Saturday, July 1, 2017

July RSC is BLUE and other stuff

Its the first of the month and time for a new color in the RSC!  I just love the first of the month, but it does seem the year is flying by faster since I started this RSC.

July is blue, probably the most frequent color in my stash.  Coming up with 33 different blues was no problem whatsoever.

I completed blocks 11 and 12 of my Star of Bethlehem quilt in June. 

I have the hour glass blocks already completed that will join the blocks as well as the border blocks -----soooooooooo, one good day of sewing and I should have this top completed.

In August, I will be taking a machine quilting class from Linda Hungerford (Flourishing Palms blog) and she has offered to give us ideas for quilting patterns for our projects.  I can hardly wait to see what she suggests for this quilt!

The blocks are all hand pieced using English Paper Piecing and I am tempted to hand quilt the top, but I am still handquilting my Dresden plate Irish Chain, so I need to either get busy and finish hand quilting that one, or just machine quilt the Star of Bethlehem.

I also finished my first complete star in the Bali Wedding Star quilt I am making for my daughter and her husband.  I am right pleased with myself for getting this far, as these instructions are so involved.  I have learned to take it one step at a time. I do believe the instructions are excellent, just lengthy.

The only thing I am not doing that the instructions say to do, is using glue on my fabric.  I just have never gotten comfortable with putting glue on fabric, so going with pins and in some cases I quickly thread baste pieces together before I sew them. 

And finally, I sadly report the demise of my all time favorite rotary cutter.  I have been using this cutter for at least 25 years now and while working on a Blockhead Challenge block, it just fell apart.  The brown part setting to the side cracked in several places, so I don't think it can be repaired.  It has been dropped many times and I am sure that must have created some cracks in it over time.

So sad....I get attached to my sewing tools.

Thanks for stopping by,


a good yarn said...

Your Star of Bethlehem and Bali Wedding Star blocks are fabulous! 25 years from a rotary cutter - that must be a record.

scraphappy said...

So many pretty blues. The star block does look complex, but it is stunning!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Your projects are SPECTACULAR!! Your collection of BLUE fabrics is extensive. Have fun with making your blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!

Nell's Quilts said...

I just love that wedding star block. It looks like it has a gazillion little pieces. Good start sorting out the blues.

Northern Deb said...

I feel your pain...very sad thing to lose a favorite tool. Love all your blocks!

Kathy S. said...

I have a lot of blues too (the same ones as you). Can't see what you come up with. You are so organized with them!