Tuesday, January 18, 2022

SAHRR Week ~ Round 1 and other things

Monday began Round 1 of SAHRR for 2022! 

Anja's choice to start this year is..the curved-block. Now I don't do much curved piecing so I hemmed and hawed about what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to try to keep each round to no more than 3". My original thought would have needed a filler border to make the size work out. I scraped that idea but I had already added the borders. My final decision was to just add a drunkard's path block to each corner. To make it more interesting, I pieced the bars between each corner in opposite colors from the drunkard's path block. This round nicely frames the original block.

I'm linking to Anja Quilts.
I also finished 2 blocks for the January/February block drive. Kat choice of blocks for the beginning of the year is a string block. We are using the pattern from 2019. They will be in the mail soon.

I have been working on another quilt but I can't say much about it yet. I will leave you with a sneak peek. 
 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

SAHRR2022 Center Block

 Last year I participated in the SAHRR (Stay at Home Round Robin) challenge hosted by Quilting Gail. Seeing that COVID is not over yet, the round robin will once again be conducted at home. 

Each week starting next Monday, one of 6 quilting friends will announce the round. Last year we did piano keys, plus, flying geese, checkerboard, wonky stars, and log cabin blocks. After the announcement, it is up to you how you add the round to your quilt. 

Last year was the first time that I participated in a round robin and it was fun seeing how different everyone's turned out. 

This year I will use an orphaned block for my center square. 

I don't even remember when or why I made this quilt block but I found it in a basket in my sewing room. (I generally don't have many orphaned blocks around.)
I still have scraps from these fabrics, and I pulled other coordinating scrap from my stash. Let's see how this goes this year! 
Here is the line-up:
                                                                                                                Stay tuned to see how this year's SAHRR goes! 
Linking up to Linky Party for center blocks.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

First Finish of 2022

 I finished my 2nd RSC quilt from 2021 ~ Wonky Shoo Fly! It turned out even better than I expected! A few nights ago, I finally sat down to bind the quilt and finish up with hand stitching. 

The last stitch went in last night, then it made its way to the washer and dryer. Here it is in all its crinkly goodness!
Today I took some time out in the snow for a photo shoot of Wonky Shoo Fly!
Wonky Shoo Fly was made following along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge throughout 2021! I added one additional color, peach, so that I had 11 colors.
Angela, from So Scrappy and the host of RSC, posted a tutorial on the wonky shoo fly block. I choose to do it as one of my blocks for 2021. 
The block size is 6" and I made 10 blocks each month. 
To make the finished quilt a bit larger, I made 6" strips 
of wonky piano keys to match the adjacent color block. 
I also added another border of the scrappy cream color I 
used in the top. I am very pleased on how it turned out. 
All the scraps in the top are from my scrap bins. The backing is a new purchase.
The binding is also from my stash - navy and cream check. 
(You can see it better in the first picture)
This quilt finished size is approx. 67" x 72"

And now it is 2022, a new year and new a RSC. January's color is red! I choose this block, Hang Ten, a free pattern on Happy Quilting
As I was making this block (it is 15"), I realized that I would get 8 bonus HST that I could use for another block. With a few additional squares, I made these 2 blocks. Easy Peasy!
Each block is 4"  x 8"
I also made this block that I found on flickr years ago. 
I have lots of gray scraps, so I'm doing the background in gray! This block is 11".
I'm linking to Scrap Happy Saturday, Finished or Not Friday @ Alycia Quilts, and Friday Foto Fun
As the new year begins, the old year ends! Not sorry to say goodbye to 2021 but I did complete a year of monthly calendar journals! Here is my December calendar!

Have fun, stay warm and safe!

Sunday, December 26, 2021

RSC through the years

I have participated in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge with Angela at SoScrappy since 2013 (with the exception of 2014-2015 when my mom was very sick.) Some years I just made one, other years I have made 2-3. I thought it would be fun to look back through all my RSC quilts. In 2013, I made my Russian Rubix quilt (post date 3-22-14).

In 2016, I made my Chinese Lanterns quilt (Soul Searching) posted 12-8-16.
In 2017, I made Little Spools (1-23-18) as my RSC quilt but also followed along with Angela's colors to make my Milky Way QAL (2-17-18). Another, unofficial color scrap quilt made that year was Lucky Stars using my 15 Minutes of Play orphan blocks (1-1-18).

In 2018, I made my Dog 'n Quilt (1-12-19) and Heading North (1-30-19)

In 2019, I made 2 star quilts: Reach for the Stars (2-21-20) and Starburst Colors (12-27-19).
I only made one challenge quilt in 2020: Color My World (1-3-21)
In 2021, I made 2 quilts: Rainbowlicious (11-13-21) and Wonky Shoo Fly (still in progress, now with scrappy borders attached) I also started an ongoing EPP tumblers project that I will keeping making until I have enough blocks. 


It was fun to look back at all the RSC quilts I have made over the years! Some have been donated, others gifted and several still live here with me. Looking forward to 2022's RSC. Have you picked out a block or two yet?
Linking to LastScrapHappy Saturday @So Scrappy.

Christmas crafting and sewing

 Although I haven't been able to blog during December (until now), I have done a bit of Christmas crafting, sewing and quilting that I can now share with you. 

I enjoy crafting with my grandson and we did several crafts together. To practice his cutting skills (he loves to cut paper into tiny pieces), we made an octopus and a santa (no photos of the santa.) 

We also did some Christmas crafts for presents. Our dear friend Ruth had my grandson and me over for a craft morning. We went out to collect pine cones at a local park and put together these pine cone wreaths. 





So much fun!

At Mormor's Christmas workshop, we made these handprint ornaments for gifts.   This idea was found on Pinterest.

Besides crafting with my grandson, I did a bit of Christmas crafting, knitting and quilting on my own. As hostess gifts, I made these gnomes 
and these little quilted gnomes.


My daughter asked if I could make a pacifier holder similar to one she found online. I searched to see if I could find a pattern but couldn't. So I decided to try to make my own pattern. I used the double stockinette stitch so that it would look the same on both sides. This stitch is a bit complicated when it comes to increasing and decreasing but with a little research, I figured out what I think results in the neatest look. So far I've made 2 of these and my daughter is pleased with how they turned out. I used organic cotton for these but may get some merino wool to make another.
I also made my grandson a reading pillow which I forgot to take pictures of. It went along with his new Christmas book and PJ's. 

Finally and in the nick of time, I finished the December step for the Macaron Mystery QAL. 
Here are my square in a square blocks.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! Looking forward to the New Year and all the hope it brings.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

I got a flimsy!

 I'm happy to show you the sewing I got finished this week! After adding one more color (peach) to my wonky shoo fly blocks for the RSC 2021, I arrange the blocks in a pleasing arrangement on my design wall. I decided to go with a diagonal layout. (My Rainbowlicious quilt was laid out in rows by colors.)

Then I went about sewing the blocks into rows and then sewing the rows together. This went together reasonable quickly! Voilà, it is a flimsy!
I may still add some kind of border but I'm not 💯% sure. I'm just happy to have my 2nd RSC quilt for 2021 put together. I'm thinking of naming this one Clover Bloom because the shoo fly block is named after the clover bloom flower. 
I'm already thinking of what block(s) to do next year. Are you?

Saturday, November 13, 2021

A Finish!

                                               My first RSC finish of 2021!                                           I found time last week to complete the quilting and binding of my Rainbowlicious quilt! This quilt pattern is Joy Luck by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. 

The original layout of this pattern was stacked blocks with sashing between the columns rather than side by side with sashing between the rows. Due to the number of colors (11) and the number of blocks of each color (10), I decided that this would be the best layout. 
I'm calling this quilt Rainbowlicious because the definition of rainbowlicious is "a deliciousness of colors in an array of beauty so good you can feel it, taste it, as hues across the spectrum of light, alight you." Roseanne @Home Sewn By Us said that they reminded her of wrapped pieces of candy. Thanks Roseanne for the inspiration in naming this quilt! 
                 The backing I found in my stash ~ a colorful floral print that has many of the colors of the rainbow in it. 
It was a beautiful Fall day for the photo shoot of this quilt! 
The blocks were made monthly over the year as the color of the month is announced by Angela over at So Scrappy. I added one additional color (peach). The blocks are all machine pieced and the quilting is FMQ in a simple braid in 2 different sizes. 
The quilt finished at approx. 40" x 40". 
I'm linking to Scrap Happy Saturday @So Scrappy, Can I get a Whoop, Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Linky Party @Patchwork and Quilts, Brag About Your Beauty @From Bolt to Beauty, Finished or Not Friday @Alycia Quilts, Foto Fun @Powered by quilting
Linking to Favorite Finish @Meadow Mist Designs

I also finished my November step for the Macaron Mystery QAL @Meadow Mist Designs. Here are the 3 steps so far!
Hope you had a great week of quilting!