Friday, May 22, 2015

2015 RSC May Green Week 4, QOV Blocks, RSC Tumblers


Still working on green crumbs this week. Two 8.5" green crumb blocks became a pot holder this week. I then made two more 8.5" crumb blocks that I'll turn into a pot holder next week. I'm heavy in crumbs in all my rainbow colors this year as I've been allowing them to accumulate over the years. Another cotton knitted dishcloth made it into the picture. To see what others made this week with their green scraps, go here Saturday morning.


Our monthly guild meeting is this week. I'll turn in my H2H Sweet 16 Quilt made for Ebenezer's, a place that cares for 38 children when they are removed from their home because of abuse or neglect. I'll also turn in these four 8.5" red, white and blue blocks pictured for our guild's Home Town Hero's quilts' project.



During 2013's RSC, I cut 5" tumblers from scraps each month. I forgot about those tumbles last year. This year while organizing my sewing area, I found the tub of 2013 cut tumbles and started piecing them together this week. First I chain pieced one light tumbler to one relatively dark tumbler leaving some loose tumblers to fill in the sides.


Here are those two unit tumblers laid out on the design floor. The four bottom rows have been pieced together. Looks good as I see the seams are matching okay. I may rearrange some tumblers, but for the most part, I'm good with what see. Pressing the seams open is working for me. Hopefully this will be a RSC quilt top during next week.

Friday, May 15, 2015

2015 RSC May Green Week 3 and My RSC Cocoa Mugs Quilt Finished


I'm still making fabric from scrappy green crumbs. The two 8.5" crumb blocks I made last week became a pot holder this week. Yah. I made two MORE 8.5" crumb blocks that I'll turn into a pot holder this week. Two 4.5" green crumb blocks and two cotton knitted dishcloths will be added to my collections. To see what others made with their green scraps this week, go here Saturday morning.


During the RSC last year I made 5.5" Cocoa Mug blocks using Lori Holt's mug pattern found in her "Quilty Fun" pattern book. This year I made twelve 5.5" scrappy string blocks to go with the mug blocks to made a colorful RSC lap quilt. The blocks are sashed with 2" Kona white fabric and 2" squares cut from scraps. The 3" border is a fun blue print. The binding is a purple on purple vine print.


To continue with the a RSC quilt theme, I pieced the backing with strips of fabric from my stash in rainbow spectrum color order. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. It was quilted with a loose free motion meander and after a go in the washer and dryer it finished at 48" x 60". I'm happy to have finished this cute RSC quilt that was a year and a half in the making. I think I'll keep this one for myself ... for awhile.

Friday, May 8, 2015

2015 RSC May Green Week 2 and Hands 2 Help Sweet Sixteen Quilt Finished


After a second week of playing with green scraps, a 12.5" block made with four 6.5" string blocks, two 5.5" string blocks and a pot holder made using the two 8.5" crumb blocks I made last week will be added to my collections. The two new 8.5" crumb blocks in the picture will be made into a pot holder this week. A cotton knitted dishcloth made it into the picture. To see what others made with their green scraps this week, go here Saturday morning.


My Hands 2 Help Quilt made with Sweet Sixteen blocks is finished. The 48 Sweet Sixteen blocks made with 2.5" squares cut from scraps are sashed with 2.5" light gray strips and 2.5" squares.


The row of small squares pieced into the backing is eight Sweet Sixteen blocks sewed together. The backing fabric is a soft pale gray with a light brown print and the binding is a blue on blue print. After a go in the washer and dryer it finished at 61" x 80". This quilt will go to a local charity, Ebenezer Family, that provides a safe, loving place for children that have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. They currently care for 38 children ages 3 to 21. I'll deliver this quilt May 26th.

Friday, May 1, 2015

2015 RSC May Green Week 1 and I WON!


I have a lot of green crumbs, strings and scraps. This is going to be a good month because I love green. After playing with my scraps I'll add three 8.5" green blocks to my collection. The two 8.5" crumb blocks will become a pot holder this week. A couple cotton knitted dishcloths made it into the picture. I've made some progress cutting my green scraps into usable units. To see what others made with their green scraps, go here Saturday morning.


Stacey at Driving Miss Stacey had a drawing for a bag of colorful scraps and a pattern for a pieced tulip. Lucky me! I WON! I've already started cutting up those scraps into usable units!

Friday, April 24, 2015

2015 RSC April Week 4 Is A Let's Book It Project, A Madeleine Bag


Week four, our last week to play with purple scraps. I wanted to make a purple bag or tote this month and thought I'd do it with a "Let's Book It Project!" I chose an online free pattern that I had saved in my "Favorites" file on my computer. It's a pattern for a bag featured in an "Imagine Gants" 2011 post. Racheal Gander's Madeleine Bag went together easily because of her excellent instructions and pictures. I used different Laurel Burch prints for the front, back and shoulder straps. Only small scraps of the cat paws on purple print remain. May should have bought more.


This is the other side. More cats.


This is how it started, the pattern pieces and everything I needed laid out ready to sew together to make my Madeleine Bag. I made the shoulder straps longer than the pattern using two WOF cuts. Fusible interfacing has been ironed on the backs of the pattern pieces and one of the pieces to be used in the shoulder strap. No interfacing on the rectangle for the interior zipper pocket.


Here is the magnetic closure and a zip pocket. There were instructions for a second interior pocket but I left it out. Here is the link to the FREE online pattern and instructions. Thank you, Rachael, for a cute bag pattern.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Two Finishes! A Pineapple Blossom Quilt and a Baby Quilt


I'm pleased with my finished Bonnie Hunter Pineapple Blossom Quilt. The pattern is found on Bonnie's Quiltville blog under her free patterns tab. She taught this block to the quilters in our guild during a workshop in November. I added a row to make it longer because family members request I make quilts that will cover their feet. It's scrappy and quilted with a loose free motion meander. After a go in the washer and dryer, it finished at 81" x 91.5".


While I was piecing my Pineapple Blossom blocks, I messed up four of them. The good thing about the four blocks was that I messed up all four the same way. The bad thing was that I messed up all four the SAME way! I thought they were pretty oops blocks and didn't want them to be orphan blocks long. So I sewed them together to make a baby quilt. Because the four blocks alone made a very small quilt top, I added borders until I felt it was a nice size for a baby quilt. It's quilted with a loose free motion meander. After a go in the washer and dryer, it finished at 36.5" square. This little quilt will be a charity quilt that I'll turn in at our guild's next meeting.

Friday, April 17, 2015

2015 RSC April Purple Week 3 and Hands 2 Help Quilt Progress

 
Not a lot of purple progress this week. The four crumb blocks in my last post are now two hot pads/pot holders. I made two 7" x 10" purple themed mug rugs with my batik scraps. Meaning all scraps used had some purple in them. I think they look like two miniature quilts. Two cotton knitted dishcloths made it into the picture. To see what others made with their scraps, go here Saturday morning.
 


My friend, Cathy, and I get together each month to make 8.5" red, white, and blue blocks to donate to our quilting guild's committee that turns them into quilts for hometown heroes. Pictured are my four. Cathy made four like them. The flag block is a 4.5" square of white stars on a blue background machine appliqued on the corner of a 8.5" square of a wavy red and white striped print. 


My Hands 2 Help charity quilt made with 35 Sweet 16 blocks sashed with gray is now 52" x 71". I may add 13 more Sweet 16 blocks to make it a row wider and a row longer.
My Pineapple Blossom quilt is finished. It's big. The baby quilt is finished, too. Hopefully I can take pictures of them outside tomorrow and post a picture of them Sunday.
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