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January 14, 2022
Synergy in Make Modern #44 from Sew Preeti Quilts

I have news!!!

My pattern Synergy is in the Make Modern Magazine, Issue 44.

Synergy in Make Modern #44

Meet Synergy. Measuring 56" by 70", Synergy is made entirely with Island Batik Solids, provided to me free of charge by Island Batik. It is good to be an ambassador :-)

Orange Foliage, Rainbow Quilt

My favorite :-)

Breeze was a Brat

More Fall Foliage

Oh my beauty!

The quilt was completed in November 2021. The  pictures were taken on November 14, 2021. All instructions and pictures were sent on November 20, 2021. And then I had to sit tight till NOW.  

Sitting ...

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December 26, 2021
Goodbye 2021 from Sew Preeti Quilts

I have a new finish!!!  Let me show you a few process pictures before the final reveal.


A Grizzly and a Polar Bear walked into a quilt!!! 

Quilting Slowly

And here is the finished quilt. Hanging from Mari's Balcony. We got together for lunch and quilty chitchat last weekend.

We make these RSC blocks a few every month and then set them aside. On one hand it is not a surprise or a grand finale because we have been seeing these blocks come together throughout the year. But (and this is a big one) the visual impact of ...

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December 6, 2021
Island Batik December Challenge from Sew Preeti Quilts

 The guidelines for the Island Batik December Challenge were simple

  • Project Type: Any

  • Size: Minimum size 12” x12”

  • Any fabric 

  • Technique: English Paper Piecing

And here is my simple response. This cutesy little table runner finished at 12" by 52".

Paul, the model

I used Island Batik Neutral Yolk for background (and binding) and various Island Batik fabrics to create the hexie flowers. Neither too big nor too small, I was going to name it Goldilocks but then...Paul suggested that it was "Too Hexie for My Table" and the name stuck.

Did you notice the touch of whimsy? It ...

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November 5, 2021
Another RSC Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Usually in my quilt making process, the sewing together of blocks is my bottleneck.  But lately, the biggest stack has been those projects waiting for their bindings!

Today I am ready to share another Rainbow Scrap Challenge finish.  This one was made using 2" strips of varying lengths.  I trimmed up each block to 12" square.

When I placed the blocks, I turned them 90 degrees from the last so that I didn't have to match many seams.  I really love the look.

When I pulled the scraps for each block, I also tried to group color hues to ...

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October 25, 2021
A, B, Sea and YAY!!! from Sew Preeti Quilts

A is for Abacus.

Abacus is a bonus quilt made from leftover triangles while making the RSC blocks this year.  I made a total of 30 Sister's Choice blocks, resulting in 60 bonus blocks. In the pictures below you can see how the herd grew.

In the beginning

Red ones

Purple Ones

It grows!

Almost there

Finished Flimsy

Baste, shall we?


Since the leftovers triangles had bias edges the blocks are wonky which is just perfect for a baby quilt :-) Abacus finished at 39" by 41" and I am very happy with it.  Here are a few close ...

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May 2, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Already May from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Last Sunday I shared the single green color block that I had made for MARCH.  Now we are at the first of May and I am so far behind!


I did finish the other three green blocks I had cut out.  I am making these with 2" cut strips so I square them up to 12".

I still have to make about 4 blue blocks for April.  I don't even have those cut yet!

But the good news is I made the test blocks for this quilt in Red so the month of May is done.  Hopefully now I ...

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April 23, 2021
Crumbs from Samelia's Mum

In an uncharacteristic frenzy of cleaning and decluttering of my sewing room, I went through my scrap tubs and finished sorting the pieces into the different coloured bags, tossing the really small pieces into the bin as I went. By the end of the afternoon, my scraps were (mostly) nicely organised and I had a bin full of little pieces to throw out.

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March 20, 2021
Friday Finish: Carpenter’s Star Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Gingham Rainbow Carpenters Star Quilt

This week I shifted priorities in order to get quilts out of my house. This Gingham Rainbow Carpenter’s Star quilt is now finished. I don’t remember how long ago I made this quilt, but it’s been several years. The binding is now complete and the quilt is ready to donate.

Gingham Rainbow Carpenters Star

It’s been 40 years since I first saw this view of downtown Minneapolis, but I never get tired of it. Jim and I took a lovely walk around Lake of the Isles this morning so I took my photos on a bridge there.

The blocks of ...

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March 8, 2021
Petrichor — New Rainbow Quilt Pattern from Flying Parrot Quilts

If you follow me over on Instagram, I shared this quilt design a couple of weeks ago as part of the IG hop celebrating Sassafras Lane’s new fabric collection “Favorite Things” for Windham Fabrics, where it got an enthusiastic reception. I’m excited to be able to release the quilt pattern today.

“Petrichor” is the smell of rain on parched earth, and I think it captures the general feeling of this quilt design quite nicely. (Much thanks to Rebecca L. for suggesting this name, and teaching me a new word in the process of naming this quilt!)

Swirled detail of Petrichor quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

There are ...

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February 24, 2021
March UFO Time! from QUilting By-You

We are going to step away from the Jacob’s Ladder blocks this week to get back to talking about UFO’s since it is the beginning of the month.

How are things coming? Do you feel like you are making some progress toward getting anything finished? Maybe when you took some time to clean your crafting area it somehow turned into a bigger project. That is an easy thing to have happen. I’ll be honest, I really only cleaned up what I needed to in order to be able to do some sewing. I am optimistically thinking that ...

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February 14, 2021
Oh Scrap! : More Scrap Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

I have been slowly working through more of my scrap blocks for the month of February.  I realized when I was writing this post that I forgot to write about my finish this week.  I guess you will have to wait a bit to see it next Friday.

I had previously made the yellow blocks for my Half Rectangular Triangles (HRTs).  So no progress on this project for February.

I also previously made my postage stamp blocks in yellow.  But when I had my blue and brown scrap bins out, I came across some ...

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January 6, 2021
And Now There are Eight from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Did you see that Angela over at SoScrappy is hosting another Rainbow Scrap Challenge QAL this year?  It is called Full Stop.

Of course I decided to join in - so that means I now have 8 RSC quilts going on this year.   


I already have my pink scrap bin out so it took me no time at all to cut the pieces I need for the Hashtag block that was released for this month.  I finished up two blocks already.  I decided to use the same background fabric throughout the quilt.  It is hard to see from these photos ...

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October 18, 2020
Oh Scrap! : More Scrap Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Winterizing my gardens have taken most of my time this week, but I did get a few more scrappy blocks finished.  I am still working through my yellow scraps for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects.

I finished up my 14 yellow HRT blocks.  These measure 4 x  8".  I did decide to make all the blocks go the same direction so no diamond shapes on this quilt..

I added the yellow blocks to my design wall.  

I am running out of room!  I need to move some of them around so I can add in new colors in 2021.

I ...

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October 11, 2020
Oh Scrap! : More Yellow from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 It is hard to believe that it is almost time to stat thinking about what Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks I am going to work on in 2021.  I have two designs that will carry over into the next year - but I always like to have 3-4 in the works.

As I was sewing up a few other yellow blocks, I decided to start some blocks using my Well-Suited Scrap Mixology pattern.  This time I went with the geese variation.  I am excited about this one - there are a ton of layouts I can play with by just rotating the blocks ...

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September 20, 2020
Freedom Flyer Quilt / Show and Tell from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Recent finish:  A black/red/white two-block quilt from the pattern called Freedom Flyer, published by Black Cat Creations.  Deviation from the original making it square, with limited fabric and added an inner border of black.

Up Close and peek at the backing.
Finished Size:  70" Square

The pattern cover is made with several fabrics and laid out in a rainbow setting.

Link to Freedom Flyer pattern.
Finished Size:  69 X 87

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September 6, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Red from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 With September here, it is time to get out my red scraps for my RSC quilts.  I am down to just 2 active projects right now so I need to start thinking about some new designs.

I dug through all of my red scraps and then my solids stash and I could only come up with three shades of red.  I am hoping in upcoming months I can find or acquire a magenta solid so I can make one more blocks.  This is a longer term project so I have lots of time.

I am using 2" squares so my ...

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September 4, 2020
A Rainbow Scrap Challenge Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I decided to just finish up one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt.  

My initial plan was to make the quilt 60 x 72" but I decided to just finish it with the 20 blocks I had completed already.  I tend to make some of my quilts a little bit too big, so this rainbow quilt will be lacking in red and yellow blocks.  I don't think anyone will mind.

The sun is so bright today, I had to snap a photo on one of my shady patios to keep the glare down as much as I could.  Sorry ...

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August 23, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Log Cabin Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have been making slow progress on my log cabin quilt.  Not because I haven't been actively working on it every week - but because the process of cutting and sewing all the small pieces takes a lot of time!

I did finish these two green circles this week.  They are composed of 1" and 1.5" strips.  The four log cabin blocks go together to make an 11" circle component.

A lot of time is spent digging through my scrap bins for the smallest of scraps that will work.

These two green circles meant I could finish up one ...

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August 16, 2020
Oh Scrap! : A Few More Purple from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Now that I have started two new Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts, I was able to make some more purple blocks for August.

I finished up four purple Postage Stamp blocks.  Because I am using 2" squares, my blocks will finish at 9".  I was only able to find 4 shades of purple solids in my entire fabric stash...including scraps.  I certainly need to fix this!

I also finished up these 14 QSR (quarter square rectangle) blocks.  You start with a large rectangle and end up with two blocks - I will need to pick seven prints each month.  So I ...

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August 14, 2020
A Once is Enough Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 For years, I have been tucking away in a bag any pieces of fabric selvages I came across.  Most of them have been cut off backing pieces.  I am not sure why I started saving them - I guess they were just a "scrap" that I thought I could use one day.

Recently, I finally decided to do something with them.  I sorted them by color and made two 18" strips of each color.  I think I cut the selvages to a width of 5.5".

I finally finished the last two purple strips and finished up the quilt this week ...

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