Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Scrappy Blue Works in Progress

So, maybe it wasn't so crazy to put all those blue projects for the January rainbow scraps project up on the design wall.  They called to me to work on them and some progress has been made.

I did the math and figured out that if I make between 6 and 8 of the Briar Patch paper pieced blocks each month, I'll use all the foundations in the pattern by the end of the year.  Here are the 6 I made this week, along with the 4 blocks I made in the Judy Niemeyer workshop long long ago.  (I blogged more about the details of this paper-foundation pattern here).


I also spent some time cutting lots (and lots) of little blue triangles ... well, 250 of them anyway.  When I made the first set of blue broken dishes blocks two years ago, I cut them with a ruler and mat ... then used the project to justify buying a Go Baby.  With the die cutter, the experience is different, but still tedious.  But also worth it, because now I have all the scrappy blue broken dishes I need for my plan for them.  Yay!

I wondered if I would be able to see the differences between the fabrics from my scrap bin 2 years ago and those I used this week. I can see some subtle shifts in the fabrics I used, but they all play together nicely.


Another interesting thing happened as a result of hanging a project on the design wall.  I decided that the abstracted feather blocks don't need scrappy blue sashing ... something else would work better.  So I've taken them down and packed them away for now.

Linking with WIP Wednesday on Thursday on Freshly Pieced, Esther's WOW (Wips on Wednesday) and Angela's Scraphappy Saturday.

10 comments:

Anne said...

Your insight from the design wall is valuable. I'm always surprised by how putting something up on the wall changes my view of it. I know this and yet every time it's a reminder that I need a bit of distance both physically and mentally from my work to gain perspective. Your blues are looking lovely together.

Caro said...

I love your scrappy blue blocks and have not seen it before. Could you please share the name if the pattern. Thanks!

Tammy said...

Love your blocks... The blues are gorgeous.

Susan Evans said...

The Brier Patch pieces are beautiful, in both red and blue. Do you plan to make a rainbow of colors?

sophie said...

Susan, I couldn't reply to you via email and thank you for the sweet comment because you're a no reply blogger. Yes, I plan to make Briar Patch blocks each month as part of Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge using whatever she chooses for the color of the month. I expect to have a rainbow of blocks at the end of the year.

desertskyquilts said...

Both the Briar Patch and the Scrappy blues look wonderful! I just love blues, too. I ought to have been doing these this month.

Lori Landenburger said...

Love the blue blocks!!

scraphappy said...

Having blocks up on the design wall can be such a nice opportunity to ponder the design. Glad you have your ideas all sorted now. All that remains is the sewing part.

Nell's Quilts said...

The blue star blocks made from HST are delightful. That HST is such a versatile block.

Soma Acharya said...

The blue star blocks are so beautiful! It will make a stunning quilt.

-Soma

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