Monday, September 4, 2017

Orange A Peel

LOL
I think all of us in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge with Angela at soscrappy could've said, "Called it!" for this month's colour, perfect for impending Fall. However, we haven't had brown yet, or black, or pink...ha!  Here is my first project, my houses:
Since the first owl appeared in the January purple block, I always put a little surprise in each house. This one has two orange dogs, awww, yeah! ORANGE dogs?! Love! More scraps from my sweet friend Jake, and yup, more Laurel Burch. She knows me so well.  I badly wanted to use some of my precious Kaffe fabric from my Three Quarter Patch tote I made and reviewed for Craftsy a while back, and from whose scraps I made a round mini for another sweet friend, Preeti.  However, it didn't want to 'go' anywhere...until inspiration struck, and it is is the stained glass window in the door! Lacy curtains in the windows are from pillowcases made from Tidal Lace ombré fabric.

Near the end of January I had the inspiration to make a house block and turn it into a cushion for my new sewing room.
It is made from scraps from my Meadow Mystery by Meadow Mist Designs.

I wrote out the instructions and made a PDF and uploaded it into my Craftsy store (affiliate link). It has been my best 'selling' pattern (all my patterns are free but for one LOL) to date with 1164 downloads as of right now! Then Angela announced the February colour: aqua. I kind of figured oh well, guess my RSC house quilt won't have an aqua block because it will be the pillow. However...
I just had to. Besides it's almost as fast to make two house blocks as making one; the longest part is playing in the fabric scraps agonizing deciding what to use where! I revamped the little porch over the door on this one, and here you have a stained glass window using a holy scrap, as in lots of holes, from the kaleidoscope class I took years ago. Plump birds in the other. This house sits on the water, not in it. 😉

I hinted that I was making the neutrals house block, but I guess I never did show it except on Instagram. Here it is:
Yup, same roof fabric, different colour! Last bit of Jennifer Sampou fabric from forever ago that I adore; used it for a cushion cover (should blog that sometime hmm). I do not care; in fact I actually like that the selvage is going to show in the quilt! Vintage Singer sewing machine in one window, in the other, flowers from an old Eaton's lawn fabric with which I made a skirt, a couple tiny leftovers of which are in the colourwash fabric stash. 

Here are the first six before I made the orange and turquoise ones. I am already swooning over this quilt-to-be!

I also made last week's three Canadian Women blocks.
124 - Anna Marion Hilliard: we owe this lady SO MUCH. She went into obstetrics and gynaecology, and she it is who developed the simplified PAP test for early detection of cervical cancer; 125 - Helen Kinnear: another woman of so many firsts: first woman on the Niagara Peninsula to practise law, first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court of Ontario and Canada, first woman, in 1934, in the British Empire to become a King's Counsel, first woman judge and still more! 126 - Violet E (Beth) Candlish: daughter of Saskatchewan's Premier in the 1930s; he became Federal Minister of Agriculture, Beth worked in the grains industry, often the only woman in the field, becoming, in 1981, the first woman Commissioner of the Canada Grain Commission.  Bet you know which is her block!

I am also announcing an OMG for September, finishing quilting (which I did yesterday) Radiance, and binding it, and sending it off to Aidan. I've shown several photos on Instagram over the past little while. Here's a sneak peek:

It's not as easy a finish as you may think, just squaring, binding, photographing, washing, writing a post........because I am in extreme excitement countdown mode for the arrival of my favourite grandson, Brady!!!! mid-week!  Not much quilting will get done unless we have time for him to design another quilt and me to sew it...  Anyhow Radiance has been on Finish Along lists more than once, so here's to finally crossing it off! And ending on an orange note!
You may have noticed (I sure have) your Internet seems a tad slow today? Bet it's because of so many of us quilters watching Craftsy classes (affiliate link) for free!! More than 1200 are on the list to watch today for free, pretty sweet deal.  That's where I'm heading, picking up where I left off on a cool "Playing With Curves" one by Ann Petersen.

22 comments:

  1. Loving those houses--you are such a creative piecer...lovely hugs, julierose

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  2. Those house blocks are cute individually, but they are going to make an even better quilt all together. I skipped the neutrals last month for my RSC blocks and I think after the pink one I'll just put together what I have.

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  3. Orange is a color I didn't used to like. At. All! But it has certainly grown on me, and it looks good in your blocks this month. I'm also incredibly biased, but it looks great in the quilt for Aidan, too. Good luck getting everything done and ready for Brady's visit. I am definitely eagerly awaiting the blog post, but it can wait. :)

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  4. Great to see all the houses together . A whole neighbourhood coming along there . Did I ever tell you i had lucky orange socks ? I think the kids may have thrown them out ! Hope Brady has a great visit with you. Of course he will !

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  5. Yep, I've done my fair share of slowing down the internet today. Have just loved being able to binge watch Craftsy. I've found six classes that I think are worthy of purchase. Yikes! I watched a lot more than that and there are others I'd sorta like to watch but I think I'm binged out for now. I hope they do this again sometime in the future. Have a blast with Brady this week.

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  6. I love your houses! They are on my quilting bucket list!
    The Canadian Women blocks are pretty too. I love the color of the one on the right especially. And Aidan's quilt...yummy colors!!!

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  7. Love your houses, they are going to make a beautiful quilt. Yeah Craftsy watching big time. Now just to try and retain everything I watched.

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  8. I love seeing all your houses sitting together there on the design wall. The quilt is going to be gorgeous.
    I'm thinking this pattern would make a great block lotto and resulting comfort quilt. Have a wonderful time with Brady. I hope he decides to design another quilt....not just so you can get some sewing done....but because he is an awesome designer. Have fun!

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  9. The quilting looks amazing. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

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  10. Your houses are wonderful. I love the different little touches you've added to each. It's going to a great quilt.
    Your Canadian Women blocks are coming along well, and look really good with the reds.

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  11. How, how, HOW can you resist just making oodles of houses and getting that quilt finished? They are so stinkin' cute.

    Have fun with Brady!!!! (I'm assuming the four exclamation points are part of his name, because how could they not be?)

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  12. Your house blocks are magnificent! What a wonderful quilt they will make!l. You are doing a superb job keeping up with the Canadian Women quilt. And might I just add that your quilting is quite beautiful! Enjoy Brady!!!!'s visit! XO

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  13. Must admit to having watched a bit of craftsy yesterday too. Love the houses all together, so many fun surprises!

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  14. I love your house blocks, especially the little 'something' you added to each house.
    I also watched "Playing with Curves" last night. I worked all day so didn't get to watch as many as I wanted but I did see four and three of them I would definitely consider buying later.

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  15. The house blocks are amazing. You are very creative. Have a great visit with Brady.

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  16. Those houses are just gorgeous! What a great job - the varied block and the quilting, just fabulous!!

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  17. I love seeing your house blocks together. And the quilting is looking fabulous. I love the swirls and feathers together.

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  18. I've oiked your house blocks all along the way, but I LOVE them when they are all together! No wonder they are a popular block. I think I need that pattern too!

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  19. I love your house blocks! Today's group is the best. The singer in the window is precious. mary in Az

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  20. Those clever inclusions in the windows of your house blocks is wonderful!

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  21. Your houses are such fun! It's going to be a very colorful quilt.

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