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December 7, 2023
Hanukkah - Mini Quilt #49/52 from Melva Loves Scraps

A brief history lesson from and a mini-quilt, #49/52 in honor of those celebrating Hanukkah...

Each year, Jews around the world celebrate an eight-day winter holiday known as Hanukkah (also spelled “Chanukah” and several other ways) on the 25th day of the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, typically falling in November or December on the Gregorian calendar.

Hanukkah has ancient roots, commemorating the second century B.C.E. reclaiming and rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following a period of Greek-Syrian occupation and desecration of the holy place, according to ancient Hebrew texts like ...

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November 24, 2023
Thanksgiving & Traditions from Melva Loves Scraps

Happy Thanksgiving to all that are celebrating!

As so many of us are bustling about in the kitchen preparing our favorite sides to accompany the "Traditional" main course, I thought I would share my two latest mini-quilt challenges...

#45/52 was made using an orphan block, a variation of a dresden fan with a little turkey face.  Don't pay attention to the placement of his little hangy thing... Had I actually looked at a photo of a turkey before I did it, I would have seen that most pictures show that it is under, not over, the beak.  Oh ...

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November 22, 2023
A Finish and Playing "Catch Up" from Melva Loves Scraps

As last week came to an end, I put the final touches on Danielle's T-shirt quilt.  The binding was done on the machine, making it a quick and easy finish.  The label and the burying of the thread tails (it seemed like there was an abudance!) required some handwork as I enjoyed a quiet time watching a few movies.  

When Dave came into the house for something he noticed that I was watching the movie Fireproof... he quickly questioned why I was watching it then... and not in the evening when he could also enjoy it.  I wasn't ...

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November 19, 2023
Colors of the Wind ~ 43/52 from Melva Loves Scraps


As I stitched this mini-quilt, #43/52, I embraced the colors, and feel of the autumn season I had a flood of memories of when our girls were young... and the Disney movie Pocahantas.  The scene of leaves swirling as young Pocahontas sang the words of "Colors in the Wind."

The tiny pieces of fabric confetti were stitched under a piece of red tulle cut into the shape of a maple leaf.  The addition of some fall leaves cut from another piece of Thanksgiving novelty scraps makes a nice footer for the mini, don't you think?

The quilting depicts ...

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November 4, 2023
Inspiration ~ 42/52 from Melva Loves Scraps

Our trip is done, and we have returned home with our feet to the ground.  So, I thought I would make a quick post about the mini-quilt I did on the road...

Inspiration... It is everywhere! In the seasonal colors, whatever the season may be. It is another raw-edge Kawandi style mini.

Fall is my favorite season.  It has spectacular colors, perfect temperatures and the "Indian Summer" seems to last forever in our area.

What's your favorite season?

Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you!

Keep Piecing,


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October 22, 2023
I stand with Israel from Melva Loves Scraps

Below are items that saw on fb... I "borrowed" them as they reflect my thoughts and feelings...

Why does Israel matter?  

Did you know that the time clock of the return of Jesus Christ isn’t based on America’s timeline? It’s based on what is happening in Israel. 

Did you know Jesus wasn’t a “Christian”? He was a Jew. He celebrated and kept the Jewish holy days and customs, as well as the feasts of the LORD. He didn’t come to eradicate the Torah and writing of the Prophets / Old Testament. He came to fulfill the ...

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October 8, 2023
Houndstooth Mini Quilt ~ #40/52 from Melva Loves Scraps

My last min-quilt, the Baby Buffalo Check (#39/52), inspired me to design/make a Houndstooth mini.  As I searched for a detailed photo to base my pattern on, I also found a little bit of history on it...

"Modern yet universal, houndstooth is a staple print that never loses its luster. In recent years, there has been a revival of the two-toned textile as seen on models strutting down the runway donning new designer styles.

Houndstooth, also known as “shepherd’s check” is a classic pattern that coined its name after it’s resemblance to the shape of a ...

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September 28, 2023
Baby Buffalo Check ~ Sew & Tell ~ 9/25/23 from Melva Loves Scraps

This week's mini-quilt is a baby buffalo check #39/52... Inspired by one of Alycia's recent finishes, I thought a mini would be pretty cute.  Turns out, I was right... at least in my humble opinion.

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September 24, 2023
Micro-Green Mini ~ Sew & Tell ~ Sept. 18, 2023 from Melva Loves Scraps

Welcome to Melva Loves Scraps and this week's edition of Sew & Tell!  I've been sending out multiple invitations to other bloggers to join my party.  If you happen to be new to MLS and the Sew & Tell party... WELCOME! I think you will find plenty to ooh and ahh over.

When I finished Table Topper #4 in green, I set up a photo shoot in the kitchen... who wants to join me for a cup of tea? 

You can see more details of the topper, including the FMQ feathers at the highlighted link above.  After stitching the first ...

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September 14, 2023
Leaving a Legacy from Melva Loves Scraps

There have been many things that have popped up as life has been going on that bring me to this post about leaving a legacy...

The conversation with my Mom, the recent recovery of my business fb account and a conversation with Dave about the need for a record of the various on-line accounts and passwords... all of this, as well as a blog story I read from quiltblox about leaving a legacy.

And yesterday, as I created a mini-quilt to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, I thought of the many lives that were lost and how families had ...

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September 3, 2023
Creators Create for JOY! from Melva Loves Scraps

Life is full of seasons... and just the same as in nature, the seasons change.  As summer comes to an end, children return to school, the temperatures become more tolerable and as the overnight temps dip lower, the leaves change.

I have been wandering around in between large quilty projects, life circumstances and technological challenges.  I never doubt God's timing of projects.  As I finished the three custom t-shirt quilts for my customer, I suddenly had a detour (the health challenges of my Mom with shingles and helping my daughter process some disappointing news).  I am thankful that I ...

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July 27, 2023
Mini Quilt #30/52 ~ Summer Fun Kawandi from Melva Loves Scraps

With the dog-days of summer upon us, people across the northern hemisphere are seeking relief from the high temperatures.

What exactly are the dog days of summer?  The “Dog Days” of summer last from July 3 to August 11. In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat! Today, the phrase doesn’t conjure up such bad imagery. Instead, the Dog Days are associated purely with the time of summer’s peak temperatures and humidity.

This ...

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July 2, 2023
Mini-Quilt Challenge Update from Melva Loves Scraps

I've been really bad about monthly updates on my Mini-Quilts but I am still at it and getting them done on a weekly basis... though my social media weekly updates have been a bit messed up and I lost track of where I was.

But... not that I am making excuses or anything... we have been busy for most of June.  We just returned home from a trip for a family reunion in Illinois.  It was a pleasant trip with beautiful weather (i.e., lower humidity, few storms and no issue with the air quality from smoke.)

I am ...

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May 24, 2023
The Light Within ~ Sew & Tell from Melva Loves Scraps

Every once in a while, your path in life crosses with someone else and the 30 minutes or so that you visit with them, about once a year, they impact your life in a positive way.  

Ten years ago, a guy was walking past our house with his son and our new puppy attempted to tag along on their walk.  They brought her back and we struck up a conversation with him.  Tony... Tony the truck driver is how Dave has referred to him over the years.  (Yes, we do know his last name.)  Tony is an interesting guy and ...

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May 21, 2023
This & That and a Mini-quilt Challenge Update from Melva Loves Scraps

As I finished the Ribbon & Lace quilt, I was struggling as I was doing the free-motion quilting of the feathered wreaths, in particular.  The thread kept breaking when I was moving in one specific direction.  I could make the interior feathers without much of an issue.  I could do stippling and loops, again without much of a problem... but those outside feathers were a pain in my hiney!

I cleaned the machine... I adjusted the tension... AND I tried to slow the stitching speed... I had some luck with that for a while, but it became harder and harder to ...

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