Saturday, 5 September 2015

RSC 15 week 36: The last of blue and the first of orange.

Each month Angela at Soscrappy posts a colour and some sampler blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. August's colour was indigo, but I used Royal blue instead to give more contrast with the dark blue background I'm using. The three blocks from August are in the middle row below with their adjacent blocks. The blocks are joined in the rows, but the rows aren't complete yet.
August's "indigo" blocks in the middle row; waiting for January's remade blocks in aqua on either side of the pale blue.
September's colour is orange, but although Angela hasn't posted any sampler blocks, I've been sewing orange in a new project.

This week I started a new quilt, using the first quilt pattern I ever downloaded, when I'd just discovered there were quilting resources on the Internet! Haven't I moved on a long way from that day? Yet it was only two years ago! It's called Modern Maples Throw Quilt by Amanda Woodward-Jennings. I couldn't find a direct link to her pattern, but you can get there via Hossiertoni and scroll down to the last paragraph where she has posted a link to the download.

After a lot of cutting of, for me, enormous pieces I've sewn a few leaves. They're not all orange, but as this is the orange month at RSC15 ....

12" maple leaf blocks, the first of eighteen
When I first read this pattern I couldn't understand why I needed to cut squares in two sizes! I thought that was very extravagant cutting, because the finished squares all look the same size in the photo, don't they? (Being a novice I'd not yet figured out HSTs) Disappointedly I put it away. I found it again this week, reread it and decided to start. Thanks to my Omnigrid 90° ruler (EZ angle ruler look-alike) I've been able to cut all the pieces except the leaf stem from 4½" strips. What a relief! I'm using a mixture of prints, some modern and some 19th century reproductions, as long as the colours suit my plan. I'm toying with the idea of making some 6" leaf blocks, but maybe they will make it too fussy. Still thinking about that.

Anyway, cutting all these large pieces has generated quite some scraps, so Angela, roll out the orange blocks!
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 so pop over there and visit other Rainbow Scrap Challengers.

Happy sewing

Marly.



22 comments:

Julierose said...

I love that pattern--just perfect for September's RSC--hugs, Julierose

Sally Hurley said...

The dark blue background is stunning.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

The blue project is lovely / the leaves are perfect for fall !

Nell's Quilts said...

Your RSC quilt is just stunning. The maple leaves seem so apropos for September. I personally love a truly scrappy quilt and rarely pay too much attention to style of fabric but pay attention to colour and the overall look rather than is it all 30's style or modern or William Morris.

katie z. said...

I remember thinking the same thing about cutting for triangles and squares. I'm glad I've learned a thing or two!

Kate said...

The dark blue background really makes the other colors pop. Your RSC sampler is going to be beautiful! Love your new project too. You've nailed the fall color scheme.

Kathy S. said...

I'm really loving that navy background on your RSC15 Sampler. Way to go!

Cathy said...

I just love how your sampler blocks look against the blue background. I think three, six and nine inch maples leaves mixed in with your 12 inchers would be fun.

Julie in GA said...

Your Maple Leaf blocks look terrific, and I love your sampler blocks with the dark blue background.

Karen said...

Very pretty blocks. Your maple leave blocks are the perfect fall colors.

Angie said...

Your RSC blocks look amazing - what a great idea to use a blue background! I've always loved the Maple Leaf block, so I'll be watching your progress with interest!

Sally T said...

Your blue/rainbow quilt is going to be a stand-out. I look forward to seeing it come all together.

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Marly! Both your quilts are really looking lovely! Looking forward to seeing your orange RSC blocks! Enjoy the rest of the weekend! Christine x

gayle said...

I've been loving your dark blue background blocks for RSC. What a gorgeous quilt it will be!
I'd make some smaller maple leaves to mix in, but don't listen to me - I'd have made the whole quilt with 6" and 3" blocks... 8)

PaulaB quilts said...

Your blocks on the dark blue really are standouts. As for the leaves, your fabric colors are just right, a little bit soft like the falling leaves.

Jennifer said...

great job- pretty blocks all the way around! I love the dark background on your RSC15 sampler- looks great! I know it's not a race to keep up, but I hate falling "behind" on my RSC projects. I've got a lot going... also, sewing/quilting makes me a nicer person to be around...

Libby in TN said...

Pretty quilt! You *have* come a long way if you've learned to adapt a pattern to the Easy Angle (or equivalent)! What I like most about those rulers -- working with the same size strip (and less waste).

sunny said...

Love your leaves! And I think some 6" blocks interspersed would look great.

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

Marly, you blocks are beautiful!! I did a Modern Maples quilt and added some 6" maples. I thought it would be fussy too but it wasn't bad!

I cannot wait to see your orange and blue background blocks!! They are going to be stunning :)

Magpie Sue said...

Your blue blocks look lovely all together like that. There's nothing more appropriate for September and orange than leaves! You're going to have another beautiful quilt out of those blocks.

Jo Ferguson said...

You have two stunning quilts in progress.

Sheila said...

Beautiful blocks. This is going to be a beautiful quilt.
I often read and put away a pattern several times before I understand it enough to actually start cutting and sewing.