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Fun with Red

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Just look at what I woke up to this morning.  It's the end  of March Break and this is so typical of the type of surprise we can expect.  During my years of teaching, whenever I planned a getaway for March Break I could count on a snow storm as I was leaving or on my return.  .2017 hasn't disappointed even though I'm retired I still worry about the poor folks trying to get away or return on time.  Today is a perfect day to just stay inside and keep on sewing.
This week I feel so much better about what I've accomplished.  I started with these little nine patches;

then added the hourglass blocks.

I just had to see how they would all work together with the previous two month's colours.

Now I had a mess of scraps on my cutting table from some previous projects and rather than sorting them into their bins I decided to sew up some Little Monkeys.


Notice the red and white and teal and white - these were left over from the 9 patches and put to good use in the Little Monke…

I'm Seeing Red

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Well I'm late with my post.  Spent the better part of 6 hours in emergency with my sister.  She's come down with a nasty case of shingles - doesn't look like much but the pain is so severe it was making her nauseous.  After some pain meds, gravol and re-hydrating she is finally sleeping.

It's been a busy week - helped prepare a four course funeral luncheon on Monday, lots of prep work for our upcoming church bazaar Tuesday and Wednesday,  baby sitting Thursday and Friday with the 3 year old staying over night so not much sewing done but I did manage to get the "H" blocks made.


Coral reds, orange reds, blue reds - a little bit of everything.
And here are all the blocks to date playing together.

Not too bad!  Can't wait for the rest of the colours to see how it all works out.  I'll be hopping over to soscrappy later this evening to see all the work the scrap happy quilters have completed this past week.

Good-bye Sea Green, Enter Red

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Well where has February gone?  I know it's a short month but this February has just flown by.  I've tried to keep up with the sea green colour and finished up my teal H blocks.

Notice there are only 6 in the upper photo but all 7 appear below.  Our guild was clearing odds and ends from the guild stash and I was lucky enough to find a sea green scrap so I could finish off the 7th H block.  I do love the way the purple and sea green blocks work together.

I belong to a fibre arts quilt group and last month we worked on little prayer flags.  I realize that most prayer flags are rectangular but I found this cute little triangular canvas banner kit and challenged the group to make a triangular flag.  I hemmed and hawed about the word to select for my flag and finally after a trying day last Wednesday it became evident that I had to remember to just "breathe".  The sea green/teal scraps I had looked like a perfect start. I love the way the variegated thread just happened t…

Week Two Swimming in Sea Green

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I must say, I am so enjoying the sea green colour.  It is so restful and calming - almost as good as sunning on a Caribbean beach.

What I love about participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is selecting projects to work on for the year and not having to think about what to pull out to do.  Last week it was Cracker blocks and this week it was the 9 patches and hour glass blocks.


The colours don't look quite right but I have joined the 12 sea green  patches and hour glass blocks.  The hour glass block colours have such a subtle difference, white and cream, but I like the pastel look they create with the sea green blocks.


Don't the purple and sea green blocks play nicely together.  The sea green in this photo is more true to the real colours.

I also worked on a block lotto challenge for my guild's Community Outreach Committee.  It was fun making the cute little houses from 10 inch squares.  The process reminded me  of a magic tiles quilt I made many years ago.  I decided…

Finishing Purple and Starting Sea Green

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As January drew to a close I decided to round out the month with some happy H blocks.  There were quite a few scraps left in the red violet range and they made up some lovely H blocks.


When those were finished I headed into my green and teal scraps to find the new colour - sea green.  The pickings were slim.  Some months are like that.


This is what was left after I cut the pieces for the Cracker blocks.

I tried for a range of light to dark sea green in the Cracker Blocks.
A few fat quarters might qualify for sea green.
Notice I had to cut into one of the fat quarters to make the 10 Cracker blocks I'll need for the quilt. The remaining February blocks - 7 H blocks, 12 nine patches and 6 tumbling blocks - will probably be cut from these as only one of the truly scrappy fabrics is large enough to cut pieces for  a block.

I'll be hopping over to soscrappy to see how you finished off January and started February.


Week Four in Purple and Almost Ready for a New Colour

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I have a few more stitches to take on my tumbling blocks to be finished my purple RSC projects for January.
Four lined up all in a now and only two more to add on.

I attended a beading workshop yesterday and now have a repertoire of  a few more stitches and this fun little bag which I started last year just might see a finish.


It will need a corded handle and should be perfect for an evening  out when I don't need to carry too, too much with me.
Hope you have been more productive than I have this week.  I'll be checking in with Angela to see what you have been up to.

A Perfect Sidekick

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I struggled with getting the size just right for doing some tumbling block English paper piecing.  The pieces just didn't come together properly with my first effort.  A friend suggested downloading paper piecing patterns from the internet but I guess I didn't know how to use them properly because it didn't make things any easier and then I found this in among my rulers.


If I increased the size of the tumbling blocks to 1.5 inches from the 1 inch finish in the pattern. Sure my mini quilt would be bigger but still small enough to count as a mini.  So I used the Sidekick to cut my freezer paper diamonds.  I cut a 1.5 inch strip and cut out the 18 diamonds I needed for the purple tumbling blocks.
I cut the fabric strips 2.5 inches in width and  placed my ruler 3/8 of an inch from the bottom of the strip.  I used the ruler to line up the bottom of my templates.  I left a 3/4 inch space between templates and ended up with diamonds all ready to stitch into lovely purple tumbling…