Monday, July 24, 2017

Design Wall Monday 7/24/17

Instead of finishing up one of the many on-going quilt projects in my sewing room, I couldn't resist pulling out my box of recycled shirt parts. A few years ago I was inspired by Kaffe Fassett's "Shirt Stripe Boxes" pattern in his book Passionate Patchwork. I was able to acquire a large number of shirts from rummage sales and thrift shops, and I set about de-constructing them similar to the method Bonnie Hunter demonstrates in THIS VIDEO.

I spent a large portion of the last two weekends fussy cutting stripes into triangles and piecing them back together again. These photos show only the first batch of blocks to be made. My blocks will finish at 3", 6", and 9". There's no telling how big the quilt will end up!

The first photo includes a couple of blocks with very dark blue triangles. I wasn't sure they would work with the rest of the lighter colors. When I compare the two photos, I definitely prefer the softness of the second version without the darker blocks. (My apologies for the lousy lighting.)



I have a couple hundred striped triangles sitting around my sewing room, just waiting to be pieced into more blocks. I love the look of the single-fabric blocks, but it's so much easier with two fabrics because I don't have to worry about matching stripes! I will continue to make both types of block.

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

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Scrappy Dilemma

After finishing the 10 blue Scrappy Trips blocks last weekend, I put them up on the design wall along with 10 of the red blocks I made in March for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I tried a couple of different layouts, but this one seemed to work the best (although there is one blue block turned the wrong way.

Scrappy Trips Around the World
15" blocks made from 3" strips
pattern by Bonnie Hunter

My plan was to use the red and the blue blocks together to make a Quilt of Valor, but I'm not convinced that they look right combined in the same quilt. The reds are so bright and intense, making the blues look rather washed out. I'm thinking that I might save the blue blocks for another quilt, maybe combining them with some softer greens and purples. I can still make a QOV from all the red blocks I made earlier. Here's the whole group of red.


I haven't committed to either plan just yet and would be happy to hear your opinions or other ideas. One of the best things about blogging is getting feedback and inspiration from so many other wonderful quilters!

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 projects that everyone is sharing! 


Julie in GA

Monday, July 17, 2017

Design Wall Monday 7/17/17

The last of the blue Scrappy Trips blocks were finished over the weekend, and they are now up on the design wall along with some red blocks. Oops, I see in the photo that one of the blue blocks is turned the wrong way--better get that fixed! As usual, my through-the-bathroom-doorway photo position has cut off some of the squares along the sides, but you get the idea.


Scrappy Trips Around the World
15" blocks made from 3" strips
pattern by Bonnie Hunter
Setting the blocks together 4 x 5 as shown will produce a quilt top that measures 60" x 75", the perfect size for a Quilt of Valor. I still have 10 more red blocks left, but haven't decided what to do with them. I'm thinking of combining them with a set of black and grey blocks for something a little different.

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, July 16, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 7/16/17

My stashbusting efforts hit a milestone yesterday--60 yards used for the year! I know it's not a huge amount for many people, but for me it is a very good total after 6-1/2 months. My usage goal for the year is 100 yards, and I have made an excellent start at reaching that goal.

My usage for the week was 2.25 yards for a set of Scrappy Trips blocks. I'm planning to combine these blue blocks with some red ones I made earlier in the year for a Quilt of Valor.

Scrappy Trips Around the World
15" blocks made from 3" strips
pattern by Bonnie Hunter

This photo shows a few of the fabrics from these blocks. Some I remember so clearly, others I have no idea where or when I got them. The cream print with teapots and cups on it is at least 20 years old. I used it to make a little wallhanging for a friend who collected blue & white china.



2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:            2.25 yards
Used year to date:       60.00 yards
Added last week:             0.0 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards

Net used year to date:  51.75 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'm trying to keep on track with some quilting time every single day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
7/15 - 7/21                 7 of 7 days
2017 Total          191 of 196 days


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

Julie in GA

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Got the Blues?

We have been singing the blues around here this weekend. After a week of increasingly sluggish cooling performance by our air conditioner, it quit working altogether yesterday. Fortunately, we were able to get a technician out to look at it this morning--a new fan motor got us up and running again. As I write this, the temp in the house has come down from a high of 85 yesterday afternoon to 78 today. We were lucky to endure only one day of discomfort.

There have been many blue scraps getting cut and stitched together this week, but I don't seem to have many finished blocks to share today. I've been stitching triangles to make blue Ribbon Star blocks, but I'm waiting until I finish making all of the HST's before starting to join them together. I did finish six of the Scrappy Trips blocks that I'm making to combine with the red blocks I made in March. I have 20 red blocks and plan to end up with 10 in blue.




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 projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

Monday, July 10, 2017

Design Wall Monday 7/10/17

It's still red, white and blue on my design wall, even though July 4th has passed. I have finished three more RWB blocks to add to the blocks I showed HEREThe larger block pattern is Snow Crystals, and the block finishes at 12" I like the way the block turned out, but wish I'd been more careful with that print in the center star--the bottom right star point has a white area at the outer tip that makes it blend in with the background. It bothers me, but probably not enough for me to take it apart and fix it.


The two small blocks (6" finished) are for the Moda Blockheads project. The upper block is one of the alternate blocks posted by Lisa Bongean. I'm not sure if I will combine the large and small blocks into one quilt or not; for now I'm just enjoying piecing with my RWB fabrics.

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, July 9, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 7/9/17

All year I have been making Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. My goal is to make at least four blocks each month in our assigned color. Last week I finished my four blue blocks, using 1 yard of fabric. That's a lot of fabric to use for only four blocks, but each block uses 6 strips that are cut 3" x 19", and the blocks finish at 15" square. You can see my blue blocks in YESTERDAY'S POST. There were no fabric additions last week.


2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:            1.00 yards
Used year to date:       57.75 yards
Added last week:             0.0 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards

Net used year to date:  49.5 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'm trying to keep on track with some quilting time every single day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
7/8 - 7/14                 7 of 7 days
2017 Total          184 of 189 days



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

Julie in GA

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Scrappy Trips Saturday

There are so many reasons that I love making Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge! Choosing fabrics to get a good gradation from light to dark is always a fun challenge. The pattern (find instructions by Bonnie Hunter HERE) goes together quickly and eats up a good amount of scraps. Here are my blue blocks for July, which used up almost a yard of fabric.


Scrappy Trips Around the World
15" blocks
pattern by Bonnie Hunter

The best thing about these Scrappy Trips blocks is playing with different layouts of the blocks. Back in February I thought I was going to join four blocks of each color together as shown above, but now I'm not so sure. There are just too many different options. I could do a big barn raising setting (but if I do this, I would use a more random mix of the colors.) 



Another possibility is an off-center zig-zag layout.



I still have a few more colors to add to my Scrappy Trips collection. My blocks are made from 3" strips and will finish at 15". If I make four blocks of nine different colors and put them all together in one quilt, it would measure 90" square. I have already made extra blocks of some colors and might end up making two throw quilts instead. There's plenty of time to figure it out all out!

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 will also be linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday at Mrs. Sew and SowBe sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 7/2/17

It's Sunday, which means it is time for the weekly stash report. It's also the beginning of July. Six months of the year gone already! My stash numbers for the year are okay, especially the fact that there have been very few additions. I have been steadily using smallish amounts of fabric with very few big finishes so far this year. For the past week, I used 3/8 yard to make six little red,white & blue Moda Blockheads blocks. You can see them in here along with some larger RWB blocks that I made last year.




2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:            .375 yards
Used year to date:       56.75 yards
Added last week:             0.0 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards

Net used year to date:  48.5 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'm trying to keep on track with some quilting time every single day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
6/25 - 7/1                 7 of 7 days
2017 Total          177 of 182 days



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

Julie in GA

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Moda Blockheads

I discovered last night just before going to bed that our color for the month of July at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is blue. I will be pulling out my blue 3" strips to make some more Scrappy Trip blocks and some Ribbon Stars, but I haven't had a chance to do that yet. I do have some other scrappy blocks that include blue that are ready for sharing.

Beginning in early March, the Moda Fabrics blog has been hosting the Moda Blockheads. There are six designers, and they take turns posting a new 6" block every week. There is a blog post with some preliminary information HERE, and THIS POST shows all the blocks up to this point. Seventeen blocks have been shared so far, and there will be a total of 48 blocks. 

I have been saving the block patterns since the beginning, but didn't start making the blocks until early June. Red, white and blue seemed like the perfect combination at this time of year. I've finished six blocks so far and have the pieces cut out for a few more. Here's my first batch of blocks.




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 projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 6/25/17

For the first time in several weeks, I can report a sizable amount of fabric used from my stash. Yesterday I finished the quilt top that I have been making from my old stash of green 3" strips. Until I come up with something better, it has been given the name of Green Strippy quilt. This top used 5.5 yards of fabric, all from my stash, and most of it is 15 - 20 years old. I consider that a major win!

Green Strippy quilt top
64.25" x 93.5"
I did have a small addition to my stash last week too--two fat quarters of black-on-white prints, which are always great to have around!



2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:             5.50 yards
Used year to date:      56.375 yards
Added last week:             .50 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards

Net used year to date:  48.125 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 missed one day last week while we were out of town, but have been getting in my 15 minutes or more of quilting the rest of the week.

15 Minute Challenge:  
6/18 - 6/24                6 of 7 days
2017 Total          170 of 175 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 24, 2017

Evolution of a Quilt Design

As part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2017, I have been working my way through a collection of 3" strips. Most of these were strips I received as part of a monthly exchange at a quilt guild in the late 1990's or early 2000's, plus there have been more recent additions through the years.

I'm a month behind with this project, but I'm going to share it anyway. Our RSC color for May was green, and I had lots of green 3" strips to use. My original plan was to make a variation of a jelly roll race quilt. I couldn't face the thought of miles of strips joined end-to-end, so I made my version using strips that were deliberately pieced together to make rows that measured about 60" across. I was planning to make 32 rows, which would have finished at 80" long. Here is the top half from that original plan.



How boring is that? I hated it!! Time for Plan B. The rest of the rows for the lower half were joined into groups of four. I decided to cut those groups into segments that measured 10.5" x 14.5" and wrap them around central squares to make blocks. Here are the two fabrics I auditioned for the centers of the blocks and the sashing.




After deciding to go with the darker brown contrast fabric, I made six blocks that finish at 24" square. At that point the plan was to also use the dark brown fabric as sashing between the blocks, then use some remaining green sections for a piano key type border.


The narrow sashing seemed overwhelmed by the giant blocks in the above layout. Here comes Plan C--instead of doing a pieced border, I ended up making pieced sashing with two strips of the dark brown and a line of green pieces in between. So much better! Now I like the way this has come together. Here is a photo of the completed quilt top, followed by two close-ups of blocks that give you a better look at the fabrics.


Green Strippy quilt top
64.25" x 93.5"



I haven't come up with any good names for this quilt yet. I'm just glad to have the top done and the pieces off my design wall. It feels good to have a finished top--it may not be my favorite ever, but at least I don't hate it anymore!

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 am also linking up to Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag and to the Ad Hoc Improv Quilters at Fret Not Yourself. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

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
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