If it's Saturday it must be Rainbow Scrap Challenge Day! I am linking up with Angela at So Scrappy. Hope you'll check it out and maybe join us?
Each month a new colour is chosen by Angela and participants make a block (or many, many more) in the chosen colour. At the end of the year I will have twelve colourful blocks for a quilt. Every Saturday of the month, Angela offers us the opportunity to meet up at So Scrappy to share our progress. This month the colour is orange, so in I went to my scrappy stash and this is the result...four little blocks....
sewn together to produce one 12.5" block.
I made some orange units that I will combine with the other colours to use for a very scrappy piano key border. Always fun to chain piece...
and press and tidy up!
I took a pic of the January and February blocks on top of the snow, but only after I had put the blocks away did I see the poor colour. Please use your imagination and think of a brightly coloured rainbow!
Continuing the theme of Spring, flowers, and lots of colours, I want to share with you my "Garden Steps" quilt I finished this past week. I made this quilt as part of a free Stitch and Quiltalong offered by Jenny and Clara at Clover and Violet. It was such a fun quilt to make! The blocks came together very quickly once all the stitcheries were finished. I decided to set my blocks in the same direction rather than turn every second block.
I loved the combination of bright colours that Jenny and Clara chose for their sample quilt so I chose similar colours, using the Chelsey fabric line from Wyndham fabrics with shades of teals, fuschias, and chocolate browns. How yummy!
The little stitcheries that the mother-daughter team designed for the centres of the blocks were a joy to make and I'm so glad I took the time to do them. I would anxiously await for the reveal of each of the twelve stitchery patterns and would head to my quilting chair with embroidery thread in hand. Thanks to Chrissy and Linda at Sew Lux Fabrics, I was able to purchase the variety pack of colours of perle cotton that matched my quilt perfectly. The free instructions and patterns for the embroidered blocks are still available at Clover and Violet HERE. The Flickr page to see everyone's creations is HERE. I chose to set the blocks in the same direction rather than turn the alternate blocks.
The quilt was machine quilted by Angie from Quilting on the Mira, an "almost" local quilt shop in Sydney, about an hour and a half away from here. I love what she did with the quilting; nothing too dense, just nice and soft to keep the integrity of the embroidered blocks. A few more pics....enjoy the show!
And that's the end of the story.
It's a great day for quilting! In fact, this weekend I am having my own mini-marathon in my sewing corner to work on my Country Charmer blocks. The end of the month is fast approaching so I hope you'll come back on April 1 to share your progress and link up with everyone else who is making the Country Charmer quilt. Designer Lynn at Sew'n Wild Oaks has so many tips and techniques for us. Check them out right HERE and join the fun!