Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 6/25/17

For the first time in several weeks, I can report a sizable amount of fabric used from my stash. Yesterday I finished the quilt top that I have been making from my old stash of green 3" strips. Until I come up with something better, it has been given the name of Green Strippy quilt. This top used 5.5 yards of fabric, all from my stash, and most of it is 15 - 20 years old. I consider that a major win!

Green Strippy quilt top
64.25" x 93.5"
I did have a small addition to my stash last week too--two fat quarters of black-on-white prints, which are always great to have around!



2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:             5.50 yards
Used year to date:      56.375 yards
Added last week:             .50 yards
Added year to date:        8.25 yards

Net used year to date:  48.125 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 while we were out of town, but have been getting in my 15 minutes or more of quilting the rest of the week.

15 Minute Challenge:  
6/18 - 6/24                6 of 7 days
2017 Total          170 of 175 days



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

Julie in GA

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Evolution of a Quilt Design

As part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2017, I have been working my way through a collection of 3" strips. Most of these were strips I received as part of a monthly exchange at a quilt guild in the late 1990's or early 2000's, plus there have been more recent additions through the years.

I'm a month behind with this project, but I'm going to share it anyway. Our RSC color for May was green, and I had lots of green 3" strips to use. My original plan was to make a variation of a jelly roll race quilt. I couldn't face the thought of miles of strips joined end-to-end, so I made my version using strips that were deliberately pieced together to make rows that measured about 60" across. I was planning to make 32 rows, which would have finished at 80" long. Here is the top half from that original plan.



How boring is that? I hated it!! Time for Plan B. The rest of the rows for the lower half were joined into groups of four. I decided to cut those groups into segments that measured 10.5" x 14.5" and wrap them around central squares to make blocks. Here are the two fabrics I auditioned for the centers of the blocks and the sashing.




After deciding to go with the darker brown contrast fabric, I made six blocks that finish at 24" square. At that point the plan was to also use the dark brown fabric as sashing between the blocks, then use some remaining green sections for a piano key type border.


The narrow sashing seemed overwhelmed by the giant blocks in the above layout. Here comes Plan C--instead of doing a pieced border, I ended up making pieced sashing with two strips of the dark brown and a line of green pieces in between. So much better! Now I like the way this has come together. Here is a photo of the completed quilt top, followed by two close-ups of blocks that give you a better look at the fabrics.


Green Strippy quilt top
64.25" x 93.5"



I haven't come up with any good names for this quilt yet. I'm just glad to have the top done and the pieces off my design wall. It feels good to have a finished top--it may not be my favorite ever, but at least I don't hate it anymore!

I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday. I am also linking up to Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag and to the Ad Hoc Improv Quilters at Fret Not Yourself. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing! 



Julie in GA

Monday, June 19, 2017

Design Wall Monday 6/19/17

Thanks to everyone who offered their opinion to last week's post on which sashing fabric to use with my green strippy blocks. The darker brown was the overwhelming favorite, and I have gotten the strips cut and started stitching the pieces together. 


These blocks are very large, 24" finished. I am planning to add more green strips around the outside as a final border. Looking at the photos, I'm wishing there was more of the brown--maybe I will make all the sashing as two strips of brown with a line of green strips in between.

I am 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, June 18, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 6/18/17

Yesterday I finished up the rest of my yellow Ribbon Star blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, using 1.5 yards of scraps. You can see the first set of blocks HERE. I'm almost ready to report a larger amount used on another project, but haven't sat down to figure out the numbers yet. Hopefully that will happen next week.

It has been almost exactly a month since the last addition to my stash. I've been able to avoid buying much new fabric this year, mostly by staying out of the quilt shops/fabric stores and deleting most of the on-line store emails. I gave in to a sale at Connecting Threads recently because there was a book I really wanted to get, and since I was already paying shipping... I'm a sucker for black and white prints, also for red, white & blue. The two lavender fabrics are just because I don't have much of that color in my stash. They will be useful for future rainbow projects.





2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:             1.50 yards
Used year to date:      50.875 yards
Added last week:            2.50 yards
Added year to date:        7.75 yards

Net used year to date:  43.125 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 am back on track with getting in my 15 minutes or more for stitching every day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
6/11 - 6/17                7 of 7 days
2017 Total          164 of 168 days



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

Julie in GA

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Seeing Stars

My current project for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge has been making more Ribbon Star blocks in yellow, our color for the month of June. I finished 9 blocks this week and have 10-12 more in the works.



A few days ago I had an email that included a link to the Benartex Fabrics blog and their free e-magazine "Modern by the Yard." I thought the cover quilt had to be shared with all of you lovers of rainbow scrappiness. Go to their blog HERE to download this issue or any of the previous four issues of the e-zine.


I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects that everyone is sharing! 


Julie in GA

Monday, June 12, 2017

Design Wall Monday 6/12/17

Last week I showed my version of a jelly roll race quilt made completely from green 3" strips. Check it out in THIS POST. I ended up grouping my green strips into sets of four and cutting them into segments. I am in the process of auditioning those segments with two different brown fabrics to use as the centers and sashing with these blocks. 




I keep going back and forth on my preference between the two brown fabrics. It probably means I'm not completely sold on either one, but I'm determined to use something from my stash. I welcome your opinions!

I am 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, June 11, 2017

Stash Report Sunday 6/11/17

I'm feeling good about continuing to make a dent in my stash, even though I haven't been using large amounts of yardage. I have used almost 50 yards so far this year, all of it in small increments like a yard or so. I keep chipping away at it, and have mostly managed to resist buying more fabric.

Last week I used 1 yard for a set of four Scrappy Trips blocks and 1-1/8 yard to make 16 Ribbon Stars blocks. I shared photos of both sets of blocks in yesterday's Rainbow Scrap Challenge post, but I like the yellow blocks so much that I'm going to include that photo again. Sunshiny goodness!


2017 STASH TOTALS
Used last week:            2.125 yards
Used year to date:       49.375 yards
Added last week:             0.0 yards
Added year to date:        5.25 yards

Net used year to date:  44.125 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 am back on track with getting in my 15 minutes or more for stitching every day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
6/4 - 6/10                 7 of 7 days
2017 Total          157 of 161 days



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

Julie in GA
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