Thursday, May 26, 2016

Scraps--No Problem!

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict has been hosting monthly posts with the theme "I May Have a Scrap Problem" since early this year. That phrase certainly applies to me! I love making scrappy quilts, but it feels like the scraps are taking over lately. It's time to get them back under control.



At the beginning of May I pulled this pile of green scraps out of a box of mixed scraps. My goal was to get them trimmed to usable sizes, and then to either file them away or use them to make some blocks.



After trimming, I had some nice, neat stacks of squares, triangles and bricks. The squares are cut to the sizes I use most often--1.5", 2", 2.5", 3" and 3.5". The bricks at the top of the photo measure 1.5" x 2.5" and 2.5" x 4.5".



I also ended up with strips in 1.5", 2", 2.5", and 3.5" widths. Again, these are the sizes that I tend to use the most. My method is mostly based on Bonnie Hunter's Scrap User's System.



I still have a pile of green strings that need to be made into blocks, but I don't know if that will get done before the end of May. Maybe next month?

Check out how successful others were at working through their scraps this month as part of the "I May Have a Scrap Problem" link-up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Julie in GA

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stash Report Sunday 5/22/16

There wasn't much quilting accomplished around here this week. I did finish three more green Folded Box Blocks for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge project, using 3/8 yard from the stash. Check out yesterday's post for a photo of all the Folded Box blocks.
No fabric added to the stash this week!

STASH TOTALS: 
Used this week:             .375 yards     
Used year to date:         32.0 yards

Stashed this week:           0.0 yards
Stashed year to date:    19.25 yards 

 Net year to date:   12.75 yards used


I am joining Kate at Life in Pieces in tracking the number of days each week that I spend at least 15 minutes quilting. Even those little chunks of time can add up to big progress, and quite often the planned 15 minutes in the sewing room turns into an hour or more. I didn't get to do much machine stitching this week, but I did have time for hand stitching on 5 days.

15 Minute Challenge:  
May 15 - 21             5 of 7 days
May total              19 of 21 days
Year to date       134 of 142 days


350 Block Challenge at Prairie Moon Quilts
Blocks made this week:  3


Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.  

Julie in GA

Saturday, May 21, 2016

RSC Folded Box Blocks

This morning seemed like a good time to check out the progress on my newest Rainbow Scrap Challenge project, the Folded Box blocks. I started making these blocks in April, our month for orange. I only made four blocks in orange, but might go back and add a couple more. I also made six blue blocks (January's color?), and then I got totally carried away and made eight blocks in greens for May. I probably have enough green scraps to make eight more if I want to. There are lots of greens lurking in my scrap bins!


 Folded Box blocks
Pattern by Donna Lynn Thomas
I have pieces cut to make some purple blocks for March, then the only color I need to catch up on is brown for February. I haven't really made a plan for how many blocks to make or what size quilt these will become. I'm just enjoying the process of pulling out my scrap drawers and trying to find three fabrics that work together for each block. I think choosing fabrics might be my favorite part of quilting!

Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge every Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday. 

Julie in GA

Monday, May 16, 2016

Design Wall Monday 5/16/16

My design wall is full of green blocks, all made as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Our color for May is green, and I have been having a great time playing with my green scraps. The two rows at the bottom are my newest Rainbow Scrap Challenge project, the Folded Box blocks (see Donna Lynn Thomas' tutorial for this block HERE.) This is a great pattern for playing with value (light/medium/dark) in each block. Some are definitely more successful than others. I love the 3-D effect in these blocks.



At the top of the photo are 24 Flying Geese for the RSC 2016 Sampler. laid out in the Dutchman's Puzzle pattern. Maybe a future RSC project?

I am sharing with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, and  Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt.



Julie in GA

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Stash Report Sunday 5/15/16

This was another week of plugging away at a few different quilt projects, making a little progress on all of them. I made five Folded Box blocks for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge project. I also made 24 green Flying Geese for the RSC 2016 Sampler, and I finished one EPP block for the Glorious Hexagons quilt. You can see a photo of all the blocks in yesterday's post. Best of all, I completed the binding on the 30's Pinwheels baby quilt--my first finish for 2016! Now I need to get it washed up and sent away.

No fabric added to the stash this week!

STASH TOTALS: 
Used this week:             1.25 yards     
Used year to date:      31.625 yards

Stashed this week:           0.0 yards
Stashed year to date:    19.25 yards 

 Net year to date:   12.375 yards used


I am joining Kate at Life in Pieces in tracking the number of days each week that I spend at least 15 minutes quilting. Even those little chunks of time can add up to big progress, and quite often the planned 15 minutes in the sewing room turns into an hour or more.

15 Minute Challenge:  
May 8-14                 7 of 7 days
May total              14 of 14 days
Year to date        129 of 135 days


350 Block Challenge at Prairie Moon Quilts
Blocks made this week:  33


Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.  

Julie in GA

Friday, May 13, 2016

Gallery of Green

It has been so much fun playing with my green scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month. I have finally settled on my monthly project for the RSC, the 3D Folded Box blocks that run across the bottom of the photo. Above them are my 24 Flying Geese for the RSC 2016 Sampler. I love this layout for the geese blocks; I believe it is called Dutchman's Puzzle. The large geese are not joined together, just laid out on the design wall. The small Dutchman's Puzzle block at the top is stitched together though--that block finishes at only 6". The large geese finish at 3" x 6". And just because I finished it yesterday and it is mostly green, there's one little Glorious Hexagon block.




Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge every Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday. I'm also sharing my scrappy efforts with Scraptastic Tuesday (a few days late!) at Mrs. Sew and Sow.

Julie in GA

Monday, May 9, 2016

Design Wall Monday 5/9/16

I have been making blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over the weekend. I am using my green scraps, our color for May, and it seems like all I do is make flying geese units. 


On the left are two 3D Folded Box blocks, and on the right are 8 large flying geese for the RSC 2016 Sampler, plus one small Dutchman's Puzzle block. The larger flying geese units finish at 3" x 6", and the smaller geese in the block are 1.5" x 3".

I am sharing with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, and  Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt.



Julie in GA
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