Friday, April 20, 2018

yellow and rainbow cats

I finished the yellow blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge this week!


parking meters


look both ways


Many of these used non-template construction, so they went much faster than some of the other color blocks.  But that last one...yikes!  Tiny, skinny, pointy pieces.  It came together okay, but I wish I hadn't cut the sciencey fabric upside down - if I'd paid a little more attention...but I didn't catch it until it was sewn and I wasn't un-sewing those tiny pointy pieces and doing it again!

Let's see them all together!

With all of these finished, I was free to find other projects.  In my last post, I'd mentioned about the cats for Emma's Plan.  I said I was going to make a few.  And then said I'd probably fail at restraining myself...

I started out thinking I'd make 30 cats.  That's enough for one quilt.  Maybe I'd even sew it together?  But then I started pulling fabrics and extra colors kept jumping into my piles.  I couldn't sew them all (they protested, though) and ended up with 40 fabrics.

I have no self control.

I had a chunk of white grunge left over from this month's UFO, so I thought that would be perfect.  I thought I had enough.

So I started cutting...

And then I started sewing...

And then math.  Failed.  I didn't have enough white.  I had to buy an extra quarter yard, but since I'd bought it locally, it wasn't hard to get more.  But it just made me angry.  Also, I cut some pieces wrong, so maybe I would have had enough if I hadn't done that.  (Probably not.)

So I have the cats mostly done and was hoping to mail them out today, but nope.  They're not done.

With this at a standstill, I decided to see what I could shake out of my stash for the hockey team quilts.  Would you believe I have NO gold?  The blocks should be greens, gold, black and white.  I managed to find some fabric that was kinda goldish tan and used that.  I made just four blocks and a friend also made four, so when I get the cats done, I'll pack everything up and head to the post office for just one trip.

Then I pulled a few more fabrics for another project that I'll share later...but I'll share the fabric pull!

(they look a little washed out in the photo, but the sun was shining yesterday and I'm not complaining!)

Today I spent most of my day sewing with my quilt guild.  Usually I only get to go on Saturdays and feel I'm missing so much.  It was fun to sew with them today and know I get to go back tomorrow!  We have a large stash of donated fabric (some nice, some not so nice) and a group has been working on cutting it into kits for a specific quilt.  A member found this quilt, called "Twist and Shout!" on Pinterest and shared it with us.  (This one has me a little worried the way it's shared on a blog, but it's a pretty slick way to get blocks on point...)  One of the tops:

These went together fairly well.  We had a few issues with getting strips sewn together correctly, due to a lacking design floor/wall, but it's a pretty nice pattern and, as you can see, turns into a nice size quilt even without borders.

We'll be back again tomorrow, sewing more!  They cut 17 kits and we finished tops 4 completely and have at least two more ready for slicing and dicing, plus about five more in progress.

And now back to the laundry...

Happy quilting!


---"Love" said...

Sounds like you and your friends got a lot done today; hope you have fun again tomorrow with them. The quilt shown looks really nice! Glad you were able to find more material you needed; I wasn't as lucky! ---"Love"

The Joyful Quilter said...

Wow!! Can you say Quilter's ADD? LOL Just kidding (because I know some days/weeks/months are like that!!) YELLOW bits throughout, so it's all good.

Deb A said...

My goodness! You made a lot of progress. We have all been there on the coming up short of fabric. Glad you were able to get more.

Marsha B said...

The yellow blocks are so interesting. I love some of your fabric choices, the chicks are so cute. The science fabric is OK, once it is in a quilt and being used, it won't matter which way it is going. It will still look great! Those will be some colorful kitty blocks, very pretty. The colors for the hockey team blocks are kind of tricky, not everyone has those colors on hand. I'm sure they will appreciate all the blocks they get. You have some pretty fabrics pulled for your next project, too. I like the Twist and Shout quilt, it is a great charity project and a very comforting quilt top. Have fun with all the sewing!

scraphappy said...

Pulling fabric for ne quilts is always exciting. It is easy to get carried away. Looks like you made lots of great progress on all your projects.

quiltingbydawn said...

Love your yellow blocks! They look great all together!

Julie in GA said...

I love all your yellow blocks together! Can't wait to see your cat blocks.

Nanette said...

I love all your yellow blocks together,pointy bits and all, so interesting. Lovely fabrics you've pulled for your next projects,looking forward to seeing them turn into quilt blocks.

Pamela Arbour said...

You sure did get a lot done. Love your yellows for RSC!

Sally Trude said...

What great projects. The yellow/black/grey blocks look like so much fun.