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January 11, 2019
Clearing the Old Adhoc. Improv. Projects Out of the Way from Quilty Folk

*Don't forget! There's still time to enter the Strip Quilt Secrets giveaway over at my last post!*  I really don't mind having a whole list of open-ended projects to work on. It keeps things interesting as I can feel free to work on whatever phase of a project that currently interests me, be it hand work, chain piecing, layout dilemmas, or perhaps the addition of a new border. It honestly works quite a bit better for my quilting mojo when I'm not dedicated to working on a single project until its finish.

Playing With Scale #2 ...

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August 7, 2018
Hey Grandma! The Perfect Summer Finish from Quilty Folk

I told you. It's been time for finishing around here. One more quilt crossed off the list and it's already been used just this past weekend! Nothing like my girls having a sleepover for getting these medium sized quilts broken in just a little bit more.

Hey Grandma! a Finish
This quilt is 'Hey Grandma!', one that was inspired by a quilt hanging up at a flea market I went to last summer. It really didn't end up looking much like the original {tho I don't know for sure as I never took a picture!}. Regardless ...

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July 27, 2018
Organizing the Hand Work Bag from Quilty Folk

I know it's usually Adhoc. Improv. time of the month, but life has been hectic with a capitol H. We watched our granddaughter for a couple days, there's been family come into town to swoon over the new niece, we have a couple older uncles who are in failing health, a visiting sibling has been needing some hand holding, someone skipped out on their church cleaning duties, and all the other bits and bobs that make life such a fascinating experience to deal with as well.

Off On a Tangent prep
Improv. has been shuttled to the back ...

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July 17, 2018
How The HaHa Quilt Came to Be from Quilty Folk

Yay for me! This Solids Challenge quilt is finally, finally, finally at completed quilt top stage. Whew! It only took 2 1/2 years. If you remember, back in June, I mentioned cutting the border triangles a little too large. That promptly took me to the next challenge, what to do for an intermediate border?

The middle border
Somehow I ended up with the idea to sew a HaHa border based on a gorgeous quilt over at Nifty Quilts. That left me with a small coping border in between the HaHa's and the middle of the quilt that had ...

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July 13, 2018
A Great Summer Finish! from Quilty Folk

Although I am feeling a bit helpless in the wake of wanting to start so many new projects, my main focus has still been on finishing. Vintage Red was started in 2015 and now, three years later, it is a true blue finish! 

Vintage Red is completed!
I zeroed in on this red solid somewhere in my shopping because I've always, always admired that bold, vintage zing that make so many scrappy quilts shine. My quilt top didn't end up being a scrap bin type of quilt, but I tried to incorporate lots of fabrics into it. My ...

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July 9, 2018
Maybe I Should Just Make Baby Quilts All the Time from Quilty Folk

I had to laugh the other day while reading Julie's post. It must be a good time of year for planners and organizers to fall off the wagon en masse! My youngest brother and his wife recently had a little baby girl. And uh... well.., the rest of the story {understandably if you're a quilter}, writes itself.

Starting something new
That only-making-one-baby-quilt per-sibling, {no matter how many children they have} is crumbling quite badly these days. Once glimpse at the latest, but sweetest, niece or nephew and I'm diving head first into the fabric totes, potential fabric ...

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April 28, 2018
A Freehand Applique {Process} Post from Quilty Folk

*Warning! Picture heavy post! If you don't like talking about the details, better skip this post. lol  Yesterday, after sitting in a mechanics waiting room for 3 hours, I finally finished up the applique on my Big Basket quilt. Yay! After getting home and taking care of dinner, dishes etc., I naturally stuck it up on my design wall to check things out.

Ready for more applique stitching
Hmm.. It obviously needed another leaf. And I obviously needed some creative re-charge after my very long day. It wasn't any time before I was totally in the zone!
Thinking ...

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April 11, 2018
It's Looking Like a Finished Quilt Top from Quilty Folk

I am still crushing on this combination of blue, greens and blush pink. Not something I would have deliberately thought to put together, but somehow it all works to make me very happy.

Improv. Postage Stamp Basket quilt top
Originally the idea was to make postage stamp basket blocks with improv. string strips and then combine them with these classic looking pineapple blocks. That would have included some yellow golds and deeper pink and reds, which somehow was just a bit too clashy. Even for me! These improv. baskets have been an interesting experiment as they don't just scream ...

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February 28, 2018
February Adhoc. Improv. Play from Quilty Folk

The next AHIQ challenge is an interesting one. It's all about playing with scale--in whatever manner we'd like to interpret. I've been contemplating the idea of making a quilt with rows of simple blocks and/or shapes. Something in subdued colors and just playing with value changes to see if I could make something with an antique 'utility' look.

Playing with Scale--The start
It was an obvious choice for incorporating scale changes as I already had the fabric pull and rows can be easily tweaked for size. As I went digging for inspiration, I kept coming back ...

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December 27, 2017
Taking a Good Look at the Current AHIQ Projects from Quilty Folk

It's that AHIQ time of the month again! Considering how close to the end of the year we are, it feels like a good time to evaluate what projects are currently 'in the works'. Here is where things left off back in October for the 'Use Your Words Quilt', now changed to 'Make Beautiful Things'.

Make Beautiful Things getting a little border work!
Since I was feeling a bit lazy about taking the pieced borders completely apart, my goal was to find a small change that would make everything {somehow} work wonderfully well together. Hopefully with a minimum of ...

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November 10, 2017
Not My Normal Way of Working from Quilty Folk

This has been one of those 'what was I thinking' sort of quilts. All the time I am sewing parts together, my mind is wandering and it's so very hard to stay on track.

The largest chunk of my Straight & Narrow quilt sewn together
I can't say there is any real regret as this quilt will be very easy to give away and the time involved is not extreme. Even including the seam ripper time caused by random strips joining up in an unfortunate way! The picture below shows how it should look after the final rows are ...

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October 3, 2017
Applique and More Applique from Quilty Folk

There's been a little bit of progress on my 17ufosin2017. Mainly I was focused on getting this particular border finished up and sewn onto my Peachy Cameo quilt. Originally I was going to just have the simpler border work shown in the first panel on top. Bleh! Too boring. So I played around with some ideas and came up with the idea to add on the blue flowers.

Border work on Peachy Cameo Medallion
I was worried about too many 'circle' shapes and how that would look. Yes, no? and then in the end decided the quilt needed that ...

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