Saturday, 23 April 2016

More bears' paws

Angela at Soscrappy has given us orange as the Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour for April. The month is almost over, and I'm interested in which colour we will be moving on to. In April I have made four orange units and two have already been included in a finished block.

Here's my first bear paw block completed:

I've paired two of the orange units I made this month with the two brown units I made earlier in the year. The bear paw units finish at 6" each and I added a 1" wide sashing within the block. I haven't yet decided on the sashing for between these 13" blocks.

I made two more orange units, and here they are on the design wall, temporarily paired with the two blue units I made earlier. I'm not joining these yet; I'll wait until I have more options.

This week not just my sewing room, but the whole of  The Netherlands will be orange: more orange than usual, that is! It's the King's birthday on Wednesday, and for that we have a public holiday. Many people who follow soccer will know that the Dutch team always wears orange, but for other sports the national teams are also dressed in orange. Orange is the national colour. The national flag however is red, white and blue, but the royal family is the House of Orange, and their heraldic flag has a lot of orange on it. On Wednesday an orange pennant will be added to the flags flown on public and private buildings in honour of the King's birthday.

grandson escaped!
My 9 year old grandson is already wearing an orange, white and blue trainings jacket, and of course our patriotism is being encouraged by commercial interests:

King's day display in the supermarket: orange hats, scarves tee-shirts and tooters, beer in orange tins, cakes which usually have white, or pink or chocolate icing now coloured orange. All at "special" prices!

and if you drink enough Heineken you can buy a King Willem-Alexander tee-shirt!
I hope to have more orange festivity photos later in the week.

I'm linking to :

 RSC16    Quilting is more fun than Housework
(click on the button for more scrap quilting ideas)

And on Tuesday to 

Free Motion on the River 
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Happy sewing



tubakk said...

Still love your blocks. Looks a bit difficult to sew. I'll study them tomorrow, and now I'm even closer to trying before next weekend.

Sally T said...

It's great to see your pairings. And although its still early in the year, we're starting to see a nice mix of colors.

LA Paylor said...

you're surrounded by orange!
The black and white fabrics are so fun... omgosh. I love the French words. Mixing the colors is brilliant. They shine and are so dramatic. I've liked Bears paws for years but they are great the way you made them.

gayle said...

Happy birthday to the king! Can't get better than an orange birthday. 8)
I really love your paws - can't wait to see the quilt you make with them!

The Joyful Quilter said...

LOVE the pairing of the color blocks!! Nice choice.

Vicki said...

Love, love, love the Bear Paw block and the way you're doing them is fantastic! Can't wait to see this one finished!

Kate said...

Love your bear paw block, it's going to make a bright and fun quilt.

Cathy said...

Those Bear Paws are so striking with the b/w background.
Enjoy your festivities. Hope everyone looks good in orange!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Your bear paw blocks are simply gorgeous!! Isn't it amazing how marketing can go "orange" or "pink" at seemingly a moment's notice!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

So much orange! Love your blocks. Thanks for linking them up to Oh Scrap!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Lovely bear paw blocks! The b & w looks wonderful with the bright orange!

Nann said...

What a great way to use the Rainbow Scrap Challenge colors!

Shasta Matova said...

Those bear paws look absolutely wonderful in orange. And thanks for the cultural lesson. I like learning about other countries straight from the locals.

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

I like your orange paws with the blue ones. But I must say that I find your brown paws the perfect match for your orange paws. Your orange and brown block is stunning with the black and white background. As soon as I publish this comment, I'm going to pin your picture. I'm looking forward to seeing if you'll match the remaining orange paws with the blue or another color. :-)

Deb A said...

What a great history lesson! I hope your holiday is going well. Your blocks are lovely.

JanineMarie said...

I love these blocks with the black and white for the background. And how fun that you were sewing orange this month!