Sunday, August 21, 2016

Stash Report Sunday 8/21/16

I was hopeful that I would be able to get my stash numbers back into the black this week because there would be 6 yards counted as used for a recently-finished quilt top. Then I received a package with my winnings from a giveaway held by Sally who blogs at The Objects of Design. My prize was this jelly roll of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  


I love the prints and the color combos of Kaffe's prints, but I'm never quite sure how to use them effectively, so I don't tend to buy them very often. Thanks to Sally for giving me a chance to play around with this beautiful group of fabrics!


STASH TOTALS: 

     Used last week:               6.50 yards     
Used year to date:        61.875 yards

Stashed last week:             3.0 yards
Stashed year to date:         64.0 yards 

 Net year to date:   2.125 yards stashed


I am joining Kate at Life in Pieces in tracking the number of days each week that I spend at least 15 minutes quilting. Once again, I managed to find small chunks of time for quilting on most days. I keep plugging away, and eventually there will be some results worth showing. 

15 Minute Challenge:  
August 14 - 20                 6 of 7 days
Year to date              216 of 233 days


350 Block Challenge at Prairie Moon Quilts
Blocks made this week:   16


Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.  

Julie in GA

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Progress in Purples

For the first time in a month, I have both days off this weekend! It feels so luxurious to be off for two days in a row. I hope to get plenty of time for quilting.

Last week I had pulled out my purple scraps, looking for hazy purples with green accents to use for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2016 Sampler blocks. I found several good prints, some of them very old, that combine purple and green, and today I managed to finish stitching up my bullseye blocks. I am especially fond of the paisley in the top right block, and also the mostly green spotty print at the center of the middle row.



As usual, I ended up with an extra block (but that's better than being short by one!) I hope to find enough time between today and tomorrow to cut pieces for my other RSC project, the 3-D blocks. I also need to cut some more parts for my hand-stitched hexagon blocks.

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Stash Report Sunday 8/14/16

I have fallen terribly far behind on my stash reports and other tracking of quilting activity. My last stash report was three weeks ago! There hasn't been much fabric used since then due to very limited quilting time. In a weak moment, I succumbed to a terrific sale. My numbers are now headed in the wrong direction, but I hope that will turn around again soon. I have one project that is getting very close to being a finished quilt top.



STASH TOTALS: 

     Used last 3 weeks:           .625 yards     
Used year to date:        55.375 yards

Stashed last 3 weeks:       13.5 yards
Stashed year to date:         61.0 yards 

 Net year to date:   5.625 yards stashed


I am joining Kate at Life in Pieces in tracking the number of days each week that I spend at least 15 minutes quilting. It's surprising to see that I was able to find some time for quilting most days over the past three weeks, missing only three days during that stretch. There haven't been any big chunks of time for quilting, but I try to keep some projects prepped and ready for stitching when I have the opportunity. 

15 Minute Challenge:  
July 24 - Aug. 13          18 of 21 days
Year to date              210 of 226 days


350 Block Challenge at Prairie Moon Quilts
Blocks made since July 23:   14

I hate to share a blog post without any photos, so I am including a picture of my most recent group of blocks for the Glorious Hexagons quilt. This includes the five blocks I made in July and one for August.



Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.  

Julie in GA

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Playing Catch-Up

It is hard to believe that it is almost 3 weeks since my last blog post, mostly due to an insanely busy schedule at work. I've been grabbing a few minutes here and there for quilting, but haven't accomplished much, and I find it easier to stitch than to write coherent sentences in a blog post.

I did get a day off in the middle of the week, and that was my first chance to pull out some fabric options for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge sampler blocks. Our color assignment this month is "the hazy purple of a dawn sky with hints of evergreens." The alternate color choice is to work with greys. I actually have a decent collection of prints that combine purple and green, so I pulled out strips of all those fabrics, plus some other purples, trying to stay away from the pinky purples.



Then I rearranged all my strips, matching them up in pairs as they will be used in the bullseye blocks for the sampler. I'm planning to use the fabrics that run across the top of this photo as the center squares, and the lower strips to surround them.


Here is Angela's sample of the bullseye block that we will be making. Fortunately, it is a very easy block. I hope to have some time over the next week to start cutting for my sampler blocks, and maybe I can even get a few stitched together!






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, 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
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