Saturday, February 4, 2017

Purple Project #2

Not only is it a  "Wow, how did that happen?" feeling because we are done one entire month of 2017, but it is also a "Wow, how did that happen?" moment for me again because I seem to have got a second RSC2017 project going again this year!  I do know the new colour for February has been announced, Aquamarine, but this happened this past week:

I really needed to make these in orange...

However, before I cut into my remnants of orange and white Grunge from the Radiance quilt, I had to do a test for size.  You see, you can make these in any size you want...  Here are small ones I did on the Mariner's Compass flag I did as part of the Henry Glass Desire to Inspire Challenge:

So I dug in my limited purple scraps, pulled out some white and off-white ones and started cutting and sewing, and creatively cutting, I might add...
and before too long, I had that.  These are called Migrating Geese and the tutorial I followed is here.

Problem: for the oranges I only have three shades.  I could arrange them in two different ways:
On the left the oranges are in pairs, while on the right they are alternating light, medium, dark.
I went with alternating.  So yes, the scale and size was perfect; it would add another 15.5" to the length of the quilt.  So I started on the oranges, but I needed a leader/ender project because, well, I just don't like waste.  I had a ton of rainbow triangles left from making the rainbow binding for Whirling Stars, so I started sewing those together pretty much in the exact pairs as they were in the binding.  Before too long, not only was the orange migrating geese strip happening; so were the HSTs and I suddenly had this!
At 5.75" square, it will make the perfect mug rug!  There are only 2 HSTs that are not from the rainbow scrappy binding, the red/pink and the red/black HSTs in the second row from the bottom which are from one of the 150 CA Women blocks.
That little 4-patch right in the centre with the cow face (TOO cute, right?!) was in my brown scraps that I found when I was working on the scrap vortex. It was the perfect 1" square finished size for this mug rug!  Outside of honestly 3-4 changes, I sewed these together and made myself lay them down as it happened with almost no fuss.  So yes, only one diamond shape happened.  I love the randomness and how your eye roves over this.

However, I was still sewing the orange migrating geese strip, so...yup, I pulled back out the purples and used them as leader/enders.  Because I'd started them before the oranges, it wasn't long before I had them all sewn together.
Purple migrating geese strip is done! About 66" in length.  I was still sewing the orange.
By the way, I still haven't made a decision, although I have a pretty cool idea, as to how to solve the vomit vs vortex problem on my Scrap Vortex.

I do love this purple row for my RSC2017 project!
Doubled back on each other
Linking up
soscrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday


25 comments:

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

That is a great block. I love your purples! Thanks for the pattern link.

Chantal L. said...

I love the migrating geese. Your blocks are awesome. Personally, for the orange settings, I prefer the photo on the right. It follows the purple setting better. But that's just me. ;^)

scraphappy said...

It is so easy for new projects to start themselves. Still, you are using up lots of scraps. That is the great part.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I really like those migrating geese! Thanks for the link to the directions for them! (Uh oh, I feel a DrEAMi moment coming on...)

LA Paylor said...

wow, I really like the geese! Gotta go check out that tute

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Love the block Sandra! I am tempted myself to add another block to my RSC projects.

Nell's Quilts said...

The migrating geese look like so much fun. I'll have to try some of these in a strip quilt.

Ariane said...

These look great!! Have fun with this project.

Stitchin At Home said...

Oh no more squirrels! I like the migrating geese I think they add movement in a quilt as in your Mariners Compass.

Eleanor said...

Oh, that little tiny cow! So perfect!

Edith said...

I really like the migrating geese, I'm attracted to the movement they create.

The Joyful Quilter said...

All that OTHER color and you still found a way to show off some AQUAMARINE!! :o))

fatcat said...

Vomit vs vortex is a pretty funny description of your quilt! If it were me I'ld probably cut them into squares and add lattice strips around. That's probably a chicken way out, but I always worry that busy quilts will overwhelm me if I don't tone them down. I love seeing how other quilters make these abstract and unusual designs that just work well together. When I do the same thing, I'm always disappointed with the results. As for your RSQ in progress, it's wonderful. I also have been adding other colors and "cheating" before the next month's color announcement. I'm doing a EPP pattern that I found on Etsy. I'm loving it so much but still not sure where it's all going. My niece is graduating from college in May and maybe I should be making her a quilt of some sort. If it's this one, the year won't be over by then and I"ll only be part way through. Perhaps that's why I'm also sewing ahead and adding other colors before the announced time. Thanks for sharing your progress on your blog. You've inspired me to get back to the February color for a little while!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I love these migrating geese. I definitely need to give this tutorial a try.

PaulaB quilts said...

The purple geese look great in the doubled back position. It makes a bold focus. Lots of luck with your projects.

canuckquilter said...

Love love love your migrating geese. Must..not...start...another... I'll try to be strong and just tuck the idea away for future use!

Jasmine said...

The migrating geese are gorgeous! Good luck with the scrap vortex!

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

I think the vortex is defnitely leading over the vomit . I can't believe you have so little purple in your scrap basket. For some reason I always associate purple with you

Vicki in MN said...

I love the migrating geese-man I just need to make some one day. I do have a wall hanging that require them, OK done, it's on my to do list this year!

Vicki in MN said...

Hahaha, I just went to the tutorial and the pattern I have is the one behind her!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Is it okay to just say Love - and you will know that I am in love with your geese and your design wall and your colors.... and that I am not a stalker ??? ;-) Thanks for the link too!

Kate said...

The migrating geese turned out beautifully. Looking forward to seeing what direction you take with them.

Linda C said...

All beautiful! Yup that cow face is way too cute!!!

gayle said...

Love those geese!
And also love that peeking cow!

Preeti Harris said...

Those migrating geese look very pretty, but complicated to make. One flock flying north and other going south creates drama and I love it. Vomit??? Why do you say that? Thank you for re-sharing that Henry Glass quilt. The quilting just so yummy.