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February 18, 2019
Weekly update: three finishes from With Strings Attached

I made two tote bags.  These and the two I showed last week comprise my One Monthly Goal for February. 

The bag on the left uses the same pattern as one of last week's bags.  Both of them have fabric that I used for these tote bags .










Ripples blocks were made by ALA Biblioquilters for the silent auction at the annual conference in June.  They are easy to make -- two 1.5" x WOF strips sewn together, cut into 2.5" sections, and pieced. However, those pieces are devilishly slippery and they twist the wrong direction.  After I'd ...

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February 17, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Corn from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Most of this week was spent working on other people's quilt.  So I didn't get a lot of sewing done.





I did get a yellow corn block completed for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Garden quilt.
It will finish at 8 x 10"



I am still trying to decide what other yellow blocks I need for my quilt.  Even though the pineapple blocks are cute, that is not a fruit you see in my garden.  But you do see bees and sunflowers, so I think I will maybe add those.

I think the quilt is going to be a ...

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February 11, 2019
It's a flimsy: Spare Parts IV from With Strings Attached

Here it is!

The Chinese Puzzle blocks were my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for 2018. I made a ninth block in brown but it didn't work with the overall brighter colors.

Two Block Lotto blocks are here. The Dresden sunflowers are obvious. Can you find the California Poppies ?  I sliced the four leftover poppy blocks diagonally and made square-in-squares with the purple tree block (lower center right) and the basket block (lower center).

The polka dot bubbles were left over from this quilt.

As I've done with the other Spare Parts quilts there's a block that repeats ...

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February 10, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Yellow from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

A new month means a new Rainbow Scrap Challenge color.
February is the color Yellow!


First up, I made two quarter log cabin blocks.  I decided to use mostly golds as they looked best with the more muted blocks I have finished to date.



And I also sewed up two of my zigzag blocks - one in golds and one in bright yellow.
I need only six more blocks to have enough for this donation quilt.  I have identified which colors I still need so its completion just depends on the when the appropriate colors are called. (Or I may just ...

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February 4, 2019
Weekly update: stash report, RSC, Lotto, BOM, and OMG from With Strings Attached

I've been mentally composing my report on the ALA Midwinter Meeting but until then, here is the quilting news:
Stash report, January:
Fabric IN:   35 yards, $34.81
Fabric OUT: 35 yards
Net:  ZERO    
Yellow is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for February.  My project this year is MonthlyColor + gray/taupe pinwheels, one for each day of that month.  I made these 28 during TV-watching last evening.


This month's Block Lotto is "alternating nine-patch." The nine-patches are maker's choice with light squares and inky-dark squares.  These were a snap because I used nine-patches from my Block Swappers ...

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February 3, 2019
Oh Scrap! - Kaffe Quilt Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been using my Kaffe Fassett scrap project (my initial post was here) as a Leader/Ender project and I have reached the next step of putting this quilt top together.




I started with these scrap pieces that had been cut to 2.5" x 4.5" and 4.5" squares.




I have been sewing the bits into long strips and placing them up on one of my design walls.  Just using my eye to come up with appealing lengths.  My next step will be to start cutting the background into long sashing strips and wider strips to even ...

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January 27, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Strings from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

If you have been following this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love playing around with string quilts.  So when I saw that both Moda and Humble Quilts were hosting Quilt Alongs that involved strings, I was all in.



A fun design has been tucked away in my brain for a while now.  It involves narrow strips of strings.  I will need a left and a right configuration and I am making them 5.5" wide.  I am going with three lengths - 10.5, 15.5 and 20.5" long.  I started with red because I ...

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January 21, 2019
Weekly update: eclipse and OMG progress from With Strings Attached




The skies were clear Sunday night making the lunar eclipse easy to see, but the 6-degree temperature meant I viewed it very briefly from our front steps.








It's much warmer in the studio!
I'm pleased to report that I have completed both parts of my One Monthly Goal for January.

OMG Part One:  assemble the blocks for the Good Fortune mystery.  Last week I posted the photo and the story of my travails.  I haven't done anything to rectify the make-do corners on the outer border.

Instead, I worked on OMG Part Two: assembling the 30's ...

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January 20, 2019
Scrappy backing from The Quilt Yarn

I had a fair amount of leftovers in all shapes and sizes from my recent pastel baby quilt. Initially I was going to buy a backing fabric but had problems matching that particular pink and light green, so I decided to try my luck with a pieced backing.

I have always wanted to do this, but was not really sure how to go about it. Initially I tried to work out a really scrappy arrangement in the EQ8 program by using a custom layout and then filling it in with the pieces of fabric. Now that would have meant that ...

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Oh Scrap! : More RSC Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I was so happy to read that Red was the RSC color for January.  I also couldn't wait to get back to making blocks for my Garden Sampler quilt.



Last year, I had already made a juicy red strawberry.  It was the first block I made for this quilt - just to try the concept out.




This last week, I added in a squat tomato.  I used 2.5" squares on this one.



I also made three little apples out of 1.5" squares.  I had seen this "eaten" apple somewhere and tucked away in my brain.  I thought it ...

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January 15, 2019
Weekly update: Mis-Fortune?, RSC red, and something new! from With Strings Attached



 Rip, rip, rip.  I wrote last week that I sewed half the red/orange blocks the wrong way around. But in this case half was better than all. I ripped, pressed, and resewed.
I attached Border #1.  
I attached two of Border #2.  
I discovered that Border #1 was upside down. 
I ripped one of Border #2 -- and then I found out that only one of Border #1 was upside down; the other three were okay. But the wrong Border #1 was *not* the one that I'd ripped apart from Border #2.  (Are you with me?) 
Then I sewed ...

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January 13, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Red from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I can't tell you how much I have been looking forward to having Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks to sew again.  It was great to get my red scraps (January's color) out and start sewing.




I haven't had a lot of time to sew this last week but I did get out all of my RSC blocks and see what I had left over from last year.  I still have about 11 blocks to make for my zig zag quilt.  I have a bright red from last year so I thought I would pull out some dark burgundy ...

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January 7, 2019
Weekly Update: winnings, fireballs, dots, and Good Fortune from With Strings Attached

Raffle Mania was the main event at Wednesday's guild meeting.  Members bring quilt-related stuff they no longer love. Raffle tickets are distributed based on the previous year's attendance (1 ticket per month, 1 ticket for wearing a name tag). Additional tickets are .50 each.  I got 17 free tickets and bought 20 more.  I contributed 10 5-lb bags of fabric sorted by color (20 yards per bag), two smaller ziploc bags with fabric, and four bundles of 10 books each.  (I was ruthless when I selected the fabric to donate. How many years have I had this? Does ...

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January 6, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Something New from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been putting a lot of thought on how I want to use my scraps this year.  As I was perusing my Scrap-A-Palooza gallery to come up with a new quilt design, I became side-tracked by my vertical pieced strip quilt.  Hmmm...I have a pile of leftover Kaffe scraps I would love to use up.  
This quilt will be perfect!



I quickly dug through the bin and pulled all the larger chunks in golds, oranges, browns, green, reds and purples.  I cut them up into 2.5 x 4.5" rectangles and 4.5" squares.  (I have ...

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December 31, 2018
Weekly update: somewhat biased, Good Fortune, something old, something new from With Strings Attached

I hope you and those you love had a merry Christmas.  We did -- candlelight service at 5 p.m. Monday, Christmas Day brunch at M.G.'s house with mutual friends.  I spent some of DH's generous Christmas check on fabric but still have enough to indulge at post-holiday sales (not just fabric but at other stores).  The weather has been relatively mild and snow-less.  The winner of the AAUW holiday raffle quilt couldn't attend the luncheon. When I offered to deliver the quilt to her she invited me to brunch on Friday. We had a lovely visit ...

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December 30, 2018
Oh Scrap! : Goodbye 2018 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Here we are at the last Oh Scrap! link up for 2018.  I want to thank all of you who show up every week to either link up your scrappy projects or to explore all the scrappy inspiration that gets shared.

I love our little scrappy community!



I have been working on setting these scrappy Splendid Sampler blocks I finished back in 2017.



I have finalized the setting and have been busy with quilt math and sewing all the bits together.  I was worried I would not have enough of the blue for the entire background so I pulled a ...

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December 24, 2018
Weekly update: a finish, a flimsy, and clue 5 from With Strings Attached

After all the activity in the first half of the month it was nice to have a less-busy week.  I had two executive committee meetings (one of which was the last since I'm going off that particular board after 16 years). Rotary meets for Thursday breakfast (last meeting until January).  Pat J's retirement party on Wednesday was a library family reunion with many retired staff coming back to celebrate her 25 years of service. 

We saw not one, but two movies this week. (It's nice to go to the matinee showing.) We saw The Favourite on Monday ...

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December 23, 2018
Oh Scrap! : Preparatons for 2019 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

The end of the year is coming up quickly. I have been working hard to clean up my sewing room and finish as many projects as possible in 2018.


I finished up the last block on my postage stamp quilt.




This block was in an area of the quilt where a lot of colors come together.  Once I got it up on the design wall in its place, it looks like it is going to fit in just fine!



In fact, look at what is all sewn up and waiting with its backing for me to quilt it up next ...

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December 17, 2018
Weekly update: holiday doings, catching up, and Clue 4 from With Strings Attached


The United Methodist Women had their holiday luncheon on Thursday.

In years past I've made ornaments as favors but this year I made coasters. (20 coasters, 5" squares = 2 yards of fabric used!)


Thursday evening I went to my friend Erika's P.E.O. chapter's holiday party.

At both parties we exchanged white elephant gifts.  I was happy to pass along some perfectly nice items I did not want. In return, both times, I got candy.

(Yes, I hang out with middle-aged/older white women. I fit the demographic.)








At church this morning the kids performed the ...

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Weekly update: Good Fortune and holiday flings about, out, and mostly in from With Strings Attached

Here's as much of Good Fortune Clue #3 as I was able to complete this weekend.  In the directions Bonnie cautioned to sew and press accurately in order to make the 2" bonus HSTs.  Using that method means that the units have very narrow seam allowances but it also means you don't have to make a separate set of HSTs.







Flinging about -- it was a week of holiday parties.   Monday: P.E.O. potluck and seasonal sock exchange.  Tuesday:  Zion Woman's Club holiday meeting (with a white elephant exchange).   Wednesday: Quilt Guild holiday dinner. We had an ...

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