Friday, March 30, 2018

The stitching of the greens

(For anyone interested, the monthly scraps giveaway is at the end of this post!)

Wow, March is pretty much over!  How did that happen?  No idea, but since we're at the end of the month, it's time to show off some of my RSC progress for March.  This time around it was light and bright greens, which was certainly appreciated because I am so ready for some greenery in the form of spring flowers and actual leaves on the trees.  There are a few buds, but no leaves just yet.  Just look at the backgrounds of my pictures!

One of my RSC projects for this year is the patchwork scrap stars.  Here are this month's green ones:


As you can see, I made one that's the lighter green and one that's brighter, with a purple star and an aqua star.  Usually these are made with white stars, but I thought that would be too boring for me.  I like how these are turning out.  Here's the lot of them so far:


Aren't those festive?  Imagine how they're going to look once we add in some warmer colors!

Another one of my projects is making these scrappy 9-patches to use up some of my treasure trove of 2-inch squares:


These are so easy to make and go so fast.  I made 8 of them this month, which gives me 45 all together:


I think these look great together, and I really am glad that I made them all with white centers.  Once we get through the year, I'm going to make these into some donation quilts, probably using Bonnie Hunter's free pattern for dancing 9-patches.  I'm hoping to have enough for two quilts, so I'll need a bunch more.  Good thing there's a bunch of colors left!

So, those and my Clay's Choice stars are the blocks that I managed to make from what I pulled out of the scrap bin this month.  I also dug deep and cut up all the green pieces for my version of Bonnie Hunter's En Provence quilt:


Most of those are somewhat darker than the other scraps, more medium greens than lighter ones, but I did manage to pull most of them from the "light green" bin.  And now they'll be used in a nice, happy quilt, so it won't matter what we call them.

So now that the greens are done for this month, as I promised at the beginning of the year, I am giving away what remains in the light green bin at no charge at all to one lucky winner:


Since I used up a lot of the greens, and because there are some small pieces here, I'm also including some 2-1/2 inch strips that are kinda green, along with an unopened spool of white Craftsy thread and the usual handfuls of 2-inch and 1-1/2 inch squares.  I don't know anything about the thread, but they sent it to me with another thread order, as a sample, I guess.  I almost never use white thread, and I have plenty, so it will go to whoever takes these remaining scraps off my hands.

This giveaway is now closed!  Thanks all!

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post!  Really, that's all! Since this is a holiday weekend for many people, I will use the random number generator thingy sometime on Tuesday morning, April 3. Of course, if you want to leave a comment without entering the giveaway, you absolutely can.  Just let me know to leave you out! And if you are no-reply, please remember to leave a way to reach you.  If I can't reach you, you can't win!


Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. We will be celebrating Easter, and many of our friends will be having Passover Seders.  I certainly wish you a blessed time if you're celebrating either one, and if you're not, have a lovely weekend as well!

Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday, and soscrappy for RSC18.

36 comments:

Jo said...

Well done Mari for some happy green stitching. Count me in on the draw please. Always a bit of fun.. A you know, I love using scraps.

Liz Horgan said...

You're star blocks look great--I love the purple with the green. I just finished my On Ringo Lake top-first Bonnie Hunter quilt! I'm starting to organize my scraps by cutting them into squares and strips--I'd love to add your scraps to them! Happy Easter!

Stitchin At Home said...

I like the addition of the non white stars. I love all things green and those scraps are yummy.

Kate said...

You did a great job on making use of all those green scraps, all of your RSC projects are going to be beautiful and colorful. You can leave me out of the drawing for the scraps, as pretty as they are, I'm not doing so hot at using what's already in my drawer.

Ashley said...

I love your scrap blocks! The choice of colorful stars gives the blocks some extra fun! I'd love a chance at your scraps and to try that thread. I've read some good reviews about it, but haven't had a chance to try it yet. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

Margie Crewse said...

I really like the green star blocks. Thanks for the chance to win some scraps to add to my stash!

Preeti said...

Yes, they are very festive and as soon as you add orange and hot pink, they will become even more festive. Let the celebration begin. Now, where is my drink? I need some scraps for you know that secret project we talked about that is due in May. Big Hugs.

Kathy E. said...

Love those stars and the green! What a pretty piece this will make. My stash is always low on greens, so the scraps would be put to good use with me!

Deb said...

Love those scrappy stars!

Mindy said...

I like your on-going projects. I'm working on finding my balance of WIPs vs UFOs! It doesn't help that I have two little girls to make clothes for, while starting to play in the world of quilting. I do love scraps though, and don't have much green! Outside it is still white (and snowing right now) so green is welcome!

LA Paylor said...

pretty star blocks Mari!

Ivani said...

♥ Love the star blocks, and It is great to see all the blocks together. Please put my name to the draw. Thank you for the chance.
Happy Easter and many blessings for you and family

JoanG said...

I love all those scrappy stars. Yes, please include me in your drawing. I love adding other people's scraps to mine. They like playing together.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Lots of pretty greens. Stars are my favorites.

Charlene S said...

I think you will be able to do lots with those 4 patches and stars. Thanks for the giveaway.

Grandma Beth said...

Thanks Mari for great ideas. I love the 9-patches with white centers. Just printed the pattern to use my 2” blocks as leaders and Enders. Yay!

grammajudyb said...

Thanks for all the ideas to use up scraps. My fav!!! I like the 9 patches with the white centers especially. And the scrappy stars are really cool. Please leave my name OUT of the drawing! I too am trying to bust my scraps!

Jayne Jacobson said...

I really enjoy reading your blog and viewing your projects. Seeing what others are doing and accomplishing makes me motivated to keep on keeping on. I would enjoy winning your give away.
Jayne in Utah

Jayne Jacobson said...

Sorry, email is jaynejacobson7@gmail.com

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

I do not want the scraps ;-) But I love all of your blocks togther - its looking great!

Pam Beck said...

Hiya Mari!!! I just adore your star blocks---especially the green with the purple. I would be honored to get a chance to win your scraps. Always glad to add to my stash---is that a good or a bad thing??? Lol!!! Thanks for having the giveaways this year. Blessed be, hugs!!!
pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

BettyK said...

I liked all of your blocks. I made a few green blocks for the month. I really love the star blocks. Guess I will have to make those next, ha!! Thanks for the scrap giveaway.

Katie Z. said...

You made some fabulous green blocks!

Leslie Ho said...

Your beautiful posts have inspired me to get back to quilting, a joy I have neglected for too long. As a Canadian, I am not sure if I am eligible for the draw, but I do love those greeens!

Janice Holton said...

I have been having a ball making things from a bag of 1980's scraps I found for $1.50! If you want to see what I made, it's my latest blog post. I'm getting down to some very small pieces now but you have inspired me to make some blocks with a white middle. I love those! I'm curious, if you never use white thread, what do you normally use to piece with?

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Those scrappy patchwork stars are wonderful blocks, Mari! So pretty in the colors we've had so far. I like nine patches, too - especially made with the white center square!

Linda said...

A great collection of blocks. I love your idea to make the stars in different colours- so effective. The 9 patches with a white centre square are really good, they will make excellent donation quilts. And a Giveaway too! Thank you for your generosity.

Kathy's A Quilter said...

I love those scrappy stars!!!

Nanette said...

I love the pretty stars in your scrappy blocks. No need to put me in tne give-away.

JanineMarie said...

I love the delicate colors of the stars. Will you continue to use pastels in other stars or will you change the look as you go? Now I want to make nine-patches with white in the middle, too! Maybe that can be my RSC project next year. (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; in other words, you won’t mind if I copy, will you?) No need to put me in the giveaway, but thanks anyway. My scrap bins overfloweth.

Jannette said...

Those greens are so cheerful - just what we need as spring debates whether to saunter in, or just let winter linger a little longer!
Thanks for the link to Bonnie's Dancing Stars blocks - I have a stack of 2" squares just looking for a new home. Is your giveaway open to people outside of the USA? I live in Ontario, Canada....

Cathy Tomm said...

Love how you used other colours for your stars. A whole quilt that way will be so colourful. Great nine patches too.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Super way to use up your "light" greens - I love this color range with the limes and acid greens. SUCH fun to work with. GOOD FOR YOU for doing the monthly leftover giveaway - empties the oldies and allows room to store fresh new scraps.

Alyssa Trowbridge said...

First, thank you so much for doing a giveaway! I love all the green colors but I especially love the colorful scrappy 9-patches. I’m a new quilter and am excited to try making some for one of my next projects!

Christina said...

Your star blocks are going to be amazing with the rainbow of backgrounds when the quilt goes all together, and I totally agree making them different colors is going to make the quilt even better. Thank you for the amazing opportunity to win some of your scraps!

Bernie Kringel said...

Great RSC projects Mari. I have made a series of nine patch blocks this year too and did a couple with wonky stars similar to what you have done. I need to make more tho so there are 'enough' stars when I get to the end of the year. I am also really enjoying the Squared Away project. Lots of scrappy goodness-speaking of which, don't put my name in the drawing as I can hardly close the lid to my green bin!