Saturday, July 13, 2019

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday--Week 28, 2019

I managed to find a little time this week to pull out my pink scraps and work up a batch of Stairsteps blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. These blocks have been coming together more quickly because I have all of the white and black/grey fabrics cut in advance and just need to add my color of the month.



Another set of 12 blocks completed! I'm very anxious to start putting the different colors together, but we still have a few more months left to add. We must still have three colors to go--I am expecting purple, light blue, and probably brown/black

While I had a week off recently, I spent a couple days obsessed by a new project, a Rainbow Gradation Disappearing 9Patch. This was inspired by a D9P QAL hosted by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter. It isn't scrappy, but I know that the Rainbow Scrap Challenge crowd will enjoy the rainbow. You can read more about this top and see in-process photos in yesterday's post HERE.


Rainbow Gradation Disappearing 9Patch
39.5" x 48"

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, July 12, 2019

Rainbow Gradation Disappearing 9-Patch

There are always so many quilt-alongs and mystery quilts on-line that I read about and would like to join, but I know I can't do them all. However, sometimes one comes along at the right time that proves to be irresistible. The Disappearing 9-Patch QAL by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter proved to be one of those. I discovered the QAL just before I started a week of vacation time at home, and what could be easier than 9-patches? Count me in!


The most difficult part of this project was deciding on my design and fabrics. A photo in one of Julie's posts showed her blocks in a rainbow of colors, and that idea was very appealing to me. Instead of using a charm pack, I pulled a group of fabrics that I have been saving for just the right project for many years. They are the "Inner Light Gradations" line by Debra Lunn & Michael Mrowka for Timeless Treasures. The date on the selvage of the fabrics--2003!! I bought the entire line in 2005 when I was working in Atlanta for the first time. I also returned to the quilt shop a few days later and bought the pastel version of the same group of fabrics. Aren't these beautiful?!


The above photo shows four different pieces of fabric. Each fabric shades from one color at the selvage toward the center fold, then reverses back again. The magic comes when two pieces of fabric are joined together. The color at the selvage of one pieces blends perfectly into the center color of the next piece. Here are two pieces laid together--the fold at the center where they meet up is nearly invisible.



For my D9P quilt, I decided to scale down the blocks and work with 3.5" squares, rather than the 5" charm squares in Julie's version. I chose a black print as my contrast fabric to set off the rainbow prints. I made a sample block before cutting into all of my precious fabrics. To maintain the direction of the print, I rotated the squares around the center when making the 9-patch block. Here is my first 9-patch before and after cutting it up.



For most D9P quilts, after the 9P block is cut into four sections, they are rotated to end up with the small squares toward the center for two sections and at the outer corners for the other two sections. This makes a block that requires very little matching of seams. The following example is from The Crafty Quilter.

Instead of joining my units in this way, I wanted to keep them all facing the same direction. I had seen a tutorial for a quilt made this way at Jo's Country Junction. She refers to it as Self-Sashing Disappearing 9-Patch. Here are some of my blocks up on the wall in this layout.


When it was time to join the blocks together, I did it in sections to avoid having to stitch so many long rows together. I divided the quilt into approximate quarters for this process. I also added rectangles of the black print and small squares of the colors along the left side and top edge to complete the sashing design. You can see that the upper sashing is separate along the top edge. This photo shows the lower left corner completely assembled, top left has the blocks joined into rows, and the  blocks on the right side have not yet been joined together.


Eventually I had four sections, which then became a finished quilt top!


Rainbow Gradation Disappearing Nine-Patch
39.5 x 48
This little top will make a great baby quilt. I need to find the perfect flannel print for the back (my favorite finish for a cozy baby quilt,) and then I can get this beauty quilted up and finished!

Thanks to Julie at The Crafty Quilter for the inspiration with her Disappearing 9Patch QAL. I'm looking to forward to seeing all the different versions that have been shared. I'm also linking up with Let's Make Baby Quilts at Michelle's Romantic Tangle, Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
and Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts.

Happy quilting!

Julie in GA

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Stitching and Stashing--Week 27, 2019

My stash numbers for the year had been steadily getting closer to even for the past several weeks. The last addition of new fabric was almost two months ago, but that streak is over now. I bought new fabric last week, and I love what I got! Somehow I will find space for it in the sewing room.

My purchases came from a lovely quilt shop called The Quilt Box in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. We had spent a couple of days in Cincinnati and were on our way to the Lexington area. Of course I had done my homework in advance and figured out where there were quilt shops to visit. The Quilt Box is only a few minutes drive from I-75, but it feels like you are very far from the rush of traffic. Such a quiet and peaceful place with very friendly people and beautiful fabrics--a perfect combination!

My purchases are not planned for anything in particular, just additions to colors that could use some freshening up. This first group are all from the line "Berry Nice" by P & B Fabrics. I was very tempted to buy a whole rainbow bundle of these fabrics, but limited myself to these few.




My other purchase was a panel that includes multiple prints in the same colorway. Altogether there are 8 fat quarters in this panel. It was very hard to pick just one color to buy. Here are the different prints included. I will cut them apart into separate fat quarters after the fabric gets washed.




Fortunately, it wasn't all about stash additions last week. I do have some usage to report too--5/8 yard for the borders on the "Practice What I Preach" quilt from the class I took with Pam Buda a week ago. I now have a finished quilt top!


Practice What I Preach quilt top, 43" square

I zoomed in on a section of the quilt to show the fabrics better. I'm especially happy with how that background fabric worked out.




2019 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                          .625 yards
Used year to date:                   24.750 yards
Added last week:                          3.0 yards
Added year to date:                   30.75 yards
Net stashed year to date:          6.0 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 spent some time quilting every day except one last week, mostly hand stitching in the car. Progress is slow but steady.

15 Minute Challenge:  
6/23 - 6/29              6 of 7 days
2019 Total         173 of 187 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 Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts and Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt.

Happy quilting everyone!


Julie in GA

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday--Week 27, 2019

The monthly color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge switched to pink with the start of July. I haven't had much time to play with my pink scraps yet, but I did get a few blocks made--two Orange Peels and two variations on Libby's Tiny Tuesday block. I changed the proportions a little bit for the second version of Libby's block.



I'm especially excited about my Orange Peel blocks at the moment because I received a special gift last week. My cousin's wife Sharon had two old quilt tops plus one quilt that she wanted me to have because no one in her family has any interest in quilts. This was one of the tops she gave me.



There is another row of blocks along the left side that didn't fit into the photo, 20 blocks total and they measure about 17.5" each. Most of the fabrics appear to be from the 30's, although some of the very dark prints might be earlier. I'm not very experienced at dating fabrics, so I would appreciate any other opinions. If anyone knows a name for this quilt block, that would be great too. Here's a closer look at some of the blocks.






I couldn't resist trying some of my Orange Peel blocks in the same layout. I don't have enough pink peels made, but I have plenty of red to play with.



I like it! It's too early for me to commit to how I will set these blocks together, but this might be a fun idea for them.

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, June 30, 2019

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 26, 2019

Yesterday I had the rare pleasure of spending the day in a quilting class. I don't know how long it had been since the last time I pulled out my little travel featherweight for a class, but I had to spend some time the night before making sure it was running well and getting used to how it works again.

Our class was called "Practice What I Preach" by Pam Buda. It was a skill-building class filled with lots of tips and hints for how to get the best results with different techniques for making basic units like quarter-square triangles and flying geese. There weren't many techniques that I hadn't tried before, but Pam shared tons of helpful suggestions. Best of all, we got to try out several different specialty tools/rulers that she recommends, and what could be better than spending the day with a group of quilters! The photo below shows Pam's class sample.
"Practice What I Preach" class sample by Pam Buda
The project is a small wall quilt, finishing at 43" square. When I got home from class, I finished making all the different units for the blocks and got three of the blocks assembled. I hope to finish the other two blocks today.


I was going for a Christmas look, and the dark fabric does have green in it, but it sure looks black in this photo. Everything in this photo appears somewhat darker than it does in person.

I'm counting all the fabric cut and used so far for this project since it is has all been stitched into units that are almost made into blocks. All that will be left to do is add borders. I also finished my Tiny Tuesday blocks for June, using 1/4 yard for them. You can see those in yesterday's post. My numbers keep getting closer to even. 

2019 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                        1.875 yards
Used year to date:                   24.125 yards
Added last week:                          0.0 yards
Added year to date:                   27.75 yards
Net stashed year to date:       3.625 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 was on vacation this whole past week, so I spent lots of time quilting, even though I should have been taking care of other projects around the house. It felt great to indulge in some serious quilting time!

15 Minute Challenge:  
6/23 - 6/29              7 of 7 days
2019 Total         167 of 180 days


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

Happy quilting everyone!


Julie in GA

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday--Week 26, 2019

Here we are at week 26, the midpoint of 2019! My projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge keep moving along, with more deep blue blocks to share today. One disclaimer this week--I'm trying out a new camera, and not too happy with the results so far. Plus the photos were taken at night... 



It's always a treat following along with the Tiny Tuesday blocks. Sometimes I get so inspired that I make more than one version of the weekly blocks. I tried two different color combinations for the first (unnamed) block, then made two versions of the Grandmother's Fan block with different numbers of segments in each. Instead of making an applique basket, I found a pieced one in EQ. The last block is this week's Monkey Wrench.



The blues in my Orange Peel blocks are more on the medium/bright side because dark blues wouldn't show up on the black and grey background fabrics. I'm still playing with ideas for how these will end up getting used--a quilt of their own, or maybe a border on a medallion style quilt.

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, June 23, 2019

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 25, 2019

My destashing efforts this week ended up with decent progress, 3/4 yard used for the week. I made 12 blue Stairsteps blocks for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge project, plus 4 additional red blocks to finish out that color. I've had so much fun playing with different layouts for these blocks, similar to the variations for log cabin blocks. Here are a few possibilities, all using the same 16 blocks.




2019 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                            .75 yards
Used year to date:                     22.25 yards
Added last week:                          0.0 yards
Added year to date:                   27.75 yards
Net stashed year to date:          5.5 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. For the first time in many weeks, I didn't end up with a 7-for-7 week, having missed one day midway through. I don't even remember why I didn't do any quilting that day. My totals are still looking great--a 92.4% success rate!

15 Minute Challenge:  
6/16 - 6/22                6 of 7 days
2019 Total         160 of 173 days


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

Happy quilting everyone!


Julie in GA
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