Sunday, November 19, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 11/19/17

Fabric used last week:  .5 yard for two brown Scraptastic Stars (shown in yesterday's post)
Fabric added last week:  NONE! (but I haven't stopped looking at the sale ads)


2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:             .50 yards
Used year to date:       89.25 yards
Added last week:            0.0 yards
Added year to date:      8.25 yards

Net used year to date: 81 yards


I am continuing to join Kate at Life in Pieces in tracking how many days each week I get in at least 15 minutes of quilting time. I managed to do some quilting every day last week, although there were a couple days that my quilting time was only the 15 minutes.

15 Minute Challenge:  
11/12 - 11/18              7 of 7 days
2017 Total            312 of 322 days


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


Julie in GA

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Neapolitan Stars

I love the combination of pink and brown together in a quilt! These stars are planned to become two separate quilts, one with the smaller blocks and one with the larger, but I couldn't resist a photo of them all together on the design wall. My plan is to make these blocks each month as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2018. The pattern is Scraptastic Star by Melissa Corey, and I look forward to making these stars in a full rainbow of colors.


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, November 12, 2017

Design Wall Monday 11/13/17

Most of the past week was spent joining together the many parts of the Autumn 9-Patch quilt. I started at the center of the quilt with a 9-patch made up of large squares and 9P blocks.




I continued joining blocks together into larger 9P groupings. Here they all are, labelled in order to keep them in the right spots.


The next step was to join the 9 segments around the center into a giant 9-patch block. The remaining segments became corner triangles. All that's left is to join those to the quilt center, then add an outer border. It's almost a completed quilt top!



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

Stash Report Sunday 11/12/17

Last week's unplanned journey to the land of project leftovers found me pulling out a pile of blocks, strip sets, and fabrics chunks all left from a Blooming 9-Patch quilt in autumn colors that I made in 2004. I made many more 9-patch blocks, some from the already-made strip sets and some from new strip sets. I also cut alternate squares and setting triangles from yardage. For my stash report today, I am counting the amount that was used from yardage in my stash, not the strips and chunks that were already cut when the earlier quilt was made. I've estimated the yardage used as 1.75 yards. No new fabric was added to my stash.

2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:            1.75 yards
Used year to date:       88.75 yards
Added last week:            0.0 yards
Added year to date:      8.25 yards

Net used year to date: 80.5 yards

Here are a couple photos of some of the blocks I've been joining together for the Autumn 9P quilt. The little white tags are to help me keep pieces in the right place as they get assembled into larger segments. I hope to have more photos to share tomorrow for Design Wall Monday.




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 had another productive week, especially on the Autumn 9P quilt.

15 Minute Challenge:  
11/5 - 11/11              7 of 7 days
2017 Total          305 of 315 days


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


Julie in GA

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Scraptastic Star in Browns

I had hoped to get my Scrappy Trips blocks joined together into a quilt top last week, but that did not happen because I was focused on another quilt that is currently filling my design wall. That doesn't mean no progress on Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects though--I did make one 16" Scraptastic Star block using brown scraps.

Scraptastic Star
pattern by Melissa Corey

I figured out a tentative plan for these blocks as part of my RSC stitching for next year. I made two pink blocks last month using the same light fabric in both blocks for the stars and chains of squares, but then realized that I won't have enough of that fabric for two quilts. I will continue to use that fabric on my 12" blocks, but I'm switching things up for the 16" blocks. The plan is to pull out a white or cream based fabric that includes the color of the month in the print. I am crazy about the fabric I found for this brown block--sewing notions! (I used my flash on the following photo, which made it look much more yellow than it really is.)


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, November 6, 2017

Design Wall Monday 11/6/17

I got totally sidetracked by an unplanned project last week. I had been going through my UFO's and boxes of scraps from previous quilts. I found a bag that contained the leftovers from a Blooming 9Patch quilt that I made in 2004. There were 9-patch blocks, strip sets for more blocks, and extra fabrics. I also knew that I still have yardage of many of the fabrics in my stash.


I spent many hours making 9Patch blocks from the leftover strip sets, plus cutting more strips for additional strip sets that became even more blocks. I played with several possible arrangements of the blocks on my design wall, and I think this is the final choice. All that's missing are the setting triangles around the outside edges and an outer border or two.



I've started joining the 9Patch blocks together at the center of the layout and will work my way out toward the outer edges from there. If you would like to read more about how I join the blocks in an on-point setting like this, check out THIS POST. My method does not involve sewing the blocks together into long diagonal rows.

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, November 5, 2017

OMG (One Monthly Goal)--November 2017 Goal

There have been some years where I was very goal oriented with my quilting, posting a list of goals at the beginning of every month and reporting on whether I reached those goals at the end of the month. This has not been that kind of year! It's time to get back to publicly stating some of my quilting goals in an attempt to stay more focused. I'm going to start by joining in with the One Monthly Goal link-up over at Elm Street Quilts.


Last week I was sorting through my boxes of UFOs and leftovers from past projects. When I finish a quilt, I have a bad habit of not dealing with the extra blocks, partial units, and leftover fabric scraps. They tend to sit around for many months or even years before anything happens to them. That was true with this pile of pieces.



These are leftovers from a Blooming 9Patch quilt that I made as a commission in 2004. The request was for autumn colors. I ended up with a pile of extra blocks, some unused strip sets, and miscellaneous chunks of most of the fabrics. I also have yardage of many of the fabrics in my stash.

My goal for the month is to turn this pile of leftovers into a quilt top. The photo below shows one of my first attempts at a possible layout. It's still similar to a Blooming 9Patch, but more loosely organized. I have been making additional blocks from the partial strip sets and need to figure out how many blocks I need of each fabric combination. (This photo is much closer to the true colors of the fabrics.)



That's the plan for the month ahead--one completed quilt top. I will report back at the end of the month with a progress report and maybe even a new goal for December. I am joining the One Monthly Goal link-up for November at Elm Street Quilts. Check it out to see what others are hoping to get done this month!

Julie in GA

Stash Report Sunday 11/5/17

I've been playing around with some new block ideas this week. I made two blocks that I've known by the name Dutchman's Puzzle (the smaller blocks.) Then I made two more blocks that were a variation of the same pattern, but the name I found for that version was Flying Dutchman. There's some irony in that name because Ed, my music man, is playing in the orchestra for the Atlanta Opera's performances of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. It seems like this is meant to be!

Dutchman's Puzzle/Flying Dutchman blocks

These four blocks used a total of 1/2 yard of fabric. I've been getting lots of quilt shop emails with tempting sales, but haven't given in yet--no fabric added last week!

2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:             .50 yards
Used year to date:        87.0 yards
Added last week:            0.0 yards
Added year to date:      8.25 yards

Net used year to date: 78.75 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 had a productive week, making good progress on a few projects.

15 Minute Challenge:  
10/29 - 11/4              7 of 7 days
2017 Total          298 of 308 days


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


Julie in GA

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Brown Scrappy Trips

A decision has finally been made on the finishing plan for the Scrappy Trips blocks that I have been making for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge! I am going to make two throw quilts, one using the warm-colored blocks and the other from the cool colors. Before I could start joining any of the blocks together, I needed to make a set of brown blocks to complete the warm group.

Scrappy Trips blocks
pattern by Bonnie Hunter

Four blocks done, and I'm ready to get them up on the design wall together with the rest of the warm blocks. I hope to have at least one completed quilt top to show next week, maybe even two!

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, October 29, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 10/29/17

It didn't feel like a very productive week for quilting, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I managed to use 1.5 yards over the last week and didn't add any new fabric. The fabric used was 1 yard for a set of four Scrappy Trips block in browns and .5 yard for two test blocks in pink for the 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. You can see the pink blocks in yesterday's post, and here are my brown Scrappy Trips blocks.

Scrappy Trips Around the World
pattern by Bonnie Hunter

2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:              1.50 yards
Used year to date:        86.50 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards


Net used year to date: 78.25 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 didn't have any time for quilting last Sunday--that day was spent buying a new computer and getting it set up.

15 Minute Challenge:  
10/22 - 10/28            6 of 7 days
2017 Total          291 of 301 days


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


Julie in GA

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A New RSC Plan in Pink

I've started thinking about new projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for next year. This has involved spending several hours going through my Pinterest board of rainbow quilts, plus looking through some of my quilt pattern books. However, there was one pattern that I first saw early this year and knew that it would become a future RSC project for me.


Scraptastic Star
pattern by Melissa Corey

Melissa Corey's Scraptastic Star was the March block for the 2017 Aurifil Designer Block of the Month. The above block is the one she shared on her website. I love that her pattern uses many scraps of a single color for each block, perfect for the RSC! Most of my previous RSC projects have involved making multiple blocks of each color, but generally did not use lots of different fabrics in each block.

Since I had already finished my Scrappy Trips blocks in pink for October, I decided to give this pattern a try and make sure I liked it. Here is my first block. Like Melissa's pattern, this block is made from 2" squares (cut size) and finishes at 12".


Scraptastic Star, 12" block

Since I have lots of 2.5" squares and strips in my stash, I thought I would see how the block looks with that size too. This block finishes at 16".

Scraptastic Star, 16" block

Here's a photo of the two blocks together so you can see how they compare.

Scraptastic Stars
pattern by Melissa Corey


I can't decide which size block I like better. I guess that means I will just have to make both sizes each month. I certainly have enough scraps around to do that! I'm also thinking about going even smaller (1.5" cut squares = 8" finished block) or larger (3" squares = 20" block.) Stay tuned...

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, October 22, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 10/22/17

The quilt top for Vegas was finished a couple days ago (see it HERE), and yesterday I made a backing to send along with the top. This was a piece of fabric by David Textiles that I've had since 2001, and the colors work perfectly with the blocks in the quilt. The quilt back used 3.5 yards, and no new fabrics were added this week!



2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:              3.50 yards
Used year to date:        85.00 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards


Net used year to date: 76.75 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 was able to find time to quilt every day last week and hope to keep up that trend.

15 Minute Challenge:  
10/15 - 10/21            7 of 7 days
2017 Total          285 of 294 days


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


Julie in GA

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Laying Out the Scrappy Trips

The Scrappy Trips blocks have been arranged in a myriad of different ways on the design wall this week. One of my ideas was to make two throw quilts, one with the warm-colored blocks and one with the cools. 20 blocks set 4 x 5 would make a throw quilt that measures 60" x 75". Here are a few arrangements of my warm blocks.


Diagonal bands

Hills and Valleys

Barn Raising
As usual, I am having a very hard time choosing between these. Let me know what you think. You might have noticed that I swapped out one of the purple blocks for brown in the last photo. I'm thinking about making a set of beige and brown blocks to go with the other warm colors and putting the purples with the cool colors instead. Those are going up on the wall next!

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

Friday, October 20, 2017

Grayscale Quilt Top for Vegas

Last night I finished joining together the Grayscale blocks that I have been making for the quilt drive sponsored by the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild to gather quilts for the victims and first responders at the mass shooting there. I hate that there is a continuing need for quilts in situations like this one, but it helps a bit to be able to contribute something for the people affected.


My quilt features fabrics in a variety of blue and green prints. I especially like the streak of bright/lime greens running through the center. The main pattern is a log cabin variation, Grayscale by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. The quilt top went together very quickly, and I hope to make a backing, then get them packed up and sent off to Vegas over the weekend.

If you want more information on this quilt drive, check out the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild page HERE. They will accept finished quilts (including other patterns), tops, blocks, backing, batting, or monetary donations. 

Linking up to:  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
                      Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
                      Sew Some Love at Kat & Cat Quilts

Julie in GA

Monday, October 16, 2017

Design Wall Monday 10/16/17

All of the blocks are made for the Las Vegas quilt drive, and I have started joining them together. These blocks went together very quickly, and I hope to get the quilt top finished this week and ready to send to Vegas. My quilt features a variety of green, blue-green, and blue fabrics, just because that was what I felt like playing with last week.


The quilt drive is being sponsored by the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild for the victims and first responders of the recent mass shooting The pattern is Greyscale from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. They are requesting that each block be made with white and a bright color, and the quilt should also include at least one heart block. The blocks can be arranged in a variety of ways.

If you want more information on this quilt drive, check out the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild page HERE. They will accept finished quilts (including other patterns), tops, blocks, backing, batting, or monetary donations. 

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, October 15, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 10/15/17

It has been a very good week for stash busting! I used one yard on the pink Scrappy Trips blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. You can see those blocks in yesterday's post. I also finished making the Greyscale blocks for the Las Vegas quilt drive. Those used 3.5 yards. No fabric added this week!



2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:              4.50 yards
Used year to date:        81.50 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards


Net used year to date: 73.25 yards


I will share the Greyscale blocks on my design wall post tomorrow, but here is one of them. We were asked to include at least one heart block in the quilt top, and I figured out how to adapt the Greyscale pattern to include a heart. For more info on the Vegas quilt drive, go to the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild page HERE. They will accept finished quilts (including other patterns), tops, blocks, backing, batting, or monetary donations.



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 again last week, but still keep trying to find some time to quilt every day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
10/8 - 10/14               6 of 7 days
2017 Total          278 of 287 days


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


Julie in GA

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Scrappy Trips in Pink

It took most of the week, but I finished making my pink Scrappy Trips blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Friday night. This may be the last group of blocks I make for this project. I'm hoping to get all the colors up on the wall this weekend and decide on a setting.


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

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, October 9, 2017

Quilts for Vegas

Over the weekend, I read about a quilt drive sponsored by the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild to gather quilts for the victims and first responders at the mass shooting there. Once again, I feel like I don't really have the time to start a new quilt project, but I am compelled to join the drive and make my small contribution toward helping people heal. 




This is an example of the quilt they are suggesting we make. The pattern is Greyscale from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. They are requesting that each block be made with white and a bright color, and the quilt should also include a heart block. The blocks can be arranged in a variety of ways.



I'm planning to arrange my blocks in a stairstep layout. I finished 10 green blocks yesterday afternoon and will start on another color next, probably teal or turquoise. The blocks go together very quickly!

If you want more information on this quilt drive, check out the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild page HERE. They will accept finished quilts (including other patterns), tops, blocks, backing, batting, or monetary donations. 

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, October 8, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 10/8/17

It's finally time to report the fabric used for the Ring Cycles quilt top that I have been assembling for the past several weeks. I counted all the fabrics used in the 9-patch blocks when they were made last year. The current total is for the rest of the background fabric--many hexagons and triangles, 3.5 yards used and no fabric added this week! The quilt top needs some serious pressing and maybe a final border before it is ready to share.


Ring Cycles, pattern by Lessa Siegele

2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:              3.50 yards
Used year to date:        77.00 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards


Net used year to date: 68.75 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 missed one day last week, but have been doing very well at finding some time to quilt other days.

15 Minute Challenge:  
10/1 - 10/7                6 of 7 days
2017 Total          272 of 280 days


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


Julie in GA

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Pink Strips for Scrappy Trips

It seemed like there would be plenty of time for me to start working on my pink Scrappy Trips blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this week, but it didn't work out that way. All I was able to do was pull out some pink strips, choose groups of six for the gradation of color, and get them cut to the right lengths. No stitching yet, but maybe over the weekend.




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, October 2, 2017

Design Wall Monday 10/2/17

My latest hand-stitching project has been appliquing down my Dresden Stars blocks to the background squares. This quilt project was started in a class with Edyta Sitar in the summer of 2013. I have worked on it sporadically, and had all the Dresden piecing done quite awhile ago. When I needed a new project to stitch while riding the train to work, this was the one I pulled out. So far I have the outer points of four blocks stitched to the background, one partially done, and three left to go. You can see them here with some of my planned setting fabrics.


One thing I am uncertain about is the best way to finish the centers of the blocks. It seems as though all the seam allowances from the Dresden petals and star points would be lumpy under the center circle. 



This center block has a layer of flannel basted inside the blue circle, but I'm not sure I like the thickness of it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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
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