Saturday, February 16, 2019

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday--Week 7, 2019

There wasn't a whole lot of time for quilting over the past week, but I did manage to squeeze in some time for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects. We are working with yellow this month, and I made one yellow Framed Crumb Star block.


Framed Crumb Star

More yellow Stair Steps blocks were also completed last week. I was able to add four more blocks to the four from a week ago. This is my favorite way to lay out these blocks so far, but of course it could change at any time.

Stair Steps blocks

I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and with Oh Scrap! 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

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday: Week 6, 2019

This has been a good week for pulling out the sunny yellow scraps to use in my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects. We had some gorgeous, warm days mid-week, including a high of 80 degrees on Thursday! The beautiful yellow scraps are a good match for the daffodils that are popping up all over the neighborhood. 

My yellow blocks include this week's Tiny Tuesday blocks. As usual, somehow I ended up with one extra. They are so little and cute, plus quick and easy--I couldn't resist!



My other yellow blocks for the week are the first four Stair Steps blocks. The pieces have been cut to make four more over the weekend.


I received an email last week asking about the pattern I am using for the Stair Steps blocks. I don't have a real pattern, just figured out my own from seeing similar blocks here and there. 


Here are the cutting directions for one 6" block:



Black-on-white print: Cut 6 squares @ 1.5"
Grey and black prints: cut one each
1.5" x 1.5"
1.5" x 2.5"
1.5" x 3.5"
1.5" x 4.5"
1.5" x 5.5"
Cut the same sizes from the yellow (or color of your choice) fabrics as you just cut from the black and grey fabrics. 

I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and with Oh Scrap! 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, February 3, 2019

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 5, 2019

For the first time in months, probably since Thanksgiving, we had what felt like a normal week at work--no overtime, no insane deadlines, just plugging away at the next batch of projects. Several people were even able to take their long-delayed New Year's holiday during the week (we had to work on New Year's day.) It was a huge relief to have things settle back down there.



The more typical work schedule also meant I could get closer to my usual quilting routine, which generally means spending some time in the sewing room after dinner. I was able to get at least 15 minutes in every single day this week!

15 Minute Challenge:  
1/27 - 2/2            7 of 7 days
2019 Total        30 of 33 days


My fabric  usage for the past week was a total of 5/8 yard for my Tiny Tuesday blocks and for the last hexies surrounding my Scrap Hexies stars. Here is a shot from the border fabric auditions. (I think I will use the circle fabric shown on the left.) No new fabric has been added to the stash yet this year!




2019 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                         .625 yards
Used year to date:                   3.125 yards
Added last week:                         0.0 yards
Added year to date:                     0.0 yards
Net used year to date:         3.125 yards


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

Happy quilting everyone!


Julie in GA

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday: Week 5, 2019

Just as suspected last week, I have started far too many new projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over the past month. There's no way I can keep up with all of these. Let me show you what I'm talking about (regular RSC readers will have seen some of the following photos already.) All measurements listed are finished block sizes.


#1 & #2. String blocks (6") and crumb blocks (4")

#3. Rolling 9-Patch (5")

#4. 30's Pinwheels (4")

#5. Framed Crumb Star (12")

#6. Orange Peel (3")

#7. Stair Steps (6")

#8. Tiny Tuesday/RSC Sampler 2019 (4.5")

Here is a shot of most of these blocks together on the design wall. The missing blocks are the 30's Pinwheels and the Rolling 9-Patches, which I have already decided not to continue with as 2019 RSC projects.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks, January, 2019

Oh no! EIGHT PROJECTS?! How in the world did that happen? Here I thought I wasn't doing much quilting in January. Just shows how wrong you can be. I certainly won't be able to keep up with all of these for the rest of the year. The current plan is to keep going on the following:

1. Orange Peels
2. Tiny Tuesday sampler 
3. Stair Steps
4. Framed Crumb Star

5. Crumb blocks (tentative) 

Doing the Orange Peels provides my needed applique project for the train ride to work. I enjoy following along on the RSC sampler projects, and I can't wait to play with different layouts of those Stair Steps blocks. The Framed Crumb Star means I need to make at least one crumb block each month. Who knows how many more might happen. There, I guess I've settled on my RSC plan for 2019!

Don't worry about the projects that didn't make the cut; they will be delayed until another time. The red 30's Pinwheels will join the other finished pinwheel blocks in my box of 30's projects, and there may be other colors joining them occasionally but not every month. The Rolling 9Patch blocks may become a little wall-hanging or table topper, perhaps with some more red blocks added because I have extra 9-patches already made. The string blocks will join some others from the past and wait for the right time to be used.

It's time for me to make this week's Tiny Tuesday block, then start pulling out the yellow scraps for February. What are you making with your scraps?


I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and with Oh Scrap! 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, January 27, 2019

Stitching and DeStashing: Week 4, 2019

Finally, the work schedule is getting better, but it seems that life outside of work is getting harder. I was very sick for three days this past week and am waiting for test results to find out exactly what is going on. Somehow I still managed to spend at least 15 minutes quilting on 6 out of 7 days, mostly doing hand work, and that is a much better result than I would have expected.



15 Minute Challenge:  
1/20 - 1/26          6 of 7 days
2019 Total        23 of 26 days


No new fabric was added to the stash yet again, and I used 1/2 yard for two different Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects, the Framed Crumb Star and the Stair Steps blocks. Here is another zigzag layout possibility for the Stair Steps blocks.


2019 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                          .50 yards
Used year to date:                     2.50 yards
Added last week:                         0.0 yards
Added year to date:                     0.0 yards
Net used year to date:           2.50 yards


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

Happy quilting everyone!


Julie in GA

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Rainbow Scrap Saturday #4, 2019

The dithering over choosing my project(s) for the 2019 Rainbow Scrap Challenge continues, as I have the beginnings of two more sets of blocks to share today. The first is my current hand-stitching project for morning train commutes and other times when I feel the need to keep my hands busy. In December I made some teal/turquoise Orange Peel blocks as a sample run for the pattern. The top right teal block was made with reverse applique as a test of an alternate method, but I didn't like turning the black fabric under at the pointy ends.


3" Orange Peel blocks

My goal is to make at least 8 blocks each month in the assigned RSC color. These blocks finish at 3". I have one more red block partially done, and plenty of red squares that can become additional peels.

New project #2 doesn't have an official name yet. I am calling these blocks Stairsteps because that is what they look like to me. I thought someone else from the RSC had made this type of block in the past, but I can't figure out who, when, or what the design was called. Anyway, my plan is to make 8-12 blocks per month using scrappy grey and black fabrics on one side, black on white for the squares down the center, and the color of the month on the other side. Here is a single block. This block finishes at 6"


6" Stairsteps block

It will be fun to play with different arrangements of these blocks. They can be used in a variety of layouts like log cabin blocks. I've made 8 blocks, and these are a couple of the ways I have tried them.


Barn Raising Stairsteps

Zigzag Stairsteps

When I add these two additional RSC projects to the other options from the past few weeks, I'm sure that I have more quilts in the works than I can possibly handle. Time to narrow down my choices--I hope to have a decision by next week!

I am linking up with 
the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and with Oh Scrap! 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, January 20, 2019

Stitching and DeStashing: Week 3, 2019

It's a miracle--I have a three-day weekend! Day one was mostly lazy, recovery time from the recent crazy weeks at work. Today I have a little more energy, but am still moving slowly. I hope to get in some quilting time this evening and tomorrow.

I feel fortunate to have managed to find time for quilting on 6 of the past 7 days. There was even some machine piecing during that time, not just handwork like the previous week. It's time for me to get back to a regular quilting routine and make some serious progress on my quilt projects.



15 Minute Challenge:  
1/13 - 1/19          6 of 7 days
2019 Total        17 of 19 days


There was no new fabric added to the stash last week, and 3/4 yard was used on my pinwheels leader/ender blocks. I added 9 red and 21 green blocks to the other blocks in the collection. I already have pieces cut for additional pinwheels in blues and lavenders.



2019 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                          .75 yards
Used year to date:                     2.00 yards
Added last week:                         0.0 yards
Added year to date:                     0.0 yards
Net used year to date:           2.00 yards


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

Happy quilting everyone!


Julie in GA
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