Saturday, December 14, 2019

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday--Week 50, 2019

One of my projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year has been the Tiny Tuesday sampler. Each week we made a 4.5" block in the featured color. There were several weeks that I made more than one of the assigned block.

All along, I've been planning to surround my blocks in grey. I finally got my grey fabric about ten days ago, and I have been getting all of the blocks framed out and joined together. Here is my first version of the quilt top.


Once the blocks were all joined together and up on the wall, it seemed to need a little breathing room around the outside edges. I had some extra pieces of the grey from framing the blocks and laid them along the left side and part of the top. I like the look with that addition. Time to cut some more of that grey fabric!


I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and with Oh Scrap! 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, December 8, 2019

Stitching and Stashing--Week 49, 2019

It was fun having my stash totals sitting at zero (yards used vs. yards added) for the past few weeks, but that's all over now. I added 10.5 yards to the stash last week, and there will be more added next week. I just can't resist those Black Friday deals!

Black and grey were my main selections in this batch. I wanted some new black/dark grey prints to use as the background for my Orange Peel blocks, plus I am also using those colors in Bonnie Hunter's "Frolic" mystery.


The light grey at the left end in the above photo is a fabric that I've been waiting to go on sale before I bought it. That fabric is becoming the framing on my Tiny Tuesday sampler blocks for the 2019 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I've made a good start on getting the blocks framed out, and before long they can get joined together into rows. I would love to have a finished quilt top before the end of the year.

Tiny Tuesday blocks

The other fabrics I got are intended for the Frolic mystery. The three on the left are all from the Captiva line by Connecting Threads. That is the line of fabrics that became my color palette for the mystery. The two fabrics on the right are additions to my light/background choices.



2019 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                             0.0 yards
Used year to date:                      51.75 yards
Added last week:                          10.5 yards
Added year to date:                    62.25 yards
Net used year to date:              10.5 yards




Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces has us tracking how many days each week we get in at least 15 minutes of quilting time. I've gotten in my 15 minutes every day and hope to continue that streak through the end of the year!

15 Minute Challenge:  
12/1 - 12/7              7 of 7 days
2019 Total         321 of 341 days


Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate and join the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces. 

Happy quilting everyone!


Julie in GA

Monday, December 2, 2019

Design Wall Monday--12/2/2019

The week after Thanksgiving means that Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery quilt is up and running, a time that many quilters wait for anxiously each year. This year's mystery is named "Frolic" and features the colors from a field of Texas bluebonnets. 


Frolic! mystery by Bonnie Hunter

The colors Bonnie is using include two shades of blue with accents in raspberry and green. Always feeling the need to make every quilt my own, I debated for quite awhile about my color palette. My final choice was inspired by this layer cake from the line "Captiva" by Connecting Threads.



Where Bonnie is using dark and medium blues, I will substitute black and grey prints. My turquoise will replace her raspberry/fuschia, and I will use the golden yellows instead of green.

Our first assignment is making 4-patches. I've got these 20 units made plus plenty more waiting to be pressed. So far I'm happy with my color choices, and I'm glad we started with an easy clue.



I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, Moving it Forward at Em's Scrapbag and Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt. Check them out for lots of great inspiration.

Happy quilting everyone!



Julie in GA

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 48, 2019

This is the time of year when the stash report tends to get rather lopsided, mostly due to my inability to resist splurging on new fabrics at the Black Friday sales. That was true again this year, but none of the fabric has arrived yet, so I can continue to enjoy my balanced totals for one more week. Next week, it will look very different!


2019 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                             0.0 yards
Used year to date:                      51.75 yards
Added last week:                            0.0 yards
Added year to date:                    51.75 yards
Net used year to date:                0.0 yards


Soon I will be able to include the yardage for Alycia's mystery in my usage total. All the blocks are made (easy half-square triangles) and this week's clue was to start joining them into rows. Here's a photo of my blocks on the wall waiting to be joined together. This will be 1/3 of the finished quilt, and I hope to get them stitched into rows before the next clue is posted on Wednesday.







Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces has us tracking how many days each week we get in at least 15 minutes of quilting time. I missed one day early in the week, but I still got in at least 15 minutes on all the other days.

15 Minute Challenge:  
11/24 - 11/30           6 of 7 days
2019 Total         314 of 334 days


Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate and join the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces. I'm also linking up to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework.

Happy quilting everyone!


Julie in GA

Friday, November 29, 2019

Rainbow Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt Finished!

While sorting through quilt photos recently, I discovered that I had not shared a recent finish. This is my Rainbow Gradations Disappearing 9-Patch baby quilt!



The top for this quilt was made as part of the Disappearing 9-Patch quilt-along at The Crafty Quilter back in June. The fabrics I used were the "Inner Light Gradations" line by Debra Lunn & Michael Mrowka for Timeless Treasures. I've had this collection of fabrics sitting on my shelf for many years--time to use some of it up!



The quilt top came together very quickly. I love using a simple pattern that really shows off the beautiful fabric. I found the perfect tie-dye flannel to use for the backing. Flannel is always my first choice for backing a baby quilt.



I kept the quilting very simple, just stitch-in-the-ditch along all the seams. It was bound in the same black fabric as the contrast in the piecing. The quilt measured 39.5" x 48" before washing, then shrank up to 38.75" x 46.5" after it was washed and dried.

The reason I hadn't shared photos of the quilt earlier is because it was a gift for my niece's new baby boy, and I wanted to wait until they had received the quilt before posting. Here is Lucas enjoying his new quilt!



I'm  linking up with Let's Make Baby Quilts at Michelle's Romantic Tangle, Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts, and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at soscrappy (even though this quilt isn't scrappy.)

Julie in GA


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 47, 2019

It is another quiet week for the stash report with no fabric used or added. Unlike many people, I don't wait until a quilt is completely finished to count the fabric as used. I generally consider fabrics as used once they have been cut and pieced into blocks. That gives me the satisfaction of fabric used each week rather than a large number at the end of a project. Right now I am at the point of joining blocks together for a couple of quilts, which means the usage numbers are not changing. I'm happy to keep my net usage/additions total at zero for another week. 


2019 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                             0.0 yards
Used year to date:                      51.75 yards
Added last week:                            0.0 yards
Added year to date:                    51.75 yards
Net used year to date:                0.0 yards


One of my current projects is finishing up the quilting on a Christmas wallhanging. I've completed stitching in the ditch around the piecing, and now I'm doing free-motion quilting in the background. It's adding so much texture to those areas.



This is a view of an unquilted piece of the background fabric. My quilting is following the designs in the print. It's a little tricky to figure out my path, especially when shapes get cut off by the piecing seams, but it is getting easier a I go along. I hope to have this quilt finished by next weekend.





Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces has us tracking how many days each week we get in at least 15 minutes of quilting time. There weren't any huge chunks of time for quilting this week, but I still got in at least 15 minutes every day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
11/17 - 11/23           7 of 7 days
2019 Total         308 of 327 days


Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate and join the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces. 

Happy quilting everyone!


Julie in GA

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Rainbow Stairsteps Quilt Top Finished!

November and December are the months set aside for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge as our time to finish making blocks and get our quilts assembled. I have been making Stairsteps blocks since January, and recently got all of my blocks joined together into a finished quilt top!

We were having lots of rainy weather when I finished this top, so I took my first photos indoors. Last weekend the weather improved and I was able to get better photos outdoors. It's amazing the difference in the colors.  


outdoors, no flash


indoors with flash

outdoors with flash
The finished size of my quilt top is 60" x 72". I played with several possible layouts of the blocks throughout the year, but decided on this one a few months ago. This layout required 12 blocks of each color. My blocks finish at 6", and you can find cutting directions for a block HERE.


I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework on SundayI'm also linking up with Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, Moving it Forward at Em's Scrapbag and Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt. Check them out for lots of great inspiration. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing! 

Julie in GA
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