RSC 16 week 32


I feel good about getting goals done In July. Namely, I achieved my goal of finishing a pair of Pinwheel Row quilts for One Monthly Goal at Red Letter Quilts for July.  They went from flimsies to finished entirely.  One was done with giveaway HSTs I used to make large pinwheels.  I had enough for a second row quilt as well.  All the other rows came from my stash, both backs as well..
Here is the finished pair:

It’s such a good feeling to have those done.  Now I can take on another WIP or two.
I also finished up all my RSC16  blocks for watermelon month, appropriately named for all the heat everyone is suffering through.  My improv block was the final one, a little more on the structured side, inspired by some fascinating crazy stripes.

Sometimes you just have to use certain fabrics which don’t let you ignore them, namely the black and rose charms. A little lime and some crazy brown ones thrown in made it quite easy to finish, no agonizing this time.  So I ended up rewarding myself with lots of emoticons this month, which are less fattening than chocolate (which would melt in my hands in the heat anyway).   

For the new purple for August I’m showing you an original table topper from around 1900 done in silks with embroidered outlines.  I have had it for years as part of my small and doll quilt collection.   The silks have shredded over the last 100 plus years, but it is has a great faded beauty.  It is about 14 inches square, has no batting and the back is a faded floral.  It is one of my treasures.

I’m going to continue showing pieces from my antique quilt collection whenever I can get good photos.  It’s so nice to see how the quilting traditions have been passed on through the generations.


Now that August is here and I’m still spending time indoors with the a/c, I’ve pulled out all my purple stash again, a lot of it in batiks.  I’m also designing a girl quilt with fabrics I’ve had set aside for too long.   I hope you all have a good month ahead, keeping cool and quilting.

I’m linking up this week with
Rainbow Scrap Challenge at


Modern HST Sampler at

Blossom Heart Quilts

RSC16 week 28


With the hot weather upon us, using these watermelon colors seems to be keeping me cool, at least in my mind.  The luscious colors are really dripping with cool.  
Each month I seem to be starting off with my sailboats because, truthfully, they are the fastest to make.   This is one where I found the HSTs already made from some other project, so it almost felt like cheating.  On the other hand I don’t have a Parts Deptartment full of orphan blocks, like Magpie Sue’s.  

I really had a good time making this 16-patch block.  My scrap box of rose, pink and lime is not very full this month, so I dithered around until I came across a bunch of polka dot pink charm squares.  I’ve never been fond of them, but for this block they made it so playful I could not resist.  I think it’s now my favorite 16-patch.

These dots also remind me of watermelon seeds, the little white ones.  I even found some wonky green melons.

This week I also entered the OMG July Monthly goal at Red Letter Quilts, which is to quilt and bind my two Pinwheel Row quilts.  So that is my major undertaking for now.  I’m using my walking foot to do a mix of straight and wavy lines (It’s not always clear which is which.)  

For my Twinkler star I found some gorgeous flowers like the full blown rose, so that will be my focal point.  

My wish for all of you dear friends is a fun and satisfying week, whatever that includes.

I’m linking up this week with 
Rainbow Scrap Challenge at soscrappy 
Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts 
One Monthly Goal at Red Letter Quilts

Brave Quilter at Pink Doxies
Have a look at all the interesting things that are going on there.