Friday, July 15, 2016

Scrap Happy in July

Thank goodness there's something to be happy about! Never has that old saying about the world going to hell in a hand basket felt more true. (Or is that how the saying goes? Sounds a little strange when I write it out like that.)

Anyway. Remember my medallion start out of orphan crazy blocks?

 
Did I show you the little flying geese I made to go down the sides to add width?


The next logical step - or so it seemed to me at the time - was to surround it with some of the 8" postage stamp stars I've been making in conjunction with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.


This was only one of the iterations I tried. I didn't like any of them. The flimsy stayed on the wall for days without any new ideas coming forward. Finally I took it down so I could clear my head. Instead I focused on making some stars in the RSC color palette for July, hot pink and lime green.


This one's more coral and a toned-down green but it works.


There were a few more, and a couple of 6" Hole in the Barn Door blocks to boot. The best part is that I was inspired to put the medallion back on the wall and try this:


Which I quite like. I've added a one inch strip (finished) to the top and bottom so I can have seven of the 6" shoo-fly blocks running down the sides without any compensating strips or sashing. I have to find something to run between the geese and the shoo-fly blocks, and then I'll add shoo-fly blocks along the top and bottom as well. That should give me a flimsy measuring about 48" x 58." That will be a good place to stop for a quilt for a child. Or maybe even a lap quilt for an adult receiving chemotherapy. The thing I like best about scrap quilts is that there's so much to look at in them. I'm sure those sitting in cold clinic rooms having drugs pumped into their bodies would appreciate every happy distraction available.

I'm linking up with Kate and Gun for Scrap Happy Day and with the other RSC bloggers on Saturday. There will be lots of happy distractions in all those posts. :- )

12 comments:

Kate Chiconi said...

Those borders are great – they really tie the whole thing together, a huge improvement on the previous version! Having undergone chemo myself, I can wholeheartedly agree that a lap quilt is a great comfort, and if it's interesting to look at, so much the better, especially if you're wearing the chilled 'oven gloves' they make you wear with some forms of chemo to preserve your fingernails. You can't read, so a pretty and varied quilt to look at would be a boon.

gayle said...

Oh, I love those shoofly blocks! Much better choice than the stars, which seems odd to me given how crazy I am about stars!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I like the flying geese a lot and I think your latest layout is excellent!!!

Mari said...

I liked the stars, but the shoofly blocks are really nice too. Love the geese!

The Joyful Quilter said...

I enjoy seeing the process to arrive at a pleasing quilt from the Parts Department. Thanks for sharing!!

Marly said...

I like the way you used the flying geese and the shoofly blocks to pull the orphans together so they "belong"!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That's going to be a really neat quilt, and the peerfect comfort for someone going through chemo. I love how you've made it all from your scraps and orphan blocks!

PaulaB quilts said...

You have come up with an excellent solution, as you invariably do. That design wall gets a real workout from your parts dept. A very thoughtful idea for the chemo patients to give comfort to body and mind. Keep up the good work!

rutigt said...

Great scrapquilt! Love the borders you´ve made.

Pamela Arbour said...

I like what you did with your scrappy medallion. I liked all of your efforts, but I think I like your last the best. Way to go!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Oh this just looks awesome ! So creative, bright and cheery ; it just POPS!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Pink and green always make me happy, but so does scrappy.