Catching up on RSC18

First of all, thanks to everyone for the get well wishes.  I am feeling better and have spent the last day or two getting caught up on things.  Whenever I spend time down due to some illness or other, it is always so satisfying to get back to normal and have a regular day.  Do you know what I mean?  It makes me appreciate normal.

squared away

Today I am sharing my RSC18 projects to date.  I finished the green blocks on the last day of March but never took pictures or posted them. The block for March is called Red Cross and dates to 1897.  I don’t get the name but it is a fun block to make.  Luckily I didn’t sew any bits together with the green HST’s pointing the wrong way (unusual for me, I know!) The color was to be light or bright green and this was easy as my green tub is truly overflowing. Like January and February, I tried to keep to the same scrap for each of the Squared Away blocks. Two of the greens look very similar (the lower two) but I am fine with this.

squared away

This green and yellow fabric is striking -somehow I have no idea where it came from.  Usually I can remember but not this time!  I love sampler quilts but sometimes they have a very busy look to them. I think using the gray background and keeping the fabric the same within each block is going to add order to the quilt.

Squared Away

Here are the blocks together, though none have been squared yet.  There is a third purple block but my OCD self couldn’t take the picture with an extra block hanging out in space.  Oh dear, what is wrong with me anyway??

I have said this before but it bears repeating.  Mari, designer of the quilt for Squared Away, does an excellent tutorial and I appreciate the bit of information she provides about each block.  If you haven’t sewn along with her before, I highly recommend her block of the month projects. Organizing, writing, preparing for this sort of event has to be incredibly time consuming.  Thank you Mari!

RSC18 nine patch

 

 

As I make the Squared Away blocks, I have also been pulling smaller scraps from the bins and making nine patch blocks.  These finish at nine inches each.  In February I did a few wonky stars to go with the purple set.  I really like these and will make more as I go along.  I am unsure what I will do with these.  Maybe just sash them in black and use it as a donation quilt.  The nine patch blocks are a breeze and this uses up more of the small scraps in each bin.

RSC18 nine patch

The wonky star blocks add interest to this project.

I need to pull yellow scraps for April.  This could be a challenge because I have so few yellow scraps.  There are some charm squares I might be able to utilize, depending on the cutting instructions for the April block.

Another project I worked on this week was cleaning up my shop.  I have deliveries tomorrow and next week. Hurray for new fabric!!  There was a stack of 1/2 and one yard cuts that were end of the bolt so I did some measuring and pricing.  Each of these is listed in the Bargain section of the shop.  Come take a look, maybe you will find something you like!

Enough for now.  I have lots to do. Hope you are all enjoying a ‘normal’ day too.

Linking up with a number of blogs, including Finished or Not Friday.  See the list up at the top of the page, under Link Ups.

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13 thoughts on “Catching up on RSC18

  1. Wendy

    Oh, those green blocks are so pretty! I don’t get the name either, but they sure are fun. So glad you are back to feeling good again!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I am sure I can dig up some yellow but it likely will be fat quarters and not scraps. I suppose I need to add yellow to my projects – I don’t even have a separate bin for yellow scraps because there aren’t enough to warrant it. Kind of funny because I am certainly not adverse to the color? One of life’s mysteries I suppose. 😉

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  2. Mari

    Bernie, you are so kind. You know I love doing the quilt alongs and tutorials. Your blocks look great! I love the idea of the random stars. Wait until you add some yellow to the RSC blocks–it’s magic! Have a lovely weekend. I’m going to be needing the recipe for those medicinal cookies, by the way!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I know you love it and that is a lucky thing for us! But it is time consuming. I know you spend a great deal of time working out the math, taking the photos etc. So I just needed to thank you for that. 🙂 I will pull yellow pieces this weekend. But I need to finish a few things first to clear a work space in my cluttered sewing room!

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  3. JanineMarie

    All of your RSC projects are so pretty! Funny how we all have a surplus of some color scraps and a lack of others. I have been looking ahead to other colors and know that some later in the year might be a problem—to the point of thinking I might need to do some bigger projects of those colors to generate scraps—except that I think that violates the spirit of RSC somehow.

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  4. Linda

    I love how your RSC blocks are coming together and agree those stars make it pop. I’m so glad you are feeling better. BTW my mouth watered seeing your cookies on IG – lol!

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  5. SarahZ

    Hi Bernie Popping in as I can! So glad you are feeling better! And all your blocks are looking so good! I had so hoped to join in with Mari’s quilt along, but as it is turning out, my timing just isn’t there for now! xo!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Sarah, there are ALWAYS more projects than time. So, we pick and choose and just enjoy what we can. Sometimes it is (almost) as fun watching someones progress as it is joining in – certainly less messy and expensive!

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  6. Sandra

    I’m like that too with usually remembering where I got a fabric! Oh those wonky stars are perfection amongst the 9-patches! I might have to keep that in mind…FORCING myself to only do one RSC this year, (Mari’s is soooo tempting) but it’s hard because there are so many scraps!!! Glad you’re feeling better.

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