Sunday, May 2, 2021

The Drought May Finally Be Over

 After having a productive few weeks, I feel like a field sprinkled with rain after a drought.  It wasn't a soaking rain, but it did produce a few signs of life. 

Melva, who blogs at Melva Loves Scraps, is hosting a quilt along called Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail.  It's a bit unusual, in that, the inspiration for the blocks is based on the memoirs of Marian Russell who traveled the Santa Fe Trail.  I really enjoy reading the snippets of Marian's book that Melva posts with each block.  If you are a history buff or you just enjoy quilt alongs and sampler style quilts, you should visit her blog.

After I chose my fabrics, I realized that one of them was directional.  I was determined to keep the fabric facing in the correct direction in each part of the block.  I managed to be consistent while sewing the Kit in the Korner block, but I didn't notice that the fabric was oriented incorrectly in the block itself.

The block above shows my flowers/artichoke shapes facing up.  The block below shows the flower print upside down, but in the correction orientation in the block.  My block will just have to be Kit in the Opposite Korner.

I promised two of my favorite little girls that I would make doll quilts and matching pillows for them.  Four of the quilts are finished.  Three of the matching pillows are stuffed and waiting to be hand stitched closed.  I'll post the fourth quilt when its matching pillow is finished.  All of the doll quilts are made from scraps.

The Joyful Quilter created a Table Scraps challenge in January.  The challenge is using the colors issued for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy.  Any quilted table covering can be made for the challenge.  The covering can be a table runner, topper, placemats, candle mat, or mug rug. I didn't have a need for a table topper/runner in the colors being used for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year so I have started making quilted toppers for various surfaces using a rainbow of scraps.  I started making bow tie blocks for a doll quilt and enjoyed it so much, I made a topper for my clothes dryer and one for my laundry room hamper.  The topper for the laundry hamper is made with 2.5 inch squares.

The topper for the clothes dryer is made using 3 inch squares.

The color for May is red.  I would love to have a table topper or runner for Valentine's Day so this month, I'll be using the  Rainbow Scrap Challenge color.

Like many quilters, I enjoy reading blogs, seeing pictures of quilts, and being inspired.  Since I rarely finish anything, I don't feel compelled to post the projects I work on that will probably never be finished.  My lax attitude has kept me from acknowledging the lovely things that other bloggers have done for me.

 I enjoy reading Pat's blog over at Life in the Scrapatch.  Once upon a time, in the not so distant past (November, 2019) Pat celebrated the 10th anniversary of her blog by giving away a Riley Blake magnetic pin catcher.  I was lucky enough to be the recipient and I use it every day.  Pat has some wonderful free patterns and tutorials on her blog that you should definitely take a look at.  She has a free pattern from the Disney Mandalorian series that features the baby Yoda eating bone broth.  If you have a Star Wars fan in your life, this is a MUST.


For the first time this year, I actually have something to Whoop about.  I'm linking up at Sarah's Confessions of a Fabric Addict to whoop along with all of the other fabulous quilters.  I've also linked up for Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework.