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September 27, 2023
Another Quilty Hug from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I finished another quilt from the lovely tops sent in by Becky.  

I just love how the colors in this one seems to glow.

I don't know the name of this pattern, but the block is really simple, and it would sure make a great scrap pattern.

I pulled a fabric from my stash for the backing that I thought worked really well.  I really wanted the binding to be that weird yellow/green so I hit my friend up who I knew would have something.

This quilt will definitely make someone's day better!

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September 22, 2023
Happy Hands Quilt #1 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Yay!  It is time to share the first quilt made from the current Compassion Quilt block drive.  

I give you Happy Hands!

I think all of the blocks for his quilt were made by just two or three people but I thought it was the perfect quilt to kick us off.  

For the success of this program, it certainly takes many hands to make is work.  And you guys are really stepping up for this one.  Stacks of blocks are showing up daily - some with added goodies like backings and thread. (I so appreciate your generosity.)  I am having a ...

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September 21, 2023
Four More Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I spent about a week straight just working on quilt tops that have been sent in by others.  Once I had a nice pile of quilts, I had to sew on all those bindings!

(Luckily, I have little elves to help me sew on some.)

Here are a few that I completed.

This is one that Becky sent in many months ago.  I love this coral and blue together.

The reason it took so long is I could not find a backing I liked for this one in my stash.  I rummaged through a friend's stash and found this ...

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September 15, 2023
The Big 3-0! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Yes, thanks to so many of you, I was able to put together 30 Color Stix Compassion quilts. 

I have the last three to share with you today.

Quilt #28 has a Halloween theme.  I received a pretty good stack of orange blocks with Spooky images to I decided to go ahead and make a quilt for a Halloween fan.  I made a few blocks from some Halloween fabric I had and pulled some blocks that went well with them.  I even had a little witch panel I was able to use in this quilt.

It is not a big ...

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September 14, 2023
Quilt Donations from Others from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Now that I am nearing the end of the Color Stix block drive, I am able to focus on some of the quilts donated by others.  You should see more of those being shared here soon.

The amazing Yvonne (Quilting Jetgirl) sent me this lovely little completed quilt (along with some blocks and thread).  This quilt is made from one of her fabulous patterns.  It is called Dripping Stars and I loved everything about this cutie - the design, the colors and the perfect quilting.

I have not met Yvonne in person yet but I hope to one of these years ...

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September 8, 2023
Color Stix Finishes #26 and #27 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 These color Stix quilts just keep on coming!

But I will say we are nearing the end - which is good because the Happy Blocks for the next drive are already arriving!

These bright colored quilts always remind me of Lifesavers candies.  

The colors in this quilt were inspired by the backing.  Plus, I had an abundance of orange and green blocks.  I think I had to make a couple of the yellow ones.

The floral fabric was the inspiration.  At this point in most drives, I am trying to use some of the smaller yardages for the backing.

This quilt ...

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September 6, 2023
Color Stix Finishes #24 and #25 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Sometimes in a block drive, I receive some blocks with novelty fabric in them.  Depending on the quilts I am making, some fit in and some don't.  So usually toward the end of the drive, I put them together in a quilt and make a child's quilt.

This block drive I felt I had enough to make two quilts.

The reason I decided to make two quilts was I felt the blocs gave out two different vibes.  This one is a bit more animal themed - with frogs, ducks, turtles and monkeys.  The color green also seemed a bit ...

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September 1, 2023
Color Stix Finishes #22 and #23 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Woo Hoo!  It's Friday and that means I have some finishes to share.

Can you believe we are up to finishes #22 and #23?!  That is amazing!  Both of today's quilts were inspired by a backing fabric I had on hand.  So that is how size and colors were determined.

I think I had to make a couple yellow blocks to finish up this pretty quilt.  Yellow blocks were pretty scarce in this block drive - I don't have a lot of yellow in my stash either.  But there have always been plenty of pretty green blocks!

This ...

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August 27, 2023
Oh Scrap! : A Sneaky Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Surprise!  I don't just work on the Color Stix quilts.

I had received about a yard and a half of this striped fabric.  It would make a great striped binding for the right quilt...but I doubted I would ever have a need for it. 

So, I decided to use it to make a simple scrap quilt.

I cut the fabric into 4.5 x 8.5 rectangles and went to my 2.5" square stash and picked out all the prints that remotely went with the fabric.  It was mindless work to sew those squares together.

Once I ...

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August 25, 2023
Color Stix Finishes #20 and #21 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 The two Color Stix finishes I am sharing today are made using some alternate layout designs.  All of the quilts I have made to date set the blocks in alternate directions.

I had an abundance of purple and blue blocks so I thought it would be fun to put them together in one quilt.  I stacked each color's blocks from light to dark.  Then I started laying out the blocks with the blue blocks going lightest on the right and the purple blocks going lightest on the left.

This might be one of my favorite finishes in this block ...

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August 24, 2023
Gifts of Compassion from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am still working away on quilting up some of the gifted quilt tops for Compassion Quilts.

Today's quilts are both very bright and happy ones!

This first one was a kit Karen donated.  All I had to do was quilt it up - she sent the top and the backing.  The binding I used came from Holly.  I have always wanted to make one of these scrappy Crayon quilts.

Looks like an extra crayon went onto the back!

I think this one measures about 36 x 45".  It was the last quilt to make it into the last trunkload ...

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August 18, 2023
Compassion Quilt #18 and #19 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 It is already Friday!

That means I have some more Compassion Quilt finishes to share today.

I have been hitting the longarm quilting on these tops really hard lately, so I have a big pile that just needs binding.  That means I will have lots more to share soon.

Quilt #18 is another quilt that was inspired by the backing piece.  These green, gold, and brown blocks look so pretty together.  It is hard to see but I laid the different colors out diagonally.

This pretty backing came from Nann.  She sent 5 yards so you will see more if ...

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August 17, 2023
Color Stix Finishes #16 and #17 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Blocks for Compassion Quilts have pretty much dried up so now I am able to focus on getting the last stack of blocks into quilt tops.  I still have quite a few in the pipeline to finish up.

Today I can share numbers 16 and 17.

Number sixteen is this lovely purple and green one.  I also snuck in a few brown blocks I had. 
This quilt measures 54 x 63".

My inspiration came from this lovely purple and green iris print that Nann sent for a backing.
The purple binding was one sent in my Gail.

The next finish ...

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August 11, 2023
Pastel Stix Finish #15 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I was so close to having two Color Stix quilts to share today but I just couldn't get the binding done on quilt #16.  It will have to wait until next week's post.

This is another quilt I made using a backing as inspiration.  The backing was all pastel colors so those are the block colors I chose.  I also had a large cut of fabric so I could make a nice large quilt.  This Compassion Quilt measures 63 x 72".

The backing was gifted by Kat and has Asian lanterns and fans.  It is really quite pretty ...

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August 9, 2023
Color Stix Finishes #13 and #14 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Thanks to one of my special local elves, I have two more Color Stix finishes to share today.

We get together occasionally and sew.  During her last visit, she put these blocks together for me.  She laid out the blocks and had the top all together in one afternoon.

I challenged her to come up with something that matched this flannel backing piece I had.  
I think it turned out pretty nice!

It measures 54 x 72"

She was so successful with that challenge I sent her home with a bunch of orange and a few black blocks.  The color ...

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August 4, 2023
Color Stix Quilts #11 and #12 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Yay!  It is Friday!

And that means I have a few more Compassion Quilts to share.

For quilt #11 of this block drive, I have been putting all the lighter-colored blocks aside because I knew I had a light-colored backing.  This one is just a rainbow of color.

It measures 63 x 72".

Karen donated this backing - it was one of her "christmas" fabrics but I don't think it reads as strictly holiday so I was able to use it.  I think it looks great on the back of this brightly colored quilt.

The blue binding was prepared and ...

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August 3, 2023
The Gift of Quilts from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am truly grateful for all of the quilt tops and quilt kits that I have received from so many generous quilters.  My problem now is that I am having a difficult time getting them all quilted.  If you donated some, please know that I will continue to fit them in as I have open spots in my schedule.  I hope to find some local help in the fall - which will be here before we know it!

I did get a chance to finish up two that I want to share today.

The first one is another one by Becky ...

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July 28, 2023
Compassion Quilts #9 and #10 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

You might think you are seeing double in this post!

I am still trying to use a few of my orphan blocks in some of the quilts for this block drive.  As I was going through some of my class quilts, I came across some pillows I made using a block a designed years ago for 100 Quilt blocks.  I knew they were 18" and would work perfectly with some of the blocks I had received.  So I got out my seam ripper...

I love how these turned out!  

Quilt number 9 measures 54" x 63".

Here is a close ...

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July 26, 2023
A Little Quilt Show from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 It has been a long time since I shared some of the photos I receive from quilters who made quilts using my patterns. I love seeing them and I thought you might too.

First up is this colorful Wiggle Time quilt.  Sadly I can't find who sent this one to me.  But I always love when quilter use a print background on this pattern.

Sue just recently sent this picture to me.  She has made quite a few quilts from my Wiggle Time pattern.  I love it in blue and I also love the diagonal grid quilting she did ...

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July 23, 2023
Rail Fence Finish #16 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have been wanting to get back to this quilt and I finally had the chance.

When I finished the first Compassion Quilt block drive, I ended up with a handful of rail fence blocks.  I was always planning on getting them into a quilt but I needed to steal some scraps from a friend.  Finally, we sewed together a few weeks ago and I was able to dig through her brown and teal scraps and pull enough to get these last few blocks into a quilt.

It is not very big (40" square) but I don't like blocks ...

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