Saturday, January 11, 2020

Green green green


It's Saturday and that's when Rainbow Scrap Challenge folks can link up their projects in this month's color. January 2020 is bright green, a hopeful color for folks living in the wintry parts of the world. Here in Florida, there's no shortage of inspiration.

The blocks above are simple "Mendota" 10-inch finished squares for the Sunshine guild. There's a bit of bright green in each one. I'm currently using these as my leader/ender project, so they quietly accumulate in the background.


This year, I'm expanding the RSC for myself, and thinking of it as the Rainbow Stash Challenge. I'm trying to use up more of my fat quarters, and this little top made a small dent in the greens. The lemons and oranges are my favorites! This one is the right size to donate to Wrap a Smile, just 40"x50". I'm hoping to quilt it this month and I'll share more closeups of the fabrics then.


I've also divided my big drawer full of Covered in Love orphan blocks into color batches, and this group was the clear choice for bright green. These blocks were left over from one of Kat's block drives last spring. I'll share more photos after I quilt it up. Meanwhile, Angel makes a rare fabric inspection appearance! 


In addition to RSC, I've challenged myself to use at least one of my theme fabrics per month. DH has volunteered to pull one out of the hat on the first of each month. January's randomly chosen theme is food. These panels of pasta fit the bill! Since the spaghetti panel background is green, I figured I could make it an RSC project, too, adding scrappy green and white checkerboard side borders. We've seen similar tablecloths in Italian restaurants, so it works, right? This one is sized to be a wheelchair quilt, 36"x48". It should quilt up quickly and a green binding will tie it up nicely.


And finally, I thought I'd share this pretty collection of threads I bought recently. Tula Pink curated it and most of the threads are subtly variegated. Doesn't it look like candy? I'm not usually a thread nut, but I keep taking these out and petting them.

Sharing with Angela on So Scrappy. Check out other fun RSC projects there!

26 comments:

Cathy said...

Such great projects, Louise! Way to dig deeply into older stash and use it to make fun and useful quilts! You go!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love all your ideas for blocks that involve green, Louise! The rectangles that have lemons and oranges make a neat design, especially with the strips of pink in between. I do hope Angel approved!

Cathy said...

Looks like you are having some fun. That lemon and oranges quilt looks like a quick and easy make but fabulous and fun and full of color.

So how many themes do you have? That's another fun way to use fabric.

Mendota blocks...great idea. I didn't like making them as much as Happy Blocks because sides aren't all the same width of fabric. They sure make for a nice quilt the way the centers dance around in different spots.

Fiona said...

great idea to work on colour and theme... you have been very productive with yours.... the threads are lovely too.... I do like that brand for quilting...
Hugz

Cheryll said...

Love your GReeN spinning stars quilt...xox

Linda said...

What a lot you accomplished! Great ideas for using up your scraps. Love the Pasta themed quilt you are creating, such a fabulous way to use those panels.

Jo said...

Oh that pasta quilt takes me back to my Italian American childhood! You are busy on many great ideas and starting 2020 off with a bang!

Pamela Arbour said...

I love seeing everything you do. You have a real "eye" for taking odds and ends and making something beautiful from them.

djquilting said...

All looking great Louise. Green is one of my favorite colors. I'm still trying to work through UFOs but am not as organized as you. Looking forward to making many Happy Blocks this year.

Vicki in MN said...

Kat's leftover blocks are so pretty. Very creative use of the pasta panel. Oh I get it, when I won two little sets of thread I couldn't stop looking at them either!

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Wow, you've been busy! We're not even half way into January yet and look at all you've accomplished. Looks like you're having fun!

Nicki said...

What lovely quilts you've made recently. I love how your leader/ender project turned out. That's such a great way to make a quilt top without even thinking about making one. You are the genius when it comes to thinking out of the box.
Kat makes use of every one of the blocks sent to her for Covered in Love. She could not have found a better person to make do with those left over blocks from her block drives.
The "theme" quilts is another brilliant idea. Your Italian quilt reminded me of when DH & I got married 55 years ago. His dad slipped him a $25 bill & told him to take me to a nice place to eat. We drove over to the closest "big" town to us & ate at a quaint little Italian restaurant.
Thanks for ALL you do!

scraphappy said...

The green checkerboard is a perfect frame for your food fabrics. Great green in the background of your flower blocks too! So many fun colors this week..

The Joyful Quilter said...

Love, love, LOVE your layers of Light/Bright GREEN for the RSC!! Scraps, Orphan blocks, AND panels? Way to make the Challenge work for you, Louise!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Love the eye candy on your blog today--quilts and threads!!!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Green is my color and yet I'm finding myself working with blues lately. Sometimes when I see all that you're working on I find myself trying to imagine how you store it all on a boat. Not sure I could be as frugal and organized as you must be.

MissPat said...

You've gotten off to a great start in 2020. The green and white checkerboard added to the Italian panel was inspired. And I love the spiral stars.
Pat

piecefulwendy said...

You've hit the ground running! At least you're running in the green :-) Fun to see Angel giving an eye to your quilts too!

Susie H said...

Scrap vs Stash? I don't think it matters as long as it gets used up! You are sewing wonderful projects!

Mystic Quilter said...

Nothing like clear, fresh green! Very cheerful projects and cheerful threads, I love the colours of all Aurifil threads and especially their range of variegated - have fun!!

Lisa J. said...

I love all the vibrant limes and oranges in these quilts. Just wonderful Louise.

Kate said...

I like your idea for a Rainbow Stash Challenge. You implemented it very well in January, you've got some fun projects already to the finished flimsy stage.

Carol E. said...

I just don't know how you accomplish so much in your small space! Admirable. I love the thread, too.

Janice Holton said...

Love what you did with the greens, Louise and now am looking forward to seeing what you do with the oranges. Inspire me! I am going to hop back into this RSC business and try to do something! I'm trying to get back into my blog reading and blog posting habits again. :) Miss you!

Linda said...

Leaders and enders is such a great way to go with the RSC! I'm also allowing a few fat quarters in my challenge, especially those that have sat on the shelf for years. I Lol'd at your DH pulling the theme out of the hat for your panels. :)

Sharon said...

All your green projects look great! You do get a lot done. How do you fit all that fabric on a boat?
Fun to see your kitty! He must be quite the sailor!