I have some lime green rail fence checkerboard blocks done. Green and lime are two different colours in my stash. I have a scrap box just for lime green. I once did a quilt where the back ground was lime. I got started on the rail fence checkerboard blocks after being inspired by Bonnie Hunters and her leaders and ender challenge. Go check out her post about the rail fence challenge.
I needed a gift to give away so I got a good start with my selvages. I think I will keep going and make some for myself. I have used the heat resistant silver fabric and plan these to be hot mats. They still need a binding.
For some years now I have been working on my scraps by following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at Soscrappy. This month we are to work on Dark colours like Brown, Black and any colours that we might have missed. I have played with the smaller bits and pieces in my brown box and got these 9 Poverty Pieced blocks done. I know many of you call them crumbs but I first heard them called Poverty Piecing.
I love looking back at the many different fabrics that show up in these blocks. Someday I will have a great quilt. Just not sure I am ready to stop, yet.
Next up I worked on my Green rail fence blocks. I started the rail fence blocks this summer after Bonnie Hunter gave out the Leaders and Ender challenge, Checkerboard Rails. The colour Green was from May and the rail challenge was not out yet. So kind of a catch up block.
I love how these look. I have shaded the light to dark colours and it makes them look 3D. I have the Blues done and the pink done so far too. I hope to work on Lime next. Yes, Lime has it's own box in my house.
Me and the dog have the house to our-self's today. So I plan to sew all day long and maybe a walk in the snow.
I have had some fabric donated to me and thought one of the best uses would be dog beds. A few years back the Edmonton Quilters guild donated some to the Edmonton Humane Society. I got 4 done in total so far. The Red and green fabric was pre-quilted fabric. A friend thought I might be able to use it. I said sure dog beds. The cream fabric is from Quincy's Quilting in Leduc. They donate fabric to us quilters to make charity projects. Dog beds is one of the causes. I know the Edmonton Humane Society wanted all beds to be wash able and that they would dry quick, so not thick. Some are used on dog table type beds to add a little more softens to them.
2 weeks ago, I was at Retreat. I took my box with the parts for Adam's quilt. I worked on it for most of the weekend. Now that I am home I was able to get some of the parts up on the Design Wall. Not too bad. I still have lots of units to made but it is coming a long nicely.
I cleaned up the end a little. I think I will put these parts on and then just chop off the extra.
Bonnie Hunter Mystery will start later this month. She released the fabric requirements. I have picked out a few fabrics from my stash. I really do not need to buy a thing. I have more then enough of all the colours. I have a few coral pinks but I think I will use a few pink pinks. I love that it will have Browns and Turquoise, they are so pretty together.
November in my part of the world is very white outside, a good time to stay in and sew. Saturday scraps for November are to be Dark Brown or Black. I am a little behind and I did some more work on my Pink scraps from last month. I had a little stack of bits of pink laying around so I made some poverty piecing blocks, 6 1/2" square. These are fun when you are in the mood to make them.
I had been working on my Honey comb blocks but was just not done enough last week to show them off. To see more of my Honey Comb blocks look here. I found the pattern for this block Here.
So I got 6 block done in pink. I have a few different shades of pink. This was fun.
While more poverty piecing got done this week. I had a few other little stacks of scraps and was in the mood for more, so they got sewn up, Pink, Lime, and some Blue.
Here is the whole design wall.
This will get linked up to Socrappy and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017.
I have started to sort in my brown box for fabric I can use for Brown honey comb Blocks. I know I'll have another scrap block or 2 to work on in Brown. Then maybe later in the month I will look at the black box of scraps.
I have not been quilting much, too busy with agility. Last weekend Gemma and I were at the AAC National Agility Championships in Langley BC at Thunderbird Show Park. It was the first time I have qualified so I thought we better go. My Husband and one son came with me.
My Son took the photos of me and also videoed 5 out of 6 runs for us too. We did well on Saturday with 201 points but on Sunday my brain did not do well. The first course of the day I walked my course incorrect once out of about 12 walks and then on the real run I forgot for .5 of a second and my Gemma took an extra jump. It kind of went down hill from there. I guess my Gamble at the end was OK. We were in the toughest group possible, some 80 plus dogs. Were a 10th of a second decides the placement and if I had been clean I might have placed 24th or so. I am not too fast but my dog can be.
We did have lots of fun. We saw lots of fast dogs and some great moves and skills they had.
Gemma is on the left and her relative, Mystic is on the right. It was the first time for both girls.
The grounds and the flowers were so pretty at Thunderbird. I love these colours.
Well we are coming to the end of the blue scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I worked on my blocks for the latest Leaders and Enders challenge issued Bonnie Hunter. I got 28 more blocks done and they are more of a turquoise blue not royal blue. The little Black and White square are great for L/E but not so much the strips. I want to shade them, from light to dark. I sewed a few other things and it is great to have the little bits for L/E around.
I put them all on the wall together. I like to put the whole months worth of blocks up on the wall at the end of the month. This month these blocks just about fills the wall. I just would not have room to put them all up. I love how 3D this is looking.
I have posted to Soscrappy. Go and see what others are making with their blue scraps.
Here again is the left and right block. I am using a few different white light fabrics. I have also used up and cut so many different brands of black scraps. I might have to go look for a few more scraps. I know I have some long strips left from the quilt backing, I am sure there are more to be found.
While I am off to another Agility trial today with the dog. We are having so much fun. Next week we leave for Nationals. I am getting pretty excited to be going to complete in Nationals. I might not be getting much personal sewing done in the next 2 weeks.
I got the last of the charity quilts done for The Great Canadian Quilt Bee and Ronald McDonald House. I started working on blocks back in January and ended up deciding to make 3 quilts to give away and one for me to keep. I got all 3 charity quilts done. This is the last one. The quilt for me is close to being done too.
Here are all three on the fence together. I made the 4 by 6 block size, so the larger size they were looking for. I used Cheryl Arkison's slab blocks as the pattern, Then I also have at least one Canadian fabric in each block. Sometimes there is a extra maple leave fabric too. I had some black, red and teal maple leave fabric to add in.
Gemma my Lab got to get into the photo too. Yes the sun was crazy bright and hot.
You can see some of the cute fabrics that got added into this quilt. I did some fuzzy cutting to get the animals just right.
I got a new crop of mini nine patches done, BLUE. I need half the blocks to be a colour around and half need to be white on the out edge. I want the blues used in this quilt to be a little bit on the light or turquoise side and not too dark. These blocks finish to 3 1/2", so yes they are small.
Here is 59 blocks done. I think this is now half all of the blocks done. I think I had about 60 done before I did blue.