Sunday, May 20, 2018

15 Minutes and Stash Report Sunday 5/20/18

The past couple of weeks seem to have slipped by very quickly, and I missed posting my stash report last Sunday. I'm excited to report my first completely finished quilt for the year! I finished the Beveled Blocks quilt that I was making as a gift for my husband. It is a small wallhanging and used a total of 4.5 yards of fabric. This photo is just the top when it was pin basted for quilting. I will share photos of the finished quilt and more info in a separate blog post.


I also used 3/8 yard on my Squared Away sampler blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (see them in this post.) No fabric added to the stash.

2018 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                4.875 yards
Used year to date:              24.5 yards
Added last week:                  0.0 yards
Added year to date:              8.0 yards
Net used year to date:   16.5 yards




Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces has us tracking how many days each week we get in at least 15 minutes of quilting time. Despite our crazy schedule at work, I have managed  to get my 15 minutes every day over the past two weeks.

15 Minute Challenge:  
5/6 - 5/19              7 of 7 days
2018 Total       135 of 139 days


Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and join the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces.


Julie in GA

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Squared Away in Pink

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge colors for May are pink and rose. I didn't expect to have much time to work on my blocks for the Squared Away sampler this week, but the pieces had all been cut out last week. They were the perfect project for one of those nights when I was too tired to think very hard about what to sew.



The top row has three Squared Away blocks. The pattern is called Baton Rouge Square, and the pattern/instructions are available at The Academic Quilter. The two blocks in the bottom row are from the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along at the Fat Quarter Shop (find the pattern HERE.)


Now that we have added a couple of warm colors to the mix, it seemed like a good time to check out the whole group on the design wall. I seem to be one block short on yellow, but I'm pleased with how they are looking together. These will go back in the box until we find out the new color for next month.



I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on SundayBe sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Stash Report Sunday and 15 Minutes to Stitch

My stash report for the past week doesn't show the half yard of usage that seems to have become my usual change over the last several weeks. Instead, my usage was 3/8 yard for the three pink Spinning Boxes blocks that I showed in yesterday's post

More difficult to determine is the yardage added to my stash. I won a giveaway from Mari at The Academic Quilter, and my prize was a package of her yellow scraps left over after our month of using yellow for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. There is everything from a 1/2 yard piece of beige Grunge, several good-sized chunks up to almost a fat quarter, some smaller pieces and strips, plus some pre-cut squares. The thing that amazes me most is that I don't have any of the same yellow fabrics in my stash! I think some yellow crumb blocks lie ahead. I'm counting this as 2.5 yards added.



2018 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:               0.375 yards
Used year to date:          19.625 yards
Added last week:                2.50 yards
Added year to date:              8.0 yards
Net used year to date:   11.625 yards




Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces has us tracking how many days each week we get in at least 15 minutes of quilting time. Work is still very busy, including working another Saturday, but I'm still finding time to quilt every day. 

15 Minute Challenge:  
4/29 - 5/5             7 of 7 days
2018 Total       121 of 125 days


Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and join the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces.


Julie in GA

Saturday, May 5, 2018

OMG May 2018



The new month means it is time to choose my One Monthly Goal for May. I don't have to think too hard about it this month because I have a project with a deadline. Meeting that deadline is going to be a big challenge.

My May goal is to finish the quilting, assembly and binding on the Sister's Choice quilt that I have been making for Sarah's Hands2Help challenge. The blocks for this quilt have all been joined into rows, along with the sashing and borders, and the quilting has started. I am quilting each row separately, then planning to join them together--I haven't done this exact technique before, so wish me luck! The photo cuts off parts of both ends of the quilt, but you can get the idea.




We are supposed to share photos of our completed quilts during the week of May 20 - 25. That's less than three weeks for me to finish this quilt. I'd better get back to my sewing machine! I will report back at the end of the month and let you see how it turned out. 

I am joining the One Monthly Goal link-up for May at Elm Street Quilts. I'm also linking up with the H2H Challenge at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Check them out to see what others are hoping to get done this month!

Julie in GA

Spinning Pink Boxes

The beginning of a new month also means beginning a new color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Our assignment for May is to use our pink and rose scraps, and I have plenty of those colors.

Last night I pulled out my drawers of pink strips, planning to make two Spinning Boxes blocks. Somehow I got carried away and ended up with three--lots of lovely pink scraps! These will be great additions to my collection. The tutorial for this block is available HERE.


Spinning Boxes blocks

I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on SundayBe sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing! 


Julie in GA

Monday, April 30, 2018

April 2018 One Monthly Goal Success!

It's the last day of April, which means it is time to report on my One Monthly Goal progress. Here is the pattern I have been working on this month.




My plan was to make a version of this pattern as a wall hanging for our living room at my husband's suggestion last month. He doesn't know that I immediately jumped on this idea and am hoping to get it finished in time for our anniversary in May. The color scheme has been switched around to blues and tans. I had started making blocks at the beginning of April, and my One Monthly Goal was to finish making the rest of the blocks and get them all joined together.




Not only are the blocks all joined together, I have made a good start on the machine quilting. I am keeping it simple, with all seams stitched in the ditch. I'm optimistic that I will be able to get it totally finished in the next three weeks in time to give it to hubby, the idea man. (He doesn't read my blog very often, so I hope he doesn't see this post!)

I'm joining the One Monthly Goal link-up at Elm Street Quilts. I'm also linking up to Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, and Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag.  Be sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing! 


Julie in GA

Sunday, April 29, 2018

15 Minutes and Stash Report Sunday 4/29/18

Another week, another stash report, and another 1/2 yard of stash fabric used. This time it was for seventeen pinwheel blocks from my 30's fabrics in yellows. Once again, no new fabric added, but I sure was tempted by the "Captiva" flash sale at Connecting Threads. Fortunately, I got too busy to place an order the first day, then forgot all about it until too late. I guess it wasn't meant to be.



2018 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                 0.50 yards
Used year to date:            19.25 yards
Added last week:                 0.0 yards
Added year to date:            5.50 yards
Net used year to date:   13.75 yards




Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces has us tracking how many days each week we get in at least 15 minutes of quilting time. Work has gotten extremely busy, including working Saturday, but I still managed to find time to quilt every day. I need it for my sanity!

15 Minute Challenge:  
4/22 - 4/28             7 of 7 days
2018 Total       114 of 118 days


Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and join the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces.


Julie in GA
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