Posted 6/12

TOSSED SALAD

This is what was hanging around in my studio and getting very tired looking.

No, it is not edible, never was.  These 2-inch strips were from a friend who could no longer sew.  She loved repros; I do not.  I used a few pieces in my AHIQ challenge two, but what to do with these?  

I was also constantly being nagged by about 100 little neutral 4-patch blocks.  They were rejected for the challenge top.  Two nights ago a flash of inspiration hit.  Why not combine them for a charity quilt?  These are the poor rejects, about seven months old.  They remind me of soggy crqckers.

And voila!  The combination of wilted greens and soggy crackers came alive and have a purpose.

I was so excited that in less than 24 hours I have made 17 of the 25 squares I plan to use.  I have a nice dark blue with little flowers, enough for sashing and border.  I’ll keep you  posted. I just had to let you know I can work with repros after all.
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 Covered in Love at katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

RSC17 week 12

A MIXED BAG

The main thing occupying my time and thoughts for a few days was an overnight hospital procedure.  It went better than expected and I’m glad to be home.  But I’ve been tired as a result so very little stitching was done.  
However, I received an unexpected and truly generous surprise.  For Cynthia’s Orphan Block event I offered 18 of my HST blocks from Blossom Heart Quilts excellent tutorials. They will be going to some generous person tomorrow.  I got a lot of good experience at doing the blocks, but I’m not up to turning them into one or two quilts.  I did not realize Cynthia had a drawing for the participants until she sent me an email.  Not only had I won the drawing, but she gave me extra fabric for my Kaffe Fassett quilt project.
The prize included the latest issues of Quilty and 100 Blocks, along with two mini charm packs, perfect  for Project Linus projects.  Cynthia has a project published in both magazines.

She very generously sent me large pieces of three gorgeous fabrics of my color choice.  These will be a real help to round out the pieces for my 30 blocks (none were made this week).  

The one bit of RSC17 sewing I got done at the last minute was my pair of red 6-inch houses.  They are such fun to make.

So here I am glad this week is over, feeling fine and looking forward to April and some flowers, any flowers, PLEASE.  
I’m wishing the blessing of spring flowers for all of you this week. 
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Orphan Adoption Event

In 2016 I participated in the Modern HST Sampler for nine months, producing 18 blocks, each 12.5 inches unfinished.  That was as far as I was able to go due to family events.  They were done following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge two colors a month, so the colors are varied, but can be grouped into smaller units.

These are typical blocks of the group.  
I would like to offer them to anyone in the US who wants them, to make for charity or not, your choice.  
With this large size and some sashing one or two quilts can be made easily, and if you have a longarm it could be an easy project.
I live in Madison  WI area and will split the shipping costs for anyone in the US.  The winner will be chosen by random number drawing.  I will keep this open until Saturday, March 25. The drawing will be held on Sunday, March 26 and shipped after we agree on these points.  
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RSC17 week 2

WRESTLING WITH AN ELEPHANT 

All of a sudden January has arrived and besides lots of snow and freezing, Angela has stated our Rainbow Scrap Challenge year off with purple.  I’m amazed at how much purple I have in my stash.  The color is confusing, sometimes bluish and others on the maroon side.  The patterns I’ve chosen allow me to mix and match.
My main rainbow project this year is Geese Migration by Cynthia at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework .  It’s 25 scrappy 10-inch blocks set on point, so there is plenty of room for a rainbow of colors.  I’ve started off with a lavender toned one and a darker purple.  It’s just three columns of 2-1/2-inch squares paired with five flying geese.  She uses the flip triangle method for the geese,so easy.  

I’m very pleased with this start for 2017. 

I’ve also been working away on Sarah’s Color Charms quilt, which got pinned this afternoon with the help of a friend.  We worked down in our club room with big tables for doing the job.  The only one who gets on the floor any more is Sarah.  I used Warm and White batting, bought off the 90-inch roll with my Hobby Lobby coupon.  
Here are two glimpses of the top.

 

Because I decided that the top was too small, I added three more rows across and two mor down the side.  Since the back was already in progress, I had to keep adding segments to make it match. 

I added the center strips and blocks, which made it work.  The Cotton and Steel fat quarters were purchased with a giveaway by Gotham from Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts, and the cute village scene was a piece I had in my stash.
  I bought some rolls of black and gray Bella strips by Moda on sale at Green Fairy Quilts.  I find that I really prefer them to the Kona strips because they are cut with a tiny pinked edge, so no fraying. The fabric itself seems slightly weightier and folds press out very easily.  Just passing that info?

I was so anxious to get this project quilted,  with a friend’s help we got it pinned quickly.  I decided to quilt it with grey thread, switched to my machine’s walking foot and dove right in.  Just horizontal and vertical lines, very simple.  My arms began aching and i soon felt like I was wrestling with an elephant!  But with the help of muscle rub and ibuprofen I finished half of it in two days, incredible for me.  Two more days should finish it and I can get my 1/4-inch foot back in use again and take the quilt to show and tell at our guild.  Hooray! Back to the rainbow again.

I’m so anxious to see what each of you is going to be doing for RSC17.  It surely will be colorful and perhaps some new creatures will come on the scene.

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