Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A very pink week

 Hi all! How's it going? We are hot and humid, but, you know, it's July. Have to expect that, right?  Break out the popsicles and ice cream, because hot food is out of the question right now.

I've been working on a couple of things this week, and it turns out there's kind of a pink theme happening right now. First up are the latest of the "old and new" blocks:
I didn't set out to make three coral blocks, but that's how it worked out. Sometimes it's like that, right? I love these blocks, and now I understand why the modern blocks are so popular. They are so much faster to make than the traditional blocks. I think the traditional blocks are worth it, though, especially when they turn out so pretty.  The block on the left is actually a block from a Civil War sampler, if you can believe it. So much prettier in coral and green than gray and blue!

While I'm thinking of it, if you happen to know the fabric line or designer of the fabric above, could you please let me know?  I messed up and used that fabric for a different quilt, and now I only have a few scraps and I need some more of it. I know it's a long shot, but maybe one of you will recognize it. 

In other pink news. . .Lynne over at Patchery Menagerie has been making herself a luscious pink quilt, and that inspired me to pull out these leftover magenta pieces:

These are left over from a Bonnie Hunter quilt that I finished in a different way from the pattern. If I use four of these per block, I have enough already assembled for 16 blocks, and enough pieces cut for a total of 24 blocks. My real dilemma is how to put them together. As I see it, there are two options:

I like them both, which makes it difficult to choose. The four patches are also leftovers, so I thought I might go ahead and use them here, too. It feels like there are hundreds of them, and they have to get used somewhere! For the stars, I'm leaning to the ones on the right, if only because they'll fit better with some kind of alternate block. I haven't chosen that yet, but I feel like I have to figure the stars out first. One thing at a time! (Which doesn't seem to happen around here, actually. . .)

So, it's been a very pink week so far! I love pink, so that makes me plenty happy. Plus, here is a sneak peek of a non-pink project that I'm trying to finish up:
Yikes! There is embroidery involved with this one, and it's a bit too warm to hold on my lap, so it's going slowly. But it's thrilling to have it at this stage!

Hope you're all having a good week, with lots of air conditioning. Try not to melt, and pass those popsicles!

Sharing at Midweek Makers.


ButterZ said...

I like option one for your Bonnie Hunter blocks but I would turn the corner blocks to circle around the stars

The Joyful Quilter said...

As the mother of two boys, it's a treat for me to have a very pink week. Have fun with those projects, Mari!

piecefulwendy said...

I do recognize that fabric and I think I still have some, so will let you know. Bernie carried it in her shop; not sure if there's any left since she started her sale. If I have a good chunk, I'd be happy to send it to you. If not, I'll see if I can find the name of the fabric in one of my posts. Love that crossed canoe block, but all of them are so pretty in pink!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

You had me at popsicles and Ice cream!
Loving all your pinks!!!

MissPat said...

I like both blocks, but the one on the right is my favorite. You could use both. Since you have the units made, try laying 6 or 8 out and see how that looks. For an alternate block, consider an Irish Chain. I have that same block unit left from the Bonnie mystery, although I only made half the units, so there may not be enough to make anything with. We have some cooler weather for a few days which is a relief.

sue s said...

I loved the magenta stars from Bonnie's quilt; but what I have tons of are the purple 4 patches. I guess I went crazy with those! Your sneak peak looks like a fun one.

Sara said...

Great job on all of the your blocks. The pink made me think watermelon!! That is a good choice in the hot weather.

I did exactly the same thing with those same Bonnie Hunter parts - I took those pink units and added 4-patches to make stars. Two child sized quilts used up most of those units, and my granddaughter loved the one I gave her. I added a pink unicorn print as a border.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Alternate the blocks. If you don't have enough, then make a few more in a similar color, then use them for the alternate block.

MrsV said...

I think it would look good if you could set it up so that one of the blocks was your main block and then set up the sashing so that you get the other block as a secondary block.

Sharon Kwilter said...

I like the coral color too.

JanineMarie said...

I love your corals, and I hope you find more of that one. It’s an adorable print! I can’t wait to see more of the quilt with embroidery on it. Sounds like a relaxing project if you can stay cool while working on it. I always pile a quilt next to me when doing handwork in the summer.