Monday, July 25, 2016

Design Wall Monday 7/25/16

Alycia in Colorado is one of the biggest supporters of Quilts of Valor that I have found. Every Wednesday on her Alycia Quilts blog, she shares photos of a new group of QOVs. She has become a constant source of inspiration for me.

Last year Alycia started designing quilts for the Mystery Quilts 4 Military group on Yahoo. The most recent mystery began in early June, and I decided to quilt along with Alycia and others. I have done a couple of her previous mysteries, and they are very manageable. A new clue is posted every Friday, and each clue takes approximately an hour to complete.

Unfortunately, I made a mistake with one of my fabrics for this project and ended up short of background fabric. I think I realized that on Clue #3. Last week we received Clue #6, and I could finally see enough of the overall design to decide how to substitute another fabric for some of the background. I got half of the star blocks made. There are also chain blocks that alternate with these.



I am sharing with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, and Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag.


Julie in GA

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Stash Report Sunday 7/24/16

There was a little usage from my stash this week, 3/4 yard for the sashing and cornerstones on my Shooting Stars project, plus 1/2 yard for the RSC Sampler blocks that I showed in yesterday's post. Unfortunately, I can never seem to ignore a big sale at Connecting Threads. Quilt fabrics at $3 - $4 a yard are too irresistible to me. I added 7.25 yards to my stash, mostly light fabrics for backgrounds. I feel a new Quilt of Valor coming soon with that RWB star print.



STASH TOTALS: 

     Used this week:             1.25 yards     
Used year to date:        54.75 yards

Stashed this week:         7.25 yards
Stashed year to date:      47.5 yards 

 Net year to date:   7.25 yards used


I am joining Kate at Life in Pieces in tracking the number of days each week that I spend at least 15 minutes quilting. I had another good week for spending at least a small chunk of time quilting every day.


15 Minute Challenge:  
July 17 - 23                 7 of 7 days
Year to date         192 of 205 days



350 Block Challenge at Prairie Moon Quilts
Blocks made this week: 35



Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.  

Julie in GA

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Playing in the Pink Scraps

One of my projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year has been the 2016 RSC Sampler. I have been following along each month, making the blocks Angela has chosen in the assigned colors. It's fun to stitch along with everyone else, but not have to decide what blocks to make or what colors to use. Even though we are all making the same blocks, the results can turn out so differently.

This month our block was the easiest one yet, the Indian Hatchet block. I have also seen this pattern called Half Snowballs or Kansas Dugout.



I enjoyed digging through my pink scraps for a variety of watermelon colored fabrics. These blocks were the perfect leader and ender project to have sitting next to my machine while I worked through other quilt projects. The blocks will finish at 3". As usual, I made a few extra blocks so I can choose my favorites.


Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge every Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday.

Julie in GA

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Solstice


I'm a little late to the party, but I couldn't resist joining in on the Summer Solstice quilt-along over at Happy Quilting, hosted by Melissa Corry. This is Melissa's four-block version of her design, and she has instructions for the pattern in several block sizes and different numbers of blocks. You can find the introductory post HERE



I kept seeing other quilter's posts about their fabric choices, and I was intrigued by Melissa's block design, but it took me awhile to figure out what colors to use. Then I received a bag of beautiful batik scraps, and the decision was made! I am using a grey solid for the background to go with the lovely greens and blues.


I haven't done all of my cutting yet, but I did complete the current step, making Flying Geese units. Here they are, and I am anxiously waiting to see what come next!


I am linking up with the Summer Solstice QAL over at Happy Quilting. There are many flocks of flying geese in beautiful color combinations to see there!


Julie in GA

Monday, July 18, 2016

Design Wall Monday

The Shooting Stars blocks have all been framed and are now being joined together with the sashing. The lower half of the quilt is done. Once I get the rest of it together, I will need to decide on a border. I'm not sure if I want to use a single fabric or go scrappy. I couldn't get a decent photo of all the blocks, so just imagine these two photos joined together.





There were a few comments last week from readers who were not familiar with this star pattern. You can find a tutorial for this block at Anyone Can Quilt. I call this design "Shooting Stars" because that was the name of the class when I learned this pattern, but I have also heard it called "Wink and a Smile."

I am sharing with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, and Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag.



Julie in GA

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Stash Report Sunday 7/17/16

The stash usage continued to go up a little bit again this week. The angled frames were stitched to all of my pink and brown Shooting Stars blocks. You can see the first six finished blocks in yesterday's post. The next step will be adding sashing to give the blocks a little breathing room.


STASH TOTALS: 

     Used this week:           1.875 yards     
Used year to date:         53.5 yards

Stashed this week:          0.0 yards
Stashed year to date:    40.25 yards 

 Net year to date:   13.25 yards used


I am joining Kate at Life in Pieces in tracking the number of days each week that I spend at least 15 minutes quilting. I had another good week for getting time in the sewing room every single day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
July 10 - 16                 7 of 7 days
Year to date         185 of 198 days



350 Block Challenge at Prairie Moon Quilts
Blocks made this week: 8



Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.  

Julie in GA

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pink UFO Sighting

It's pink month over at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, the weekly color-themed, scrap-busting link up. Besides making the blocks for my ongoing RSC projects, I have been spending some time on a pink UFO. Last weekend I made four more of the pink and brown Shooting Stars blocks, bringing my total number of blocks up to 12, enough for a throw quilt. Here are two of the newest blocks. You can find a tutorial for this pattern at Anyone Can Quilt.





The next step is framing the blocks. I am alternating pink and brown tilted frames on each block. Half of them have been finished so far, and I hope to get the rest done this weekend.




Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge every Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday.

Julie in GA
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