Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Greens with a side of pink

 Hi everyone! It's the second week of March and we're about to have a "cold spell." You know it's been a wild winter when highs in the 50s in March count as "cold." I'm super-thrilled about the noticeably longer days now, though. The sun is now setting after 6 pm! Hooray!

Over the weekend I started looking at and playing with my green scraps for the rainbow scrap challenge. I have a good supply of green scraps, but I used a bunch of the dark green ones last year, and most of the mediums and lighter greens are in small pieces. I managed to get together enough pieces of the same fabrics to make these two star blocks:

Darker greens are hard to photograph, but I think you can see them okay. These are 9-inch blocks, and I think they turned out all right. I wanted to have two darker green blocks and two lighter ones, so I also eked out this block:

Not a bad start, but I'm not sure I'm going to get another light green star out of these scraps. I'll have to wait until I make the Peace and Plenty blocks to see if I have large enough pieces left over.

Last month I was using up the last of the pinks and I squeezed out two random 6-inch pink blocks:

The one on the left did not turn out as expected! Probably not the best fabric for that block, but it does look better in person. Not sure what I'm going to do with the 6-inch blocks, but they're festive and could turn into something fun. They're a good size and easy to make.

Also hiding in that basket were a bunch of long strips of a pretty white fabric with pink flowers. I cut them all to the same width and joined them together and ended up with this:

Just about seven yards of quilt binding! I am a happy camper. Those fabric strips didn't turn into quilt blocks, but they became something useful nonetheless.

And there we have it! A good start on greens and some cleanup of the pinks. Still working on the pink pieces, but I'm sure we'll get there eventually. Meanwhile, I'm looking for a pattern or idea to use up all those little green bits. I'll leave you for today with some pink and green together:

The hellebores are blooming! Spring is on the way, cold spells notwithstanding. Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

Sharing at soscrappy for RSC23.


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

the longer days are nice for sure. our weathermen go crazy to and saying winter will be back later this week and next week and going on about it and then you see the temperatures above freezing and mainly in the f0's-50's that is not winter!it is crazy spring

Susie H said...

Your Lenten Roses are such a pretty pink. Mine are a burgundy and I was just admiring mine too yesterday! Your blocks are pretty too.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Such happy spring colors!!! that means its coming right?
Stay warm!!!

piecefulwendy said...

Our sun is out today and the temps are in the high 30s, so I scrambled out of the house to enjoy the weather (we have snow coming tomorrow). I love the green and pinks, and those blocks are lovely, as usual! And binding for the win! Perfect!

Kathleen said...

Longer days are what I am looking for....well more light I mean. Another hour or two would be a good thing, too. Love the green blocks and that vast amount of binding is gorgeous. Fun to see bushes already in bloom.

Sara said...

Those blocks all look terrific to me! I really like that pink block you weren't as happy with. I can't wait to sew today finally after being gone for 5 days.

The Cozy Quilter said...

Your flowers fit right in with the colours for Feb and March! Pretty blocks.

Astrid said...

Pretty green blocks Mari, and so are the pink ones. Your Hellebores are so beautiful, spring is in the air your side!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I'm finally seeing some hints of Spring in my flower garden - a crocus and the very tip tops of the tulips! Yay! Your pretty blocks definitely make think Spring, Mari. And all that binding - that will be so useful!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Lovely GREEN blocks for the RSC, Mari, but I think the BEST thing you did was turning those random floral strip into quilt binding that is just waiting for its quilt!! :o))

Ivani said...

Hi Mari, your blocks look great. I am still looking for Summer Days with high temperatures and please no rain... We had a strange Summer this year. With temperatures between 17 and 23°C.