Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Projects in progress

 Hi everyone! How's it going? I'm having the strangest sensation lately. I think it might be something called "relaxation." Not sure, though, because it happens so very rarely.

I'm getting back to the sewing room and making some progress on various projects. First, though, there is this little quilty piece that I made up from the leftover green blocks from the RSC medallion:


Gosh, I think this is adorable, plus it uses up those extra blocks and keeps them out of the orphanage. I'm going to have to make more things with this block, too, because I think it turns out really well, and was really simple to make. 

As a side note, I'm pretty sure I have chosen the wrong flowers for those pots this year. The squirrels have been at them like nobody's business. They seem to hate the vinca plants, because they keep uprooting them. What do you think, gardeners? Do I need some geraniums, or maybe more petunias? What will keep the squirrels away?

Anyway, I also started in on the new Positivity project over at Sew Preeti Quilts. These are my first blocks:


Yes, the background is red. I like it! I've had these fabrics, which are from a line by Holly Taylor called Woodroses in Winter, for a very long time. I used to belong to a quilting group and I ended up with a lot of pretty fabric that is just not my style, including fabrics like these. Does that ever happen to you? You just get carried away and you're afraid of missing out and so you get fabric without thinking carefully? Yeah, I get it.



Anyway. . .these blocks are really easy, and I think they're going to use up the rest of that fabric for me and make a quilt that is fairly gender neutral. I've been calling these blocks "twisties" (mainly because of how they're made), so does that make this quilt "twisted trails?" It's a working title, I think.
 
There are a few other things I'm working on, and I have a picture of one of them:
 

These are the blocks made of green triangles from my scraps. I've taken every dark green and medium green piece out of the scrap basket, and I've cut whatever I could into these triangles. Everything that was too small got cut into squares or strings, and everything that couldn't be cut into those bits got thrown away. It was very liberating! There's a few blues in there, too, and at least one black piece. Whenever I feel like it, I stitch a few triangles, and when I have enough, I put them into a block. It's very relaxing! I have no idea how many blocks I have cut. I guess we'll see!

So that's the report from this sector for now. Lots of bits and pieces, a red and tan quilt in progress, and a nearly empty green scrap bin. And at least one squirrel who eats flowers! Maybe I'll see what I can do about that. . .have a good week, everyone!

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13 comments:

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Oh I like the little green quilt! Cute setting!

piecefulwendy said...

I'm no help on the squirrel vs. plant issue, but your quilt blocks are looking lovely! I've been gone for a few days, and today I hope to get reacquainted with my quilt room and actually make something.

sue s said...

I think those squirrels are looking for buried nuts. It happens pretty constantly to my pots. I've used red pepper and filled the pot with stones. Can't say that any of it works really well, but I keep trying!
Love the cute green quilt. Such a bright and happy piece!I donated my H2H quilt and am working on a few others for eventual donation. Taking it easy this summer!

Sara said...

beautiful blocks and projects!! Doesn't that relaxation feel good? I felt that same way last evening as I sat in a lawn chair watching my granddaughter's softball game. It was a lovely cool evening, no wind, no cell phones, so spreadsheets, no bugs - just relaxation. Enjoy!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Love your Twisties!!! The fabrics look super cute in that block setting!!!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Nice job on using up those leftover blocks and I really like your new green ones, too!!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Dang!! Look at you go!!!
What a cute little wall hanging!
Twisties looks great!! that will be fun to see it complete!

Pat said...

all your projects are looking good!

Sharm said...

Oh my gosh that green is such a pretty shade and really makes that little quilt! I really love it ...... you are so clever and so good with production!!

Unknown said...

So glad you're getting to relax and quilt a bit! Your twisties are cute - great movement!

Paulette said...

You've got a lot of nice things going on! Your positivity twisty blocks are looking good in those fabrics. Squirrels--I put some clear plastic forks, tines up, in the dirt around my flowers that they typically like to bother. Seems to work pretty well. Also recently tried a mix of 5 crushed garlic cloves, 1 t. crushed red pepper, and 1 t. Dawn dish soap in water in a gallon jug. Pour it over the flowers you want to keep the critters away from. That's stopped the rabbits and squirrels for a bit, but I have to remember to mix up another batch and reapply after a couple rains. Good luck!

Bernie Kringel said...

Thank you for yet another Mercyful Quilt Mari. You have been such a great supporter of us and we are really grateful. Love the fabrics you are using - As always, you will have a great finish soon.

Audrey said...

A simple sprinkling of cayenne pepper over the soil keeps the squirrels from uprooting my plants. I reapply after a few rains if the problem persists.