Monday, July 2, 2012

I'm so blue......

ONLY because this day is coming to an end WAY TOO FAST!!!

Between the trip to the Quilt Shop mid-morning and having to close up shop by 5:00 tonight to make it to Cassie's softball game in time and needing to feed the kids in the middle somewhere and a little bit of laundry and keeping the animals hydrated during this heat.......... I reallly was getting into a rhythm!

I LOVE that this month is BLUE for Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge!  I have so much blue!  And I have TIME on my hands this month to DO something with all that blue!  Whooo-hoooo :)  {{Did you catch that rhyme??}} :-)

Two of my ongoing Jack-in-the-Box blocks were pieced.... in blue :D

... and the matching blue "bonus" diamond squares.

I actually have a PLAN this year for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and I'm LOVING the monthly suspense-----what color will be next?!!?!?  Hmmm....August..... I wonder if Angela will be following "time-of-year" colors..... maybe Orange??    

Anyway....back to blue!  
PSHT!  Not even a teeny dent in all my blue scraps/strips...

And didn't even look at my stack of blues on the shelf...

BUT!  I DID spy my Starstruck blocks on the shelf!  OUT THEY CAME :)

And those 2.5" strips of blues and neutrals were organized - cut - pieced - and prepped into enough units to create another 18 blocks.  And of COURSE, when working with 2.5" bricks utilizing the stitch-n-flip method, BONUS TRIANGLES will be made (upper right of photo).

As I was zooming the units back through the machine for the second stitching, Cassie was looking over my shoulder, asking what I was doing.  Educational moment!  I explained what I was doing, WHY I was doing it, and showed her the bonus triangles that get created. 

Earlier today, I had pulled these bonus triangles off the shelf to press and prep for a potential border for my Frost-25 quilt.  She saw them, pointed to them during this explanation and asked if those were bonus triangles.  To which I confirmed yes.  

and she said.....

"WOW!  That's a lot of fabric people waste if they don't double-sew them!"

:0)
Startin' 'em young 

So, off to bed in a bit.  The girls and I are heading out to my sister's house tomorrow; a 5-hour drive.  I plan to pack the Starstruck blocks and some Pineapple Blossom prepped units I've had sitting on my shelf for a couple of years.  In fact, the Pineapple Blossom units were cut and prepped when I was at my sister's house two summers ago.  I'll have to include this fact into the name of that quilt somehow.

Happy Monday night!

12 comments:

Quilter Kathy said...

Love how your "scrappy Jack" is coming along for the rainbow challenge...it's a great quilt in the making!

scraphappy said...

You do have a lot of blue. I was thinking you would be pulling out your Jamestown Landing quilt, I didn't even remember a blue Starstruck. It is a happy convergence when time to sew, and motivation both happen at the same time. That is why I saved blue for summer. No orange for next month. Though I guess it will be coming up soon enough. So glad you have the next generation filled in on the secret of bonus triangles.

Andra Gayle said...

Good job, Amy!

Andee said...

WOW..loving your blue jack in the box...I will be getting to mine soon. Can't believe all the other blue you have going on! Looking forward to sewing it all come together!

vtquilter said...

Wow! Lots of blue projects to work on this month. Love the blocks and the star struck quilt will be beautiful in blue and cream.

Cathy Tomm said...

I really like the jack in the box quilt and how it is coming along. We all have lots of blue, and I am sure I will not make my pile look much smaller.

suzan almond said...

Love those blue Jack-in-the-Box blocks ! They'll make a lovely quilt with all the pther colours !

Lynne said...

Wow! I thought I had a lot if blue! (I dropped in from the Rainbow Scraps Challenge)

Edith said...

I'm impressed with your Jack-in-the-Box blocks and Rainbow quilt, so bright and pretty.

Sheila said...

Love your Jack In A Box blocks! Beautiful quilt coming together!

Angie said...

Your scrappy Jack in the Box looks so fresh and poppin'!

Elly D said...

Out of the mouths of babies! You have a very wise girl there :)
Your Jack in a Box is progressing beautifully and I love how you are using the bonus blocks and planning ahead for a border. Great work!
I seem to have a load of blue scraps too that haven't been tickled... hmmm..