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March 29, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Insanity from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

First, sorry if I didn't respond to some of your comments.  For some reason comment notifications quit coming to my inbox.
I think I have fixed the problem and it looks like everything is back to normal!

A couple years ago, I decided to start saving fabric selvages.  I have been tossing them in a big laundry basket and not really giving them any thought. Now I am not one to store things I never use - so while I am stuck at home, I decided to get them out and see what I could make with them.  

I decided ...

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March 23, 2020
Weekly update: still sewing from With Strings Attached

Have you entered the Orphan Adoption yet? See this post -- drawing will be tomorrow, 3/24.

(c) WiseHearts
It's been surreal, hasn't it?  The first pandemic in the age of social media*  means that the true, useful news and advice are overwhelmed by rumor, federal ineptitude (though Dr. Anthony Fauci is a national treasure), and attempts at humor (sometimes funny, sometimes stupid).  I am grateful to Dr. Fauci and the unnamed doctors, scientists, and lab technicians who are working on test kits and a vaccine.  I am grateful for all the "essential" personnel who are running cash registers ...

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March 22, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Crazy Times from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I hope all of you are staying home and keeping safe and healthy.  For years now, I have worked out of my home and it is not uncommon for me to not leave the house for days.  So the sheltering at home has been easy for me.  I hope all of you are adapting well.

But I will admit, I don't do well without a plan.  And right now, the future is anyone's guess. So I find myself without a lot of desire to sew.  I did manage to sew up a couple turquoise string blocks before I ...

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March 16, 2020
Weekly update: Covid-19 upsets nearly everything -- but we quilt on! from With Strings Attached

The Corona Virus, or Covid-19, is officially a global pandemic.  Universities are closed (many for the remainder of the term), schools are closed (two or three weeks as of now), libraries and museums are closed.

I had five events to juggle on Saturday (two with my husband).  Kiwanis pancake breakfast was postponed, AAUW was cancelled, LCCCA concert was cancelled. The Zion Woman's Club / Zion Conservatory of Music fundraising luncheon was cancelled. The caterer had already bought the food and she was able to package all the meals "to go." They tried to notify everyone who'd bought a ticket ...

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March 15, 2020
Oh Scrap! : More Turquoise from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Welcome to this week's Oh Scrap!

With lots of people staying home - I bet we see lots of inspiration!

I was able to sew up some of my rainbow scrap challenge blocks in teal and turquoise.  I haven't decided if I am going to use them as chain blocks or just use them all in a color block quilt. 

I have to admit I really like them just pieced all together.  I think once I have all the colors sewn, I could have some fun playing with color placement.

I hope all of you are staying healthy.  You ...

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March 9, 2020
Weekly update: Luncheon winnings and a concert, RSC teal, Frolic dispatched, and the next project from With Strings Attached

The Lake County Women's Coalition Women's History Month Celebration was Saturday. The theme was "Valiant Women of the Vote in Lake County."  The Zion Woman's Club honoree was my friend and former coworker Rosemary who spearheaded the voter registration program at the library. The AAUW honoree was Sally who has coordinated AAUW's voter registration program and moderated many candidate forums.

There is a silent auction and raffle to raise funds for LCWC scholarships for women over 30 studying at the College of Lake County. They awarded three this year.

I contributed Crystal Chain (which I made ...

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March 2, 2020
Weekly update: February stash report, March plans, and something new from With Strings Attached

Rabbit, rabbit! Here's the March Hare to bring in the new month.

(The February 28 Google doodle commemorated Sir John Tenniel's 200th birthday)

The GFWC-IL Tenth District art show/luncheon was Wednesday.   I entered Crown of Thorns in
Category 5 (Embroidery, Quilting, Tatting) (a strange combination, considering that "wall hangings" is a separate category) and won second place.  P.E.O. friends Jeannine and Nancy, both members of the Antioch Woman's Club, won ribbons, as did Regina and Judy who are fellow members of the Zion Woman's Club (the one I belong to).

Stash report for ...

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March 1, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Last Orange RSC Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I was able to come just under the wire!
Even though today is the first day of March, I did finish my last RSC orange block in February.  Whew!

I think these 6" little blocks are called Bright Hope.   I have been grouping nine of them into a giant block and them framing them in a solid.  I think these finish at 20".

This project was carried over from last year.  I am not that attached to this quilt and I think I am just continuing to work on it because I have already spent so much time on it ...

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February 26, 2020
Weekly update: Frolic is almost a flimsy from With Strings Attached

Blocks + sashing + setting blocks + corner blocks.   The assembly wasn't hard -- all the units fit together nicely -- but it was fiddly.

I will add this post to the OMG February link up when the time comes.  Linking up to Elm Street's OMG Finish here 

What I strive for in a super-scrappy design like this is to have no-two-fabrics-touching, particularly in the really obvious places (like the blue parts of the flying geese that surround the stars).  I wasn't completely successful when it came to the small rectangles in the sashing. If you notice them then you are looking ...

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February 23, 2020
Oh Scrap! : More Orange Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I usually have all of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks finished by about mid-month, but for some reason, I seem to be running behind.

This week I sewed up these three orange chain blocks - I have no idea what they are called.  They are something I just sketched up to fill the need to use the scraps I had.

I added them to the green blocks I made in January.  
I think I am going to really like this quilt!

Have you been sewing with your scraps this week?


It is now your turn to share what you are making ...

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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 10, 2020
Weekly update: RSC, a finish, and a stumble from With Strings Attached

Here's one of my 2020 RSC projects, with bright green for January and orange for February.

Here's the other:  HSTs in the  monthly color plus neutral.

I quilted Star Crossed with free-motion swoops and swirls.  It's 54 x 66.

I made an 18th tablecloth tote bag (see  this post)  just to be sure I'll have enough for everyone at the Magpie meet up. [No photo.]

Stumble!  "Read the instructions through to the end. Read them again."  I did not follow that advice and mispieced ten sets of units for Frolic.  The HSTs in are supposed to ...

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February 9, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Happy Orange Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I was so happy to hear that orange was going to be the RSC color for February.  Purple is my favorite color but orange is a close second.
So I couldn't wait to get started on my blocks for the month.

The first block I worked on were these fun rail fence variations.  In making them I discovered all my oranges were either very light or very dark.  I don't have very many scraps in medium tones.  But I still love the three blocks I was able to complete.

I put them up on the wall with my ...

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February 3, 2020
Weekly update: January summary and February plans from With Strings Attached

 On Friday I wrote that I'd made 13 out of 16 tote bags. I am pleased to say that #14-#16 are finished! Now I can work on other projects.

But first, the January stash report:

Fabric OUT: 95-3/4 yards (which includes 61 yards to the quilt guild Raffle Mania)
Fabric IN: 126-3/4 yards (99 won at Raffle Mania, 11-3/4 from an estate sale, 15-1/2 from my Philadelphia trip), $105.  That's still a bargain at .83 per yard.
Net GAIN: 31 yards

Raffle Mania winnings

Philadelphia purchases 
My new favorite fabric genre is African ...

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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 26, 2020
Oh Scrap! : January's Scrappy Goodness from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

It is hard to believe it is the last week of January already!

I was able to squeeze in a sew day with a good friend.  She sent me hone with some bags of her scraps.  I immediately sorted them into colors as soon as I got home.  
Only scrap quilters understand how exciting this can be - I petted each little bit!

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January 20, 2020
Weekly update: a milestone birthday, but not much progress from With Strings Attached

Look who had a milestone birthday on Saturday!  I put out a call on Facebook and via email for in-the-mail birthday cards with the hope that there would be 80.  They've been coming for ten days, up to 130 as of this writing -- from as close as next door and across the street to Australia, Ireland (in Gaelic), and England.  There was a friend from his kindergarten days and colleagues from his library days. The youngest was three and the oldest was, well, decades older. Rotarians, Methodists, AAUWs, P.E.O.s, librarians, and a host of other friends ...

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January 19, 2020
Oh Scrap! : My New RSC Block from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

For some reason, I had a really hard time selecting my third Rainbow Scrap Challenge block for 2020.  I had a number of ideas but as I made test blocks, they just didn't seem like a block I wanted to do over 10 months.

But then I made this block and it ticked all the boxes for me.
It is a 12" block so 30 blocks will make a nice size donation quilt.


I quickly finished up the three green blocks I need for January.
I think these are going to make a great rainbow quilt - I can't ...

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January 13, 2020
Weekly update: Frolic and RSC from With Strings Attached

Part 6 of Frolic, the Quiltville mystery, was released January 1.  Part 7 was released January 3.

I am pleased to say that I've kept up with each part, though I admit that this latest was tedious. (Not hard, just a lot of counting, cutting, and sewing.)

Ever since I began participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge I've been attuned to patterns and designs that would lend themselves to all-one-color blocks.  Last year I made pinwheels in the monthly color plus gray, black, or taupe--one pinwheel for each day of that month. I haven't made anything out ...

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Weekly update: Newton's Third Law applied to quilting from With Strings Attached

"For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."  That's a brief version of Isaac Newton's third law.  I learned this week that it applies to quilting -- at least to my stash.

The guild had the annual Raffle Mania at this week's meeting. That's an opportunity for members to fling no-longer-loved quilt-related stuff and, perhaps, get some new-to-them stuff in return.  It's a bucket raffle where each item has a paper bag where you put tickets for what you'd like to win. If you really want it, put in many tickets.  Members get ...

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