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January 2, 2018
Fiber Tuesday 138 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week?  I am feeling so behind.  I work this week and one day next week, then I become an elf.  I've been running around so much lately attempting to put out small fires that Christmas got shoved to the back burner.  Now Christmas is around the corner and I am so far behind it isn't even funny.

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December 12, 2017
On Ringo Lake--Part 3 from TheEclecticAbuela

The mystery clue this week called for several karats of Diamond in a Rectangle units.


These are not sewn to one another--just lined up to show the mirror image units.





They weren't hard to make, at least until I needed to make the second half of the units mirror images of the first--Yikes! My mind rebelled for a bit, but I got one made and used it for a visual example. Spatial imagination is not my strong point. However, I did get them done--Yay me!

I'm loving this mystery and looking forward to next week's clue. I ...

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December 5, 2017
On Ringo Lake--Part 2 from TheEclecticAbuela

This week the clue was to make a gaggle of geese! 

Here are a few of mine:

Like real geese, they assumed the wedge formation.





My neutrals are a bit plain, but I found a bag of leftover bits and pieces leftover from other projects, and I wanted to use them up.

Clue 3 will be revealed on Friday, 08 December 2017. I'm looking forward to it!

I'm linking with Mystery Monday Sunday at Quiltville and Fiber Tuesday 137 at The Quilting Room with Mel.




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Fiber Tuesday 137 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week?  My day started nice a warm, we hit 70 early today but the cold is starting to arrive.  I'm so happy that it is cooling off.  I just can't get into the Christmas spirit without cold.  I don't know how you warm weather folks do it.  Though once December 26 hits I want my warm back.

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Fiber Tuesday 136 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week?  I hope everyone survived the holiday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.  We finished the last of the turkey tonight for dinner so leftovers are done!  I'm not sure I can stomach any more turkey for awhile.

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November 28, 2017
On Ringo Lake--Part 1 from TheEclecticAbuela

I am participating in Bonnie Hunter's annual Quiltville mystery again this year. The quilt is called On Ringo Lake in honor of a trip Bonnie took to Minnesota this year.

The suggested colors are chocolate brown, aqua, coral, and neutral. I'm switching the aqua for green since I'm not a big fan of blue.


Here are some of the fabrics I will be using. (I didn't photograph the neutrals.) I'm likely to find more fabrics to throw in as I go along.









The first clue had us making 9-patches.

Just a sampling--there are many more ...

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November 14, 2017
Fiber Tuesday 135 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week?  I am running behind tonight.  My internet has been funky since Friday and I just got it back.  It's not completely right but it's on and that means I don't have to drive somewhere to get enough cell service to post this thankfully.

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November 13, 2017
Fiber Tuesday 133 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week?  Well, my mini quilt didn't win.  It did, however, get chosen to go to Quilt Market in Houston.  I can't lie I'm a little disappointed that I didn't win but am thrilled that it is on display at one of the biggest quilting shows in America.

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November 7, 2017
Fiber Tuesday 134 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week?  Is everyone in the holiday sewing madness?  I am working on some great last minute projects because I know we will all forget a party or someone on our list that we need a handmade gift for.  Plus, I haven't done Christmas decor for awhile so as soon as I find my tree I will share those things.

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October 31, 2017
Kaffe Fassett and QSTs from TheEclecticAbuela

I combined large blocks of Kaffe Fassett fabrics with very subtle Quarter Square Triangles (QSTs) in this quilt for my stepdaughter. I didn't have a pattern for this one--I just made alternate blocks that I thought would be complementary to the prints.





The KF fabrics reminded me of vintage sheet prints.





Since the prints are quite bold, I toned them down a bit by using QSTs as alternate blocks.


The color difference is very subtle (almost too subtle, I think), but the QSTs are white and creme.




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October 24, 2017
Birds and Fruit from TheEclecticAbuela

I wanted to make a quilt for a friend, and I decided to use some panels I bought quite a long time ago with her in mind.


I rarely use panels, so I worked up a quick layout by measuring them and constructing alternate blocks in the same size.

The dark rectangles represent the panels.







The construction was easy, and soon I had a top.

Top before quilting



Luckily, I bought some fabric to match the panels when I originally got them--it was perfect for the centers of the alternate blocks, the backing, and the binding.


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Fiber Tuesday 132 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week?  I am waiting to find out how my mini quilt does in the contest.  If I win I should be contacted at some point on Tuesday.  I'm pretty nervous.  It's the first quilt I've entered to be judged since I was in 4-H and that feels like 100 years ago.

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October 23, 2017
Fiber Tuesday 131 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week? Last night at 11:45 I finished my mini quilt.  It went to the mail this morning and is now on it's way to Utah.  There's a picture below the jump of it.  It was my first mini quilt and it certainly is the last one I attempt in a week.

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October 17, 2017
Rainbow Scrap Challenge--October--Pink from TheEclecticAbuela

This month's challenge color is pink.








Once again, I made some diagonal blocks all pink and others half pink/half neutral. I also made some all pink straight-set blocks.

I've been thinking of how I will put this year's blocks together. I worked up a couple of ideas on EQ7 which I am still refining.




This one has arcs (like a rainbow!) of colors. I like it, but I'm not sure about it.




This one is straight-set--I'm thinking I like is better than the first. I would need to add a border to the top ...

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October 12, 2017
Fiber Tuesday 129 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week?  I hope all of you had better luck in your sewing rooms than I did.  I've been working on a new block for all of you.  Some how I ended up making a quarter of the block a different size.  I'm still trying to figure out how I did that.

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October 10, 2017
Fiber Tuesday 130 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week?  I always knew I was a bit different than the average person.  This weekend I realized that I'm completely whack-a-doodle.  I am working on a mini quilt, that needs to be in Utah by Monday at 5 PM, and I'm shrinking a queen size quilt to a 12" square.  I will be posting about it on my social media and here.  I'm learning a lot about dealing with little pieces.

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October 4, 2017
My Leader and Ender Projects from TheEclecticAbuela

Each year Bonnie Hunter has a Leader and Ender challenge. This year, her project is a Checkerboard Rail Fence


While I may make her project down the line, right now I'm focusing on my own Rail Fence version. I'm doing a two-rail block (color + neutral) with 2"x 3.5"rectangles. These simple units stack up quickly alongside the other projects I'm working on. My goal is to see how many donation quilts I can make with the year's challenge.

So far, I have two finished tops.











They look very much the same even though the ...

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September 26, 2017
Fiber Tuesday 128 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week?  This cold has a hold on me.  It has knock me down so far I stayed home from work today.  I've even infected Paul with it.  We are a hacking mess.  I need someone to send us chicken soup.  I'm also glad this is a virtual party so I can't infect any of them.

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September 21, 2017
Fiber Tuesday 127 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week?  My body doesn't realize it is still summer.  I don't mind a cold when it's cold outside and I want to be curled up under a quilt and drink hot tea.  Instead, it's hot outside and my nose is running like it's late for a very important date.

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September 12, 2017
Rainbow Scrap Challenge--September--Orange from TheEclecticAbuela

A new month--a new color. I enjoyed the neutral month; I used neutrals in several different projects. Now--on to orange (Just about the exact opposite of neutral!).

I'm continuing with the string blocks using the month's color. Here is a sampling of the orange blocks.






I'm looking forward to seeing how this quilt comes together!

I'm linking with Scrap Happy Saturday--Hurricane EditionOh Scrap!, and Fiber Tuesday 126 at the Quilting Room with Mel. Stay safe, everyone.







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