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February 19, 2019
Show Me Your Wings Blog Hop & Give Away from Melva Loves Scraps

Welcome to Melva Loves Scraps and the Show Me Your Wings blog hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.  If this happens to be your first time visiting, welcome!  I hope that you will take a few minutes to look around my blog.  You can get a peek into my studio, learn a little more about what makes me tick, as well as check out my Gallery and the Quilters Through The Generations stories I have featured by following the links on the high-lighted words or by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page.

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My Day of Dusting off a Quilt Book from Stitchin at Home

It's my day too show an old a forgotten quilt book. This blog hop is being hosted by Beaquilter. The idea was to dust off, excuse me while I find the duster it's around here some place. Ahh dust bunnies be gone. Anyway the idea was to make a project from it.

After doing a big clean a few years ago, I thought I had given away my older quilt books. Imagine my surprise at finding a book from 1994. I think I kept it as I liked a couple of the projects in it.

1994 I think ...

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Pigs Might Fly! Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Talk to the Pig mini quilt by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon Quilting

Show Your Wings Blog Hop

When Carol from Just Let Me Quilt announced there was a new blog hop coming up in February, I did my usual mental dance with myself. Mature Me said “Nope, you’ve got too many more urgent important things on your plate”. Optimist Me said “But I’ll just do something little…. I’ll squeeze it in”. Mature Me said “Pigs might fly!”. And Stick It to Mature Me Me said “Oooooh….. pigs might fly – that’d fit the theme! Hahahahaha”.

The thought of doing a Pigs Might Fly appliqué motif based on my balloon ...

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February 18, 2019
~ Working with Tiny Fabric Scraps ~ from Podunk Pretties

 Scraps, we all have them.  I know many quilters would find my tiny scraps to be trash or stuffing for a dog pillow.  So why do I keep them?   That's a simple answer.....REGRET.  In the past these little bitty scraps would have been tossed out.  A couple of years would pass and I would regret letting them go when I needed smaller pieces of fabric for a project.

My Scrap Happy Baskets quilt is example of the quilts I made using various sizes of scraps.  The circles in the quilt are one inch.  The tutorial for this block ...

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February 14, 2019
PARTY TIME with Mister Domestic and Aura Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Blog Party

Hey Everyone! Mister Domestic,  one of our lovely, talented designers is having a  party and you're all invited! Save the dates for Feb 11th- March 16th because during those weeks we will be seeing amazing projects made by the impressive list of markers below! All of them will be sewing with Mister Domestic’s latest collection called Aura!


Haven’t sewn with Aura Fabrics yet? Well after seeing all the inspiring projects during the weeks to come you will want to get your hands on some.

Can’t wait and want to see projects this instant sewn with Aura ...

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February 12, 2019
The Ardently Austen Hexie Pillow from Samelia's Mum

I'll start this post by saying that I am possibly (most probably) the slowest EPPer on the planet. I love EPP and the whole process of slow sewing but I'm super slow at it. 

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February 9, 2019
Twilight Chic Week from Quilting Affection

Welcome to the final day of the Studio 180 Design Twilight Chic Week. There have been so many great projects from the Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors that featured Deb Tucker's Signature Collection "Twilight Chic" by Kathy Engle for Island Batik this week.  Today, we are finishing off the week with two more projects from my fellow Studio 180 Certified Instructor Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler and myself.

Today, I would like to show off my newest pattern "Getaway." These lovely butterflies are taking a flight to “Getaway” from the busy world around us.  This quilt that measures 45 ...

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February 4, 2019
Valentine Tablescape from From My Carolina Home

February brings thoughts of red hearts and romance, so it is time for a Valentine tablescape. Once again this year, I’ll be linking up with a group of talented bloggers to bring you an array of ideas for your Valentine enjoyment in time to use the ideas in your own home.  Last year my focus was on Japanese culture (Japanese Inspired February), and my tablescape was definitely Asian influenced – Aka Kuroguro tablescape. The previous year, I did my Valentine tablescape with a French wine theme in gold tones for a Romantic Table for Two.  This year, I thought I ...

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February 1, 2019
Turnabout Patchwork: Simple Quilts with a Twist (Book Tour) from Samelia's Mum

Welcome to my stop on the Turnabout Patchwork book tour, which is the new book created by Aussie designer, Teresa Mairal Barreu (Sewn Up - TeresaDownUnder) and published by Martingale. 
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January 30, 2019
Turnabout Patchwork Blog Hop from Goer

Welcome to my stop on the Turnabout Patchwork Book Tour Blog Hop! I made up the quick and easy Sun Dunes pattern from the Quarter Snowball Block section of the book.

I liked the look of solids that Teresa used in the illustration of Sun Dunes in the book and ordered Kona Ash for my background. In the end, I opted to use the remnants from Woven Waves: Kona Lime, Grass Green, Glacier, Ruby, and Watermelon.

This quilt went together very quickly. It has so much potential for different looks with solids, prints, a variety of background colors... the possibilities ...

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January 25, 2019
Bonnie's Blossoms with Island Batik Getaway Hop from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Welcome to the Getaway Blog Hop!

The 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors

 have been busy 
sewing with some beautiful 
secret fabrics. 
with some secret sewing.
Today is that day that I am able to show what I have 
been sewing.

Brookview is a beautiful fabric collection by Island Batik.
It has such a gorgeous variety of burgundys, greens, blues and yellows.  

There is a hint of peacock feathers and trees
throughout the prints.
It has to be one of my favorite collections.

Most of the fabric collection is found in this 
new quilt that I created called Bonnie's Blossoms. 

The ...

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January 24, 2019
Getaway Blog Hop {Dashing to the Chapel in Bazaar} from Little Bunny Quilts

I am so excited to share my quilt for the Getaway Blog Hop, hosted by Island Batik!

As I previewed two weeks ago, I am working with the Bazaar collection this time around:

This collection has a tropical feel! I love that many of the prints have orange featured!

I decided that I wanted to turn my half yards of this fabric into a queen sized quilt using our Dashing to the Chapel pattern (available on Etsy and PayHip!)

I used ten slightly larger scale prints (and the rainbow batiks) for the larger church dash blocks, and used six smaller ...

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Black & White Blog Hop from Melva Loves Scraps

Welcome to the final day of the Black and White hop hosted by Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks.  There will be a list of all bloggers participating at the end of the post...

When I signed up to participate in this hop I knew exactly what my source of inspiration would be...  

These were passed on to me from a local fellow quilter who was trying to lighten her load/stash since her interests had changed.  She still enjoys quilting on occasion, but is not passionate about it anymore. 

I had no idea what I would create, but I ...

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January 22, 2019
Gingerbread Inspiration: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Gingerbread Snow globe cupcake colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Sometimes it’s not about the colours….. (*shock*, I know!). Sometimes, an idea is so awesome, it would grab me in any colour. Today’s inspiration photo from rawpixel on has me reeling with possibilities in both the kitchen and in the sewing room! All I did was type “gingerbread” into the search bar of Unsplash, and my world changed forever!

OK, so it’s probably not really quite that drastic, but there is definitely some fun to be had here!

Getaway bog hop with Island Batik

While I process my newest ideas, and decide whether the gingerbread cupcake snow globe quilt squirrel is ...

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January 21, 2019
Snow Much Fun Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Welcome to the Snow Much Fun mini blog hop. Several of us are sharing out finished quilts. Over the coarse of last year we worked on a block each month on a winter themed snowman quilt. Many of the blocks were inspired by my boys, family and childhood memories. I did my quilts using flannel. One of them were done all in flannel, the other one was done with wool applique. Both quilts turned out to be yummy warm quilts that are fun to snuggle under with a good book next to the fireplace. Today I am sharing with you ...

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Snow Much Fun Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Welcome to the Snow Much Fun mini blog hop. Several of us are sharing out finished quilts. Over the coarse of last year we worked on a block each month on a winter themed snowman quilt. Many of the blocks were inspired by my boys, family and childhood memories. I did my quilts using flannel. One of them were done all in flannel, the other one was done with wool applique. Both quilts turned out to be yummy warm quilts that are fun to snuggle under with a good book next to the fireplace. Today I am sharing with you ...

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Black and White Blog Hop! from Sew Fresh Quilts

Welcome to my stop on the Black and White Blog Hop!

This blog hop is going to be four days of fun, hosted by the lovely Carla of Creatin'InTheSticks 

This little mini quilt was my second project I chose to make for the blog hop.

I'm so pleased with this fire hydrant block which suits these little black and white dog so well!.

I used corner tabs for hanging as this finished at 26 inches square.

And every once in a while you have a quilt that calls out to you looking for something extra. That's why ...

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January 20, 2019
Sewing activewear from Espritpatch

The first theme of the year for #Sewmystyle 2019 is to sew some activewear of our choice,  no specific pattern. Last year I bought Fehrtrade' s book Sew your own activewear but I never tried any pattern yet. The book gives the basic block patterns without seam allowance and then explain how to use and modify them. So there was a little bit of prep work involved even before getting to the cutting phase.

I cut the close fitting long sleeve top from the book. I cut the chest smaller than the waist/ hips and added about 1' to the ...

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January 16, 2019
Lots of Color Scrappy Strips from Heart Desire Creations

Two packs of bright narrow strips (Windham Foundation) turned into lots of sewing fun. What a joy to work with such bright prints! I decided to work with columns of the strips and added a wider black and white piece every so often. No real plan here, just fun sewing. This wasn’t going to be very big and when I finished this much, I took a picture. Oh dear, much too busy. It was almost enough for me to put aside but I knew if I did that it might not see the light of day for a long ...

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Getaway Blog Hop with Island Batik from Clever Chameleon

Cat on a Wall quilt by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Paisley Park meets Cat on a Wall

Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop. This is my last project as a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador, and accordingly, a biggie.

Back in July I received a “Surprise” package. Inside were glorious Paisley Park fabrics that had to be kept secret for the longest time! But today I can show and tell all. My instructions were to use as many of the different fabrics as I could to create a quilt of at least lap size. And if I wished, to incorporate themes of travel and destinations.

Paisley Park fabrics by Island Batik.
Paisley ...

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