Tuesday, July 31, 2018

August Color Challenge Block - Yellow Orange

My creative mojo has not only left the building, it seems to have left the country.  
I really want to be quilting and blogging and doing other crafty things, but as soon as I sit down to do it – WHEN I manage to block out a little time for it, I am just blank.  Even my skills are in the toilet. The tension on my machine is off just a teeny bit and I am scared to mess with it. Not to mention there is something wrong with my hands. (trigger finger maybe?)
Has anyone else ever been in a funk like this?  How do you break out of it? Do you work on projects that don’t require thinking?  Or do you just play without a goal in mind?
I am tempted to pull out yards of older fabric that no longer inspire me and just chop them all up into 5 ½” squares and 2 ½” strips and make a bunch of scrap car quilts just to rejuvenate my stash.  My amazing aunt calls them car quilts and I love the idea. It is a quilt that is just tossed in the back of your car when you go on a road trip or need a picnic blanket or whatever. It is usable in any situation.  Usually made of scraps and they are fun to give away. What are your favorite “no thinking” patterns for something like this? I was thinking maybe disappearing nine-patches or log cabins. Or just squares.
And on the other hand, as you know, I have been participating in the Monthly Color Challenge with Patterns by Jen.  She has some super fun and simple patterns each month that go with a specific color. Some of these would be just amazing if done all scrappy or repeated to make a full quilt.  Choices, choices, choices.
This month the color is Yellow-Orange (ok, my block leans more towards Red-Orange and I didn't realize until it was almost done and I loved it too much to undo it) and both are some of my favorite colors, but again -and this is becoming a trend isn’t it – I barely have any of that color in my stash.  Oh dear, that leads to wanting to buy more fabric. 😊
The pattern that Jen shared was fun to make (all of them are actually).

Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the hop and see some other renditions of this block and get some other free patterns too.

Once you make one of your own, you can link up to Jen’s Linky Party at the end of the month for a chance to win.  This month is sponsored by The Fat Quarter Shop.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

July Color Challenge Block - Yellow Green

This month has gone by so fast.  I can hardly believe it is July already.  
I have had a whirlwind of activities in my life and unfortunately, haven't had much time to quilt over the last month.  
Amidst vacation, finding a new job and place to live, and the moving itself I did manage to get the Yellow-Green block done for this month.
So, I apologize for the lack of a fun post (and it's a shame because this is one of my favorite block designs so far), but I will be back at it as soon as I get settled into my new place.  :)

And don't forget to stop by the other blogs:

Sewing with D

Thursday, May 31, 2018

June Color Challenge Block - Purple

Oh, I love purple.
I always have.  I remember when I was quite young and I had only one younger sister we would get matching things.  The same winter coat, the same stuffed animal, the same set of jammies.  But of course they still had to be different.  And I always got the purple and my sister would get the pink (I think she got the pink, I didn't pay too much attention to that part). :)

I love both the blue side of purple and the red side of purple.  I even like pastel purple on occasion.
Needless to say, I have a little bit of purple in my stash and I was excited to dig into my bin of scraps to see what I could come up with for June's Monthly Color Challenge Block.

I loved these purples as I was piecing the block, but now that I am looking at the photos, I realize I should have opted for a little more contrast.  Maybe I'll make it again before I choose my final layout for the blocks.  Only time will tell....

My pinwheel points are something I really need to work on.  Especially with blocks this small.  I'll have to add that to the "Back to Basics" list I have been working on.

As usual, you can find the pattern for this block over on Jen's blog at Patterns by Jen.

This month the Art Gallery will be giving away a fat quarter bundle, so make sure to make your own purple project and link up at Patterns by Jen!!

And of course, don't forget to visit the other bloggers that will be doing their own purple projects.  Some of the same block, and maybe some new ones too.  :)

Patterns By Jen
Dizzy Quilter
Powered By Quilting
Masterpiece Quilting
Quilts by Joanne
Clever Chameleon Quilting