April Aqua Finish

It’s been a long slow month and I’m looking forward to the beginning of May. However, working with aqua and turquoise has been a nice change. It has brought a touch of springtime, which I’ve needed.

I’ve been busy trying to finish three quilts to be donated for charity on May 6 at our local guild. They are all children’s quilts which will go to Project Linus. I’ve enjoyed doing all of them. The only difficulty this last week has been working with black on black for the border and binding of one quilt. I just finished up this afternoon. I haven’t had a chance to get a photo so I’ll show it next week.

As a result, my aqua projects have taken a backseat. The first is my 8-inch improv block.

I didn’t realize until just now that it certainly is a wonky block, which will have to be trimmed immediately. On the other hand, it’s just might need some pressing.

My other project is the batik blocks, which I am framing in black, to make up a rainbow quilt for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Back in January I sorted out the batiks according to color for this project, so it’s just a matter of stitching on the black strips each month.

I have not been happy with my steam iron for a long time so I checked on Amazon to find out if there was something better. I found this Rowenta cordless model priced at only $49, a real savings.

I’m really excited about trying this out. My other iron has been a good one for a long time, but this cordless will really make a difference for me in ease of pressing.

I look forward to hearing about all the interesting things that are you friends have been up to this week.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

A Chop Job

Does that title make you want to know what’s going on here? Well, that’s exactly what I did today with one of my misfit blocks. Several weeks ago I posted about my four RSC 10-inch strip blocks. The only problem was that I did not use a quarter-inch foot for the red strip block. So it ended up being smaller than the others.

Today I took a look at it and decided to take the scissors to it just for the fun of it. Here was the result.

The only thing now was to put it back together somehow. I had a tub full of aqua pieces and decided to use them. It wasn’t difficult and I am happy with the result.

As you can see, it certainly is colorful. I don’t know if this will be the first of several of these wonky blocks. It may end up in the orphan pile, but I think I’ll continue having fun and see where this takes me.

Happy Easter!

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

Making Progress

Way back in the mist of time, at least a couple of years ago, I acquired a number of charm packs of black and white squares. They sat in a drawer until this year, when I decided to do something with them. By themselves they were not very attractive, so I added solid color squares interspersed with the black and white. This turned out to be a nice way of turning them into a quilt top. Using my favorite strip quilt method, I added black strips between the rows. The result was about 40 inches square, just the right size for a child’s quilt.

Our local quilt guild is having a charity quilt collection day at the beginning of May. Last week I finished the jungle animal happy green quilt, which I posted. Now I have a deadline for getting this top pinned and quilted and when this one is finished I have one more to get done before the deadline.

I have some fleece with colors that will go with this top. It’s a lively group of cars and trucks with black and assorted colors. The other night I got it pinned to the top with a friend’s help.

Today I completed quilting the black strips between the rows. Because of the clinging fleece I think that will be enough stitching to hold it. Here is how it turned out.

I think my little Paddington bear is happy to have the quilt by his side. It should not take long for me to get it bound with black.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

A Breath of Spring

The temperature finally got up to 60 degrees for the first time today! I was able to get outside and see the birds and really feel nice and warm. It’s about time.

When Angela announced the monthly color is aqua, that felt like spring to me also. Because of appointments I haven’t had much time to do any piecing, but I did piece a 10 inch strip set.

Isn’t that a lovely cool springtime color? Anything watery is always refreshing. I’ll work on some more blocks this week. Here’s all the ones I’ve done so far for the year.

Perhaps you noticed that the red block is not as large as the others, so I’m going to have to rework it or just make a new one and put this one in the parts department.

I really need to get some sleep now so I’ll cut this short. I look forward to seeing all your quilting projects. Cathy’s post will not count. It probably is already way more than my monthly total. Love ya, Cathy.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

Fun with Fusing

Warmer weather seems to be arriving at last. The birds are finally coming back here and I hear the mourning dove at daybreak and the house finches, who seem to be busy building a nest nearby. I will be really happy when I see some daffodils, my favorite flower.

With five Saturdays this month I’ve already completed my usual collection of green blocks. So it’s time for some improv. I have a lot of fusible web, so I want to practice using it. I don’t do appliqué, so this gives me more choices for design.

Late last night I pulled together some assorted scraps to work with.

I laid the fusible web on parchment paper and set the pieces on it, then covered them with another piece of parchment. When I pressed this all down I found that it took a number of repeated pressings to completely fuse them. Waiting a couple of minutes to let it cool off allowed me to peel back the parchment. For spots that didn’t get attached very well I repeated the pressing.

Then I dug through my stash of black and gray fat quarters. With all these solid pieces I chose a swirl pattern from Connecting Threads to give some added movement. Fusing the scraps onto the black piece was easier because I was not as impatient with the cooling off process.

As an afterthought I just decided to add the little blue square and I think that gives it more of a feeling of depth.

This really has been a fun experience for me and I’m looking forward to doing a lot more fusing. You will be seeing more of this from me in future posts.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

A Happy Green Finish

It’s a time to celebrate this week. Spring has arrived, although not very obviously here yet. However the birds are singing and I’m looking forward to the flowers soon.

I’m also celebrating the finish of my happy green quilt. It’s full of animals and color. I found a very good backing for it, some of the same animals. I got it finished just in the nick of time for this photo op.

It ended up at 36X 36 inches, because that was all that I had of the animal prints for the front. As you can see, the back goes with it very well. For the binding I found several jelly roll strips in my stash that have been sitting around for years. I think they go just fine with the colors of the quilt.

Our local quilt group is having a charity quilt collection day in May, so I’m going to be including this one to be donated to a local charity.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

Working on the Jungle

As I mentioned last week, I’m working on making a quilt for Jack’s Basket, a fine charity providing Down syndrome babies with baskets of baby items. You can find out more about it from Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. She is running the Hands to Help 2019 Project.

I made good progress on the quilt this week, and with the help of a friend it is now layered and pinned. Today I was able to do vertical rows of quilting.

Isn’t it cute? I almost hate to part with it. Knowing that some young child will love the bright colors and learn about the animals in the jungle, is a sweet reward.

After it was pinned and ready to quilt I tried putting on the walking foot. What a disaster that was! After struggling with it repeatedly and not being able to get it on, I asked a friend to help and she was not successful either. So I just decided to try quilting it with my regular open foot. It went very smoothly with no puckers on the back.

I always use Connecting Threads Essential 50 weight on top and bobbin. With any mix of colors, like the yellow, green and white here, my color choice is taupe. In fact, that is the thread I use for most of my projects. Here is a comparison shot of taupe and white threads puddled on my quilt top.

Do you see how bright and shiny the white thread is compared to the taupe which blends into the background? The same is true when piecing many fabric colors, as well as for the quilting. That’s why I keep it threaded in my machine and load up a bunch of bobbins at the same time. That is my hint for the week.

As I look out my window I’m seeing green grass and rapidly melting piles of snow. At last spring is on the way here in Wisconsin! I’ve been able to open the windows during the day and hear the various bird calls so dear to me.

The first bird to return here was the mourning dove with its sad cooing at daybreak. Yesterday afternoon a wonderful little miracle happened out on my deck. I have two large flower pots there which I haven’t bothered to empty of dried leaves. I heard a flutter as a dove landed in one of my pots. It was probably looking for seeds, because the snow still covered everything. She nestled down in the pot and stayed there for a full five minutes, all the while saying coo coo. Then she began pecking around in the dirt looking for seeds. Apparently there weren’t any, so she flew away with another flutter. I finally was able to start breathing normally again.

I hope all of you are enjoying the coming of spring with lovely weather and a chance to be out enjoying it.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/