Thursday, October 14, 2021

Wiggle Time Quilt Top & Back

It doesn't happen to me very often, but every once in a while, a new fabric provides the immediate inspiration for a quilt. That was the case this time around. It started with this fabric that I got at Hancock's of Paducah in late July. It is from the "Wildflowers" line by Debbie Beaves for Robert Kaufman fabrics.


I have been wanting to make the pattern "Wiggle Time" by Cynthia Brunz for quite a while, and this was the perfect background fabric for it. Here is the photo from Cynthia's pattern page. 

The first step was choosing fabrics from my stash for the squares that step up and down across the quilt. Because a couple of my fabrics were already cut strips, I needed to reduce the scale of those squares, which made it possible to include more fabrics. 


The pattern is very well written and went together quickly. In a very short time, I had this wonderful finished quilt top.

Wiggle Time quilt top, 45" x 57"

I found this adorable flannel fabric that includes all the colors of the quilt top to use for the backing. 


The flannel piece wasn't quite big enough, so I added a couple strips of orange polka dot flannel to extend it.


I had a great time making this little quilt and look forward to using the Wiggle Time pattern again soon. If you aren't familiar with Cynthia's patterns and quilts, check out her blog Quilting is more fun than Housework (one of the best blog names ever!)


Linking up with:
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Let's Make Baby Quilts at Michelle's Romantic Tangle


Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

To-Do Tuesday 10/12/2021

It is Tuesday and time for another Tuesday To-Do list. I was away from home last Tuesday and didn't update my list, so today's post covers the last two week. It's time to see how I did with my last to-do list. then come up with a new list for the week ahead. The Tuesday To-Do List link-up is hosted by Linda at Texas Quilt Gal.

Keeping my last list short was the right thing to do since we were going out of town. I didn't get much done while we were away, and I am still catching up now.

To-Do List for 9/28 - 10/4 10/11
1. Bowties 365--make one Bowtie block each day   ✔done
I've gotten ahead on my daily Bowtie blocks and have 16 light green blocks done. You can see the layout I'm considering in yesterday's post.
2. Hearts Applique--make at least one block/week    ✔done
My applique project didn't receive much attention over the last two weeks. I completed two heart blocks.


3. RWB Rectangles--make more blocks     ✔done
I had a stack of red blocks already cut out and got a few of them stitched up yesterday.

I'm mostly focusing on catching up on some of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects this week.

To-Do List for 10/12 - 10/18
1. Bowties 365--make one Bowtie block each day   
2. Hearts Applique--make at least one block per week    
3. RWB Rectangles--make more blocks    
4. Sew Colorful Stars--make one orange and one light green block
5. Scrap Magnet--make last two blocks

I'll report on my progress and post a new set of goals next Tuesday. I'm linking up with other To-Do Tuesday lists at Texas Quilt Gal.

Julie in GA  

Monday, October 11, 2021

Design Wall Monday 10/11/2021

As we get into the last few months of the year, some of my projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge are approaching the end. Yesterday I decided to play with a possible layout for some of the bowtie blocks that I have been making all year.

I have been making two different sets of bowtie blocks this year, with the goal of making an average of one block every day of 2021. This set consists of 5" finished size blocks that all have the same background fabric. I've tried to use mostly "pastel" prints, but have needed to go into darker shades of some colors, especially purple. 


This very unusual layout for the bowtie blocks is one I've been wanting to use for quite awhile. I had originally seen it on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog, although it is not one of Bonnie's patterns.


I'm still working on more green bowtie blocks for this quilt, but I am eager to get them made and start putting them all together. My quilt won't have all the colors of the rainbow, just the ones you see in the top photo.


Check out what other quilters are working on this week:
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Stitching and Stashing--Week 41, 2021

A week away from home has meant a serious slowdown in stash usage. However, another visit to Hancock's of Paducah led to an enormous addition to my stash. It's time for me to do some serious stashbusting!

My stash usage for the past two weeks was 2.25 yards for blue striped shirt (shown in this blog post) and 7/8 yard for Homespun blocks (shown in yesterday's post.)

The additions: 26 yards from Hancock's. I had intended to be more restrained on this visit, but Ed urged me to get whatever I wanted as an early birthday gift. Who was I to say no to that?! My main goals were to get some new turquoise prints and also some light/background fabrics. I was successful on both fronts, plus got several other pieces.






2021 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                          3.125 yards
Used year to date:                    150.25 yards
Added last week:                          26.0 yards
Added year to date:                   127.50 yards
Net used year to date             22.75 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 stitching time. I took a hand stitching project along on our trip, and I did spend 15 minutes on it every day, but rarely more than that. Progress has been very slow, but my numbers look good.

15 Minute Challenge for 2021: 
9/26 - 10/9           14 of 14 days
2021 Total          280 of 282 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, October 9, 2021

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday--Week 41, 202

I've been absent from blogging for over a week because we made another trip back to Wisconsin, this time for a family wedding. Sometimes I am organized enough to have some blog posts prepared in advance, but that didn't happen this time. We had a great trip, both at the wedding and spending a couple days hanging out with family, including several great nieces and great nephews, ages 1 to 8. It was so much fun to see them all again!

After we got back, there was the usual day or two of laundry, grocery shopping, and getting back into the usual routine. I didn't get any quilting done until Thursday, but I have now completed the last blocks for one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects, the Homespun quilt.


As you can see, the tan and grey blocks are divided into half blocks. That is because my planned layout needs some half blocks, and I think I will probably use the neutral colors there. I did the same thing when I made brown and black blocks in July. You can see those blocks HERE.

I have made all the blocks I need for this quilt and am very eager to get them up on the wall and consider different arrangements. I'm hoping to get caught up on other RSC projects first, then I can reward myself with some layout playtime.

Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge every Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday.

Julie in GA

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

To-Do Tuesday 9/28/2021

Another Tuesday? How can it be Tuesday again already?! The weeks sure do go by quickly. It's time to see how I did with last week's to-do list. then come up with a new list for the week ahead. The Tuesday To-Do List link-up is hosted by Linda at Texas Quilt Gal.

I got through more of my list than expected last week, so I'm taking that as a success!

To-Do List for 9/21 - 9/27
1. Bowties 365--make one Bowtie block each day  ✔done
I finished my Bowtie blocks a little early this month, finishing the last batch for my total of 30 blocks in September. You can see them all in Saturday's post, or there's a different layout of them in Sunday's post.
2. Hearts Applique--make at least one block  not done
3. Sew Colorful Stars--make orange block  not done
4. Volcano 9-Patch--take photos, write blog post  ✔done
You can see the finished quilt in this post.
5. Scrooge coat--make progress   ✔done and ready to fit
I've been including this Scrooge coat on my to-do list for several weeks. I think it's finally time to show what I've been talking about.

For over 40 years, I worked in theater making costumes, up until my retirement in 2020. My most recent employer, the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta stages a production of A Christmas Carol every year. They had been planning to mount a new version of the show in 2020--new script, new casting, new sets and costumes. Of course, that didn't happen, so the new production was postponed until this year. 

Over the years, I made all sorts of costumes, both men's and women's. One of my specialties became tailoring. I was asked to make a coat for Scrooge in the new Christmas Carol, and that is what I have been working on lately. It is finally all together and ready for one last fitting. Unfortunately, it is very hard to see any details in my photos of this black wool coat, but here it is! The large white stitches on the front are just basting that is holding the layers together.

Scrooge coat--front


Scrooge coat--back

6. Denim shirt--finish   ✔done?
Instead of completing the denim shirt that I showed last week, I cut out and stitched another shirt. It is a blue stripe, and I finished it yesterday!


7. RWB Rectangles--cut pieces for more blocks
I cut pieces for many more blocks, and I got 10 blue blocks stitched. You can see them in yesterday's post.


To-Do List for 9/28 - 10/4
I know that the next week is going to be a busy one, so I'm shortening the list to a more reasonable number of goals.

1. Bowties 365--make one Bowtie block each day
2. Hearts Applique--make at least one block
3. RWB Rectangles--make more blocks


I'll report on my progress and post a new set of goals next Tuesday. I'm linking up with other To-Do Tuesday lists at Texas Quilt Gal.

Julie in GA  

Monday, September 27, 2021

Design Wall Monday 9/27/2021

Most of my stitching time over the last week has been spent on garment sewing, but I also made some progress on my newest project, the Red, White & Blue Rectangles quilt. You can read more about the beginning of this quilt in last week's post.

I made 10  blue blocks last week and have the pieces cut for 7 more. 


I've also started cutting pieces for more red blocks. Here are light rectangles for 17 blocks, sets of red pieces for 7 blocks, and the strips across the top are options for the remaining sets of red. I will probably dig through my stash a bit to see if there are any other favorite red fabrics I want to include.



Check out what other quilters are working on this week:
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 39, 2021

My stash report includes a small change, 1 yard used for the week and no new additions. My usage was 3/8 yard for the binding on the Volcano 9Patch quilt (see it HERE) plus 5/8 yard for 30 orange bowtie blocks. I've been having fun playing with other layouts of those blocks (you can see a different layout in yesterday's post.) 



2021 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                            1.00 yards
Used year to date:                   147.125 yards
Added last week:                            0.0 yards
Added year to date:                   101.50 yards
Net used year to date            45.625 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 stitching time. I had one day last week with no quilting, but I did spend some time working on garment sewing. After rereading Kate's original post about the 15 Minutes to Stitch Challenge, I realized that any type of stitching (sewing, knitting, embroidery, etc.) counts, not just quilting projects. I updated my totals and am back at having missed only two days all year.

15 Minute Challenge for 2021: 
9/19 - 9/25               7 of 7 days
2021 Total          266 of 268 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, September 25, 2021

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday--Week 39, 2021

The end of September is approaching much too quickly, and I still need to finish making my blocks for one or two of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects. I did manage to finish my orange bowtie blocks today.


I ended up with 30 bowtie blocks, ranging from yellow-orange to dark rust. 

Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge every Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday.

Julie in GA

Friday, September 24, 2021

Volcano Nine-Patch Quilt is Finished!

The quilting on my Volcano Nine-Patch quilt was completed almost two weeks ago, but we have had so many grey, rainy days that it has been difficult to get outside for photos. The weather has finally cleared, and it's time to share my most recent finish!

Volcano Nine-Patch
42.25" x 52.75" after washing

This quilt started from a Zip-loc bag of 9-patch blocks, strip sets, and fabric scraps, all left over from my original Volcano Island quilt, made in 2000-2001. I got inspired to see what I could make from the leftovers and ended up with a lovely baby quilt. Here are both quilts together, hanging off the railing of our back deck.


The big quilt measures about 85" x 95". It is a Blooming 9-Patch design, made from alternating 9-patch blocks and large squares of the same fabrics. The baby quilt is all 9-patches, with no plain squares in between. Almost all of the same fabrics were used, although I added one orange print at the center, had to substitute one fabric, and didn't have any left of the outer border fabric from the big quilt.


The quilting on the baby quilt is stitch in the ditch done diagonally around all the blocks, plus rectangular boxes the run through the centers of the blocks. The back of the quilt, shown below, is a flannel fabric from Joann's. 


Finishing this quilt was my One Monthly Goal for September. It feels so good to have another finish, and I look forward to gifting it soon.

Linking up with:
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts


Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

To-Do Tuesday 9/21/2021

Another Tuesday means it's time to update my to-do list for the week ahead and share how I did with last week's list. The Tuesday To-Do List link-up is hosted by Linda at Texas Quilt Gal.

I didn't do very well on last week's list, with check marks behind only three of my five goals. That didn't stop me from beginning two new projects though!

To-Do List for 9/14 - 9/20
1. Bowties 365--make one Bowtie block each day 
The leader/ender stitching wasn't working for me last week, and I only finished 3 blocks.

2. Hearts Applique--pull orange squares, prep some blocks ✔done
One orange heart was stitched last week and more blocks are prepped.
3. 30's Kaleidoscope--make orange blocks ✔done
I shared these blocks in Saturday's post.
4. Volcano 9-Patch--take photos, write blog post
We've had so much rain lately that I haven't been able to finish getting outdoor photos of this quilt.
5. Scrooge coat--make progress  ✔done

New projects:
1. RWB (Red, white & blue) Rectangles--I started a new Quilt of Valor on National Sew a Jelly Roll Day. You can read about it HERE.
2. Denim shirt--I got a new shirt cut out and basted together to make sure I like the fit. 


It's looking like a busy week ahead, so the sensible thing to do would be to reduce my list. Instead it's going to be even longer than last week!

To-Do List for 9/21 - 9/27
1. Bowties 365--make one Bowtie block each day
2. Hearts Applique--make at least one block
3. Sew Colorful Stars--make orange block
4. Volcano 9-Patch--take photos, write blog post
5. Scrooge coat--make progress
6. Denim shirt--finish
7. RWB Rectangles--cut pieces for more blocks


I'll report on my progress and post a new set of goals next Tuesday. I'm linking up with other To-Do Tuesday lists at Texas Quilt Gal.

Julie in GA  

Monday, September 20, 2021

Design Wall Monday 9/20/2021

Saturday was National Sew a Jelly Roll Day, and I was having a hard time deciding whether or not to participate. I have a few jelly rolls, but none of them really inspired me last week. I have plenty of jelly roll patterns saved, plus many more ideas on Pinterest. My goal was to find a pattern that is easy to make, but has a striking and graphic look. 

My inspiration came from a quilt shared by Yvonne at Sew Yummy. She had made the following quilt in an attempt to use up some of her unloved beige and brown fabrics, and I think she did a great job with them. Her starting point was a pattern by Judy Laquidara. The instructions for Judy's quilt are still available on her website, although she pieced the design differently. Unfortunately, none of her pictures show up on that page, but Yvonne included this Pinterest link.

Cinnamon Bars quilt from Sew Yummy

Since I didn't have a jelly roll that I was dying to use, I decided to make a red, white and blue version that can become a Quilt of Valor. I have plenty of 2.5" strips in those colors, plus I cut many more over the weekend. The blocks are extremely easy to make and go together very quickly. You can make two matching blocks from two jelly roll strips, a light and a medium or dark. The cutting dimensions for the pieces are 2.5" x 4.5" for the small rectangles, or you can strip-piece them from strips that measure 2.5" x  18.5-19". The larger rectangles at the top and bottom of each block are cut at 2.5" x 8.5". The finished size of one block is 8". 


I spent more time cutting 2.5" strips than sewing blocks over the weekend, but I did manage to complete a dozen blocks. My plan is to make a total of 63 blocks and set them in alternating rows of red, white and blue as shown. A 7 x 9 setting will yield a quilt that measures 56" x 72" without any borders..


I have many other projects in the works right now and really didn't need to add another, but I'm enjoying having a very simple pattern for those days when I want to sew but don't want to think too hard. I'm planning to cut the pieces for a stack of blocks and have them ready to stitch up whenever the mood hits.

Check out what other quilters are working on this week:
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 38, 2021

I've been bouncing around between several different quilting projects this week, and I even made a start on a clothing project. The only thing that has moved forward enough to count any fabric as having been used is my 30's Kaleidoscopes. I made 19 blocks last week, using a total of 1 yard of fabric. You can see them in yesterday's post HERE. No new fabric was added to the stash.


2021 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                            1.00 yards
Used year to date:                   146.125 yards
Added last week:                            0.0 yards
Added year to date:                   101.50 yards
Net used year to date            44.625 yards

This is the fabric I'm planning to use for my new shirt. It was a remnant piece that I got at Hancock's of Paducah in July. I have just over 2 yards, which would be a little tight for a long-sleeved shirt, so I bought a light weight denim to use for the back of the collar, cuffs and yoke.




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. When I got the urge to make myself a new shirt this week, I spent most of one day working on my pattern for it. I hope to get it cut out today or tomorrow. That meant no quilting time that day, but I did do some quilting on the other six days.

15 Minute Challenge for 2021: 
9/12 - 9/18               6 of 7 days
2021 Total          257 of 261 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, September 18, 2021

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday--Week 38, 2021

It hasn't been my most productive week, but I did finish up one set of blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, where we are working with our orange scraps this month.


These are the Kaleidoscope blocks that I have been making all year from my 1930's reproduction fabrics. I ended up with 17 orange blocks, plus I had two brown fabrics and went ahead and made those blocks too.

This is my last color group for this project. If my math is correct, I have a total of 190 blocks made. If I could scrounge up 5 more fabrics, I could set the blocks 13 x 15 and end up with a quilt that measures 78" x 90" before borders. The finished size each block is 6". I need to decide if I want a quilt that big or not. The other option would be to make two smaller throw quilts. Here are all of my many blocks stacked together on my cutting table.


My next step will be to get some of the blocks up on the design wall together and figure out how big I want to go with this quilt. It will be great fun to see it all come together!

Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge every Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday.

Julie in GA

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

To-Do Tuesday 9/14/2021

Another Tuesday means it's time to update my to-do list for the week ahead and share how I did with last week's list. The Tuesday To-Do List link-up is hosted by Linda at Texas Quilt Gal.

Last week's to-do list looks good, with check marks behind every item on the list! I'm hoping for similar results in the week ahead.

To-Do List for 9/7 - 9/13
1. Bowties 365--make one Bowtie block each day  ✔done
I have made 15 orange Bowties so far this month.

2. Hearts Applique--pull orange squares, prep some blocks  ✔done
Two heart blocks are finished and more are ready to be stitched.

3.
 Scrap Magnet--make two orange blocks  ✔done
I finished these two blocks, plus made two Homespun blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  


4. Volcano 9-Patch--layer and pin baste, begin quilting  ✔done
The Volcano 9-Patch quilt is completely quilted and bound! No photos to share yet.

5. Scrooge coat--make progress  ✔done

Next week's list includes a different RSC project, the 30's Kaleidoscope blocks. I'm also hoping to put together a blog post for the finished Volcano quilt.

To-Do List for 9/14 - 9/20
1. Bowties 365--make one Bowtie block each day
2. Hearts Applique--pull orange squares, prep some blocks
3. 30's Kaleidoscope--make orange blocks 
4. Volcano 9-Patch--take photos, write blog post
5. Scrooge coat--make progress


I'll report on my progress and post a new set of goals next Tuesday. I'm linking up with other To-Do Tuesday lists at Texas Quilt Gal.

Julie in GA  

Monday, September 13, 2021

Design Wall Monday 9/13/2021

My quilting time over the weekend was mostly spent cutting pieces for multiple projects that I am making as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I was able to stitch up some of each kind of block using my orange scraps, our assigned color for September. 


I've got one hand appliqued heart block, four bowties and four kaleidoscope blocks. It's a good thing I put them up on the wall together to get a photo because I discovered an error in one of my kaleidoscope blocks. The block on the left side should have the mint green corner triangles stitched to the white wedges, not to the peachy print. It should be oriented like the block on the right side. I'm glad I caught the mistake before getting that far on the 8 or 10 remaining blocks that also get the green corners on them.

I'm going to fix that one block, then continue making more of all these blocks with the goal of getting one set done before Saturday to share with the RSC group.


Check out what other quilters are working on this week:
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 37, 2021

My quilting time over the past week has been unusually focused and goal oriented, with very few distractions. My main project has been the machine quilting on the Volcano 9Patch quilt that I'm trying to get finished. I also made two sets of orange blocks for the Rainbow Scrap ChallengeHomespun on the left and Scrap Magnet on the right. The amount of fabric used in these blocks was 5/8 yard for the Homespun blocks, and 3/4 yard for the Scrap Magnet blocks. No new fabric was added to the stash this week.



2021 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                          1.375 yards
Used year to date:                   145.125 yards
Added last week:                            0.0 yards
Added year to date:                   101.50 yards
Net used year to date            43.625 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. There was no problem getting in plenty of quilting time this week, prepping and stitching RSC projects, plus quilting the Volcano quilt.

15 Minute Challenge for 2021: 
9/5 - 9/11                 7 of 7 days
2021 Total          251 of 254 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
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