Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Stalled Out on Browns

How did it get to be Saturday again?  It's been such a long week, I'm thinking it should still be Friday, maybe even Thursday.  In addition to being long, it was busy.  We had an appointment one night to meet with the swim coach to see about getting Drama Teen back into the swim program.  That's not going to work, she's still in physical therapy.  Then I had to work late two nights this week.  So my stitching time has been a bit limited this week.  I only finished one more of the brown blocks this week. 

  Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler
By Angela Feldbush of Soscrappy

The cat block is about half sewn together and the Inverted Star block is moving along, but that's it.  Hopefully I'll get more done this weekend.  

Check out all other browns, blacks and gray blocks over at Soscrappy.

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Pieces of a Rainbow

It's time for the fall version of the Blogger's Quilt Festival sponsored by Amy's Creative Side.

My entry for the ROYGBIV category got started as a request from my daughter, Drama Teen, to make this pattern, Jigsaw by Alyssa Clancy,

in rainbow colors as a bed size quilt for her room.  Here's what came out of that request.   

It took a couple of years for me to gather up the fabrics for this quilt.  Even then there was an awful lot of switching in and out of fabrics as I got to the bottom rows.  Getting the color change to flow from the orange to the red-violet from upper left to lower right as the shades moved from lighter to darker from left to right was probably more of challenge then I was really ready for.  The whole fabric selection process was an education in color theory.  I'm still not sure I got the flow quite right, but Drama Teen loves it, so it works.  

The quilting was done by Trudy Lindemann, who never disappoints.  She varied the thread colors to match the colors in the quilt. 

The free hand flowers echo the quilt back and look just as good on it as they do the front.

The colors in the backing fabric match the colors on the front and it has the same shifts in color as on the front, so it worked really well.  
 Hand stitching the binding for Drama Teen's rainbow quilt was completed a few days after she'd had knee surgery to repair a torn ACL that ended her high school volleyball season just a week before their first game.  She told me that the quilt reminded her that even while she was hurting, that she was loved.  Her quilt felt like one big hug from Mom when she most needed it.  

This quilt goes pretty much everywhere with her.  So I'm pretty sure it will be well loved.  That's the best gift she could give me.  

There's a lot of eye candy over at the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I'm going to go get a second cup of coffee and indulge in the best quilt show one can enjoy from the comfort of your recliner.  Thanks for stopping by my entry.  Enjoy the rest of the posts.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Design Wall Monday - Front to Back

It was a relaxing four day weekend.  Sunday afternoon was spent in the sewing room, but I did a lot more cutting than I did stitching.  That's OK, all the cutting sets me up to be able to do a lot of stitching during the week when the time in the sewing room is typically a lot shorter.  

Scrappy Stars is finally off the design wall, it's a finished flimsy now.  

Pattern is Folk Art Christmas Stars
by Robyn Pandolph

I'm happy with how it turned out.  Scrappy Stars is my oldest UFO, started 11 years ago.  It will feel really good to get this one off the list.  

The design wall isn't empty even though Scrappy Stars is a finished top, I've got the pieces of the back up there now.  


The reds, blacks and greens were used in the top, the light fabrics were originally intended to be the backgrounds for the star blocks.  But after making a few blocks, I realized the printed backgrounds would muddy up the stars.  At that point I switched to tone on tone neutrals for the star backgrounds.  The back will use up a lot of the left over fabrics, so other than a few scrappy strips, these will be out of the stash and into a quilt.  

That's it for my design wall this week.  Check out Patchwork Times  for more design wall Monday fun.  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stash Report - Week 42 of 2014

This is the last day of a four day weekend for me.  Drama Teen was out of school for fall break so I took a few days off to hang out with her.  Since My Guy was back in Montana, it was pretty much a girls weekend.  We hung out with my Mom and my niece, had a great time.  It was Krispy Kreme for breakfast yesterday morning.

Yum!  DT also met up with some cool dudes who were making sure the donuts were not haunted.

It's been 30 years since the movie Ghost Busters was released.  When I asked DT if she'd seen the movie she said no, she had seen them on an episode of Scooby Doo.  Sometimes that child really makes me feel old.  

We didn't get home till late last night, so I didn't get any stitching in yesterday.  Fortunately, I had done some stitching earlier in the week.  

Used last week:  1.59 yards
Used in October:  3.18 yards
Used year to date:  23.94 yards

Definitely a good week compared to most others this year.  My goal is to use 1.5 yards per week so I can claim at least 40 yards out of the stash by the end of the year.  

That's it for my report this week.  For more stash stuff, check out the posts on Patchwork Times