Okay, as they say, let's get down to brass tacks...
1. RSC - aka Rainbow Scrap Challenge
The colour for this month is purple. I did not bring any scraps with me other than a little bit of blue, whites and creams, and my drawer of 2.5" squares. You can see that the purple section is pretty small.
I could have made a second block, barely, but it would be mostly deep purple as is the one I did make. I know I have my little bit larger but not as large as a fat quarter baggie of purples, with lots more light ones, so I will make my second block once I am back home. Here is the first purple one. I love it!
Here are my first three blocks on the design wall. You can also see the start of my niece's quilt, which I've been doing as a leader/ender for now.
So bright and cheery, much like she is! It has been removed though because I have a quilt ahead of it... more on that in a second. But first, making the RSC blocks means that I have had to make several of the HSTs using just my 2.5" squares. How does one get a 2.5" HST from two 2.5" squares? Easy! Draw a line on the diagonal right through the centre of the 2.5" square with a marking tool (I like my Hera marker) and sew ON that line. Trim 1/4" seam and you are left with one 2.5" HST (ya!) and a pair of small triangles. They are not small enough to become cat mat stuffing, so I've been sewing them back together.
2. OMG and Update on January's Fail... now a Success!
The design wall has been cleared to make room for my aunt's quilt. Her 80th birthday was last April, so I have to get it to her by this coming April! My goal is to get the top together this month.
I took a picture of it on my design wall at home, and carefully stacked the blocks in order as I took it off. Yesterday I put them back up with the photo's help, in the order they'd been on my Kingsville design wall! Love an idea I get that works out perfectly. Here they are as of today:
|Dutch Garden quilt kit on Craftsy (affiliate link) - Note that the kit I bought is no longer available, and besides, I'm not doing the pattern in that kit anyhow LOL! It's the lowest price I've seen it btw...|
I failed again, miserably so, in my OMG for January. It was not a big goal either. I got one of the two kitty mats done. Two days after the deadline, so yesterday, Feb. 2, I had the second one done. I loved making it! It's a block out of the book, Stash Lab by Tonya Alexander, that I made rectangular (12X18") for the mat size.
I kept the quilting very simple, stuffing one half with fabric and thread and batting bits, quilting down the middle, and then stuffing the other half. I was going to do grid quilting on that more open half, as in Christina Cameli's Quilting the Grid Craftsy class (affiliate link), which I bought about a month ago and have yet to finish and review for you, and let me tell you it is way cool. Let me also tell you that Craftsy has started a new way to gaining access to their hundreds of classes: Craftsy Unlimited. You pay a monthly fee, much like Netflix, and then watch to your heart's delight. They have a 7-day free trial on right now, in case you weren't aware of it...a good way to determine if this might be the thing for you. I love my Craftsy classes, and go back to them time and again. I emailed them yesterday because my Craftsy button on my sidebar has not been updated since Christmas, very odd. I put a new one there myself. However, I found out that big changes have occurred and are occurring with them, so stay tuned for more developments there. They have a new collection, their biggest yet, Boundless Collage (gorgeous) and, just because you might need to know: one I own a fair amount of, Boundless Blenders, is on sale at a screaming great price, CA$5.19/yard. That's an affiliate link to it. In case you wanted to just check😉😈 that info is correct...Anyhow. Where was I?!!
|Both in light blue for the RSC colour of the month! Top one has more quilting, a little hard on the sewing machine to go through lots of bunched up fabric and batting bits.|
These are going to go to either the Englewood or the Bradenton Humane Society for cats to sit upon in their crates as they await adoption. Bradenton has an entire building with a couple of rooms, one a playroom, just for cats. A cat is more likely to be adopted when sitting upon a cute homemade mat apparently. And I like making them for these sweet souls. These two are given in memory of one particular sweet soul, my friend Lorraine's cat, CoCo, who passed away a few months ago. Lorraine always included a cute picture of CoCo adorned in a Christmas outfit, with her Christmas cards, and I missed that this year.
|CoCo in 2015|
Sweet souls. Small quilts. Warning: I am going to throw you a squirrel and cause you to have a DREAMi! (Drop Everything And Make it!)
Bernie's post on her blog, Needle & Foot, that will explain everything you need to know about her project that runs this month. I know I am definitely having a DrEAMi!/DREAMi! (doesn't matter how you write the acronym, I'm having one) this month, despite some looming deadlines coming my way. You may have seen doll quilts popping up on Instagram, and in QBL. They are being given with the adorable dolls that Amy of www.adolllikeme.com makes. Please go and read all about Bernie's project, to include a quilt for each doll that Amy makes for these special kids who are SO affected when they receive a doll who looks just like them, whether that means missing a limb, having a large birthmark, or having burn scars, etc...visit Amy's site and watch a video, and you will be profoundly affected. As I said to Bernie, there is much need for comfort in our world, and every little bit counts, and every little bit matters. I hope you will spread the word, and I hope you will make a doll quilt or two and send it to Amy to be included with one of her incredible dolls. All details are on Bernie's post.
I am linking up this lengthy post with Angela at soscrappy for RSC!
I have also signed up for Patty's Postcard swap at Elm Street Quilts! Click that link to find out all the details. It will be fun! I am also linking this post with her OMG for February.
Come back tomorrow for Sunday Stretch which is also late 😬 because of this crazy week I've had! Monday (or maybe Tuesday LOL) I plan to let you know some more exciting details about my Postcard from Sweden QAL, and another Quilt Along, which may be the start of the annual QAL here at mmm! quilts as it's the second one...another shadow quilt!
Oh! I had to remove a few third and fourth comments (only 2 per person) but after that I did the draw Saturday morning as I said I would for the Wonderlust fabric bundle. The first number the random generator spit out was...
Yay Janine! She has been contacted and I'll just say that it was a great pick-me-up for her for personal reasons so that makes me even more happy. Thanks to everyone who left such wonderful appreciative comments. The cushion sits on a chair in our living room and so I see it multiple times a day, and it lights me up inside each time. If you haven't read the post, click here to take a look at Paula Nadelstern's gorgeous fabrics, and find the links to other posts using this fabric.
Funny photo if you've made it this far: