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September 6, 2019
Still Solving the Mystery from TheEclecticAbuela

I've almost completed the mystery from Kevin the Quilter.




This is only a part of the top, but I'll get a better picture when it is done. I'm calling it Cherry Mash after the Missouri-based candy.

https://cherrymash.com/
Click photo to learn more about Cherry Mash






If you would like to make Kevin's pattern, the clues can be found HERE. Thanks to Kevin for the summer fun!


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August 17, 2019
Mystery Time from TheEclecticAbuela

As I mentioned last time, my pink scrap bins are full, so when Kevin the Quilter announced this mystery in two colors, I knew one of those colors would be pink.


I chose to pair it with brown--another color of which I have an overabundance.  In the first two clues, we made four-patches.


I did a mystery with Kevin last year with this result.


I'm looking forward to the next clue!

I'm also working on another project that I can't show yet, and I'm putting together more scraps for donation quilts. It is, however, time for ...

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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.

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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.

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

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April 13, 2019
Sand Castles Quilt Top from TheEclecticAbuela

I have put my blocks together for the Sand Castles quilt from Bonnie Hunter's String Frenzy.



This isn't the greatest picture, but I don't like to handle tops too much before they are quilted to avoid stretching the edges (even though I stay-stitched them). So, I simply draped her over the countertop (she's a BIG girl) to give an idea of how she looks. After quilting, I'll hang her outside and get a better photo.

She will likely wait until the end of the semester for quilting--I'm pretty much overbooked for work until then ...

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April 5, 2019
Still Building Sand Castles from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm continuing to work on Bonnie Hunter's Sand Castles quilt from her latest book String Frenzy.

I finished all the parts, so I'm now assembling blocks.


Here's a sample block.


 I love the way these are fitting together. The sashing provides a perfect fit for the seams pressed towards it. Everything ends up very flat and neat--front and back.

 

This is the back of the sample block.



For a little extra fun, I included this block. It may be a challenge to find amid the many four-patches when the quilt is done.

Where's Waldo?


This ...

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March 12, 2019
Happy String Break! from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm enjoying String...errr...Spring Break this week.






I cleared the decks of projects, so I could start an new one during this week of time off from teaching.


My new project, you ask?



Sand Castles
Sand Castles

This quilt is from Bonnie Hunter's latest book, String Frenzy. It includes string blocks and lots and lots (and lots and lots!) of four-patches.



As you can see, I've been working on the string blocks. Today, I'm sewing strips together for the four-patches.

String Blocks and Strips for Four-Patches

I'm enjoying a new project--and I've a long way ...

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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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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 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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October 10, 2018
Quilting teaches me.... Simplicity from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Introduction
I've been quilting for a lifetime, literally, and have come to the conclusion that we do what we love in part because it challenges us to learn. Anyone who quilts can attest to the idea of learning about fabric and supplies, blocks and backings, sewing and making. 
I'm exploring the other things that quilting teaches.

Erica's Hot Pink Girl
Simplicity is not something that may quickly come to mind when we think about quilting. After all, there are those fancy quilting motifs and, yikes!, those itty-bitty block pieces. What about this EPP business? Is there anything ...

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April 25, 2018
Lotsa Dots--A Mystery Quilt from TheEclecticAbuela

You know me--I love mystery quilts!

A friend of mine on a quilting forum provides mysteries for quilters who enjoy mystery projects. I have made several of her quilts, and though I lagged behind on this one, I did get it finished.

Meet Lotsa Dots!

Lotsa Dots (84" x 84")

Lotsa Dots (detail)

Lotsa Dots (detail)

Lotsa Dots (backing and binding detail)

Most of the fabrics came from scraps and stash, though I did buy the sashing and backing fabrics for the project.




Below are pictures of a few of the other mysteries Judy has designed, and I have enjoyed ...

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