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January 14, 2022
January's Placemats from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 One of my RSC projects this year is to sew my crumb scraps in the monthly color into placemats.

I have already finished them for the month of January.  I knew there were not going to be that many made because I didn't have that many crumbs in red.

Sorry - I forgot to take a phot of the backings.

But I did take a photo of the growing stack.  To date there are 29 finished.

I am already looking forward to seeing what the next month's color is.  I am really enjoying making these - they are really cleaning ...

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December 31, 2021
Seventeen is Enough from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 On this last day of 2021, I don't have any quilt finishes to share but I do have a big stack of placemats completed.

I decided last month that I was going to spent about 12 months sewing all my scrappy crumbs into monochromatic placemats and then donate all of them to a charity around the holidays next year.  In December, I tackled my low volume scraps.

Here are three red and three blue that were completed.

I am finding it most rewarding to be using up fabrics that I find undesirable on the back side.
Here are the ...

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October 31, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Some New Starts from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Even though the end of the year is still a couple months away, I am starting to evaluate my scraps to determine what type of scraps I want to focus on next year.  My biggest scrap peeve right now is my bins are full of tiny bits (or crumbs).

So 2022 is going to be all about purging those from my scrap bins.

I decided to go ahead and start this month with my gray scraps.

Once I pulled all the small bits from my scrap bin, I realized that a few crumb blocks a month were not going to ...

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August 21, 2021
Smokey Skies from Needle and Foot

I write a post something along these lines annually. That is because out here in dry, dry California we have fire season every year now. This year it started terribly early, back in June. A few weeks ago, for the first time, we had a fire happen very close to our property and it was scary. Fortunately the River Fire was contained in time but my husband did have the car packed and ready to evacuate as we were in the group that would be called next, if the fire spread. That was far too close for comfort.

Smokey skies ...

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August 18, 2021
More Donation Quilts from TheEclecticAbuela

I use 3.5" squares as Leaders and Enders which I sew together to create donation quilts.

Donation Quilt (74" x 80")

Donation Quilt (backing and binding detail)

This one will likely be used as a donation for my department's adopted Holiday Family in December.


These five will be given to Abilities First, an agency that helps individuals with developmental disabilities.

Donation Quilts (62" x 74")

I use scraps and scrappy bindings for these quilts. It is fun to look back over the projects I've done that year by revisiting the leftover scraps.

I enjoy making these--it helps ...

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July 18, 2021
The Positivity QAL – Link Up Number Two from Needle and Foot

Hello Everyone! I am happy to be hosting the second link up for The Positivity Quilt Along, hosted by Preeti of Sew Preeti Quilts. As you probably know, many of the quilts made during the QAL are destined to be donated to Mercyful Quilts. We are so thankful to Preeti for hosting this event and to all of you who have made, or are making, quilts for Mercy. I realize some of you have chosen to donate your quilt to a different organization and that is also wonderful! Your creativity, time and effort are hugely appreciated!

If you haven’t ...

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July 9, 2021
A Bit of This and a Bit of That from Needle and Foot

Life has been fairly busy around here – lots of garden time, some visiting with friends, reading books and, of course, some sewing. Let’s see what I can share with you today!

First up, I received two incredible quilts for Mercy Hospital! These were quite unexpected and I am thrilled to have them. My friend, Stephanie, is a local long arm quilter with a passion for purples and blues and a strong love of Kaffe Fassett. When she offered these two quilts to me for Mercyful Quilts, I was over the moon. Want to see them?

Isn’t this stunning ...

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July 2, 2021
Pretty Positivity from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 When I start a new scrap quilt, I never quite know how quickly they are going to progress.  A lot depends on the pattern and the availability of the appropriate scraps.

Even I am surprised at how quickly I finished my Positivity quilt!

I decided to go with gray, orange and turquoise for this quilt.  I had a large chunk of a gray that was gifted to me by one of my clients.  It was leftover from a backing.  When I get those generous gifts, I try and pay it forward and use those in my donation quilts.

The other ...

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June 1, 2021
Join Us from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Did you see the news that Preeti (over at Sew Preeti Quilts) is hosting a quilt drive for Mercyful Quilts?

You can certainly join me in the fun!

Preeti is sharing a free block tutorial and has designed up a bunch of different layout options.

I will be using scraps of course.  Scraps are always great for donation quilts.  And these blocks can easily be made entirely from scraps.

The first step for me was to look for what I call the "seeds" of a quilt.  Recently a longarm client gifted me a bunch of gray fabric that was left ...

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May 28, 2021
Coin Quilt Finish from Needle and Foot

Today I want to share the finish of this pretty coin quilt. This quilt started out on a whim one day a couple of months ago. I was cleaning my sewing room and attacked a pile of scraps, cutting them into rectangles measuring 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. I decided to concentrate on specific colors and then use the rectangles at a later date for a coin quilt. Green, yellow, pink and blue were the colors I selected.

Yes, the quilt has a bit of an Easter egg vibe but who doesn’t love Easter eggs? I chose ...

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May 24, 2021
Is It Really the End of May??? from Needle and Foot

Somehow May is just flying by! I haven’t posted since April but with good reason. Now that our family is vaccinated we have had lots and lots and LOTS of family time. Like many of you, we are making up for all of the lost time over the past year or so. It has been heavenly.

With all of the visiting going on, there has been very little action in the sewing room. Before I left for Washington, I did get my diamond blocks made for May. The RSC color this month is red and I have plenty of ...

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May 12, 2021
The Positivity QAL with Sew Preeti from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Are you looking for a fun new project and at the same time donate to a great organization? 

You want to check out the QAL announcement at Sew Preeti Quilts!

The QAL runs from may until the beginning of September so there is plenty of time to complete a quilt. I will definitely be participating.  I have donated quilts to Mercyful Quilts in the past and the quilt Preeti designed looks like a great opportunity to use up some scraps!

Plus, she will be offering the pattern for free and she has organized some giveaways for participating!  (If you aren ...

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April 30, 2021
Donating One from the Stash from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I usually try and donate about 4 quilts to various organizations as part of the Hands2Help  quilt drive.  Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict hosts this event.  Every spring I find myself frantically  finishing up a number of projects for donation quilts.

With so many finished quilts around my house, I decided to do things a bit differently this year.

What a relief it has been!

Remember this lovely scrap quilt I finished last year?

Well, it had not found a home yet so I decided to send it off to Covered in Love.

There are very few ...

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April 23, 2021
Leaders and Enders for Donation Quilts from TheEclecticAbuela

 I'm chain piecing miles and miles of  Leader and Ender (L & E) blocks for donation quilts.

For the past few years, I've been using 3.5" squares for L & E. Each year, I piece them together to make simple patchwork quilts for donation.

Because these are amenable to straight-line quilting, I am able to use the white-on-white (or natural) fabrics that have the thicker paint on them. These tend to shred my thread with FMQ, but quilting with my walking foot works well. Each year, I gather the blocks and assemble the quilts--it's fun to see the ...

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April 20, 2021
Dinosaur Quilt Finished & Delivered from Needle and Foot

It took very little time to finish up the whole cloth dinosaur quilt I made for our local Community Service group. It is great to have quilts available for children in crises and I think this one is perfect. Cute dinosaurs on the fronts and snuggly, soft flannel on the back.

A not so artsy photo – complete with ladders and scrap wood in the background!

The binding is a bold red and white stripe, leftover yardage gifted by my sister some time ago.

I quilted around each dinosaur and if needed (to travel to the next creature) I echoed some ...

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April 14, 2021
Wednesday Work in Process from Needle and Foot

Hello!! Just a quick note to check in with you this fine morning. We had a sudden thunderstorm last night which was fun. However when we have a quick change in barometric pressure, that triggers a migraine which was the not-so-fun part. This morning I am moving a bit slow and thought I would post a bit about what I am working on.

This week I made a few more placemats for our local Meals on Wheels chapter. Our guild is collecting them but hasn’t yet hit the number they are hoping for. I made five of them in ...

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April 9, 2021
The Last CIL Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Today I will be sharing the last of the Covered In Love quilts I finished up for Kat.  It is always fun to see all the great fabrics others use.  

The last two quilts I finished up came from the sunflower blocks that were part of the Nov/Dec block drive.  I think Kat sent me the last of the blocks that had not been turned into quilts.  The initial plan was to turn these blocks into two quilts - but I decided with some careful planning, I could make three.

I dug through my stash and found a brown and ...

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April 2, 2021
The First Sunflower Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am almost finished with all of the quilts I am working on for Kat over at Covered In Love.

The last blocks I tackled were the Sunflower blocks.  These were from the Nov/Dec block drive.  I think Kat sent me all of the blocks that were donated.  For this first quilt, I decided to piece them together so they form a bunch of sunflowers.

No borders - just 30 blocks sewn together to make a 60 x 72" quilt.

For the quilting, I decided to continue with the sunflower design and quilted chains of flowers at the block intersections ...

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March 26, 2021
Two More Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I was quite productive this week and finished sewing on the binding for two more Covered In Love Quilts.

This is the second Red, White and Blue quilt I have shared.  You can see the first one here.  I believe these blocks were all made last summer.  I think Kat mentioned that these were the last of the blocks from that block drive.

A bright red backing and bright blue binding finished everything off nicely.  

Here is another finish.  I think this one is my favorite.  I love the mix of different sized stars with the framed blocks.  The colors ...

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March 24, 2021
Hands2Help Quilt Drive from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Today I just want to remind everyone that the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge has begun!

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Every year the wonderful Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict holds an event where hundreds of quilts get donated to charities.  It is an event that I have participated in for years.    

You can read more about the event here.

I think this event is a great way to use your scraps to create a fun quilt.  This is a simple quilt I made using a rainbow of colors.  The zig zag blocks are made with 2.5" strips.

This is one I ...

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