Saturday, January 13, 2018

blue week #2

It hasn't been a very productive week for me, quilt-wise.

I really tried last weekend.  It was crazy cold and the wind was blowing, but I told myself "once you have the iron going and you're busy, you'll not notice how cold your sewing room is today and the iron will help warm it up".  I made it through one block and realized the only time I wasn't freezing was when I was ironing.  And that only kept the top half of my body warm.  My toes were frozen!

But the block I made was for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, so now I'm down to just two more for this month.  I still haven't touched my UFO Challenge block, but maybe once I get done here?

Here's block #6: balcony


I'm not entirely sure I like this one.  Some of the other colorways were a little less scrappy, but I'm trying to go with the way the quilt I liked best is constructed.  Maybe I shouldn't be?  We'll see how future blocks go.  But I am loving that I get to use scraps and placing some of my most favorite, dwindling scraps in key spots.

And so there's not just the one lonely photo, my rainbow cats from last year again!


This quilt is so awesome.  It was my first time doing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and I wasn't sure how it would all go.  I love this quilt so much, I almost thought about making another this year!

Chores are done, so it's off to find some lunch and then hope my sewing room will be warmer today!  We had a huge warm-up this week (50F on Thursday!!!!), but we're back down to the teens for highs (much more normal).  This old farm house had colder spots depending on which way the wind is blowing...but I love it anyways.


Happy quilting!
Katie

16 comments:

---"Love" said...

That is an unusual block; don't recall ever seeing one like it before. Your rainbow cat quilt is quite an interesting accomplishment. Good work, Girl! ---"Love"

Jennifer said...

I love your cat quilt! I made one of them a few years ago and it is my daughter's now :) Good luck getting back into your sewing room with the cold temps.

Chantal said...

Balcony is an interesting block. I'm curious to see the rest of this quilt. Love your cat quilt. My sewing room is in the basement and it's not always warm. But it warms my heart (if not my toes) to be sewing. Stay warm! ;^)

scraphappy said...

You know it’s cold when you look forward to ironing to warm up a bit. Love the cats! Such a great combination of colors!

sunshine randall said...

I think "balcony" is my favorite so far. I sooo miss last Thursday (well, the weather part of it anyway) :(. My sewing room is usually kind of chilly when I go in, but after the iron and the sewing machine and, oh yeah, the overhead light have been on for a bit, it starts to warm up and sometimes gets too warm. But I also find that it can be chilly in the living room/ long arm space but after quilting for it, it warms up - again, sometimes too much. I hope you're bringing the cat quilt to a meeting SOON.

a good yarn said...

I think this quilt will need to be viewed as a whole rather than individual blocks, so wait and see how it plays with others. Rainbow Cats is fantastic! You nailed it. Keep warm.

Ellen said...

You should be thrilled with your cats quilt - it is wonderful!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Here's hoping that your sewing room is warmer this weekend!!

Ruth said...

The cat quilt is adorable! I have pieces cut for a "cat" quilt - different from yours - which I cut years ago. Maybe one of these days... That block is very unusual to say the least! But it will look good when it's all put together, I'm sure. I'm curious about your house. What year was it built? Can you post a picture of it? Is is out in the country? or did a town grow up around it? My DS#1 lives in an old farm house which is in town now built in about 1882, I think. It doesn't have central heat or A/C and they have a large fireplace in the kitchen that they burn wood in to heat that part of the house. They do have some in wall heaters for certain rooms.

PaulaB quilts said...

Wow, meow! The cat quilt is terrific, especially on the grey background. Congratulations on the finish.

Jennie in GA said...

Those cats are beyond cute!! We used to have an old farmhouse, so I know what you mean about the temp. Still, it is worth it to be a part of a bit of history.

Anthea said...

Wow, I love the quilt you made from all your RSC blocks... what a super idea! And the background colour is so perfect for it. Congratulations on such a wonderful make.

Louise said...

Love, love, love your cat quilt! So much scrappy goodness and bright colors and CATS!! What's not to love? :)

I hadn't heard of Patchwork City. Is it a QAL? Lots of interesting and unusual blocks. Are you doing a certain number of blocks each month in the RSC color?

Nanette said...

hi, thanks for visiting my blog. Your rainbow cat quilt is amazing, love it. I've had the opposite problem to you....stinking hot here and like a sauna in my sewing room, makes it hard to get much done.

Katie Z. said...

I love your cats! Good work.

Lynn - JnL4God said...

Katie - thanks for stopping by my blog - I love your cat quilt. What a fun way to use the scraps I may have to try something like that.