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June 20, 2020
I Love Scrappy Quilts! from TheEclecticAbuela

My title will come as no surprise if you have seen any of my quilts!

This first one is made of HSTs that I created from a batch of "creatively-cut" (AKA wonky) squares that I got from a friend (Thanks, Leesa). This is the second quilt from the batch of squares--you can find the first HERE.

Scrappy HSTs--64" x 76"

This photo is of three quilts (overlapped) made of 3.5" squares. I cut these from scraps and combine them with neutrals to use as leaders and enders.

Leaders & Enders Quilts (each is 64" x 76")

These also have backs ...

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May 14, 2020
odds and ends from Making A Lather

Oh my, I see in the picture, one of my shoofly has a HST turned the wrong way. sigh... I didn't see it before blogging about it.
In an effort to tidy around my sewing machine, I made a few random blocks. I need to attach a binding and if I don't clean everything will end up in a jumbled mess on the floor. haha
These shoofly blocks are made with the gifted hsts from the orphan adoption at Oh scrap.


I am linking to:
Oh scrap

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April 4, 2020
orphan triangles from Making A Lather

I won a quilty orphan adoption from Erin Hutchinson From My patchwork life
I asked for the little bag of HSTS 1 1/2 inch size for my shoofly blocks. Aren't they wonderful? Thank  you Erin - great fun

Remember as a little child, playing with paper dolls or colorforms or mosaics. I felt like that, as I ironed and sorted all the little triangles. I trimmed them, and, I was entranced with sorting them into color groups. So pretty, and many I had not seen in my own stash, So much happiness in a little zip lock bag.

And ...

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March 17, 2020
more triangles to do from Making A Lather

Just as I was running out of triangles for shoofly, I found this cute little gifted pack of triangles.

I sewed and sewed ...

And then I started trimming to 1 1/2 inch.

Last week's to do:
1. go home from the hospital - done
2. rainbow row by row in teal - some progress
3. border pieces for frolic mystery quilt - some progress

Dare I even hope to get something done next week? Staying home is my normal, so it doesn't seem like a burden yet. Jeff was supposed to stay in for 2 weeks anyway.

next week's ...

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March 10, 2020
Spirit Song Quilt Progress and a Puppy Update from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Look, you guys -- all of my Spirit Song Birds In the Air blocks are sewn together!  The top row of three 16" blocks are connected, and the remaining three rows have two blocks connected and one more block needing to be attached.  This phase is going MUCH more smoothly now that all of my seams are nestling nicely again, but alas -- my studio is not at all puppy-proofed, so I'm not getting in much machine sewing time these days!

Spirit Song Quilt Coming Along

I sewed and pressed exactly ONE seam this morning.  The rest of Sam's morning ...

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March 4, 2020
A Decision and some Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

A few weeks ago, I asked for some ideas on how to use some fabric I had in my stash to make a donation quilt.  You guys definitely came through and gave me a lot to think about!

Here were a few of the pieces I had on hand.  There were lots of designs suggested but some required me to go buy more fabric and that just wasn't part of the plan.

I really needed a design that would use the background fabric to its best yield and had pieces large enough to show off the dog prints I ...

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Inventory Quilt Project from Stitchin at Home

Have you heard of the Inventory Quilt Project being hosted by Just Wanna Quilt? The idea is to use one piece of each fabric in your stash to make a quilt to show your stash all in one quilt. You can use fabrics in one colour, for example or maybe the more the merrier version. I'm the more the merrier kind a gal with my project.

 I am one of the featured designers and my turn to showcase my project and pattern is today March 4th.

The pattern I'm using is called 'Flipping Out'. I know strange name ...

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February 28, 2020
Squeezing in A Small Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am extremely blessed that a lot of my clients share their scraps with me.  Every once in a while, long after I have quilted their masterpieces, they purge their scraps and bring me a bag of their treasures.

So it was fun this week to see the quilt on my frame where I was already using the gifted scraps.
Aren't the colors on this one yummy?!

I shared not long ago how I was creating some HSTs using Kona Shadow and some gifted scrap triangles from a friend.

Well, I am ready to share the little quilt I ...

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February 21, 2020
Another CIL Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I hope you are not getting tired of seeing all of these Covered In Love finishes.  But right now, they are about the only personal quilts I have been working on.  Today I am sharing quilt number four out of seven.  I am over halfway there!!

I decided on a diagonal layout for these blocks - so the light and dark fabrics flow right across the quilt.

You can see the quilting really shows - I stitched in a simple freehand ruffly flower across the quilt.

Kat had sent me a lot of large cuts for the backings.  There was a lovely ...

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February 16, 2020
Oh Scrap! Half Square Triangles from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

There are always multiple projects going on in my sewing room.  While I have been sewing up the Covered in Love blocks and my RSC blocks, I have also been working on sewing up some miscellaneous triangles that came to me in a scrap bag.

I paired them up with some Kona Shadow and have been trimming them to 4.5" square.

 I finally finished them and decided to start playing with layouts.  This is what is up on my design wall now.  I think I will go ahead and sew this up.  It should finish up at 36" x ...

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February 9, 2020
Tara from Sew Preeti Quilts

Picture this - About noon on Superbowl Sunday

Me: I am going to eat my lunch and watch TV. Do you want to join me?
Paul (reclining on the couch): Nah, I am watching the eyelid show.
Me: Ooh that is a good show.
Paul: It was greatly reviewed.
Me: Yup, I watch it everyday.

Later, during the 4th quarter of the Superbowl game
Me: I am done here.
Paul: Sup babe?
Me: My eyelid show is about to begin.

For the Eyelid Show

Here is a quilt perfect for use during a little one's eyelid show :-)
I am calling ...

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February 7, 2020
Covered In Love Finish #2 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Ta Da - Here is the second Covered in Love quilt finish. I decided to lay these blocks out in an asymmetrical  design.  It is very different looking than the first quilt I made using these blocks  (which you can see here.)

I tried to get a good photograph of the quilting but the weather wasn't cooperating.  When I can, I use the piecing to guide my quilting spacing so I don't have to do any marking.  This pattern I call a traveling swirl.  I used the intersections of the squares to space out the swirls - alternating the placement ...

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February 2, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Very Little Sewing from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

This last week was very busy for me, so there was very little sewing in my schedule.

When I did find a few minutes to spend in my sewing room, I worked on turning some gifted scrap triangles into some 4.5" HSTs.  When I am making blocks, a trick I use is to count a stack of 10 and then slightly turn the stack before I add the next ten.  This way they are easy to count once you need a final tally - you can just count by tens!

I decided to use some Shadow Kona cotton from my ...

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January 12, 2020
More HSTs in the bag from Art In Search

     Another HSTs bag was found marinating and these had black, white and greys. These also were parts of 2 layer cakes that were sewn all four sides and made into HSTs. I used the perfect slotted ruler to trim the HSTs befor ironing them open, so there were just 2 sides to trim. Much easier.
     I thought the black and whites had a lot of energy, so that gave me the idea to do zigzags. I used all the HSTs for this quilt. All numbered, clipped, and ready to web piece.

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January 9, 2020
Assembly required from Art In Search

     In trying to get a handle on the new year and kick the can farther down the road, I gathered the bags containing all the pieces for a comfort quilt, but were not arranged and clipped for web construction piecing. There were more than a few. Yikes. 
     My mother can sew small straight seams and is bored a lot. I try and give her pieces to sew that I can trim later or don't have to match. Making kits for her is time consuming and then I need to trim, arrange and finish- a reason the pieces get bagged ...

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January 3, 2020
Spirit Song Blocks Nearly Completed, Only 38 Blocks to Go from Cheeky Cognoscenti

So, in the midst of my sadness over losing my dog to cancer, I have not yet loaded the Jingle quilt that I was planning to start quilting between Christmas and New Year's.  That is a challenge that requires more positive energy than I could muster right now.  Instead, I've been piecing more of those Birds In the Air blocks for my Spirit Song Dress Code quilt, which is a total tangent (squirrel) from the projects I'd intended to be working on and finishing right now, but it's cathartic.  I had intended to use these HST ...

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December 20, 2019
Rainy Day from Sew Preeti Quilts

Once upon a time...when I was still new to this country, I went shopping in WalMart.
I came across a pair of orange flip-flops with nylon mesh fibers. When I slipped my foot into them the fibers were pressed and I felt like I stepped on a cushion. It was cloud heaven for my feet at a bargain price of $3.99.  Naturally I bought a second pair and took it to my mom on my next visit to India.

Oh yes, I have a finish!

Several months later when I asked her if she liked her new flip-flops ...

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December 1, 2019
Tentative Quilting Plan for Jingle and More Spirit Song Birds In the Air from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Alright, you guys -- my #1 priority quilting goal for the month of December is to get as much of this Christmas themed Jingle project quilted as I can.  It's not loaded on my frame yet, but here's what I've accomplished since I posted about it a few days ago:

  • Located a package of Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting in my stash that can be cut down for this quilt
  • Ordered and received a package of Quilter's Dream Wool batting to layer over the 80/20
  • Located the 108" wide backing fabric and prewashed it in ...

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November 27, 2019
I May Have a Scrap Problem... Using Up The Scraps! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Drum roll please...... 

I actually did some scrappy sewing this week!! 

You may remember this quilt that I made earlier this year...

This was a memory quilt for a customer, made from a well-loved comforter for her daughter.  Well, she decided she wanted one for her other daughter... this quilt, also made using fabric from a well-loved comforter, went on the frame today.  I'll share more pictures of it Friday!

But making a quilt like this - a snowball design - results in bonus half-square triangles when you make the snowball corners.   And I just can't let ...

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November 18, 2019
Spirit Song Dress Code Is Growing On the Design Wall! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  I finally got caught up with everything else in life that needed doing last week -- whew! -- so I rewarded myself with several hours in the sewing room, chopping up fabric with my Accuquilt GO! cutter and then sewing the triangles together.  Here's what I've got up on my design wall so far:

Spirit Song Blocks In Progress On My Design Wall
I felt like what I had at the beginning of yesterday was getting too bright and juvenile-looking, so I deliberately added some caramels to the peach/orange/coral fabrics and started mixing in some darker ...

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