It's been fun this week, hunting around in my scraps and stash for fabric in the February colors of browns and pinks. January was easy - blue seems to be everywhere around here, but I wasn't as sure about what I would find for my February blocks. So I was actually surprised to see how much I had and it turns out that I've been able to add something to each of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects.
But first, when I saw the colors Angela at So Scrappy had chosen, I immediately thought of my Winter in the Woods quilt
, made out of Into the Woods by Lella Boutique, which I think is the perfect combination of pink and brown, with a little dark red and teal thrown in. I had a few orphan blocks leftover from that quilt, and I decided to turn them into coasters to use whenever we are having coffee or tea in our family room.
Since I actually had four leftover blocks, I made these coasters two-sided! After squaring each block up to 6 1/2 inches, I sandwiched two of them together with a piece of batting and quilted very simply with wavy lines of stitching, then used another brown fabric I had for the binding. I have a lot of this brown, so it will show up in my RSC blocks, too. Since these match my Winter in the Woods quilt and pillow, they make a great set for February decorating!
Then I started working on my RSC blocks - lots of four patches to begin with. Just for fun I put them up on the design wall with a few blue blocks.
I think these four blocks, below, are my favorite brown and pink combination so far! I'm not sure how these blocks will end up going together, but it will be fun to see what they grow into.
I also made a few 16 patch blocks. These are made with two 21 inch strips, and I have less of those in my scraps, so to make more, I think I'll have to get creative with the pink and brown scraps I do have. My plan is to make six of these each month in each color combination, so that I'll end up with 60 blocks by the end of October.
Finally, I added one more Scrap Jar Star to my collection. I plan to make two of these blocks each month, so that I'll have a total of 20 by the end of the year. This week's star has lighter browns and darker pinks.
Next week's star will have some darker brown with brighter pink in it. Below are the stars I have made so far, up on the design wall. (I made the yellow one in December for an experiment!) I love the secondary pattern that is starting to emerge with the corner blocks!
So far, I am really enjoying this challenge of using my scraps to create something new as the year goes along! I was certainly surprised at what I came up with to sew together this week, and I'm not done with brown and pink yet!
Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy
for Scrap Happy Saturday, and looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been working on!