Even though I haven't been posting my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for the past couple of months, I have been keeping up with them. The color for June was yellow and so here are my yellow flying geese blocks:
My scrappy friend has also kept up - here are her yellows:
Here are all of mine together:
When my friend, Dianne and I first started this QAL, we were only going to do one quilt. By the second month we had added a Half Square Triangle quilt to our monthly "FaceTime QuiltTime". I just have a little squaring up and pressing to do before posting pictures of those. Plus I'm waiting on Dianne to send me her HST pics.
I recently bought Amanda Jean Nyberg's new book, No Scrap Left Behind. It's a fabulous book with fantastic scrap quilts. A couple of weeks ago, she started a quilt along featuring one of the quilts from her book called "June". I joined in planning to use up some dark scraps. I typically make quilts with bright fabrics and scraps, so this would be a nice change.
A few blocks in I just didn't like it. It was too brown and sort of reminded me of chocolate ice cream with dark chocolate syrup poured over it - kind of sickly sweet!
So I sent a photo to a friend and asked her opinion. Her son happened to be sitting right there and suggested that I replace the small brown squares with olive green squares. I found the closest solid fabric I have to olive green, tried it and loved it!
The next roadblock I had was spending too much time trying to pick the next string for the block I'm working on. It was taking so long to make the blocks that I figured I'd still be working on this quilt next June! I commented on a blog post (quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com) how fast the author whipped out her blocks. She said she chain pieces the strings in pairs, then chains the pairs together and then the "fours", until she has the right size. With this advice, I blazed through my blocks and had half done that same day.
The rest went equally as fast and now I'm all caught up (thank you Cynthia!) and my blocks are ready to be sewn together.
Marcus Fabrics is hosting a Mug Rug contest and the Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a gift certificate for someone's mug rug this week.
You have to use at least one recognizable Marcus or Studio 37 fabric. I have hoarded this fabulous Marcus dot fabric from an older line called Metro Mirage for years (actually all the fabrics on my mug rug are from that line).
Aside to Marcus Fabrics: I could use a couple bolts of that fabulous dot, if you ever reprint it! :)
So I decided to use a bit of it for a winter/Christmas mug rug:
You can find more information about this challenge here.
**and let's not concern ourselves with how I happened upon a Christmas-y decoration on Valentine's Day!
After finishing our Flying Geese blocks a couple of weeks ago, my FaceTiming friend and I decided to do another Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt. So we cut and sewed a bunch of scrappy half square triangles.
This past week, we sewed them into blocks. We'll eventually make 20 of these blocks, which will finish at 12" each and go into a 4 X 5 block layout. We can work out the "to sash or not" and "borders - yes or no" at a later date.
Here are Dianne's 2 blocks:
And here are mine:
I continue to work on my RSC quilt from last year. I'm making good progress on the bow tie blocks. But I really, really wanted to see how the border was going to look. So I cut and fused the flowers for one border:
I'll post an occasional update on this quilt when there has been significant progress. I don't want to over post about. If you'd like to see how it's going or see the finished quilt, you can follow my blog (fabricscraps.blogspot.com) to catch those posts. :)
I haven't finished last year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge, but I'm working on it. Meanwhile, I started this year's challenge with 5 flying geese blocks done in January's chosen color of purple. I'm working on this with a friend who lives well over 1500 miles from me. She comes to visit often - usually in the winter months because she lives in Montana and I live in Las Vegas - and we quilt (and drink wine) when she's here.
We're going to make the same quilt using our own scraps, although we will undoubtedly share some with each other. The pattern we're following is from the free patterns on the Robert Kaufman Fabrics website. It's called Remixed Geese. Shown below is the picture from the Kaufman website:
The fun part for us is that we're quilting together on FaceTime. So we can pour a glass of wine and each go to our sewing room, where we set up our iPads and get ready for some sewing, gabbing and laughing! And we can get opinions on fabric choices and squeal over each others completed blocks. She doesn't blog, so I'm going to try to get her to send me a photo of her blocks each month to add to my blog post. It'll be fun to see both scrappy versions of the same quilt!
We will make 5 blocks each month. Here are Dianne's purple flying geese:
And here are mine:
We've also decided to make a second RSC quilt using half square triangles. As soon as we get those blocks done, I'll post them.
I finally finished my Maggie's First Dance quilt top.
At the beginning of this quilt along with Jacqueline Steves, I selected the fabrics to use. Three of them (shown below) came from the same line. My plan was to use the solid-ish fabrics in the quilt and the wild print for the outer border.
Very early in the process, it became quite obvious that the fabric I had selected for the border wasn't going to work. That fabric didn't look any better once the blocks were sewn together either!
I had 2 other print fabrics in this line, but they were both just as bad as the first. (I know what you're thinking: "how did she ever think any of those fabrics would work with the applique flowers in that quilt?" And I have nothing to say in my defense! :)
In the end, I went with with the same blue-gray that I used in the blocks. I thought it would be super boring, but now that it's done I kind of like it.