Saturday, 24 January 2015

RSC 15 week 4 - Finally January blocks

Finally I have done some work on this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge, hosted by Angela at Soscrappy and made two block centres, one of which is finished and mounted in its Sawtooth Star frame:

Whirling Geese

I decided in December that I wanted my stars on a midnight blue background and bought blue fabric, only to be presented with an extra challenge when January's colour was, how could it be otherwise, BLUE. After some deliberation (three weeks!) I decided that while Angela had used blue on a neutral background, why didn't I just reverse them. I'm pleased with the result of the Whirling Geese block.




Card Trick
The other block is heading to the orphan block box. It's too big! Unpicking this is not an option so I either use it or throw it into the box of orphan blocks. How did it end up too big? Last December I made a card trick block in orange to make up the number of blocks for my RSC14 quilt. I made it by the method Angela posted for RSC15. So I know that, but always want to try something new, so when I read last week on Angela's blog a comment saying you could make card trick with a four patch in the middle surrounded by rectangles I decided to try. Unfortunately, I'm more mathematically challenged than I thought and the result is ½" too wide. If I trim it down to 6½" I'll loose my points. So into the box for repurposed items it goes! I'll put it down to experience!

I'm linking up to Soscrappy

RSC 15

so go and see what other quilters have made of the challenge so far.

Happy sewing

Marly.

17 comments:

Jo said...

I'm sure your blocks will be used one day

Laura said...

I love your idea of reversing the colors and using blue for the background & neutrals as the main fabrics! It's going to be very pretty!

Kate said...

I like your plan to use the dark blue background, you'll have a beautiful star studded sky at that end.

Angie said...

Great plan for using blue blackground fabric - looking forward to seeing the results!

Scrappy quilter said...

I like how you are using the dark blue for your background. Great job!

Mari said...

That background is going to make for a stunning quilt! And the orphan is quite nice, even if it is too big! Nice block for this week too.

katie z. said...

Looking good!

Nell's Quilts said...

The blocks look so dramatic with the blue background. The finished quilt will make a statement.

Cathy said...

Oh, that midnight blue will make a gorgeous quilt. And, I have LOTs of orphan blocks...sometimes a bunch of weird orphan blocks end up making the best quilts.

Sheila said...

Stars on dark blue background ... Good idea, Jo! Reverse fabric idea for this month ... another good idea. You go girl!

Sheila said...

Oops. I meant Marly. I saw Jo's picture beside the comment block and had a senior moment.

Dasha said...

LOL. I am so glad there are others out there who are "mathematically challenged". I so struggle with the whole maths thing of quilting. Usually cut things way too big, then cut them down. There. My secret is out LOL.

make.share.give said...

What perfect points! Nice work!

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

Glad to meet you! I am having a lot of fun seeing all the great inspiration, so many new ideas! Love the optical illusion! L

scraphappy said...

I was fascinated to hear about making the card trick block out of a four patch center, too bad the math didn't work out. Those on point blocks can be tricky. Love the whirling geese though, it looks great in a "reversed" colorway.

Lora Becker said...

I have a tub of orphan parts and blocks too. Some day I hope they fing a home. Your star blocks are looking good.

Deb A said...

Love the idea to reverse the colors. They came out great. Too bad about the block being too big - maybe add a sash to make it a usable size?