Saturday, February 11, 2023

Pink scrap energy

 Hi all! Welcome to the weekend. I don't know about you, but boy do I need this one. I'm exhausted from the bureaucracy and meetings, plus I'm trying to get a Big Important Thing done. It's a little much. I've been cheered, though, by some seriously strange weather we've had-- it was 66 degrees yesterday! No way it lasts, but it sure smelled nice outside!
 
You know what else is cheerful? Pretty pink blocks made from scraps! I did get a chance to make some scrappy things this week, in very short bursts. Here is the first block:


How could I resist making a pink star block with a heart in February? This is a block called Hearty by Corey Yoder and it was part of Fat Quarter Shop's Sewcialites sew along last year. You can still get the free pattern (and all the others) HERE.

I also made this block:
 
 
Can you tell I had breakfast on the balcony? This one came from one of my Judy Hopkins block books. I love those books, even after all this time. Very useful!
 
The Peace and Plenty blocks also got finished:
 
 
Check out those metallic stripes! The fabrics for these blocks were chosen entirely based on the size of the scrap. I didn't have a lot of pink scraps that were big enough to cut for the 12-inch blocks, but I think these were good choices.

Finally, thanks to everyone for your suggestions about what to do with the unused triangle in a square blocks. Here's what I chose to do with them:


These look like flowers, do they not? I appreciated all the suggestions for star blocks, and they would have made awesome stars, but the thought of all that cutting and piecing just made me tired. I just wanted to be done with them. Lynne suggested a one-block quilt, and Kathleen sent some layouts, and I kind of combined those ideas into these blocks. I put them together mostly as leaders and enders between the other pink blocks, so it really worked out.

I think I'll set these with some alternate blocks, made with these units:


Unbelievably, these are from the same quilt project, and I have dozens of them. There might be enough for 16-patches, but I'll probably end up making double 4-patches. And then they'll be used and out of my closet!

Okay, the rest of that pink scrap basket is getting cut up into crossed canoes blocks, and then it will be largely used up! That's coming next week, though, because for the rest of the weekend I'm going to read books and watch movies. Hope you are all doing something similar!

Sharing at soscrappy for RSC23.

17 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

pretty blocks. The warm winter days are so welcome - and yes they smell nice. I hear you about meetings right now and bureaucracy - I have a feeling it might be the same type of meetings my daughter a children's librarian is in and out of all week.

Ivani said...

Beautiful blocks, Mari. Love the heart star block, will check the pattern.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Thanks for the pattern link and for sharing your pretty PINK blocks!!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I hope the pink sewing has been soothing to your soul, Mari. We all need that at times! I love the star block with the heart center - that would ge a pretty mini quilt all by itself. The unused triangle in a square blocks are perfect the way you're using them! Looking forward to seeing what you do with them next.

LA Paylor said...

I hear you about pink being soothing. Once I read treatment rooms were being painted a shade of pink as it's calming
LeeAnna

Linda Swanekamp said...

Very nice blocks and thanks for the links!

Fiona said...

fabulous pink blocks...
Hugz

Quiltdivajulie said...

HOORAY for PINK - one of my very favorite colors!

Astrid said...

Pretty pink blocks Mari! Doesn't it feel good using up those small bits and pieces?! Have a great Sunday!

Kate said...

Very pretty pink blocks! Hope you've gotten in lots of reading and movie viewing this weekend.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Great use of pink scraps!!! Like everyone else, I love that heart in a star block!!! Thanks for carrying the link!

Kathleen said...

Love the stars with the different centers and nice to see those peaky blocks together...they look great! It will be fun to see it together. The 4 patches are sweet; it will be fun to see what you come up with!

Susie H said...

You turned out some beautiful blocks this week. Hope it rejuvenated you after such an ugly week. If not, I'll bet that 66 degree weather did! Have fun with your books & movies. Wonder what you're reading ....

sue s said...

Oh, I love what you did with the triangle-in-a square blocks! now I now what to do with mine. I know I have purple 4 squares left; they might work for the alternates. Your pink blocks are lovely.

Helenchaffin said...

I know what you mean about the weather ,here in Ala we go from freezing to flip flop weather over nightšŸ˜„luv your pink blocks& how fun is it to take scraps from our scraps & create another block,it's always a win! win!

Preeti said...

Of course February is pink for Valentine's (and Galentine's) Day. Then Angela said Pink for RSC. And today I saw the first redbud tree in bloom. The warmer temps have caused the trees to bloom early. Breakfast on the balcony while I feast my eyes on these pretty pink blocks sounds like a dream :-) See you soon. Bob is eager to meet with you.

piecefulwendy said...

Such pretty pink blocks! I think the Corey Yoder block is my favorite. You have been busy!