Saturday, 22 April 2017

From 9-patches to Wonky Stars

Each month Angela at soscrappy gives a colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and this month's colour could be the rainbow itself. It's multi-coloured scraps of fabric in this month's challenge. I've passed on this one, as I have very few multi-coloured fabrics, and they don't qualify as scraps.

Instead I've been trying to catch up on the previous months with purple:

and red:

wonky star blocks.

These started with the nine patches I made in February and March, to which I added more coloured squares and the white wonky stars. My plan is to continue using the colour of the month to make eight more 14" blocks this year. I hope to keep repetition of fabrics within the block to a minimum, but supplies are limited - 48 different fabrics in one colour is asking a lot!

Right after my last post I finished the red scrap basket, which now contains my red scraps.

Pattern from Fiona at Bubz Rugz.
height:  7.75"
base:     7"x 8"

Talking of scraps, which we do every Saturday in the RSC link-up, on 8 April I attended a lecture and a workshop by Jen Kingwell. Yes really, the Australian diva of scraps visited my home town in the little old Netherlands to intoduce a group of some 20 interested ladies from all over The Netherlands to her way of working, and especially to her pattern "Utah".

Most of Jen's quilts are sewn entirely by hand, and the Utah units are no exception: within the units all seams are curves which I've decided are easier done by hand, but I shall be joining the resulting 4" squares by machine!
Jen Kingwell pointing out the details of her quilt "Halo"

The lecture included a guided tour round her quilts which were on display in the exhibition area. Hearing first-hand what the inspiration was and how they all came together was truly inspiring. I am writing a post on the exhibition and my progress with the "Utah" blocks (of which this is an extract) and will publish it in a few days.

I'm linking to

SoScrappy   and   Quilting is more fun than Housework

so pop in there to see more delightful scraps.

Happy sewing



Sheila said...

I LOVE those scrappy, wonky star blocks! Cool scrappy fabric baskets! Makes me want to make some, too : )

Betty C said...

I like your wonky stars for the rsc project.

The Joyful Quilter said...

I have some friends who would be EXTREMELY jealous of you right about now!! What a wonderful presentation that must have been. Looking forward to the follow-up post.

CathieJ said...

You may have very few multicolor fabrics, but couldn't you make one of your wonky star blocks out of many colors and still have a multicolor block? I was just wondering. By the way, I really love that purple block. It is my favorite color.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Sometimes a certain month is just right for getting caught up. I would have enjoyed listening to her back-stories. Looking forward to you post.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I really love your wonky stars blocks! What size are the individual squares that you're using to make them? How fun to be able hear Jen Kingwell speak and work on a project with her! I'm looking forward to seeing what it looks like.

Nell's Quilts said...

Great job getting caught up on the previous month's blocks. Halo looks like an interesting quilt. I can see why it would be easier to piece by hand. So many curved pieces.

Kaja said...

Sounds like a great presentation; I'll look forward to reading more about it. I love your blocks.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Love your wonky stars, a quilt is on my bucket list. I am so envious of you for attending the event with Jen Kingwell, I can only imagine how interesting and inspiring it must have been. I have the Gypsy Wife pattern, I did start section one, but you know how easy it is to get pulled into other projects. Her book is great too.

Kathy S. said...

LOVE your scrap baskets!

Vireya said...

Lucky you! My local group are hoping to get Jen to visit some time, but she is a very busy lady!

LA Paylor said...

you're making me want to make wonky star/random squares blocks

TheEclecticAbuela said...

Wow! Jen Kingwell!

Cathy said...

I LOVE Jen Kingwell's quilts! I'm working on a Glitter quilt right now from her book Quilt Lovely.

I might have to make some of your Wonky Star 14 patch blocks from my scraps. I think they would be nice blocks for donation quilts.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I love the baskets you are making for your scraps. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Suz J said...

You have great goals for your RSC this year... sounds like you will be a busy lady. Lucky you to get to meet Jen Kingwell. I bet her quilts were amazing in person.

Ruth said...

Love your scrap baskets - great idea. I would love to hear Jen Kingwell talk - she is one of my favourite designers!

Fiona said...

Love your wonky stars and how fun to see you made up some of those scrappy baskets - I love mine. I also love Jen Kingwell patterns though I haven't yet tried one.