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Monday, May 31, 2021

2021 RSC Reds For May


Scraptastic Star = 12-1/2 inches unfinished

My plan for participation in the 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge is to add to the green, blue, and orange blocks I made last year. The color for May is red, and I had a lot of fun fabrics in that scrap bin. I'm looking forward to purple for June!

Four-Patch Irish Chains = 8-1/2 inches unfinished

I'm still making Four-Patch Irish Chains, Scraptastic Stars, strings, and Geese Migration blocks (quilt block pattern by Cynthia Brunz). Melissa Corry created Scraptastic Stars. I love Melissa's blog because it's so upbeat and helpful. While I was on her blog for the Scraptastic Stars pattern link, I re-read her post about Leaders and Enders and realized I had not done leaders and enders in AGES! Once I implemented that process, my RSC blocks went together much faster.

Strings = 12-1/2 inches unfinished

Geese Migration = 10-1/2 inches unfinished

As I worked with the reds on Geese Migration I found it difficult to find a "light red". Apparently I have very few of them in my scraps. I found a few in my stash, but I was determined to use my scraps. And by the way, my red scraps multiplied because I could barely close the bin!

I'm joining the Scrap Happy Saturday linkup hosted by Angela at So Scrappy and Oh Scrap! hosted by Cynthia at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework. Be sure to check out all the red scrappy goodness!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

To-Do Tuesday and May Monthly Color Challenge

May Monthly Color Challenge Block - 12 inch

It has been since the end of March (right before my foot surgery) that I participated in To-Do Tuesday. This event is hosted by Chris at ChrisKnits and is a chance for bloggers to review their accomplishments and make plans for the coming week. I did manage to finish a few blocks this past week, and I look forward to more time in the sewing room to get stuff done!

6 inch sizes for May Monthly Color Challenge

The blocks for the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge are inspired by fruits and veggies. The humble potato was chosen for May, and with that in mind I pulled a wonderful dark brown mini check fabric and a vintage print from my stash - see top photo. My potato is brown with blue eyes - lol! This linkup is hosted by Jen at Patterns By Jen, and she provides a free pattern (for one month). Jen has instructions for two sizes in her patterns, so I made one large (12 inch finished) and two in the smaller (6 inch finished) size.

I detailed my completed blocks for the Riley Blake Designs Quilt Block Challenge in this post right here. Now I need to get busy on red blocks for the RSC Challenge before the end of the month. With that in mind here are my goals for the coming week.

1. Start on RSC red blocks

2. Sandwich rose quilt

3. Plant zinnia seeds

A big Thank-You to Chris and Jen for hosting these fun events. You can check out other To-Do Tuesdays here and find more "potato" blocks for the May Monthly Color Challenge here!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Riley Blake Designs Quilt Block Challenge Catch Up

The RBD Quilt Block Challenge began on February 2 and will end in June. There are 16 designers, and each one is contributing a pattern for a 10-inch block. The 12 block designs released are beautiful and fun to make, and I actually get impatient for the next pattern to arrive. These past few days I've been enjoying time in the sewing room playing catch up. I am still wearing a surgical boot on my right foot, so my left foot is operating the foot pedal!

Fabric requirements for RBD Quilt Block Challenge

Selecting fabrics is not my strong suit, but someone made a comment that stuck with me. I admired her fabric pull for a quilt and commented on the difficulty I have choosing fabrics. She replied that is why she relies on  fabric collections or bundles. With that in mind, I used RBD's suggested palette shown on the fabric requirements as a guide to pull prints from my stash. I've made a couple of changes, but so far I'm happy with my choices and feel that they coordinate nicely.

Reach for the Stars


Sugar Candy

Lady of the Lake


Nine Patch Star

The blocks for April and May are Reach for the Stars, Butterfly, Sugar Candy, Lady of the Lake, Glint. and Nine Patch Star. All patterns can be found right here. I've discovered that I really enjoy sampler quilts!

On Texas A&M campus with our son, daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, and graduating grandson!

Last week my husband and I made a quick trip to our old stomping grounds north of Houston. We stayed with our son and his family and went to the graduation of our grandson. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in computer engineering from Texas A&M, and we are bursting with pride! He has a fantastic new job with a company in Houston and will begin working in June. It's so hard to believe our first grandchild is 22. He has grown into such an awesome young man. Also this month is the graduation of our second granddaughter (pictured on the left above) from high school, and we will travel again to attend that ceremony.