3/10/16

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: March block

My goals are getting checked off one by one. Yesterday, I finished the top-stitching and embellishing for March's purple plus yellow block for

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Here's my completed block:


I went back and forth about what to use for the "lights" hanging from the umbrella. I considered some star-shaped buttons, but they didn't have enough contrast. Then I thought about some star-shaped hot-fix nailheads I had, and there were plenty of those. They gave the block a nice little sparkle, and so I used those. The block is completely top-stitched and ready for inclusion in the completed quilt. These are the blocks I have so far:


These blocks are from Amy Bradley's "Campers" pattern. I'm changing them just slightly by adding a cat to each one.

After that I got to work quilting My Vintage Kitchen. This was a free BOM from Jennifer Reynolds at Jenny of Elefantz. The pattern is no longer free, but it is for sale in Jenny's Craftsy shop


Mine is slightly adapted. I switched out the center block since I didn't care for the original. 


The embroidered blocks are quilted just by stitching around the edges of the embroidery motifs with a clear monofilament thread. I like the little poof it gives them. "Poof" is a technical quilting term, so try to keep up.


Then I used red thread and did some straight line stitching in the blue sashings and around the red polka dot border. The "home ec" ladies are stitched around the edges of their bodies and some of the items in the fabric. Sometimes I think it's best to just follow the design of the fabric.


The quilting was just shy of being finished when I needed to quit for the day yesterday afternoon. I finished it up this morning, then trimmed it, and sewed the binding on by machine. I'm using the same blue fabric from the sashing.


And now all it needs is hand-stitching, and this one will be finished. It's 13-1/2 inches by 22 inches, and so I expect I can do that in one sitting...meaning, right now. 

We had quite a wind storm here last night with hurricane force winds on the Oregon coast 60 miles away.


You can see some video of the wind and surf if you click right here. The sky seemed as if it might brighten up a little this morning, and there were patches of blue. It's starting to darken again now as I write this, and so possibly we were in the eye of the storm this morning. In any case, I expect plenty of debris is littering the roads. It's a good day to stay home and sew, and that's exactly what I'm going to do.

17 comments:

  1. your camper blocks are AWESOME!! love them

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  2. Those camper blocks are so stinking cute! The kitchen hanging is just beautiful. Would go so nicely in our old house, if there was any wall space to hang one in the kitchen. Still thinking about doing that one "someday."

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  3. Your top-stitching on the camper blocks is wonderful!

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  4. Oh your little campers are wonderful!,

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  5. The camper blocks are going to make a very fun quilt. You've been moving right along with your goals for March.

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  6. I am so loving the camper blocks! You rock girl, keep it up!

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  7. The happy campers make me happy too! Great job.
    Vintage Kitchen - too much fun. Love the 50's housewives fabric you used.

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  8. I love your caravan blocks, Barb. Your Vintage Kitchen hanging looks great. I love your mixer. I finally got to hang mine up after I took down all the Christmas hangings. xx

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  9. Love your caravans, the red work is beautiful too

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  10. I love the camper, this is my favorite, probably until the next one :). The stars are perfect. Hurricane? These weather patterns are a little scary.

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  11. The campers are so cute! Your Vintage Kitchen is a lot of fun.

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  12. Soooo cute! Love looking at what you've done.

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  13. the embroidery is so stinkin cute I can hardly stand it. I just love redwork, and the baking ladies!!! So cute... got scraps you want to get rid of? Love them. LeeAnna

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  14. Oh and the campers are awesome. I like all the little sweet details. Good job

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  15. The campers are so cute. I love the stitching on them, so homey. The kitchen piece is a real winner.

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  16. i just can't get enough of these campers! They are just the cutest things!! I love them as much as I love Gayle's (Mangofeet) piglets.

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  17. I am always excited to see your next rainbow challenge block. You have so many ideas. I have the vintage kitchen blocks, I just need to stitch them out!

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