Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Little Celebration

Happy Fourth of July fellow citizens of the USA



Belated well wishes to my Canadian friends for their recent Canada Day anniversary too. :- )

When I started pulling red remnants for my RSC blocks this month I very quickly ran into some patriotic prints. They have been the focus of my block building this week. It all began with some 1.5" squares leftover from a project years ago. I made them into 9 Patch blocks and then turned those into little Sawtooth Stars (6").


Those of you who have been part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge longer than I have (this is my first official year) are probably well aware that red scraps can come from seasonal prints. For example, I found these hearts that were part of a Valentine's Day line:



And then I found these teddy bears and the ecru holly print in my Christmas stash.


I have to say, that block has me thinking about a red and white quilt for the Christmas season. For that matter, we could leave it out through Valentine's Day! 

At the end of the week this is what my design wall looked like:


Not bad, given how hot it's been around here. We are not used to, or prepared for, high temperatures in this corner of the States. My husband finally broke down and bought a portable air conditioning unit. Until it off-gasses completely it has to stay in the garage so any fumes it generates won't make me ill. Mr. Magpie has set up a bed out there so he can be comfortable through the night. He feels the heat more keenly than I do. I can manage with a fan in the bedroom, at least as long as the air quality remains safe enough for me to keep the windows open!

I'm linking up with the other Rainbow Scrap Challenge bloggers over at SoScrappy. There's a wonderful variety of blocks being made around the world!

14 comments:

Mari said...

Very pretty blocks! I've found the best reds in Christmas fabrics as well. Very hard to find a good red otherwise. Have a great 4th!

scraphappy said...

Red really can come out to play for lots of different holidays. Combining colors can give such different effects.

Nell's Quilts said...

What a patriotic looking design wall! Hope you're enjoying the 4th weekend and it's not too, too hot. Great work on those small saw tooth star blocks.

Sheila said...

LOVE your stars! Hope you are having a nice Fourth of July today.

talltalesfromchiconia said...

Your patriotic stars are beautiful as well as apt for the season! I haven't been able to sew for a couple of days due to the surgery making my right arm almost impossible to move without pain, so I have to enjoy everyone else's work vicariously.

sunny said...

you've been very busy in the red scrap bin!! Lovely assortment of blocks.

Mystic Quilter said...

What a lovely selection of red stars!

LA Paylor said...

I like that wall of fun. Good luck with the AC. Shouldn't outgas too long although I have an iron that still, three years later is smelly and I can only use it outside. Grrrr. What the heck?
LeeAnna

Angie said...

Such a glorious collection of blocks! It will be fun following them to see where they end up!

Karen said...

Lots and lots of lovely red blocks. I really like your patriotic fabric.

PaulaB quilts said...

You gave me a new outlook on reds. I struggled to get true reds for my rainbow zigzag, did not think to look at seasonals, and why not? I heard about your heat wave and am so sorry for your misery. The great thing about Wisconsin is the air conditioning, taken for granted here. After 50 years on the West Coast, it sure beats denial that you need it.

Jennifer said...

great blocks- I love the red, whites and blues together!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Here's hoping for cooler and better air . . . love your reds and whites (and blues).

desertskyquilts said...

Wow, I just know I commented on this last week ... but it isn't here! I love your blocks. I love the variety on your wall. That's going to make a great quilt. I really came over to ask, though, how you were doing with the heat. I hope it's calmed down some, or the A/C is okay for you now.