Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pretty Purples

My appliqued circles for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge have been coming along pretty well this month. Twelve purple blocks are finished, and I have a couple more prepped and ready to be stitched. I suppose I should sit down and figure out how many I need to make each month, but for now I am just enjoying the stitching and not worrying about having a goal to reach.


Now that baseball season is here, I am spending more time watching TV. I guess "watching" TV isn't very accurate for me. What it really means is listening to the games while I hand stitch, looking up from time to time or when the announcers get really excited about something that happened on the field. That extra handwork time has made it possible for me to finish adding the background hexies to my purple star. One more star needs background, then it's time to start joining them all together. This has been an on-going project since August of 2013!


Check out all of the terrific scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I am also linking up on Sunday to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework.


Julie in GA

Monday, April 13, 2015

Design Wall Monday 4/13/15

My design wall currently has the recently completed Bowtie Chevrons quilt top. I have been toying with the idea of switching the outer border fabric to a different one that I showed in yesterday's stash report. However, I'm not really up for taking this border off and replacing it. The other fabric will get used on the back. It's time to quit questioning my decision and just get it done!


Bowtie Chevrons
50" x 60"
I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, where you can see all sorts of amazing quilting inspiration! I am also linking up with Monday Making over at Love Laugh Quilt.


Julie in GA

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stash Report Sunday 4/12/15

The past week was unexpectedly productive for me, ending with three finished quilt tops. I added the border and prepared the back for my 16-Patch Stars quilt, which you can see here. I also finished putting together the top for my Dutch Tiles quilt which I showed in this blog post

The third quilt was Bowtie Chevrons. This was a quick finish because I had made most of the blocks last year when I was making a baby quilt. They just needed to be joined together. Yesterday I made the last few blocks, stitched them all together, and added the borders. Here's a shot with the two fabrics I was considering for borders. I'll have a photo of the completed top in tomorrow's post.




Outgoing:
16-Patch Stars border and back            5.75
Bowtie Chevrons--10 blocks, borders     1.25


Used this week:                       7.0 yards     
Used year to date:                 38.5 yards

Stashed this week:                    0  yards
Stashed year to date:        23.875 yards 

Net year to date:              14.625 yards used

Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times


Julie in GA

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Playing with Purple

One of my projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2015 is bowtie blocks, and I have been trying to make 45-50 blocks each month. When I found out that purple was the color of the month for April, I wasn't sure I would have enough purple scraps to make that many blocks. I was pleasantly surprised to discover plenty of choices, and have completed 33 blocks so far. I have another 15 or so blocks cut out and ready to stitch. 

Rainbow Bowties
4" blocks

I pulled out a box of blocks that were extras when I made a baby quilt for a co-worker last year. It turns out that these blocks perfectly match the colors we have been assigned for the RSC for the first 4 months this year--blue, pink, yellow and purple. I played with a few layout ideas, ending up with this chevron design. Now I'm ready to start sewing them together.


Bowtie Chevrons
5" blocks

Check out all of the terrific scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge


Julie in GA

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dutch Tiles top done!

Back in January, I pulled out this UFO that had been hanging around for more than a dozen years. I am so thrilled to finally have this quilt top completed! It sure has been a long time in the works. The pattern is called Dutch Tiles. I started it when my sister and I took a class taught by Judy Hasheider back in 2002. Most of the fabrics date from around that time.

Unfortunately, I have nowhere at home where I can get a photo of the whole quilt top, and every outdoor surface is covered with pollen. These two photos show the entire quilt except for the last row on each side. The full quilt measures 88" x 97".


The quilt consists of 46 whole blocks and 6 half blocks to finish the ends. All of the blocks feature a different pair of fabrics. Here are a couple of my favorite blocks, one of them with a white outline so you can get a better idea of how it is pieced. Lots and lots of set-in seams!




The ends of the quilt are straight, but the sides finish with zig-zag edges. I am not looking forward to doing the binding along those edges!




It feels so good to empty out one of those boxes holding an old project. Soon I will have the back pieced, and this will be ready to get quilted. After that I will be trying to decide the next UFO to pull out. Wish me luck!

I am linking up to Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I am also linking up to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework and to Scraptastic Tuesday at Mrs Sew and Sow.

Julie in GA

Monday, April 6, 2015

Design Wall Monday 4/6/15

Yesterday I finished adding the border to my 16-Patch Stars quilt top. I even mitered the corners on the border, something I rarely bother to do. They all turned out pretty well. Instead of the usual badly-lit photo on my design wall, I decided to try for an outdoor shot. The problem with that idea is that right now in Georgia, every outdoor surface is covered with a layer of yellowish-green pollen dust. There was no way this quilt top with so much white background was going to be laid down anywhere outside. Special thanks to my lovely assistant for holding the quilt top.


16-Patch Stars
61" x 77"
Once I prepare a back for this and make a pillowcase and label to go with it, I will be submitting this to be quilted for Quilts of Valor.

I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, where you can see all sorts of amazing quilting inspiration! I am also linking up with Monday Making over at Love Laugh Quilt.


Julie in GA

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Stash Report Sunday 4/5/15

The weeks have been flying by, and it is hard to believe that we are already past the first quarter of the year and into April. It's time for me to take a look at how my stash-busting efforts are going, and also file my report for the 350 Blocks Project.

My fabric goals for the year were to use at least 100 yards by the end of 2015, and also to use more fabric than I add to my stash. After the first 3 months, I am very happy with my progress on those goals. I have stayed on target with my usage numbers. I've added more fabric than planned, but that is partly because of a couple of fabric giveaways that I won back in January. I'm certainly not going to turn down free fabric!

Fabric used for the past week all went toward my two Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects. I used 3/8 yard making 14 applique circle blocks and 1 yard making 43 bowtie blocks. No fabric was added this week.


"True Colors" by Nancy Mahoney
from the book Simple Circles and Quick Curves

Rainbow Bowties, 4" blocks

Used this week:                   1.375 yards     
Used year to date:                 31.5 yards

Stashed this week:                    0  yards
Stashed year to date:        23.875 yards 

Net year to date:              7.625 yards used

Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times

For the 350 Blocks Project, I ended up with a total of 93 blocks made last month, bringing my total so far this year up to 283. 


Julie in GA
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