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March 25, 2020
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Help Out With Your Scraps! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Wow - what a difference a week makes!  One week ago, I was enjoying using my orphan blocks to make quilts - and I still have one up on the design wall in progress...



But then I started getting phone calls and messages from medical personnel who needed face masks, and wondered if I or some of my quilting buddies could make some for them.  And how could I say no?  So I started researching patterns, found one that seemed to fit the bill (after consultation with the medical professionals) and went on a face mask making binge!


And the ...

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March 18, 2020
I May Have A Scrap Problem.... Orphan Blocks! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Are you going stir crazy yet?  It seems like the whole world has gone bonkers, but we know the secret to staying sane - quilting!  I decided that while we are homebound, I am going to do two things - make lots of comfort quilts using scraps and stash, and I'm going to work on a Christmas wall hanging kit that I've had for several (seven?) years now!  


So yesterday I grabbed my orphan block tub (yes, that's it above, plus I found another smaller one hidden away!) and pulled out some pieces that caught my eye ...

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March 11, 2020
I May Have A Scrap Problem - Inspiration! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's been a while since I had the time to post on Scrappy Wednesday, because I've been trying to get my quilt studio organized and set up.  But I've been seeing such a lot of fabulous inspiration on Instagram under the hashtag #scrapquilt that I think it's time to share some of them with you!  


Isn't this a beauty?  I think that it's a Jacob's Ladder variation, and I love the contrast of the darks and lights!


This is such a great way to use up solid scraps, and the small ...

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February 19, 2020
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Reorganizing! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's been a busy week around here, and I'm  happy to say my sewing studio is finally starting to shape up!  My long arm machine is back up...


...and hooray, I managed to get my IKEA wire drawers underneath it!  At the other house I had plastic storage tubs full of scraps under the front of the machine, but I really don't think I want to do that here.  And that means it's time for a little reorganization!  

I think I'm going to use the wire drawers to sort and store my scraps ...

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February 12, 2020
I May Have A Scrap Problem... But I'm Working On It! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I am excited to tell you that I finished my first quilt top in the new house (with a LOT of help from my friends!) and it is a scrappy beauty!


It's a traditional signature block (5" squares with 2.5" snowball corners on the diagonals) and isn't that border great?  It's amazing what you can find when you dig through stash!  This quilt came together last Saturday morning when the quilt ministry ladies met as we cranked out the signature blocks right and left.  I drew the task of assembling the blocks into a ...

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January 15, 2020
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Something A Little Different! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's 2020, and I still have a scrap problem - how about you?  I haven't had much time this week to sew, or even check out the internet much, but I did come across a great new way to use scraps today.  And after all, everyone needs a new way to use up their scraps, right?


This was the first thing I saw - and as I have a pair of lampshades just like that, and I really don't like them, I immediately saw the potential!  Now, Pinterest is an amazing place, and when I started searching ...

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January 8, 2020
I May Have A Scrap Problem - Some Inspiration for the New Year! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, as before, there hasn't been any sewing going on around here - just a lot of packing!  Although today I did go through my 5" and 10" squares (all cut from my scraps) and pull together enough to make a quilt for a gift...


I'll need to get a move-on to get this one done before it's needed, so I will be doing a little sewing each day, I guess! 

And now, how about some inspiration to get you interested in using up those scraps?  All of these came through on Instagram in the last ...

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December 11, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem - And No Time To Sew! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I'm sure many of you are in the same boat as I am - way too much to do these days and not enough time to sew!  But that doesn't mean we can't dream, does it?  So here's some more inspiration to spark your creative juices and make you wish for a few more hours in the day...


Isn't this gorgeous?  The pattern is Slopes by Amanda Jean Nyburg.  What a great way to use up strings!


This pretty thing makes my fingers itch for a sewing machine and a mess of scraps!


This ...

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December 4, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Bringing In The Season, Scrappy! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, the holiday season has arrived, and with it more things to do than there are hours in the day!  So I haven't had time to do any scrappy sewing this week, but I did find some wonderful scrappy inspiration on Instagram, all of it designed to ring in the holiday season.....



A beautiful triple Irish chain in Christmas colors...


One of my favorite versions of the snowflake quilt that is floating around the internet these days!  I love the scrappy red background!


This quilt and the next are made by the same pattern, and both are ...

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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...


...so 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 20, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Time For Some Inspiration! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I hope you all enjoyed visiting Christina's blog last week - wasn't her tutorial fabulous?  I'm looking forward to making one of my own someday, if and when things ever slow down around here...

While traveling last week, I had a chance to wander around Instagram a while, and found some fabulous scrappy inspiration to share!  


How's this for a little low volume love?  I wish I had such a nice variety of low volumes in my stash!


I've never been tempted to do a Single Girl quilt before, but this scrappy version is ...

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November 13, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... An Excellent Tutorial! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

No, I'm not tooting my own horn talking about an excellent tutorial - I'll explain that in a minute.  We are in New York City right now, and as I was planning the blogposts for this week I thought I was going to have to skip this one, but my friend Christina of A Few Scraps posted a fabulous tutorial for her Scrappy Quarter Cabin quilt - and saved my bacon!


Isn't that gorgeous?  She has a beautifully photographed and very detailed tutorial posted on her blog right now for these fun improv scrap blocks, so I ...

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November 6, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... But I'm Working On It! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

The sun was finally shining today, so instead of working on my three My Small World quilts, I took photographs of about twenty quilts!  


Some of them are commission quilts, some will be gifted, and some of them will be listed for sale - because my quilt cupboard runneth over!  And just like using up stash or donating it, that just makes room for more quilts - which is a good thing, because as I just told my husband, I'm not going to quit making them!


However, I did find time to finish piecing the second side of my ...

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October 30, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Small World Progress and Inspiration! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's starting to get holiday-busy around here, as we plan and clean and decorate - but thanks to the #mysmallworldsewcial quilt-along, I'm managing to get in some scrappy sewing every week!  This week I did the easiest part of this month's blocks, the 2.5" x 4.5" flying geese.  Each quilt takes seven of these blocks, and here are mine for all three quilts...

Nathanael's...


Emmy's...

...and Lilli's!
The next blocks I have to make are a little bit intimidating - nineteen 1.5" x 2.5" flying geese!  I am thinking about ...

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October 23, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... My Small World and Squirrel! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict



Hi, all!

The leaves are falling, the temperatures are cooling down, the sweaters are finally out of storage - it's the best time of the year!  More time for quilting, too, and that means (maybe) working through some of those scraps that accumulate so fast.  And I've been working on it this week, for sure!  

I have finished this month's blocks for the My Small World quilt-along - five square-in-a-square blocks, three churn dash blocks, five orange peel blocks, and five bordered square blocks.  And since I'm working on three of these at the same time, one for ...

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October 16, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Great Techniques Make Life Easy! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It has been a busy week around here, but I did manage to make time to work on all three of the My Small World quilts!  This week I made fifteen orange peel blocks, five for each of the three quilts.  All of these blocks were made from 5" squares I had cut from scraps which made me very happy!

These green blocks will go in Nathanael's quilt...


...while these blue beauties will hang out in Lilli's version.


And for Emmy, whose favorite color is "rainbow", there's a lot of lovely color!


These blocks were ...

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October 9, 2019
I May Have a Scrap Problem... Fall Break Means Inspiration! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

This has been a busy week without much sewing around here, because this has been going on since Monday morning...


My grandkids are staying here for a few days while their parents are celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary in Disney!  So they are doing a lot of crafts and I am running interference instead of a sewing machine.  I did make some more blocks for the My Small World quilts before they came - here they are...




So, in the absence of anything new of my own to show, I thought I'd share some inspiration I found on ...

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