Monday, September 18, 2017

Design Wall Monday 9/18/17

I don't have anything new on my design wall to share, but I do have something on my cutting table.  I was cleaning up the scraps from my orange blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and laid out a scrappy pumpkin shape. This might have to become a mini wall quilt sometime soon!




I'm 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, September 17, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 9/17/17

It seems like I should have more usage to report for last week after several days off from work. The majority of my time was spent putting together the sections of my Ring Cycles quilt. I am waiting to report the fabric used on that when I get the quilt top together. I did make good progress on a couple of Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects, using over two yards, mostly on orange blocks. You can see my orange Ribbon Star blocks in YESTERDAY'S POST. Here is a batch of pinwheels made from my collection of 30's reproductions. 



I came very close to ordering some sale fabrics from Hancock's this week, but stayed strong and deleted the sale emails. No fabric added for the week!



2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:              2.125 yards
Used year to date:         65.375 yards
Added last week:                 0.0 yards
Added year to date:            8.25 yards


Net used year to date:  57.125 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 finding some time to quilt every single day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
9/10 - 9/16                7 of 7 days
2017 Total          252 of 259 days


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


Julie in GA

Friday, September 15, 2017

Orange Ribbon Stars and Orphan Blocks

I finally had a productive week on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. I finished 20 orange Ribbon Star blocks. This will be the last group of blocks I make for this project because I have run out of white-on-white scraps. I have a couple pieces of WOW yardage, but don't want to keep repeating them in future blocks, and I certainly don't need to buy new WOW fabrics right now.



I have about a dozen more Ribbon Star blocks in other colors to finish making, then I will have enough for a good-sized throw quilt. It will have stars in orange, yellow, green and blue. I can't wait to finish the last batch of blocks and look at the colors up on the wall together!



I'm sure many of you remember these blocks that I was making in the spring when our RSC assignment was multicolor scraps? They have been sitting in a box ever since, and I know that I really don't want to finish putting them together. Good news--they could be yours! I am participating in Cyndi's Orphan Adoption event and offering these blocks up for adoption. If you would like to win them, go to THIS POST and leave me a comment there. I will be drawing a name on Wednesday, Sept. 20. You can see other "orphans" being offered for adoption at Quilting is more fun than Housework.

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 a late addition to Scraptastic Tuesday at she can quilt. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fall 2017 Orphan Adoption

We all have them squirreled away in our quilting spaces--UFO projects that will never be finished, fabrics that we wonder why we bought them, orphan blocks and leftover pieces from past quilts. These orphans and UFOs are taking up valuable space, and in some cases they lead to unnecessary guilt every time we unearth them from whatever box or bin they are hidden in.

Fortunately, it is time for the Fall 2017 Quilty Orphan Adoption Event! Twice a year, Cyndi at Quilting is more fun than Housework hosts this event to help quilters clear out some of the old projects that they will never finish. It's the perfect opportunity to pass your orphan blocks/projects along to someone else who will love and finish them!

The orphan that I am offering for adoption is a fairly recent project, but one that I just don't have enough interest in finishing. I started making these blocks in April as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge when our assignment was to work with multi-colored fabrics. I had three shoe boxes of leftover 2" strips from making watercolor quilts in the late 1990s, and I decided to use them in my own variation of the pattern "Tranquil Treasures" by Evelyn Sloppy. You can see the progression below as I added each round of blocks.





The final photo is partially cut off around the edges because I was shooting through a doorway. However, I think you can see enough to get a good idea of how this quilt will look. I had plenty of positive feedback from the RSC quilters, but I'm just not interested in completing this quilt. I hope someone out there likes it enough to finish it, preferably to donate it to a good cause.


This photo will give you a closer look at the variety of fabrics in the blocks. I will warn the purists who only use fabrics from quilt shops--most of the fabrics in these blocks date back to the late 1990's, and the majority of them came from Joann Fabrics. I don't want anyone to be disappointed with what they receive.

The winner of this adoption will get 83 blocks that measure 8" square (7.5" finished) plus enough half and quarter blocks to finish the outside edges. I will also include a diagram of how these blocks are meant to go together. When all the blocks are joined together, they will make a quilt top that should measure about 63.5" x 84.75".

If you prefer to have the original pattern, you will need to find a copy of Evelyn Sloppy's book Strips and Strings - 16 Sparkling Quilts. I believe it is still available from Martingale as an e-book. However, you should know that my blocks are a different size than the original pattern.

I will ship to the winner anywhere in the U.S. Leave me a comment to let me know if you would like to adopt this orphan project. Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact the winner. I will choose a random winner next Wednesday, Sept. 20thGet your comment in by noon EDT that day. Be sure to check out the rest of the quilty orphans over at Quilting is more fun than Housework. 


Julie in GA

Monday, September 11, 2017

Design Wall Monday/Storm Watch

The majority of my quilting time for the past several weeks has been spent on my Ring Cycles quilt. You can read more about it in earlier posts HERE and HERE. I finished making all the different units for this quilt at the end of August, and I have been slowly getting those units joined together. Every single seam is only 3" long, needs to be pinned at both ends to match up points, and has to be backstitched at each end. No chain piecing possible at this stage! Here is one corner of my quilt top, about a quarter of the whole quilt.


Ring Cycles, pattern by Lessa Siegele, available on Craftsy
I am setting up my post in advance in case we lose power overnight, although that seems more likely later tomorrow. The current forecast looks like we will have tropical storm winds and rain for Monday into Tuesday. No work for at least one day, probably two. I'm hoping the power doesn't go out so I can spend some time quilting. Ed is supposed to have jury duty on Tuesday, but that is very uncertain. We hope that the storm diminishes before it reaches the Atlanta area. Keep us in your thoughts!

I'm 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, September 10, 2017

Stash Report and Orange Scraps

The stash numbers are not changing in either direction this week--nothing used and nothing added. I have been slowly joining units together on my Ring Cycles quilt, and I am also working on some orange Ribbon Star blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, but nothing has been completed yet. I have been very tempted by recent sale emails from Hancock's of Paducah, but have managed to resist ordering anything yet. It was very difficult to stay strong through all the Labor Day sales last week!

2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:              0.00 yards
Used year to date:        63.25 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards


Net used year to date:  55.0 yards


Here are some of the orange bits and pieces that will become Ribbon Star blocks. At the top is a stack of 3" strips. Below that are groups of HSTs, some ready to be stitched and others already completed. The squares on the right end will become the block centers. I hope to make 16-20 orange Ribbon Star blocks by the end of the month.



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 of stitching last week, but plan to get back on track for the rest of the month.

15 Minute Challenge:  
9/3 - 9/9                   6 of 7 days
2017 Total          245 of 252 days

Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and add your own report so we can keep the linky going. I am also linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework

Julie in GA

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 9/3/17

It looks like I missed my stash report post again last week, probably because there wasn't anything to report. I have finished making all the different units for my Ring Cycles quilt, but haven't figured out how much fabric I have used on it. 



I did use a little fabric on some small projects. I made a Braves oven mitt for my baseball-loving husband, replaced the waistband on a pair of pajama pants, and made one orange Scrappy Trips block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Total used: .75 yards. No fabric added!


2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:              0.75 yards
Used year to date:        63.25 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards

Net used year to date:  55.0 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'm back to stitching every single day and hope to continue that way through rest of the month.

15 Minute Challenge:  
8/20 - 9/2              14 of 14 days

2017 Total          239 of 245 days

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

Julie in GA

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Orange Scrappy Trips

I've been MIA over at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for the past few weeks due to a combination of busy work schedule and nothing to share for our August color assignment of light neutrals. I did discover an inspiration piece that may become a future neutral quilt design.



I included two photos because the colors varied so much with and without the flash. I love the different textures in the colored bands. The source of my inspiration--a Kleenex box!

As we head into September, our RSC color changes over to orange. When I pulled out my 3" orange strips for the Scrappy Trips blocks, I was disappointed by the very limited selection of fabrics. Then I made the happy discovery that I had already made three Scrappy Trips blocks in orange. After searching through photo files and old blog posts, I determined that these were made in April of 2016. It turns out that I only need to make one more block for this month.



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, August 28, 2017

Design Wall Monday 8/28/17

There was plenty of progress on the Ring Cycles quilt over the past week. I had hoped to finish making all the different units I needed for it, but didn't quite get them all done on Sunday. I'll probably wait until I have a finished top before I share any more photos--you can see the most recent in THIS POST.

Instead, I will share an old project that I started in 2013 as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. This is my Scrap Hexies quilt. 


For close to a year and a half, I have been joining my hexie stars and snowflakes together. The photo above shows two panels on the left side, and on the right side two other panels have been stitched together. Next I will be stitching the two panels on the left to each other, then the two halves can become one. Progress is very slow because I only work on this occasionally while "watching" television, but I would love to finish getting the center of the quilt assembled. After that I will have to figure out what to do with the borders!

When it is finished, the quilt will hang horizontally as shown below. The grey fabric that you can see around and between the panels is the flannel of my design wall, not a part of this quilt.



I'm linking up to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework, 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, August 20, 2017

Stash Report and Design Wall

Since it is getting late in the day on Sunday, I am going to combine my Sunday Stash Report and Design Wall Monday posts into one. The stash report didn't seem to warrant it's own blog post since there are no changes to report--no fabric in or out this week. Lots of stitching going on, but no usage to count today.

2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:               0.0 yards
Used year to date:        62.50 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards

Net used year to date:  54.25 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 back to stitching every single day and hope to continue that way through rest of the month.

15 Minute Challenge:  
8/13 - 8/19                 7 of 7 days
2017 Total          225 of 231 days


The Ring Cycles project continues to grow on my design wall. I finished 6 more of the basic hexie ring units, plus figured out the piecing for the corner and end units, which I am doing a little differently than the pattern. All the white triangles that you see in the photo are spaces where my design wall flannel is showing through. They will be filled with the same grey background fabric as the rest of the quilt. Progress on this quilt is slow, but I'm loving the way it looks, and that helps keep me motivated.

Ring Cycles, pattern by Lessa Siegele, available on Craftsy

Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and add your own report so we can keep the linky going. I'm also linking up to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework, 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, August 13, 2017

Return of the Rings

One of the projects I started last year as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge was Ring Cycles, a pattern by Lessa Siegele that is available on Craftsy. Here is a photo of one of the versions included with the pattern. I love the circular movement of this design.


Ring Cycles, pattern by Lessa Siegele, available on Craftsy

The design is a variation of the Jack's Chain pattern made from nine-patch blocks combined with hexagons and 60-degree triangles to create the circular patterns. Last year I made around 200 9-patch blocks and 50 or so 8-patch versions of the blocks. That was the easy part--when I started joining the blocks to the hexagons and triangles, I discovered that joining the parts together is a much slower process. I got frustrated by it and tucked everything away in a box.



 A couple weeks ago, a friend showed me some sets of Marti Michell's Perfect Patchwork Templates that she was using. One of the sets was for hexagons and triangles with 3" finished sides, the exact size I need for this project. The templates have holes at the corners that work great for marking the ends of seams. Those marks let me know where I need to stop and backstitch at the beginning and end of every seam, making my seams come out much more accurately. That was exactly what I needed to get back on track with this project.

Previously, I had four of the hexagon units constructed. After working on more parts for almost a week, I managed to complete 10 more hexagon units and a few of the partial side units. I haven't decided which way I will orient the rows. I can either end up with a straight column of blocks running top to bottom like the first photo below, or the straight row could run horizontally like the second photo. That decision won't happen anytime soon. For now I will continue making the different units needed for the design. The photos show less than half of the total number of blocks for my quilt.


Vertical rows
Horizontal rows

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 and Slow Stitching Sunday

No fabric in or out on the stash report for the last week. I've been doing plenty of cutting and stitching, but haven't gotten anything far enough along to count the fabric as used. Maybe next week I can get some blocks finished and do the math to figure out my usage. 



2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:               0.0 yards
Used year to date:        62.50 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:         8.25 yards

Net used year to date:  54.25 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 back to stitching every single day and hope to continue that way through rest of the month.

15 Minute Challenge:  
8/6 - 8/12                 7 of 7 days
2017 Total          218 of 224 days



I try to always keep a hand-stitching project ready to go. My usual time to stitch is on my train ride to work in the mornings, but there are also days when I do some stitching at home in the evening. My current project is from a class with Edyta Sitar in 2013, the Dresden Star. I have eight star blocks pieced and have started appliqueing them to the background squares. Each will also get a blue circle appliqued to the center.



Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate, and add your own report so we can keep this linky going. I'm also linking up to Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy's Quilts and Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework.

Julie in GA

Friday, August 11, 2017

Finally Finished

There are some quilts that have a deadline or specific reason to be finished (gifts, quilt show entries, etc.) and they generally get done in a timely manner. Then there are the quilts that are started with no specific goal or plan for their future. Those are the quilts that might hang around unfinished in my sewing room, sometimes for a very long time.

That was the case with my Woven Ribbons quilt. I remember exactly when and where I bought the pattern and fabrics for this quilt, a smallish quilt shop (since closed) in St. Paul, Minnesota in the summer of 2004. I thoroughly enjoyed piecing the quilt and was very happy with the fabric choices and the way the top turned out. I'm not sure exactly when I had it quilted, probably 2007 or 2008, and it has been hanging around needing binding ever since.


Woven Ribbons
42" x 49.5"

I had put this quilt on my 2017 UFO Challenge list, and it's number came up in June. I pulled the quilt out and had it hanging on the closet door, but the binding still didn't get finished. Sometime in July I saw it hanging there and realized "I know exactly the person who would love this quilt." It was a friend at work who was moving away to a new job in South Dakota. That was the motivation I needed! Within a few days, the quilt had a binding and hanging sleeve. My friend did indeed love it--in fact, she was wearing the same colors that are in the quilt on the day I gave it to her. 



Just a couple days ago I got a message from her with this photo of the Woven Ribbons quilt hanging in their front stairs. She let me know how much they love the quilt, which tells me that giving it to her was the perfect choice. I think the quilt looks right at home in their stairway!

Strangely enough, now I am missing that quilt and thinking about making another one with different fabrics! 

Linking up to:  Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
                      Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
                      

Julie in GA

Monday, August 7, 2017

Moda Blockheads

I've been playing catch-up with the Moda Blockheads BOW. I spent some time yesterday cutting pieces for several blocks and stitching up a couple of them. I've managed to complete 15 pieced blocks so far, but none of the applique blocks yet. You can see all the block designs in THIS POST.

Moda Blockheads
6" blocks

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, August 6, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 8/6/17

It has been awhile since I added up the fabric usage on my Moda Blockheads blocks. This is a block-of-the-week program with six different designers taking turns contributing 6" block patterns. You can see all the different block designs HERE. The program started in early March, but I didn't decide to jump in until June, so I have been playing catch-up ever since. There have been 22 different block designs shared so far, plus several alternate blocks. I have completed 13 blocks, plus I have a few more cut out and ready to stitch. Here are my newest blocks, which used 1/2 yard of fabric.





2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:               0.5 yards
Used year to date:        62.50 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:         8.25 yards

Net used year to date:  54.25 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. For the first time in several weeks, I missed a day of quilting, mostly because we won free tickets to a game at the new Braves stadium. Best of all, the Braves won! Definitely worth missing out on my quilting time for that day!

15 Minute Challenge:  
7/30 - 8/5                 6 of 7 days
2017 Total          211 of 217 days



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

Julie in GA

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Scrappy Striped Squares

Last month our color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge was blue, and for August we are working with light neutrals. It was a lucky bit of serendipity that I had pulled out my shirt stripe blocks, because they contain plenty of blue stripes plus lots of white/cream/light fabrics. I spent one weekend cutting tons of triangles from shirt parts, and have been putting them together into blocks since then.



Right now the design wall is filled with 6" and 9" blocks. I still have more 6" blocks to finish off, plus lots of little 3" blocks. They will be joined together in a random manner rather than in rows by size. You can see that some of the blocks are each made from a single fabric, and other blocks combine two fabrics. Here are couple of my favorite 9" blocks. Each of them uses both sides of a single fabric, giving a subtle difference in lighter/darker stripes. (It's a little easier to see what I mean in the grey block rather than the light blue/peach block.)





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

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Design Wall Monday 7/31/17

Over the weekend I was able to spend some time working on my Shirt Stripe Boxes blocks. Here is a group of blocks that will finish at 6" each. They all need to be trimmed down yet. I find these blocks easier to make if I cut the triangles slightly oversized and trim the blocks down to the right size after stitching and pressing them.


Shirt Stripe Boxes, 6" blocks
based on the pattern by Kaffe Fassett
from his book Passionate Patchwork

I have many more blocks in the works, some of them partially stitched together, others still waiting to be constructed. Matching up the stripes requires lots of pinning, so progress is slow, but they look so great that the time is worth it!

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 7/30/17

I didn't file a weekly stash report last week because there really wasn't anything to write about. I have managed keep up with getting at least 15 minutes of quilting time every day, but didn't have any usage or additions to report. The past week was a little better, with .75 yards used for the binding and hanging sleeve for a small quilt (more on that in a future post) and 1.25 yards used for my blue Ribbon Stars blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. You can see those blocks in yesterday's post. No additions!



2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last 2 weeks:            2.0 yards
Used year to date:          62.00 yards
Added last 2 weeks:           0.0 yards
Added year to date:          8.25 yards

Net used year to date:  53.75 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:  
7/16 - 7/29              14 of 14 days
2017 Total            205 of 210 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 29, 2017

RSC Ribbon Stars

Thanks to all who commented on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge post last week with your opinions on my Scrappy Trips blocks. I appreciate everyone's input. Unfortunately, you weren't very much help. The comments were almost evenly split between preferring the red blocks alone, the red and blue together, or no preference on the two choices. I have set the blocks aside for now until I am ready to make a decision on them.

In the meantime, I have been trying to catch up on my Ribbon Stars in blue. I've had all the triangles pieced for a couple weeks, but didn't get around to assembling the blocks until last night and this morning. I ended up with 17 blue Ribbon Star blocks for July.


Ribbon Stars, 7.5" blocks (finished size)

Since we are more than halfway through the year, I decided it was time to take a look at my different colors of Ribbon Stars together. I haven't made these blocks every month (no red or multi-color stars.) Apparently I started out using white/cream/beige background fabrics with the teal/turquoise blocks and the purples, then switched to the white-on-whites later. I'm not sure if I will combine the different type of backgrounds in one quilt or keep them separate. This photo shows approximately half of the blocks I have finished.



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
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