Saturday, 11 April 2015

RSC 15 week 15 : Purple star

Each month sees a different colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, hosted by Angela at Soscrppy. This month's colour is purple, and here's my one purple star so far: Carrie Nation block in a Sawtooth star..

Carrie Nation in Sawtooth Star

I showed the centre unit of this block last Saturday, but now I've added the star points and made the purple parts of an alternate block. I saw yesterday that Angela had posted the instructions for a second purple block, but I won't be working on that until later next week. I also did some preparation towards purple nine patches, but no sewing yet.

This week I received a mystery give-away package from Dasha in Australia, containing some lovely fabric showing Australian birds:


birds I've only ever seen in cages, and so different from our native European birds, most of which are brown or black. These are a rainbow in themselves! Now I'm considering how to use this fabric: fussy-cut squares framed by a different fabric, appliqué, broderie perse or what? Do you have any suggestions, because cutting it into 2½" squares would be a waste!

Also my RSC14 quilt is finally now one piece. No pictures yet, but hopefully it'll have quilted borders, a binding and a label by this time next week.

I shall be linking later to the linky party at

RSC 15

so hop over there to see more purple splendour.

Happy sewing

Marly. 

17 comments:

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Marly! I really love this block! Enjoy your lovely fabrics and I am looking forward to seeing the finished 2014 quilt! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

Chantal said...

That is a lovely fabric. WOW. Dasha has such great taste.
You might want to check this post for inspiration. I don't know if that's the kind of quilt that appeals to you but sure does me.
http://barristersblock.blogspot.ca/2015/04/large-print-uses.html#comment-form
Lovely purple block.

Karen said...

I like the dark purple fabric. I love star blocks. I will be watching to see your 2014 rainbow finish.

scraphappy said...

Yes, cutting that beautiful fabric down onto tiny bits would be a shame. I like the idea of fussy cut birds as the center of large blocks. Stars always come to mind first, but simple colored frames would work great. Attic windows is a nice simple one.

Julierose said...

Love that polka dotted purple fabric--your block came out beautifully! Nice bird fabric..I agree with you about using it for broderie perse...hugs, Julierose

Scrappy quilter said...

I like how your block turned out. And what a fun mystery package.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Beautiful purple block . . . I would hold onto the bird fabric for a while before cutting into it. SO pretty!

katie z. said...

Well done!

PaulaB quilts said...

Love your purple block with the little sparkles of peach. I know you will do something wonderful with that fabric!

LuAnn said...

Love your block. That Australian fabric is beautiful. I'd probably use part of it for broderie perse.

Sheila said...

Love your purple block.
Congratulations on the win! Beautiful fabric! They have such colorful birds in Australia.

LA Paylor said...

oh lucky you I saw Dasha's post on those outstanding birds in her back yard. Then the fabric makes it's way to you. LeeAnna

Edith said...

I like how the little four patches dance through the middle of your star. The Australian fabric is beautiful - perhaps cushions?

Cathy said...

Nice combo of purple fabrics in your star. Beautiful birds. Looking forward to your decision. (Broderie perse does sound luscious).

Dasha said...

So glad you like the fabric. As LeeAnna said, those birds and many others are in my back yard (and the front one too, LOL). I forget how wonderful they are because I see and hear them every day.
I can't remember what size the piece was, but how about cutting it into 4? surrounding with sashing, and alternating with some pieced blocks in co-ordinating fabrics joined to the same size as your bird fabric squares.

Ruth said...

Love purple! I finally managed to find the purple shade i was looking for in fabric last Friday - so hard to get those shades!

Magpie Sue said...

Oooo, looking forward to seeing last year's RSC blocks as a finished quilt! Have fun playing with those birds. :-)