Sunday, December 9, 2018

15 Minutes, Slow Stitching and Stash Report Sunday 12/9/18

Time for quilting continues to be in very short supply. The hours at work keep increasing. The past week started with a one-day trip to New York, up and back in the same day, with a bunch of costume fittings while we were there. There was no chance after that for recovery, just keep pushing through the rest of the week. I am fortunate to have worked only 3 hours on Saturday, and I have the whole day off today. It felt so good to sleep in this morning, helping me feel human again!


Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces has us keep track of how many days each week we are able to spend at least 15 minutes quilting. Surprisingly, I managed to get 15 minutes every day, although there weren't many days with more than 15 minutes. All of my quilting time was spent on hand stitching, mostly on a quilt binding and trying out an idea for a new project. 

15 Minute Challenge:  
12/2 - 12/8              7 of 7 days
2018 Total        332 of 342 days



The new design that I'm playing with is hand-appliqued Orange Peel blocks. I've been needing a new handwork project and have seen many lovely versions of this design. My plan is to applique bright prints onto scrappy black background squares, probably following the color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge



My biggest problem so far is keeping the points lined up at the corners of the background square. They want to shift around a bit as I am stitching them. I might scale the peel piece a little smaller so I can trim down the background after the applique stitching. If anyone has made this pattern and has suggestions, I would love to hear them. I'm linking up this project with Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy's Quilts.

The stash report shows no usage and some sizeable additions this week. I may not have much time for quilting, but that doesn't mean there isn't time for quilt shopping. I had seen a quilt kit on Craftsy a week or so ago that looked like a great deal, but did not buy it at that time. Early this week Craftsy had a buy one kit, get one free sale, making it the perfect time to grab that kit plus another. The first pick was this Solar Flare quilt pattern with Craftsy's exclusive brand Boundless solids. This will be my first time using Craftsy fabrics, and these solids feel very nice. This kit contains just over 10 yards of fabric plus the pattern, and it is still on clearance for only $34!


This is the photo of the Solar Flare quilt from the Craftsy website. Finished size is 71" x 71".



For kit #2, my choice was based more on the fabrics than the pattern. I'm always looking for more red, white & blue prints for my QOV collection. These are from the Yankee Doodles collection by Lily and Loom, another Craftsy exclusive brand. There are 18 fat quarters, plus a 1-yard piece at the top.


The pattern that came with these fabrics is called Suburbia. A very simple design that shows off the great prints very well.

Suburbia Yankee Doodles quilt kit from Craftsy

Altogether, the two kits added 15.5 yards to my stash. It's a good thing that my usage is well ahead of additions for the year! I'm still hopeful of finishing 2018 in the black.

2018 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                          0.0 yards
Used year to date:                   73.75 yards
Added last week:                       15.5 yards
Added year to date:                 50.25 yards
Net used year to date:           23.5 yards


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


Julie in GA

Sunday, December 2, 2018

15 Minutes and Stash Report Sunday 12/2/18

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas always seem to be extra busy, but it feels that way even more than usual this year. It started with the news over Thanksgiving weekend that my 15 year old car needs $3500 in repairs! That's not happening, so it's time to start shopping for another car. Then there was the work deadline that suddenly moved to three days earlier than originally planned, leaving us scrambling to finish projects. It also meant working lots of extra hours last week, which seriously cut into my quilting time!


Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces has us keep track of how many days each week we are able to spend at least 15 minutes quilting. I missed posting my stash report and 15 Minute totals last week, and I was surprised to discover that there was only one day with no quilting time during that two week stretch. That is definitely better than expected, even though I don't seem to have a lot to show for it.

15 Minute Challenge:  
11/18 - 12/1        13 of 14 days
2018 Total        325 of 335 days



As for the stash report, over the last two weeks I used 1 yard for the sashing on my first Squared Away quilt top (see it in yesterday's post) and 5/8 yard for the binding on my Circling the Rainbow quilt. I'm up against a deadline on that quilt and need to get the binding finished today!

One last corner to miter!

2018 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                      1.625 yards
Used year to date:                   73.75 yards
Added last week:                        0.0 yards
Added year to date:                 34.75 yards
Net used year to date:           39.0 yards


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


Julie in GA

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Rainbow Progress

There hasn't been much time for quilting lately, but I have been able to get the blocks joined into rows for my Squared Away sampler. These were all made over the past year as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, hosted by Angela. The block patterns/tutorials were posted each month by Mari at The Academic Quilter. Thanks to both of them for sharing this wonderful project with us!


RSC Squared Away sampler

My blocks finish at 7.5" square and the sashing is 1.5", so this little quilt should finish around 47" x 56". I used the background fabric as the sashing to let the blocks float on the background, plus a solid grey for a bit of contrast as the cornerstones.



The rows haven't been joined to one another yet because I am considering finishing this as another quilt-as-you-go project. One of my major quilting goals for next year is to finish more quilts, and I'm hoping that QAYG will help make that possible.

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, November 18, 2018

15 Minutes and Stash Report Sunday 11/18/18

This is the time of year when my stash busting efforts tend to run into trouble. There seems to be so much going on that cuts into quilting time, plus there are too many fabric sales trying to entice me to buy. I haven't given in to the sales yet, but that may change at any time! For the past week I can report 3/8 yard used on five additional blocks for one of my rainbow samplers (see the blocks in yesterday's post.) 

2018 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                       .375 yards
Used year to date:                72.125 yards
Added last week:                        0.0 yards
Added year to date:                 34.75 yards
Net used year to date:       37.375 yards


Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces has us keep track of how many days each week we are able to spend at least 15 minutes quilting. After three weeks in a row of 6 out of 7 days, I managed to find time to quilt every day again this week. I'm discovering that having a project prepped for hand stitching on the morning train makes a big difference--that way if there are other things going on in the evening, I've already gotten in my stitching time. 


15 Minute Challenge:  
11/11 - 11/17         7 of 7 days
2018 Total      312 of 321 days


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


Julie in GA

Saturday, November 17, 2018

A Few More Rainbow Blocks

One of my quilting projects for the past week was to play with the sampler blocks that we have been making all year for the Squared Away BOM as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Along with those blocks, I have also been making extra blocks using the patterns from the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along at the Fat Quarter Shop. Both sets of blocks are based on a 5x5 grid, so they fit together perfectly!

I made a new version of the Squared Away block from January, using a lighter blue that works much better with the grey background. The yellow and red blocks were made from the Fat Quarter Shop patterns.




The next step will be putting all of the blocks up on the wall together to figure out a layout. I have over 50 blocks, 7.5" finished size. That would be enough for a large throw quilt, but I think I will make a smaller throw plus a baby quilt instead. I'm looking forward to trying out different block settings.

I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and with 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 11, 2018

15 Minutes and Stash Report Sunday 11/11/18

It was a good week for stash usage, and there were no new additions to the stash. I made two more Flying Dutchman/Dutchman's Puzzle blocks to add to the blocks shown in Monday's post. I also pieced the back to go with the first Scraptastic Stars top.


Flying Dutchman/Dutchman's Puzzle variations
8" blocks



2018 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                    2.75 yards
Used year to date:               71.75 yards
Added last week:                    0.0 yards
Added year to date:             34.75 yards
Net used year to date:       37.0 yards


Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces has us keep track of how many days each week we are able to spend at least 15 minutes quilting. I had another week with 6 out of 7 days. 


15 Minute Challenge:  
11/4 - 11/10          6 of 7 days
2018 Total      305 of 314 days


Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and join the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces. I'm also linking up with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework.


Julie in GA

Monday, November 5, 2018

Flying Dutchman Blocks

Over the weekend I pulled out some blocks that were started about a year ago.   These are a group of blocks that I started making last fall when my musician husband was playing in the orchestra for a production of the opera "The Flying Dutchman."  Dutchman's Puzzle or Flying Dutchman are two of the names used for some of these block patterns.


Dutchman's Puzzle/Flying Dutchman block variations

The blocks in the top and bottom rows finish at 8", and the middle row has 12" blocks. I have no specific plan for where I'm going with these blocks or how big a quilt they will become. For now I'm just enjoying playing with the colors and different pattern variations. I love the spinning motion in these designs!



One of the blocks was made twice because the first attempt (on the left) was spinning in the opposite direction of all the other blocks. Naturally, it was one of the most difficult blocks of the whole group. Those little flying geese at the center measure only 1" x 2"!

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. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing! 


Julie in GA
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