Saturday, August 22, 2015

2015 RSC August Black and Gray Week 4, Scrappy Log Cabin Flimsy


This week I sashed 48 scrappy log cabin blocks with 2" strips of Kona White and 2" squares cut from scraps. The inner border is a 2" wide Kona White. The second border is a 2" wide yellow print. The outer border is a 4" wide turquoise dragonfly print. The flimsy is 68.5" x 86.5". It will shrink some during quilting and after go in the washer and dryer. I'll work on the backing next week.
The colorful strips and squares used to make the blocks for this quilt flimsy were cut from scraps during this year's rainbow scrap challenge. I'm slowly working through all my scraps this year, cutting them into usable units. The blocks in this flimsy went together fast since everything was already cut. I used a piece of black print or gray print in each log cabin block. I had hoped to do more with my black, gray and white scraps, but I ran out of time. Luckily, we have a fifth Saturday in August.
To see what other made with their RSC scraps, go here.

Friday, August 14, 2015

2015 RSC August, Black, Gray, Week Week 3, Dresden Forest Finish


After playing with black, gray and white crumbs and strings, I'll add one 8.5" Eye of God block to my collection. That makes four so I apparently missed making this block every month. Since this is a FIVE Saturday month, I'll have time to sort that out and make a few more of them in colors I missed. Two crumb blocks made it into the picture. They will become a hot pad this week. A red cotton knitted dish cloth started last month and finished this month is in the first row. Twenty-four of scrappy log cabin blocks are in the picture. They are addictive. I have forty-nine blocks now. Since I need forty-eight blocks, I'll start sashing them together this week.
To see what others made with their scraps this week, go here Saturday morning.


I finished my Dresden Forest this week. The trees were made with my newly acquired Dresden Ruler. This piece was quilted using my domestic sewing machine's walking foot. Five of the sun's rays have some hand stitched silver metallic thread over then.


Using silver metallic thread, I sewed a few tiny white glass beads on the trees and here and there beside the trees. I didn't want this to be a Christmas only wall hanging, so I gave it a modern, snowy, winter look. I could then leave it hanging on the wall year around. It finished at 23.5" x 33.5". I'm calling it finished after I sew a label on the back. My inspiration was a cute place mat made by Karen Jordan that I saw here.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

2015 RSC August Black Gray and White


After using all my 16 patch blocks in last week's RSC quilt finish, I've started making them again. If I make FOUR 16 patch blocks each month of the RSC year, I'll have 48 rainbow blocks for a quilt next year. Pictured are four 8.5" blocks in black, gray and white.
The scrappy log cabin blocks are addictive. I made 12 more this week. They found their way into the picture. To see what others made with their scraps, go here.


I'm working on a challenge piece for the annual quilt show. This is my work in progress. The opened ended theme is "Tree". Nothing more. No rules except it can't exceed 36" x 36" in size. This one will be about 23" x 35". After much thought, I decided to use my newly acquired Dresden Ruler and make a framed Dresden Forest. I used this cute little place mat as my inspiration. I'm auditioned frame borders. Add some beads? Buttons? Birds? When it's finished, if I don't think it will work for the show, I'll just hang it in my house.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Let's Book It, Red Pepper Quilts Log Cabin Tutorial


For July's "Let's Book It" project I looked through my computer's bookmarks and found a bookmark that I had saved in 2011, Red Pepper Quilts Log Cabin tutorial. Here is a link to that post. If I had a nickel for every time I have looked at this post over the years I would have a LOT of nickels. My plastic tubs of scrappy 2' strips and 2.5" squares are almost full and this project will make dents in both. I sketched the block on graph paper and penciled in the measurements of each piece of the block. Then I got to cutting and sewing.


And this is what I have so far. I'm having a blast and plan to work on several blocks a week until I have enough for a busy, scrappy, colorful quilt or two.
Today I'm linking up to Sharon Vrooman's "Let's Book It" July 2015 post.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

2015 RSC August Indigo, Black, Gray Week 1 and a RSC 8.5" Blocks Quilt Finish


Quilting my RSC 8.5" Blocks Quilt didn't leave much time to sew scraps into blocks. I did finish four 6.5" scrappy string blocks and sew them together to make a 12.5" "Eye of God" block to add to my collection. That makes eight of these blocks this year. When I have twelve, I'll sash them and make a quilt.


I sashed forth-eight of my 8.5" RSC blocks with 2" wide Kona white strips and 2" square cornerstones. The inner white border is 2" wide and the outer green border is 3" wide. It's quilted with a loose free motion meander and bound with a purple print.


The backing is a yellow print and a row of scrappy RSC 8.5" blocks. After a go in the washer and dryer it finished at 63" x  82.5". Feels good to have another RSC quilt finish.

Friday, July 24, 2015

2015 RSC July Red Week 4, A RSC Quilt Top


This is not a very good picture of my finished quilt top, but it's ready batting for a backing. I started making these 8.5" blocks midway through last year's RSC and needed 48 for a nice little quilt. The blocks are sashed with Kona white 2" strips and 2" cornerstone squares. The 3" green border pulls together and calms the scrappy blocks. I have a yellow print for the backing. Hopefully I'll quilt and bind this quilt top this week and post pictures of the finished quilt next week. I also have a few red project in progress that I'll finish and show next week, too.
To see what others made with their red scraps, go here Saturday morning.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

2015 RSC July Red Week 3, Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches, Peanut Dolls


Every month I make some 8.5" blocks in that RSC month's color. Earlier this month I made there red ones and this week I make three red, white and blue ones to add my collection. I have some 8.5" blocks that I made and didn't use last year. Those blocks and the 8.5" blocks I've made this year should be enough to made a quilt top that I can start putting together this week. The two scrappy string blocks in the picture will become a pot holder this week. A dark red cotton knitted dishcloth made it into the picture.


Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches make nice little gifts. I try to have some on hand for quick gifts at all times. Because I had only one left, it seemed a good time to stock up. Most of the pouches in the picture are made from scraps of Marvel fabric. All of them have red in them so I felt they fit nicely into this RSC red theme month. The Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch YouTube video tutorial is here. They are fun to sew.


I've wanted to make some Peanut Dolls ever since I saw this tutorial. I didn't have felt for the faces and used some light green quilting cotton instead. When I cut the circles for the faces, I cut two circles for each face and cut them a little larger than the pattern piece to allow for a seam. With the right sides together, I sewed a quarter inch seam around the circle, cut a small slit in the back and turned the circle right side out. I did the same for the hair. After I embroidered eyes and smiles, I stitched the faces onto body pieces and finished the dolls like the tutorial suggested. They finish at about 8.5" long.
I understand that peanut dolls are nice for babies and toddlers to cuddle. In this tutorial they are called Hospital Peanut Dolls. I'm taking these two dolls to quilt guild meeting for their thoughts. I feel the dolls will hold together after a go in the washer and dryer. I think the dolls are super cute and wonder if a baby or toddler would like to cuddle these.
This, my weekly post, is a little late. It's been a busy week, cutting scraps into usable units, cutting tumblers, organizing my sewing area, life, To see what others made with their red scraps this week, go here.
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