Monday, September 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday 9/15/14

Since January I have been making 6" LeMoyne Star blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. You can see my latest blocks (orange) here. In February I also started making one 12" block each month. Yesterday I finished my orange 12" star. I love those bright oranges against the dark background! Did you see the jack-o-lantern?




I have cut all the pieces for a blue star, the color I missed back in January. I am also replacing the light background on my red star with black. After that is done, I just need one more large star, probably in blacks and greys, for the center of the group. I haven't figured out a plan for this quilt beyond that, but I'm very happy with how the stars look together.





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, September 14, 2014

Stash Report Sunday 9/14/14

I had another great week of stash usage. Switching around between multiple projects time seems to be working out well for me. I made another pair of pajama pants, added sashing to the Tell It to the Stars mystery quilt, plus remade one of the blocks. I also finished my 8 LeMoyne Star blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, made some sample blocks for a baby quilt, and pulled out an old UFO to use as my leader/ender project.






The only addition for the week was a half-yard piece that I bought from a vendor at the Quilting Live! show yesterday. Here is my new fabric, plus the Seminole-pieced zipper pouch I made in a workshop.



Totals: Rainbow LeMoyne--8 stars           .5 yd. 
Baby quilt--3 sample blocks                     7"
Tell It to the Stars--remake one block       6"
Fall batik pajama pants                         2.5 yd.
Tell It to the Stars sashing                    1.25 yd.
Boston Fiesta--8 blocks                           .5 yd

Used this week:                          5.125 yards
Used year to date:                   105.125 yards


Stashed this week:                       .5  yards
Stashed year to date:               98.0 yards 

Net year to date:   
                   7.125 yards used  


Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Orange Scrappiness

I have been making good progress with my orange scrappy projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this week. I finished all of my 6" LeMoyne Star blocks and have the pieces cut for a 12" block.



I might be ready to start joining these stars together into quilts soon. I haven't decided yet if I want to include brown and black/grey stars or just stick to the bright colors. It's time to put a batch of stars up on the design wall and see how they look together.

I also finished my first orange hexie snowflake this week and have started on my hexie star. The hexies have been getting lots of questions while I stitch on the train to work each morning.




Check out this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge posts--lots of amazingly beautiful rainbow projects to inspire you! I am also linking up to Hexie Weekend at A Quilting Reader's Garden and to the Monday Morning Star Count at Life Under Quilts.

Julie in GA

Monday, September 8, 2014

Design Wall Monday 9/8/14

My main design wall is covered with the blocks for the Tell It to the Stars mystery. Our assignment for September & October is to add sashing and cornerstones and to get them all joined together with the blocks. All the blocks in the upper right part of the photo are stitched together except for one long seam, and the blocks to the lower left (plus those hidden to the left and the bottom) are waiting to be sewn together.



Judy's instructions for this mystery had the sashing cut from the same fabric as the block backgrounds, which makes the stars and chains of squares float more than mine. I decided to go with the darker sashing because I am making my quilt scrappy, with a different background fabric in every block. I am hoping that this slightly darker fabric will help all the different background fabrics work together. I keep looking at that chain block at the lower right and thinking the background looks too light compared to the others. I had better replace it before I get any further in the process or it will just continue to nag at me.

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, September 7, 2014

Stash Report Sunday 9/7/14

I have lots to report this week, both fabric used and fabric added. One project goes back a few months and is finally ready for showing, others are brand new.

A group of us at work joined together to make a signature quilt for the retirement of our boss Carol. I was in charge of the design and getting all the fabrics. We used batiks in many shades of blues, greys, tans and browns. The blocks were joined together and borders added on Friday. Carol always urged us to use a thimble for hand sewing, so we included a thimble block on the front, and the backing fabric is covered with thimbles. I am counting both fabric used and fabric added to my stash for this project. The white fabric for the signature areas was from my stash, as were many of the batiks, but I ended up with the leftovers of other fabrics purchased for the quilt.



Last week I showed the layer cake of "Surrounded by Love" that I had won. I was thinking it would be perfect for a very girly baby quilt with the many prints in pink, red and white. Only a few days later, I got an email from our pregnant niece letting us know that she is having a girl! It's meant to be! Yesterday I went shopping for a solid pink to use with the layer cake, and I also found a flannel print that will be perfect for a backing. That is an addition of 5 yards to my stash. I haven't decided on a baby quilt pattern yet, but I am considering several options.



My other purchase yesterday was this beautiful print from Patty Young's Modkid Studio. There is something I really love about the color combination, and I am thinking it would make a good color palette for a future quilt.



I got inspired to make some new pajama pants this week. I made a pair for myself from a tropical print, and a short pair for my husband, the FSU fan. They aren't quilts, but they are from quilting fabrics, so I am including the fabric used in my stash report.











Totals:
Signature quilt:  2.75 yds. used, 1 yd. added
Baby quilt fabrics:  5 yards added
Grey/teal/yellow print:  1.75 yds. added
2 pair pajama pants:  4.5 yds. used

Used this week:                          7.25 yards
Used year to date:                    100.0 yards


Stashed this week:                     7.75  yards
Stashed year to date:                97.5 yards 

Net year to date:   
                   2.5 yards used  

Hurray! I made my goal of using at least 100 yards this year (and should go well past that number in the remaining four months.) I'm still hanging on at using up more fabric than I add.

Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Orange scraps for September

Our color for September at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is orange. This is a color that I almost never wear, but I love orange in quilts. There is such a wide range of colors, from pale peach to dark rust, and they all add such a lovely warmth to a quilt.

This week I have been concentrating on brighter orange scraps for my Rainbow LeMoyne Stars. I have six 6" blocks finished, two more to make, plus one 12" block to put together yet.



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

Julie in GA

Monday, September 1, 2014

Design Wall Monday 9/1/14

My main design wall is mostly empty at the moment. The only pieces hanging there are four LeMoyne Stars in orange, our color for September at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, plus my green hexie star with background hexies, another rainbow project.



The other design wall is covered with the rest of the hexie stars and snowflakes. Orange is the last color I need to make, then it's all about adding background and joining them all together. This project has been in the works for just over a year, and I expect it will take another year or more to finish the top.



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


Julie in GA
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