RSC17 week 45


This week I was getting tired of making little trees with tiny flip triangles.  I looked through my stash to find something to reduce some of my ever-encroaching fabric.  I also wanted to start a new quilt for Covered In Love.  

I have a big bin full of batiks, mostly jelly roll strips in muted colors.  They’ve been sitting around for years.  So I dug into them and decided to make blocks. I fold the strip into four and measure this folded piece at 10-1/2 inches, and trim off the excess at the end with the selvages and one fold.  With my scissors I also cut through the other looped end and have four equal strips.  No rotary cutting needed.  Then I chain pieced pairs of these strips.  

To make about a 60 X 60 inch top I needed 15 strips of five pairs,  (I know that’s only 50 inches, but there will be borders.)   I felt that these pieces with a lot of brown could use a spark of orange, so I’ve been inserting narrow strips of bright orange batik randomly.  I also staggered the blocks like bricks.

This went together so quickly that I finished one third of the top in no time.  I’m very happy with it.  There are so many prints and colors it reminds me of an Impressionist painting.   

So that’s my contribution to RSC17 November brown and darks.  I’ll be checking out your exciting posts for more new ideas.

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RSC16 week 8


This week I finally caught up with my RSC16 Twinkle Star blocks by finishing the blue one.  It did not get its turn in January, so better late than never.  It almost was never due to my frustration.  For the second time I cut the half triangles from the wrong fabric instead of the white!  Don’t know where my brain was.  I’m happy with the scrappy pieces I found, especially the center block with the purple flowers.

Here is the first star I did in brown and pink batiks.  The center was a nice fussy cut find from a layer cake piece of batik.

For the Modern HST Sampler blocks given by Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts, I used the RSC16 colors again.  These are 12.5-inch blocks and there are two given each month.  So I get extra chances to play with Angela’s lovely color choices.
This is number three of the Modern HST Sampler blocks called Lantern.  The example showed a white center block, but I added the warm ‘light’ in the lantern, one of my favorite batik pieces.  I love the swirling blend of the colors.

On Monday the fourth Modern HST Sampler block will be released.  Each one is designed to be a little more challenging than the last, so I should be very comfortable with HSTs by December.
NEWS FLASH:  Just after I finished the above post, I found a package delivery outside my door from Fat Quarter Shop.  This had to be an exception to my fabric fast.  I have been looking at the Note To Self line from Henry Glass since it came out.  I love the Fruits of the Spirit named on the apples  in the design.

Here are two of the Apple color prints and a red flower piece from the line.  These were all half price on the 24-hour Flash Sale.  The Black and White Text from Ella Blue was also on sale.  Could you resist? There are a couple of others you have to wait until next week to see.
I hope all of you have a great quilting week. I link up with RSC16 at soscrappy and Modern HST Sampler at Blossom Heart Quilts.

RSC16 week 6


This has been a slow week for quilting here.  My shoulder has been acting up and also I am waiting for the mailman every day to bring what I need to get started.
   1.  For the Strips That Sizzle I decided, after piecing it, that a double border would be good to show off more of that great batik.  But the blue fabric from my stash turned out to be a bit stretchy in the width, probably from latex added.  So here is my plan so far:

These are the widths I’m planning to use, but now I’m waiting for some Windsor blue Kona which I ordered this week. I have lots of the batik left.
2.  I really did not like the first 16-inch scrappy block that I labored over so much.  I have been wanting to do leaders/Enders 16-patches.  So I started ripping apart the big block to reuse the blue pieces.  Some of them are here.  I will save the blue and whites for the future.

3.  It’s February, so what about the new colors?  They are only colors so far.  I have decided to make Twinkles after all, because I just love the ones I’ve seen from so many of you.  My tri-recs have not yet arrived, so that is on hold for now.

This pile of batiks should be good for the Twinkles I plan to do and for the next two Modern HST Sampler blocks.  At least I did not wait until summer to change direction!
I link up with RSC16 at soscrappy and Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt.  Do check out what the talented folks are doing.