Sunday, January 05, 2014

It was a dark and scrappy (Saturday) night

When I pulled out my scrap bins to make Double Dare, I thought about using blue, since it's the designated color for January in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, but it just didn't want to be blue ...

So last night, I pulled out my blue scraps and one of my golden oldie projects and got started.   Along with making more of my scrappy broken dishes star blocks, I plan to make some of these this year. 



The pattern is a paper foundation piecing pattern from Judy Niemeyer called Briar Patch.

Eight or nine years ago, I  belonged to the Greater Ann Arbor (Michigan) Quilt Guild and did a half-day workshop with Judy as part of what they used to call Quilt University–their long weekend of workshops held on alternating years with their quilt show.  The pattern is designed for beginner foundation piecers.  I wasn't a beginner, but since I was mostly self-taught, I thought I could benefit from all the tips she promised to provide.  She delivered and I learned.

I thought it would be a good scrap/stash-busting project at the time and showed up with some red uglies and black and white prints from my stash. Everyone else in the workshop came with beautiful batiks like those Judy uses in her quilts.  I was definitely the one not like the others that day.   We worked our way through her process and made a couple blocks that day.  Here are the (very) old blocks alongside last night's effort.


I promptly tucked pattern, templates and some fabrics away and forgot it.  As part of reorganizing at the end of the year, I pulled it out and thought it would be a good match for the Rainbow scraps challenge.  The individual blocks are 6 inches.  The pattern contains enough printed foundations for 80 of them for a 66 by 78-inch quilt.

I'm joining Angela's link party for the First Scrap-Happy Saturday of 2014

11 comments:

Andra Gayle said...

very nice blocks! Going to be a gorgeous quilt some day!

Terri said...

Love the red! but then red is my favorite color. Interesting pattern, too. I've been ogling New York Beauty and Mariner's Compass for years, trying to get up the courage...
Hugs

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I'm not a batik fan therefore I probably would have done the same! The local LQS runs these type of classes but she puts together the kits, whereas I would rather pick out my own fabrics, even if I had to buy them there.

Kathy S. said...

Gorgeous! I love the way you put together colors!

QuiltSwissy said...

I LOVE these guys!

scraphappy said...

The nice thing about being "one of these is not like the others" is that at the end you will have a quilt that is all about you instead of one that looks like everyone else's. What a lovely block for the rainbow scrap challenge. Beautiful!

desertskyquilts said...

It's a great one for the rainbow scrap challenge! I love your red blocks. You may have been not like the others, but you definitely made something beautiful!

LynneP said...

Oooooohhh...I LOVE your scrappy blocks! Can't wait to see what other ones you come up with and then to see them all together. It is going to be FANTASTIC!

madebymyself said...

Great project (re)start. Have fun!

Cathy said...

Oh, I LOVE that pattern and some of the others at that website. I like your use of scraps on the b/w background.

Allison said...

Beautiful! I love paper piecing and came across your blog! I have been designing my own patterns and I'm addicted! Great work!

-Allison http://bigcitybackwoods.blogspot.com/

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...