Sunday, April 28, 2019

Aqua scraps etc.


It's time to share our Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks over on SoScrappy. April's color is aqua, and I stitched up five different blocks. The big one, 16" square, is Scrap Crystals, above. I almost gave up on making this block after last month's green version turned out pretty uninspiring. But when I figured out that the coordinating color with aqua was going to be pink, I knew I'd like this one better and I do!


These are my 8.5" rail blocks. The skinny strips are the two colors adjacent to the RSC color. For aqua, those two are true blue and true green.


I've been making 6.5" nine patches for a while as leader/enders, but decided this month to officially add them to my RSC blocks. My scrap boxes were getting pretty empty except for 2" strips, so I decided to add 6.5" 16 patches to the list, too. 


After cutting all the other blocks, all that's left over are teensy pieces, which I use to make crumb blocks. These are 8.5" and kind of addicting to make. So much so that when I ran out of aqua, I started making white/cream/tan/light neutral blocks. It's a sickness, I tell you!


And as if that wasn't enough scrappy fun, I decided to try my hand at a scrappy Trip Around the World, using 2.5" strips. This top is only 36"x48" and I haven't decided if I'll stop here and add borders, or keep making TATW blocks and add on.


This little top uses lotto blocks from the Sunshine Online Guild, plus a bright happy panel in the center. I'll probably quilt this one up next week and ship it off to Quilts Beyond Borders.


And finally, here's Angel in her life vest. DH has been working under the helm to fix some of the problems that last week's lightning strike caused, and that's where we store the life vests for all the mammals. The kitty one was on top of the pile so I made sure it still fits our brave crew member. The huge bang of thunder that made me jump and shriek last week hardly fazed her! She looks really annoyed in this photo, but that's because she hates the camera flash and refuses to look at the camera anymore. She actually tolerates the vest pretty well. Her stylish green nails are special plastic caps that keep her from clawing my new Ikea chair. 

23 comments:

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Awww . . . your kitty looks so cute in her life vest. I didn't know such a thing existed. Lots of good ness going on there too. Your scrappy trip is inspiring me. I made another one earlier this year in soft florals but now want to do one in brights.

Lynn said...

Oh Louise, you are always a hive of industry and inspiration. And I do love scraps! Some lovely projects in progress there.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Those scrap crystals blocks are such an interesting block, Louise - lots of secondary patterns! I bet a whole quilt of them in all kinds of scrappy colors will be a lot of fun! Your cat in her life vest cracked me up - I didn't know there was such a thing as those caps for her claws that protect the furniture.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I am so happy you did not give up on the scrap crystals block. The blue one looks amazing. In fact, all of your blocks look lovely. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Fiona said...

I'm so impressed with your use of scraps... I want to come and sew with you. Been planning to do improv crumb blocks for ages... just need to get my head in gear and do it. Great idea for kitty claw covers... never heard of them. I have done a couple of scrappy trips … and I love them.... I will do more one day..

Hugz

somethingrosemade14@blogspot.com said...

You've been very productive and am especially inspired by your crumb blocks. I have just the right scraps to start making some and won't be surprised if I get addicted making them. So glad to know that Angel has a life vest. Hope your yacht is repaired soon. That lightning strike looked pretty scary and I know my dogs would have been shaking. Safe Sails!

Janice Holton said...

You've been very busy! Lots of block goodness here! Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't you also have a collection of cat blocks? Or am I mixing you up with someone else

Debbie said...

I love your assortment of blocks and even the "sickness" crumb ones! Some things are just so addictive. The scrappy trips is great and such fun block to make. Your kitty does look annoyed with you....but those nail guards are a hoot too. No idea there was such a thing.

Vicki in MN said...

Wow, my friend, you have some gorgeousness happening with all your scrappy projects, love them!

piecefulwendy said...

I enjoy seeing your projects in the works, Louise! Love those stars with those bright centers. I don't think making crumb blocks is a sickness, but a great way to make use of each little bit. Sure is better than just tossing them. So did you put the claw covers on kitty, or have someone do it? I can't imagine getting Wilbur to stay still long enough to get them on. Thankfully, as far as I can tell, he is leaving our chairs alone and using the scratch towers. I do clip his nails often (it takes two of us). The life vest for Angel is great!

Sandra Walker said...

OMG I LOVE her nails! Never heard of such a thing but I LOVE LOVE IT, and yes I'm singing/shouting that. as I hate even more the practice of declawing which any good vet will refuse to do these days. INHUMANE practice, as it's like cutting off a human's first knuckle...but you know that, animal-lover that you are. I love her little vest, she's adorable in it. and she's just like my Rocco where getting her photo is concerned. He refuses to look at the camera too, and will even give me a sideways stink-eye look from time to time as I try my darnedest to get him to look straight at me! Oh. this post is about quilts....ha. All projects are fab fab fabulous. I hear you on the addition of improv patches, must get back to making them too, and I envy to some degree your waning scrap boxes, none of that here. :-)

Kathleen said...

Love your scrappy blocks, those stars especially. I do always feel like mine would be a hot mess, so I am a very controlled scrappy quilter when I get to it. Glad to see kitty has a life vest and beautiful nails to protect your chair! Hope the repairs go quickly.

JanineMarie said...

Oh, my. You are sewing up a storm. No, poor word choice after hearing your scream on the lightning video. ( I hope things are getting back to normal. Lightning strikes do the weirdest random damage.) I love the colors together in the Scrap Crystals Block—but really, I love all the quilts you make. Okay, tell me about those nails!! Our Grandkitty has been consigned to the back porch as an outdoor cat (not as bad as it sounds, as it is a vast covered porch with all of his comforts, so he’s really Glamping) because he kept clawing a new couch. Those nails would look stunning on him. How do they go on?

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

I love aqua. So much scrappy goodness going on in your boat studio, Louise! And kitty's life jacket and green nails--interesting!

Dar in Mo said...

I love all your scrappy fun this week. I have some going on in my little sewing room too. Angel looks so cute with her green nails. I've never seen caps for kitties before. Is that like artificial fingernails we humans sometime wear?

Cathy said...

My goodness, you always have so much going on! I love all your RSC blocks, especially those rails. Like you, when all the other scraps have been used, I sew the remaining bits into crumb blocks. Great minds think alike, LOL. And what an intrepid four-legged crew member you have! Angel is so cute!!

Carol E. said...

A cat life jacket! How cute! Does it work? A friend of mine has tested her children's life jackets and found that one of them actually caused the child to turn face down! So now she runs workshops helping people test their life jackets to make sure they really would save a life.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Wow! SEW many wonderful AQUA projects. Hope you have as much fun with orange!

Kate said...

Lots of sew worthy teal blocks. You brought some of the ocean into your sewing room. Love your Scrappy Trip project. Safe sailing and happy stitching.

Nicki said...

Great to see that your kitty is protected if an emergency arises & that your new Ikea chair is protected from her with those very cool nails. Now if you could get some glitter on them she would really be up to date with her "fashion" nails. :)
Where do all our scraps come from & why do they multiply at night while we are sleeping? Your doing great in using some up.

Quilt Inspiration said...

HI Louise, The aqua with the pink makes a great contrast for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. That's a perfect color combination! And, we love the pretty green nails for your kitty. So much better than de-clawing! Congratulations on all your productivity, :-) from Marina and Daryl Lynn

Lynn said...

Hi Louise,
Unusual not to see a post from you since late April, hope all is well in your world.

KaHolly said...

Oh, Louise, you accomplish so much, I feel like a malingerer! These days, if I accomplish two simple blocks in a day I’m doing well.