Saturday, September 13, 2014

ScrapHappy Saturday - Orange you Glad its Fall?

I made these two orange stars last Sunday.  That was the last time I sat at the sewing machine.  Work has been keeping me busy these days, and with my other chauffeur out of town, I've spent time with my foot on the gas pedal instead of the sewing machine pedal.  He's home again now though, and I am sure he won't object to some sewing time before the cycle starts again.  The kids will be running around for the most part, so other than needing rides to practices, games and parties, we are somewhat unnecessary.
I am really enjoying orange!  Aren't these Mai Tai Stars happy?  They have partial seams which takes a bit of concentration, but I am going to love them in the finished quilt.  All of the split HST blocks are done, they just need to be put together.
How are your oranges coming along?  Use the linky to share your progress so that we can all come and enjoy.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler - Plus

This is a simple variation of a nine patch. It seems "modern" to me.
From light orange background fabric cut:
4 - 3 inch square
4 rectangles 1 by 1.5
From a darker orange cut:
4 rectangles 1.5 by 2.5
From a contrasting or focus orange cut:
1 - 1.5 inch square.
Take one small rectangle of background orange and sew it to one end of each dark orange rectangle.  Press toward the dark fabric.
From this point you are just sewing a nine patch.  The large orange background squares form the four corners and the center square is the small contrasting orange square.  Make sure the background goes away from the center.
There it is, nice and simple.  

Saturday, September 6, 2014

ScrapHappy Saturday - Fall Brights

There is something about orange that just makes me smile.  I really didn't have much for the first few years of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, but now I've collected quite a nice little bunch.  Last weekend I used some of them to make framed nine patches to go with Mai Tai, today I will work on some of the star blocks that alternate.
The hand dyed fabric by Vicki Welsh for this month goes to a fairly new blogger at Needle and Foot.  Vicki is having a sale right now, so if you weren't the lucky winner this time, please be sure to check it out.

How about you?  Use misterlinky to share your own orange plans and projects.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

RSC Sampler - Kick

I saw this one over at the Academic Quilter and just had to rush off and make one. It uses the tri-recs ruler. Once you have a ruler, it is nice to be able to use it in lots of different ways. Usually it makes the pointy stars, I've also seen it used for Alamo stars, and this pinwheel version makes three uses for the same ruler.
The middle of the block is made with this fat part of the ruler.  You will need 4.  It is easiest if you double your fabric over and cut two units at a time.
This part of the ruler combo makes the wing portion of the block.  With fabric doubled over you will cut 4 pairs.  Make sure the fabric is wrong sides together or right sides together so that your pairs will be mirror imaged.
So here are the pieces:
From light orange, cut 4 center triangles
From dark orange, cut 4 pairs of side wings
This is how the wings get lined up.  The wide part of the wing goes toward the apex of the base piece.
Finger press the seams open and add the other wing.
Press with the seams going toward the dark and trim the dog ears.
This is the block layout.  Notice the direction of the top of the block, it faces in a different direction for each section.
Sew the four subunits together and enjoy.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mai Tai Sunrise Holiday Progress

Ah, the joy of three day weekend!  So much time to play with fabric.  There were PLENTY of nine patches ready to work into Mai Tai, but as I was power lifting yesterday, I was pondering different layouts.  I am thinking of turning it into Mai Tai Sunrise with a horizontal color pattern rather than the diagonal stripes   I've been working on sashing out the nine patches, but haven't gotten too many of the star blocks done quite yet.  I kind of like the open white space the sashing on the nine patches create around the stars, though it will dilute the colors.  The sunrise is over water of course, fading into some green grass along the bottom.  Yellow will rim the horizon, fading into yellow, pink and finally red along the top.  Honestly, it is more of a sunset than a sunrise, but then the irony of Mai Tai and Tequila Sunrise both being tropical drinks is lost.  I've got a bit of school work to do first, but maybe after that I can add a few more blocks to the collection.  

RSC Sampler - Bear's Paw

The bears paw block is generally found in groups of 4 with a center sashing. I wanted something a little simpler and so worked up a single paw.
I used a dark and a light orange.
Start with a large 4.5 inch square of orange.
Next get a strip of light and dark that are each 2.5 inches wide.
Pair them right sides together and use the easy angle ruler to cut 4 HST blocks.
Finally, cut one 2.5 inch square of light fabric
Sew the HST units together, trim the dog ears and press toward the dark fabric.  Arrange them on two sides of the large orange square so that the dark edge faces up and toward the large square on the left and down toward the large square on the top.  Check your placement against the picture to make sure the toes are all pointed the right way.  The light square will fill in the empty corner.
Sew both pairs of HST units together and press toward the dark fabric being careful to let the points lie flat.
Sew one set of toes to the top of the block.  Sew the light square to the top of the other.  Press toward the plain square in both cases.
Sew the side toes on and press toward the large square.  Your block should be 6.5 inches unfinished.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rainbow Mai Tai

I started this Mai Tai quilt many moons ago as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I has seen it originally as part of a post about a Bonnie Hunter cruise .  I didn't have enough information yet to put it all together, until I saw this post in Quiltmaker magazine.  Since then I've been making nine patches as leaders and enders to go along with the color of the month.  Just a few each month, but they have added up over the last couple of years.  There are even a few pink star blocks to give you the idea of how it will look when it starts to come together.  It is a school holiday today!  That means I have extra sewing time to enjoy.  First I think I'll get some more of the nine patches sashed, and then I might even work on some stars.  I think I'll do a general diagonal color rainbow, but offset the stars and  nine patches by one color to give it a more blendy effect.  I'm going to join in at Patchwork Times this week for design wall Monday in celebration of labor day.  

Around the World Blog Hop

I was tagged last week by Andee to post as part of the Around the World Blog Hop.  Given the status of the holiday weekend and the general business of everyone's lives, I chose to ask for volunteers to tag.  These three lovely quilters were kind enough to step forward.  So please go and check them out.

High Road Quilter - Shasta is an eclectic quilter.  Her work defies easy categorization and she isn't afraid to try new styles.    She also weaves and writes articles for HubPages.  

The Academic Quilter - Mari a college professor as well as a quilter.  Her bright and happy colors make my heart sing.

Zana Ninis - Katie Z. is a wife and mother as well as a quilter.  She also finds time to join in to the rainbow scrap challenge, though I don't know how with all she has going on.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hawaii Sunset Blocks Together

 It took most of the day to get these blocks together.  There was an unfortunate moment when the dog got very excited and started running around in circles.
So maybe all of the blocks didn't end up exactly where I wanted them, but at least I finally found them all.  Its a really good thing I love my dog.  Though she would also make a nice pot roast.  Just kidding.
Borders tomorrow?  Maybe.  

ScrapHappy Saturday Farewell and Moving On

 I'm feeling done with green.  I might putter a bit more today while cleaning them up and putting them away.
But I am feeling ready to jump into orange.  Bright, happy and beautiful orange.
While getting ready to start a new month, I'll go ahead and open up the giveaway for September of beautiful hand dyed fabric by Vicki Welsh.  I've already started to talk to Vicki about next year and I am really excited about the wonderful plans that we have worked up together. I won't say more than that, but be sure to keep some scraps for the new year if you can.   To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment with your one word goal for the weekend.  It is a three day weekend for me and my one word is SEW.