Saturday, 7 July 2018

July is Red

I love participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC), it helps me to sew through my fabric scraps with some focus.  The colour for the month of July is Red/Maroon, which reminds me of Ruby the birthstone for July, my birth month.

With more than one project on the go, I always have something that needs the colour of the month.  For this week I started with my Cog quilt blocks, focusing on the Reds and got these five finished to add to my collection.  I'm hoping to have five blocks in each colour by the end of this year's RSC.

Next up was some Quarter Log Cabin blocks, as I had still more time to sew and play with my red scraps.

Yesterday was my birthday, I enjoyed the morning in Addie's Creative Fabrics (quilt store) in Cochrane, AB.  Addie's give you a discount on your birthday, so it was the perfect time to pick fabric for a couple of quilt backs.  I was greeted with a Happy Birthday from my friend and quilting buddy  Carolyn (who works there a couple of days a week). 
Have you ever seen of Freddy Moran's vibrant quilts?  Freddy considers red a neutral.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

A Goal for July

This month I would like to quilt and bind this Rainbow Wonky Churn Dash quilt. 
This quilt was one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects over the last couple of years.  I finished the last of the blocks for the top in September and then assembled the top later in the year.  

On a recent trip to the Central Alberta Quilt Show in Red Deer I found the border and backing fabric.

In the picture you can see the top folded with the black and white backing peeking out and on the right side are strips that I made with left-over fabric from the blocks, I will use these strips to expand the backing as I need a little more than two widths of fabric to make it long enough.

I’m playing along with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal(OMG) link-up, it really helps me to keep on track and complete my UFO’s (unfinished objects).

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. ~ Tony Robbins

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Blue or Green?

Our colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) and the month of June was that colour which is not quite blue and not quite green, the teal/turquoises.  I have a few Rainbow projects on the go and this week I completed my Quarter Log Cabin blocks and my High Five blocks.

I've been making four of the Quarter Log Cabin each month. 

The High five block is from the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.  So far I've made one large block and ten small ones each month. 

That’s it for the RSC this week and this month.  Now to start playing with my Red/Maroon scraps which will be our colour for July.  Visit Soscrappy to see what others are creating as they sew along with the RSC.

Let no one who loves be unhappy, even love unreturned has its rainbow. James M. Barrie

Thursday, 28 June 2018

City Tiles quilt

I’ve completed by One Monthly Goal (OMG) for June.  City Tiles was a quilt along with Quilty Love, and you can see my beginning this quilt on my JanuaryCity Tiles quilt-along blog post

I saw a picture of the block on Pinterest, and was interested and while reading about City Tiles realized that it called for Fat Eights, I had a bunch of co-ordinating Fat Eights that my mom had given me and was wondering what to do with them.  City Tiles was the inspiration that I needed.  

I had enough pink fat eights to piece a back for this quilt. 
I picked the Easy Orange Peel pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter and a slightly off-white thread called linen for the quilting.  

Sitting on the deck with a glass of wine finishing up the binding on a beautiful summer evening, I thought this would be a nice setting for a picture. 

You can see many more completed June projects at the Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal link-up.
I love summertime more than anything else in the world. That is the only thing that gets me through the winter, knowing that summer is going to be there. ~ Jack McBrayer

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Teals and turquoises

Our Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) colours for the month of June.  I started with the Squared Away quilt along block called Country Lanes, Mari (Academic quilter) says it’s “a 1935 block from Mountain Mist, the batting company.” 

Next I made five Cog quilt blocks, I hope to have 48 altogether by the end of this year’s RSC. 

I also finished up some Quarter log cabin quilt blocks in pink, which was the colour for May. 

I’ve been so busy with birthday’s, my son’s graduation (from Art college) and preparing for my choir’s year end concert that I haven’t been in my sewing room, or on my blog as often as usual.  I’m glad there is one more Saturday this month as I have a couple more projects that I’d like to play with in teal/turquoise.

Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in a different time.

Monday, 4 June 2018

June’s Goal

I’d like to quilt and bind my City Tiles quilt for my OneMonthly Goal (OMG) for June.  Here is a picture with the top ready to be pieced (so you can have a look at the whole quilt).
And here are a couple of the top done. 

City Tiles was a quilt along with Quilty Love, and you can see my beginning this quilt on my January City Tiles quilt-along blog post.

I had enough pink fat eights to piece a back for this quilt, and I found a pantograph that I like for the quilting, check back at the end of the month to see how they look.

I’m participating in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal, which is helping me to keep on track, and I’m so excited to say that I was one of the prize winners for the month of May.  I won a six month e-subscription to the Make Modern Magazine.  Thank you to Patty of Elm Street Quilts and Make Modern Magazine.  Consider joining in our goal making fun and please let me know if you do, as I’ll want to check out your projects, blogs, or Instagram.

I never lose, I either win or I learn. ~ Nelson Mandela

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Pastel Star Bouquet

My OMG (One Monthly Goal) for May was to quilt and bind this lovely, a Kaffe Fassett design.  It was raining outside so I had to take photos inside. 
I have collected most of Kaffe Fassett’s quilting books and some knitting books as well, I just love the busy colourful designs.  While on a trip to Las Vegas my husband and I did a five quilt shop tour, and on tour I was looking for this book.  I found it in Quiltique along with a kit of all the fabrics for the cover quilt which was the Pastel Star Bouquet.  It’s been hanging around for a while in various stages of completion, so it became my May project.

Because of the Dahlias in some of the fabrics I decided to quilt it with the Dahlia pantograph by Hermione Agee and I used a pink variegated thread. 

For the backed I pieced some of my bigger Kaffe Fassett prints which I purposely bought at the Red Deer quilt show for this quilt. 

A label to complete the quilt. 
I am moving in the direction of completing my quilting projects and inspired to finish one a month by Patty at Elm Street Quilts, check out all the other finishes and consider joining in the fun.

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Saw this beautiful flower on a recent trip to Sandpoint, Idaho.  Anyone know what it is?