Monday, March 30, 2009

My pot of gold IS the rainbow

Recently I discovered a treasure right under my nose. I was straightening my sewing area and happened upon a large plastic container with many leftover pieces of reproduction fabrics. Since I've only recently gotten back into quilting after a many years break, I'd forgotten I saved my scraps so diligently (guess I couldn't even part with the little pieces of repros). Additionally, since it's been so long since I used those fabrics it was just like they were new again! I poked around in my little pot of gold and found a small pile of leftover triangles from some flying geese made years ago. So, a part of the jumble of fabrics above became this:

Now, this definitely did not make a dent in my stash as it only measures about 6"x8" but I still felt like I accomplished something. In fact, it spurred me on to see just how much fun I could have with that box of scraps. Determined not to repeat a single fabric, I tried a charm quilt and found that my scrap box had at least 99 different fabrics.

I can't wait to see what else I can make from these pieces. Of course, in order to get more scraps, I need to make some quilts from some new fabrics. Time to shop for fabric!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I have pics!

I finally figured out that camera and got busy stitching. Yay! I am working on the pattern Tribute to Judie by Carol Hopkins Designs.  I joined a block of the month club through a mail order quilt shop (that shall remain nameless for now) and get 7 to 8 "star kits" every month. I am up to month 9. Here are some of the blocks with the pattern. I don't expect to love every combination and it's often the uglies that make the quilt. However, too many of the backgrounds are dark/busy and make for muddy blocks. Also, the blocks in the pattern have quite a few that really "pop" and these kits don't have any "poppers" do they? I am talking cheddars and poison greens.  There is a lot of brown and the setting squares (if one imitates the pattern) will be brown with a brown border.  I don't mind making my own "poppers" but I would be happier if the kits would liven things up a bit.  At $8.30/month for 24 months I think that's enough financial contribution on my part to send me some brighter colors.  I know Judie Rothermel designs them!

I love Judie's prints; that's what drew me to this pattern.  I've been collecting her designs since the first "civil war" collection (started a quilt from that about 10 years ago--but that will have to be another post). I think I am just going to have to delve into my stash to spice things up. In the meantime, here are more of the stars I've already made.  I am also thinking about departing from the brown setting square and border.  If anyone has made this quilt I'd love to see some pictures.

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