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.

RSC16 week 5


This week has been productive in several projects.  The first is another of my quilts started long ago, now needing to be finished.  In this cold weather I have wanted an everyday quilt to use just as a throw.  Since 1980 I’ve been carrying around an unfinished quilt. 
When we moved from Sopkane, WA to Seattle, 300 miles away, I wanted an autograph quilt to take along.  My small quilting group made most of the blocks, using memory fabrics, including pieces from my first quilt made the year before.  I hand quilted it, but the border did not work out.  
This size was just right for my needs, so I trimmed off all the excess batting and bound it by rolling over the backing and zigzagging it on the front.  Nothing fancy, but full of memories of wonderful friends and family.  As you can see, it has RSC blue fabrics included, and it is nice and warm.

In addition to my RSC block done in week 3, I have finished the first two blocks for the Modern HST Sampler with Alyce at Blossom Star Quilts.
The first was the Candy block and the second Alyce calls Ninja, but I prefer Friendship Star.  I’m trying to use the blue and purple scheme, but choosing more modern fabrics.
Yesterday I was thrilled to receive my batik order from Hancock’s of Paducah.  It looks great with the sizzling strips, so I have to find some backing, maybe more of the batik, because I bought two yards.  However , it is too lovely to be used as a backing, I think.  Probably I’ll do a dark blue binding.  This photo shows the pieced squares laid on the batik, which was on sale, of course.
Looking forward to RSC16 new colors for February.  Do check it out at soscrappy.