Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WIPs - Switching Gears for a Finish

The last few weeks I've been showing my progress on the Twinkle Star blocks.  No progress on that front this week because the 2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler came back from being quilted last week.  The binding has been made for several days, but it's not been attached because the quilt needs a label. To finish the label the quilt needed a name.  I put some possible names on Monday's Design Wall post.  The thought was to stick with a name containing "rainbow" or something the referred to the rainbow of colors.  Some of the favorites from the comments included Scrappy Skittles, Cuddle the Rainbow, Color Splash and using the abbreviations of some chemical elements that produce unique colors in a chemical flame test (Cu, Cd, Co, C).  DT wasn't thrilled with any of those choices (she's claimed this quilt as her couch cuddle quilt).  She suggested rather than limit the colors to just a few, why not name the quilt "Flame Test" as the range of elements in the periodic table produce a rainbow of colors when subjected to a flame.  

Drama Teen took chemistry this year and is really considering pursuing a chemistry degree in college, so I bowed to her wish and named the quilt Flame Test.  Now that the name was decided on, I could have fun coming up with the label.  

It's definitely a bit geeky, but Drama Teen loves it.  She and I spent a lot of time bonding over chemistry this last school year while I was making the quilt, so the name will bring back a lot of memories for both of us.  

Unfortunately with the holiday weekend and my quilt naming diversion, nothing else got done on the other WIPs in the sewing room.  But that's OK, it won't be long before I have my first finish for 2015. 

You can check out other WIPs over at Esther's Quilt Blog, Freshly Pieced and My Quilt Infatuation.   

Wordless Wednesday - Rainy Rose

Monday, May 25, 2015

Design Wall Monday - The Last Row

It was a wet weekend, which made it hard to do much of anything except visit with family and stitch a bit.  My Guy and Drama Teen wanted to visit a museum this weekend as something to do since we couldn't get out and do anything else.  DT wanted to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial that honors the victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing since they had studied the media coverage extensively in her journalism class.   The Memorial and associated museum are amazing places and worth the visit.  I left with a renewed vow to appreciate my family every day.  

There was some stitching going on this weekend as well.  Grand Illusion is moving along.

Grand Illusion, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery
Just 3 more blocks and a couple rows of sashing blocks left to make.  I don't know if I'll get GI to the finished flimsy stage by the end of the week, but it will be close.  

The binding for last year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler also got made.  Before I can sew it on, I need to come up with a name for this quilt so the label can be sewn into the binding.  

  Rainbow Scrap Challenge SamplerBy Angela Feldbush of Soscrappy

Here's some possibilities that are rolling around in my head:

Cuddle the Rainbow (DT has claimed this quilt for cuddling on the couch)
Scrappy Skittles
Rainbow Scraps
Scrappy Spectrum
Copper, Cadmium, Cobalt, Carbon (roughly green, yellow, blue and black in "chemical colors", DT thinks she wants to be a chemist when she grows up)

Any other suggestions?

There are more design walls posted over at Patchwork Times

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Soggy Stash Report - the 21st Week of 2015

It's stopped raining for the moment anyway.  They claim there is  more on the way.  We didn't get the worst of the rain, that happened south of us. There are places in the state that saw in excess of 7 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.  Roads flooded badly last night during the height of the downpour.  But once the rain died down a bit, most roads were passable, at least where we are. That wasn't true for other places in the state.  

It wasn't a bad week for stitching.  Though I didn't get to sew much yesterday as we spent the day visiting a museum and catching up with a couple of family members.  Here's the numbers:

Used last week:  0.98 yards
Used in May:  1.78 yards
Used year to date:  14.43 yards
Purchased year to date:  0 yards

I'm still avoiding all the quilt shops and deleting their emails. The Excel file shows more used this year than used at the same time last year, so that counts as a nice improvement.  Hopefully I can keep that up the rest of the year.  

We have more rain on tap for today.  I'm hoping to spend some long hours in my sewing room this afternoon since we aren't going to be able to do much of anything else.

To read more stash reports, check out Patchwork Times.  

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - The Green in my Stars

I'll apologize for the cheesy post title, the first title I came up with was the same as last week's.  This was the only other thing my feeble brain could come up with this morning.  Maybe it's not such a bad title.  We've had so much rain, that it's green everywhere, even places you don't want it to be.  

I didn't have much time for stitching this week.  One night I helped Drama Teen study for her dreaded math final (on trigonometry).  She made an A on her final, so that was time well spent.  One other night was spent at the volleyball parent's meeting.  Drama Teen didn't make the team this year, coach thought her knee (she had ACL surgery last fall) was still too weak for her to play. But he wants her to keep working on getting it stronger so she can try again next year.  She'll be a team manager this year, which will allow her to work out with the team, but not have to play.

I've been working on finishing off Grand Illusion, so the Twinkle Stars have taken a bit of a back seat. Even with all the distractions, I did finish off two more green ones this week

Twinkle Stars, Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

I did a better job of varying the color intensity of the blocks this month.  There are still 3 more left to be cut out and stitched.  Thankfully there is still one week left in May.  

All the purple blocks were finished off last week.  Before I stored them away with the other completed blocks, I couldn't resist putting them all up on the design wall. 

It's going to be a very bright and colorful quilt. These blocks have been such fun to make.  Thanks Angela (Soscrappy) for including the Twinkle Star in last year's sampler. It's become my favorite block.  

It's going to rain most of our holiday weekend.  Hopefully you'll have better luck with the rain and it won't dampen your Memorial Day weekend. I'm going to grab another cup of coffee and check out the other rainbows posted for over at Soscrappy for this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.