Monday, November 24, 2014

RSC Sampler Progress

I was so happy to get my RSC sampler blocks done early and thought I would rush to the finish before everyone else.  Live happens though, and I am still plugging away slowly.

I was trying for a diagonal, corner to corner placement of colors.  It didn't work out perfectly of course, but in general, the top left corner was brown, next came pink, purple blue, teal, green, light green yellow, orange, and red.  Black filled in the bottom right corner.  I had 100 blocks, so I chose a 10 by 10 setting which should end up with a queen sized quilt after the sashing strips and borders are added.
I chose this light and dark grey fabric from Connecting threads for the sashing.  I think it would work in light and dark ivory or cream as well, but I was going for "modern".  Not my specialty, but I am branching out.
So I had seen an alternating split light and dark sashing and wanted to try for  a similar effect.  I started by cutting strips of dark and light fabric that were 3 inches wide.  I cut these into 3.5 inch rectangles and pieced them together to make a 6.5 by 3 inch sashing strip.  I sewed 90 of these split strips.  Of course it occurred to me later that it would have been more efficient to cut 3.5 inch wide strips, and sew them together before sub cutting them into 3 inch widths.  I guess that would have been too easy though!
The rows were divided into even and odd.  The odd rows had the sashing strips sewn between each block with the white facing down toward the bottom of the quilt.  The even rows had the sashing strips sewn in between the blocks with the white facing up toward the top of the quilt.  

The horizontal sashing strips are in progress now.  5 horizontal strips are light and 4 are dark.  Each takes two 3 inch width of fabric (WOF) strips sewn together.  Those are trimmed to 83 inches, which should be the width of the quilt  (10 six inch finished blocks plus nine 2.5 inch finished sashing strips and 2 quarter inch seam allowances on the ends).  
The first white strip goes between rows 1 and 2 with light and dark alternating down the quilt, ending with light between rows 9 and 10.  I've gotten as far as rows 1 and 2, but I am loving how it looks so far!  
The border will just be a slightly wider continuation of the same pattern.  Grey will frame the top and bottom -- 4 or 5 inches perhaps.  Then I'll have to do alternating blocks of light and dark for the side borders to continue the effect of the "split" rows.
I'll do a real tutorial when I have it all together, but I think you could get started if you are planning on a similar setting.  People are doing all sorts of different finishing so far.  So much fun!
I had the nicest comment from Pamela who is a "no-reply" blogger.  She just found the RSC Sampler from a Facebook post. (Thanks Andee!).  Anyway, she was having trouble with three of the links from the RSC Sampler tab at the top of the page.  I fixed those and they should be working now.  Please let me know if there are any other issues or questions.  
I am SO much enjoying seeing all the samplers starting to come together.  Angie commented that I must feel like a mother hen.  I really do feel so proud and am enjoying all the wonderful block collections and projects that you are creating from SCRAPS!  
Congratulations to ALL the participants and followers.  What a wonderful challenge this has been for these last few years.  Even more great scrap using projects are already in the works for next year, so I hope you will all think about joining in -- again or for the first time.  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Quilting with Friends

Sherie, my good friend from work, went to work part time this year and has taken up quilting.  She chose a tutorial from Oh Fransson for a New Wave Tumbler quilt.  She's been bringing it in to work for help along the way, and when it was done, I invited her over to finish it off with some quilting.
After a few practice runs on scrap fabric, she decided on a loop pattern that alternated up and down in the tumbler parts.   With just a little help from me she had it all quilted up and ready for finishing touches.  So much fun!  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tiny Bits of Blue

 I haven't gotten much done on my baby blues.   They are ironed now.   Just a few more bits to sew together though and I'll have enough giant postage stamp blocks for a quilt.
 Not a lot of sewing time lately though.  We had company last weekend.  Kurt's parents visited on the way home from a cruise.  We'll see them again next week for Thanksgiving.
The kids had another weight lifting match.  They both improved since the last match, so that was lots of fun.  Today is Lego Robotics.  It is nearby, which is good because it is also the middle school play.  Ryan will have to leave early because he is the prince in the first show and the frog in the second show.
On Sunday a friend from work is coming over to quilt a top on my frame.  She used to quilt years ago, but has just started to work part time and has taken it up again.  I've been helping her out a bit which has been lots of fun.
Just three days of work this week, with Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving.  We've had Wednesday off in the past, but the schedule has changed.  Lots of people are slow to change with the times though, and I think Wednesday will have small classes for sure.
I got a package in the mail this week from Vicki Welsh!  It has all of the fabrics for the giveaways and quilt along for next years Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  They are gorgeous!  Next year the fabric each month will be a gradient of the colors of the month, she will also have them for sale, just in case you don't win.  I'm working on a quilt designed around those fabrics and will post directions each month for anyone who would like to sew along with me.
How are all of your blues coming along so far?  I'm getting pretty anxious to finish off this years quilts so that I can start on the new ones without quilt guilt.
Use the linky below to share your progress with us all.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

ScrapHappy Saturday - Lovin those Baby Blues

 These giant postage stamps have been hanging out since August.  The last block will be light blue.
 The leftovers are waiting to go into this chevron design.
These 1.5 inch strip sets are ready to go, they just need some ironing and a little bit more combining.
Kurt's parents and sister are coming to visit on the way home from a cruise, so the sewing room needs to be changed into the guest bedroom.  First though, I think I can find a little bit of time to finish up just a few blocks.
What are your scrappy scraphappy plans for the day?  Use misterlinky below to share your progress on blue or on the finishing of your rainbow scrap challenge projects for the year.  It is halfway through November already and I'm looking forward to lots of great finishes in the next few weeks.
First though, I was finally able to draw the winner of the hand dyed fabrics by Vicki Welsh for November.  Vicki just finished up a rainbow scrap challenge quilt top this week.  The fabric winner is Barbara at Cat Patches.  She is planning to finish off a Christmas tree wall hanging/table runner before the end of the year.  She has been quilting like crazy in the icy Oregon winter.  It is hard to imagine that snow and ice have already blanketed large portions of the country.  Looks like another cold winter, its a good thing we all have plenty of quilts to keep us warm.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Trial and Error

I saw a free pattern here, and thought it might work well for next year's RSC project.  The pattern was for a 16.5 inch block though, which is not exactly a scrap friendly size.
I thought I'd downsize it to a 12 inch size.  Obviously it isn't quite right yet.  I used a square in a square calculator that I found here.  I cut the inner squares to 2 7/8 inches, and then used the easy angle for the outer squares.  Somehow, instead of a 4.5 inch unfinished, it was 4 inches unfinished.  I also should have squared it up, and the corners seem to be bigger than the edges.
The girls both thought that the outer corners should match the inner corners, but I thought it might look nice with only the inner corners matching each other.  I'll keep playing with it, I think, but not tonight.  I have a stack of tests to finish grading and my students would be thankful if the grades got posted tonight.  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

ScrapHappy Saturday - Pastel Side of Blue

I'm probably still at my science teacher convention, so I'm scheduling this ahead of time.  I'll check in as soon as I get back again though, and look forward to seeing lots of great final bits and blocks coming together.  I'll choose the fabric winner as well, so make sure you got your comments entered on last weeks linky party.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Happy Humpday

I'm off to a science teacher convention for the next few days, so today was my Friday.  I was busy packing when Anna came home with a bag of scraps from my neighbor Sheila. Fresh scraps!  What could be more fun?  I wasn't planning on taking any sewing, but I might change my mind.  Somewhere I have a bunch of handwork that would be nice to have "just in case"  

We are having robotics right now, and then I'm off for drinks with a girlfriend who I haven't seen in too long.  She is a first year teacher and has found that there isn't time for much more than sleeping and working.  So glad she is finally able to take a break from her grading for a few hours!  

Monday, November 3, 2014

RSC Sampler - Zig Zag

I know it is the blue month, but I laid out all my RSC sampler blocks and decided that I needed one more in orange.  So here is a Zig Zag block in orange.  Feel free to make yours in whatever color your quilt needs.
 This block uses just 2 inch strips, so it goes together pretty quickly.  I chose a dark orange print and a  lighter solid orange background.
From the print, cut 4 rectangles that are 2 by 3.5 inches.
From the solid orange, cut 4 - 2 inch squares.
Next layer the 2 inch strips right sides together and cut 4 HST units.
 Sew the HST blocks together, trim the dog ears and press.  Next sew each HST unit to a solid square along the edge with the print fabric.
 Press toward the solid orange and pair this two patch with the print rectangle.
 Sew these together as shown to make 3.5 inch squares.
These should be arranged just like a pinwheel block and sewn together to make a 6.5 inch unfinished square.  

RSC Challenge Sampler - Quarter Log Cabin

There are so many variation on the Log Cabin quilt block.  This one is a quarter log.  You could make a block of course, and cut it into four sections, but when you only need one, this is the way to go.
Start with a 1.5 inch square for the first round.
Round 2 needs a 1.5 inch square and a rectangle 1.5 by 2.5
Round 3 needs a rectangle 1.5 by 2.5 inches and one that is 1.5 by 3.5
Round 4 needs a rectangle that is 1.5 by 3.5 inches and one that is 1.5 by 4.5
Round 5 needs a rectangle that is 1.5 by 4.5 inches and one that is 1.5 by 5.5 inches
Round 6 needs a rectangle that is 1.5 by 5.5 inches and one that is 1.5 by 6.5 inches
Start with the two 1.5 inch squares.  press away from the corner square and then add the 2.5 inch long piece.
You will continue working in rounds by adding the short piece to the side with a seam and the long piece to the adjacent side.

Here is round 3
Working on round 4
Ready for round 5.  Keep going until all the pieces are sewn together
Here is your finished block.  I alternated solids and prints for each round and tried to go from light to dark.  Go crazy and have fun with your scraps!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

RSC Sampler Sashing Progress

I worked most of the morning on sashings for the RSC Sampler Quilt.  All of the rows are now sewn together.  I just need to do some measuring and figure out how to trim out the horizontal strips and add borders.  I'll do a complete tutorial when it is all done, but for now, each section between the blocks is made of one rectangle of light grey and one of dark grey.  Each rectangle is 3 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall.  Those get sewn together longways to make a strip that is 3 inches wide by 6.5 inches tall.  The key to the floating blocks effect is that the rows alternate.  The top row has all the white sections facing down and the second row has all the while sections facing up.  Then a white horizontal strip visually joins the two sections making it seem that the blocks are floating in between two rows.  That is the hope anyway.  Now to find a long tape measure and cut the strips.  We are just now back from Lacrosse and pizza is on order.  Must grade essays tonight, so maybe the quilt will wait until the next free evening pops up.