Saturday, January 18, 2020

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday--A New Project

My second new project for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2020 is a block I've been thinking about making for a couple of years. This is my Scrappy Bear Paws in light/bright greens.



My block is made from 2.5" squares and will finish at 14". It looks pretty good set on point too. That could make an interesting setting option.



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

Monday, January 13, 2020

Design Wall Monday 1/13/2020

My design wall is currently full with some of the blocks for a new quilt that I started over the weekend. The blocks were made from a batik jelly roll that I received as a gift about 10 years ago, plus a few extra strips from my stash. The colors are not quite right in this night-time photo.


The next photo gives a slightly better view of the colors. The sandy/tan shades are not as peachy as they look in the photo above.



I hope to get all of the blocks joined together this week, then decide whether to add a border. I may have a finished quilt top before this time next week!


I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts and Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt. Check them out for lots of great inspiration.

Happy quilting everyone!



Julie in GA

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 2, 2020

Since the beginning of the new year, we have been trying out a new schedule at work. In the past we worked from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an hour for lunch. That had me getting home about 6:45 each evening. By the time we would have dinner, clean up, and make lunch for the next day, it was usually 8:00 to 8:30 before I could get into my sewing room. The new schedule has us starting an hour earlier and taking 30 minutes for lunch. That means I get done at 4:30 and home around 5:15. We've had decent weather most days and have been getting out for a walk before dinner. Exercising more regularly is a major goal for this year. That has also helped my energy levels, plus it's been great to have more time at home in the evenings.

You would think that the extra time would mean I'm using up lots of stash, but that hasn't been the case so far. I've been a little slow getting started on some new projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and most of the quilting time has been spent cutting. The Square Dance blocks that I showed in yesterday's post use so little fabric per block that I'm going to total them up at the end of the month. All that to say that there are no changes to my stash this week--nothing used and nothing added.

2020 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                              0.0 yards
Used year to date:                          0.0 yards
Added last week:                            0.0 yards
Added year to date:                        0.0 yards
Net used year to date:                0.0 yards

Here's another arrangement of the Square Dance blocks. It's fun to play with different layouts of them, similar to the variations with log cabin blocks.




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. I'm at 100% after the first week and a half of 2020, and I hope to continue strong!

15 Minute Challenge:  
1/5 - 1/11                  7 of 7 days
2020 Total               11 of 11 days


Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate and join the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces. Many thanks to Donna and to Kate for hosting both of these link-ups!

Happy quilting everyone!


Julie in GA

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday--Week 2, 2020

This week I'm trying out a new idea for those Square Dance blocks (aka Double Four-Patch) that I showed last week for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Part of my problem with them was that they needed more light/dark contrast between the two sides of the block. I also decided to switch out the white/cream chain of squares for solid black.



I can see that I need to be careful choosing my darker greens. If they get too dark, they will  blend together with the black squares. I have many more pieces cut and a whole plan worked out for the entire year with these blocks. They are so easy to make, I think they might be the perfect leader and ender project for the year. Thanks to the RSC participants for the encouragement to keep moving forward with this block design.

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 5, 2020

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 1, 2020 + End of 2019

A new year means a fresh start on the stash tracking, with the numbers all being reset to zero. I didn't reach either of my stash usage goals for 2019--to use 100 yards total and to use more than I added to the stash. Here are the final stash numbers for 2019.


2019 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                              0.5 yards
Used year to date:                        63.5 yards
Added last week:                            0.0 yards
Added year to date:                    71.75 yards
Net added year to date:            8.25 yards

I counted another 1/2 yard as used for last year after figuring out how many more Orange Peel blocks I had made since my previous total at the end of August. That project is carrying over into 2020. I'm trying to figure out some new projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, but haven't gotten very far yet. I made four little blocks as a test sample yesterday, but they used so little fabric that they won't get counted just yet.

Square Dance, 4" blocks

2020 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                              0.0 yards
Used year to date:                          0.0 yards
Added last week:                            0.0 yards
Added year to date:                        0.0 yards
Net used year to date:                0.0 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. I finished strong for 2019, going 3 for 3 at the end of the year. I'm very happy with my final numbers for the year, especially after getting off to a slow start in the first couple of months.

15 Minute Challenge:  
12/29 - 12/31           3 of 3 days
2019 Total         345 of 365 days
Success rate                    94.5%

I've had no trouble getting in at least 15 minutes every day so far this year. I was able to spend most of the afternoon in the sewing room yesterday, and it is now a total wreck in there! Time for some cleaning up today.


15 Minute Challenge:  
1/1 - 1/4                  4 of 4 days
2020 Total                4 of 4 days

My stitching goals for the year ahead are much the same as the past year--to use more fabric than I add to the stash and to spend 15 minutes a day quilting at least 90% of the days. I hope to have better success with the stash usage in the year ahead than I did last year, but it's all about enjoying the process. I'm not going to stress out about any of this; I just enjoy keeping track of my progress.

Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate and join the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces. Many thanks to Donna and to Kate for hosting both of these link-ups!

Happy quilting everyone!


Julie in GA

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--Week 1, 2020



Today is the first Saturday of 2020--that means it's time for a new year of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. This will be my 8th year of participating in the RSC, ever since 2013. Many thanks to our hostess Angela for all her hard work through those many years! I've never hosted a weekly link-up, but I know that it can be tough to have blog posts prepared every single week. Somehow Angela keeps everything running smoothly, and we all get to enjoy the sharing and inspiration from this amazing challenge. We are starting the year using our light and bright green scraps.

Occasionally I know exactly what I want to make for my new RSC projects, but most years it takes me a little while to figure it out. It's not that I don't have plenty of ideas--I think the problem is too many ideas. It's so hard to narrow down the choices. I'm still considering some options for 2020.

I made some blocks today to try out one possibility. This is called the Square Dance block, and it is the block being used for the Scrap Buster Challenge at Border Creek Station. Their pattern is for 6" blocks, but  I made mine to finish at 4". The photos show four blocks. In the first photo, the lighter side is toward the center; in the second, the darker corners are at center. 




I'm not sure these blocks are really doing it for me. They were very easy to piece, but I don't know that I will continue making more. Back to the drawing board for me!

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

Friday, January 3, 2020

Alycia's QAL

My last finish from 2019 is this quilt top that I made as part of Alycia's 2019 Winter Quilt-Along. The top was finished on Christmas Eve, but I wasn't able to get outdoor photos of it until New Year's Day.

As in the past, Alycia's quilt-along was easy, even for the busy time around the holidays. The whole quilt is made up of half-square triangles, plus a few squares of background. I used a single background, but went scrappy with my reds and blues. All of the blue fabrics are batiks.

60.5" x 72.5"

This closer shot will give you a better look at the center pinwheel and some of the fabrics. My favorite thing about this quilt is the way it shows off my great background fabric. That print wouldn't have worked nearly as well in a quilt made from small pieces, but the 6" HSTs showed it off beautifully! 

This quilt will make a great contribution to Quilts of Valor. Many thanks to Alycia for another fun mystery quilt-along! It sure feels good to have a new quilt to share on the first Friday of the new year.




I'm  linking up with Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts.

Julie in GA

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