Monday, June 19, 2017

Design Wall Monday 6/19/17

Thanks to everyone who offered their opinion to last week's post on which sashing fabric to use with my green strippy blocks. The darker brown was the overwhelming favorite, and I have gotten the strips cut and started stitching the pieces together. 


These blocks are very large, 24" finished. I am planning to add more green strips around the outside as a final border. Looking at the photos, I'm wishing there was more of the brown--maybe I will make all the sashing as two strips of brown with a line of green strips in between.

I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, 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, June 18, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 6/18/17

Yesterday I finished up the rest of my yellow Ribbon Star blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, using 1.5 yards of scraps. You can see the first set of blocks HERE. I'm almost ready to report a larger amount used on another project, but haven't sat down to figure out the numbers yet. Hopefully that will happen next week.

It has been almost exactly a month since the last addition to my stash. I've been able to avoid buying much new fabric this year, mostly by staying out of the quilt shops/fabric stores and deleting most of the on-line store emails. I gave in to a sale at Connecting Threads recently because there was a book I really wanted to get, and since I was already paying shipping... I'm a sucker for black and white prints, also for red, white & blue. The two lavender fabrics are just because I don't have much of that color in my stash. They will be useful for future rainbow projects.





2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:             1.50 yards
Used year to date:      50.875 yards
Added last week:            2.50 yards
Added year to date:        7.75 yards

Net used year to date:  43.125 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. I am back on track with getting in my 15 minutes or more for stitching every day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
6/11 - 6/17                7 of 7 days
2017 Total          164 of 168 days



Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and add your own report so we can keep this linky going.

Julie in GA

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Seeing Stars

My current project for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge has been making more Ribbon Star blocks in yellow, our color for the month of June. I finished 9 blocks this week and have 10-12 more in the works.



A few days ago I had an email that included a link to the Benartex Fabrics blog and their free e-magazine "Modern by the Yard." I thought the cover quilt had to be shared with all of you lovers of rainbow scrappiness. Go to their blog HERE to download this issue or any of the previous four issues of the e-zine.


I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects that everyone is sharing! 


Julie in GA

Monday, June 12, 2017

Design Wall Monday 6/12/17

Last week I showed my version of a jelly roll race quilt made completely from green 3" strips. Check it out in THIS POST. I ended up grouping my green strips into sets of four and cutting them into segments. I am in the process of auditioning those segments with two different brown fabrics to use as the centers and sashing with these blocks. 




I keep going back and forth on my preference between the two brown fabrics. It probably means I'm not completely sold on either one, but I'm determined to use something from my stash. I welcome your opinions!

I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, 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, June 11, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 6/11/17

I'm feeling good about continuing to make a dent in my stash, even though I haven't been using large amounts of yardage. I have used almost 50 yards so far this year, all of it in small increments like a yard or so. I keep chipping away at it, and have mostly managed to resist buying more fabric.

Last week I used 1 yard for a set of four Scrappy Trips blocks and 1-1/8 yard to make 16 Ribbon Stars blocks. I shared photos of both sets of blocks in yesterday's Rainbow Scrap Challenge post, but I like the yellow blocks so much that I'm going to include that photo again. Sunshiny goodness!


2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:            2.125 yards
Used year to date:       49.375 yards
Added last week:             0.0 yards
Added year to date:        5.25 yards

Net used year to date:  44.125 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. I am back on track with getting in my 15 minutes or more for stitching every day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
6/4 - 6/10                 7 of 7 days
2017 Total          157 of 161 days



Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and add your own report so we can keep this linky going.

Julie in GA

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Yellow and Green for the RSC

My first yellow project for June at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge was to make my set of four Scrappy Trips blocks. I love working with yellow, and these blocks have such a wonderful glow!


Scrappy Trip Around the World
pattern by Bonnie Hunter
I'm still trying to finish up a couple sets of green blocks, the May color for the RSC. Seeing Cathy's beautiful friendship star blocks reminded me that I hadn't made mine for the month. I completed 16 blocks and wish I'd included more brighter greens, but I was using what I had in the scrap pile.


I also considered making a version of a jelly roll race quilt with my stack of green 3" strips. Instead of sewing all the strips together end to end, I made rows from strips of various lengths, then joined the rows together. Here is the upper half showing how that plan worked out.



That was just too boring for me, so I sewed the remaining strips into groups of four, then sliced each strip set into quarters. I have been auditioning contrast fabrics to add a little more interest to this design. The contrast would become the center of the blocks and sashing in between. I'm currently leaning toward the caramel-colored print at the bottom of the photo, although I like the darkest one too.



I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday. I'm also linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday at Mrs. Sew & Sow. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

Monday, June 5, 2017

Design Wall Monday 6/5/17

In my continuing effort to use some of the older fabrics in my stash, I have been making Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks every month as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I am using a collection of 3" strips from a guild exchange many years ago. Our color for the RSC in May was green.



This set of blocks barely made a dent in my stack of green strips. I considered many other options for using them, including a jelly roll race quilt. I didn't see many examples made from a single color group, plus my strips measure 3" rather than the usual 2.5". Time to come up with something else quick and easy!

I decided to improvise my own variation. I figured out that the regular jelly roll race quilt ends up with 32 horizontal rows. If I make a quilt with 32 rows made from 3" strips, it ends up measuring 80" long. That is a good size for a throw quilt, and I am shooting for finishing at 60" wide. What you are seeing here is the upper half of my quilt. The pieced strips for the lower half have all been made and are waiting to be joined to one another, then the two halves can become one!



I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, 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, June 4, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 6/4/17

Last week's stash usage was 5/8 yard for a set of potholders that I made for my brother's 50th birthday. His set featured Milwaukee Brewers fabric, and the earlier set made for my sister was Green Bay Packers fabric. I have two more sets cut out for our house--one is also Brewers, the other has the Atlanta Braves. It was fun to make a quick little project like this last weekend.




2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:             .625 yards
Used year to date:       47.25 yards
Added last week:             0.0 yards
Added year to date:        5.25 yards

Net used year to date:  42.0 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. I am back on track with getting in my 15 minutes or more for stitching every day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
5/28 - 6/3                 7 of 7 days
2017 Total          150 of 154 days


Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and add your own report so we can keep this linky going.

Julie in GA

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Scrappy Strips of Sunshine

I had all kinds of plans for using my green scraps as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge last month, but never managed to get much done with them. Our new color for June is yellow, and I have been sorting my yellow 3" strips from light to dark for this month's Scrappy Trips blocks. I need six different shades of yellow for each block, and I will make at least four blocks. I have plenty of choices here--I'll have to come up with some other ideas for using the leftover strips!



I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on SundayBe sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Design Wall Monday 5/29/17

It seems like I have worked on several different quilting projects over the past week, but I don't have a lot to show for all that time. I already shared the strippy baby quilt that was finished earlier in the week (see it HERE.) I might have started a new quilt yesterday, but haven't figured out enough of a plan to have anything to show on that.

The blocks up on the design wall are my Glorious Hexagons with the navy print background triangles that are being added. I still have about 45 more hexagon blocks that need the triangles stitched on before I play with the placement and balancing the colors.



I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, 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 5/28/17

My stash usage for last week was not huge, but at least I'm still in stash reduction mode. I have gotten tons of emails about Memorial Day fabric sales, but have managed to resist ordering anything so far--that may change soon!


2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:             .875 yards
Used year to date:      46.625 yards
Added last week:             0.0 yards
Added year to date:        5.25 yards

Net used year to date:  41.375 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. I am back on track with getting in my 15 minutes or more for stitching every day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
5/21 - 5/27               7 of 7 days
2017 Total          143 of 147 days



Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and add your own report so we can keep this linky going.

Julie in GA

Thursday, May 25, 2017

One Fish, Two Fish baby quilt

Thank goodness for quick and easy quilt patterns! I was on vacation the week before last when I received an invitation to a baby shower for a co-worker. My first opportunity to make a baby quilt happened last weekend, only 5 days before the shower! I knew I had to keep it simple, so I went with a strippy quilt-as-you-go pattern, based on the technique shown HERE.

One Fish, Two Fish baby quilt
38" x 41.5" finished size

It wasn't planned that way, but when I started pulling fabrics from my stash, I discovered that I had a group of fish prints that worked together very nicely. Even the binding fabric has tiny fish on it! That led to the name One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish for the quilt. I also ordered a copy of the Dr. Seuss book of the same name to include in the gift.


For the back I used a cute alphabet print with many of the same colors as the fish fabrics. 


Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the baby shower this afternoon because I have jury duty today. I left my gift with a friend to deliver to the shower--I need to send her a message to take photos of the mother-to-be holding it.

Julie in GA

Linking up to:  Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
                      Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
                      Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
                      Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
                      Let's Make Baby Quilts at Michelle's Romantic Tangle
                      

Monday, May 22, 2017

Design Wall Monday 5/22/17

Linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times was one of the reasons I started my blog back in 2012. I loved seeing what other quilters were working on and sharing my projects with them. Starting this week, Design Wall Monday will be hosted by Judy Hansen at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts. Thanks so much to Judy Laquidara for the many years of hosting the link-up, and another thank you to Judy H. for keeping it going.

I have been enjoying a lovely, lazy four-day weekend at home. I had hoped to be very productive, but didn't really get that much quilting done. I did make a baby quilt, which I will show when the binding gets finished. I've also started sewing background triangles to my Glorious Hexagons blocks in preparation for sewing them together into rows.



I'm happy with the way the dark fabric makes the bright colors in the hexagons pop. This is less than a quarter of my blocks--I think there are over 80 blocks made. Once the dark triangles are sewn onto all of them, I will spend my time getting them arranged in a pleasing pattern. I'm sure there will be plenty of shifting blocks around to spread out the hotter colors and to keep blocks with matching fabrics from being too close together. I can hardly wait!

I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, 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, May 21, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 5/21/17

For almost 5-1/2 years, Sunday has been one of my most regular days for blog posts. That's because Sunday was the day to link up with the Stash Report at Patchwork Times. Earlier this week, Judy announced that she was discontinuing her hosting of the Stash Report because she is doing very little quilting these days.

Fortunately, I'm not the only one who enjoys tracking my fabric purchases and usage. Reporting those numbers on my blog keeps me aware and accountable. I'm very happy to learn that the stash reports will continue, at least for now, over at quiltpaintcreate.

I didn't file a stash report last week, so this one covers two weeks. I made six green Scrappy Trips blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, using 1.5 yards. You can see those blocks in yesterday's post. I also used 2.75 yards for a baby quilt. All that's left on that is to finish the binding.

For only the second time this year, I added some fabric to my stash (I'm still making up for my crazy shopping spree last December!) I bought 3.25 yards of this navy/teal print to use as the background and border for my Glorious Hexagons blocks. I've started cutting triangles from it and stitching them to two sides of each hexagon block.

Glorious Hexagons with background

2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:             4.25 yards
Used year to date:       45.75 yards
Added last week:           3.25 yards
Added year to date:       5.25 yards

Net used year to date:  40.5 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. I was on vacation for one week and missed a couple of days, but have still managed to find that 15 minutes or more most days.

15 Minute Challenge:  
5/7 - 5/20              12 of 14 days
2017 Total          136 of 140 days


Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and add your own report so we can keep this linky going.

Julie in GA

Saturday, May 20, 2017

RSC Scrappy Trips

This week I made two more green Scrappy Trips blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I put them up on my design wall along with the previous four green blocks. 

Scrappy Trips Around the World
pattern by Bonnie Hunter

The blocks looked so good together in that layout that I decided to try it with the rest of my blocks. Here's the whole collection of cool color blocks--I still have a pile of red blocks too and a few in orange. This is looking good!



I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on SundayBe sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Scrappy Green Squares


Time for quilting has been almost non-existent lately, but it was for very good reasons. First my mother came for a visit which included a couple of days in Savannah. When she returned to Wisconsin, I flew along with her and am enjoying a few days of spring in the Midwest. Family time is definitely a higher priority than quilting this week.

I did manage to make four Scrappy Trips blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. There are two more green blocks still in the works.



I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap​! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on SundayBe sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 5/7/17

This week's good news for the stash report is that I used 1/2 yard making the setting triangles for the RSC Watercolor quilt. Those were the last components to be made for this quilt, now it needs to be assembled. No fabric added to the stash this week (but the batik sales at Hancock's are looking tempting!)

2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:              .50 yards
Used year to date:       41.50 yards
Added last week:           0.00 yards
Added year to date:       2.00 yards

Net used year to date:  39.5 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. I missed one day last week, but my totals are still looking good..

15 Minute Challenge:  
4/30 - 5/6                 6 of 7 days
2017 Total          124 of 126 days



Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA

Monday, May 1, 2017

Design Wall Monday 5/1/17

My design wall continues to be filled with the watercolor blocks that I have been making since early April as part of the Rainbow Scrap ChallengeThe pattern that I am making is "Tranquil Treasures" by Evelyn Sloppy from her book Strips and Strings - 16 Sparkling Quilts

Unfortunately, I can't get all the blocks in one photo because I am shooting through a doorway. I think this will give you a good enough idea of the whole thing. The dark areas continue out a little further all the way around. 



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, April 30, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 4/30/17

The good news for this week's stash report is that I used 2.375 yards making 30 more blocks for my RSC Watercolor quilt, which you can see in yesterday's post. The bad news is that I miscalculated on my stash report a week ago and have to take .875 yards off the used total, for a net usage of 1.5 yards this week. More good news--no fabric added! 

2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:             1.50 yards
Used year to date:       41.00 yards
Added last week:           0.00 yards
Added year to date:       2.00 yards

Net used year to date:  39.0 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. I keep plugging away at my many quilt projects, moving them along bit by bit every day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
4/23 - 4/29                7 of 7 days
2017 Total          118 of 119 days


Check out more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April One Monthly Goal


Finishing my Fiesta Log Cabin quilt top was my One Monthly Goal for the month of April. It is also one of my projects for the 2017 UFO Challenge at Patchwork Times. I am very happy to say that my goal has been reached!

I started the Fiesta Log Cabin quilt in 1998, piecing 36 Log Cabin blocks, joining them together, and adding borders. Unfortunately, I was never happy with the finished look of this quilt top. It was an awkward size (55" square) and I didn't like how the borders turned out.
Fiesta Log Cabin, 1998 version
I decided to remove the borders, stitch more blocks to make the quilt rectangular, and maybe change the border design. Here is my first attempt with an extra row of blocks added to the top and bottom, plus a new possibility for the borders. At this point, the center of the quilt measured about 42" x 56", and adding borders would take it up to 54-56" x 68-70".
I still wasn't wild about the borders, so I decided to eliminate them entirely and add another row of blocks all the way around the quilt, taking the pieced area up to 56" x 70". That meant making 32 more blocks to add to the 48 that were already done. 
Fiesta Log Cabin, 56" x 70"
I considered going with an asymmetrical setting, but decided to stick with the centered Barn Raising set. The blocks have all been joined together into a quilt top, and that was my goal for April. I'm happy with the way this top turned out, and look forward to getting it quilted sometime soon. I think I have enough of the lighter print for a back. Speaking of the fabric, here is a closer shot featuring both prints.
I am linking up with the One Monthly Goal--April Finish Link-up at Elm Street Quilts and with the 2017 UFO Challenge at Patchwork Times.



Julie in GA

Multicolor Progress

My multicolor/watercolor quilt blocks have reached the point where it is impossible for me to get a photo of all of them together on the design wall. Taking photos of my design wall involves standing in the bathroom and shooting through the doorway and across the hall. Not ideal, but it's better than nothing.



This week's additions are the twelve dark blocks that run down the right side and across the bottom in the photo. I need to make twelve more of those blocks, then figure out how to make the setting triangles. There is an end in sight!

The next quilt isn't scrappy, but it sure is multi-colored. It's log cabin blocks made with just two fabrics in a barn raising setting. I started this quilt in 1998, took some of it apart this month, and finally finished the top a couple days ago. You can read more about it in THIS POST.


Fiesta Log Cabin
80 blocks, 56" x 70"

I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday Sunday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on SundayBe sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

Monday, April 24, 2017

Design Wall Monday 4/24/17

One of my current projects is a set of blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge where our assignment for April is to use multicolored fabrics. I pulled out two shoeboxes of 2" strips from close to 20 years ago when I made a couple of watercolor quilts. You can see photos and read more about them in THIS POST. The pattern I chose to use is "Tranquil Treasures" by Evelyn Sloppy from her book Strips and Strings - 16 Sparkling Quilts.

I started at the center with the lightest fabrics and worked my way out. After the first few sets of blocks, I was seriously questioning my decision to use these fabrics for this pattern. This is how it looked at that point.



The RSC quilters were very positive in their comments and encouraged me to continue. Over the past week, I added another, darker round of blocks. There is still one more round to go, and it will be darker still, then pieced setting triangles to finish the edges. I hope I have enough dark multicolor prints!



This photo will give you a closer view of some of the fabrics. Lots of oldies in there! Most of them are not my preferred style of print, and it feels so good to get them out of those shoeboxes.



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
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