Monday, February 24, 2014

Wrap Up - Third Week of February

Not much sewing going on around here this week.  I only had the opportunity to sit down and sew twice.  I only finished one scrappy pink block to add to the pile for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I did manage to sew 49 blocks for my Film At Five quilt. I like it more with every block I sew.  The pattern finishes at 86.5 inches square.  I may change the size to make it smaller, but I haven't decided yet.  These are the blocks I made this week.
 This is all of the blocks so far.

My lovely daughter came home from  graduate school on Thursday and we drove her back today. The entire time she was home was spent doing her wash, shopping for groceries for her to take back and preparing a lesson plan for an interview she has for at a nursery school later this week.  Working on the items for her "Hibernation" lesson plan was fun. I really miss my days teaching little people.   Of course, buying the materials and preparing them cut into my sewing time.  Our initial enthusiasm was squashed when we realized that the plastic bears she bought were a choking hazard.
Instead, I cut out 80 tiny bears from foam sheets.

The bears will be used for a pre-Math game.  The children will place the correct number of bears in the cave.  It features representational one-to-one counting, as well as, number and word recognition.  The little spots encourage the children to place a bear next to its "night light".

Even though, I only finished one scrappy pink block, some of my Film at Five blocks are also pink so I am linking up with the other Rainbow Scrap Challenge participants at Sew Scrappy.  Stop by and take a look at the lovely items made from pink.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pink Rainbow Scrap Challenge and Grow Your Blog Winner

I can't believe we're already past the half way point for February.  Last week, I completely forgot to post my February goals and the pink blocks I made for the first week of the  Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Snowy weather has kept me home bound and sewing.  We've had more than our share of winter this year, but if you'd like to stop by for lunch, I'll clear off the barbecue and burn you a burger.

If this month's UFO looks familiar, it's because it's a slightly smaller version of last month's Bungle Jungle quilt.  The parents of the two new babies in our lives chose the same colors and theme for their nurseries. Since they won't be visiting each other, I felt it was okay to use the same fabric and pattern for both of the quilts.  I have to admit, cutting and sewing double the amount of blocks went fast.  I just can't seem to motivate myself to finish the second one.  Hopefully, I will get it done this week.
You can see it hanging on the bench behind eight 12 inch scrappy pink blocks.

All together, I made 28 scrappy pink blocks. I didn't have many pink scraps, but I had lots of mauve yardage that I really wanted to get rid of.  I have a few more to add to the pile that aren't completed yet.  They were fun to make, but I don't have a project in mind for them. Debra of Debra's Design Studio has agreed to take them to use for some of her charity quilts.

This group of blocks is for a Film at Five Quilt using a tutorial from Wedding Dress Blue.  Sashing and corner stones will fill in the empty spots on the rug.
Four of the 25 patch blocks were rescued from a 100 patch block when I decided not to make the Fading Charm quilt also offered on the Wedding Dress Blue site.  It has barely made a dent in my pile of 2.5 inch charms.

I also made eighteen four patches and added a pink row to my budding Rainbow Chevron Quilt.

I'll be linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at Sew Scrappy.  There are lots of great projects so be sure to stop by and see them.

Finally, the winner of the "Grow Your Blog Hop" giveaway of two charm packs of Lovely from Debbie Beaves and Favorite Recipes from Quilters," is commenter number 26, Carrie P from A Passion for Applique.