Saturday, July 28, 2018

Stash Reduction Continued

I shared the big red squares I cut out last time to participate in the RSC color red this month.  All by themselves, they are pretty boring.  They are "old" red. 

Thanks to Louise at My Quilt Odyssey's great suggestion, the collection of old red is being livened up with some turquoise sashing.

I thought it needed something more and I got a lot of great suggestions from all of you (piano keys, mixing new reds with old reds, improv, scrappy improv, flying geese, funky geometrics, large floral)  and I am definitely going to be trying a variety of them in future "stash reduction" quilts.   Since I was hoping for this quilt top to be a fairly quick finish, I think I'm going to go with a big piece I have in my stash and not do a lot of piecing.  It's kind of a mix between the "new" reds and the "funky geometric".    I'm feeling lazy this week, can you tell?

What do you think of this?  This print is so bright and colorful, I just love it. I've kind of been hoarding it for a long time with absolutely no idea what I was going to do with it but I think it really helps give this "old red" quilt some life, don't you?

I hope the next time I post, I'll at least have a finished quilt top to show you.  And THEN you know I'll be asking advice about binding and backing so be ready to brainstorm!  Love my online mentors!!

While I had my red scraps out I decided to make another house block too!

This one doesn't look quite as modern as the other three.  But I'm thinking I don't mind that.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Guess What I'm Going to Make with This!

Recently, I won a bundle of fat quarters from Bernie at Needle and Foot.   This was the June Blogger Bundle curated by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms.  I love it!!!  So bright and summery.

So I immediately set out to find a pattern that would show off these fun summer colors.  I found the perfect pattern and I can't wait to make it!  This will be a little incentive for me to hurry up and get Ashley's quilt  done.  You want to see what I chose, I know!  But I'm just going to tease you a little bit and just show you a little at a time as I'm making it.  I'll show you my progress as I go.  As you may or may not know, I HAVE to get Ashley's quilt done first!

I FINALLY figured out why in the world I was dragging my feet so badly on my daughter's quilt. Remember this top that's been hanging around forever?

I love her to death!  And who wouldn't love this creatively costumed sweetiepie?

She's really excited to have it before school starts and I want to make her happy so why don't I just finish it already?!!!  I think I've been doing some psychological mind blocking and my subconscious knew there was something unpleasant still to do.  I picked her quilt up again a few days ago and I had completely forgotten that there was a big section of quilting I have to unpick because there's a huge spot that the fabric folded over on itself.  See this awful spot with a big fold quilted in?  Still not sure how that happened!
Well, I've obviously been avoiding this but no longer.  It needed to be unpicked and I finally did it.   So maybe now we'll have some progress!

I've been fiddling with little things here and there.  One of the things I did was kind of an impromptu project.  My daughter-in-law, Krystel has a baby blanket that used to be hers (so it's well used) and her youngest daughter is using it right now.  It had a stain on it that wouldn't come out and she asked me if there was something I could do to cover it up so this is what I did . . .

Applique is not my strength so I was pretty happy with the way this turned out!

I also completed a block for Jen Rosin who was our June queen for the Stash Been I belong to.  She gave us free reign to pretty much make whatever we wanted as long as they were tertiary colors.  The first time she used that word, I didn't know what in the world she meant!  Tertiary colors are colors made by combining a primary color with its closest neighboring secondary color (on either side when viewing the color wheel).   I could NOT get this picture to look like the true colors.  Pooey!
This is one of the blocks Jen suggested for ideas of something she liked.  The pattern is a block from Quilter's Cache called Chain Links.  The original block was just two colors but I changed it to four and it took FOREVER to figure out how many of what pieces to cut.  There are 75 pieces in this block!  it measure 16 1/2" square.   I started to write a tutorial for a multi-color block but decided probably not many would be wanting to make it.  I can definitely give you the pieces to cut for each color if you're interested, and really, once you have that, you can figure out the layout as long as you have a picture to look at.

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for this month is red.  I really need to use up my stash.  I have a lot of OLD fabrics.  Many of which I picked up at a yard sale from a lady who was doing a big destash.  My favorite color is red so I have a lot of it.  I decided to just start cutting as big of blocks as I could and start sewing them together.  So here we are with a bunch of 10" blocks plus two blocks made that size improv style.

Then I couldn't decide what color sashing to use and Louise at Quilt Odyssey to the rescue (be sure to read her most recent post entitled Delighted, it's a fun read!).  She told me she had been working with a red and turquoise color scheme so she suggested turquoise or a bright blue.  Perfect!  I happened to have enough of that particular color!

I had to make the sashing fairly skinny because I didn't think I'd have enough otherwise.   The sad thing is after making as large of squares as I could, it hardly made a dent in my stash!  Oh well.  I think it needs something more, don't you?  What else would you do? 

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