Texture Challenge

This is my second Endeavourers challenge. I really look forward each time to pushing myself out of my comfort zone with improv quilting. The wallhanging size works very well for me.I decided to emphasize texture by avoiding color contrast and prints which would compete for attention.

Then for inspiration I went first to Pinterest. There were many examples of shadowboxes, book covers, prayer flags and wallhangings embellished with a vast variety of fabric collages. Many contain other elements such as paper, postage stamps, photos, medals and embroidery.

I have many pieces of old lace, crochet, and other fabric with texture. After searching through all the nooks and crannies, I collected quite a few samples that would be useful. Most of them are off white so that’s the color that I worked with.

The fabric I chose for the front and the back was a reproduction of old handwriting. I fused both front and back to the batting then did straight line quilting in a grid. Then I pressed a very very long strip of machine crocheted open work. This was stitched down to make a nice frame for the piece.

At that point I decided to add pink accents to give a little color and liveliness. This was my first rough placement of the pieces.

Once I had the edge pieces stitched down, I picked out a fragile hankie with some holes in it. I gathered it at the center, tied it with a piece of pink lace and stitched it down to the top border. The rest of the pieces were laid out in a gentle curve.

I decided to fill in the remainder of the circle with buttons chosen from my old Mason jar. Most of them are mother of pearl and a few pink ones. I like the way the pearly ones add a little glimmer.

Here is my texture challenge.

There is just a tiny bit of red for RSC19, and made good use of odds and ends.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

One Monthly Goal

However, I’m happy to say that I did complete my One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts. I started the month with two charm packs of black and white prints, some including bright colors. After deciding to make a row quilt, I added some lovely solids to go with them. This was the first row that I finished early in the month.

Here is my finish for OMG.

The finish has been done in time to show my goal was met.

I have really enjoyed the challenge this month. Don’t know if I’ll be working on one every month, but I think I’ll be doing it more this coming year.

https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2019/01/one-monthly-goal-january-finish-link-up.html

A Finish and a Start

Somehow this month does not seem fair. I feel like I’m losing out on a Saturday for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

However, I’m happy to say that I did complete my One Monthly Goal already. I started the month with two charm packs of black and white prints, some including bright colors. After deciding to make a row quilt, I added some lovely solids to go with them. This was the first row that I finished early in the month.

I linked this up with the One Monthly Goal start at Elm Street Quilts.

The finish has been done in time to show my goal was met.

Meanwhile I’ve been working very very slowly on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. For my second block this month I’ve only been able to pull some batik red charms together.

I can almost start drooling over these luscious prints. Not only are the cherries there, but I can almost taste strawberries and raspberries. With all the terrible freezing cold we’ve had, anything to remind me of summer really helps.

These charms will be part of a rainbow batik quilt I’ll be making for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year. You will get to see these red blocks next week.

I hope you have all had a fun and productive month with your scraps.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

Short and Sweet

My iPad battery was not recharging today, so I published a very brief post. However, my tech savvy granddaughter came to the rescue this evening with a replacement hookup for the charger and I breathed a long sigh of relief.

So now it’s almost midnight and I’m getting the unabridged, but still brief, version ready to publish.

I have all eight strips of my black and white quilt finished and many of them with black strips in between. However I have not decided on the final sequence for the strips.

This is due by the end of the month for my entry in One Monthly Goal.

I’ve had fun working out each strip with a variety of prints and colors. The prints are from two different charm packs purchased online several years ago from Missouri Star Quilts.

I didn’t have time this week to complete another block for the RSC 19 challenge. I’m sure all of you will have a lot more to show than I do, so I’m looking forward to seeing them all this weekend.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

Two Forward, One Back

For my first post of 2019 I’ve so far begun two projects. The first one I’ve joined in the One Monthly Goal for completing the top, as it appeared there last week.

This is another row quilt for Project Linus, using black and white charm packs along with solid colors. However, I got off to a bad start by piecing it without an overall plan in mind. This row had twelve blocks, at 54 inches too long for the 50×60 inch fleece backing. By chopping off two blocks it is now about 44 inches wide, requiring only 80 charms instead of 96. Whew, time saved.

However, I made the mistake of adding the black sashing on three rows without taking into account the dark/light positions. Two steps back right there, ripping and splicing to clear up my mistakes. Here are my markings for reworking the strips.

So, with the mistakes fixed, I played it safe by piecing dark/light pairs before doing any further damage.

One step at a time seems to be my speed these days.

The second project is my first Rainbow Scrap Challenge block, an 8-inch scrappy improv block in red. I plan on at least one or two more types of blocks each month.

I’m excited to see what everybody’s going to be doing this year with RSC19 and all the other plans and challenges ahead.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

One Monthly Goal

My goal for January is to finish piecing my black, white and colors top. I’m also adding a black strip between each of the rows so I don’t have to do any matching of seams.

I’ve had a couple of Black and white charm packs sitting around for several years and it’s time to get them made into a quilt. The top will be about 50×60 inches and will use 96 charms. That will include two charm packs plus the solid colors.

I’m linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts.

https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2019/01/one-monthly-goal-january-goal-setting.html

Fasting and Feasting

A year ago in January I took stock of my stash, which was overflowing the storage space in my one bedroom apartment. So I resolved to purchase no fabric in 2018 and use only my stash.

There were many temptations along the way, especially the daily online ads offering very tempting bargains. However, I did resist and am able to say that I did stick to the resolution for the entire year! I did however purchase quilting tools and other goodies.

During the year I made a number of Project Linus Quilts and tops to donate to Covered In Love, both very worthy charities. It gave me real satisfaction to be giving of my time and talents. I also donated quite a lot of fabric to a local church quilt group, who really appreciated it.

So 2018 was the year of fabric fasting and I’ve just begun 2019 with a little fabric feasting. I realized that there were almost no kids fabrics in my stash. I happened to check the Hancocks’s of Paducah website and their clearance section. What a fine selection of children and baby fabrics I found! Before I knew it I had a website basket full of enough colorful choices to qualify for free shipping, the only way to go.

Here’s what showed up at my door yesterday, eleven fun 1.5 yard cuts at 3.99 or 4.99 a yard, a good size for backings or any pattern uses. Many of them are Timeless Treasures selections.

Aren’t they fun? I’m so excited to get going on this new quilting adventure.

I will also be joining Angela’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge for the eighth year. I’m looking forward to what all of you will be doing as well.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/