It has been a busy weekend, finishing things up for Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. With the weather getting cold and Christmas fast approaching it seemed like the perfect time to buckle down and finish things up.
Something shifted a few weeks ago when I made my first pieced backing for the bright swirls quilt. Buying fabric for backings and making the backings suddenly became as much fun as making the tops…and since then I’ve been making fairly swift progress through the big bin in the storage room that holds all the projects that are waiting to be quilted. The bright scrappy stars quilt which I blogged about when I was piecing it and layering it several months ago has finally been completed!
These are the first 39 of the 200 items that I pledged to send to Pine Ridge at the start of the 2016. A while back, mid-year, I began to wonder whether I’d be able to send 200 handcrafted things…and the whole 200 may not be handmade, but the majority will be. I’ve got quite a few more hats to send, quite a few crayon rolls finished and more ready to sew. I’ve also got crocheted wash cloths and some purchased dolls, some homemade doll clothes and a couple of quilts and another baby blanket that I think will go there because they are needed there.
One of the things I’ve wanted to make for a while are some of the crayon rolls that I’ve seen around the internet–especially on Pinterest. I’ve thought that they would be great to send to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Since I’ve been browsing the internet looking for patterns for crayon rolls, and trying to figure out what I need to buy to make some of them, I thought I’d share some links to some of the patterns that are out there. I’m sure this is something I’ll refer back to again, as there are quite a few different ways to make these crayon rolls…and well…I like variety. 🙂 I get bored if I do too many things that are too much the same…even if I do like the security of knowing what I’m doing and knowing what I need to have on hand to do it.
I spent some time last night quilting the first Scrappy Stars Quilt. There is a second Scrappy Stars Quilt in the works but it is made with black stars and scrappy centers. This bright colored one has been in the works for a long time. You may remember seeing it a year or so ago on the old site. The top has been finished and the quilt has been layered and waiting for me to quilt it for about a year.
Early in 2016 I committed to sending 200 items to Pine Ridge. It was that commitment which initially inspired me to learn to crochet. I started with cotton dishcloths and then went to winter scarves and then to hats. After about 30 hats I got a bit bored with hats and needed a bit of a break so I decided to make a baby blanket. The first blanket I made using Lion Brand’s Lemon Swirl Big Scoop Ice Cream Yarn. This one is made using Lion Brand’s Cotton Candy Big Scoop Ice Cream Yarn.
A year or two ago, I participated in the Happy Squares Swap. My niece Lauraya and I enjoyed making and collecting the blocks. This past week we started sewing them together into a quilt top. 2 rows down, 4 to go!
My nephew Alex fancies himself a cowboy and is very much into horses…real ones and toy ones. He spends hours arranging his toy horses in fences and keeps an eye out at Aldi’s for boxes which would make good barns. In short, he’s horse crazy. Any time he has the opportunity to buy a new toy, he gravitates to additional horses for his herd. This is why when I saw this horse fabric at JoAnn’s a couple of weeks ago I knew I had to get it and use it to make a quilt for Alex.
After I shared the finish of the top and the layering for the Bright Swirls Quilt, several people asked about the pattern. The pattern is very easy and is fun, so I thought I’d work up the pattern and the cutting list for those who want to make a similar quilt. The quilt is constructed using the Rolling Stone Block which I got from EQ7.
For the quilts I’ll be featuring in this post, I started with a nifty feature in EQ7 which allows you to choose a complex setting scheme and then apply blocks, fabrics, and colors to the scheme. I started with a layout for a 47×47 inch quilt…a good size for a lap or baby quilt.