Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp

It's Week 3 of
study series.
This week, she discusses shirting prints, which were very commonly used as "lights" in quilt creations from last century.
I have a wealth of shirting fabrics in my stash, and it was short work to pick out a few likely scraps and sew up
 this week's stars:
Here's my eclectic star collection so far: 
Lots more shirting information HERE
And photos of other shirting stars HERE

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stash report - week 4

Used this reporting period: 14.50 yards
Used year to date: 17.00 yards
Added this reporting period: 0.00 yards
Added year to date: 20.50 yards

Net used for 2015: -3.50 yards
Adjusting since the beginning of the year ...


Friday, January 23, 2015

RSC15 - Blue/January

January's Rainbow Scrap Challenge color is BLUE, and I have lots of BLUE activity to report!
First, a set of mini bow tie blocks ... I was sewing up a stack of bows to mail out for a swap, and I also made these extra BLUE ones to keep for myself

Then, a flock of BLUE birds --
 I think these are such cute blocks!
And a few "BLUE plus another color" Greek Cross blocks 
Some BLUE Pentland Cracker units to use up odd bits from my scrap bag
 And finally a complete set of BLUE 
Chunky Churn Dash blocks
These Chunky Churns will be rearranged and turned into a top for next week's RSC report.

More BLUE inspirations HERE

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp

Getting a belated start on
Barbara Brackman's new weekly series
Each post in the series will be a lesson on 19th century reproduction fabrics in a particular style or color.  Last week, Turkey red dyes were discussed.  This week's topic was Prussian blues.  I had a nice peaceful day in my sewing room, very therapeutic, and managed to turn out quite a few stars. 
I'm planning to work on two block sets during the series.  The first will include only red, green and gold backgrounds with muslin stars.  These blocks will be used in a particular project I have in mind. 
And the second set will include stars done in whatever the topic of the week is -- ending up with a mixed set, and I'm not sure yet how I'll put them to use.  The block in the lower right corner is made from a fabric that actually says "Prussian Blue" on the selvage -- deep stash, what can I say? :)
Take a further look at Stars in a Time Warp HERE