Friday, January 28, 2022

RSC January 2021: Red

January's Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) color is red!

How appropriate for making Valentine's Day projects!

Well, that's what I did anyway.

Time was a bit short to sew this month with getting one of two projects done for 
The Polar Bear Plunge (see previous post). The larger of the two (hubby's quilt) needs 
to be completed yet. It will get done. In time.

I was also a pattern tester for Lesley at Berry Birdy Designs.

I chose to make the pillow top. 
It's 16" square and still needs quilting and the zipper to get it finished. 
This, too, will get done!
She released this pattern just today ....Snow Star Pattern.
Options for a mug rug, pillow, or wall hanging are included. 
A larger quilt can be made if multiple star blocks are made. 

Back to the reds....

I pulled out my smallish pile of Valentine's fabrics. 
I'd seen several garlands on Pinterest that I liked, so I mingled a few ideas 
together and made 5 of them to string above my cook top in the kitchen.

Using a large heart template, 
I cut out 5 of different fabrics for the bigger hearts.
With the smaller template, I cut 5 hearts all of the same fabric, 
plus 5 batting pieces...franken-sized! 
Gotta use those scraps!

The batting was sewn under the smaller hearts with a blanket stitch. 
They are a bit puffy, which is the look I was going for.
Then I used scraps of red and white felt for backing and cut heart shapes.

Some whip-stitching happened to bring the front and back together. 
Using simple DMC embroidery floss in ecru, they have that 
ol' time country look. 

Red and white twisted string holds them together!

I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to think about adding a garland in my kitchen!
I've always loved them, but I've never made one or bought one. 

This was my star garland for Christmas.

Of course, as you can imagine, there will be shamrocks, 
Easter eggs, flags, leaves, turkeys and more coming! 

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  1. I love your heart garland. The perfect way to use up those neverending scraps. I look forwrd to seeing your next garland.

  2. Super festive use of those RED scraps, Kathy!! Thanks for linking up with the January 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge. LOVE that you decorated with some snowmen, too! :o))

  3. I love your garland stars, great way to use some smaller scraps that we all have languishing in our stash;)

  4. I love your heart garlands. I am joining in on RSC2022 and very pleased to see the great things people are doing with their scraps.

  5. Your sweet RSC project is perfect for Valentines! What a great place to hang the garland. Yep, I can see a whole set in your future, one for each holiday. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  6. By all means get the hubby quilts done! I put off Mr. G's QOV and T-shirt quilt because I thought I had plenty of time and worked on everyone else's quilts first. Now its too late. He didn't get to wrap up in them.
    The heart garland turned out great and what a great place to hang it!