Last year I ended up doing two ongoing projects. The first was planned, to use my Whirling Star block I designed, the second was basically a squirrel, a DrEAMi! that grabbed me in March, when the colour of the month was purple. It was Red Rover, a lap quilt in Cozy Modern Quilts, Kim Schaefer's book that I had out of the library, and subsequently bought because I love every quilt in it! I dropped everything and made 6 blocks in, you guessed it, PURPLE! We had to add a bit of yellow.
|Even Bella's favourite beat-it-up toy, her spider-baby, is purple!|
During the first year of RSC for me, 2015, LeeAnna's cow blocks at Not Afraid of Color grabbed me (see the squirrel problem yet? Ooh I've got it bad. But do not shake your head in dismay, because all these squirrels have led to wonderful results...somewhere in there there is an acorn to oak tree analogy...)
Which brings me to the RSC2017 and January's colour: pure, pleasing, perennial purple. I told you I designed the barn block basing it on Lori Holt's Barn Along 2013, another blogger's take on Lori's barn, and evolved that blogger's take on the barn to my own version. During the designing and construction of this barn block, I had an epiphany in the purple haze of my brain: HOUSES!!
I sat with this photo off Amazon in front of me, (because my copy is in the storage box right) and drew on graph paper until I had a block that would work for me. I want 6" blocks on the side of the house (seem to have developed a 'thang' for these babies thanks to Tula Pink's City Sampler and the 150 Canadian Women quilt along) and so it became a 16" finished block! I figure 10 blocks will give me an 80" square quilt before borders, before any Irish chain additional blocks if I want it to look like the one on the cover!
So without any further ado, here is my first block for the 2017 RSC:
- Dayna! - the vast majority of my relatively few purple scraps are from quilts and quilted items for her
- her Mariner's Compass quilt
- her Shoot for the Moon --still need to write a proper post worthy of this quilt and the daughter who so deserves it
- Brady! - the owl in the window (a find in the 2.5" squares bin that made me grin with glee) from his Jack and Friends quilt
- New York City - a hobo bag I made with NYC fabric purchased at The City Quilter
- Maren's quilt...Judy! her mum and a good friend...Edmonton...
- the Cows quilt, ah the farm...
- Ohio Star - mmm, good friend Julie of Pink Doxies
- Moda Grunge, how I love thee and need more colours
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