Monday, September 18, 2017

Design Wall Monday 9/18/17

I don't have anything new on my design wall to share, but I do have something on my cutting table.  I was cleaning up the scraps from my orange blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and laid out a scrappy pumpkin shape. This might have to become a mini wall quilt sometime soon!




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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 9/17/17

It seems like I should have more usage to report for last week after several days off from work. The majority of my time was spent putting together the sections of my Ring Cycles quilt. I am waiting to report the fabric used on that when I get the quilt top together. I did make good progress on a couple of Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects, using over two yards, mostly on orange blocks. You can see my orange Ribbon Star blocks in YESTERDAY'S POST. Here is a batch of pinwheels made from my collection of 30's reproductions. 



I came very close to ordering some sale fabrics from Hancock's this week, but stayed strong and deleted the sale emails. No fabric added for the week!



2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:              2.125 yards
Used year to date:         65.375 yards
Added last week:                 0.0 yards
Added year to date:            8.25 yards


Net used year to date:  57.125 yards


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 am back on track with finding some time to quilt every single day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
9/10 - 9/16                7 of 7 days
2017 Total          252 of 259 days


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


Julie in GA

Friday, September 15, 2017

Orange Ribbon Stars and Orphan Blocks

I finally had a productive week on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. I finished 20 orange Ribbon Star blocks. This will be the last group of blocks I make for this project because I have run out of white-on-white scraps. I have a couple pieces of WOW yardage, but don't want to keep repeating them in future blocks, and I certainly don't need to buy new WOW fabrics right now.



I have about a dozen more Ribbon Star blocks in other colors to finish making, then I will have enough for a good-sized throw quilt. It will have stars in orange, yellow, green and blue. I can't wait to finish the last batch of blocks and look at the colors up on the wall together!



I'm sure many of you remember these blocks that I was making in the spring when our RSC assignment was multicolor scraps? They have been sitting in a box ever since, and I know that I really don't want to finish putting them together. Good news--they could be yours! I am participating in Cyndi's Orphan Adoption event and offering these blocks up for adoption. If you would like to win them, go to THIS POST and leave me a comment there. I will be drawing a name on Wednesday, Sept. 20. You can see other "orphans" being offered for adoption at Quilting is more fun than Housework.

I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday. I'm also a late addition to Scraptastic Tuesday at she can quilt. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fall 2017 Orphan Adoption

We all have them squirreled away in our quilting spaces--UFO projects that will never be finished, fabrics that we wonder why we bought them, orphan blocks and leftover pieces from past quilts. These orphans and UFOs are taking up valuable space, and in some cases they lead to unnecessary guilt every time we unearth them from whatever box or bin they are hidden in.

Fortunately, it is time for the Fall 2017 Quilty Orphan Adoption Event! Twice a year, Cyndi at Quilting is more fun than Housework hosts this event to help quilters clear out some of the old projects that they will never finish. It's the perfect opportunity to pass your orphan blocks/projects along to someone else who will love and finish them!

The orphan that I am offering for adoption is a fairly recent project, but one that I just don't have enough interest in finishing. I started making these blocks in April as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge when our assignment was to work with multi-colored fabrics. I had three shoe boxes of leftover 2" strips from making watercolor quilts in the late 1990s, and I decided to use them in my own variation of the pattern "Tranquil Treasures" by Evelyn Sloppy. You can see the progression below as I added each round of blocks.





The final photo is partially cut off around the edges because I was shooting through a doorway. However, I think you can see enough to get a good idea of how this quilt will look. I had plenty of positive feedback from the RSC quilters, but I'm just not interested in completing this quilt. I hope someone out there likes it enough to finish it, preferably to donate it to a good cause.


This photo will give you a closer look at the variety of fabrics in the blocks. I will warn the purists who only use fabrics from quilt shops--most of the fabrics in these blocks date back to the late 1990's, and the majority of them came from Joann Fabrics. I don't want anyone to be disappointed with what they receive.

The winner of this adoption will get 83 blocks that measure 8" square (7.5" finished) plus enough half and quarter blocks to finish the outside edges. I will also include a diagram of how these blocks are meant to go together. When all the blocks are joined together, they will make a quilt top that should measure about 63.5" x 84.75".

If you prefer to have the original pattern, you will need to find a copy of Evelyn Sloppy's book Strips and Strings - 16 Sparkling Quilts. I believe it is still available from Martingale as an e-book. However, you should know that my blocks are a different size than the original pattern.

I will ship to the winner anywhere in the U.S. Leave me a comment to let me know if you would like to adopt this orphan project. Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact the winner. I will choose a random winner next Wednesday, Sept. 20thGet your comment in by noon EDT that day. Be sure to check out the rest of the quilty orphans over at Quilting is more fun than Housework. 


Julie in GA

Monday, September 11, 2017

Design Wall Monday/Storm Watch

The majority of my quilting time for the past several weeks has been spent on my Ring Cycles quilt. You can read more about it in earlier posts HERE and HERE. I finished making all the different units for this quilt at the end of August, and I have been slowly getting those units joined together. Every single seam is only 3" long, needs to be pinned at both ends to match up points, and has to be backstitched at each end. No chain piecing possible at this stage! Here is one corner of my quilt top, about a quarter of the whole quilt.


Ring Cycles, pattern by Lessa Siegele, available on Craftsy
I am setting up my post in advance in case we lose power overnight, although that seems more likely later tomorrow. The current forecast looks like we will have tropical storm winds and rain for Monday into Tuesday. No work for at least one day, probably two. I'm hoping the power doesn't go out so I can spend some time quilting. Ed is supposed to have jury duty on Tuesday, but that is very uncertain. We hope that the storm diminishes before it reaches the Atlanta area. Keep us in your thoughts!

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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Stash Report and Orange Scraps

The stash numbers are not changing in either direction this week--nothing used and nothing added. I have been slowly joining units together on my Ring Cycles quilt, and I am also working on some orange Ribbon Star blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, but nothing has been completed yet. I have been very tempted by recent sale emails from Hancock's of Paducah, but have managed to resist ordering anything yet. It was very difficult to stay strong through all the Labor Day sales last week!

2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:              0.00 yards
Used year to date:        63.25 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards


Net used year to date:  55.0 yards


Here are some of the orange bits and pieces that will become Ribbon Star blocks. At the top is a stack of 3" strips. Below that are groups of HSTs, some ready to be stitched and others already completed. The squares on the right end will become the block centers. I hope to make 16-20 orange Ribbon Star blocks by the end of the month.



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 missed one day of stitching last week, but plan to get back on track for the rest of the month.

15 Minute Challenge:  
9/3 - 9/9                   6 of 7 days
2017 Total          245 of 252 days

Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and add your own report so we can keep the linky going. I am also linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework

Julie in GA

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 9/3/17

It looks like I missed my stash report post again last week, probably because there wasn't anything to report. I have finished making all the different units for my Ring Cycles quilt, but haven't figured out how much fabric I have used on it. 



I did use a little fabric on some small projects. I made a Braves oven mitt for my baseball-loving husband, replaced the waistband on a pair of pajama pants, and made one orange Scrappy Trips block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Total used: .75 yards. No fabric added!


2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:              0.75 yards
Used year to date:        63.25 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards

Net used year to date:  55.0 yards


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'm back to stitching every single day and hope to continue that way through rest of the month.

15 Minute Challenge:  
8/20 - 9/2              14 of 14 days

2017 Total          239 of 245 days

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

Julie in GA
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