Thursday, August 17, 2017

I Like ...

Take a book! Leave a book!

I've heard about Little Free Libraries, but this is the first one I've seen.

Little Free Library
A friend who recently retired was looking for a project. 
He found out how to make a Little Free Library online

Each one is registered and the location mapped on the website.

Our friend said word spread through his neighborhood in less than a day;
now people have added books of their own when they stop to choose a book to read.


The concept is very simple. 
Take a book!  Leave a book!
The book you choose can be kept, passed on, or returned.

We have a box of books ready to be added to Little Free Library #60573.

Go to the website and see if there is a Little Free Library in your neighborhood.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back from the LAQ

Look what I picked up today!

Safari Animals
From Power Cutting, Too by Debbie Caffrey 
 The pattern is Robo-Cats, started in a Power Cutting class in 2005.
It hasn't been trimmed yet, so I just draped it over the loveseat to show it off. 
It's probably one of the first really scrappy quilts I ever made.

I love the split nine-patch blocks.

I also love the mix of animals in the border.

Can you see the lime green dragonflies in the panto quilting?

I thought this would be a charity quilt, but I'm lovin' it an awful lot ...

Whooping it up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

More on the pale side of things

Welcome to my Block Parade

I was able to get four more neutral blocks done for my "Gypsy Style" quilt while DH and SIL were out running errands yesterday.  (I wrote about the first batch of blocks here.)  These are all 5".

Puss in the Corner II - 5"
Red Cross II - 5"
Strength in Union - 5"

Zigzag - 5"
All the block names are from 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks.  

Having everything cut and kitted ahead of time has been a good plan so I think I will continue that way -- maybe spend a day cutting 10 blocks, then work on a couple every day.

Because these are scrappy AND neutral, I'll be linking up with ScrapHappy Saturday.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Putting it in Neutral

And so it begins

In an earlier post I alluded to the fact that I am planning an all neutral quilt.  I am doing it "in the style of" Gypsy Wife, based on a photo I saw on Pinterest of one done in neutrals.  I can't find the picture now, so if you know whose it was, I'd love to give credit where credit is due.

I am using Judy Hopkins' book 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks as the basis for my blocks.  I figure surely, out of 501 blocks, I can find enough to fill a quilt.

So the quest has begun.  The first two days in Savannah I sorted through my overflowing neutral bin.

The bin overfloweth
First I separated things into three piles:  light, medium, and dark.  But I felt I was just wrestling with the piles.  So then I decided to separate into sizes:  less than 1-1/2", 1-1/2", 2", 2-1/2", small chunks, and fat quarters. My thinking was I should use the cut bits first.

But most of the time the cut bits were not sufficient to make a whole block.  I did, however, make some headway and got 10 blocks cut and kitted.  After I cut a massive number of 1" HSTs for just a couple of blocks, I remembered the Magic 8 trick (thanks, Gayle, for the reminder).  So this is today's tally (apologies for the wrinkles, threads, and hand-written captions).

Calico Puzzle - 6"

Antique Tile - 6"
Block in a Box - 6"
Churn Dash - 6"

Building Blocks - 5"
My plan is for each block to be different; however, I may change my mind on that as I go along.  I'm also sticking with 4", 5", and 6" sizes.  There will probably be some filler bits along with the vertical stripes.

 I believe I need to look in my stash for more darker neutrals.  I'm trying to stay in the tan family and not go to grays or pastels.  I'm not averse to including some pattern in the print. I suspect this is going to be just as addictive as Jen Kingwell's other pattern, Long Time Gone.  Sheesh, what have I done?

So, what do you think?

Pretty Parasite

Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss
I know, I know!  It's not Spanish.  It's not moss.  And it's not a parasite, all myths aside.

Technically it's an epiphyte in the Bromeliad family.  In other words, it grows on air, though in the Deep South it prefers to grow on Live Oaks because they produce some helpful chemicals. 
However, in Savannah it grows on EVERYTHING!

As seen through a foggy lens -- dang humidity!
Throughout the South the Crepe Myrtles have been gorgeous this year.

Greetings from Savannah on this Thursday.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What's wrong with this picture?

Any guesses?

Other than the shoes on the floor ...

In my haste to get the 4th row sewn on before leaving town I managed to reverse a few pieces!

What's even worse?

Hard to see on the white tile floor ... I'm short 3 pieces of background!!!
I sure hope I left it at home.

And I'm glad I brought another project to work on while DH is taking SIL to doctors.

Sigh ...

Wildlife Wednesday

Near the beach

Spotted outside our restaurant window last night, right after a big thunderstorm.

The rainbow after the storm ...

was even prettier reflected in the restaurant window.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

It's a Mystery

But not much longer!

Alycia at Alycia Quilts released Clue 4 to her A-6 Mystery on Wednesday.

But first I had to catch up with Clue 3 that I couldn't work on while on the road the week before.  As it happens, I also had to catch up with Clues 1 and 2 because I had not done all the additional cutting and had constructed one of the HSTs with the wrong pieces.

With all the catchupping out of the way, I was able to complete Clue 4 which was the construction of half of the quilt!

I was in a mild panic because I was running out of the red with spiral curlycues.

I thought I was going to have to use the companion sheep fabric in the center of the star (thinking about you Mangofeet!).

But you can see from the first picture that it was too dark and would have been distracting.  So I did what our ancestors would have done;  I pieced my scraps together and was able to eek out three more 9-1/2" squares!

These large blocks and squares have been easy to assemble and make final assembly really fast.  Can't wait to see how the big white star will fit in!

Thanks, Alycia, for organizing such a fun and easy mystery.


It's a natural!

Color me thrilled that the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for August is no color at all.  Time to drag out the neutral bin and get crackin'!

Chunky Churn Dashes
I quickly whipped out three chunky churn dash blocks this morning.  These are so easy because they use strip sizes I already have -- 2-1/2" and 1-1/2".  While I was at it, I made anther yellow one, just because I could.

Yellow CCD
In a way it also qualifies in Angela's definition of neutral.

The main reason I'm thrilled with this month's color is that I was already planning an all neutral quilt!  I had been using cutoff corners from En Provence as leaders and enders to make HSTs.  No particular plan for them yet, but I did put four of them together to make a neutral pinwheel.

3" Pinwheel
I'm sure it will find a place of honor in my new project.  I'll be spending next week at my SILs so I'm taking my overflowing neutral bin with me to get a headstart.  Stay tuned to see how much progress I make.

And in the meantime, hop over to Angela's place (soscrappy) to see how other quilters are planning to use their neutral scraps.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

LTG Update

Take a look!

The yellow sashing is SO much better!

(Wish my lighting in that corner were better.  Hoping to resolve that soon.)

If you've made this quilt you may notice I have put some blocks in different places. 
There are some blocks I don't like and will replace with something of my own choice. 
I figure as long as it fits in the allotted space, it will work!

I spent the better part of today adding yellow sashing to the above sections, after removing the rainbow sashing I had already sewn on.  I also made these six Crosses of the U.K. blocks.

I'm wishing I had used the color in the thinner X stripes; I may make some more
if they stand out too much in their final location.

That's probably all I'll be doing this week, other that maybe adding
more sashing to another finished section.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

OMG - August

Keeping it simple

I have only one obvious goal for the month of August:  make my addition to Jayne's round robin quilt.  It is due on the third Saturday and since I will be out of town for a week I'd better get going on it!  (I'm not going to show a picture because Jayne wants to be surprised and she does check my blog periodically.)

So that's it! My One Monthly Goal for August 2017.

I will, of course, continue working on Long Time Gone.

Yellow dotty sashing
Tested one of my new sashing choices yesterday and both DH and I agree that the yellow allows the B/W blocks to really stand out on their own as opposed to my original plan to use this rainbow stripe.

Original rainbow sashing
So I spent a bit of time in front of the TV last night taking the sashing off the first section.  DH an.d I also rejected the rainbow stripe as sashing (see first photo) ... too heavy.  So it will probably end up as the binding.

Dutifully reporting my One Monthly Goal to PattyD at Elm Street Quilts.

Wildlife Wednesday

The Culprit

At least ONE of them, enjoying the salad bar.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

End of the Month - July

How did I do?

Well, first I'll admit that I did not accomplish my one monthly goal which was to complete the top of the Asian Pinwheel.

I wrote about it here, and you may assume that I am still struggling with the memories.  But, in reality, another quilt has taken over my life -- Long Time Gone.

What is it about that quilt that is so addictive?  First it's make some units, then let's see how the block looks.  Next thing you know you want to assemble a section, and it continues!  I don't think I've ever been so driven over a single project.  I even bought more B/W fabrics last week to add some variety to an already very scrappy quilt!

Fortunately, I knocked a few Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks off my list before I jumped into LTG.  I made 3 Chunky Churn Dashes ...

...and 1 Scrap Jar Star.

Since Alycia's A-6 Mystery included blue, I can get a little more credit in the RSC17 column.

Yesterday I came close to finishing Clue 2 of Kevin the Quilter's mystery and it included my take on blue -- a little bit teal.

If you're quilting along with Kevin's mystery, you are probably saying, "Wha? That's not blue, red, and yellow!"  I'm working with a different set of colors; his blue is my gold and his yellow is my teal.  Talk about confusing!  At least my fuscia is in the red family!

That's it for my July.  Now to set some goals for August.

Linking with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than housework 
and Rainbow Scrap Challenge at soscrappy.