Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - A Different Perspective

Tuesday Archives - Fat Quarter Quilts

Val's Quilting Studio

I've been enjoying Val's Tuesday Archives.  It's been fun to look back over the quilt's I've made trying to find one that fits the week's theme.  The process has reminded me of the stark terror that used to accompany a trip to the fabric store to pick out fabric for the next quilt class.  Looking back, I can see that maybe there was good reason to be terrified, my choices weren't always wise.  That's OK, I still love those older quilts.  

Case in point is the first quilt that ever lived on our bed.  The class instructions said to pick 24 fat quarters.  No other guidance, just pick 24 fat quarters.  I'm guessing that you could buy fat quarter bundles at the time, but I didn't know what such things were.  So I came to class with my set of fat quarters and eventually ended up with my first "scrappy" quilt.  This is as close to a "random" design as I've ever gotten.  I had to put all the block parts in different bags and make myself blindly choose the components for each block.  It was a really good learning experience.  

Spring Break
from the book Spring Cleaning published by Atkinson Designs

I love all the fabrics used in this quilt, the border print is still one of my favorites.  My Guy isn't fond of floral prints, so this quilt didn't remain on our bed for more than a couple of years before being replaced with with a T-shirt quilt he particularly liked.  

That's it for me this week.  Hop over to Val's to for more Tuesday Archives.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Design Wall Monday - UFO Progress

It's so hard to head off to work after such a nice relaxing weekend.  Once the necessary chores were done, I was able to spend two solid afternoons in the sewing room.  In addition to sewing, there was some scrap cutting and fabric organization going on as well.  I've still got a long way to go on the organization, but doing a bit every time I'm in the sewing room is starting to make a difference.  

Last weekend my oldest UFO was moved out of it's box and back on to the design wall.  Some time was spent during the week rearranging the blocks, taking some out, putting others in till the final layout looked balanced.  The original pattern called for neutral setting triangles, but none of the fabrics used for the star backgrounds seemed to work.   After looking at how much fabric was left, I decided that the red border fabric would also work as setting triangles. 

Pattern is Folk Art Christmas Stars
by Robyn Pandolph

I'm really happy with how it's coming together. 

That's it for my design wall this week.  See more design walls over at Judy's Patchwork Times.   

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Stash Report - Week 33 of 2014

It's been a slower week, mainly because Drama Teen is back in school.  My Guy is home after two weeks in Texas.  He was not amused by the yard. Typically by this time in August, the yard has quit growing due to the heat.  But we've had more rain, as well as cooler temperatures, in July and August than is typical. 

The rain has done such nice things for the roses, but it has meant more yard work for both of us this year.  Still it's been nice to have a break from the 100 F plus weather that's normal for the first couple of weeks in August.  

Even with the nice weather and the increase in yard work, I've managed to hang out in the sewing room.  More so than I have in recent months.  Getting Jigsaw off the design wall seems to have inspired me.  Or maybe it's that Scrappy Stars is so close to being done as well, I'm more motivated?  Which ever it is, there's a bit going out this week.  Even better there is nothing in. 

Used last week  0.86 yards
Added last week:  0 yards

Used in 2014:  17.984 yards
Added in 2014:  302.3 yards

Net stashed in 2014:  284.41 yards

Not a bad week. I did have to order backing fabric for Scrappy Stars, so there will be some in next week.  It should go right back out though.  

That's it for the state of the stash.  For more on stash management, check out Patchwork Times.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Still Seeing Red

Life slowed down just a bit this week.  Drama Teen is back in school, so the madness of trying to get her to all the summer activities is over.  We are back to a much more predictable schedule.  My Guy is back from a two week business trip and will be home for about three weeks before he heads out again.  Hopefully we'll be able to maintain this reduced stress schedule until DT has her knee surgery at the end of the month.  

Not much stitching got done in July due to vacation and other summer activities, so I've been playing catch up this month with the red Rainbow Scrap Sampler blocks this month.  The last red block was finished last night. 

 Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler
By Angela Feldbush of Soscrappy

Most of my red scraps are 1930's prints and these blocks certainly reflect that.  Red isn't a color that shows up in my quilts often, so I don't have a big variety of scraps, but there were enough to make these blocks.  

I'm still cutting scraps for the red Inverted Star block.  I need 16 Scrappy Butterfly blocks to have enough for the setting that's been floating around in my head, so another green one will probably get made once the red scraps are put away.  

Check out Soscrappy for more fun projects using scraps.