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October 5, 2020
Chunk Churn Dash, Easy Breezy and a Whole Lot of Other Stuff from The Modern Diary

I pulled out my leftover blocks to see what I could use to make a bunch of Christmas stockings for the step grands, honorary grands and grands.  I have lots of stockings in progress now but no pictures yet.

Found these churn dash blocks left over from I do not know what in my bins.  Could not find another project with this size churn dashes on my blog so no idea why I made them.  I need to make at least one more in order to complete a tiny top....or make more so I can have a baby size ...

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September 1, 2020
Hold on to your horses! the stash report and OMG September from With Strings Attached

 I can't believe it either.  I made the blocks on Friday and Saturday and here is a finished quilt. Another no-deadline, no-destination project that went together slick as a whistle.  The back shows the curlicue quilting in the center and my go-to "almost feathers" in the border. 

Stash report:  

August fabric IN 7 yards, $6.50   -- a cotton bedsheet and a turquoise plaid XXL shirt at Salvation Army

August fabric OUT  101-1/2   -- all my quilting projects plus 6 yards flung with the Teal Swap and 50 yards flung to The Joyful Quilter for her Lutheran World Relief project ...

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August 31, 2020
Weekly update: current events, beautiful weather, and a new flimsy from With Strings Attached

It's been quite a week.  We live eight miles directly south of Kenosha where last Sunday evening a police officer shot a young black man seven times. Protests, looting, and fires followed.  We have not ventured to downtown Kenosha to see the damage.  We watched only snippets of the Republican National Convention and relied on the PBS Newshour for reporting and analysis. (And I watched Stephen Colbert's witty summaries, too.)

There was respite in nature.  Lake Michigan was placid and the water is still warm.   

I was going to the ravine on my walk and saw movement next ...

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August 4, 2020
Lots of Stuff Going On from Pinkadot Quilts

I'm a Cover Girl!

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July 31, 2020
Gifted from Sew Sunshine

A finish at last! I knew I should be spending some of my quarantine time finishing some of my UFO quilts. I started the year out so great and then you know how it went.  With some recent eye problems my great start to the year of UFO finishing was halted. I had a great opportunity to get a big quilt quilted on a longarm at my local Bernina shop so I jumped at it. 

One weekend I found this quilt top in my UFO stack and thought it would make a great graduation gift. I only had to find ...

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July 24, 2020
Homespun churn dashes and something new from With Strings Attached

78 x 78 and 5 yards used!

I have trouble making "unbalanced" quilts with an even number of rows (i.e, seven columns and eight rows). Does that bother you, too?

Here's the new project.  It was inspired by "Sound Check" by John Kubiniec (McCall's, March/April 2014).  He used solids.

The fun part is choosing the fabric!

 I've admired Wanda's (Exuberant Color)   16-patch block series.  I like the look with 30 patches, too.

Linking up with  Finished or Not Friday
and  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop.

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July 8, 2020
Ava's Garden Twin Size Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

Photo Credit Connecting Threads

Ava's Garden has been kitted by Connecting Threads in Wild Crimson in the Twin size!  This is a twist on a classic design and is oh so sparkly!

The Wild Crimson fabric collection is a great mix of shades of blue, deep red, tan, and cream with a lot of blenders that are so easy to work with.

Photo Credit Connecting Threads

The large blocks in Ava's Garden go together quickly, and would you believe this is a layer cake friendly quilt pattern?  Yep!  Toss in a few other fabrics and go!
Photo Credit ...

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July 1, 2020
Midweek / midyear: churn dashes, stash report, and OMG July from With Strings Attached

Rabbit, rabbit!  I snapped this photo during my afternoon walk one day last week.
I finished 60 9-1/2" churn dash blocks. They're my contribution to the Stashbusters' quilts in memory of our friend Marianne.  It was fun to choose a variety of prints and colors -- the only criterion was that there be a strong contrast.  I'll mail these today to Jean M. who's coordinating the project. 
Stash report for June:
Fabric IN:  31-3/8, $213  ($6.76 avg./yd.)
Fabric OUT: 49-5/8

YTD fabric IN:  405-7/8, $668 ($1.90/yd.) 
YTD fabric OUT: 522-1 ...

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June 29, 2020
Weekly update: estate sale treasures, churn dashes, and OMG complete and upcoming from With Strings Attached

This was a week of virtual conventions.  I confess that I let most of the hours of programming pass me by -- Rotary, American Library Association -- just too much to keep track of.  I did manage to participate in two ALA committee meetings.  I tuned into the message from the outgoing and incoming presidents of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, as well as the AAUW-IL year-end wrap up.  Meanwhile, Facebook had an Alpha Gam Stay at Home Convention. It was great fun to connect with so many sisters. I haven't been to an Alpha Gamma Delta convention since ...

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June 2, 2020
Finally--Some Photos! from TheEclecticAbuela

I am bad about putting off the photography of my quilts--and a blog post without pictures is a bit boring. I finally got some taken today--yay me!

Here is my version of Frolic--the Bonnie Hunter Mystery.

Frolic 88" x 88"

Frolic (detail)--I wanted to add Kermit the Frog because of a funny segment on Sesame Street that ended, "Everybody Frolic!"

Frolic (detail)--What's a busy scrap quilt without a Waldo to Find?

Frolic (border and backing detail)--Excuse the chalk lines; they will wash out.

Frolic (detail)--Cats, elephants, funny faces, and the Eiffel Tower

Frolic (detail)--Mary ...

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April 27, 2020
Monday, Monday from Pinkadot Quilts

So of course now is a great time to start a new project? I should be working on all the UFO's but for right now this is fast and easy. I also found out I do not have many dark fabrics......I wanted this to look different from what I usually do with light, bright, happy colors. Maybe this is a reflection of the times?

This is the state of my sewing room, last week. It looks much more chaotic right now! I am using a lot of big prints that can be hard to work with in a ...

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April 15, 2020
Dashing through the crisis from The Academic Quilter

Hello all! How are you all doing? Show of hands-- who has resorted to cutting their own hair? Who has thought about it? Yes, me too. I need to get this hair out of my eyes really soon. Although I'm out of contact lenses, so I'm not sure I'd be able to see anything anyway.

THANK YOU all so much for your supportive and kind comments on my last post. I especially want to thank those of you who are no-reply and I couldn't thank personally. I really, really appreciate all your kindness. I'm doing ...

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April 6, 2020
Churn dash top sewn from Art In Search

     All of the blocks are sewn complete with border. Have to think of what to use for the backing. I loved having this quilt on my wall, it was comforting. The blocks are 20 years old- 1999- that I found in a bag of donated fabric. They have some signatures on the back and are from the LLQA of Illinois. I live in Buffalo, NY.
      Now I have to find a suitable backing.

From the back here are some names. If anyone has an idea how I can find these women to show them what was done with their blocks ...

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March 24, 2020
Tribute to Unknown Quilters from Art In Search

     On National Quilting Day, I pulled out a stack of churn dash blocks found in a bag of donated materials. People give me stuff because they know I make and give comfort quilts. Sometimes, there are some gems of fabric or blocks found among the home dec and cut off curtain pieces. 
     The 29 blocks had some name stickers or names written on the seam allowances. I determined they were made in 1999 (some had dates next to their name) and they came from Illinois, because LLQA was written on a few block backs. I looked up LLQA and it ...

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January 10, 2020
A Block a Day for 2020 from The Chester County Criswell Quilt

I have a New Year's Resolution going on my Two Bits Patches Facebook page.  I'm sharing a patchwork pattern from the Kansas City Star newspaper that was published on that day. So far I haven't missed a day but I do not know how long this will last.  If you to share in the marathon just 'Like' my Two Bits Patches page, or like a post or two.  If you have a picture of one of the blocks in your own collection please post it as a comment so we all can enjoy it.  The story so ...

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January 6, 2020
Piece a Churn Dash Block – Mini Block Monday #1 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s time for our very first Mini Block Monday and I’m piecing a Churn Dash block! This is one of my favorites because it’s so simple, but has lots of fun variations depending on how you place the colors.

Looking for a pattern for this Churn Dash block? It’s all in the video! I’m trying something new with these Mini Block Monday videos and including all the information in the video itself. Just hit “pause” when you need to and write down the pieces to cut.

Is that just not your thing? Here’s a ...

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