Sunday, May 8, 2022

Stash Report and Stitching Time 5/8/2022

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there! If it weren't for my mother teaching me to sew at a young age, my whole life would have been very different. My career (costume construction) plus my obsession with quilting both stem from my early love for sewing. Thanks Mom!


It was another good week for the stash report with no new fabric added and a little bit used. The fabric used was 1.625 yards on the pieced backing for the pink uneven 9-patch quilt. You can see the backing in
THIS POST from Monday.

2022 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:            1.625 yards
Used year to date:          30.5 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:         36.0 yards
Net added in 2022         5.5 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 stitching time. Other than the pieced quilt backing, all of my stitching time this week has been spent hand stitching. I finished two more pink appliqued hearts (shown at the top), plus I have been stitching down the binding on my Boston Fiesta quilt. 


15 Minute Challenge for 2022: 
5/1 - 5/7               7 of 7 days
2022 Total      126 of 127 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

Thursday, May 5, 2022

One Monthly Goal (OMG) for May 2022

There are some months that I have a hard time deciding on my One Monthly Goal, but this month is not one of those. That's because I have a deadline that must be met. This is my Boston Fiesta quilt.


I submitted photos of this quilt plus two others as possible entries for an upcoming quilt show. I was very happy to find out that all three had been accepted. However, that means I need to do a little more finishing work before I can drop them off.

The binding on this Boston Fiesta quilt is machine stitched to the front of the quilt, and it has been hand basted to the back, just so I could take photos of it. I have started removing the basting and finishing the hand stitching on the back. I also need to add a hanging sleeve and label. My goal for the month is to have this quilt completed and ready for the quilt show.

My other two quilts for the show already have finished bindings, but they also need hanging sleeves and labels. Getting those done would be my bonus goal for May.




You can see what other quilters are hoping to get done this month at the One Monthly Goal link-up hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts. 

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 


Monday, May 2, 2022

Design Wall Monday 5/2/2022

The pink theme seems to be continuing on my design wall for yet another week. I pieced a backing yesterday to go with the Uneven 9Patch baby quilt top that I shared in last week's post.


I like to use flannel as the backing for baby quilts, and I didn't have enough of any single fabric, so I combined several different pink flannels for this scrappy back. It measures about 44" x 51".

The next step is to cut some batting, then get this little quilt layered and ready for quilting.

My quilting time has been very limited lately due to recent travels. These have included a trip last week to Paducah for the AQS show. It was so much fun to be back in Paducah with the city overrun by quilters everywhere, and the quilts at the show were amazing as usual. I haven't yet had time to go through my photos and prepare a blogpost of my favorites, but I hope to do so soon.

You can see the winners of the top prizes at the AQS website HERE. This was one of my favorites from the show. It is called "Orange Crushed It" by Andrea Brokenshire of Round Rock, TX.  It won "Best Wall Quilt, Stationary Machine Workmanship."

Orange Crushed It by Andrea Brokenshire

There are also more views of this quilt at The Quilt Show website, including very close shots of the incredible applique work and the confetti background. You will be amazed--take a look HERE.

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

Happy quilting!

Julie in GA

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Stash Report and Stitching Time 5/1/2022

There's good news for my Stash Report this week--no new fabric added! The most amazing thing about that is the fact that I went to Paducah for the big quilt show and didn't buy one single piece of fabric! Paducah has become a regular stop when we drive to Wisconsin to visit family, and we are hoping to make that trip again later this month. That made it much easier for me to see all the shoppers with carts piled high with bolts of fabric at Hancock's of Paducah and not feel the need to join in. Of course, there's also the fact that my sewing room is already overwhelmingly full of fabric (but that has rarely stopped me in the past, especially if there are bargains!)

There is a little bit of usage to report for the week:  1/2 yard for the border on my scrappy pink Uneven 9-Patch quilt top. (You can see it HERE.)

2022 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:                0.5 yards
Used year to date:       28.875 yards
Added last week:              0.0 yards
Added year to date:         36.0 yards
Net added in 2022      7.125 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 was able to spend some time hand stitching on each day that we were gone to Paducah. However,  I didn't get any quilting time yesterday. I have been helping out recently as an overhire stitcher at the theater where I used to work. I was there all day yesterday doing alterations on men's suits. By the time I got home, I was wiped out and quilting never even crossed my mind. It is the first day I have missed all year!


15 Minute Challenge for 2022: 
4/24 - 4/30            6 of 7 days
2022 Total       119 of 120 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, April 30, 2022

Pretty in Pinks

It has been a very productive month for using pink scraps on my various projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I started out by making half a dozen pink crumb blocks.


My other pink blocks for the month included one large scrappy heart block (12" finished size), 36 Rail Fence blocks and 30 Charm Baskets.


I also finished the hand stitching on six appliqued hearts. There are still a couple more of these to complete.


At the end of the month, I made a scrappy pink baby quilt with Uneven Nine-Patch blocks, using up the leftovers from an earlier baby quilt. The border was added a few days ago, finishing off my scrappy pink stitching for this month.


It has been a very good month for using up some pink scraps (but of course, I still have more pink hanging around my sewing room.) I'm looking forward to finding out what our new color will be for next month. My guess is green, to go along with all the beautiful greens for spring.

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. 

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 

Monday, April 25, 2022

Design Wall Monday 4/25/2022

The dozen pink uneven 9-patch blocks that I shared in last week's Design Wall Monday post became 25 blocks, which were joined together in time for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge post on Saturday. At that time, I thought it might be a finished top, but it just didn't seem complete. Yesterday I added a scrappy border made from the remaining scraps which measured 2.5" x 6" - 6.5". Now I think I can call this quilt top finished!


All of the prints fabrics in this quilt were leftovers from a layer cake of "Surrounded by Love" by Deb Strain, combined with a variety of pink solids pulled from my stash. The finished quilt top measures 42" x 49.5". I'm hoping to get it quilted in the next few weeks and donate it as part of the Hands 2 Help Challenge.

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

Happy quilting!

Julie in GA

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Stash Report & Stitching Time 4/24/2022

The past week's stash report shows a little movement in both the usage and additions columns. I used 1.75 yards for the scrappy pink baby quilt top that I shared in yesterday's post. I might still add a border on that quilt. The additions were mostly some 1/4 yard pieces of white-on-white prints for the stash, plus a Tula Pink ombre print that I couldn't resist. 

"Daydreamer" by Tula Pink

I love ombres, but have a hard time figuring out how to use them. The quilt shop where I bought this had a quilt with this fabric as the border, which was a great way to use it. I wish I had gotten a photo of it...


2022 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:              1.75 yards
Used year to date:       28.375 yards
Added last week:              1.5 yards
Added year to date:         36.0 yards
Net added in 2022      7.625 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 stitching time. After getting the scrappy pink blocks all made and joined together at the beginning of the week, the rest of my stitching time was all spent on hand stitching my applique hearts blocks.


15 Minute Challenge for 2022: 
4/17 - 4/23            7 of 7 days
2022 Total       113 of 113 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, April 23, 2022

Playing with Pink

It was fun to make a quick and easy baby quilt this week, using the leftovers from another baby quilt I made in 2014. You can read more about how this project started in Monday's post.


Getting all of the blocks arranged on the wall before I joined them together took awhile, with lots of switching blocks around to get the colors balanced. It seemed like every time I moved one block, I would have to move two or three others. I was mostly focused on the colors while rearranging. It wasn't until I had decided on the layout and started joining blocks into rows that I discovered these three blocks next to each other, all with different color combos of the chevron print.


This little quilt top currently measures 38" x 45.5". I'm debating whether or not to add a small border. I still have a stack 2.5" x 6" strips of the print fabrics and could use them as a scrappy border. Here's a look at how that might work.


If I decide to go ahead with the border, I will have to figure out if I have enough of the leftover strips. If  there aren't enough of the prints, I could add strips of the solid fabrics as well. Hmmm, that's something to ponder...

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. 

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 

Monday, April 18, 2022

Design Wall Monday 4/18/2022

Yesterday was one of those challenging days for quilting. I was having a hard time deciding on a project. There were a couple of new blocks I could have made for the Moda Blockheads 4 QAL, but I just wasn't in the mood for that. 

I had pulled out a couple of UFOs and some leftover from previous quilts, all that featured pink, our color of the month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I spotted a Zip-loc bag of scraps and 10" squares that were left from this baby quilt I made in 2014.


All of the fabrics in the hearts came from a layer cake I had won in a giveaway. The fabric line was "Surrounded by Love" by Deb Strain. Here's what I found in that bag.


There were nine full 10" squares left, in a variety of color combinations in either of the designs shown at the top left. The rest of the stacks all contain 33 pieces, which must be the number of hearts I made for the baby quilt. The lower left strips measure 2.5" wide, and the strips and chunks on the right side all measure 3.5" wide.


I knew that those leftovers wouldn't be enough for the size I hoped to make, so I pulled out some solid fabrics to add to the mix. The piece at the very top looks almost white in this shot, but it is a very pale pink. It was used as the background on the baby quilt shown at the top of this post.


I wanted to keep the piecing very simple for this project, so I decided to make 9-patch blocks. To make the best use of my fabrics, I cut all of the pieces 3" x 3.5", which gives me uneven 9-patches. Here are the first dozen blocks that were made.


I'm alternating blocks with dark outer corners and blocks with light corners. So far every block combines a solid with one or more prints. There are several blocks with a different print at the center than the four corners because I could only get four pieces out of most fabrics. The blocks will finish at 7.5" x 9". I have the pieces for several more blocks stacked up at my sewing machine, waiting to be stitched together.

Check out what other quilters are working on this week at Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Happy quilting!

Julie in GA

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Stash Report and Stitching Time 4/17/2022

For most of the past week, it looked like my stash report would show some good progress in the used direction. Then at the very end of the week, I received my monthly bundle of solid fat quarters, which totally wiped out the progress I'd made on usage. I'm happy to add some more solids to my stash, but getting good photos of this group was almost impossible. The colors for the bundles are based on each month's birthstone, which is diamonds for April, leading to a grouping of white and off-white fabrics that all look very much alike.


On the usage side of the tally sheet is 1-1/8 yard for my collection of pink basket blocks, shared in yesterday's post, plus 1-3/4 yard for the backing and binding of the Florida Fishies baby quilt. I will share photos of the finished quilt next week, but for now, here is the back. It is a flannel fabric from JoAnn's.



2022 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:           2.875 yards
Used year to date:      26.625 yards
Added last week:             3.0 yards
Added year to date:       34.5 yards
Net added in 2022      7.875 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. It felt really good to finish up making the basket blocks, plus doing the quilting and binding on the baby quilt. I hope to keep this finishing trend going for another week or more!


15 Minute Challenge for 2022: 
4/10 - 4/16            7 of 7 days
2022 Total       106 of 106 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, April 16, 2022

Pink Baskets and Blooms

 It has been another week of great fun playing with pink scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I got carried away making my pink basket blocks and ended up with a total of 30. There were so many pink fabrics that needed to be included! These bring my total number of basket blocks so far this year to over 100.


The large hot pink azalea (on the left) that I shared in last week's post is starting to fade, but the plant with lighter pink blossoms has come on strong this week. This has been an especially beautiful spring for the azaleas.




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. 

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 



Monday, April 11, 2022

Monday Making

Both of my design walls are empty this morning, but there are plenty of block parts on my cutting table and sewing machine cabinet. I spent my quilting time over the weekend working on pink Charm Basket blocks, one of my projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Four of the basket blocks are nearly complete. They just need a little trimming, then the two halves of each block can be stitched together.


The basket blocks will finish at only 4". The pattern I am using is Charm Basket from Laundry Basket Quilts

Here are the bases for the rest of my baskets.


The rest of the basket handles are pinned to the backgrounds and waiting to be stitched down.


It was very difficult to get a decent photo at my machine without too much light reflecting off the surface of the cabinet. My main sewing machine for piecing is a wonderful old Singer 201. It is a straight-stitch machine with a beautiful, even stitch. I've had it for at least 20 years.

Here is the collection of basket block parts waiting to be assembled. By the end of today, I hope to have one design wall filled with cute little pink basket blocks!



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, April 10, 2022

Stash Report & Stitching Time 4/10/2022

Last week feels like a small victory as far as my stash report is concerned. It wasn't my most productive week ever, but at least there wasn't any new fabric added to the stash. I've had fabric additions for the past three weeks in a row, and that streak has come to an end (for now!) 

My usage for the week includes both of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects I shared in yesterday's post, the pink Crumb blocks and the Rail Fence blocks. I also used 5/8 yard on a new project. I decided to take part in the new Moda Blockheads 4 quilt-along. A new block pattern is posted every Wednesday, and the patterns include instructions for blocks in two sizes, 9" and 4.5". I'm planning to make both sizes of blocks in shades of red with white-on-white backgrounds. Here is block #1.


I decided that the contrast in the smaller version worked better and ended up remaking the larger block with the same fabrics. You can see it here with all the other blocks that have been completed so far.



2022 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:           1.625 yards
Used year to date:       23.75 yards
Added last week:             0.0 yards
Added year to date:       31.5 yards
Net added in 2022      7.75 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've had some trouble staying focused lately, but I did manage to spend at least 15 minutes quilting every day last week.


15 Minute Challenge for 2022: 
4/3 - 4/9            7 of 7 days
2022 Total       99 of 99 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, April 9, 2022

Scrappy Pink Saturday

Not only is pink the color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, it is the color of the month around many houses in our neighborhood. These beauties are blooming at the back of our yard. Our azaleas are looking better than they have in years!


We also put in some new plants last fall in the side yard next to our neighbor's fence. This one may be small, but it is covered in blossoms. It is an Encore azalea which should bloom again in the summer and the fall, rather than just in the spring like our older plants.


As for my pink scrappy stitching, I started the week by making some pink crumb blocks. It has been a long time since I played with my crumbs, and I enjoyed puzzling them together.


My other pink project for the week was making Rail Fence blocks. I ended up with 36 pink blocks which will finish at 3" each.


As usual, I needed to put up the different colors on the wall and see how they looked together. This is going to be a very cheery, fun quilt!


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. 

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Stash Report and Stitching Time 4/3/2022

It seemed like I might manage to have a weekly Stash Report with no new fabric to report, but things didn't work out as I had hoped. I received a packet of solid fat quarters in aquamarine, the monthly set for the Solid Club at Fat Quarter Shop. I'm going to use the photo from the FQS website because it shows the colors better than my attempts. 3 yards total added to the stash. 


On the usage side of the tally is 5/8 yard for the corner sections of my Autumn Starburst wallhanging, shared HERE, plus 1 yard for my set of hand applique heart blocks, shared in yesterday's post.

2022 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:           1.625 yards
Used year to date:     22.125 yards
Added last week:            3.0 yards
Added year to date:      31.5 yards
Net added in 2022      9.375 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. My sewing mojo was elusive at times last week, but I always had my hand applique project when I couldn't figure out something else to work on. I did get in my 15 minutes every day.


15 Minute Challenge for 2022: 
3/27 - 4/2           7 of 7 days
2022 Total       92 of 92 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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