Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Searching for Shadows

As previously posted, I finished making all 12 squares for my quilt guild's Half Square Triangle sampler.  Here, I'll refresh your memory:

The pattern calls for sashing with cornerstones like this:

But, being the rogue quilter that I seem to have become, I wanted to try something different.  I wanted  to make the blocks stand out by creating an illusion of a shadow behind them.  Here is what I had in mind, from my Electric Quilt software:

To create the shadows, you start with two strip sets, each a combination of sashing fabric and shadow fabric:

Then you slice the fabric into individual strips:

For each sampler block I needed to sew one shadow/sashing to the bottom of the block

and then add the second shadow/sashing strip to the adjacent side:

So off I went, adding shadows to all 12 blocks:

I liked the effect, but thought that maybe the shadows were going to be too big for the blocks.  So, they each got a quarter inch trim and I tried again:

In retrospect, I probably should have gone with the first option, because after sewing the blocks together, I ended up with this:

Admittedly, it makes for a nice way to showcase the blocks, but I think the shadow effect got a little lost. Next time I will have faith and stick to the original plan. 😕

Anyhow, I'm still happy with the way it turned out, and I will be adding an additional outer border of a turquoise/lime green batik to bring out the turquoise in the blocks.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Greens for St. Paddy's Day

No surprise that the color for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge was GREEN.  I started with this small pile of precut green squares left over from the Kids quilts I just finished:

Then it was time to search out the greens to go with them.  Turns out there are a lot more different shades of green than I thought.

I eliminated the darks and the olive/forest/yellow-ish shades and came up with these:
Much as I loved that grass green fabric in the bottom left, it turned out to be a pristine fat quarter with nothing cut from it yet so I put that one back in the stash.    This is supposed to be a scrap challenge after all.  But....that brings up the question...

Just what is a SCRAP?

There are lots of different definitions I am sure, mostly concerned with the size of the piece of fabric.  But for me, and for purposes of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, a scrap had to be something that was left over from another project, regardless of the size of the piece.

Although it looks like a lot of yardage, most of those green fabrics had chunks of pieces missing:

Anyhow, now that we have that cleared up, 😉, here are my  green Birds In the Air blocks for this month's challenge:

and here is the matching crumb block:

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Two for one

A while back, I purchased a bunch of fat quarters in a clearance sale.  I had no plan in mind, but the price of about $0.80 each was too hard to pass up, so I just picked up some coordinating colors.

They sat on my shelf (for close to a year, I think)  while I waited for inspiration to strike.  Inspiration came when I found the perfect coordinating fabric that combined all the colors:

The plan was to make a strippy quilt using the floral fabric to tie it all together.

I cut strips from each of the fat quarters, but I also needed strips of white fabric to sew in between them.  This was another time when my Stripology ruler was the perfect tool for the job:

You lay the slotted ruler down one time, make several cuts at once, and when you remover the ruler, you have all your strips cut:

Next step was to sew a white strip to each of the colored strips.
Strip noodles anyone?

I lined up the white/fabric strips on my design board until I got an arrangement I liked:

This was looking nice, but would not be wide enough for a kid's quilt, so I went back to the beginning and created a second set of strips:

Now the resulting quilt would be too big.  Just like Goldilocks, I needed to find the combination that was just right.  I cut one set of strips in half,  and then  I liked the proportions.

I sewed it all together, and added more floral fabric to make a border:

But...what to do with the leftovers from the strips I cut in half? That was easy, make a second quilt! I cut a 3rd set of strips from my original fat quarter bundle, added the white strips and created a second quilt.

I did not have enough of the  floral fabric left for a border on this one so I just made the outer white borders a little wider.

When all was said and done, I had two quilt tops to donate to Quilts for Kids. 😄

With the leftover bits, I cut out some squares for the upcoming months of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Being only 2 months into the challenge, we have not done aqua, green or blue.  I've got a head start!

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Mellow Yellow

This month's color for the Rainbow Scrap challenge is YELLOWI had my doubts as to whether yellow and white would have enough contrast for the Birds In The Air blocks that I am making for the challenge. So, first order of business was to separate the lights from the not-so-lights:

Still doubtful, I sewed up the units that make up the "birds":

When I got them all put together, I was satisfied that the pattern would stand out and so I continued by adding the larger triangle parts, (the "nests" 😉)

Of course, even cutting into the scraps creates scraps:

So another crumb block was created:

To be honest, I don't know which is more fun, creating the Birds in the Air blocks or the crumb blocks.  I expect I know what the Bird blocks will look like, but the crumb blocks are always a surprise.

It feels good to be creating 2 quilts for the price of one, but that's nothing compared to some of the other quilters who make blocks for multiple quilts each month based the chosen color.

Head on over to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge linky party to see a burst of sunny yellow projects that are being worked on.

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