Friday, January 07, 2022

getting started on RSC22!

i thought i'd really switch things up this year for RSC22, and start working with some triangles! woohoo! even though my "base block" is my old standby, the trusty 3" square, i have a triangle die for my Studio2 cutter, and with the addition of lots of scrappy whites for the triangles, i plan on making a colorful throw size quilt this year.


each of these HSTs will finish at 2½" in the quilt ("designed" on EQ5) using some tips on magic numbers for quilting and quilt blocks from Rachel and Katie, I'll be making 3, 6 or 9 HSTs in the monthly color. 


this is my 9th (!!!) year sewing along with RSC, and while i still have MANY 3" squares to choose from in my drawer, they're certainly dwindling down in both numbers and variety. although i added some more red HSTs last night, you can see on the right side of my design wall that I've a good start on this new project. 

also: I'm working at laying out an everyday tablecloth from my RSC18 project, eclectic AND bohemian 9 patches. only 4 more rows to put up, and i can take this down and sew it together. 


and: after a 2-year hiatus, I'm back to sewing crumb blocks. as you can see, all the jars are overflowing. (and the cream/white jar is not even on the shelf!) last night i finished up and trimmed the red crumbs (they'll finish at 6" in a quilt)- there were a lot! I'll definitely have to keep my eyes out for some clever/interesting design ideas on how to use the crumb blocks in an interesting quilt/layout. 


it's hard to tell without a reference for scale, but the above and below 2 pics are of rectangles and squares that are smaller than my usual crumb blocks. they measure 9½" X 4½" and 4½" square. i have a bunch more of these sizes pieced in other colors, left over from RSC15 (?). i never did anything with them, but will continue to build the collection of these for RSC22. 


my initial, and continuing idea, is to do something along the design lines of Crazy Mom's June QAL. i finished one of these quilts last summer; it's a favorite of mine, and is a great (bright and cool) summer quilt for my bed. I'll keep pondering this idea as i make more blocks each month for RSC22.


43 red crumb blocks made a huge dent in that overflowing scrap jar. there are stills some seed reds in there; they can breed and multiply until next year. (ha!) 


although i made an effort to sort out my different reds by value and saturation, i wasn't nearly as particular as I've been about it in years past. i decided that it's not really necessary to be quite that particular...


and: if you're looking for clever OR interesting quilts, (and beautiful!) be sure to visit Angela's blog on Saturday mornings! inspiration abounds over there... 


8 comments:

Frédérique said...

Oh, I love your crumb blocks, it's a great way to use scraps!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Crumb blocks and HSTs will make beautiful quilts out of your littlest bits! Fun!

Char said...

Love all your crumb blocks.

Kathy S. said...

LOVE your HST plan for this year. Aren't Accuquilt dies the best? LOVE them!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Wow!! You really went crazy with the RED Crumbs, Jennifer. LOVE that HST project that you will be working on during RSC22!!

Sandy Panagos said...

Love anything made with crumb blocks! What is a Bohemian 9-patch?

Ivani said...

I do love crumb blocks. It will be fun seeing all those jar empty.

Cathy said...

I always love your quilts and you’ve been a big inspiration to me over the years. I’m planning some crumb projects too. I’ll be doing a couple crumb placemats (or maybe 3-4, depending) each month. ThenI may do some Accuquilt shapes (like tumblers) too.

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