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January 15, 2015
Two More from Scrap Basket

I've been busy trying to become better friends with Fiona, my new Innova. Two more tops have been quilted.

First up is a QOV mystery quilt-along from last summer that Alycia hosted. The quilt was designed by Vicki Welsh. The quilt called for five fabrics but I was determined to use only fabric from my stash. So, here's my scrappy version of the Allegiance quilt along which I'm calling Stars of Valor. It still needs binding.

Also finished, bound and on the guest bed is Winston Ways. This was a Bonnie Hunter class I took at Block ...

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January 5, 2015
Alternate quilt layout from Tink Squared

Alternate quilt layout

I have eleven granny square quilt blocks made so far.  This morning after running to town, I played with the quilt in EQ again, and came up with yet another layout I like.

And without the extra borders.

I don’t know how anyone makes a quilt without EQ, seriously.  Of course you can do this on graph paper, but it would take forever!

I had tons of requests on Facebook and a quilting forum about the pantograph I used on the split nine patch quilt.  I finally found the designer after digging through my old receipts.

Linda Thielfoldt with ...

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This just isn't working from Quilting by the River

Sometimes you just have to know when to say this just isn't working. Like many of you I have been working on Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery quilt. I think I have made 4 or 5 of her mystery quilts and love them..........this one......not so much. Part of it is the colors I used from my stash.....kind of bland.

When you really don't like your quilt
I normally like busy designs but this is just a little too busy and I don't care for the way the pieces in the sash line up with the blocks. After putting 9 sections together ...

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December 27, 2014
Catching Up from Scrap Basket

Back in early November, I know, I know....almost 2 months ago but hey, I was sick for 4 weeks with lingering aspects of the awful crud even now....Anyway, BEFORE I got sick I met my quilting "partner in crime," Alaska cruise roomie, Janet to "look at" the Innova long arm. You guessed it, there is now a lovely, 26" Innova taking up the space where my ancient old HandiQuilter 16 used to reside. I really was going to get the smaller one, the 22".....but the Bearded One along with the Innova rep pushed me to go larger ...

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Planting a forest from I QUILT FOR FUN

Ever had an idea that seemed logical in your head and once you executed it - you weren't so sure?  That's what's going on here.

This started out as a version of crazy mom quilts "birch trees".  I love this pattern and bought it with the intent of making it for our new grandson who is to put in an appearance in early March.  I started piecing the brightly colored birches - I studied her version - I pondered lights and darks.  And then it took a right turn.
And I began to wonder if I could do more realistic ...

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December 22, 2014
DWM: sewing amid the social whirl from With Strings Attached

Another finish!  This week I quilted the black/white/bright Heartstrings flimsy.  3-1/8 yards for the back and binding.

Grand Illusion continues. Here's Step 3:

The leftovers from the strip panels yielded these twosies (1.5"):

I am no longer as enamored of 30's prints as I once was.  I have too many to just toss out.  I am joining two long-time participants on the Stashbusters Yahoo Group who are  having  a 30's Bin Bust.  Their stashes are down to bins, while mine is still two shelves....but I'll get there!  Here are strips cut ...

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