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September 22, 2017
Delilah Quilt - Block 6 from Sew Some Sunshine

Month six of the Delilah Quilt is the In Orbit block, with a center perfect for fussy cutting.  If you are following along I discussed this block in my last post, including a short tutorial for inserting the center star into the block.  Here's the final roundup of all four versions.

My favorite is the top left, but I love all of the combinations.  It really is a lot of fun determining which fabrics to use in each one.  Now, on to the next block!

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.

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September 20, 2017
I May Have a Scrap Problem... Not Getting Much Better! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Wow, it has been a week!  I had so many commitments, and so many other things going on, that I didn't get much done on the scrap sewing front.  Boo!

I did, however, get my Gypsy Wife block for this week done!  This block is called Indian Hatchet, and the one on the left is for my GW quilt.  The one on the right is for the Michael Miller Friendship Quilt project, and is made from fabrics provided by Michael Miller Fabrics at QuiltCon.  The fabrics have been sitting on my worktable since February and it feels ...

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September 18, 2017
rows of pinning from Making A Lather

It is time to start the rows of Carolina Crossroads quilt. This part is a little tedious since I do better if I pin intersections and they are only 1 inch apart. That is a lot of pinning. I think what I will do is pin a row while I am watching tv in the evening and then sew it in the morning and then repeat.

It is always easy to put the first 2 rows together because they are short.

I have put this together as a leader/ ender while I worked on glitter blocks. I can make at ...

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September 13, 2017
blocks en provence from Making A Lather

I have been sewing En Provence blocks - a quiltville mystery from last year. There are many pieces in each block and 16 blocks. I am very happy with how well the blocks are piecing. I planned on trimming them, but very few needed any attention.

 The sashing strips are going to create a secondary star pattern - pretty exciting

 I try to make at least one glitter - Jen Kingwell block a day, because they are just fun. I don't want to focus on them just yet, so just a block or two keeps it going.

And in between en provence ...

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I May Have A Scrap Problem... A Little Stashbusting! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's been a busy week!  I have to say, I've been doing more stash busting than scrap sewing this week, because of the "A Heart For Texas" pillowcase drive.  I've made more than a few pillowcase kits...

This isn't even all of them - I've put together 47 kits so far, some of which have been sewn up and others which will be sewn this Wednesday and Saturday.  Each one takes about a yard of fabric, so they're eating up the smaller pieces of fabric that have been languishing in my stash!  It ...

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September 7, 2017
In Orbit Tutorial - Delilah Block 6 from Sew Some Sunshine

Back to another installment for Delilah.  Well, we've made it to Block 6, In Orbit.  No curves, good news! Crazy y-seam block construction = another test of patience and precision.  If I can do it, so can you.

The directions that come with the templates are pretty light.  I think they assume a lot of prior knowledge and skill on the part of the person sewing.  It took me a bit to figure this one out and thought people might like some help.  Here's how I managed the y-seam to inset the four point portion of the block.  Just ...

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September 6, 2017
I May Have a Scrap Problem... Progress on Gypsy Wife! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

As I sit here writing, I'm looking out at a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico. We leave for home tomorrow, and while I've had a great time on vacation, I'm ready to get home to my own studio!  I've got a massive short term project coming up and it's been hard to coordinate long-distance - I'll be glad to get to where all my things are again.  More about that project in a few!

But for right now, here's the next block for my Gypsy Wife quilt...

This one is ...

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August 30, 2017
Schattig blokje! from M. Brito de Campos

Wat een schattig lief blokje.
Zulke leuke kleurtjes.

Het bestaat maar uit VEERTIG stukjes!
(waarvan 8 met gebogen zijkanten 
en dat zijn 16 gebogen naadjes!)
Het naaien van de ovale vormpjes is af en toe 
gewoonweg levensgevaarlijk!
Het lijkt wel een eng beest uit een vreselijke film!
Ik heb een paar gebogen naadjes met de hand gedaan, 
maar dat vind ik echt helemaal niks.
Daarom de rest met de machine genaaid.
Dat ging op zich prima.
Maar de voorbereiding van zo'n naadje 
is meer werk dan het in elkaar naaien 
van de rest van het blokje.
En dan wordt ...

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I May Have A Scrap Problem... Another Block, and Inspiration! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

As you may have already read, I'm on vacation this week!  But I made some blocks for my Gypsy Wife quilt ahead so I'd have them to share, plus I've seen some beautiful stuff online to inspire you! 

So here's this week's Gypsy Wife block...

This one's called "Hope From Hartford".  I am really loving the way these blocks look in Kate Spain's Latitude batiks!  Next week I'll show you a picture of all my blocks together.

And now for some inspiration!  Last week I saw a really cute pincushion ...

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August 27, 2017
Stash report Aug 27, 2017 from Making A Lather

I found some oldies but goodies at a street fair this week

 I just love the older fabric. And the colors will fit in anywhere in a quilt. The one on the left looks like a fabric Jen Kingwell would use in her quilts. I came of age quilting during the floral era, so I will always love them, but I am saving some of them for Bonnie Hunter's floribunda quilt

The sides of the wool bag have to be hand stitched with linen thread wrong sides together. I can only do this a little at a time or ...

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August 25, 2017
odds and ends from Making A Lather

This week we have had 4 doctor visits. Nothing major, just time to check on a few things, but what a time sucker that has been. So, I have made a little progress each day on several projects.

The last of the green beans...

And a try at dill pickles... This year has been the best year for cucumbers. We have zillions of them. Don't you wonder why some years are better than other years for different veggies in the garden?

I made 12 saw tooth star blocks for civil war Christmas quilt

More box kite blocks - I can ...

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August 23, 2017
I May Have A Scrap Problem...Table Runners! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

After last week's post about pillow covers, it occurred to me that I have made a couple of table runners from scraps - it's another great, quick and simple way to use up scraps from a project and they make fabulous gifts!

This table runner was made with the trimmings from this quilt... it was truly made from scrap - the pieces that would normally have been thrown away.  And yet it's one of my favorite pieces!

And this pretty little runner, made with what I trimmed away from the polaroid blocks in my daughter's ...

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August 20, 2017
Delilah Quilt - Block 5 from Sew Some Sunshine

Yes, it's August, but we're heading back to July for the next installment in the Delilah Quilt. Block 5 is the North Star block, measuring in at 9 inches finished.  This month required making five of these blocks.  While they were easier to sew than other months (no curves), the cutting was a little trickier. I'll explain.

There are three shapes to this block.  For each fabric you need to cut four pieces from that fabric if you are sticking to a less scrappy version of the block, which I am here.  These pieces are directional, so ...

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Stash report Aug 20, 2017 from Making A Lather

I found 10 fat quarters for 1.00 at a local flea market.

I found these as well. I love the yellow

I have another batch of glitter blocks finished. I am trying to use backgrounds that are just not cream or white. I struggle with that, but I know that is what I liked about the original quilt by Jen Kingwell.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 23 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 303 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this Week:  11 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 263.5 yards

Net Fabric for 2017: 40 yards used ...

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August 16, 2017
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Pillows! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

This week I found a great pin on Pinterest and immediately put it in my Oh Scrap! page - but it got me started thinking about another great way to use your scraps!

Isn't that a great pillow?  It's even finished in my favorite way - with binding, just like a quilt.  This is a quick, easy way to refresh your house, even providing seasonal pops of color.  Here are some scrappy pillows I've made recently...

This pillow was made literally from the tiny scraps left over from a quilt I made...

...and this one was made ...

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August 9, 2017
I May Have A Scrap Problem... And So It Begins! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Wow, it seems like a long time since I've written one of these posts!  I find that I now miss all the scrappiness - definitely a good thing, since I have so many scraps to use up.  And today I'm starting a quilt that caught my imagination long ago, but I didn't accept that it was "do-able" until I finished my Long Time Gone quilt recently!

So this is my next project!  Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell.  As usual, I'm a day late and a dollar short - there's a quilt-along on Instagram for this ...

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August 4, 2017
Delilah Quilt - Block 4 from Sew Some Sunshine

Block 4 of the Delilah Quilt template of the month program certainly made for a challenge.  If you've been following along, the first three months called for making two 12 inch blocks each.  For me, the biggest learning curve has been machine piecing the curved sections for each block.  For some tips, check back to the first block post here.  For block #4 - Fairhaven, the challenge went even further, make three blocks each with 16 very small curved seams!  I will admit to some frustration with the first block, but by the third one I was sewing with a ...

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how i do the glitter block from Making A Lather

mill girls is on the long arm frame with a wool batt.

woohoo - I am taking my time on this one.

I took pictures of my process on the Jen Kingwell glitter block. Maybe it will help someone else.
There are several pieces to the block and I need to use the templates for marking at the machine. There are 5 pieces of the main fabric 4 pieces of the  accent fabric and 4 pieces of background fabric. They need a press.

Since there are 2 seams for the center, I start with that seam. I line up the main ...

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August 1, 2017
glitter from Making A Lather

I have more glitter (Jen Kingwell) blocks done. I am trying to be more creative with the backgrounds, since I think that is why I liked the quilt in the first place. But I don't want to be too creative and then hate it. lol
I definitely gravitate toward the light prints for the backgrounds.

So far, I have used a scrap bag from an estate sale to cut the blocks.

I have a pinterest board of other Jen kingwell quilts for inspiration here

so fun... keep making more...

I am linking to:
Fiber Tuesday - I am featured this ...

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July 29, 2017
Marina's Quiltzomer 38. from M. Brito de Campos

Alle 5 sterren van blok 5 zijn klaar.
Ik ga nu eens ronde naden proberen.
Op de naaimachine.

Zomerse groeten, Marina.

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