RSC17 week 37

A TOUCH OF ORANGE

I’ve been very busy this week with quilting, but not with orange.  So I’ll show you my bit of orange now.   In preparation for making my orange Folded Box  I did pick out my fabric choices today. This is how they compare with my blue Folded Box.
Getting down to business, I  recently got a friend to help me pin my Mile a Minute quilt.  I used a purchased fleece blanket for backing/batting.  I took for granted that the blanket was 50×60 inches, as stated on the label.  Bad mistake.  It was a couple of inches less in both directions and was just barely large enough for the flimsy.  Lesson learned.  I stitched the perimeter to secure it, which helped, and the quilting itself went like a dream with my faithful walking foot.  But the binding was really tough to do.  So I still hate binding.  But the entire job got done this week.

This Mile a Minute method has become a favorite, especially the chain piecing of scrap to scrap.  My other favorite is a row quilt, which I’ve used for a number of Project Linus quilts.  With one more fleece blanket left I decided to leave the walking foot in place and finish my charming pink and purple girl’s row quilt.  My friend and I measured the fleece first this time.  We had room to spare for the top, but to be sure, I trimmed both the width and length a bit.  
After a follow up dental visit today I got a tall guy in our building to hold up both quilts for photos, so this is the pinned row quilt with ample fleece on all sides. 
One sweet moment happened this weekend, when my granddaughter and her visiting exchange student from Japan came over to visit.  This charming girl was delighted when she saw the Japanese dolls on the row top. I told her about the amazing quilting that is done in Japan.  We all had a really special visit.  
As soon as I get this second fleece quilt finished I will put my quarter-inch foot back and continue with orange.  But it is so satisfying to see these Project Linus quilts finished in time for our October charity quilt collection.  
A few of the trees are starting to get fall color.  I hope that will be an encouraging sight to many of you who have been shocked and saddened by the storms.  As expressed by officials in disaster areas, Please qdo help the victims by sending money, not quilts, which may end up in waste piles.  Our postage cost alone can purchase needed supplies in bulk.  Please send your donation to a charity you trust.  
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RSC week 35

WORKING BACKWARDS

This week was another profitable scrappy quilting time for me.  It began when I found two fleece blankets to use as backing for Project Linus quilts.  They had hidden behind piles of fabric for a couple of years.  Last week I made a Mile a Minute top to be used with the silly one.  Purple penguins go with anything, so it is pinned and ready to quilt.
That left the other fleece and I determined to use it right away.  Here it is with a few of the fabrics I chose for the top. 

I think the easiest top to make is a row quilt with no seams to match.  The pieces I chose had to be, for the most part, the full width of fabric.  I also joined a chain of charms for one row and in another I used some orphan 4-patch blocks.  It’s a girl quilt which will have the nice rosy fleece for backing.  

I was delayed a bit due to some dental work  but got it finished in a day.   I paired up two strips at a time and then measured the length.  I just did that until it was long enough, about 52 inches.  So this is my girl’s pink, blue and purple top ready to be pinned.  

I did not have a chance to even sort through and locate my orange bits for September’s challenge.  That will officially begin tomorrow and I’ll be back to making my usual monthly rainbow blocks.
The weather has definitely cooled off here, such a delight.  I do pray especially for the folks in Texas who survived Katrina only to have this second devastation.  So much loss!  And so many kind people doing what they can to help.  
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RSC17 week 34

LAST NEUTRALS 

I confess I did only two projects involving neutrals this month,  but one is a finished flimsy.   It’s been an exciting week for me, making and completing this Mile a Minute quilt top.  I loved every minute of it, putting all my scraps together and making a huge dent in my scrap box.
Since I follow RSC17 every month I’ve been in the habit of pulling pieces for each color in turn, then storing them away again.  But the little bits and odd color combinations were always hanging around forgotten.  So those pesky ones are exactly what I used.  And, as they say, if you cut fabric small enough it will fit right in.   
Here are close ups of a few of my favorite blocks.
This block includes snails, a car and some really wacky shapes.
My bananas have the spotlight here.
Some fruit and an upside down lacy heart – you can’t catch every mistake. 
Today I finished the sashing.  It is a thrill to use some of these unwanted neutral strips.  My friend cut them with her Go cutter, but did the entire batch of fabric by mistake.  And I almost never use 2-inch strips.  They worked perfectly here and the border will be the same.
For the backing I will be using a fleece with penguins and purple.  What could be better than that?  This will be for Project Linus at our Monona Quilters twice yearly charity quilt day.  They are a phenomenal group of motivated people.  Our collection in May brought in over 200, all for a variety of local charities.  My next one will be a row quilt for a little girl.  I already have the fleece and fabrics waiting.   
I hope you have all had a good scrappy week or other fun times.  Take a look at the scrappy projects I link with:
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Midweek Makers, 8/16

FUN WITH FABRIC


This week I got sidetracked by a squirrel.  Just when I had my WIPs plan all laid out.  I came across the Mile a Minute quilt tutorial by Edith at inchbyinchquilting.blogspot.ca.   My plans flew out the window and I gathered all my little scraps.  To make a baby quilt I need 25 blocks at 8.5 inches, one of my standard sizes.  

After piecing together small bits for the 25 blocks, I became impatient to see RESULTS.


I chose four of them randomly and went to work, using  a sort of log cabin technique, and finished them at  8.5 inches.  Needless to say, they are very colorful.  They do need sashing and I just happen to have a big pile of 2-inch neutral strips.  When I was needing strips I asked my friend, who has a Go cutter, to cut some.  She went ahead and cut up all the fabric I gave her, enough for many neutral Strippy projects.  Here is how the blocks and sashing will look.


Since then I haven’t been able to stop working on these blocks.  I’m chain piecing the rest of the strips.  They are in various stages of completion, most nearing the finish.  But today I have six finished blocks to share.
The weather has been delightful this week, energizing me to keep up the pace.  I should finish the blocks by the end of the week and get going on the sashiing.
For the backing I have a cute piece of fleece to make it nice and cuddly.  

 Our Monona Quilters next charity quilt collection is in October, so I will have this unexpected Project Linus quilt to contribute. 

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RSC17 week 32

A BIT OF NEUTRAL

This week I got sidetracked by a squirrel.  Just when I had my WIPs plan all laid out.  I came across the Mile a Minute quilt tutorial by Edith at inchbyinchquilting.blogspot.ca.   My plans for neutrals flew out the window and I gathered all my little scraps.  To make a baby quilt I need 25 blocks at 8.5 inches, one of my standard sizes.  
After piecing together small bits for the 25 blocks, I became impatient to see RESULTS.
I chose four of them randomly and went to work, using  a sort of log cabin technique, and finished them at  8.5 inches.  Needless to say, they are very colorful.  They do need sashing and I just happen to have a big pile of 2-inch neutral strips.  When I was needing strips I asked my friend, who has a Go cutter, to cut some.  She went ahead and cut up all the fabric I gave her, enough for many neutral Strippy projects.  Here is how the blocks and sashing will look.
That’s all the neutrals I have done so far, and those are just laid on my design floor.  However, I’m looking forward to Monday, when a talented friend from our Monona Quilters will bring me some samples of her small study pieces.  I plan to make some small ones myself in neutral minimal style and she can show me the technical details.  
The weather has been delightful this week, energizing me to get my latest WIP finished.  I added borders to my Fence Rail Stars top and enlarged the bunny backing with leftover blocks. 

Now I just have to dig into my batting to find pieces to use for the 42-inch square quilt.  And work on 21 more MaM blocks. Our guild’s next charity quilt collection is in October, so I will have at least two Project Linus quilts to contribute.
I hope the rest of you friends have more ideas for neutrals this week.  The blocks I’ve been doing monthly don’t seem to work for neutrals.  I guess I will have to rely on you and the squirrels for more ideas.  
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