January Wrapup

I love the start of a new year, when I'm all motivated to get things done! CC, on the other hand, does not - she would like more couch sitting time with me. I've had to let her sit on my lap while I sew...which is not that easy!

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The biggest thing of the month isn't a finish - it's the start of my scrappy Fruit Salad quilt blocks! I'm pretty excited about this series and the quilt layouts I have planned for the end of the year. 

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My finishes: two strip quilts (Dinosaurs and Fairies), Log Cabin Star Mini, Curved Log Cabin Wreath, and Turn Right to Go Left (my OMG for January) which is finished but not yet blogged. 

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My BOMs: Pieceful Swap, SWOK Sampler, Cake Mix blocks for the guild, Eternal Bloom, RSC/PBJx2, Rail Fence QOV leader/ender (added 14 blocks, 62/192)

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I also pieced a t-shirt quilt (waiting on borders and backing now) and my Magnolia Mystery top (my first new quilt of 6and6)! Quilting the mystery top is my OMG goal for February - I want to enter it into our local quilt show in March. 

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And finally, my year-long project - a Temperature Quilt! I finally worked out a design that makes me happy, and here's January 1-29! (I last worked on it on Tuesday, so there's no data for the 30-31st yet.) Mother Nature is an...interesting quilt designer. January had every shade between 1-72º!

See also: Let’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek MakersSew Some LoveRainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!, One Monthly Goal, 6and6in2018

BOMs Away - RSC/PBJ January Bonus!

Woohoo! An extra Sunday to do BOM work, right at the start of the year! I was tempted to get out my other RSC quilt (Jack's Chain) but I really don't have the space to have out too many projects - it's better to stick with this one until its done. Imagine that - I might actually finish it at this rate!

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Besides, I spent most of my weekend finishing up my Magnolia Mystery top, so I didn't really have time to pull down another box and figure out where I was at. I happily made ten blocks for Main Street Rainbow, not utilizing either the blue or red I'm supposed to. Well, there is one blue!

Among the others, three are cut immediately from my Magnolia scraps! And the rest came from the bag of scraps my sister gave me for Christmas. (I'm so easy to shop for.) And now there's just 23 to go! (And boxes and bags of scraps to go through. Maybe that should be my Fifteen Minutes goal - stitching time is easy, but organizing time...eh!)

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Or just a monthly report on a leader/ender project? Link up here or at What a Hoot! 

Dinosaurs On a Spaceship - A Finished Quilt

This may be another easy flannel strip quilt, but it has a few stories to go with it. So be prepared to read longer than it took me to actually make it!

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There's a Dr Who episode in which the Doctor helps deal with dinosaurs on a spaceship. You know, normal every day stuff with the Doctor. And it was the episode that aired the weekend my friend was visiting and got us hooked on Doctor Who. (We binged the new series in order, but knowing there was an episode about dinosaurs...in space! was intriguing enough to start the obsession with my then-six-year old.)

So given the dinosaur constellations and all the rockets and outer space in this one, it was an easy name to pick out.

Rockets - planetsgreen dots - orange dots

It's a bit smaller than the last strip quilt, because the constellations and the dark blue planets were leftover from PJ pants, so they were more long chunks than strips.

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I used a pantograph on this quilt - a free one from Urban Elementz. I wanted to refresh my memory on doing pantos before I decide which ones to buy. This was a fun little star and a nice change of pace from my usual loops and stars. I didn't think my straight lines were going all that perfectly, but they look great on the quilt. 

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And then the backing! So, the Dude is a giant space nerd. And one of the arguments we always have is whether or not Pluto deserves to be a planet. He sides with astronomers - with valid points about planet size - and I side with "you can't just declare that Pluto isn't a planet anymore!" So when I saw this flannel at Joann's, clearly showing PLUTO AS A PLANET, I had to get it. On principle.

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I used 3" wide binding again - it makes a nice chunky frame on these quilts. And while I had the dark blue scraps out, I made enough binding for the next two strip quilts. Planning ahead!

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Fruit Salad - An Apple a Day

I decided to do a series of posts this year, of scrappy fruit blocks. It's inspired by the strawberry quilt block I made a few weeks ago - there's lots of scrappy strawberry and pineapple quilt blocks out there, but most of the other fruits are ignored! Which is just unfair to the rest of the lovely fruits out there. So I'm giving them their chance to be scrappy quilt blocks.

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Of course, I'm starting with one of the most common fruits - but not many of the existing blocks are very scrappy. So here is the scrappy apple block - just one to keep the doctor away! Get the printer-friendly pattern here!

I am using the same neutral (Kona White) through all my blocks, and the same green scrap (Michael Miller Landscape) for all my leaves. As Kona White is always readily available, I can pick up more when I run out of my scraps. Also, I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler to trim my half square triangles.

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An Apple a Day - 14.5x18.5” unfinished

I plan on posting one block a month, free on Craftsy until Jan 31, 2019. In December 2018, there will be a layout pattern for the entire Fruit Salad quilt, as well as more specific yardage.

If you’d like join me in these blocks, please use #fruitsaladquilt on Instagram or comment here so I can find your blog!

BOMs Away - RSC/PBJ Rainbows

This weekend, I worked on two BOM projects - the first being the finish of those Moda Cake Mix blocks from two weeks ago, and the second being a dual scrappy rainbow challenge. Yup, there's a new color challenge in town - but naturally, I'm just using it to work on an ancient WiP.

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Good old Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2013. Or 2012? Whichever - it is getting done THIS.YEAR. I'm serious this time. I pieced five of the color blocks, in blue for the RSC month color, and red for Patterns By Jen's color. Okay, the red is mostly pink. I checked the finished blocks and there's already a lot of red.

I also pieced together the endless grey parts of the quilt. Now I have enough for twelve more blocks, which with my already-finished ones will be 36 blocks. Which might be where I stop...but for now, a few months of more color blocks.

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Then I got out my guild's raffle quilt blocks. I used a Moda Cake Mix "recipe" sheet to stitch and cut out the six HSTs, but then I was left in confusion as to what the actual layout might be! As you can see, there's quite a few ways it could be done, not to mention the inverse of any of the blocks.

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Turns out, it was the inverse of the bottom right, so with a photo to guide me, I got my eight blocks stitched up in no time. And coincidentally in the RSC/PBJ colors!

The Cake Mix papers are definitely an interesting concept - it only took about an hour to stitch the paper lines, cut, and sew the blocks together. But then I had to spend thirty minutes tearing off the paper! But - since these are each made by individual guild members - there's no doubt that we all got them the same size. So...

And I have no idea what the finished quilt will look like! Stay tuned - it will be ready for our guild show and raffle in March!

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Or just a monthly report on a leader/ender project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!