My plan for the Rainbow Scrap Challengethis year is to focus on making progress on UFOs based on the monthly color. I pulled out this set of blocks that was started in 2002 in a class that my sister and I took together. The pattern was called Dutch Tiles. I worked on the blocks occasionally over the years, but for some reason never managed to finish the quilt. I just need to finish making a few more blocks, then I can get them joined together.
I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, where you can see all sorts of amazing quilting inspiration!
This was a good week for turning my numbers around and getting back on the side of more fabric used than stashed for the year so far. I added borders to my blue & yellow QOV blocks, plus pieced a back for it. You can see photos of both the quilt top and the back in yesterday's post.
Used this week: 6.375 yards
Used year to date: 9.5 yards
Stashed this week: 6.25 yards
Stashed year to date: 6.25yards Net year to date: 3.25 yards used Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.
Participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for the last couple of years has been such a treat for me. There are always so many creative ways that everyone uses the color of the month. I am constantly adding more great ideas and inspiration to my list of projects to make someday. This year I have started two new projects for the RSC, one hand stitching and one that has become my leader and ender project. Instead of starting yet another new quilt, I am going to try to make progress on some of my UFOs based on the RSC color. The color for January is blue, so I pulled out this stack of blue and yellow 1/4 Log Cabin blocks that I started when Alycia hosted a block drive in 2013. Last weekend I got all the blocks joined together and added the borders.
Throughout the past week I have been piecing chunks of blue and yellow fabrics for the back of this quilt. I couldn't get the whole back in this photo, but you can get the idea. All that's left is to make a binding and a label.
It feels good to have something different up on my design wall, especially since I have a finished quilt top to show! These blocks were started as part of a Quilts of Valor block drive hosted by Alycia back in 2013. I made about 20 blocks around Labor Day that year, then they got tucked away in my sewing room. Last October I pulled them out again, made some more blocks, played with different layouts, then put them away again. This month I am trying to clear out some of my UFOs, and this was the first project to be chosen.
I got all of the blocks joined together on Saturday, then added borders yesterday. There really are borders on the left side too--I couldn't get the whole quilt in my photo through the bathroom doorway. Next thing is to pull some fabrics for a backing. I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, where you can see all sorts of amazing quilting inspiration! I am also linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for more incredible quilt viewing.
My stash-busting efforts took a detour this week, but the good news is that it was all free. I have been very lucky lately, winning two different giveaways.
My first win was a giveaway from McCall's Quilting. It is a fat quarter bundle of "Paisley Park" fabrics by Kansas Troubles for Moda. These aren't fabrics/colors I would generally choose, but I am liking the deep, rich colors. Plus I'm a sucker for those paisley prints!
My second win was the grand prize in the 350 Blocks Project over at Prairie Moon Quilts. Each month Shelly posts the goal number of blocks to make that month, with the total for the whole year being 350. At the end of the month, the participants all report their results. There is a prize drawing every month, and final prizes at the end of the year. Last year I made a total of 638 blocks. (pretty good, but one participant made almost 1400 blocks!) Anyway, my prize included this assortment of fabrics--talk about a contrast to the previous group!
These fabrics are from the line "Asbury" by Thomas Knauer for Andover. My favorites are the two stripey fabrics and the zigzaggy dots in the middle row. I also won two quilting books, two patterns, some thread, and TrueGrips adhesive rings for my rulers. What a great prize package this was!
I have been doing lots of cutting fabrics and prepping projects this week, but not a whole lot of sewing, so no fabric used to report. I will have to get to work stitching up some of my winnings! Used this week: 0 yards
Used year to date: 3.125 yards
Stashed this week: 6.25 yards
Stashed year to date: 6.25yards Net year to date: 3.125 yards stashed Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.
Actually, I am not singing the blues at all today. In fact I am almost giddy with excitement because I had expected to work this morning, but found out last night that the work call had been cancelled. Woohoo!! A free morning! Of course, there are plenty of things I should take care of around the house, but first I am going to take some time to catch up on blogging. I have added more blocks to my appliqued circles project (True Colors from the book Simple Circles and Quick Curves by Nancy Mahoney.) My new leader-and-ender project for this year is going to be a rainbow of bowties. I have been cutting a ton of light neutral background squares, and I will make bowties in the assigned color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge each month. So far I have 13 blocks done and another dozen or so partially made. I hope to make around 30 blocks each month and end up with enough for a good-sized throw.
I have continued working on an old Rainbow Scrap project, my Scrap Hexies. The pieces have become too large for me to keep stitching them on the train to work in the mornings, but I am getting some stitching time while watching TV at night. Background hexies have been added to the yellow star, which leaves only 3 more stars needing background. Then I can start joining everything together and come up with a plan for how to finish the outside edges.
My design wall has had one of my Rainbow LeMoyne quilt tops hanging up, while I kept hoping that I would come up with a great idea for a border. Unfortunately, inspiration did not strike and I got tired of looking at it, so it has come down for the time being.