Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Design Wall

Today is the first day of spring and my design wall is showing it in fine form. Tulips all over the place. While not outside yet, but all over the sewing room. We are cold and clear and sunning outside. We may not see tulips outside till May. I hope to see some later this week as I have a little trip planned to Victoria, BC. 

Working on getting more of this quilt up on the wall. I am starting to sew the tulips together and then next will be some rows. I got all the fabric cut yesterday. Many of the tulips have been made for some time. Saturday's post I showed you the Red field of tulips that I worked on as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I finished up a few more purple tulips also, then the other colours have been done for a while. 

The pattern for this tulip quilt is from Quilty fun. 

I have added this post to Judy's Design Wall Monday

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Spring Time Reds

I worked hard on my Red scrap bin this past week. It took me a long time to get this much done. There is a tiny bit of purple to the right side. You can see I also had to cheat and dig out my green scraps too. How can I make Tulips and Strawberries with out a little green.
Happy St Paddy's Day. 

Now, how much do I love this 6" Strawberry block? It is so cute! A face book quilting friend made one in pink. I fell in love. I had to make one for myself  and could not stop at 1 but made 3.  

3 Strawberries. I will make some pink ones later when we get the colour pink. Not sure I will make all the blocks in the sampler but maybe just a bunch of the better blocks. 

Tulips 6" tall and that splash of green. 

I am not sure what I was thinking. I made 31 Red tulips. I cut scraps for 12 then thought that is not enough. then cut more. No still I cut more. Oops I cut for 31 red tulips. I cut lots of green, then I would run out of green and had to cut more. Then I needed more 2" squares of white. Then I would sew, no still need to cut more. Why did I do 31? They were never ending. I have a few purple ones started but ran out of leaves again. Maybe next week. 

Love this angle. kind of like a field of red tulips planted in rows. Did you know Canada gets Red tulips from Holland each year as a thank you for liberating them in the war? Someday I might have to go see Ottawa in the spring, like a good Canadian. 

A few more Red Maple leaves. 

I got 7 more done so a total of 9 so far. I need more. I hope to give 20 to my friend and keep some for myself. 

I have added this post to Soscrappy's Happy Scrappy Saturday, check out all the other great Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts going on this year. 

So the tulip pattern is from Quilty Fun and I have been working on blocks in this book for a few years. I am not sure how many quilts I will make. I am sure I will get 3 or 4 quilts. The Strawberries came from the Farm Girl Vintage. I picked up this book this week. I feel a new quilt coming on. Opps another new start, or 2. 

I also want to review my list of Red
List of missing Red
  1. 5 Sampler blocks 6"sq
  2. Tulips - Done 31 blocks all done
  3. Butterflies
  4. Apples and cores need more red
  5. Red strip sets- does not have a name yet
  6. More maple leaves - 9 total so far need more
  7. Flower tops for sprouts 
  8. 2nd time Around need Red added to it.
  9. Strawberries - 3 done
More Red to do. Not sure how I am going to finish this list by the end of the month. I am away for a few days for Spring Break. I might have to do some Red in April. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Follow Kaffe Fassett

I have my 6th Finished top this year! Must be a record for me. 
I have to quilt more of them now. 

If you have looked at my blog much the past few years, I keep working on quilts that use Kaffe Fassett Collection. I love most all of his fabric. It is bright and bold and I love how true the colours are. It goes well with my hand dyed fabric and solids and batiks. I started this summer

The quit is long and narrow so I wanted to show it off the other way too. One row is hiding so I will stay on the fence. 

Today my black lab helpers. I am dogs sitting for a friend so I have a matched pair of black lab girls. They are loving the warm melting tempters. It was very wet today but I still got my photos done. 

I have added this post to Crazy Mom Quilts, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict

When I have the quilting and binding done I think I will add this quilt to the for sale page. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

2nd Time Around

In 2013 as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge I made this wall quilt, Around About. I used the first few colours of the year and used some scraps to play. Each month a new colour was used. So Jan pink, Feb purple, March orange, and then green. When I got this far it felt done, but I was not sure so it sat. I got it quilted in time to have it in a quilt show the fall of 2015. I have this quilt listed as For Sale in my Art Quilts for Sale Page. 

While this year Turquoise started the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017. I started a bit late but here is a start to a 2nd Time Around. I am hoping to use hand dyed fabric, solids and a few solid like batik fabrics. This way the piecing will show off more then if I used prints. Some of my scraps are cut nicely and some not so much. I will allow it to get a little wonky and try not to use a ruler to square up. Sometimes I just wack off a tail with my scissors. 

I work this on the design wall lots. I play with bits of fabric to see if it the next fit. February the colour is Purple so I have started to add a hint of purple.

I have added a link to Design Wall Monday

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Red Saturday Scraps

I got some red scraps done this week. I have looked back at so many of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Projects and made some lists as to what is missing. The Red and Purple Lantern blocks were both missing. 

List of missing Red
  1. 5 Sampler blocks 6"sq
  2. Tulips
  3. Butterflies
  4. Apples and cores need more red
  5. Red strip sets- does not have a name yet
  6. More maple leaves
  7. Flower tops for sprouts 

My red block. Love the little bit of Canadian fabric in it. 

Purple, it should have been done last month but I missed it. I have had trouble putting the purple away. You might see more as I have many purple things missing in my scrap projects. 

Maple leaves. You are going to see more of these, 2 so far. I have a friend who has asked me to help her make more. I would also like to keep some for myself too. 

More red in the works. How can it be week 2 of red already? I have so much to do. 

I have add this post to Soscrappy

I am busy at agility this weekend, Friday was an all day workshop and Saturday and Sunday is a trial. No sewing till Monday night. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mid Week Blocks

I am still passing around the pizza box exchanges at the Leduc guild.  Here are the last 2 blocks I did. We were to make Christmas presents. I like the fabric combinations I used. This theme was perfect for the pizza box exchange. 

I got the purple Slab blocks done, a total of 7 more. That is 13 purple ones I have made so far for the Big Canadian Quilt Bee. The first 6 are in the quilts I started in January. I hope by May I can get the last 18 blocks done and 2 more quilt tops done quilted and binding. I have one quilted but need binding. then one top needs quilting. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Shoe Box Blocks

At the Black Gold Quilt Patch Guild ( I some times call it the Leduc guild) we have had a few Shoe Box Exchanges going around. This past month I had the box with batik and did these 4 blocks. I have to say I love sewing with Batik fabrics. It makes me wounder why I bother with any other fabrics. The cut and sew and press so well. 

The way the shoe box exchange works is the box has a pattern and a pretty fabric in the box. So the fabric yardage is to the right side. Some cuts have more pink, green, yellow or green in them. 

We were to use the print and make the star block. It measures 12 1/2". 

The box had one block with a pink background so I made another block to go with it. This light pink was a remnant that I had recently bought, I thought this was a good block to use some.  

Blues with the mostly yellow parts of the print. 

Here are all the blocks that were in the box when I finished with it. What a great set of star blocks. At the meeting they passed it out one more time. So maybe at the next meeting they will a draw and name for the winner. I made 4 blocks so I will get 4 chances to win. I think I like this set some of the best of all the shoe boxes that I have done. 

I have added this post to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times