Saturday, December 09, 2017

Rainbow Wrap-up

Well, I did sort of get a couple of things  done (I consider it done when the top is finished) for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

First up is an actual finished quilt -- it's the Fancy Forest I started last year, using mostly hand-dyes from Colorways by Vicki Welsh and beautifully quilted by Tami at The Quilted Lemon.  The hexagon background you see is actually the backing fabric coming through because of the bright sun behind the curtain, and the quilt inspector is Ivan.

And, I finished my Circle of Squares rainbow, at least the top, which was a 2017 project.  I really love this block!

For some reason, the scrap bins are still full -- so I'm looking forward to some new ideas for 2018!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Just in Time Orange

I've been slacking off on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for a couple of months, but decided to get into gear and make some ORANGE STUFF at the very last minute!

It's just my usual "circle of squares" and an orange coin/crayon strip. But it's something!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's time for the annual virtual quilt festival, hosted by Amy's Creative Side.   I'm lazy this year so I'm only entering one quilt -- the one I just put binding on this afternoon!

This is all batiks from my stash, except for the border.  It's a pattern called Sea Glass by Kim Brackett, from one of her scrap-basket quilt books. I used a similar, but slightly darker, color scheme.
It was quilted beautifully by The Quilted Lemon.

And it wouldn't be a post from me without an element of cats.  Here's Linus acting out "the prince and the pea" on the quilts waiting for binding.

Ivan is helping me with some paperwork...

 And Zoey has recently joined the family because I wanted a girl! She's been here about 3 weeks  and seems to be acclimating and holding her own with the boys pretty well.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A few recent things I've made

First, the really big news -- after living here for 16 months (and being coached by his companion, Ivan the Terrible for the last 4) Linus has FINALLY become a lap cat!  I was squealing when I took this photo a couple of weeks ago.  Now, every time I sit down on the sofa he's right there.  He still won't climb in my lap if I'm in a chair, but we'll get there eventually...

When I was up in Seattle visiting my youngest brother in March, his wife asked for a pink quilt for their oldest daughter. She has many disabilities and I had made her a pink, weighted quilt years ago that got used until the poly pellets started to leak out.  So, I pulled out everything pink in my stash -- this is the result.  I'm definitely "over" pink for the foreseeable future.  It's been finished and delivered!

This top got started as part of the rainbow scrap challenge last year (I think) and I decided it was enough.  It needs to be quilted and donated...

 Finally, I decided to try out a ruler I'd bought a while back -- the Quick Curve Ruler.  This is a pattern called Dancing Churndash that was quite easy to make, and uses my favorite Grunge as a background fabric. Not quilted yet...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Make Linus Famous!

I decided that Linus needs his 15 minutes of fame, so I've entered him in the "Pets on Quilts" contest.
You can vote for him here.

Isn't he adorable?


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Head on over to The Cotton Robin for the Big Reveal of this year's round robins!

This was my center block (which came from Skyberries Handmade -- see the tutorial here)

and this was the terrific quilt I received back

So much fun again this year!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

things are looking blue

This month's color is BLUE on the rainbow scrap challenge.  I've made my standard "crayon" and "circle of squares" blocks.

I also finished a big, scrappy top that I started a while back.  It was originally from a Fons & Porter pattern called "Tossed Greens", but I used wider strips, and got tired of it after 12 blocks so I just added some scrappy sashing until it was a useful size.  

Here's a recent photo of Linus and Ivan, still crammed into a little bed meant for one cat.  I call this "forbidden love".