RSC17 week 41

A RAINBOW FINISH

Last week I pieced together my rainbow of strips which I decided not to make into a crayon quilt.  The strips made a colorful 40 X 40 inch top.  I used a fleece crib blanket for the backing and the binding.  
I finally finished it yesterday.

This will be one of my three Project Linus quilts which will be collected by our Monona Quilters guild in another week.
For pink this month I’ve made a Folded Box block.  Now I have a total of eight at 12 inches each.  My idea is to alternate them with Kona steel gray blocks for a modern setting.


  But for a top I will need about eight more blocks.   So I am going to make Churn Dash blocks in similar colors to add to the mix.  Maybe it will be for RSC18.  At least I have the plan made in advance.  

It’s satisfying to finish my projects this year, probably for the first year I’ve been in Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  This also keeps me looking for new ideas and new ways of doing things better by linking up with all of you talented people.  

Hope you all have a chance to work on some finishes this week, or at least make some progress on those WIPs.

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RSC17 week 40

THINKING PINK

It’s about time.  Pink is finally here.  Strangely, I don’t have much of a pink stash to choose from right now.  I just used quite a bit on my girl’s row quilt.  However, I must admit I did supplement my stash with a number of precuts, namely, an I Spy layer cake with lots of princess squares.  And I have been watching Smiles from Kate and drooling over her Alison Glass fabrics.  I dipped my toe in and ordered a charm pack, which just arrived.  Talk about brilliant colors, they really glow.  
Enough about buying fabrics.  My first pink project was two little houses to finish off my neighborhood.
I had to put the cat in one doorway.  This was followed by screeching and jumping from my pink monkeys bought at Quilt Expo.  So one of them literally swung from my ceiling fan and dropped into the other house (maybe a slight exaggeration).  
I’m very happy with the pair of them.  This did solve the jealousy problem for now.  

My main project now is our guild charity collection in two weeks.  I have two Project Linus quilts finished, but could not pass up the chance to add one more.   My crayon quilt without the points became a rainbow strip quilt instead,  I made the pink row and finished piecing the strips last night.  Although each strip had twenty 2.5 X 5 inch pieces, there was as much as two inches difference in width when I measured them.  I fiddled around until they all ended at 40 inches.  That included removing a piece from the longest row.   
Last week I had bought the cutest rainbow themed fleece blanket to back it.  They were on sale again at a lower price, $3.80 this week, so my daughter kindly bought me five more really cute kid fleeces.  I also ordered five crib size poly batting a from Connecting Threads during their 30% off sale.  So I have no excuse not to complete many more Project Linus quilts.  
I’m thankful for this productive week and hope you all had a chance to get some good pink projects underway.
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RSC15 week 23

JELLY ROLL JUNKIE COMES CLEAN!

The picture tells the truth. I have to confess that I have been giving in to Jellyroll sales for a couple of years now.  It started quite innocently with one Project Linus quilt and I was hooked.  Until now I have not really sorted out my stash.  I found enough strips for a dozen or more quilts, not to mention all my charm packs, layer cakes, fat quarters and saved and free fabric. 
I have two projects at present involving aqua, teal and blues, namely the June RSC15 blocks and the rainbow quilt.  Those colors alone make a pile about 10 inches tall, not to mention all the other colors and prints. Just trying to pick out the best strips for each project has taken so long, maybe because I just love looking at them.  But finally the three groups in front are the ones that have made the cut so far.  The middle row is for the Rainbow challenge.
That’s enough hard work for now.  See you next week.

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RSC15 week 21

WHERE IS THE GREEN?

I am excited about starting on the rainbow quilt for my granddaughter.  It is the first bed-size quilt I have made in many years and has a deadline of mid-July for her 14th birthday.  As you can see below, I am doing a zigzag rainbow, her choice of pattern, similar to a Pinterest pic by Red Pepper Quilts.  I started by doing 21 blocks of red, using jellyroll strips.  I was discouraged by a tension problem, but it took me longer to find my sewing machine manual than it did to fix the tension.  

I completed the red blocks and began orange, so cheerful.  But what about my RSC15 green?  Well, I am using my quilting rainbow of nine colors; it has to include lime green, teal and pink of course.
That puts poor dark green way in the middle.  It is trying to sneak into the photo, but I had to put it back in the box.  Hopefully it will make its arrival next week!

I enjoy being linked up with RSC15 and Sew Cute Tuesday.  Getting to know so many terrific people and being inspired by your beautiful work is a real pleasure.