Sunday, May 24, 2015

Stash Report Sunday 5/24/15

This week ended up with movement of fabric both in and out of my stash. I received a group of fabrics ordered from Fabric.com, 6 yards total. My usage was 4.75 yards for the back of my Boston Fiesta quilt (you can see the quilt top HERE) and 4 yards for the center of the green Blooming 9-Patch Quilt.


New fabrics

Boston Fiesta back
Green Blooming 9-Patch
TOTALS:
Used this week:                       8.75 yards     
Used year to date:                 69.75 yards

Stashed this week:                    6.0 yards
Stashed year to date:          57.625 yards 

Net year to date:             12.125 yards used

Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times


Julie in GA

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Going for the Greens

Green is the color for May at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Green is also one of my favorite colors for quilting. My shelf of green fabrics is stuffed full, and I have lots of scraps and pieces for use in my rainbow projects. I made progress on four different projects that include green this week (although they are not all scrap quilts, but they do include the right color.)

I made a little progress on both of my on-going RSC projects, the applique circles and the bowtie blocks. I have been stitching circles on the train, and the bowties have been my leader/ender blocks. I will be making more of both kinds of blocks before the end of the month.

"True Colors" by Nancy Mahoney
from the book Simple Circles and Quick Curves

Rainbow Bowties
4" blocks
The majority of my quilting time over the past week was spent on my green UFO project, the leftover Blooming 9-Patch parts. I finished making more blocks to go with the ones I already had. I had been auditioning a couple of border fabrics last weekend, but was very happy to discover that I had another piece of the darkest green (like the setting triangles at the bottom) and can use that for the border. I have started joining the parts together and hope to have a finished top to show next week.




Voting has begun for the Blogger's Quilt Festival which includes my Dancing Stars Quilt in the ROYGBIV category. This was my RSC project from 2013. You can vote by going HERE and click on the little heart on your favorite to cast a vote.


Dancing Stars 60" x 77"
pattern by Amy Ellis

Check out all of the terrific scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I will also be linking up on Sunday to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework.


Julie in GA

Monday, May 18, 2015

Design Wall Monday 5/18/15

There wasn't a whole lot of time for quilting over the weekend. Most of the time was spent preparing for a party held here Sunday night--lots of cooking and cleaning got done. It was a great party though and worth all the effort, especially since we now have a clean house as a result.

I did manage to attach the borders to the Boston Fiesta quilt that I showed partially together last week. You can see the completed quilt top HERE. Now it's time to figure out what to use for the backing.

I have been fooling around with a collection of 9-patch blocks left over from a Blooming 9-Patch I made 10 years ago. I want to use up as many of the leftovers as possible, and I keep changing the parts around on my design wall. Here is where it all stands at the moment. Two different border fabrics are being auditioned. I'm not totally in love with it, but I think it might be time to say "good enough," stitch it all together, and move on.



I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, where you can see all sorts of amazing quilting inspiration! I am also linking up to Monday Making over at Love Laugh Quilt.

Julie in GA

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stash Report Sunday 5/17/15

I made a bit of a dent in my stash this week, but nothing significant. I finally finished the binding and hanging sleeve on my Dancing Stars quilt (which has been waiting patiently for about six months since coming back from quilting.) That used 1 yard of fabric. I also added the border to the Boston Fiesta quilt top. Up next will be the backing for that quilt.


Dancing Stars 60" x 77"
pattern by Amy Ellis available HERE


Boston Fiesta quilt top
60" x 74"

TOTALS:
Used this week:                        1.5 yards     
Used year to date:                  61.0 yards

Stashed this week:                      0 yards
Stashed year to date:         51.625 yards 

Net year to date:             9.375 yards used

Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times


Julie in GA

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Playing with Greens

This was a week where I developed a bad case of quilter's ADD. I just couldn't seem to settle down and work on my ongoing projects. Instead I kept pulling out all sorts of UFOs and playing with the remains from past quilts, trying to turn them into something new.

As part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I have been working on UFOs based on the color of the month. Green is our color for May, and I realized that I have made 3 different 9-patch quilts that were each primarily green. I pulled out this collection of leftovers from a Blooming Nine-Patch that I made around 2005. The box contained leftover blocks plus sample blocks with fabrics that weren't used in the final quilt. There were also quite a few pre-cut strips, some of which were already sewn up into strip sets, plus I have some yardage of all the fabrics.



I have been trying out different arrangements of blocks on the design wall and making more blocks from the pre-made strip sets. I need to find something with a little more punch to it for the center, but otherwise this is coming together nicely.



The other UFO that features green is my Boston Fiesta quilt, which is now a finished top! I finished joining all the blocks together a couple days ago and added the green border today. I have a fabulous bright print that I was planning to use for the back, but when I went to press it, I discovered that it is stretchy on the crosswise grain. There must be some spandex or something like that in there. I bought the fabric at a discount fabric store 10 years ago, so there is no way to tell now. I am searching my stash for other backing options.


Boston Fiesta top
60" x 74"

Boston Fiesta reject backing
Even better than finishing the Boston Fiesta top was completing the binding on my Dancing Stars quilt. This was my first project as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I made the star blocks in 2013, made the top and had it quilted in 2014, and finally finished the binding this week. I have entered this quilt in the ROYGBIV category of the Blogger's Quilt Festival; you can read my entry post HERE.


Dancing Stars 60" x 77"
pattern by Amy Ellis
Check out all of the terrific scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I will also be linking up on Sunday to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework.


Julie in GA

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival--Dancing Stars



Once again it is time for the spring Blogger's Quilt Festival, the wonderful online quilt show organized by Amy at Amy's Creative Side. There is always an overwhelming array of amazing quilts entered in the festival. I can't wait to start working my way through the entries and seeing the beautiful quilts!

My entry for this spring started as part of the Dancing Stars quilt-along designed by Amy Ellis, our hard-working hostess for the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Here is the pattern design from Amy's Craftsy store. Not only is it a spectacular pattern, it's also available for free! 



I made my blocks all throughout 2013 as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The blocks are foundation pieced, and the finished block size is 6". We were assigned a monthly color, and I made about a dozen blocks each month, ending up with a total of 135 stars at the end of the year. 111 of those blocks were used in the finished quilt.


Dancing Stars 60" x 77"
pattern by Amy Ellis
The quilt back is just as much fun as the front. The wonderful batik fabric for the back came from a skirt that I bought at a rummage sale. It was made up of rectangular pieces of fabric, which I took apart and pieced back together for this quilt back. The binding is the same solid black as the background of the stars.




QUILT SPECS:
Dancing Stars
Finished size: 60" x 77"
Pattern: "Dancing Stars" by Amy Ellis, available HERE
Blogger's Quilt Festival ROYGBIV Category

Bloggers will be posting their entries in 11 different categories for the Blogger's Quilt Festival until May 21st. Check out the incredible quilting artistry on display HERE. Voting for your favorites runs from May 22nd until the 29th. The rainbow quilts, including my Dancing Stars, can be found HERE.

Julie in GA

Monday, May 11, 2015

Design Wall Monday 5/11/15

My design wall hasn't changed much since last week due to lack of quilting time. I did manage to fix another group of my Boston Fiesta blocks, changing the direction of some seams so they nest together.  They have been joined together into a row, but they have not been stitched to the main section yet. Only one more group of blocks left to be fixed, then the center will be complete.




I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, where you can see all sorts of amazing quilting inspiration! I am also linking up to Monday Making over at Love Laugh Quilt.


Julie in GA
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