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March 29, 2019
That was Quick! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Just last Sunday, I shared with you my Staggered 16-Patch Scrappy quilt top.

Now today, I am ready to share my finish!

I ended up having some time on my longarm schedule so I snuck it in and quilted up some quick vertical straight lines.

You can see that this quilt used up a number of gray scraps in the 16-patch squares.  Then I pulled three different fabrics from my stash for the alternate blocks.  Rather than make the alternate blocks square, I opted for a narrower rectangle.

I really like the results!

I used one of the fabrics I ...

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March 24, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Staggered 16-Patch from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

There are about three different projects all actively being sewn in my sewing room.  There are always stacks of blocks in various stages piled next to my machine.  This week I have just been sewing, pressing, and creating more stacks.

Surprisingly, I ended up with a finished quilt top fairly fast!

I tried to get a photo of the top outside but the shadows were horrible.  This is the staggered 16 patch I made using a bunch of my gray scraps.  

I dug some other pieces out of my stash to use as alternate blocks.   
 I love the purple with ...

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March 3, 2019
Oh Scrap! : A Tiny Bit of Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Actually, "Oh Crap!" would explain my week best.
Our area was hit by a big snow storm last Sunday night and I had no power for 5 days.  
So not much sewing for me!

Once it was restored, I did work a bit on my scrappy gray 16 patches.  I need just 12 more blocks.

Prepping the squares and laying them out on design boards was something I could do without electricity so I have lots prepped and waiting to be sewn.

Now it is time to share what you have been doing with your scraps!


It is now your ...

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February 20, 2019
Scrappy Gray from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I decided to start something new!

A few months back, I was going to make a quilt using green/brown staggered 16 patch block.  Well, the design changed and the idea was scrapped.

A few of you requested that I didn't give up on the idea...
So I am ready to give it another chance.

My gray color bin was stuffed to the gills, so I pulled out my AccuQuilt 2.5" multiple square die and started stacking on the scraps.

In no time at all, I had just under 500 squares ready for assembly.  I think I will ...

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December 21, 2018
Rethinking my Design from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Sometimes, it just takes stepping away from a project and a willingness to change directions.

I decided to give up my staggered block design and just alternate my 16-patch blocks with a framed fishing themed block.  I wasn't sure I was going to have enough of the tan solid but after a considerable amount of math and a bit of extra piecing, I made it all work.

 I am fairly pleased with how it turned out.  It definitely burned through a lot of unloved scraps and fabric.  And I know some fisherman will love it!

I have already finished ...

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December 18, 2018
Decisions, Decisions... from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have almost finished all of the brown and green 16 patch scraps and I need to make some layout decisions.  This is one of my favorite steps to quilting.

As I was making the blocks, I have been sticking them on my design wall in a horizontal staggered design.

I have since decided that I like this vertical layout a bit better.  Now to go to my stash and decided what to use in the alternate blocks.  And when I go to my stash for a scrappy quilt, I am usually looking for those opportunities where I can get ...

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December 9, 2018
Oh Scrap! : Always an Open Mind from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

This has been a bit of a rough year for me and I didn't always feel in control.  As the year is coming to an end, I find myself starting to focus on getting a few things back under my control.  And it seems like this also includes my scraps.

I have one bin in my sewing room that is full of what I think are hard to use fabrics.  I throw in my novelty (including holiday) scraps, bits that don't really fall into any specific color, and brown.  I don't really like to quilt using brown ...

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June 15, 2018
A Scrappy Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

It is nice to finally see some finishes around here!
They have been few and far between lately....

This scrappy quilt will probably not win any awards in any quilt show but it will have the important job of bringing comfort to a child in a challenging situation.

It measures about 50 x 60 so it is a great size for an older child.

This quilt was made from leftover binding bits and a few orphan blocks.  It was a great project for when I needed some mindless sewing.  (You can read how I make these quilts here.)  While it ...

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May 20, 2018
Oh Scrap! : This and That from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am still not finding a lot of time in my sewing room but I did get out a few bins of scraps and make a few blocks.

First on my list was to make my pink Squared Away blocks for May.  The one on the right isn't quite as pale as it looks but the pink I chose is a bit light.  When I go to put the top together, I will need to decide if I need to remake.  Right now I will just store it with the rest of my blocks.

I also wanted to finish ...

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May 6, 2018
Oh Scrap! : Chasing Full Bins from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I thought I would spend some time Saturday cleaning up my sewing room.  Once I stored all the piles of bits away, I discovered my bin of leftover bindings was overflowing it's brim!

I cut my bindings 2.5" wide so turning them into 16 patch blacks just requires pieces that are over 20" long paired up with a complimentary color.  In no time at all, I finished up these 21 blocks and have a number of strips next to my machine awaiting some time to sew.

This design is one of my Scrap-A-Palooza quilts.  You can read more ...

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January 28, 2018
Country Garden bed runner from Stitchin' Therapy

  Done!   The Country Garden bed runner was finished off with a mottled purple binding.  Since the blocks and floral fabrics used were on the lighter side of the spectrum, it seemed to work.

  This runner is a good study in contrasts.  some of the combinations are very high contrast of light and dark, and others are less so with both fabrics tending to the light. 

 The Country Garden  is a mix of every sort of bloom, and leaves run the gamut from green to blue-green to a taupe-lavender.  It's my garden and I made it a fun one.   I ...

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January 25, 2018
Shade Garden from Stitchin' Therapy

  Things got away from me this week and I forgot to finish up this post.
     In November, I began playing with 16 patch blocks.   I was having fun with floral fabrics and contrasts of more solid/tonal fabrics.   The 16 patch block is quite addictive and I just kept making sombinations. 
   Along the way, I realized that I had two distinct moods to the blocks I was creating.  I referred to them as "shade garden" and "country garden'' blocks.  I had a hard time merging them into one quilt.  So they became 2 different projects. 

   I decided I wanted to ...

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December 5, 2017
More from the 16 patch farm! from Stitchin' Therapy

  The baby quilt is pinned for quilting and the binding is pressed and ready for finishing.  Just the quilting needs to be done.  I am seeking inspiration on that part or I will be resigned to meandering.  But I have a few days to contemplate it all. 

  So I visited the 16 patch farm.....the blocks were sitting by the iron and needed the final pressing.  I put up a crop of the darker blocks--shade garden blocks---to the left.  To the right went the second crop of the lighter blocks that jumble together like a country garden. 
  I could see ...

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November 20, 2017
Sewing on from Stitchin' Therapy

  One set of appointments done, 2 more this week....ugh!  But I am thankful they are just check ups and check ins.  Except for the mammogram this week, but we will not think of that yet.  I have some blocks to show that I have stitched a bit.

   The first four blocks are pressed, fused and appliqued down for the baby quilt...... and the remaining blocks are set to go under the needle.  I will be stealing time between the appointments and a little bit of baking this week to work on these during the day.  I am using a ...

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November 15, 2017
Those 16 patch blocks from Stitchin' Therapy

  I put together a couple of the 16 patch this afternoon to see what I had come up with. 

    I immediately saw 2 different  gardens.....a country garden and a shade garden.    All of the combinations in this photo remind me of a country garden.   The type with a few weeds, volunteer plants, some shade and bright sun. 

  Selecting the 2 fabrics to pair together is the hardest part for sure.  If the contrast fabric to the floral is too busy, the combo will be quite muddy.

   In this group I paired dark batiks and a dark green with brighter ...

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October 6, 2017
Three 16-Patch Cuzco Lap Quilts | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My finishes are three 16-patch quilts in Cuzco, one in purples, one in blues, and one in oranges and pinks; all mixed with Kona Shadow.

Some of these blocks were leftover from this quilt I made in 2013, making additional blocks out of the rest of the Cuzco fabric I had in my stash.

Each one is quilted differently, and some of the blocks are made with two prints instead of a single print since I was using up what I had on hand from ...

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