Projects Progress & Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Projects Progress ( or lack thereof on some :)

While I’ve been good about keeping up with some of my projects that follow the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month, I’ve lagged behind on this one.  Back in January I chose a block and decided to title the project as “Blend”.

I wanted to do three blocks per month and in the collage below you can see that I made my blue ones.  ( I just pulled the collage from a January post )

Well, the RSC color for February was purple, and March’s is green. And while I did work on some purple and green things, they were not any “Blend” blocks.

Finally I have gotten around to a purple one and quite late, though I had the fabric pulled for three of them ages ago.  And what’s been distracting me so much is the EPP Starflowers project that I’d started on a whim and they are addictive for some reason.  I completed a gold one, have begun connecting some more and am working on another. I’ll probably be working on finishing that one up and possibly more connecting work for Slow Sunday Stitching. 

Still, I have some GREEN for this week as well :)   While 3 of the grands had an in-service day at school on Friday, these two did not. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Photo courtesy of my DIL prior to school on Friday morning :)

Meanwhile this week we had cold weather and bands of snow showers moving in every day but today! I thought it would be fun to take a look back to other March posts from around this time and found quite the variety in weather and events :)

I found everything from heavy snowfalls to spring weather, puppies to kids to quilting to pretty birds. It was a nice visit.  You can view it all here : THIS MARCH AND A LOOK BACK. 

Kanga Happy

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Little Baskets, More Templates Needed, & Dear Daughter

Time to make some new templates. I iron two pieces of freezer paper together to make them sturdier,  yet still, after a few rounds of use, they start to lose their sticking power…the shiny side says “I’ve had enough” and it’s time for a new round of templates for my Little Baskets, Starflowers, and on the upper left, some applique for the new Dear Daughter project from Sentimental Stitches.

I know I know…I don’t need a new project but Gay at Sentimental Stitches is so wonderful ….her background stories into the projects, the great photos of the quilts and their individual blocks…I had made a few of the Benjamin Biggs blocks, many more of the 1857 Album ….enough for a large sized couch quilt that is down at my son’s house, covering the grand kids when they watch TV, and now this one :)

She started a Facebook group, had over 800 join in and we crashed her website this morning when she let us know that the first set of blocks were ready :)     As with the 1857 Album quilt, I won’t applique every block but simply focus on a large couch quilt size. If you go to the link, you’ll see that the quilt has quite the thick sashing and I do not intend to replicate that.  I don’t want to spend the money on new fabrics for that. I’ll wait until I am done and go from there :)

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color suggestion of the month is green. I have appliqued two green themed Little Baskets thus far, with another one prepped and ready to go.  And then those older freezer paper templates have been thrown out and new ones will be used as per the earlier photo.

As to the last item needing new templates, the EPP Starflower, I had such a fun exchange with a reader of this blog today.

Janet is a talented quilter who enjoys EPP and she would like to start making some Starflowers as well. We exchanged a few emails and she sent some links to me with an alternative to my whip stitching…I may try that method out on my next one. I hope that down the line once Janet starts on these that she might send some photos of hers that I can show on the blog  :) We both have a love of reproduction fabrics.

You might also enjoy : Rainbows and Potpies   OR  Vintage Dresden Plate Quilt 

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