Saturday, April 30, 2022

RSC Pinks...and more!

Ooh, lots of bits to share this month. The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for April was pink. I didn't think I had that many pinks, but...well, here we go. 

First, as usual, the extra blocks to extend my 52 Weeks of Scrappy Triangles project from last year.


I really had to scrounge in the multi-colored scrap bin to find bits of fabric with pink in them  that looked okay together. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. 

Then it was time for a quilt-as-you-go placemat. 

I had some skinny short pink strings left over from a previous RSC project. I sewed them end to end, but there weren't enough to cover a placemat. I did have some bigger strips (the kind that you cut off when trimming a quilt back) in a pink/coral on white, so with some careful planning and cutting, I was able to alternate them. I thought I had the darker pinks pretty well distributed, but after the placemat was done, I realized that I sewed the strip with the longest piece of the pearl bracelet print in the wrong direction. Oh well. I'm sure it won't bother anyone as much as it bothers me. 


The back of the placemat is from a fabric that was gifted to me awhile ago by Mari of the Academic Quilter. (Thanks, again, Mari!) I think, with the Grunge binding, this makes a really attractive back and makes the placemat nicely reversible. 

Next, I made my pink adding machine tape strips. 

I was sure there would only be a few feet, but I kept sewing and sewing, and ended up with 16 ft 8 inches!

Having used up all but a tiny handful of pink prints, it was time to make my Bear Paw blocks for the month. I wasn't really crazy about the assortment of solid pinks I had, but I made them work.

I'm getting better at doing that partial seam with the tiny yellow square. It's a bit fiddly, but strangely enjoyable. 

After having all of our windows replaced a few weeks ago, we are in the middle of a big wood-finishing project now (when the weather cooperates), so small, quick projects that don't spread themselves around the house are better than starting a new quilt. I was bothered by the amount of yellow scraps I had left at the end of last month, so I set out to reduce those. I had another sunflower Bear Paw block from the Quilters Color Quest of a couple of years ago. I also had some of the sunflower fabric left that had never made it into a quilt. So that, with yellow scraps, became another QAYG placemat. 


When I first laid out the fabrics, the claws of the Bear Paw block sort of faded away, so I framed it with some green scraps (with flies) before adding the yellow strips. I had enough yellow scraps to piece the back and make a scrappy binding.


The back has bees, honeycombs, and a few more flowers, so there is quite the nature theme going on here, purely by accident. Both placemats are about 18 by 14 inches and will eventually go to Meals on  Wheels.

Making the placemat generated smaller scraps of the yellows I had left, so why not more adding machine tape? 


I made 3 1/2 feet before I ran out of variety. So now I have nearly 30 feet of yellow adding machine tape and a very small amount of yellow left. Some of it is already finding it's way into my last projects to share this month. 

I have now officially left the RSC habit for my extra 52 Weeks of ScrappyTriangles and have been happily mixing whatever scraps catch my eye--mostly from the multi-colored scrap bin, but I've also mixed in prints that read more as solids that were leftover from the Confetti quilts (and those last yellows). I am amazed at how much less time it takes to make these blocks when I'm not trying to follow a particular color scheme from just the multi-color scrap bin. I managed to make 12 more blocks. I still do focus on colors (like "mostly blues"), but I'm much freer to just throw something together. 


I now have 80 out of the 90 blocks I need to make a quilt, and it just occurred to me that this might be a Hands 2 Help quilt. (Please click on that link to find out more about H2H if you don't know already; you'll be glad you did, and so will Mari who is hosting this year for Sarah.) I can't guarantee that it will be done "on time," but that's okay. It's something to shoot for.

I'm linking up this week with Angela at So Scrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and with Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap (Sunday).

I hope you have had fun with your scraps this month, and that you've made a dent in them, if that was your goal. 




Friday, April 1, 2022

RSC Yellows and an Urge

I knew March would be monumental for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. My bin of yellow scraps overflowed. Notice the past tense. I worked hard at it, and was pretty successful in using up the scraps. So let's get started:

First up, were the multi-colored scraps with yellow in them for Leila Gardunia's 52 Weeks of Scrappy Triangles. Not as easy as I thought they'd be as the scraps with yellow in are getting down to the odd sized/shaped pieces. In fact, I de-sewed parts of old pieced scraps just to get some of the yellow bits. And you'll notice that some of the fabrics are really mostly yellow. But here are the triangle blocks for this month, and I'm pretty pleased with what I was able to cobble together.


From now on, I hope to work more consistently on the blocks to finish this project quickly. I need to count them up. I think I need 26 more blocks.

Next, I made a quilt-as-you-go placemat--and then another one! It turns out that my yellow bin had way too many strings leftover from another project. The yellows in these placemats are a bit more vibrant than seen here, but the camera just couldn't capture them. I was trying to photograph outside between thin sun and snowflakes. Yes, snowflakes! Nature's April Fools joke.


For the back of this mat, I chose a sunflower print that had languished in my fabric drawer for many years. I had bought it for this quilt, but it didn't fit in. I did make a Bear Paw block with it during Rachel Hauser's 2020 Quilter's Color Quest (more on that block in a minute), but it was just the right size to back this mat with one seam down the middle. I guess you can tell what was on my mind when I chose this. Perhaps somewhere there is a potential recipient (I hope to donate these mats to Meals on Wheels) who has a Ukrainian background or connection. 

There were so many strings left, I kept going.


The back is not as exciting, but it may suit someone who doesn't care for flowers. I see the light is showing some old creases from the fabric being folded for so long. They aren't as big as they seem here, but I guess it's time to get the iron out. 

I quilted both of these with some leftover yellow Aurifil thread. They are 17 1/2 by 13 1/2 inches.

After that bit of fun, it was time to tackle all the little pieces for my adding machine tape project. I managed to fill more than 26 feet of tape. 

That indoor photo is a bit washed out. Here's a sunnier view of all that adding machine tape fun.


If you've been following this blog this year, you will know that I've also been working on some Bear Paw blocks in solid RSC colors. The centers of the paws are yellow, so I decided to skip making them this month. Stay tuned for pink ones in a few weeks. 

After these projects, I still had some biggish scraps left, so I put them in a zip-close bag and set them aside. They bothered me though. There were still too many scraps left from the bin to suit me. And there was also a scrap of sunflower fabric left. I could probably say that what happened next was a DrEAMi (Drop Everything And Make it) or a squirrel, but it didn't feel dreamy in the whimsical sense, and it certainly wasn't a squirrel in the humorous sense. It was more of an urge that I couldn't deny. I just had to make a quilt for my front door with a message to the world. Remember that Bear Paw block I mentioned a few paragraphs ago? 

It became a seed for the quilt. I made another similar block

and then worked in a haze of obsession, until I had this:

The quilt went from more abstract/improv to more planned as I worked, partly due to some missteps. (I don't know: can you have missteps in an improv quilt?)  I was thinking of placing the two sunflower blocks next to each other with a flag below them based on this pattern. But the position of the sunflowers reminded me of an abstract nude--not the look I was going for. Then I drafted some foundation paper pieced letters to put along the sides and top of the quilt. I wasn't sure exactly how big the strips of letters would be, but I figured there would need to be some filler squares in the corners, so I cut the small squares of sunflowers (never mind that I forgot seam allowance) and then hoped I would have enough of the rest of the print to make the letters. I had almost enough print, but ended up having to borrow sunflowers from another completely different fabric to make up the shortfall. I'm pretty sure you'd be hard pressed to identify the alternate fabric. I had to add a bit of blue fabric to the corner sunflowers to make up for my cutting error. I made another Bear Paw block with the mottled gold fabric. I still thought I could put a flag in there for the fourth quadrant, but it just didn't work out, so I made one more gold Bear Paw. I had run out of the background fabric with little green dots, but found one with some blue print that worked fine.  I added in bits of white and blue fabric to fill out the main part of the quilt to match the size of the word strips. I forgot to add extra seam allowance to the right side and bottom blue strips, so there are some irregularities, and why everything is a bit wonky along the right edge I have no idea. The final result is more traditional than I had in mind, but I think it works for a front door where big contrasts are important for visibility from the street.  

Remember the bag of biggish scraps? The lightest ones became the back of the quilt.


If you look close, you will see lots of half square triangles sewn into rows. For the quilting, I did in-the-ditch work, scribble-quilting on the sunflowers, and meandering in the background using off-white, gold and blue threads. The binding is more scraps (lots of little ones) in medium yellow. 


Here are the stats: 

Pattern: My own foundation paper pieced letters, drafted on graph paper to finish at 3 inches square per letter. I had to squeeze them to keep the quilt size small, so they ended up as rhombus shapes with the short sides a little over two inches. Traditional Bear Paw blocks finishing at 6 inches. 
Fabrics: Years of scraps
Batting: Frankenbatting made from a narrow strip of Warm and White.
Thread: Superior Masterpiece in Granite for piecing; Superior King Tut in White Linen, Aurifil 40 wt. in Tarnished Gold and Mettler 50 wt in Smoky Blue for quilting; non-decript yellow hand quilting thread (Coats and Clark?) for hand sewing binding.
Size: 17 1/2 by 20 inches
Machines: Singer Featherweight for piecing; Singer Treadle 115 for walking foot and free motion quilting and for machine work on the binding.

I signed my initials, but forgot the date. I suppose I could still add it in, but I really don't care for embroidering 2s, so maybe that's why I forgot. 

Overall, I'm pleased with the project. It's not perfect, but then neither is our world. In fact, it's a downright mess right now. As an individual, I feel helpless and sometimes hopeless. I give to my favorite charitable organization to support refugees, but beyond that, what? So I sew my feelings out and share a bit of them with whoever passes by. And pray. 

Most of the yellow scraps are gone now, but I might be able to eke out one more placemat. Maybe with that other sunflower fabric I mentioned. In fact, I have a Quilter's Color Quest sunflower Bear Paw block made with it, too, that could go into a placemat. This month's RSC color is pink. I don't think I have a lot of pink scraps, so maybe I can fit a little more yellow sewing this month. We'll see.


I hope you are having fun with scraps this month, and if an urge has prompted you to abandon your usual sewing, just go with it. 

(Just a reminder: I'm not affiliated with any company, so when I mention products, services, or stores I'm just documenting what I used or liked.) 






Sunday, March 20, 2022

Confetti Party

Happy Spring in my part of the world! And woohoo! We had sunshine and unseasonable 70-degree temperatures on Thursday--just right to photograph my just-finished Confetti quilts.

You've seen a lot of these blocks before. (If you haven't, you can click on the Confetti label on the right sidebar or at the end of this post to see some of them. I may have missed some labels.) It's fun to have these finished. I started blocks last July, making a few at a time. They are from a pattern of the same name by Rachel Hauser, with a combination of chain piecing to width-of-fabric background strips and foundation paper piecing in four different blocks that can be arranged every which way for a random look.

I made the blocks in batches of about 12 to keep the mess down as I was also working on other projects. By the beginning of December I had 48 blocks. I thought I'd make 1 more block for a 7-by-7 block quilt, which I did at the end of the month. But I had so many colorful fabric bits left that I just couldn't stop. I still had a fair amount of background fabric, so I ordered a bit more and made 35 more blocks for two 6-by-7 block quilts. (I almost kept going, but it was time to wrap up this project and get on with some others. 

Trying to photograph in between warm (!) breezy gusts.

I quilted these up a few weeks ago using one of my favorite motifs for one which my husband calls Piedmont. I mark wavy lines diagonally from corner to corner and then quilt the four quadrants in different directions with walking foot lines following the waves about 3/4 inch part.


 I stippled the other quilt with my free motion foot. 


I wanted to highlight the black and white background in the binding. I couldn't find exactly what I wanted at my two nearby fabric shops but did choose a black fabric with scattered tiny blossoms. I had buyer's remorse almost immediately, thinking the black was a little too stark. I wondered if turquoise would have been a better choice. But then, while I was photographing the quilts on the driveway, my neighbor (who also quilts) stopped by to see and volunteered that she really liked the black binding framing the quilt. Whew! And yea! My regrets disappeared. 

I really do like how these finished. The pattern designer highly recommended a scattered print for the background fabric, but I did not want to spend the money on the premium fabrics available. So I ordered the regularly spaced dotted fabric from a major craft store, and I think it worked fine with the small sized dots. With all the fabric cuts, it ends up looking scattered.

Initials/date on washout marker. Oops. Some stray threads there. How did I not see?

Happy backing

I do have to share that I had a heart-stopping moment when I pulled the quilts from the washer. There was color showing through around many of the colored parts. I realized that the fabric--because it was my cheap alternative--was rather thin and would show seam allowances when wet. I took a deep breath and dried the quilts anyway. They came out fine except for a wisp of peach around a couple of orange bits. Then I remembered that I had the same trouble with that fabric when I used it in a quilt for my granddaughter more than 10 years ago. (I've used it since, but not next to white.) Rewashing helped that time, so I rewashed the new quilts and now only myself or another picky, overly observant quilter would ever see the remaining hint of peach. Sorry I don't have after-washing photos showing the yummy texture. It is too dark and rainy today to take them.

More initials/date. They'll disappear to texture with washing.

I do have a favorite of these look-alike quilts. I always like stipple quilting, but the Piedmont one is a bit more dramatic, so it is the winner.



These quilts were time-consuming but so enjoyable, and they used up a surprising amount of scraps. I think it would be fun to try one sometime with a more limited color palette. They do require quite a bit of background fabric, but I suppose neutral scraps might work as a variation. 

Here are the stats:

Fabrics: Years of scraps; dotted and floral fabrics from big box craft store for background and backing; Riley Blake Blossoms for binding.
Batting: Fairfield 80/20. (My machine loves this.)
Thread: Superior Masterpiece in Granite for piecing; Superior King Tut in Temple for quilting; nondescript hand quilting thread in black for sewing down binding (label is missing)
Size: Pieced 48 1/2 by 56 1/2 inches
         After quilting: Piedmont 48 1/2 by 56 1/4 inches; Stippled 48 by 55 3/4 inches
         Washed: Piedmont 46 by 53 inches; Stippled 45 1/2 by 52 1/2 inches. 
Machines: Singer Featherweight for piecing; Singer Treadle 115 for walking foot and free motion quilting and for machine work on the binding.

I will be donating these quilts to Margaret's Hope Chest for the Mother and Baby Program (treatment program for mothers with postpartum mood disorders) at Pine Rest Hospital. The mothers use them as a comforting shawl during therapy sessions. 

I plan to register them with the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge. By the way, sign-up is today with Mari over at The Academic Quilter. She is standing in this year (in some pretty big shoes) for Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict while Sarah takes some time for self-care. Thank you to both Mari and Sarah!! 


Okay, time to get back to sewing all the yellows for Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month. We need a bit of sunshine-colored fabric with all the dreariness of this poor old world, don't we? Quilting time is meditation/prayer time, and there is much to contemplate. 

(Just a reminder: I'm not affiliated with any company, so when I mention products, services, or stores I'm just documenting what I used or liked.) 


Sunday, February 27, 2022

Bookmarks

No, no quilts to share this weekend. There's a very good reason. We spent the past week with two of our grandkiddies while their parents took a vacation on the coast of Oregon (which, from their photos, was pretty amazing with lots of blue sky and sunshine). We got to take the kids to their sports (basketball game and volleyball practice) and play some raucous indoor scavenger hunt games, and we even got outside on an almost-spring day for some frisbee throwing, batting practice and scooter riding. The kids have grown up so much in the two years that we have been mostly apart that taking care of them 24/7 was a breeze. They had off from school on Monday, so L and I spent a little time with a sewing project inspired by a bookmark that Bernie from Needle and Foot sent me a couple of years ago.

It was just the right project for a young sewist. Just challenging enough (all that corner turning) but quick enough to maintain interest. She did all of the sewing and most of the turning herself. In the photo she is sewing her own bookmark. Do you see the pink one off to the left? That's the one Bernie sent me. 

Here are all the ones L made on Monday.


The ones with the black flower print background are for her and five of her friends, the baseball one is for her brother (both have scraps from pillowcases I made them last year), the coral one is for her other grandma, and the black and red is for her mother. That one is from scraps of a vest I made for her mother nearly 30 years ago. About time I used those scraps!! The orange dots are from L's baby quilt and bed quilt. 

This was a fun project. I wanted L to focus on the sewing, so I prepped the bookmarks before I left home by cutting the fabric squares and pressing on the interfacing. The whole project fit into my Singer Featherweight case for easy transport. I don't know who the originator of these bookmarks is--there are tutorials all over the internet, but they are a great project. Even if much of our reading is on a device of some sort, there are still enough paper books around for them to be useful. So thanks to whoever invented them!

I'm linking up today with Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework

I hope you have a chance to sew sometimes with a little. It's such a treat.



Saturday, February 12, 2022

The Turquoise Bin

I finished my projects for Rainbow Scrap Challenge (hosted by Angela at So Scrappy) early this month, all because the backing fabric I had ordered for two quilts took its time getting here. So let's look at turquoise.

First, I made four more blocks for 52 Weeks of Scrappy Triangles (pattern by Leila Gardunia).

If you want to see the rest of the blocks, just click on the label on the right side bar or at the bottom of this post. I guess I'm on week 60? I'm still following the RSC colors for this, but next month might be the last before I break out on my own and just make all the rest of the blocks. After I get the Confetti quilt finished I'll be eager to finish this one.

Next, I made another quilt-as-you-go strip-pieced placemat. 


If I had been paying attention, I would have positioned those two center strips a little differently. Oh well. These aren't meant to be works of art. I'm just using up old strips. 

I found a piece of aqua for the backing.

It looks kind of solid here, but there's a little light figure in it. I had four (!) solid turquoises to choose from for the binding. More fabric out of the way. This placemat looks quite different from last month's red one. That did not have as much variation in value. I like them both, though, and am looking forward to using more strips this way throughout the year. This placemat is 14 by 18 inches. And the batting is Hobbs 80/20, I think. 

I got kind of carried away with the adding machine tape foundation piecing this month, but I was still waiting for my quilt backing to arrive, so I just kept sewing. Altogether about 20 feet of turquoise scraps!


I was going to sew one long strip, but that was a bit unwieldy. I cut the strips about as long as my sewing table. The colors are more vibrant than you see here. Winter light is tricky for indoor photos. It's either dark (snowing) or way too bright if the day is sunny, and you have a lot of snow (we do). 

It took two cones to roll these strips this month. I'm so glad I have a use for these old cones.

Sheesh. More bad lighting, but that's the way it is.

And now, drum roll, please. This is all I have left of turquoise print scraps. My bin is pretty much empty.

I could have cut these up for the adding machine tape, but they are big enough and versatile enough to easily use in other projects. 

I made more Bear Paws with solids, focusing on turquoise scraps. The solids bin is overflowing, but we'll not think about that right now. 


Still mulling over how that print will come into play. I do have another idea bouncing around, but there will be lots of time to figure it all out. 

Then, just when I got all of this done, my fabric arrived after a long trip through all kinds of nasty weather. It is not as vibrant as the last batch I ordered of this print.


See how the lower piece has more punch? Not a problem as I didn't plan to use the old piece in the backing, but that's interesting isn't it? It doesn't say that this is a digital print, but it is a print that can be ordered with custom scaling, so maybe? I was a little disappointed, but the lighter print is fine for these quilts. I did get both Confetti quilts (Rachel Hauser pattern) basted this week and am about 3/4 done with the quilting on one of them. I'm doing my "Piedmont" walking foot quilting, which is so fun, but there is a lot of thread burying in the evenings. That's okay. It's cold here, so having a quilt to work on in my lap is cozy. Here's a peek at my progress. 
I think those confetti bits are going to look like they're swirling around in a breeze.


Next time you see a post from me, I hope I'll have a pair of quilts to share....Until then, have fun with your scraps and rainbows or whatever else strikes your fancy.

(Just a reminder: I'm not affiliated with any company, so when I mention products, services, or stores I'm just documenting what I used or liked.) 



 



Friday, January 28, 2022

(Almost) All the Reds

I actually had a plan for this month. (This year?) Are you surprised? While I do admit to trying to complete projects I start, I don't usually like to plan too far ahead. But I started the year with a list of eight things I wanted to do. And I did seven of them. I even accomplished a couple of goals that weren't really on my list--although they were implied. So here goes:

1. Finish Confetti quilt blocks. At the end of 2021, I had completed 49 blocks of my Confetti quilt (Rachel Hauser's pattern). I thought that might be it for a 7 by 7 block quilt. But I still had some fun colorful bits left. I impulsively ordered more dotted background fabric for curbside pick up and during the first few weeks of this month I made 35 more blocks.

I quickly laid them out and sewed them up.

And can you believe I almost made 12 more blocks to expand those quilts to 48 blocks each? I reined myself in, though. The quilts are an appropriate size for the organization I plan to donate them to. And it is time to move on. 

I do need to buy fabric for backings. I really like some of the large modern floral prints I've seen lately, but couldn't find any in the colors/price range I had in mind. I had a bit of two other prints that have worked with other rainbow colored quilts, so I auditioned them.



I chose the second one because it has a bit more variety of colors,and I like the crisper print with these blocks. I've had to order it and just got a message that there are delays in shipping, so the tops will be sitting for a few days before I move on. 

2. Continue making Triangle blocks for 52 Weeks of Scrappy Triangles Hmm. This project might need another name, as it has now been more than 52 weeks since I started Leila Gardunia's pattern. My intent was to try to finish this quilt quickly this year, but since I was full bore on the confetti quilt, I continued this with Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2022 color for this month: Red. I need 38 more blocks for the quilt, so first I chose which patterns I wanted to use from the 52 patterns from last year. Then I made four blocks. If you remember, I was trying to reduce my multi-colored scraps bin last year. Yeah, it's still overflowing, although the choicest sizes have been used up. So for these blocks, I supplemented some of the scraps that have red in them with other red scraps. 


If you want some idea of how this quilt might look when it's done you can see here. After I finish the Confetti quilts, I'll probably pick up the pace to get this finished.

3. Cut the rest of the patches for the handsewn four-patch quilt The blocks for this quilt sew up surprisingly fast, and I'm always running out of squares. So I decided to cut the rest of the patches I need. Then I'll always have a hand project ready to work on. I have sewn 144 blocks. I need 36 more. So I cut 144 squares from old jewel-toned fabrics. 


4. Start a Bear Paw quilt with solids This one's been in my head for awhile. Remember this block? 


I made it as part of the Quilter's Color Quest workshop with Rachel Hauser in 2020. I have a bin full of solid scraps and another of larger pieces. It's time to do something with them. So I plan to follow the RSC22 colors this year. First I ordered some Kona black and white pieces for curbside pickup. After I got them home, I realized that I had used Kona Snow in the original block, so I did a little surgery to replace the claws of that block. Then I made several combinations with reds and other colors. These are fun blocks with the added challenge of a tiny partial seam to get those yellow centers in. I cut the colorful rectangles a bit oversized so I can trim the paws to 4 1/2 inches before I add the claws. The yellow centers finish at 3/4 inch. Not sure what I'll do when the color of the month is yellow, but I'll figure that out later. Maybe I'll skip yellow since these centers will stand out enough on their own.

The rainbow fabric you see is kind of the inspiration for the solids and the combinations. It might work its way into the quilt as background or as the back side. I had rejected it for another quilt last year. It's has a sort of rough feel to it, but I do want to use it somehow.

5 and 6. String piece red strips/make placemat I had a bag of red strings that didn't make it into a rainbow stripped quilt a couple of years ago--probably because they were mostly dark red and not my favorites. It was time to get rid of them. Also, I had been wanting to make more placemats this year for a collection for Meals on Wheels. It dawned on me that an all-red placemat might appeal to someone that wasn't that crazy about patterns and colors. Then it occurred to me that I could string piece AND quilt at the same time. Yup, a quilt-as-you-go placemat. First, I sorted the strings into piles of like widths. Then I pieced those piles into long strings because I knew that most were not long enough to cover the width of a placemat by themselves. I found a larger piece of red fabric (leftover of a quilt I made years ago for our bed) and a scrap of batting and away I went. Such fun. I found another piece of old fabric that worked for the binding. And what do you know? I like it. A lot. Who knew a bunch of old dark red fabrics could actually be attractive? I think I'll be doing this again with old strings in other colors. The placemat finished at 14 by 18 inches.



7. Start an adding machine tape quilt This project came about unexpectedly. I was shopping at a local general style gift store that carries some fabric, and in their bargain basement there was adding machine tape on sale at half-off. On impulse, I bought a pack. It is two spools and says 126 feet. I don't know if that's each spool or both together. Either way, that would be a lot of stripped fabric. I decided to string together the rest of my red scraps. A lot of my scraps were bits of slabs I made awhile ago, I cut chunks big enough to cover the tape and added in other scraps from my bin. I ended up with a fabric strip about 80-85 inches long. 


The tape is 2 1/4 inches wide. 


And now I know what to do with all my old thread cones until I make these into a quilt.


I really don't care for making slabs with random shapes/sizes of scraps, but this was somehow fun. And the best part is that this is all I have left from my red scrap bin!!!!!! (There are really not enough exclamation marks to convey how I feel about this.)


There was one item on my list that I did not do: Make foundation paper pieced block(s) from Carol Doak's book Easy Machine Paper Piecing. These pieces would work for that, but I'll wait a bit. 

I am thrilled that my old red scraps are almost used up. I would be dreaming if I thought that I could keep this up for other RSC colors this year. It turns out my red bin was probably my smallest batch of scraps. But I'm going to enjoy the delusion for a bit. It makes me feel good.

So that's January. So many projects. There are some wonderful Quilt Alongs (QALs) happening right now. I would have liked to do at least three of them, but I just do not have the space to work on more projects. What I have going right now is pushing the limits for me as you can see by the state of my living room and guest room.


I guess I'll have to do my version of a QAL: Quilt Alone Later. For now I have two quilt tops finished this month. My goal of sorts for February will be to get those quilted. And then continue with all these other fun projects. I can't wait to see what the color of the month will be to tackle.

I'm linking up this week with Angela at So Scrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday and with Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap

I hope your new year's quilting projects are bringing you joy and a bit of a mess whether you are doing a QAL (or several) or following your own path through the scraps and stash.

(Just a reminder: I'm not affiliated with any company, so when I mention products, services, or stores I'm just documenting what I used or liked.)