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July 12, 2019
Finally...Some CIL Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Every time Kat over at Kat & Cat Quilts puts out a call for Covered in Love blocks, I always have the intention of making some.  Sadly, I rarely follow through with those intentions…

But this month I made it a priority and finished up some red, white and blue 12" maverick star blocks to send her way.  It is just a design I made up so I could use fabrics from my scrap bins.

I have a few bits of red, white and blue patriotic scraps and decided to start with those in the center of the blocks.  Then it ...

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July 11, 2019
Time to Catch Up! from TheEclecticAbuela

I finally got some photos of the work I've been doing.


Donation Quilts

I cut flannel scraps to make donation quilts. You can see the first batch HERE. They were kid size and made with kids' prints. The next ones were for adults.

Two with many florals

Three with plaids, stripes, and more

I layered them on the fence to take photos. They aren't identical, but they are made with the same mix of fabrics. All five are 60" x 72" and are backed with flannel.


I've been using my 3.5" squares as Leaders/Enders this ...

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April 26, 2019
Finish Number One from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

A few weeks ago, I shared a bin of fabric I received from a friend and wondered how many quilts I could make from all the fabric.

Well, I am ready to share finish number one!
One hundred percent of the fabrics came out of the bin.

All of the fabrics appear to be from Australia.  For this first quilt, I simply cut a bunch of 4.5" squares and went with a simple patchwork.  I focused on cutting all of the smaller pieces of scraps and leaving any large cuts for future quilts.

There are so many fun designs ...

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April 25, 2019
More Donation quilts from Notes from Studio B

In my effort to use up every bit of the scraps that I was given, three more donation tops are ready to quilt. The first is the pieced circles I've been working on for a couple of weeks, the second is the remainder of those scraps and some other fabric I was given and the third is from some lavender and green scraps. All three are layered and ready for me to quilt. The third one looks pink but is definitely lavender with a bright aqua background, the lighting on my design wall is not very good sometimes.

2019 ...

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April 12, 2019
A Colorful Quilty Hug from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

There is a wonderful event going on right now hosted by the wonderful Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Every year she organizes a quilt drive called Hands2Help.  Hundreds of quilts get donated to some wonderful organizations and I try and participate every year.

I usually finish up one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts for the event.  Because they are so bright and colorful, they make a wonderful quilty hug.

I just finished up my rainbow zigzag quilt.  It is made with 2.5 x 4.5" rectangles and finished out as a 12" block.  And everything ...

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April 4, 2019
Second 2019 Daily Stitching Started from Notes from Studio B

I've started daily stitching #2, same size napkin, but this time I've started in red. So far I've got the outer circle done in a stem stitch and have the inner circle partially done. IN the photos below hopefully you can see the woven in pattern that I followed (greek key) the last time. This time it will be done a little differently, but I'm not sure how yet.

The interior of the circle is a woven in floral, and like the last one I will not be following it. I'm still mulling over what ...

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April 3, 2019
Odds & Ends from Needle and Foot

I am supposed to be at a class today. I have been really looking forward to it – Mel Beach came up from the South Bay to teach a workshop for our guild. But, as you can probably guess, the past two days were migraine days and I am wiped out today. It seemed ‘too difficult’ to cart the sewing machine and supplies and be in class, listening and comprehending a technique today. The day or two after a migraine are just weary for me. So, I am home.

I thought I would catch up with you. It has been a ...

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March 12, 2019
Guest Posting at Confessions Of a Fabric Addict Today from Needle and Foot

Good morning! Just popping in to let you know I am guest posting over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict today. I am thrilled to tell you that Mercyful Quilts is one of the recipients of the quilts made for the 2019 Hands2Help event hosted each year by Sarah!!

Each day this week on Sarah’s blog, a representative for the charitable organizations receiving quilts this year is posting about their group or charity. I have a post about Mercyful Quilts on her blog today. I hope you will hop over to read more about the event and ...

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February 26, 2019
A VERY Full Post from TheEclecticAbuela

I've been sewing, but I fell behind on my photography, so hold on to your hats--lots of stuff in this post!

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February 8, 2019
VIntage Panel Finish from Needle and Foot

Happy Friday everyone!  It has been really busy here between the shop, the usual migraine nonsense and… wait for it…. getting ready to leave for Vermont!  I am going to be watching my grand daughter for three weeks.  Her mama has to go to Washington DC for a month long training session and asked if I would come and help out while my son is with H.  He commutes a fair bit to work and back which makes H’s daycare time much longer if he is on his own with her.  Between that and snow days and the usual ...

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January 31, 2019
Taking advantage of a sunny day from Notes from Studio B

I had a pack of 5 inch squares that I had purchased for a donation quilt so I spent some sewing time getting it this far. I need to add some borders to make it a bit larger.

 We've had sunshine and unlike many parts of the country it's been quite warm (at least for January). I took advantage of that sunshine, used some black solar fast and printed a few leaves. At least one of them will show up soon as a weekly leaf.
The top two are on vintage silk drapery fabric, beige on the left ...

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January 27, 2019
Flannel Donation Quilts from TheEclecticAbuela

In an earlier post, I showed how I cut up a bunch of my flannel scraps and kitted them into quilts. You can see that post HERE.

Here are my first two completed quilts. They are 48" x 60". (They really aren't as wonky in shape as the picture would indicate--I've got vines on the fence behind them!.)

Flannel Donation Quilts

Backing and Binding (detail)

Lots of Different Fabrics! (detail)

Flannel Donation Quilt (detail)

These are made of leftovers from other quilts, nightgowns, and anything else I could find.

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January 17, 2019
Keeping Busy in the Studio from Notes from Studio B

I'm going to start this with an apology for some of the pictures, the light this season has been dismal. We have been experiencing a temperature inversion, which gives us grey skies. The wind blew and it rained last night which helps clear out the inversion, but now we have a grey rainy day. I've been spending most of my time in the studio, my happy place! As long as I'm creating I can shrug off the grey weather.

In late December I was given a bag of scraps to use for donation quilts. I've made ...

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January 4, 2019
A Link In The Chain from From the Strawberry Patch...

This quilt top came to me through a circuitous route, along with other tops and tote bags full of fabric. They came from a dear friend and fellow church member for our group to tie and donate to North American Lutheran Church Disaster Response; should the need arise, quilts will be ready. This particular top languished in the closet. It is a spectacular work of scrap usage and meticulous

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A Link In The Chain from From the Strawberry Patch...

This quilt top came to me through a circuitous route, along with other tops and tote bags full of fabric. They came from a dear friend and fellow church member for our group to tie and donate to North American Lutheran Church Disaster Response; should the need arise, quilts will be ready. This particular top languished in the closet. It is a spectacular work of scrap usage and meticulous

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December 17, 2018
Flannel Scraps from TheEclecticAbuela

About a month ago, I organized my fabric. I pulled out all the leftover flannel scraps from other projects and started cutting them into usable sizes.

I cut 2.5", 3.5", and 6.5" squares. I put the 2.5" squares together in nine-patches and the 3.5" into four-patches. Now everything measured 6.5", and I kitted them up for throw-size quilts.

I kitted kids' flannel into 80 units per bag. The quilts are/will be 8x10 blocks (48" x 60" finished). The other fabrics, I planned for adult quilts at 10x12 blocks (60" x 72" finished). In ...

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December 6, 2018
More Donation Quilts from Notes from Studio B

A couple of weeks ago I was given a couple of pieces of fabric to use in donation quilts and I now have one done and one waiting for me to quilt it.
This is the finished one, the very brightly patterned fabric in the stars is what I was given.

This one is ready to quilt, the grey background print is what I was given.

I used up every single bit of the two fabrics and it was a fun divergence.

This morning the Art Guild met to change art at the various locations we have around town. I ...

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December 4, 2018
Good Fortune Clues 1 & 2 and Donation Quilts from TheEclecticAbuela

Yay for Mystery Quilts! I'm enjoying Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune Mystery.

Clue #1

Clue #2

And a selection of each

Five Leader/Ender Donation Quilts--I provide only one picture, but all are 3.5" (unfinished) squares arranged the same way. Sizes: 2@ 67"x86" and 3@ 62"x74"

I'll be linking with Quiltville's Monday Mystery Link-up.

Soon it will be time for Winter Break--yay! I'm ready for some serious quilting time.

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November 21, 2018
Twisted Quilt is Finished! from Needle and Foot

I haven’t finished a quilt for such a long time.  This one feels great! Partly because I started it in June, 2017 so it has been around for a while.  But also in part because I am donating it to the Mercyful Quilt drive that I have been hosting over these past weeks.

Surely I am not alone in the feeling of intention that comes along when making a quilt for a specific purpose.  When I began making this quilt, I chose it because I love the Twisted pattern, the lattice look of it.  I was happy because I ...

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November 14, 2018
The First Small Quilt Purge from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Because it might bring comfort and hope to someone needing a hug...

Because I feel blessed while others are given a difficult hand in life....

Because I am able to...

As the holidays approach, I always find myself going through my piles of quilts and distributing them to various organizations.  There is so much need this time of year.  I get so much enjoyment out of making them - I am happy that I can let so many of them go to find a new home.

These three will be going off to Bags of Love this next week.  The sole ...

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