Sunday, January 7, 2018
5 blue triangles seemed like a great place to start. I picked this one because it needed some applique work on the melons. Applique is the perfect activity for Slow Stitching Sunday.Oh Scrap! and with Slow Stitching Sunday today. Then I guess it is back to reality and I'll start thinking about lesson plans again.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
For all the people joining in to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for the first time, welcome. To everyone else, welcome back. A new year is always a great opportunity to think about what you have done and what you want to do. Hopefully you finished off a few projects last year. Maybe that leaves room for something new this year?
My new project this year is the squared away sampler. Mari and I worked together to plan a sampler quilt of 5 by 5 blocks. She has posted a tutorial for making the block in the 10 inch size.
I made test versions in 5 inch and 7.5 inch sizes before deciding to make the quilt with 7.5 inch blocks. Mari has more information on a tab on her blog as do I. So feel free to read more about it if you are thinking of joining in.
Mari's color placement
Angela's color placement
4 squares, 4 HST
1 square, 12 HST
If you would like the directions in a handy PDF, that is ready to go, and at the RSC18 Sampler tab above, you can find a link of all the block tutorials for the year.
Misterlinky is below. Share your progress on squared away or your other Rainbow Scrap Challenge Projects. Light and medium blue are the colors for January. Please let us know if you are new so we can welcome you on board.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
This morning I went to the dentist and had to scrape ice off of the windshield! I don't have an ice scraper! We tried to buy one once for a fiend moving to Colorado, but no luck. So I used my handy library card. That and a few minutes waiting for the defroster to kick in had me on my way. Hard frost doesn't happen here very often, so it is always quite an event. We had to bring the tortoise in and I'm sure the palm trees are not happy.
Here is a photo of our recent ski vacation. We were waiting for our time on the tubing slope. I think that might have been everyone's favorite day. Kurt is back at work this week, so it is just the kids and I bouncing around the house. The girls want to see a moving this afternoon and Ryan has a potluck party to go to. I will wrap up my sewing and be on my way.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
OK, that went so much better than last time. The button will take you back to Mari's Squared Away BOM tab, I have one as well, so be sure to check it out when you have a chance. I tried to put in nifty tables and important information.
I made the first few blocks today and they are fabulous! I'll be back tomorrow with some assembly options for 5 by 5 blocks. I learned a bit through trial and error and will be happy to share my new wisdom with you all.
If you would like to join in the Squared Away block of the month, feel free to grab the button by copying the html code below the button into a widget on your own blog.
Because this year's RSC Sampler quilt is limited to just three units: squares, rectangles, and half square triangles, I have been thinking of all of the different ways people make half square triangles. I'm starting a collection of tutorials, so let me know if your favorite method is not on the list and I will add it.
Magic 8 Method - add 7/8 inches to your finished size and multiply by 2
Square Sewn in the Middle Method - add 7/8 inches to your finished size
Two at a time without drawn lines - using a laser to mark the line
Printed Paper Method - Pattern is printed on paper then sewn and cut
Sew Around the Edges of a Square Method - leaves lots of bias edges, but seems nifty otherwise
Fons and Porter (video)- cuts both HST and QST as well as the strips
Easy Angle (video) - cuts units from same strip size as the square units in your block
Monday, January 1, 2018
I started off the new year with a little bit of organization. The strips weren't getting used effectively in a separate bin, so I pulled them out to integrate them back with their colors.
We had chicken pot pies for dinner and are waiting for Anna to return home from her volunteering. Ryan and Sydney were kind enough to join us for a family card game before disappearing again to the wilds of upstairs. Kurt is back to work tomorrow, but the rest of us still have a week of vacation to enjoy. Guess what I have planned?
Welcome to 2018!
Mari and I will also be making a sampler quilt this year called "Squared Away" The directions will be posted for that on the first Saturday of the month. She has an entire tab set up already, so be sure to visit her blog on the first Saturday of the month for complete directions. I'll try to keep an updated list of links going to make it easier to find directions for each block. We have chosen 10 blocks, each of which is built on a 5 by 5 grid. All the blocks consist of simple squares, rectangle or half square triangles.
For January, we will be focusing on the color blue. Try, if you can, to dig into the lighter side of your blue bin. Dark blues and dark neutrals will get a chance to come out and play later in the year. For most quilters, blue can be an overwhelming color, so having two chances to make a dent can help with the volume of blue.
There is more information on the RSC18 page. Just use the tab at the top if you are new. Most of all, welcome. I hope you can find a few scraps and play along!
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Later addition to post: I think it is working now. The first "Grab my Button" generator sight wasn't working very well, but I found another one here: http://codeitpretty.net/grab-button-builder/. That seemed to do the trick. For my own future reference, the photo is 140 by 140. If someone could try the button for me and let me know whether or not it is working, I would appreciate it very much. You should be able to just copy the code in the box below my button in the upper right hand corner and paste it into an html widget box on your own blog. I hope the sizing is right. Please let me know if it looks too large or too small. As I said, I do this exactly once each year, not quite enough to become fully competent.
The binding to be sewn stack is empty -- just in time for the new year!
This quilt started as a preprinted panel. I don't remember anymore where I got it. A simple border was all that was needed after that. We are all hanging out together as a family eating appetizers and watching movies to bring in the new year. We lost Ryan to video games in the toy room. Anna is having a sleepover before doing volunteer work with a friend tomorrow. We've still got Sydney though.