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May 26, 2023
Crossing off two more from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! We got everyone safely graduated this week, I cleaned up my office and shut down the work computer, then I pulled the blinds and locked the door. See that place again in August! It feels great. This was a long year, but every time I think it was a hard one I remember 2020-2021 when we were trying to teach all those students over Zoom. No teaching challenge will ever be as hard as that!

Back at home, I tried to finish up another of the bigger quilts this week, but I didn't get all the way ...

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September 18, 2021
Special-ordered sweatshirt from Quilt in Progress

My mother-in-law had two special sweatshirts ordered – Grandma’s pumpkin patch had the names of all her grandchildren. Granny’s pumpkin patch had the names of all her great-grandchildren.

After her death in 2019, my husband’s sisters wanted to know if I could think of anything to do with the sweatshirts. I’ve made pillow covers before out of t-shirts, but I wanted to do something different for these.

I decided to stitch around each name-with-pumpkin to make a small quilted ornament. I keep batting scraps in a tub in case they are useful for small projects, and it ...

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July 14, 2021
New strap from Quilt in Progress

Yes, the right strap makes all the difference for the purse. Problems: 1) It was too wide for comfort; 2) wrong strap location.

New strap in place, much better!

First I picked out the stitching to remove the strap and slider bar hardware. Then I removed the button and buttonhole plackets from the wide base I made from the chambray. I folded the strap in half so it resembled double-folded tape, and stitched down both edges: the folded edge and where the two parts come together. That solves the width.

Then I attached it, as I should have from the ...

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June 8, 2021
Quilted embroidered crossbody purse from Quilt in Progress

I enjoy searching through a thrift store, not knowing what I will find, and what project it will be perfect for. I keep a list on my phone of certain items I’m specifically looking for, like the photo frames in 5×7 or 4×6 sizes that now hold family photos on my wall. Other things seem to jump into my arms and I take them home.

A few days ago I noticed a tub of jumbled shirts. Each one could have stains, holes, or tears, and the price was 25 cents each. The cashier saw me collecting some ...

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May 4, 2021
More repurposing, plus a small giveaway from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a really good week. For me, we are barreling towards the end of the semester, and it cannot come soon enough. I can't wait to delete Zoom. And now that I've said that, you know it's never going to happen, right?

These past couple of months when I was too stressed to stitch, I still spent some time in the sewing room, sorting and deciding what to do with projects that I had started and not finished. Some will get finished, but others have been repurposed. (Like this one ...

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April 2, 2021
Just the essentials from Quilt in Progress

Ready to go to the auction!

As I said, I wanted a small crossbody purse to wear to auctions. I didn’t want everything I usually carry in my purse, because it would be too heavy. Thus, the name, Essential. This worked up so well that I may sew some companion zip pouches and crossbody purses to sell.

I was glancing through my stash and this yellow/blue plaid men’s shirt caught my eye. I had thought to remake it into a blouse for me, but I couldn’t resist using it to make this purse.

A messy workspace ...

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December 22, 2020
Rainbows in the pines from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone, and happy week before Christmas! Are you feeling very merry? Thanks for all of the great holiday stories on the blog hop on my last post! I really enjoyed putting my feet up and reading about your families. After the year that we have had, no one could blame us for just sitting around eating cookies, drinking something warm, and telling happy stories for the next couple of weeks, could they?

Down in the sewing room, I have finished another repurposed project, just in time for a some nice photos in the snow. Yahoo! Here is the Rainbow ...

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