RSC15 week 30

A RED LETTER MONTH

This month has been momentous for me in my quilting journey.  In addition to doing my red balloon blocks, I finished my granddaughter’s quilt in time for her 14th birthday on the 17th.  It was the only bed sized quilt I have done since my first quilt for my daughter, Sarah’s mom, when she was 14.  That was before precuts, rotary strip cutting and mats.  I must have been crazy, or just innocent, to have done that first one.
  This rainbow zigzag quilt was Sarah’s choice, to match her room painted in rainbow colors and Beatles themes.   She made various choices along the way, even to the diagonal quilting done on my home machine.  
   On Monday she came to our Monona Quilters group and talked about her room.  She said that the quilt itself is the brightest thing in there.  She even took it with her to curl up beside her mom that evening.

For my red contribution to RSC15 I finished these red balloon blocks and have started on a couple of other projects.  One is a disappearing nine patch using charm squares, but softer colors.  The other is using the group of fat quarters I won in Cyndy’s giveaway, lovely modern patterns which will take me in a new direction. 

I enjoy linking with RSC15 and Sew Cute Tuesday each week, a and hope you will go see them.

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BIG FINISH

I actually met my goal of making a quilt for my granddaughter for her 14th birthday on the 17th.  She helped plan this rainbow zigzag quilt for her bedroom painted in rainbow colors and featuring the Beatles.  With help from kind friends and my Monona Quilters group, it was finished last Thursday.  The back is brilliant yellow and bound in lime green. I machine quilted it in 8-inch diagonal squares on my home machine.  So glad it is done in only two months.  The only previous bed quilt I made was for Sarah’s mother when she was also 14, my first quilt made the hard way, before pre-cuts, rotary cutters and mats.   This was a breeze compared to a generation ago!

I link up here at Sew Cute Tuesday and at RSC15 with Angela, both great places.

RSC15 week 28

PROGRESS REPORT

Here is a recap of my RSC15 balloon blocks, which have not got the red yet.

The red blocks will have to wait until next week because I have been working hard for my deadline of the 17th for Sarah’s 14th birthday.  My quilt group helped by pinning it at our Monday meeting.  As you can see below, I am in the middle of quilting the zigzag rainbow 72 x 90 quilt, using my Huskystar with a 6-inch throat opening. 

Sarah has been helping with the design and chose the yellow back, Kona canary, which we both love.  She also suggested diagonal quilting, which has turned out to be the easiest choice with my machine.  I only have to squeeze the diagonal corner through on the longest runs.  The close ups show the 10-inch spaced quilting lines.  I used Warm and White batting after good advice.  I have to use large pins in order to get them open easily.  

It took only two hours to get half done and it went very smoothly with only one false start to rip out.  So I am very happy with my progress up to now.

RSC15 week 22

LOOK WHO MADE IT!

Mr. Green was very determined this week and so was I.  Despite a lot of distractions, I completed all of the red and orange blocks and most of the yellow ones.  I was anxious to see the dark green blocks, so I snuck in a few of them before working on the lime.  After four of the lime, the bobbin ran out late on Friday and I called it quits. Fortunately for Mr Green, he made it in his rightful place after all.
Oh, oh, I see from the photo that one of the blocks is going the wrong way, which is a good reminder to snap a photo before going too far and having to rip again.
I am running out of floor space, but lucky for me, the new color is light blue/greenish, which just happens to be my next color.  Looking forward to less pressure in June!

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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.