Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stash Report Sunday 2/7/16

I have started a new hand-stitching project, the Glorious Hexagons quilt. This is a new block of the month group at Intown Quilters, one of my favorite local quilt shops. The two quilts below are our inspiration for this BOM. The Garden Hexagons was made by Liza Prior Lucy, and the Carnival Hexagons was made by Kim McLean. They have published a booklet/pattern for their quilts, but most of the blocks in these quilts are pieced using patterns from the book The New Hexagon by Katja Marek. Each hexagon measures 3" along the finished edges.
Glorious Hexagons by Liza Prior Lucy     Carnival Hexagons by Kim McLean 
Garden Hexagons Carnival Hexagons

The fabric at the right side of the next photo is going to be one of the featured prints in my Glorious Hexagons quilt. I found it in my stash, probably purchased back in the days when I used to do lots of Stack & Whack quilts. The date on the selvage says 1998! I felt the need to add at least one more large-scale print for my blocks and purchased the floral print at the top left. This floral is not at all the type of print I usually buy, but I hope it will work well for the fussy-cutting in this quilt. The yellow print at the bottom is a Kaffe Fassett fabric that I just couldn't leave behind.

I did have some usage this week too--1.375 yards for the borders on Allietare, the Bonnie Hunter 2015 mystery quilt. You can see photos of my finished top in yesterday's post.

Used this week:             1.375 yards     
Used year to date:         12.25 yards

Stashed this week:          2.75 yards
Stashed year to date:    10.25 yards 

 Net year to date:      2.0 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. The more days  I quilt, the more quilts I can get done and the more fabric used. I ended up with a perfect record for January, 31 for 31 days. Unfortunately, I have already missed one day this month.

15 Minute Challenge:  
February 1 - 6            5 for 6 days
January total              5 for 6 days

350 Block Challenge at Prairie Moon Quilts:
This week's block total:    27

Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.  

Julie in GA

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Allietare Mystery TOP DONE!!

All last week Bonnie Hunter has been hosting a link up for quilters to share photos of their versions of her Allietare mystery quilt. It has been so much fun to check out all the different variations and color combinations. Some people even have their quilts totally quilted and finished!

I finished assembling the top of my Allietare quilt a couple days ago, but today was my first chance to get any decent photos of it. The poorly-lit, through-the-doorway shots just wouldn't do for this beauty! I managed to rig up a way to hang the quilt top off the railing of our deck in order to get some outdoor photos.

My version of Allietare was planned as a Quilt of Valor. Changing the color scheme was easy, just a switch of Bonnie's grey and black to light blue and dark blue. Instead of making the full size of the original quilt (82" x 96"), I made 2/3 - 3/4 of each unit in the directions. Bonnie's quilt has 30 of the star blocks and 20 of the alternate blocks, mine has 20 stars and 12 alternates. The numbers worked out very well, and I ended up with very few extra parts. My quilt top measures  67" x 81".

This closer photo will give you a better look at my fabric choices. One of my few regrets is that I wish I had used more brighter blues and fewer navy blues, but that is a minor point. My quilt was made entirely from stash fabrics including many shirt scraps in the lights and the light blues. I even mitered the corners on the striped outer border!

I had so much fun making this quilt, and it may be my most successful mystery quilt ever! There is a very strong chance that I will decide to keep this quilt and make something else for Quilts of Valor. (I don't feel too guilty about that because I just delivered three other QOV tops and backs today.)

I am sharing with the Allietare mystery link-up over at Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog. I am also linking up with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework and Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

One Monthly Goal--February 2016

Heidi at Red Letter Quilts is hosting OMG (One Monthly Goal). The idea is that each participant sets a quilt-related goal and posts it on their blog or on Flickr at the beginning of the month. Once the goal is achieved, they link up another post before the end of the month sharing their accomplishment. Everyone who meets their goal and posts for both linkups is eligible for prizes!

Sometimes that public declaration of a goal is just the motivation I need to keep me focused on a project rather than flitting around to try out new ideas. I was successful on my January goal, so let's see how it goes this month.

My February goal seems like it should be easy, but it has been hanging around and nagging at me for several months with very little progress being made. This is the center of my "Tell It to the Stars" quilt, which was a BOM mystery by Judy Laquidara in 2014.

I kept up with making the blocks all year (2 per month), but then got totally bogged down on the borders. All that's left is finishing the pieced border, then adding two more plain borders. Like I said, it seems easy, but just hasn't gotten finished. I've worked on it occasionally over the past year, but never completed the quilt. Now's the time to get 'er done!!

I'm heading over to the February link-up for OMG at Red Letter Quilts to see what everyone else hopes to get done this month!

Julie in GA

Monday, February 1, 2016

Nine-Patch Monday

My latest quilting obsession has been the humble nine-patch. One of my chosen projects for the 2016 Rainbow Scrap Challenge is the amazing pattern "Ring Cycles" by Lessa Siegele. Here is my favorite version from her quilt pattern.

Ring Cycles" by Lessa Siegele, available from Craftsy

My version of the quilt will be a reversal of the colors above, a light background with blocks in blues, teals, greens and purples. I found a great background fabric, Chromadots from Blank Quilting. I knew I didn't want a solid background, but it couldn't be too distracting either. Here's the background with some of the first few blue blocks.

So far I have made about 140 blocks, approximately half of what is needed for the quilt. I couldn't resist putting a batch of blocks up on the wall to see how the design is coming together. It's so exciting to see the rings begin to show up (even though this doesn't include the background fabric except in the 9P blocks.)

I will be sharing with the following linky parties.:

Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Scraptastic Tuesday at Mrs Sew and Sow
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Julie in GA

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Stash Report Sunday 1/31/16

It wasn't a big week for quilting, but I did manage to get in a little time every day. I believe in plugging away at my projects whenever there is a chunk of time available--riding the train to work in the mornings, 20-30 minutes of my lunch hour after I finish eating, maybe an hour or so after dinner in the evening. This week my lunch hours were spent finishing the assembly of my first Bowtie quilt top from my 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. I still have enough blocks left for a second quilt.

Rainbow Bowties 56.5" x 72.5"

My fabric usage for the week was 1.25 yards for 9 Twinkler Star blocks and 5/8 yard for more 9Patch blocks for my Ring Cycles quilt. You can see all of those blocks in yesterday's post.

Used this week:             1.875 yards     
Used year to date:       10.875 yards

Stashed this week:            0.0 yards
Stashed year to date:        7.5 yards 

Net year to date:       3.375 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. The more days  I quilt, the more quilts I can get done and the more fabric used. 

15 Minute Challenge:  
January 24 - 30           7 for 7 days
January total            30 for 30 days

350 Block Challenge at Prairie Moon Quilts:
This week's block total:    50

Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.  

Julie in GA

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Getting Over the Blues

It was a very busy week at work, but still a fairly productive week for my quilting projects. Despite having a houseguest for two nights, I was able to spend a little time quilting every day this week, and it shows on my design wall.

First up are the Twinkler Stars for the RSC 2016 Sampler. Angela's design called for eight stars, but somehow I ended up with nine of them. I love the look of this block!

Twinkler Stars, 9" blocks
RSC 2016 Sampler

One of my projects for the 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge was bowtie blocks. I made 40 - 50 bowties each month, and I have been joining them together into tops. The first top was completed this week, and I have enough blocks left for another one this size (about 56" x 72".) This quilt used 252 of the bowtie blocks, and each block finishes at 4".

Getting this top together was also my January goal for OMG (One Monthly Goal) at Red Letter Quilts. It feels very good to have met my goal for the first month!

I have also been making more blue 9-patch blocks for the Ring Cycles quilt, but there isn't any space on my design wall to put them up. Here are 39 more 9P blocks, plus two of the 8P that go around the outside edges of the quilt. I believe I have made almost half of the total number of blocks needed for this quilt. On the left side are more strips to be cut for additional blocks.

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, January 25, 2016

Design Wall Monday 1/25/16

There are some quilters who can cut and stitch quilts fast enough to make your head spin. I will never be one of those quilters. I am much more like the tortoise than the hare--slow and steady. Lately I have been trying harder to keep going on current projects rather than setting them aside for something new. As long as I keep making progress, I am happy. That is certainly better than adding to the UFO collection!

My latest slow-and-steady project has been Allietare, Bonnie Hunter's 2015 mystery quilt. I am not one of those quilters who had their quilt top finished within a day or a week of Bonnie's reveal on New Year's Eve. I made my blocks over the first 10 or so days of January, and I have been getting them all joined together since then. I have the center of the quilt finished and just need to get a border or two on it next.

I will be sharing with the following linky parties.:

Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Julie in GA
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