Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cluck cluck!

Most of my sewing time has been lavished on En Provence (almost done!), but I did finally take some time to play with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.   Here's one of those crazy cluckers:

(Note to self - when it's been a couple of weeks since you last did any paper-piecing, do a simpler block first as a warmup.)  (Because for every three seams, I had to unpick two and try again.)  (*sigh*)

My spools aren't officially an RSC block, but as long as I've got fabrics on the cutting table...

The pink one is actually a lavender left over from January.  The one on the left is one of those colors that isn't quite green and isn't quite blue, which is spot on for February.

I stood on a chair to take a picture of En Provence, and it still wasn't enough to catch the whole thing.  Side borders are on, top and bottom outer borders are assembled and just need to be attached.

Almost there!

Linking with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!  Come see all the rainbows!

Monday, February 13, 2017

En Provence - headed for the last linky

Today is the last linkup for En Provence  over at Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville's Quips and Snips.
Much as I'd hoped to have a finished top to show off, time was not on my side. 

I've actually got all the neutral 4-patches sewn, and am starting to assemble those final borders.  Nine blocks was a great plenty for a useful sized quilt, so I'm not going for the full sixteen blocks of Bonnie's pattern.

I substituted orange for the magenta, and used blues instead of the greens, and I'm very happy with how it's coming out.  (In real life, the orange isn't quite so flare-y, and the yellows aren't quite so bright.   Not to mention that the purples look more purple, too.  My camera doesn't like this quilt at all...)
Once again, my thanks to Bonnie Hunter for a wonderful mystery quilt!  This adventure takes me right out of my comfort zone - making components with no idea what the blocks will look like.  It's also a real exercise in trust, what with all the fabric and time invested in the great unknown.
Last year I made Allietare, and this year it's En Provence.  I've very pleased with both!
So head on over to Bonnie's place for the last linkup.  Enjoy the fruits of our labor!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Late for the linkies!

Anybody remember way back in October, when I decided I wanted to make these stars -

- for RSC2017?  Well, I finally remembered, so today I whipped up one in purple for January.

Then, using some newly-acquired foam plates (like Julie uses for organizing blocks in progress - thanks for the idea, Julie!), I laid out some aquamarine/aqua/seagreen/turquoise/teal bits for February's colors,

and stitched them up.

Then I laid out the whole collection (Look!  Six!)

and decided that yes, indeed, I'm going to have to make a bunch of these pretty stars.

And in other news, I'm still plodding along with En Provence.  All nine blocks are done, most of the sashing is assembled and/or attached, and I'm madly making more neutral four-patches for the outer border.

I'm definitely going to stop at nine blocks (I briefly had a mad notion to make twelve), which will be plenty big.  I'll have some bits left over, but since I've got an orphan block quilt simmering around in the back of my head, I don't think I'll have a hard time using them up!

Linking with So Scrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday (even though it's Sunday - better late than never, right?) and with Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!  Come see all the scrappy fun!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Last purple post

I've spent most of this past month feeling like my batteries have been drained, but I did manage to get a little bit of work done.
En Provence is still ticking slowly along.  It's nice to have a project that has all the thinking done, so I can just let myself be soothed by the hum of the sewing machine.

I've got 8 blocks done, out of a planned 9.  Though I'm still thinking about making it a 3x4 setting instead of this 3x3, which would mean I'll need four more blocks rather than just one.  I'll have a better idea of the size after I get this lot assembled.

Several of the blocks that I made last year for RSC have been carried over for this year's challenge.
I finally managed to get one of Chantal's pinwheel blocks assembled.  I'm seeing a lot of people taking up this block for RSC this year, which makes me really happy.  And apparently the name of the block is Hidden Gems, which works for me!

I got one Jacks on Sixes done.

Or Anvil, or Hovering Hawk, or any of a bunch of different names for this block.  I'm calling them Jacks and then calling it a day.

And another block that I don't know the name of -

which I've been calling Whatchacallit Stars.  I've been slowly building up a store of these since last year, but since they're 6" blocks it's taking a long time for them to add up to a quilt of any size.   I thought I had a more recent photo than this

of them all together, but this is the only one I could find.  I'll have to drag them out and see what I've got.

One of my highest priorities was to fix the wing on Sally T's Chicken block -

It explains why I had a little purple square left over when I originally made the block...

And I made another paper-pieced chicken while I was playing with purple chickies.

And then I gathered up the gang for a group shot.

I think I'm going to call the quilt "Cluckers."
It's going to be an interesting year.

Linking with So Scrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and with Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!  Come see all the fun!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Scrappy fun and an oops

I laid out more En Provence bits, and I thought and  I thought.

At one point I thought my path should involve stripes - particularly diagonal stripes - in those yellow blocks, so I acquired some stripes to experiment with.

But the results still had me shrugging.  Then I had a revelation.

Like most things in life, En Provence just needs more orange.

I did a quick rummage through my neutrals for anything that had some orange in it and started cutting strips and triangles.   A little sewing, a little pressing, and a little scattering here and there, and I think everything's going to be fine.
The small flashes of orange are just enough to balance the orange stars and the yellow squares, and they subtly warm up the background of the quilt.
It's going to work!

I was convinced enough that I sewed together a block.

And another block.

And a strip of sashing.

I'll keep assembling components, and eventually I'll end up with a quilt!

Since this is a supremely scrappy quilt, I'm linking with Oh Scrap at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  Come see all the pretty scrappinesses!

Oh, and the oops?  I missed my blogiversary again.  My very first post was January12, 2008, with my official intro on January 13th.  A lot has changed since then.  I'm still knitting and making quilts, though.  We'll see what the next nine years will bring.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Chicken Accomplished!

My primary mission today was to take Sally's new chicken out for a test drive.  Er, flight?

Racing chickens.  It's a thing.

And I made a spool, because I seem to have fallen into that particular black hole.  (I swear I was pushed!)

And somehow or another, I seem to have made another piglet.

You knew I wouldn't be able to stop, didn't you?

Linking my purple darlings with ScrapHappy Saturday at SoScrappy, where rainbows go to spend their Saturdays.  Come see all the purple!

Monday, January 9, 2017

En Provence - Stepping back helps

While I'm still not entirely convinced about the yellow, I am happier with this the more pieces I lay out.  Just stepping back makes a world of difference in this busy pattern.

The more golden I go, the better I like it, so I may use that as my guide.  I've got lots of golds left over from last year's Allietare.  Or I might jump off in a whole new direction. 
(I've never been a big fan of yellow, so I'm wondering how much of my antipathy for it here can be chalked up to that.)

I see some purple four patches that need to be turned the other way, but that's easily fixed.  All in all, I like En Provence.  I like my orange stars, my blue stars, and my purple paths.
As for the yellow, I may or may not have a plan...

Linking with the last En Provence party at Quiltville.  Thanks, Bonnie!