Monday, October 27, 2014

Design Wall Monday 10/27/14

It's funny how the quilting rhythm comes and goes. Last month I made great progress on several projects, meeting all of my quilting goals plus a few extras. This month I am struggling to get anything accomplished.

Part of the problem is that I am reaching the point where I need to make decisions, which is always a challenge for me! I need to decide what to do for setting and borders on my Rainbow LeMoyne projects (see them both here.) I also need borders for the Boston Fiesta quilt. The Surrounded by Love baby quilt is ready to be layered and quilted, which is not my favorite part of the process. I would much rather keep on piecing.

Instead of dealing with any of my decision-making obstacles, last night I avoided them all and worked on an old UFO that has been my leader and ender project for a couple of months. I don't know the name of this pattern or when it was started, at least 12-15 years ago. I found the parts in a box along with a block or two made up. Now all of the pieces have been joined together, and it doesn't do much for me. Usually I really like the fall colors together, but this just doesn't excite me. Not sure where I will go with it now (probably back into a box.) Yet another decision for me to avoid making!




I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times where you can see all sorts of amazing quilting inspiration! 


Julie in GA

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stash Report Sunday 10/26/14

Another week with just a small amount of fabric used, 1/2 yard for 12" LeMoyne Star blocks in brown and black/grey.


No fabric added for the week, but I'm having a hard time resisting all the online deals. My sewing room is jam-packed with fabrics, yet I have been thinking about getting some new additions. I am trying to stay strong and resist, but I don't know how long I can hold out! This weekly stash report does help motivate me to keep using fabric rather than adding more. Thanks, Judy!


Used this week:                             .5 yards
Used year to date:                   111.625 yards


Stashed this week:                       0  yards
Stashed year to date:               98.0 yards 

Net year to date:   
                   13.625 yards used  


Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Scraphappy Saturday 10/25/14

For some reason I haven't been getting much done on any of my quilting projects this week. I guess it was a combination of long hours at work and low energy from fighting a cold. I did manage to finish my black and grey 12" LeMoyne Star block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Here are all of  my 12" blocks with the top fabric candidates for sashing and cornerstones. 


I am trying to figure out whether to stop at 9 blocks or make 3 more and end up with a rectangular quilt, which I think would be more useful. I could definitely make a brown star, and probably one with lighter neutrals (tan/beige/gold), but I don't know what to use for a twelfth color. Any suggestions? I would like to get this quilt top finished before the end of the year instead of ending up with another UFO stuffed into a box while I wait for inspiration to strike!

Check out this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge posts--lots of amazingly beautiful rainbow projects to inspire you!  

Julie in GA

Monday, October 20, 2014

Design Wall Monday 10/20/14

My design wall is empty today, but I do have a project in the works to show. I have been cutting diamonds for a black and grey 12" LeMoyne Star block. You can see the rest of these blocks here. I hope to get this block put together tonight or tomorrow.




I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times where you can see all sorts of amazing quilting inspiration! 


Julie in GA

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stash Report Sunday 10/19/14



Another small increase in my net usage for the year. 3/8 yard used for my black and grey LeMoyne Star blocks (which you can see in yesterday's post.)


Used this week:                          .375 yards
Used year to date:                   111.125 yards

Stashed this week:                       0  yards
Stashed year to date:               98.0 yards 

Net year to date:   
                   13.125 yards used  


Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Getting Busy with Black

I made good progress on my Rainbow LeMoyne star blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this week. I finished seven more 6" stars using my black, grey and brown scraps. That gets me up to my goal of 9 finished blocks. All that's left is to make a 12" star block next week.




Check out this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge posts--lots of amazingly beautiful rainbow projects to inspire you!  

Julie in GA

Thursday, October 16, 2014

15 Minutes to Stitch 10/16/14

I am so glad that Kate has brought back a new version of her 15 Minute Challenge. I had participated in her challenge through most of 2013 and was sad when she decided not to keep it going this year. I have continued tracking the number of days that I have managed to spend at least 15 minutes on quilting, and my results have been very good. It has helped me get into the habit of spending some time in my sewing room almost every day.

So far in October, I have spent at least 15 minutes quilting every single day. Most days I worked on my hand-stitched hexies, and I have also been spending machine time on my Rainbow LeMoyne blocks and my Boston Fiesta UFO. Quite often I end up spending an hour or more on my projects in the evening.

Soon I need to figure out if I am going to attempt to make any Christmas gifts and get started on those. The time will slip away before we know it!

Check out Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch post at Life in Pieces to see how she and others are finding time for their creative pursuits. 


Julie in GA
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