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February 6, 2019
Orphan Block Top from Humble Quilts

Some time ago I was given a package of orphan blocks as I had a plan to make a whole orphan quilt with them. I guess I had a hard time wrapping my head around that, but recently I was going through a drawer and had a great idea to use these blocks for a CA fire survivor quilt. This was the progression of the top this week. (mostly on Superbowl Sunday)


The eagle was already sewn to 4 blocks so I found some others the right size.

Then I only had to make one to fit in the corner ...

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December 2, 2018
A Doll Quilt, a Giveaway and Progress on the 6in6in2018 from Quilty Folk

I had determined to make my granddaughter a doll quilt for Christmas this year. Several fabric pulls later and I was almost gagging over the sweetness of everything chosen. I have so few conversation prints and things were looking a wee bit grim. Then Linda's post popped up and that's all it took. That centerpiece....

The doll quilt top is completed! 32" square, made
for use with a 'My Life' doll
So I went digging through the stash totes, trying to find what looked to be the perfect start to a simple doll quilt. I knew I had ...

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September 10, 2018
A Little More Someday Progress from Wedding Dress Blue

Not a lot happening here, but the central blocks are assembled.

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And borders started.

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I enjoy the challenge of “making it work.”

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I am thinking more borders, but we’ll see how it grows.

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August 21, 2018
Small Someday #7: Orphan Blocks from Wedding Dress Blue

In a bag of hand-me-down fabric there were these 7 blocks.  Hmmmm….similar color scheme…all 8″ blocks…Surely there is a quilted object in there somewhere?!

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One obvious choice would have been potholders, but I didn’t want to make those.

Then, at a garage sale, these were in the FREE pile. Just two of them and nothing else.

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Hmmmm…similar color scheme…12″ blocks…that will give me NINE total…I might have something here.
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I switched out the blue 9-patch centers in the new blocks for red to help things start to blend together.

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Currently experimenting with ...

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August 1, 2018
Motivated by Mari from Sew Preeti Quilts

Mari made a quilt - Misfit Toys.

Misfit Toys is now going to AQS Quilt Show in Virginia Beach!!!  Mari shared this fantastic news with me on Friday. I jumped with joy for her.

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She gushed, I listened.
And in that moment, I knew I had to drop everything and make a quilt using up my leftovers - bee blocks (Honey Pot Bee) and orphan blocks and audition blocks.

Sandra and Elizabeth

I met Elizabeth in Buffalo. She mentioned a quilty term that I had not hear before - Coping Strips.
When the blocks are of varying sizes, she adds strips ...

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July 21, 2018
Using Up the Leftovers Any Way I Can! from Quilty Folk

Tried all day to get a post in and it was just too busy around here. My daughter tells me that it's pointless to blog on Wednesday or Friday, that nobody will read the posts! Oh well. Just keeping up with the flow of creativity around here.

Auditioning the borders....
First of all, I wasn't satisfied with a simple red border for the abandoned 'Patchwork Triangles' quilt after all. Oh no, Must do something more complicated. I figured out all the measurements and then drew out a basic sawtooth border attachment.
Cutting the sawtooth borders before applique
Not ...

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July 9, 2018
Maybe I Should Just Make Baby Quilts All the Time from Quilty Folk

I had to laugh the other day while reading Julie's post. It must be a good time of year for planners and organizers to fall off the wagon en masse! My youngest brother and his wife recently had a little baby girl. And uh... well.., the rest of the story {understandably if you're a quilter}, writes itself.

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That only-making-one-baby-quilt per-sibling, {no matter how many children they have} is crumbling quite badly these days. Once glimpse at the latest, but sweetest, niece or nephew and I'm diving head first into the fabric totes, potential fabric ...

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May 20, 2018
Oh Scrap! : This and That from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am still not finding a lot of time in my sewing room but I did get out a few bins of scraps and make a few blocks.




First on my list was to make my pink Squared Away blocks for May.  The one on the right isn't quite as pale as it looks but the pink I chose is a bit light.  When I go to put the top together, I will need to decide if I need to remake.  Right now I will just store it with the rest of my blocks.



I also wanted to finish ...

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May 16, 2018
Trying to Move a Couple Quilt Tops Forward from Quilty Folk

Vintage Red is finally getting its turn in the quilting queue. I found time last Saturday to have my guys get the dining room table moved out of the way and then was able to get this thing sandwiched and pinned.

Vintage Red getting sandwiched and pinned
This quilt top has been waiting in the wings for about 2 years. I have wiffle waffled around about how to quilt it and now have made the decision to do both machine and hand quilting. Pinning took approximately forever, but hopefully, it will do the trick and puckering will not be a ...

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March 11, 2018
More humidicrib quilts from Granny Maud's Girl

Two years ago (I was shocked to realise it has been that long), I decided to start a new quilt from scraps. I had planned to make at least one block each month as part of my Bee, Myself and I project: a solo bee for which I would make a quilt block each month until I had a quilt top. Sadly, after I made the first two blocks, I fell out of love with the idea of the scrap quilt, even though I did finish a different quilt top in monthly increments in 2016.

During my January tidy of ...

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January 26, 2018
Orphan Block Pot Holders from Studio Dragonfly Quilts


It was time to make some new pot holders and my favorite way to make them is by using orphan blocks.

This is just two of the old ones. They had stains that would not come out and burn spots. I wrote about making these in November 2015. Two years is a long life for something that is used every single day, although I probably pushed a little too long with these.


This is my younger boys bedroom back in January 2011. We had just converted their bunk beds into twin beds and these were new quilts for their beds ...

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December 15, 2017
Another Quick Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

As I was stuffing away orphan blocks into my little suitcase, I just couldn't help noticing there were a bunch of blocks in turquoise and lime green.  Somehow those blocks found their way onto a design wall....just to see what would come of them!




Well, those orphan blocks turned into this fun lap quilt. and my suitcase was 42 blocks lighter!



I used some gray solids to frame up all the blocks.  This not only gave the blocks a unifying feel but it also helped to resize all the blocks to a correct size. (Sometimes there is a ...

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December 1, 2017
A Quick Distraction from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

December First!  How did that happen....

As the end of every year comes to a close, I find myself in a bit of a clean-up mode.  
I organize my workspaces and make plans for the coming year.

But every time I clean...I always end up stating a new project!



This quilt started when I went to put some orphan blocks and spare parts away into my little suitcase. I found some bits just way too tempting. 




Over 20 orphan blocks went into this quilt.  Along with a bunch of Kaffe Fassett scraps.  I know it won't win any ...

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November 19, 2017
Oh Scrap! : Siren Song from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Last week I traveled down to southern Oregon to present a trunk show.  I don't usually include quilts made from orphan blocks but this guild loves their scraps so I added them to the pile.  I have to say, they were a big hit and seeing them again made me want to play with my box of orphans again.



My little suitcase of "spare parts" is filled to the brim and I have to say there was lots of quilty inspiration to get my creative juices running.  While digging in there, I did come across a small stack of ...

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October 13, 2017
Pincushion Party from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


I love having a basket full of pincushions that I can use as little thank you for fellow quilters.  Knowing I have a couple trunk shows and classes scheduled in the near future, I thought I would have a little pincushion production party!



To make the process go a bit faster, I pulled out my orphan block suitcase and was able to grab some already sewn pieces to get me going.  (As you can see, it is almost time for a few more orphan block quilt - my suitcase is stuffed full!)



I started with these two made from bowtie scraps ...

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Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Sweet Hearts from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, Friday has rolled around once again, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  I hope you're ready - I know I am!  Let's get started!

I've been busy making pillows this week for a marketplace at a women's event, and I've shared most of them, but I realized that I hadn't shared my three favorite pillows....


These pillows started with three pretty little orphan blocks.  All three had shades of pink in them, which helped determine the background fabric.


I looted my stash for ...

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October 4, 2017
Multitasking from The Quilt Yarn

I am out of quilt tops to quilt on...hence I am continuing on my 1000 Pyramid quilt. Wow, what was I thinking...there are so many points to match! Given my tendency for sloppiness in piecing this is going to be very painful.

Have done 2 rows so far, aiming for a King Single size. We shall see...


You would think that a scrappy quilt like this would make a bit of a dent in the stash, but I have to say I have hardly noticed the difference. What I did notice though was that I have an extraordinary ...

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September 14, 2017
Please Adopt Me! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been taking a hard look at all of my UFOs.  Many I have hidden away for years.

It is time I accept there are some I am never going to finish and find someone who will gladly take them on and finish them!




Having just finished a quilt in browns and beiges, I have zero desire to finish up another one.  I could put all of these blocks into my orphan block suitcase but I know someone will be happy to whip these up into a lovely quilt.

There are a total of 24 nine-patch blocks in five ...

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February 10, 2015
WIP's from Kara Rist Threads

Here are a few works in progress, as if i needed to start any more new projects... Scrappy Hexie's can be found in the march/april issue of McCall's quilting, this quilt was designed by Bea Lee. I love that it is scrappy and i have hope after making a half dozen blocks that this will be my first success working with scrap fabric. I believe my success is due to the fact that each block is done in the similar colour way, this is the perfect project to do now and then as, all fabrics can find ...

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