Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ironing Board cover

A recent post over at Jo's Country Junction featured Jo's new ironing board cover. She showed a photo of her old cover, and talked about how easy it was to make a new one. I have been needing to make a new cover for some time, but never got around to it until now. Thanks for the inspiration, Jo!

Here is my old cover. It was starting to develop holes in that scorched brown area.

The fabric I used is an old drapery print that I've had for many years. I think it came from a yard sale or a thrift store. I used the old board cover as my pattern, cutting the new fabric about 1" larger all around. I finished off the raw edges on the serger. Then I folded under 1/2" all the way around, wrapping it around a narrow cord and stitching about 1/4" from the folded edge. I cut a small hole at the larger end to pull the cord through so I could tighten it up and tie it off. Here is my crisp and clean new cover.

The print may be a little busier than I might generally choose, but I am glad to use up some of this fabric. It has been hanging around much too long, and I still have quite a few yards left. I also added a layer of Hobbs 80/20 batting because the padding on my board was pretty well worn through. 

I had hoped to enter Jo's Ironing Board Challenge, but it turns out that I am a day too late. I'm still happy that she inspired me to finally replace my ratty old cover. It will be a treat to use this new cover.

Julie in GA

Monday, August 18, 2014

Design Wall Monday--another finished top!

I have another finished quilt top, my second in less than a week!! The borders finally got finished on my Quilts of Valor Bowties Quilt. All of the bowtie blocks were joined together several weeks ago, but I was having trouble figuring out what fabrics to use for the borders. The main problem was that I also wanted to use the same red print for the quilt back, and I wasn't sure I had enough for border and backing. I decided to go ahead with the border, and I will find something else to add to the red for the back.

Next I will piece the back for this quilt, plus make a pillowcase for it and maybe the binding. Can't forgot to make a label too. Then I can send it off for quilting and finishing.

If you are interested in finding more information about Quilts of Valor, check it out here. You can also see lots of great Quilts of Valor at Alycia's blog every Wednesday.

I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times where you can see all sorts of amazing quilting inspiration! On Friday I will also link up to Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Julie in GA

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Stash Report Sunday 8/17/14

Despite a very busy week at work, I made good progress on my stash reduction efforts. I finished the borders on two different quilt tops and pieced the backing for one of them, using a total of 4.5 yards of fabric.

I showed the finished top for my scrappy greens Crossroads quilt in yesterday's post. Here is the back that I pieced yesterday. The selvage of the brighter green fabric said it was from 1996, which is not long after I started quilting. This fabric has definitely aged long enough! The back just needs a good pressing, then it can get layered and pin basted.

The other quilt that got the borders finished this week was my QOV Bowties quilt, which has been waiting for those borders for more than a month. It feels good to have that done too. I will show the finished top on my design wall tomorrow.

No fabric added again this week.  Once I piece a back for the QOV, I should be back to having used more than I have added for the year!

Used this week:                          4.5  yards
Used year to date:                    84.0  yards

Stashed this week:                          0  yards
Stashed year to date:               86.75 yards 

Net year to date:   
                 2.75 yards stashed  

Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA

Friday, August 15, 2014

Scrappy Green Crossroads

I was feeling a little lost at the beginning of the month when we found out that our August color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is light/bright green. I had already made my allotment of green LeMoyne Star blocks a few months ago, not realizing that lighter green would pop up again. 

I decided to go an entirely different route and try to make a small quilt entirely in greens. The Crossroads block is one I had been seeing for a year or two and wanted to try. I dug out my 2-1/2" light and bright green strips, plus cut more strips off stash fabrics. The background fabric is a leftover from a quilt made around 12-14 years ago. Here is my finished Crossroads quilt top.

45" x 57"
My quilt blocks measure 12" finished, and there are 12 of them in the quilt. I might have made this quilt bigger, but I was limited by the amount of background that I had. Now I have the rest of August to piece a back and try to get this quilted. 

Check out this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge posts on Saturday--lots of amazingly beautiful rainbow projects to inspire you! I am also linking up to Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and joining in on The Purge over at Stitched in Color. It's time to conquer those scraps!

Julie in GA

Monday, August 11, 2014

Design Wall Monday 8/11/14

For the first time in weeks, I have a completely finished quilt to show! Woohoo!!

This is the Musical Stars baby quilt. Two musician friends, a trumpeter and a viola player, are expecting a baby in October. These two fabrics, spotted by my husband when we were in a quilt shop a few months ago, were the starting point for the whole quilt.

The quilt top and the backing were pieced in a very short time in July, but it took longer for me to get around to doing the quilting. I got that done last week, then finished up the binding on Saturday. The quilting is very simple, mostly stitch-in-the-ditch. The quilt just needs to be washed up, then we can present it to the parents.

Musical Stars baby quilt
37" square

Musical Stars baby quilt back
Also on my design wall this week is the center area of my scrappy green Crossroads quilt. There are 12 blocks that finish at 12" each, all joined together and waiting for borders. I have figured out a plan for the borders and hope to get them done in the next few days.

I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times where you can see all sorts of amazing quilting inspiration!  On Friday I will also link up to "Let's Make Baby Quilts!" at Michelle's Romantic Tangle.

Julie in GA

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stash Report Sunday 8/10/14

This has been a decent week on the stash reduction front. I finished the binding on the Musical Stars baby quilt (photo tomorrow), and I made 12 scrappy green Crossroads blocks. 

I also discovered that I never subtracted the fabric that was used for some teal/turquoise Crossroads blocks that I made last year, so I am counting that now. I wasn't crazy about these blocks when I made them, but they have grown on me. Maybe I will make some more with other colors like hot pink scraps. The grey background has faint designs in turquoise, pink and lavender.

No fabric added this week. My red number is getting smaller!!

Used this week:                          2.75  yards
Used year to date:                    79.5  yards

Stashed this week:                          0  yards
Stashed year to date:               86.75 yards 

Net year to date:   
                 7.25 yards stashed  

Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Bright green scrappiness

My usual projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year have been LeMoyne Star blocks and hexie stars and snowflakes. Our assigned color for August is light and/or bright green, and we did the darker greens back in May. Because I have already used greens in both of those projects, I decided to start something completely new this month. Just what I need, a new project! My hope is to keep it small and manageable, maybe even finish it by the end of the month. (Hey, I can dream, can't I?)

I have been seeing this pattern made by others for the past year or so and really liked the way it looks. Angela, our hostess for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge made one in similar colors last year and blogged about it here. Some call the pattern Crossroads, but the more traditional name seems to be Patience Corner (or Corners.) There are two great tutorials for the pattern here and here. The blocks are very easy to make, using only two different pieces. For my 12" blocks, each block requires 4 background squares cut at 4-1/2" and 10 green rectangles cut 2-1/2" x 4-1/2". Here is a single block so you can see how it goes together.

So far I have made 8 blocks and am planning to make 4 more for a small throw quilt. I thought about making more blocks and getting it up to a big enough size for a Quilt of Valor (might be a nice alternative to red, white & blue), but I don't have enough of the white fabric. 

I have had this fabric for more than ten years and used it in one of my favorite bed quilts. On the selvage it says "Song of Spring for RJR Fabrics For the Quilters by the Quilters." It is not terribly likely that I will come across more of this fabric, but if anyone has some, I would be happy to buy it from you. Otherwise, this project will end up a lovely little lap quilt.

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

Julie in GA
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