Saturday, February 25, 2017

Back to Purple Scraps

Our Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for February is green-blue (think teal, turquoise, aqua, etc.) I made two sets of Scrappy Trips blocks using gradations of those colors and got many positive comments on them (see them HERE.) That convinced me to go back and make a new set of purple blocks to replace these earlier blocks from January that do not use a gradation of color.


I made five new purple gradation blocks, but once I got them up on the wall, I wasn't sure how I liked them together. There are two blocks that are definitely more reddish-violet, two are more true purple, and one has a bluish-grey tone. I'm wishing I had mixed the different varieties of purple together instead of segregating them into separate blocks. Here are some of my options for combining the blocks.

Combination #1

Combination #2

Combination #3

Combination #4
My first thought when I finished these blocks and put them up on the wall was to take them all apart and try again, but I really don't want to spend all that time remaking them. Of the four different combinations, I think my top choice would be #1 or #3. I'd love to hear your opinions/suggestions!

I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at both places. 


Julie in GA

Monday, February 20, 2017

Design Wall Monday 2/20/17

My design wall hasn't changed much from the photo I showed in my Stash Report yesterday. I finished a few more of the teal Ribbon Star blocks, bringing my current total up to 17. I love the secondary design that the background makes when the blocks are together.




I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, and Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag. Check out all of them for tons of amazing quilting inspiration! 

Julie in GA

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 2/19/17

My stash report numbers didn't change much this week. I spent most of the week fighting a cold and conserving my energy. My only production was 13 Ribbon Star blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, using 1 yard. There was no new fabric added to the stash.




2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:             1.00 yards
Used year to date:       17.25 yards
Added last week:           0.00 yards
Added year to date:       2.00 yards


I am continuing to join Kate at Life in Pieces in tracking how many days each week I manage to get in at least 15 minutes of quilting time. My 100% streak is intact, going 7 for 7 days again, although there were several days when my only quilting time was my morning train ride.

15 Minute Challenge:  
2/12 - 2/18                7 of 7 days
2017 Total              49 of 49 days



Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA




Saturday, February 18, 2017

Teal and Turquoise Scrappiness

My progress on Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects was limited this week. I've been fighting a terrible cold, and it greatly limited my energy for quilting. Even when I felt the urge to quilt, it needed to be something simple because my brain was so foggy that decision making was nearly impossible. All I was capable of doing was running pieces of fabric through the machine.

I'm working through my drawer of 3" strips, and I still have plenty of teal and turquoise strips to use. I decided to make a variation of Friendship Stars that I believe is called Ribbon Stars. I believe I borrowed this idea/design from Cathy at Cathy's Crazy by Design. She is showing a beautiful set of these blocks this week. I plan to continue making more of these this month and in future months. 




The square-in-a-square nine-patches down the sides of the photo are leftovers from a Storm at Sea quilt I started in 2001 and finished in 2012. Some of those blocks were already made, and I finished making the rest this week. I also made the little Broken Dishes blocks that run across the top from more of those leftovers.

Here is a photo of my finished Storm at Sea quilt, followed by a closer shot showing some of the fabrics. This quilt is the main reason I have such a sizable collection of teal and turquoise scraps.




I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at both places. 



Julie in GA

Monday, February 13, 2017

Design Wall Monday 2/13/17

My design wall is currently covered with most of my blocks for the Meadow Mystery quilt that I have been working on since last July. The original design of the quilt finishes at 60" x 60". I knew from the beginning of this project that I would want to make extra blocks in order to make the quilt rectangular, so I chose fabrics that had at least 25% more yardage than what the pattern called for. The final layout of the quilt was revealed at the beginning of this month, and I have been working on the extra blocks since then. 


Meadow Mystery blocks
Designed by Cheryl Brickey, Meadow Mist Designs

My blocks are all up on the design wall with the wrong sides showing. One of the challenges with a mystery quilt is not knowing which way to press the seams when making blocks. Cheryl, the designer of the mystery, recommended pressing seams open, but I prefer pressing in one direction. I have been changing the direction some seams were pressed to help them nest when blocks get joined to one another. One extra row of blocks has been added to the bottom in the photo, and there is another set of the same blocks to go across the top. My version will finish at 60" x 84". I hope to get these all joined together before the end of the month.

I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, and Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag. Check out all of them for tons of amazing quilting inspiration! 

Julie in GA

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 2/12/17

Last week was spent bouncing around between several different projects. I put together another Star Cluster baby quilt that needs the outer border finished before I can count the yardage. I made four more teal and turquoise Scrappy Trips blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, which you can see in yesterday's post. I also worked on more blocks for the Meadow Mystery quilt in order to make it longer. For the second week in a row, I had 2.75 yards used for the week. No new fabric was added to the stash.

Here is one of the new blocks I made for the Meadow Mystery. The pattern had all the HSTs in blue, but I ran out of my blue fabric. I am mixing in a couple of red triangles in each of these blocks.


2017 STASH TOTALS: 
     Used last week:                    2.75 yards     
Used year to date:              16.25 yards
Stashed last week:                 0.0 yards
 Stashed year to date:             2.0 yards 

Net year to date used:  14.25 yards


I am continuing to join Kate at Life in Pieces in tracking how many days each week I manage to get in at least 15 minutes of quilting time. My 100% streak is intact, going 7 for 7 days again. 

15 Minute Challenge:  
2/4 - 2/11                  7 of 7 days
2017 Total              42 of 42 days



Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA

Saturday, February 11, 2017

More Teal and Turquoise Trips

I started using the Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks (pattern by Bonnie Hunter) as a fill-in project for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year for two reasons: 1. I have a drawer stuffed full of 3" strips that I would like to use up, and 2. I couldn't make a decision on a new project I wanted to start for the RSC. It seemed like a better choice to keep going making blocks I'd already started last year than to start something new.  



After showing my first four teal/turquoise blocks last week, I decided to make another set of blocks to go with them. That produced a set of four that leans toward the teal greens, and another group that is more turquoise blues. I'm planning to make four blocks in nine different colors throughout the year. Each set of four blocks finishes at 30" x 30", so nine sets will make a quilt top that measures 90" square without sashing or borders.




I might decide to remake the purple blocks from January because they are not assembled in gradations of color. The blocks go together fairly quickly, and I love the way these two groups look.

I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at both places. I am also linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday at Mrs. Sew & Sow.




Julie in GA
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