You may have seen it on Instagram last week. You know that feeling when you find the perfect quilt pattern for someone, and you gather some potential fabrics? It's a rush.
And then it sits for some time, because of other life and/or quilt requirements. And then! When you do pull it out and get it to the flimsy stage, and know that the finish is imminent? An even bigger rush. Yeah, it's a great feeling and I have it. However, I do not have enough of the backing I'd bought (a football Minky) so I will have to pop in to my favourite LQS in Leamington, which is the town just down the road from me. Haven't been in a while, so it's time. They have a terrific room, yes a small but entire room, of Minky.
Here is his quilt on the design wall. You get a glimpse of the chaos in the room where I currently sew. Yep those are mugs from one of the three dismantled IKEA kitchen cabinets and yes there is my cedar chest and there are not one, but two Singers in cabinets beside and in front of the chest...and that's just the one wall! It's been a long haul and it'a ways to go yet with this renovation. Anyhow, because I don't have access to the full ceiling to floor height of my design wall, some of his quilt was laid out on the cedar chest/mugs bin! It will be 60X75".
Now before I get into the RSC projects of which there are currently four... FOUR! I was doing only one this year! Ah, put it down to inspiration, aka squirrels. Anyhow before those four updates, just a little reminder that this is the last weekend you can get Pocketful of Sunshine for a mere $2,
or the Oh, the Places You'll Go! pattern at 25% off, (nine people have this in their basket, six have Pocketful! Hope you don't wait too long like I did last weekend at bluprint - affiliate link - and lose out on the good deal...)
Beothuk Star pattern for just $5. No coupons required.
So, what was I doing this past week?
1. Arrows Quilt
This was the original RSC quilt for this year.
I love combining new and old fabrics, and perhaps even more so, love the memories held within each of the fabrics in scrap quilts.
The little squares on point I created by sewing back together the cut off triangles that make the arrow points since I have to make them this way because I'm using scraps. This past week I caught up on sewing all the HSTs into the little 3" unfinished blocks so I could play with a layout for this mini rainbow quilt that has spun off from the Arrows. I have 27 of these, 9 months' worth. Doesn't make for a good quilt layout: 9 X 3 blocks? 3 X 9? So here's what I've come up with:
I'll put sashing strips between. It would be about 15" by 18"-ish depending on whether I did do a border around the four edges. Maybe a mini, maybe a bag front, maybe a table mat... Of course I could do a 9 rows by 3 high mini which would be 7.5 X 22.5" with no sashing or borders... So they are neatly stacked on our chest of drawers that is in the room where I currently sew.
Back to project #1, the Arrows quilt. I played with the final layout. I need 20 arrow blocks, and I have 18, so I need to make two more. Ta-da! Here is the mystery solved:
|First "what will it look like?" layout|
Project #3 from the RSC challenge that is an ongoing squirrel, are my scrap boxes. I sewed some more panels for the purple box between making my purple arrow blocks and square on point blocks.
Here is the front and the back panel for the box with one side panel started. You can also see the pile of squares on pint here.
|"This is going to be a box for ME, right, Sandra?"|
And finally Project #4 started somewhere in May, the Tiny Tuesday blocks.
Two came out within five days because Angela was evacuated due to Dorian. Storm at Sea is paper-pieced. I'll just say 45 pieces are in that 5" unfinished block, egad. Those are all Island Batik scraps from 2018. They are fantastic to sew with when making such insanely tiny pieces. So crisp. No fraying to speak of. Incidentally, there are only 25 in the Lantern one. I used the same plain white batik for the background, scraps from Cheerio!
All of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects can be found at soscrappy. Well, not the squares on point one, but the other three.
Coming up on the blog:
Bear Paw baby quilt for Island Batik
Imaginary Friends post
(I know I've been pretty quiet this past month, just recharging I guess.)
Confessions of a Fabric Addict (you know I am whooping about one finished flimsy and another almost at that stage!)