Saturday, December 09, 2017

Rainbow Wrap-up

Well, I did sort of get a couple of things  done (I consider it done when the top is finished) for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

First up is an actual finished quilt -- it's the Fancy Forest I started last year, using mostly hand-dyes from Colorways by Vicki Welsh and beautifully quilted by Tami at The Quilted Lemon.  The hexagon background you see is actually the backing fabric coming through because of the bright sun behind the curtain, and the quilt inspector is Ivan.

And, I finished my Circle of Squares rainbow, at least the top, which was a 2017 project.  I really love this block!

For some reason, the scrap bins are still full -- so I'm looking forward to some new ideas for 2018!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Just in Time Orange

I've been slacking off on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for a couple of months, but decided to get into gear and make some ORANGE STUFF at the very last minute!

It's just my usual "circle of squares" and an orange coin/crayon strip. But it's something!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's time for the annual virtual quilt festival, hosted by Amy's Creative Side.   I'm lazy this year so I'm only entering one quilt -- the one I just put binding on this afternoon!

This is all batiks from my stash, except for the border.  It's a pattern called Sea Glass by Kim Brackett, from one of her scrap-basket quilt books. I used a similar, but slightly darker, color scheme.
It was quilted beautifully by The Quilted Lemon.

And it wouldn't be a post from me without an element of cats.  Here's Linus acting out "the prince and the pea" on the quilts waiting for binding.

Ivan is helping me with some paperwork...

 And Zoey has recently joined the family because I wanted a girl! She's been here about 3 weeks  and seems to be acclimating and holding her own with the boys pretty well.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A few recent things I've made

First, the really big news -- after living here for 16 months (and being coached by his companion, Ivan the Terrible for the last 4) Linus has FINALLY become a lap cat!  I was squealing when I took this photo a couple of weeks ago.  Now, every time I sit down on the sofa he's right there.  He still won't climb in my lap if I'm in a chair, but we'll get there eventually...

When I was up in Seattle visiting my youngest brother in March, his wife asked for a pink quilt for their oldest daughter. She has many disabilities and I had made her a pink, weighted quilt years ago that got used until the poly pellets started to leak out.  So, I pulled out everything pink in my stash -- this is the result.  I'm definitely "over" pink for the foreseeable future.  It's been finished and delivered!

This top got started as part of the rainbow scrap challenge last year (I think) and I decided it was enough.  It needs to be quilted and donated...

 Finally, I decided to try out a ruler I'd bought a while back -- the Quick Curve Ruler.  This is a pattern called Dancing Churndash that was quite easy to make, and uses my favorite Grunge as a background fabric. Not quilted yet...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Make Linus Famous!

I decided that Linus needs his 15 minutes of fame, so I've entered him in the "Pets on Quilts" contest.
You can vote for him here.

Isn't he adorable?


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Head on over to The Cotton Robin for the Big Reveal of this year's round robins!

This was my center block (which came from Skyberries Handmade -- see the tutorial here)

and this was the terrific quilt I received back

So much fun again this year!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

things are looking blue

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". 

Friday, June 09, 2017

A month of yellow

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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

good and bad cat stuff

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.

scrappy greenery

I have been spending more time with pink fabric than green, lately, but I did manage to scrape together a few things for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

The snail is from the Garden Snails Quilt pattern, available from Craftsy.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Scrappy Saturday

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

Happy Saturday!


Saturday, April 01, 2017

goodbye to red

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...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

seeing red

It's another scrappy Saturday, and this month it's RED.   I sat down and whipped up a crayon strip, and a "circle of squares" block.

Next week I may have a quilt top to show off -- I've emptied out my red scrap bin and  started putting together another "anything goes" strips & bits quilt.   Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

scrappy Saturday

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!)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Deep Purple

It's the last Rainbow Scrap Challenge Saturday for January, and I have a big finish to show off! 

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.

On to February!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

rainbow scrappiness

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!

Monday, January 02, 2017

a few 2016 finishes...

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...