While on my computer this week, I discovered a Sew Along being hosted by Debby Brown using colour blocks--16 patches using 2.5" squares from the scrap bins. Since the Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour of the month is pink, I made my first block using my pink scraps. I have never been much of a pink person so had to scrape the bottom of the barrel to get enough squares for 2 or three blocks. Here is my first block:
To increase the variety of fabrics in my scrap bins and since I intend to make a baby quilt or two in this quilt along, I raided my novelty print collection for squares for this block. My novelty prints were all stored in two bins so I sorted them all into different piles for each colour. The multi-coloured ones have their own pile. I spent quite a bit of time this week cutting squares from each colour using fabrics from the scrap bins as well as the novelty print piles.
The quilt along started in December so I am a bit late to the party. At that time, everyone was instructed to cut squares and make lots of colour blocks. Each month of 2021, Debby will release a new setting/pattern to use the blocks. This is a great way to use up scraps and make a few baby quilts as well. I I always like to have a few baby quilts in reserve for baby gifts. My first quilt will be 9 or 12 blocks and will feature one block in each colour.
On the hand stitching front, I have been working on "Love Birds", a pattern from Peppermint Purple. This is a fairly large project and will take months to complete. One slow stitch at a time will get me to the finish line.
My daughter and Finn have been staying with us for the last few weeks. She has been working on her city scape cross stitch--I still don't know what city this is depicting.
More embroidery stitches were added to this project as well. The wheat involved lots of colour blending and I think it looks very realistic. I have always loved the great texture of French knots as well.
The lines on the fabric were made with a Frixion pen and will disappear when she heats them up with a hair dryer when the stitching is done.