RSC – February

Today I went to the Thursday sewing group. I had to miss the first couple of hours because of an appointment but, I did get some sewing done. I also turned in 6 tops I had quilted and bound. My goal going forward is to take home one per week.

We had leftovers for dinner so I was able to finish sewing the rest of the things I had planned to work on when I got home this afternoon – February’s pink rainbow challenge blocks and the BOM blocks for Jan & Feb from my WIPS list.

I like them all! 🙂 I also made a few sashing pieces for the blocks on the right so I could check that I’m ironing them so the seams will nest later. The cornerstones are black with grey pin dots but as usual, the colors are always off when I don’t take the pictures during the day.

I pieced a couple of string blocks too using Amy Smart’s Scrap Happy Rainbow Connection pattern. I first saw it on Grace and Peace Quilting blog. She finished 7 of them last year! She used 24 blocks for her smaller version and that’s the size I’d like to make too. I’ll to need to make more each month but, I wanted to test the block first.

You’ll notice they’re larger but, very similar to Bonnie Hunter’s String X pattern. I’m in the mood to make string blocks so I think I’ll go ahead and whip up set of mixed colored blocks with Bonnie’s pattern this month.

I don’t mind removing paper foundations so that’s the method I plan to use. Muslin makes the quilts pretty heavy for our hot, humid south Florida weather. I have some old yellow book pages but, our local grocery store prints their ad on newsprint and it works well too.

I had forgotten this was a 7 month BOM so there are twin blocks to make each month. That was happy news because I really don’t want all these quilt tops to finish up at the same time. Lots of extra fabric in the monthly kits and, it’s all tone on tone so it’ll be easy to find another quilt to use it in.

Not quite sure yet how I want to set the blocks but, I have a couple of ideas. I’d like something more modern than the original design.

Last but not least, I was looking at my WIPS list of kits and orphan blocks tonight to decide what I want to work on next (after I finish the current flimsy). There were 3 more I immediately felt myself sigh when I saw them. Yep, they got nixed right then and there!

I have to wonder.. why did I find it so hard to do this before??? I can remember back to getting my very first car – that feeling of being able to go anywhere you wanted to go. That’s a pretty close comparison to how my sewing room is starting to feel. Letting go of old projects sure does open the road to a whole lot of new adventures! ♥

~ Time to quilt!

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