Orange you glad I worked on my letter blocks today? Here's my progress on the four orange blocks:
You can find the pattern for the GO! ABCs Throw Quilt Pattern on the Accuquilt site here. It's a free download as of right now.
Yesterday I finished this Christmas orphan block. I made it into a little table topper.
Today I finished my Botanical quilt. This fun pattern can be found in the book, Scrappy Improv Quilting.
I don't usually do improv quilts, but this one took me out of my comfort zone in a fun way. I do plan to make a few more table toppers such as this from the book. I will probably use larger neutrals so that it's not so "seamy". It measures a nice 24" square. I really like the darker neutral used as the binding.
I've been working on a few odds and ends to some RSC21 projects. We had a very low-key, low drama Thanksgiving. We put a puzzle together as a family. Then there was some "free time". I sewed! I made several letters for my GO! ABCs Throw Quilt. This is a free pattern (at this time) on the Accuquilt site. You can find it here. I need to complete five orange letters and three more red letters before I can turn these blocks into a flimsy.
Ahhh. The turkey is ready to stick in the oven. I made the extras such as 7-layer salad, deviled eggs, cheesecake, and Dirx pudding yesterday. Before the parade I had a little quiet time and did a little sewing. I finished the three purple blocks for my Stay Centered quilt.
This quilt was added to my list of WIPS this week. It's not mine, but I will longarm quilt it for a friend.
50 projects on my WIP list, but more and more are closer to the finish.
Here's my cutting area in my truck -- yes, I'm determined to move these RSC projects forward. I graded my neutral bin of 2.5" strips, two rulers, and my rotary cutter. I'm cutting strips for my Stay Centered quilt which is a Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC21) project that I started this year.
It's not the ideal cutting table, but it's working at the moment. My dash is the finished area.
Another week, another house for my Cabins by the Lake quilt (from Fons & Porter.) This is house #7 of 12. I really like the colors on this one. I found a couple more flannels in my stash that coordinated with the other fabrics nicely.
Here it is with the other blocks so far. The block that is not attached is the first one I made. It is block #12. (I'm trying to get my colors spread out by a chart that I am using in conjunction with the pattern.)
Yesterday I finished the purple block for this little crib quilt. It's called Slabs With a White Rectangle (creative name, right?) LOL. It was a project I started in 2014 for the RSC.
Yesterday I dropped this quilt off to my friend. I had finished the longarm quilting on it for her.
She was quite pleased with it. She gave me another quilt for longarm quilting.
I've been quite productive lately. Here's what happened this week:
I threw together a mini called Botanical from the book Scrappy Improv Quilting. This is just the flimsy that measures 24" x 24". I think it will look cute on my kitchen table.
The above Botanical project started by working out of this scrap bag of small strips of neutrals. After I pieced everything and fluffed up what was in the bag, there is still plenty more to play with. I can see myself breaking out for a squirrel project and making a few more projects from the book, Scrappy Improv Quilting.
I finished the longarm quilting on my friend's quilt yesterday. I call it the Draperies Quilt because it was made from her daughter's re-purposed draperies. Luckily it was a nice quilting cotton. I quilted it using my Circle Lord giant template board called Swirls.
While sorting projects for the RSC I found this "rescue" quilt that my sister-in-law got at a garage sale for free. I eventually throw it on the longarm frame. It does add an item to my project list. I'll call it Rescue Quilt. The snow from this weekend has melted. It is supposed to get up to 63 degrees today. Ohio... I will most likely experiment with a 60" fabric that is not cotton in my stash. I have tons of stuff people didn't want that I can experiment with. A soft fleece would work for this quilt nicely. Hope I have one piece long enough.
I made a list of 2022 projects (all but two are already on my list) for the RSC22. I am telling myself that if I finish two of them that I will allow myself to start two more. I have been sooooo good this year about not starting too many new projects. You can see the RSC22 list here.
21 more rail fence blocks were made as leader/enders this week. 218 of 900 complete. They are 3.5".
I am progressing a house a week for the Cabins by the Lake quilt from Fons & Porter magazine. This is house #6. Working on one block a week for this project is a great strategy for me.
We had our first snowfall! Everything looks so clean and peaceful. Yet I know there is a bunch of mud under all this pretty snow.
I still stand at 49 projects on my WIP list. I'm very happy that projects are progressing to the "need quilt backs" and "ready to longarm" sections. Woohoo. That means more finishes for 2022!
I cranked up the heat in the quilt room and finished the longarm quilting on my friend's quilt today. I call this the draperies quilt because the focus fabric came from her daughter's re-purposed drapes. I'm happy they were a nice quality of quilting cotton.
I whipped this little 24" x 24" table topper after I saw a couple of challenges at the October Monthly Mini Challenge at The Constant Quilter in conjunction with The Monthly Mini Maker Baggie Challenge at Rogue Quiler's blog. It is called Botanical from the book Scrappy Improv Quilting.
This little mini was a result of the Squirrel Club. See Quiltdivajulie's post at Me and My Quilts - Exporing the Possibilities here.
I'm linking up at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap!
I'm linking up at Love Laugh Quilt: Monday Making.
We had our first snowfall of this season. It was beautiful and peaceful and stuck on the ground. I remembered to take my camera with me when I fed the chickens right before dark. It was 33 degrees.
At the time of this post I still have 49 projects on my WIP list. Some of them can be incorporated into my RSC 2022 (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) projects. Here's some of the scrappy rainbow projects I have happening:
1. Rail Fence Blocks
These are 3.5" (3" finished) made from 1.5" strips with a neutral in the middle. I started making these blocks in 2021. I am totally a copy cat when it comes to being inspired by Cathy's rail fence quilt. Cathy blogs at Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting. You can see her amazing rail fence quilt here. I have 197 of 900 blocks complete. Here's the ones from last week: