifted to my oldest son and his girlfriend in our Great Christmas Gifting of 2017. (about time, i'd say, as i started the quilt in 2010!)

A chose this Sunshine and Shadows quilt- same fabrics, same Christmas Gifting of 2017. overheard in the living room after the choosing: A "this is my favorite quilt, ever. it's so beautiful! thanks, Mama!"

some of the feather-y pink fabric made it into this quilt, too! 

one a side note: i even did a tutorial for this block, if you're interested. 

so, if you're keeping track, that's 6 quilts (and counting) for that stack of Civil War-esque fabrics. and i still had some left over! there was some remaning fabric from the original quilt, plus some completed FG blocks. Way back in early January i asked for some suggestions about a UFO finish along. (i work well under pressure) Suzanne was kind enough to tell me about the Facebook UFO Bingo group.

so i made my bingo card, and February was I13- the remainder of my Civil War geese and fabrics. i didn't get the top done until March, but now all the geese are used, the quilt top is pieced for MCC, and hopefully, this quilt can give hope and comfort somewhere, letting someone know that they're not forgotten. 

last but not least, there was a just enough of this pink in February to make this waffle block with the COM and low volume fabrics. with the completion of the waffle block, in addition to the latest flying geese quilt, that's it for the pink feather-y fabric! i'd say i've gotten my money's worth, spread the love around, and have finally used every last schnibble of this fabric from my deep stash! 

make sure to click back to Angela's and see what everyone else is working on this week in the RSC21! 


Saturday, March 06, 2021

the GREEN, she was overflowing!

so. much. green. yikes! but i worked through the whole pile of my 3" squares, and sewed all my planned blocks for RSC21. (and i'm also very happy that i've managed to "get rid" of all the darker/muted greens, leaving the bright and clear greens for my RSC projects.)

my preferences, and my stash has changed in the last 7 years or so... 

5 wonky stars blocks and 86 individual greens. (see above: YIKES!) 

donuts and shoo fly blocks were done, too. 

and last, but not least, the "waffle blocks". the lighting was overcast this morning; the brown is a nice, rich chocolat-y Swiss dot. 


what's GREEN on the inside, but BROWN on the outside?

MARCH, of course! (if you're sewing along with the RSC21 color of the month...)

i've had lots of sewing time this week- i'll have to remember to be especially thankful for that come June, July and august... 

i'm very pleased with how my Full Stop quilt is coming along! i decided to make it 65" wide, and arrange the punctuation in rainbow order. i added a lime green spacer row between the yellow quotations and green brackets. i'll sew the rows together as we complete each color. i'd like this quilt to be about 85" long when done. 

and just because it's the green month: here's another I Spy quilt i'm making for my DIL's sister. E was recently widowed, and she has 3 young children. (her husband was a police officer, killed in the line of duty) I've been feeling that i need to spread my quilts out a bit more, so this was a perfect opportunity to use some more of my I Spy 5" squares. 

it's hard to tell from the {poor} lighting in the picture, but the solid blocks are a hunter green. 


 i plan on quilting it this morning while listening to our Saturday Morning Radio Shows (anyone ever listened to Ranger Bill? {warrior of the woodlands...})


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