I'm thinking of calling this one Via Airmail. It is made of the leftover postage stamp blocks from projects of the past. Postage stamp blocks are so versatile. The binding was finished during the Superbowl on Sunday, but today is the first day I've been home during daylight. It was an early release day, so Lacrosse practice was done by 4:30. Robotics started at 5:30, but Kurt took Ryan down and is picking up Chinese food on the way home. Yum! The hard part will be making sure that someone stays awake long enough to pick him up again at 10. Yikes!
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Some days I move faster than others, Today I am moving like syrup on a cold day.
I set up a little assembly line yesterday and got all of the pieces ready to go for patience corners. We ended up having to run around most of the day, and a little fabric cutting was all I could manage.
So Sydney now has some new Ikea drawers for her closet, and Kurt got his car back from the dealer in Orlando and I have some antibiotics that the doctor says should help me feel better any day now. After all that running, hanging out on the couch last night was a top priority.
Check out this photo I got yesterday from Jill who does not have a blog. She made it for last year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Isn't it fabulous? I really love the look of the black and white prints with the rainbow brights. It looks like she is also on the binding phase. Hope she is enjoying some slow stitching too on this Superbowl Sunday. Be sure to visit Kathy for more slow stitching and Cindy for Oh Scrap!
Saturday, February 6, 2016
The block this month is a nice simple one called Patience Corners. I chose it for the nice diagonal secondary pattern that it will make in a column.
4 - 2.5 inch squares of "background" (I chose pink, but very light brown will also work)
4 - 1.5 by 2.5 inch rectangles of brown
4 - 1.5 by 3.5 inch rectangles of brown.
Keep scrolling down to the last post for today's linky party. I'll link the PDF of this block to this post as well as the RSC16 Sampler tab as soon as it is done.
available here. It will be lovely in shades of brown and pink, and should make a nice diagonal pattern as a stripe down the quilt. You will need 12 6-inch blocks for a large quilt and 9 6-inch blocks for the small version. For now though, feel free to share your plans and schemes for the brown month.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
There are just two more circles to applique down for the January block of my leap year quilt. So handy that February will start on a Monday. There is something nice about a new week and a new month at the same time.
Be sure to keep scrolling down to the last post to enter the February fabric giveaway.
The color for February will be brown, and just to mix things up a bit, I am encouraging the addition of pink accents. With the help of Vicki Welsh, I designed this palette called sheep which I am ready
to use for my column along blocks for February. I have a nice simple pattern planned for this month, which should create a great secondary design. Hopefully the tutorial will be ready soon.
Thanks to Vicki, I also have a hand dyed bundle of fabric ready to give away to one lucky blog reader. You will notice that it is not the same as the inspiration palette for the month. A funny thing happened while Vicki was dying the Rainbow Scrap Challenge fabric for this year. She had just finished dyeing all of the necessary fabrics, along with one for the giveaway and one for her to keep when she found two more orders hiding in the line. So the giveaway fabric is inspired by the colors, but not the same. This gradient is called Harvest Moon and has brown in it along with orange and black. To enter the random drawing for this fabric bundle, just leave a comment on this post with the name of your favorite kind of chocolate. I just love junior mints. They are my favorite movie time treat.
After the Dear Jane was finished last week, it was time to start a new hand quilting project. These bonus HST squares made tiny little Broken Dishes Stars and they were ready to go next. After reading Kathy's post about marking quilts earlier this week, I was ready to give my Frixion pens a try. I like to wash my quilts anyway, and I'm not too worried about the temperatures getting below freezing here in Florida. So I marked some simple diamonds in the lattice strips and orange peel shapes in the star points. I even found a border stencil that was just the right size. I think that will do it. Simple and to the point.
I also got the binding on the postage stamp quilt and then went to find the wonder clips. Someone has been playing with them apparently. Maybe they didn't want any to get lost?
Saturday, January 30, 2016
The little blue extras quilt was hanging out on the dining room table patiently waiting.
Now I have to decide if I am done for today or ready to press on.
Blue is just one of those colors that doesn't end. After a full month of making lots of great blocks, the drawer seems to still be full. Somehow it is the magic of scraps that new blocks can keep coming out year after year.
There are still some larger bits to use on a few more Dear Jane blocks, I think that will be the plan for today. How about you? Technically there are still two more days to try to finish up the last of the blues before a brand new color is announced. I'll do the big reveal post tomorrow along with the fabric giveaway for February. Be sure to check back. Today though, share the last of your blue blocks with us all.
Friday, January 29, 2016
After training today I had a little burst of energy and finished off the quilting while the girls were at Lacrosse. It is almost time to pick Ryan up from robotics, so the timing is just about perfect.