Planning for Purple

This week has been a very busy one for me especially today, Friday. While I’m waiting for Angela to give us the next monthly color, I’m putting some of my solids to good use. One of my pieces is a beautiful rich purple. By combining it with its complementary color, yellow, there is a real explosion of brightness. The golden yellow piece I found is a batik with very rich tones.

I’ve also been trying to find a new block pattern to try out. The best place I have found for this is Patchwork Square, a website with free quilt block patterns. Each block is shown with a couple of layouts and comes in a variety of sizes. The blocks can be sorted in many different categories, including by size. This is one of the designs I’m thinking about.

Although this block is really beautiful, I feel that I don’t want to undertake anything as complex as this right now. I may decide to make one block in the 16-patch-inch size for a wallhanging.

To begin with I have chosen an easier block made up of 2.5-inch strips for the 14-inch size. I’m not sure how big I’m going to make the quilt, but it really lends itself to easy piecing.

Tonganoxie is the name of a city in Illinois, originally named after a tribal chieftan of that region. I plan to use as my four colors purple , yellow, lilac and white.

At this point I’m hoping that maybe Angela will have chosen purple for the March color. Saturday- Green is a lovely color also. I haven’t seen any green outdoors for ages, so it will be really nice to get out my green scraps.

Actually these colors remind me of Easter so it will be very appropriate, at least like spring crocuses and daffodils, my very favorite flowers. With below freezing temperatures forecast again for this week, this is really going to cheer me up.

By this time next week I should have made some good progress in piecing these blocks, plus my improv blocks and others for the month of March.

I’m linking up with Angela at Cynthia at

Scrappy Solution

There has been more good quilting weather here this week. Snow, snow and more snow. Today it’s been sunny and bright just like the past few days. My daughter and I went for a long drive the other day, seeing lots of plowed fields and trees covered with snow, like these.

Last week I showed you some pictures of my boxes filled with scraps. The box of muted colors was my choice to work on this week.

I continued piecing pairs, then making bigger squares and rectangles until I could set them together into what was a wall hanging size. I didn’t worry about color placement except in a few places where I wanted to balance out the reds or the blues.

it wasn’t until I saw this photo that I noticed the brighter blue flowered scrap which ended up exactly right in the center. Serendipity! The piece about 16 x 24 inches.

last week I received a batch of fabrics from Connecting Threads. For some reason I happened to include a fat quarter of a brown print. This turned out to be exactly the right choice for a border. Black, white or gray would not have blended well at all.

It didn’t take long to add the border. This is as far as I’m going to go for now. I will hang it up on my wall to enjoy it for a while before deciding whether to quilt it.

There is plenty of yellow here for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Moving Ahead

Last week I was getting nothing done, but now I’m on a roll. Days of sunshine on more snow have definitely cheered me up. For my Rainbow Scrap Challenge batik blocks I finished the red and the yellow blocks, seven of each.

I also made the yellow 8-inch improv block.

Now for something new and exciting. I have accumulated a bag of little scraps, not nearly as many as some of you industrious folks have in your stash. When I looked through them, I realized that I had basically two color types. There are the bright colors and the muted colors. After working with color for many years, I know that they work best separately. So I took the time to sort them into two boxes.

As you can see in the box of muted scraps, quite a few have already been stitched into pairs. This was from an abandoned project way back. So my next step will be to begin stitching those pairs into larger pieces. I’ve decided to go for 12-inch finished blocks.

This is really a fun project for me. I love working on something to see where it ends up without any planning ahead. Check with me next week to see what’s happened. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you friends have got going.

I’m linking up with Angela at Cynthia at

Falling Behind

I’m beginning to understand why bears hibernate. They know how to keep warm and snuggly. It’s been bitterly cold here lately for a few weeks and no end in sight. Now we have more snow in the mix as well. My mind tells me that it’s perfect weather for quilting, but my body doesn’t seem to agree. I’ve just been plodding along.

In January I was working on my deadline for the Endeavourers challenge. I got this published last week. So now it’s time for catching up on January red blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and making yellow ones.

For quite a while I’ve had the idea of doing batik squares surrounded by black. This would be another RSC piece for this year. I went through my batik charm squares to see if I had enough for each month of the challenge. This was a lot of fun and I finally broke it down to seven or eight squares of each color. It’s going to be a rainbow quilt, but I’m not sure what layout to use.

. At first I planned to do a straight rainbow strip design, seven squares wide by eight rows long. But today I thought I might want to do it more scattered. So for now i’m just taking each group and adding a black one and a half inch strip to one side of each block.

As for the yellow, my first job is to make an improv block, 8 1/2 inches. Yellow is tough to work with because there is such a limited range of contrast.

These are a few examples where other colors add interest. Batiks seem to offer a better range of yellow choices. Now I have to get busy and get some things done before next weekend rolls around.

I’ll be enjoying seeing and getting ideas from all of you. I really could not be a quilter without having your input.

I’m linking up with Angela at Cynthia at

Texture Challenge

This is my second Endeavourers challenge. I really look forward each time to pushing myself out of my comfort zone with improv quilting. The wallhanging size works very well for me.I decided to emphasize texture by avoiding color contrast and prints which would compete for attention.

Then for inspiration I went first to Pinterest. There were many examples of shadowboxes, book covers, prayer flags and wallhangings embellished with a vast variety of fabric collages. Many contain other elements such as paper, postage stamps, photos, medals and embroidery.

I have many pieces of old lace, crochet, and other fabric with texture. After searching through all the nooks and crannies, I collected quite a few samples that would be useful. Most of them are off white so that’s the color that I worked with.

The fabric I chose for the front and the back was a reproduction of old handwriting. I fused both front and back to the batting then did straight line quilting in a grid. Then I pressed a very very long strip of machine crocheted open work. This was stitched down to make a nice frame for the piece.

At that point I decided to add pink accents to give a little color and liveliness. This was my first rough placement of the pieces.

Once I had the edge pieces stitched down, I picked out a fragile hankie with some holes in it. I gathered it at the center, tied it with a piece of pink lace and stitched it down to the top border. The rest of the pieces were laid out in a gentle curve.

I decided to fill in the remainder of the circle with buttons chosen from my old Mason jar. Most of them are mother of pearl and a few pink ones. I like the way the pearly ones add a little glimmer.

Here is my texture challenge.

There is just a tiny bit of red for RSC19, and made good use of odds and ends.

I’m linking up with Angela at Cynthia at

One Monthly Goal

However, I’m happy to say that I did complete my One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts. I started the month with two charm packs of black and white prints, some including bright colors. After deciding to make a row quilt, I added some lovely solids to go with them. This was the first row that I finished early in the month.

Here is my finish for OMG.

The finish has been done in time to show my goal was met.

I have really enjoyed the challenge this month. Don’t know if I’ll be working on one every month, but I think I’ll be doing it more this coming year.

A Finish and a Start

Somehow this month does not seem fair. I feel like I’m losing out on a Saturday for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

However, I’m happy to say that I did complete my One Monthly Goal already. I started the month with two charm packs of black and white prints, some including bright colors. After deciding to make a row quilt, I added some lovely solids to go with them. This was the first row that I finished early in the month.

I linked this up with the One Monthly Goal start at Elm Street Quilts.

The finish has been done in time to show my goal was met.

Meanwhile I’ve been working very very slowly on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. For my second block this month I’ve only been able to pull some batik red charms together.

I can almost start drooling over these luscious prints. Not only are the cherries there, but I can almost taste strawberries and raspberries. With all the terrible freezing cold we’ve had, anything to remind me of summer really helps.

These charms will be part of a rainbow batik quilt I’ll be making for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year. You will get to see these red blocks next week.

I hope you have all had a fun and productive month with your scraps.

I’m linking up with Angela at Cynthia at