This month's color is BLUE on the rainbow scrap challenge. I've made my standard "crayon" and "circle of squares" blocks.
I also finished a big, scrappy top that I started a while back. It was originally from a Fons & Porter pattern called "Tossed Greens", but I used wider strips, and got tired of it after 12 blocks so I just added some scrappy sashing until it was a useful size.
Here's a recent photo of Linus and Ivan, still crammed into a little bed meant for one cat. I call this "forbidden love".
The scrappy rainbow has shifted to yellow this month. I've managed to whip up a crayon strip and a Circle of Squares to go along with the rest of the collection.
And this is a quilt I actually finished a month or so ago -- I call it "Add Yellow". It started out as a holiday gift for a young nephew who chose yellow as his favorite color, but then I decided to give him a different (already finished!) quilt instead.
I've had a foster cat for the last few months -- Ivan -- who is recovering from an injured leg and has been teaching my very undersocialized pair to be more outgoing. I noticed the other day that when he stretches out, he has prairie points!
And some sad news... sweet kitty Lucy had some sort of growth in her mouth that turned out to be untreatable and spreading; we had to make the horrible decision to let her go yesterday rather than putting us all through more trauma. Linus will miss his favorite companion but has bonded well with Ivan -- who will now become a permanent resident here.
It's that day again! This month the rainbow challenge is doing multicolor scraps, of which I have only a small selection. Turns out that most of them have black backgrounds... I did my usual "crayon" stack and the square in a circle block. The vase of flowers is a different kind of multicolor, but I left it on the wall to cover up a bit of the ragged batting. It is the current Paper Panache mystery block
I'm slipping in with a red project, even though the scrappy calendar has now turned over to "multicolor"! This is the "use everything in my red scrap bin" quilt -- it's just a top in the picture but I've now got it sandwiched and pinned for quilting.
I don't have a huge collection of multicolor scraps, so I don't anticipate doing a whole quilt this month; I have plenty of UFOs to attack instead...
It's another scrappy rainbow Saturday, and I'm linking up to the challenge blog.
This is TEAL month, but you can see I also did a little catch-up for last month's PURPLE. I can't remember where I first saw the "squares in a circle" block, and I printed out the tutorial without the web address... if anyone knows where this is online, please let me know and I'll update the post. Edited to add: Kathy of Slow Stitching Sunday is making the "squares in a circle" blocks. The original pattern is at Toefeather. (Thanks, Sally!)
I pretty much emptied my bin of purple scraps! There's a little of everything in there, including a couple of precious Laurel Burch cats...figs.. bees. It will go off to the guild's collection for various children's groups.
This month's color is purple... I started a set of blocks in purples and blues last year, but never made enough to do anything, so I've picked them up again. Here are a bunch of new ones:
And I took some more purple scraps and made a set of coins -- I don't know what these will end up being. There's a cute crayon pattern I saw on a blog recently, and it's a good bet this will end up as part of that quilt.
For 2016, I finished my quilt top of Fancy Forest animals -- you can find it on my last post, here. Now I must go and clean the batting on my design wall. Yikes!
I thought I'd start the new year by posting photos of the last few things I finished up last year. The first 2 are tops that I had quilted by Tami at The Quilted Lemon. These were done with pantographs she adjusted to the size I wanted, and she is always helpful and does a lovely job!
First is a free pattern on the Cloud 9 Fabrics site -- with nice big pieces, so it was a quick project.
The next is an old Atkinson Designs pattern called "Fire Escape" that I did in batiks.
Finally, my Rainbow Scrap Challenge project -- now all together with the borders. This is from Elizabeth Hartman's "Fancy Forest" pattern, with my own arrangement, and using mostly hand-dyed fabrics from Vicki Welsh. This is pretty much the only quilt I've made with a white background, and I love the way the colors pop!
I also finished a cotton blouse that has been in the works for so long I can't remember -- either 6 or 8 years. I dug it out of the closet a few months ago and had to re-invent what my plan was, since it seemed to be cut out in a variety of random sizes. Then it sat for a couple of months more, just needing the sleeves hemmed!
Finally, an up-to-date photo of Lucy and Linus. They've developed an appreciation for quilts and quilting -- I now have to throw a sheet over anything on a flat surface that isn't meant to be a cat bed...