Hello again, friends! Yes, I know, it's been a busy week. And before we go any further, congratulations to fellow blogger Lane at That Man Quilts? He got married yesterday! Many blessings and much happiness to them and to everyone who ran to the courthouse yesterday to get married. So wonderful to see so much happiness!
So now, just an update on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects. I made some actual progress this week! I've finished up the light blue crumb star and the larger frame for it:
How cute is that? As ambivalent as I've been about the crumb blocks, I really like this one. The frame fabric is the very, very last of some fabric that I loved from about 2007. I have just a few squares of it left, but otherwise it's finally used up. I'd say that's a good use of resources.
Just as a reminder, the frames for these blocks are from the Moda Love pattern, which is a free pattern in 3 sizes that can be found HERE. (Should go straight to a pdf pattern.) Such an easy and versatile pattern, and I'll bet that I'll use this one again many times.
[You know, other bloggers have pictures of perfect, lovely blocks, but mine always have strings and threads hanging off them. Sighhhh.]
Since there is no separate aqua month this year, but I have a bunch of aqua scraps, I decided to go ahead and make up some aqua string blocks:
Those will fit right in. I'm leaving the paper on these until I get to constructing the quilt. I've noticed with the crumb blocks that they can get very stretchy because of all the seams, and who wants to try to put together distorted blocks?
Since I had the aqua scrap box out, I dug to the bottom and made an aqua crumb block as well:
Don't know which I like more, the block or the day lilies! Amanda at crazy mom quilts is offering a quilt along for her Scrap Vortex quilt, and I tried the basic method she describes for this block. It worked well enough. Turned out a little bit "log-cabiny," but it looks okay. And yes, that's a little white bit in the middle there. The aqua dot and white were left over from a strip and already sewn together and I was too lazy to rip them apart. I think it worked fine.
I haven't made a star or a frame for this one, and I think I'll hang on to it until the end. Usually we have 11 colors, so I might need this one for an extra block to finish off the quilt, or I might want to replace a color, like brown. I'll have this at the ready, and if I don't need it, it can go in with the string blocks as an interesting element.
On a related scrappy topic, does anyone else ever get tired of the scraps they have left over? I keep seeing the same ones over and over and passing over the same ones. I'm seriously thinking of taking the colors we've already used and cutting everything left into 1-1/2 and 2-inch squares. I already have a bunch of pieces in these sizes for a couple of "someday" quilts (one of which takes 10,000 1-1/2 inch squares) so it's not completely crazy. Anyone ever done this? Am I nuts? Seriously, what's the worst that could happen-- I'd have to buy more fabric? Tragedy!
Hope everyone is enjoying a lovely summer weekend! Be sure to turn on the air conditioning in the sewing room so you don't get too warm to sew!
Linking up to Scrap Happy Saturday with Angela at soscrappy.