I have a confession to make about the color red-- I've long thought that I don't like red. But I was wrong! Turns out that I don't like most shades of red, but I do like the brighter, happier reds. Think tomatoes and strawberries, not bricks and barns. This realization has changed my entire approach to red. And it only took more than 25 years of quilting!
With that in mind, I finished the blocks for my various RSC projects in happier reds this month. Some of the darker shades did sneak in, but not too many. Let's start with the hollow 9-patches, because that's the prettiest picture I managed to take:
I only managed to get five 9-patches this time, since I had pathetically little red that I wanted to use. This puts me a little behind, but I'm sure I'll make it up on the other colors.
I also made the patchwork scrap stars in red:
This time I used a pretty turquoise for one of the stars and a novelty print of crayons for the other. I'm trying to use scraps of 15 different prints in each star, and to accomplish that I had to add in a few darker pieces, but I think they're pretty well hidden. And yep, those are a couple squares of Christmas fabric. Hey, they have red backgrounds!
The final RSC project I have is the galaxy stars. These were really hard to photograph, probably because of the contrast between the red and the blue, and also because it was pretty overcast when I took these photos, so the light balance in this picture is a little weird:
I'm looking forward to this quilt! I decided that I'll stop making blocks when I run out of the dark blue fabrics, so I really don't have very far to go. My only real goal is to use those up.
I feel like I'm making decent progress, all things considered. And it's the end of the month, so it's time for the monthly giveaway of what remains in my scrap bin, except this month there is a little extra:
I decided to get rid of all the reds that I don't like, so what you see here is about two pounds of fabric, much of it in fairly large pieces. The large piece that the others are lying on is a full half-yard, and two of the pieces on the right are almost half yards. On the left are some smaller pieces, including the leftover pieces from the Harry Potter quilt. And, of course, a nice handful of precut 2-inch and 1-1/2 inch squares as well.
The giveaway is now closed! Thanks to all!
Hope everyone is having a good weekend, and that your red scraps are under control!
Sharing at soscrappy for RSC18.