Sunday, January 29, 2023

Weekly Reports

It was a very busy quilting week, with many different projects passing through my sewing machine. The first one I'm going to share was the last thing I worked on, having been completed late last night. This is the center and first border of my Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR) quilt.

Our prompt for the week was to add spools for the first border. I made 3" blocks in a variety of blues, then stitched them together into groups of four. They haven't been attached to the center block yet. I'm hoping the next prompt will be something that will work in the corners of this first border.

I'll be linking up with the rest of the SAHRR quilters, hosted by Roseanne and Sue this week at Homesewn by Us.

I've been on a binge of making placemats lately, and those filled much of my quilting time last week. These will all be donated to Meals on Wheels through the quilt guild.

Most of these placemats had already been pieced earlier and just needed to be finished this week. The pink one was made for the Project Quilting 14.2 Challenge. I made the red one to test out quilting designs for my Ring Around the Stars quilt. The Irish Chain (top left) and blue/brown ones began with leftover pieces and orphan blocks from old projects. The blue string mat was the only one started and finished this week.

The placemats are proving to be a good way of working through some stash. I used almost 2 yards from the stash on those, plus 1/2 yard to bind the Ring Around the Stars quilt and another 1/2 yard for the Rail Fence blocks shared in yesterday's post. Total used for the week was 2.875 yards, and no new fabric was added to the stash.

Used last week:                 2.875 yards
Used year to date:              10.25 yards
Added last week:                   0.0 yards
Added year to date:               2.0 yards
Net used in 2023              8.25 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. The variety of different projects over the past week has left my sewing room a huge mess that needs to be addressed soon, but I have definitely gotten more than 15 minutes of quilting time every day.

15 Minute Challenge for 2023: 
1/22 - 1/28          7 of 7 days
2023 Total        28 of 28 days

Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate and join the 15 Minutes to Stitch Challenge at Life in Pieces. I'm also joining the link-up for the SAHRR at Home Sewn by Us.

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA


  1. I've been struggling with what to do with the Spool round. I like your interpretation and will probably do the same thing. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Hi Julie! I just love the spools stitched together as you show them for your border. I'll just bet the next prompt will work fabulously as cornerstones. What a nice idea to make placemats for Meals on Wheels. I wonder if our local program would like some, too. I guess I'll have to check on that - thank you so much for the suggestion. Thanks, also, for linking up and joining in. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Your SAHRR project is looking gorgeous. Love all the placemats you made, they are very inspiring.

  4. Lining up those empty spools, are you, Julie? Between that and using just one color per block you really disguised the fact that they're Spool block. Wishing I'd thought to do that!

  5. Your SAHRR quilt is so pretty with that lovely center block and the spools border! Will be fun to see your progress on this!

  6. That border is perfect on your center block! You did well on time, and well on stash use this week. Congratulations!

  7. Your SAHRR is looking really good. Looking forward to see what you decide to do with the Friendship stars this week. Yeah for more out than in this week!

  8. I like your SAHRR. The placemats look like good scrap busters. Good usage week for you!


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