Sunday, January 15, 2017

Design Wall Monday 1/16/17

This week my design wall contains the beginnings of a second "Star Cluster" baby quilt. The first baby quilt just needs the binding finished, and I need to get that done before a baby shower on Saturday. I wrote about that quilt in THIS POST, and I will share photos when it is finished.

The first quilt was made in pink and grey; the requested colors for this one were teal and grey. Both use variations of Judy Martin's block pattern Star Cluster, which inspired Sarah Craig's Interlocking Stars quilt as you can see below. 



Interlocking Stars by Sarah Craig

Star Cluster baby quilt #2

Instead of scrappy squares for the centers of the stars like Sarah used, I decided to go with framed squares of different sizes. Once I got the stars up on the wall and took some photos, I felt like the frame around the fish fabric in the top left star is too dark. Other than that, I like how this is turning out. I'm shooting for getting this finished in time for a baby shower on Feb. 4th--wish me luck!


I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, and Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag. Check out all of them for tons of amazing quilting inspiration!

Julie in GA

Stash Report Sunday 1/15/17

There's not a lot of sewing time around here lately, but I still managed to use some of the stash, and I didn't add any new fabric this week. I used 3/8 yard on my Meadow Mystery blocks (see them HERE) and 1.5 yards on purple Scrappy Trips blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

2017 STASH TOTALS: 
     Used last week:                  1.875 yards     
Used year to date:              3.875 yards
Stashed last week:               0.0 yards
 Stashed year to date:           0.0 yards 

Net year to date used:  3.875 yards

I am continuing to join Kate at Life in Pieces in tracking how many days each week I manage to get in at least 15 minutes of quilting time. This was another good week, going 7 for 7 days.

15 Minute Challenge:  
1/8 - 1/14                 7 of 7 days
2017 Total             14 of 14 days

Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Scrappy Stitching in Purple

I've been participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge since 2013 and always enjoy all the sharing of beautiful rainbow quilt projects. This year I have been slow at deciding whether I am going to start a new project for 2017. I might concentrate on finishing up some of the quilts from past years instead (you can see them in last week's post HERE.)

When I had the urge to do some scrappy stitching this week, I pulled out some blocks that were started back in 2015. I have a whole drawer full of 3" strips from a strip exchange in a guild, and I would love to clear some of them out. I've been using Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Trips Around the World pattern, just changing the measurements to work with my 3" strips instead of the 2.5" that Bonnie uses. The finished size of my blocks is 15".



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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Design Wall Monday 1/9/17

The cold weather and icy roads meant extra quilting time for me over the weekend, hurray! Yesterday I was able to finish up the January clue on the Meadow Mystery project. Cheryl's quilt design finishes at 60" square, and we have now made all of the blocks. The photo shows my guess for how they might be arranged.



My plan is to turn this quilt into a Quilt of Valor, which will mean adding to the length of it. Once Cheryl reveals the actual layout of the blocks, I can come up with a way to extend the design at the top and bottom to make it longer.

I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, and Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag. Check out all of them for tons of amazing quilting inspiration! 

Julie in GA

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 1/8/2017

I have good news on two fronts today. First is that I used 2 yards from my stash for the sashing and borders of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge 3D Folded Box quilt top, and I didn't add any new fabric this week. The second is that I have already met my One Monthly Goal (OMG!) for January by completing that quilt top. The only bad news is that the recent nasty weather has made it impossible for me to get a decent photo of the quilt top today.


2017 STASH TOTALS: 
     Used last week:                   2.0 yards     
Used year to date:               2.0 yards
Stashed last week:               0.0 yards
 Stashed year to date:           0.0 yards 

 Net year to date:  2.0 yards used


One of the few good things about the current cold snap here is that I have been able to spend more time in the sewing room. I managed to get at least 15 minutes of quilting time on all 7 of the first 7 days of 2017. I'm hoping that Kate at Life in Pieces will continue her 15 Minute Challenge counts again this year.

15 Minute Challenge:  
1/1 - 1/7                 7 of 7 days
2017 Total               7 of 7 days


Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Looking Back at the Rainbows

It's time to get started on another year of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, one of my favorite quilt-sharing groups. Angela is our hostess, and every month she lets us know our assigned color. Everyone works in that color from their own scraps, making whatever projects they choose. Each Saturday we show our progress and share lots of friendly comments.

I have been participating in the RSC since 2013. I enjoy digging through my scraps every month, looking for the colors I need. As I look back at my past projects, it seems that my biggest problem is finishing them. I have only one finished quilt and several unquilted tops. Here are my RSC quilts from past years. The caption under each photo will take you to a blog post with more info about that quilt.

2013 project--Dancing Stars. My first ever RSC project is also my only completely finished RSC quilt. The 6" blocks were foundation pieced. This quilt was finished in May 2015

pattern by Amy Ellis

Scrap Hexies--started August 2013, still in process of joining parts together.

Scrap Hexies

2014 project--LeMoyne Stars. I made LeMoyne Stars in two sizes, 6" blocks and 12" blocks, alternating light and dark backgrounds. I ended up with a baby quilt and two throw quilts, but none of the tops have been quilted yet.

Rainbow LeMoyne, 6" blocks
40" x 48" baby quilt

Rainbow LeMoyne 6" blocks
45" x 60" throw quilt
Bowties 2015--Over 500 bowtie blocks were made. About half went into this top, and the rest of the blocks are still waiting 



Circling the Rainbow 2015--All year I appliqued circles to black and white background squares. This top is at the quilter, and I hope to get it back to be finished before long. This may be my favorite rainbow project yet!
Circling the Rainbow  51" x 62"
based on the pattern "True Colors" by Nancy Mahoney
from her book Simple Circles and Quick Curves


2016--RSC Sampler. This was my first time joining in on Angela's yearly sampler quilt. I changed a couple of things around on mine, but it is mostly Angela's design, and I love it!

2016 RSC Sampler
64.5" x 76.5"

My other RSC project for 2016 was the 3D Folded Box blocks that I have been showing every week for the past month (at least, that's how it feels to me!) I am soooo close to having the quilt top finished! I'm going to wait until it's complete before I post another photo of that.

Thanks so much to Angela for keeping this wonderful quilt-along going. I sometimes have a hard time keeping up with writing my blog posts, and I know she must put in lots more time. It has been so much fun seeing all the amazing quilts that people are making, and I greatly appreciate the encouragement that everyone shares each week. 

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. On Tuesday I will also link up with Scraptastic Tuesday at Mrs. Sew & Sow.


Julie in GA

Sunday, January 1, 2017

OMG, It's Design Wall Monday

The current project filling my design wall is the 3D Folded Box blocks that I was making for most of 2016 as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I ended the year with 62 blocks made (plus one more that's nearly done.) Thirty of those blocks are being joined together into a throw quilt that should finish around 60" x 70.5". I've been working on joining the blocks to the sashing, and over the weekend I started to add the piano key border. 

Folded Box blocks, tutorial by Donna Lynn Thomas

I hope to finish assembling this quilt top before the end of the month. In fact, I am proclaiming that as my One Monthly Goal (OMG!) for January. It's time to get these blocks all joined together and put something else up on the design wall for a change! I'm sure the regular readers of my blog are getting tired of seeing the same project up here every week.





I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, and Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag. Check out all of them for tons of amazing quilting inspiration! I am also joining the January link up for One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.

Julie in GA
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