Thursday, April 24, 2014

Purple Sister's Choice Scrap Quilt

I've been quilting with my 2 1/2" square scraps, making "Nine Patch" quilt blocks as a leader/ender project for years.  Having over 100 quilt blocks now, it's time to do something with them.  A scrappy Sister's Choice?  

YES, please!

(The link above is to Quiltville, Bonnie Hunter's Blog where you can find her FREE pattern for her "Scrappy Sister's Choice" which I am using.  Bonnie is very generous with her free patterns.  Go get to know her and buy her books.  You'll love her).  

Picasso had his blue period.   Van Gogh loved yellow.  And I'm preoccupied with purple.  I've been in a purple mood for 2 years now.  This morning I found this Purple blurb and it all became more clear to me, why I can't get purple off my mind.  It's because I NEED it.  Yes!! We need more purple in our lives.  There isn't enough purple in our world.  Seriously.  Look around your house.  Where is the purple? You probably have very little. 

Pantone made "Radiant Orchid" color of the year, practically daring me to use more.  I'm using different shades of purples as my star points on my Sister's Choice blocks. (affiliate links)

My purple fabric drawer is my smallest stash; the color I have the least.  I've been on a no-buy policy for awhile now, so it's forcing me to use my scraps and stash.  I always enjoy this challenge because it obligates me to creativity and seems to inspire a spirit of contentment in my piecing.  If it's all I have, then it's good enough.  It's amazing how beautiful our quilts become when we allow the boring fabric we're sick of, to actually work for us, instead of taking up space in our studio, making us feel guilty because we paid $8.99 a yard for that ghastly yard, and by golly, we're going to use it....some day. 

Behold!!!  2 Colomns, thus far.  

(And doggonnit, I guess the room was too dark when I took these photos.  Next set, the lighting will be better.  I promise). 

2 columns of Sister's Choice blocks finished for my new quilt. 

 This is our new Springer Spaniel foster dog we are rehabilitating right now.  He is a sweet heart of a dog.  A LOT of energy.  Oy vey!  I can't keep up with him.  

Our Springer Spaniel posing in front of my quilt.  Isn't he pretty?
Yes. Hi Charlie. I know you're there.  I see you.  I haven't forgotten you. 
(I'm trying to take photos and here come all the animals.  Seriously?  Can't you give me ONE minute to get something done???  They are like children! 
Charlie photo bombs mom.  Move Charlie.  #nosepower

I really like the secondary star that shows up when you start piecing the rows together.

A star within a Scrappy Sister's Choice
More Sister's Choice blocks

Scrappy Sister's Choice.  Scrap quilts are my favorite!!

So if you were under this scrappy sister's choice quilt, this might be your view.  :)  

I'm doing something different this time.  Instead of piecing all my blocks, then laying them out and sewing them together, I'm sewing them in rows as the blocks are finished.  I'm getting a stack of maybe 20 or so completed, then I'll sit down and put 10 together, stitching them up into a row.  I LOVE THIS!  It's going so fast this way.  I don't know if I'll do this every time, as I can see where mistakes can be made in placement.  But guess what.  I DON'T CARE.  It's good enough.  :)  

What do you think?  Have you ever done this before?

My blocks are piling up.  I LOVE IT.  Such a pretty, pretty block.  My new fav!
I love this photo.  I'm sitting at my sewing machine and my favorite Springer, Olivia is napping in the perfect Kodak moment spot.  I love how my animals always find there way into my colorful fabric, quilty shots.  

There is my purple Sister's Choice preview.  I hope you enjoyed seeing it and I hope you'll return to follow it's progress.  

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OHHHH!  Come back and see another pretty purple quilt I made...a doll quilt for a 4 year old.  I'll share more later.  

Aww, shux!  What Sweet Woodruff's post is complete without Pooh.  He is hoarding all my blocks.  He claimed them and won't move.  Pooh the Hoodlum, giving me fits.  I love him so much.  Even though he's a jerk.  

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” 

~John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice~

Choose Joy!
Be Blessed and Be a Blessing.
Create Beauty.
Encourage one another. 

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Terri Ann @ Childlikefascination said...

That quilt top is going to look just lovely when it's done! Unplanned scrappy quilts scare me a bit cause I'm always afraid of placement regret once it's all put together but the way yours is coming together makes me think that maybe I should let go of that fear...maybe ;)

Pam @Threading My Way said...

If purple calms the mind and clears stress, then I should use way, way more of it. I really do like purple!!! I love how you don't stress too much over fabric placement. This quilt is going to be lovely.

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