Friday, November 24, 2017

Thankful for Autumn--quilt top finished!

Late last month I got it in my head to go through some of the leftovers from old projects and figure out what to do with them. It's not unusual for me to finish a quilt top and just leave any extra pieces, blocks, strip sets, and sometimes even yardage all together in a box or bin. I'm never quite sure what to do with those extra bits and pieces. but one of my goals for the future is to do a better job of dealing with all those leftovers. 


One bag of scraps I pulled out seemed like a good possibility for a quick project. I had scraps, 9-patch blocks, and unused strip sets, all left from a Blooming 9-Patch quilt that I made in 2004. The fall colors were the perfect mix for this time of year. Fortunately, I still had extra yardage of most of the fabrics too. My goal was to use up as many of the leftover blocks and strip sets as possible, then cut into the yardage to make what I needed for a complete top. Last night I finished adding the outer border to my Autumn nine-patches quilt top. Since this top was completed on Thanksgiving day, I've decided to call it "Thankful for Autumn."


Thankful for Autumn quilt top
57.75" x 70"

Here are some closer shots so you can get a better look at the fabrics:







I'm happy to report that finishing this quilt top was my November goal for the One Monthly Goal link-up at Elm Street Quilts. We still have some pretty fall colors showing around here, so it seems like the perfect time to have completed this quilt top! 

Linking up to:  Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
                      Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
                      Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
                      One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts

Julie in GA

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Design Wall Monday 11/20/17

Over the weekend I took a little time to put my cool-color Scrappy Trips blocks up on the design wall. I have been making these blocks all year as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and it's time to get them joined together. This was my first layout attempt:


Scrappy Trips blocks
pattern by Bonnie Hunter

I like the movement of that layout, but I'm not so sure about the "random" combination of colors. Those purple blocks don't blend in very well with the others. Maybe each color needs it's own row?



That one might be a better option. The one other idea I might try is running the blocks in diagonal bands by color--you can see what I mean in THIS POST showing my warm-colored blocks.

I'm 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. Check out all of them for tons of amazing quilting inspiration! 
Julie in GA

Stash Report Sunday 11/19/17

Fabric used last week:  .5 yard for two brown Scraptastic Stars (shown in yesterday's post)
Fabric added last week:  NONE! (but I haven't stopped looking at the sale ads)


2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:             .50 yards
Used year to date:       89.25 yards
Added last week:            0.0 yards
Added year to date:      8.25 yards

Net used year to date: 81 yards


I am continuing to join Kate at Life in Pieces in tracking how many days each week I get in at least 15 minutes of quilting time. I managed to do some quilting every day last week, although there were a couple days that my quilting time was only the 15 minutes.

15 Minute Challenge:  
11/12 - 11/18              7 of 7 days
2017 Total            312 of 322 days


Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and add your own report so we can keep the linky going. 


Julie in GA

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Neapolitan Stars

I love the combination of pink and brown together in a quilt! These stars are planned to become two separate quilts, one with the smaller blocks and one with the larger, but I couldn't resist a photo of them all together on the design wall. My plan is to make these blocks each month as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2018. The pattern is Scraptastic Star by Melissa Corey, and I look forward to making these stars in a full rainbow of colors.


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, November 12, 2017

Design Wall Monday 11/13/17

Most of the past week was spent joining together the many parts of the Autumn 9-Patch quilt. I started at the center of the quilt with a 9-patch made up of large squares and 9P blocks.




I continued joining blocks together into larger 9P groupings. Here they all are, labelled in order to keep them in the right spots.


The next step was to join the 9 segments around the center into a giant 9-patch block. The remaining segments became corner triangles. All that's left is to join those to the quilt center, then add an outer border. It's almost a completed quilt top!



I'm 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. Check out all of them for tons of amazing quilting inspiration! 
Julie in GA

Stash Report Sunday 11/12/17

Last week's unplanned journey to the land of project leftovers found me pulling out a pile of blocks, strip sets, and fabrics chunks all left from a Blooming 9-Patch quilt in autumn colors that I made in 2004. I made many more 9-patch blocks, some from the already-made strip sets and some from new strip sets. I also cut alternate squares and setting triangles from yardage. For my stash report today, I am counting the amount that was used from yardage in my stash, not the strips and chunks that were already cut when the earlier quilt was made. I've estimated the yardage used as 1.75 yards. No new fabric was added to my stash.

2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:            1.75 yards
Used year to date:       88.75 yards
Added last week:            0.0 yards
Added year to date:      8.25 yards

Net used year to date: 80.5 yards

Here are a couple photos of some of the blocks I've been joining together for the Autumn 9P quilt. The little white tags are to help me keep pieces in the right place as they get assembled into larger segments. I hope to have more photos to share tomorrow for Design Wall Monday.




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. I had another productive week, especially on the Autumn 9P quilt.

15 Minute Challenge:  
11/5 - 11/11              7 of 7 days
2017 Total          305 of 315 days


Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and add your own report so we can keep the linky going. 


Julie in GA

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Scraptastic Star in Browns

I had hoped to get my Scrappy Trips blocks joined together into a quilt top last week, but that did not happen because I was focused on another quilt that is currently filling my design wall. That doesn't mean no progress on Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects though--I did make one 16" Scraptastic Star block using brown scraps.

Scraptastic Star
pattern by Melissa Corey

I figured out a tentative plan for these blocks as part of my RSC stitching for next year. I made two pink blocks last month using the same light fabric in both blocks for the stars and chains of squares, but then realized that I won't have enough of that fabric for two quilts. I will continue to use that fabric on my 12" blocks, but I'm switching things up for the 16" blocks. The plan is to pull out a white or cream based fabric that includes the color of the month in the print. I am crazy about the fabric I found for this brown block--sewing notions! (I used my flash on the following photo, which made it look much more yellow than it really is.)


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
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