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July 31, 2020
QAYG, and 6 months as a widow from Elaine Adair Pieces

I showed this toddler-aged QAYG, before completion.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.  The wide light figured fabric is all little colored tractors.  Oh, that is... tractors like they USED to look .  Seems that NOTHING is the same as it used to be.


Here is the back - I had a bunch of colored quarter yards, and could cut 4 backings from each cut, with a little left over for the current crumb blocks.  This QAYG was the most successful I've ever done, with almost ALL of the stitching in the back sewed in exactly the right place ...

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July 24, 2020
Fancy Fox from Jean Swenson

Fancy Fox
July 2020

After experimenting with the quilt as you go (QAYG) method on my recent quilt Persistence, I continued practicing the technique here on Fancy Fox. However, instead of quilting each individual block, I quilted two rows at a time, which I liked better, especially since I prefer to hand stitch the back seam of each joined panel. I had originally planned six rows, but in the midst of making it, I decided to gift it to my grandson who likes foxes. So, I added a seventh row to make it a better length for his twin-sized bed ...

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July 16, 2020
QAYG, Boys Quilt, and Guild Raffle Quilt from Elaine Adair Pieces

Quilts are getting MADE during this "staying at home" business.   I'm using the "twin strips" method for this QAYG, a small boy's quilt -  my blue fabrics lean towards "nautical", but that word is seldom heard of in western Nebraska, so I bought one yard of this cute TRACTOR print, the only fabric purchased.  I made 4 blocks at a time, and that also used adequate but unloved FQs for the back.  Backing and batting were cut 8 in. and the block finishes at 7.5.  Setting is 6 x 8 blocks, a good size for toddler.  I'll ...

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July 11, 2020
Persistence from Jean Swenson

Persistence
July 2020

I’ve been working on this off and on since January 2019. Life got crazy in 2019 with my daughter diagnosed with breast cancer, so this got put to the back burner. I am calling this Persistence, in recognition of my daughter’s fight with cancer, and for this quilt challenging my quilting and sewing capabilities to the max! Today is my daughter’s 1 year cancer-free, cancerversary.

 

“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.” ― Roy T. Bennett

 

I had received ‘The Quilt Block Bible’ (Rosemary Youngs) the Christmas before, and wanted to ...

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May 23, 2020
Quilt As You Go, in PINK, and a Hole in the Wall from Elaine Adair Pieces


I had a LOT of pink strips, and a lot of extra batting, and some pinkish FQs.  What are ya gonna do?  No quilt name yet, but I know where it's going.  This method might not be for everyone, but I sure had fun!  I learned how to get that backing sashing strip close to perfect, by heavy pinning, and then stitching in the ditch from the front, and slowly pulling out the pins as I sewed.  I'm happy with the result.  



New subject, below:  Plumber was needed, drain had been running slowly for months and I knew ...

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May 20, 2020
Blessings, and QAYG from Elaine Adair Pieces

This  unexpected blessing showed up at my door today, from dear members of my husband's family.  Looks like I need to balance them a little.  


I've been working on a little girl's pink QAYG.  In the past, I disliked finishing the sashing seam on the front, leaving forever stitches but recently learned a better method from Marti Machell.  Her sashing is finished on the front and with careful measuring and a lot of pinning on the back, and sewing in the ditch from the front, a pretty neat stitching line is the result on the back.  In ...

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May 11, 2020
Frenzy sewing from Elaine Adair Pieces

If I'm going to be in a mental frenzy state, due to grief, I may as well do something constructive while in this unwelcome mental process.  This is what I made this morning in a few hours.  I had the batting cut and many of the pink fabrics already in one box.  There is a bun in the oven in my husband's family, gender still unknown, but in the meantime, I'm having a pleasant morning, making this girly quilt.  This will be QAYG, with white/or busy pink strips joining the blocks, 6 x 8, 48 blocks ...

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February 6, 2020
Witches Gathering from Bizarre Quilter

Every now and then it's great to insert a fast finish.. like one of my altar cloths. These are about 40cm square and help to create a sacred space for contemplation, reflection or ritual in the home.

 This one is the Witches Gathering. I do love freemotion quilting. It's great to get my own time to do create in the cool. 


It's been a huge start to the year with our young man at kindergarden. So many changes.


I have cut 6.5 inch squares to make four patches with the kiwi fabrics to make the next ...

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Kiwi quilt update from Bizarre Quilter

I am (im)patiently awaiting the arrival of my next batch of batting in the mail... the centre of the Kiwi quilt is made, but I still need to add the borders.


I really hope it arrives tomorrow (Friday) or I can dash away hopes of finishing 8 quilts before posting out to Oz Comfort Quilts for the bushfire quilt drive.

Fingers crossed!!

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January 30, 2020
22 cupcake blocks from Bizarre Quilter

Well, I worked hard at quilting group this morning and now have a total of 22 cupcake blocks completed for the 4th bushfire comfort quilt.


Yesterday I went to the local H & M shop to buy single doona covers at $5 and $10. This soft cotton fabric is perfect for backings, sashings, bindings and it works out at $1.25 per metre or $2.50 per metre. 

This is how the first pieces joined, and I don't normally use black, but it works really well with these blocks.

And this pretty print arrived in the mail. It was a ...

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Busy week! from Bizarre Quilter

It's been my son's first week in kindergarden, and what does a mother do to distract herself from the separation, especially when he is the one with separation anxiety at morning dropoff?

She joins quilt group for the second day in a row. A different store today, I cut out batting, and basted backing onto the back of 22 blocks (need backing for another 13 squares).

It was raining hard, and I needed to stay in town in case the road was cut off from home to the kinder. At least I could pick up my 4yo, even ...

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January 27, 2020
The rains are here from Bizarre Quilter

It's suddenly cooler here in Townsville, and the rash on my body is subsiding! Woohoo!


The centre panel on the flower fairy has been quilted. I placed this tea towel as part of the backing, because I do not know where this quilt will end up within Australia, and I wanted the person to know that up here, we have been thinking of them.


This is where the panel joins sides.

I have finished the entire top, just the binding to go.


As I was saying, the rains have set in, and we spent the morning running around the ...

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Another large quilt finished from Bizarre Quilter

Ah, this Dick and Jane quilt is so magical! I have placed the motifs in multi directions so it doesn't matter which way it is placed on a bed or couch, it will be just right.

This is what I got when I asked the beloved to turn it around for a photo of the back. Hahahaha. He cracks me up!


And the label for the quilts has bene provided following Jan's directions.



To join these blocks, you can see a strip on the back also, I used a 2 inch strip folded in half on the front ...

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January 10, 2020
12 more from Bizarre Quilter

Only one more block to make, and one to sell to help fund my purchase of metreage for sashings and backings and batting.


Hmm... blue or green sashings....


I've made 34 of 35 blocks for the quilt, one more to go!










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8 more blocks from Bizarre Quilter

8 more blocks brings me to a current total of 22 out of 35 for the first quilt.


I love this meditating frog, and so does my 4yo son. He was pretty keen "Make the meditating one Mummy". I hope there is some leftover fabric for me to make something for him too. 


This is just the kind of quilt I would love gifted if I was beginning again...


Only 13 more to make....


These won't be distributed en masse until March, so we have plenty of time to stitch with love.


I would love to finish it this ...

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January 6, 2020
Bushfire sewing: lots of links and what you can do from Bizarre Quilter

So today, I have realised in the last 24 hours I have gone through many many phases.

Horror, fear, indignation, abandonment, prayers, acceptance, submission, service and hope, hope, hope as I sew these blocks.

I am sharing links for anyone that wants to contribute fabric, wool, batting, quilt tops, QAYG blocks, orphan blocks, crochet squares or crochet blankets as comfort quilts for the Australia wide bushfire zones.

https://sewmanyquiltstoolittletime.blogspot.com/2020/01/quilt-as-you-go-block-tutorial-for-oz.html

Tutorial on how to make blocks.



https://sewmanyquiltstoolittletime.blogspot.com/2020/01/oz-comfort-quilts-bushfire-quilt-drive.html

Oz Comfort Quilts bushfire drive





link to the facebook group for ...

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Australia on fire and the Oz Comfort Quilts group from Bizarre Quilter

It's been a scary, frightening, huge few days in Australia with bushfires all over the country, and one with 1,000km front burning the size of Belgium.

Totally uncontrollable, and mostly fought with volunteers, and volunteer funding.

It has brought out the best and the worst in people.


 These days with so much online and social media, messages and information are sent much faster. Most people have access to the internet in one way or another. In 1997 I joined an online quilting group called SCQuilters (Southern Cross Quilters). They were on yahoo groups, and you had to read ...

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October 12, 2019
Stringy, Pinky Quilt, QAYG from Elaine Adair Pieces

QAYG technique, not bound yet.  About 48" x 64".  The strips are various sizes, deliberately unplanned in order.

 Back pieces are scrappy as well.  I filled in with 5 blue squares. 
 Close up of fabrics. 
I used sashing strips of 1 7/8 in, folded, for the front, and 7/8 in. for the back.  My white back stitches all fall on the outside of the white strips, but blend in with the busy back fabrics.  These measurements fit well with my quarter inch foot.  Most of leftover batting was used up as well as a lot of pink ...

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October 8, 2019
#the100scrapchallenge from Sotak Handmade


Ever since our move in August I've been trying to organize my studio and all the supplies in the most efficient way possible, which so far has meant moving things around constantly. I think I need to take a little break and just see what works and what doesn't for a while and then get back to it again in a few months.

Last week though, as I was rearranging things yet again, I realized I have FIVE buckets chock full of scraps! I don't even know how that happened. I use my scraps all the time ...

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December 23, 2016
Looking Up Quilt-as-you-go Pillow from Mommy's Nap Time

A photo posted by Emily Lang (@mommysnaptime) on
The Looking Up pillow was published in issue 31 of Quilt Now magazine.

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