Saturday, December 6, 2014

RSC2014 Layouts

Well, I need to decide what I need to complete my 36 block Pickle dish quilt. I know that I precut the black and white pieces I need for my last three blocks. Now to decide what color or colors I want to use.  So I think I will lay out my blocks and see what I might need.


 I am so glad that Angela gave us this wiggle room.  Hmmmmm decisions decisions?????  I decided a couple of purple and  deep blue would do the trick. Here are all the parts ready to go.

 
Friday morning, I woke up early and assembled the last three blocks.  My husband is on call this weekend so he has to go in to work for  a couple of hours to make his rounds, so  it is a great morning to assemble some of the those pickle dish blocks into rows.  There are only 36 blocks so it shouldn't take too long.


blocks ready to be sewn

 I am adding a 1 inch border made out of the same fabric as the background of the pickle dish blocks. Just a place for the eye to rest so the polka dot binding won't take away from the graphic pickles.  The backing is being planned in my head.  I want to use the bright scraps I have left to piece some blocks to add width to my backing, since it isn't quite wide enough.  I thought it would be a great time to play with my easy angle and companion ruler that I have had for ages but just never used.

five more rows to go

Last week I went ahead and made another orange/rust block for my wonky star quilt.  It was what I needed to complete my layout.  I love the way it turned out and never thought I would end up with this layout.  So this is how the top looks completed!  I think the same binding will work for both quilts, so polka dots it is! Hopefully, by next week both tops will be done! 

 

51 comments:

  1. Your wonky stars make me happy. They sparkle all over the quilt!

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    1. It was very fun to make. So I glad I could use up all those scraps too!

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  2. Great progress. Love the wonky star quilt, it looks great with the additional block! As for the pickle dish -- just WOW. It is coming together beautifully. Fabulous scrap busting year for you!

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    1. I am very pleased! Been wanting to make the Pickle Dish for several years and just making three a month made it doable for me.

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  3. Love the wonky stars... must remember to add that to my list for next year! Good luck getting those quilts into tops and quilted. The polka dot binding is going to look great.

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    1. Looking forward to seeing your wonky star! I plan to quilt wonky star after Christmas mostly by machine. The " I'll bring the pickles" will be big stitched after I get Simple but Not finished.

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  4. Your quilts have turned out great...and I just LOVE that wonky star quilt! So cute!

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    1. Thanks Linda! So glad to at least have some tops finished. Such a good feeling.

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  5. what great quilts! it's so fun to get our quilts sewn together, isn't it- after working so hard on them all year!

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  6. Those pickle dish blocks remind me of a dish of bright Christmas candies! :)

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    1. I guess they do in those bright colors! I plan on using it as a picnic quilt when we go to the park. I named it " I'll Bring the Pickles"!

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  7. Both of your RSC projects look wonderful! I am inspired by your Pickle Dish blocks!

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    1. Would love to see your version some day! They are fun blocks to make!

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  8. I have wanted to do a pickle dish for a long time. What did you learn making these? Any hints? How large are the blocks as they look big. The stars are just terrific. The mixed color around them makes them special too, so now you've inspired me to make yet another quilt!! Thanks. If you want to email with answers about the pickle dish, it's leeannaquilts at gmail dot com
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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  9. Wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL!!! I especially love your pickle dish blocks!!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much! I really had fun working on these two quilts every month!

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  10. those pickles are lovely and your wonky stars came out beautifully, Carla. I love how the colors seem to melt into one another...hugs, Julierose

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    1. I love the color melting too! I was pretty sure I would do a random scattering of the color but this layout won out. It was fun playing with the layout!

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  11. I'm planning to join in the fun in 2015, so I'm surfing for ideas. Great projects!!

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    1. You will have a great time! Such a fun way to make a quilt, as each month is like it's own little project!

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  12. Just love your projects this year. Stars are my all time favourite block so of course your Wonky Star quilt is a personal favourite. The pickle dish block is one I've looked at several times but never tried. I like what you did with them. A great finish!

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    1. I agree you can't go wrong with stars! Such a fun way to make a quilt so glad I joined in this year.

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  13. Love those pickle dish blocks! Beautiful quilts!

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  14. I love the stars but the pickle dish just sings to me. Both are fabulous!

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    1. Ellen I know with your abilities you could easily make one!

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  15. Both of your quilts are just fabulous. I have been a super fan of your pickle dish all year long. But seeing the wonky star come together so well...I think it will have to go on my "to do" list too.

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    1. It's a great one for using some scraps and I love the explosion of color!

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    1. Thanks Carla! I need to look up the history of this block I have no idea where it came from.

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  17. Both your RSC projects turned out beautifully. I really like the secondary pattern that shows up in the Pickle Dish quilt.

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    1. I agree about the secondary pattern, nothing to not like about this quilt. Even making it was fun!

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  18. Two beauties from the RSC. Love them.
    Hugs

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    1. Thanks Terri! Looking forward seeing all the finishes for those that participated in the challenge

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    1. Your too funny! So good to get to this point now to get them quitled

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous projects Carla! You must be so pleased!

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    1. So glad I joined the challenge. I have learned so much and used some of those darn scraps that seem to multiply!

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  21. You have had amazing progress! So happy you have so much going on good for you! Thanks for sharing :) Kathi

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    1. Thanks Kathi, I felt like I was spinning my wheels since August, now things are finally coming together.

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  22. Both are great. I LOVE the simplicity of the Wonky Stars, yet it's sooooo pretty too.

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    1. I agree a very very easy quilt. Can't wait to see what the quilting will do to it.

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  23. I love both of your rainbow projects! The Pickle Dish blocks are gorgeous, and the wonky stars are wonderful too.

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  24. I just came over from Angela's blog. I love your Pickle Dish blocks. So impressed, in fact, that I am seriously thinking of making it my RSC15 endeavor. This year I did a Snowball quilt. I have very little time to quilt during the school year and the Snowball made it easy for me to make the blocks each month. The Pickle Dish looks more complicated, so I am hesitating.
    What size were the finished blocks? Did you foundation piece the arcs? Thanks!

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    1. There are only 36 blocks so that is 3 a month. They finish around 10 inches making a 60x60 inch quilt without borders. Yes I used a paper foundation from the book Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance. It isn't really hard just make up the parts and stitch together. I precut the background and the centers for all of the blocks in January so they were ready for the rest of the year.

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  25. I enjoy seeing the block parts each time you show them.

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