May 2021 be kinder to us all!
Happy New Year! (I hope!)
On Friday, Bonnie Hunter gave us clue #5 for Grassy Creek and I got right to work making little nine patches. They went together pretty quickly, so next thing I knew I was spreading them out for a glamor shot.
At the point where I started grabbing other fabric chunks to see how varying the setting triangles would look, I reined myself in and put the blocks in the Grassy Creek box before I could get myself into any more trouble. Even my squirrels are falling down rabbit holes these days.
Part 2 of Clue 5 is a nice stack of flying geese. I made a few more than the half that I was shooting for, but am totally not worried about it. Has anyone EVER said "Gee, I wish I didn't have a bunch of extra flying geese blocks laying around"?
Though when I started laying them out to see what else I could do with them, I slapped my hands and put them away. Two rabbit holes in one day was entirely too much.
I'm still deciding about which blocks to do for RSC2021. Cake Stands are a definite yes, and those cute little square-in-squares that were dragging me around the other day. Postage stamp blocks will continue into the new year (PSP20 will roll into PSP21), and I'm thinking of a Single Wedding Ring (aka Georgetown Circle and about eleventy other names) like our friend Cathy has been making over at Squirrel Central. Though if I'm not extremely careful, Cathy will inspire me into starting eight new projects. Every single week...
First up - I got some cutting and sewing done for Grassy Creek (well, the Half-Grassy Creek that I'm making anyway.) Here's a stack of clue 4's, plus a couple of clue 3's that haven't been clue4-ed yet.
And into the box they went to await the next clue, which will drop on Saturday.
And then I thought about it some more. She posts a link to the free pattern, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that I could do a smaller block. Because you know me - the smaller the better. I love her idea of using black-on-white prints for the corners of the squares, and since I'm working on the borders for Sand Castles 2
my cutting table is literally and liberally littered with black-on-white prints.
So, a test block was in order, right? I grabbed a 2.5" print square and 2 2.5" b/w squares, sliced the background squares diagonally, and sewed up a sample block. (Technically that center square should be 2 5/8" rather than 2 1/2", but I can't be bothered to cut a bunch of 2 5/8" squares when I've got a bin full of 2.5" already on hand)
I puddled together a few more Clue #3's for Bonnie Hunter's Grassy Creek mystery -
Then there's the 4-patches bin which needs to be replenished (two back to back Sand Castles took a toll!) and Easy Peasy and nine-patches for Jack's Chain, all going on in the background. Seems like these days I'm all putzy all the time.
And where would I be without my diligent little helpers guarding the stash?
I don't know what they're going to do when they're full grown. I might have to get a bigger bin for my orange scraps...
What's more fun than a kitten in a bin?
Three weeks in and I have no idea where we're going with this. Which is half the fun!
And this appeared sometime this afternoon. I have no idea how. It's not like I'm making shoofly blocks or anything.
Is there such a thing as an Accidental Shoofly?
Linking with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday (even though I did doodly-squat for RSC sewing this week/month) and with Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap! Come see all the colorful goodness!
Well, after November's abysmal showing, let's see if I can do a little better in December. At this point in 2020, it's getting a little hard to rub two thoughts together, so mostly I've continued with projects already underway.
One thing I've been looking forward to is Bonnie Hunter's Mystery - the first clue dropped last Friday. As usual, I'll be making roughly half(-ish) of the necessary components as we go along. (I don't really need another humungous quilt top sitting around!)
(And also, I'm still not 100% convinced about this whole 'gray' thing, despite y'all's best efforts to tell me it'll be fine)
My biggest effort has gone into Sand Castles 2. I've now got 40 done out of the 48 blocks needed.
I've been cutting mountains of 1.5" squares for my 4-patch collection and postage stamp blocks, plus those needed for Easy Peasy. (Bonnie Hunter's leader/ender challenge for this year, which is actually called Easy Breezy, but my brain rejects that in favor of Easy Peasy every single time so I give up)
Speaking of Easy Peasy, I've been thinking ahead to how I'll set them. (I know, but I swear I can't help myself)
My first idea was just to set them alternating with a plain square, which would be easy and quick and not overly complicated.
Apparently that's not the case at all. I wonder what happened to all those posts I wrote in my head?
Anyway. Remember when I had that squirrel running through? Well, it made another pass. The diamonds that I'd made and set aside kept catching my eye. I liked them, but I really wanted more purple. I started scrumbling around in my 1.5" strip bin and pulled some colors.
Then I had to pick it all up and hide it from myself because I'm trying to work on this:
Running those stringy bits all the way around the perimeter of the quilt is generating an awful lot of extra work for myself, but once I saw the effect I was a goner. Right now I'm thinking of sewing together red squares for an outer border, then binding in either red or black. Or maybe I'll just take an easier way out and run another of those narrow black borders instead of the squares.
Ah, dithering. My favorite part!
It's the last day of October (aka Halloween) which ends the month of yellow for the RSC. All I got done this week is the cake stand that I showed laid out last week.
I've been admiring the colors in her Appalachian Autumn quilt since the day she posted it, but had been trying to resist its charms. As it turns out she made it out of the leftovers from Grassy Creek.
Resistance was futile. Looks like I'm in!
I've got plenty of oranges (because I've never met an orange I didn't like) and I've got a ton of reds on hand from making Sand Castles 2 for my grandson. (Red has been his favorite color practically since birth, so I'm stuck with it) I'm pretty sure I've got golds left from Allietare and En Provence, and lime greens just seem to magically turn up in every nook and cranny.
I'm still debating whether I want to go with the grays (gray is so gloomy and I'm trying to chase gloom, not embrace it) or to substitute with blues. I've got plenty of time to dither between now and Black Friday!
How is it that time is simultaneously flashing by and dragging by? I'll be so glad when this year is behind us.
Most of my sewing time has been going to Sand Castles 2. I've got 11 of the 48 blocks done and up on the design wall.
Given how close we are to the end of the month, that'll probably be the last yellow cake stand until next year. (Though there are no guarantees of that - they're such a lot of fun to plot and sew that it's quite hard to restrain myself...)
and covered in squares. Here's my second yellow postage stamp block all done up and ready to go.
And then because I just can't resist the magic of orange (and October is a pretty orangish month after all, what with all those leaves turning out there) or the magic of plaid (because seriously, who can resist the magic of plaid?), here's another cake stand.
The rest of my time was spent stitching 4-patches and b/w strippy triangles for Sand Castles 2, but since they basically all look alike I didn't think to take any pictures. Now that they're starting to pile up, though, it's almost time to start assembling blocks. I can promise that that will be a little more interesting!
Because a squirrel seems to have sneaked in...
How could I resist the call of the star?
Of course, I constructed the diamond sections from memory instead of hunting up a reference to work from. And being me, I needlessly complicated it by making the points of them different colors.